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March 11, 2023

Being Called by the God of Glory

Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham our forefather according to the flesh has found? Acts 7:2 ...The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia... 2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.

Romans 1 was written according to the history of the human fall [in the book of Genesis] : disapproving of holding God, exchanging God for idols, falling into fornication, and producing every kind of wickedness. The created race gave up God, and God gave up the created race. However, God called out of this race one man with his wife. God called Abraham by appearing to him as the God of glory. God did not call him by mere words: He called him by His glory. Abraham saw the glory of God and was attracted. Our experience is the same. In a sense, we also have seen the glory of God. When we heard the gospel and it penetrated us, we saw the glory of God. Did you not see the glory of God at the time you were saved? I saw it when I was an ambitious young man. I had no intention of receiving God, but as the gospel penetrated me I could not help saying, "God, I want You." I could not deny that the glory of God had appeared to me. Such an experience is indefinable. No human words can adequately describe what we saw when the gospel penetrated our being. We can only say that the God of glory appeared to us, attracting us and calling us. We, like Abraham, were called by the God of glory.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 66-67. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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