Answered Call

There is a wonderful promise of new life in Christ for all who will simply call on the name of the Lord. In the answer to that call, however, will not only be the great and unsearchable reality of heavenly blessings, but also the destruction of the old man and his choices that would debilitate and detain any heaven experience.

  Jul 17, 2019   admin


Jeremiah 33:1-3 (NIV)

1 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: 2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

     In the representation of the will and the heart of God, there is an increased probability of rejection and persecution. In the message of the gospel is not only the wonder of God’s love, grace and mercy, but also the reality of where life will go apart from accepting the offer of Jesus. To accept the new life He gives, is to depart from the old life and its punishment He bore for us on the cross. Salvation is not only the reception of grace’s forgiveness and forgetfulness of sin, but also its deliverance from sin and its wages through a new way of life in Christ. To deny and denounce the second part is to disable the effect of the first part. The portrayal of this truth, however, is not always met with an embrace. More often than not, there is a much less than favorable response, not only for the message itself, but also for its messenger. 

     Jeremiah was actually being detained for communicating a very similar message of reality. They were about to be overcome by the Babylonian king and his own king Zedekiah would be taken captive. This wasn’t the kind of positive, encouraging and uplifting message the king would expect from his priest. After all, the message from God should only be one of victory and triumph. 

     It was from this position of imprisonment for proclaiming something other than just acceptance that God spoke this much quoted and encouraging phrase, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” There was salvation that would be a part of those great and unsearchable things, but it would come after purging, where the consequences for unfaithfulness to God were first dealt with. For there to be acceptance of the wonderful and blessed things that would initially come to mind in the hearing of that phrase, there also must be an acceptance of the equally great part of the message that would precede it. Before the restoration, healing and security there would be death to the wickedness that had turned from God. 

     There is a wonderful promise of new life in Christ for all who will simply call on the name of the Lord. In the answer to that call, however, will not only be the great and unsearchable reality of heavenly blessings, but also the destruction of the old man and his choices that would debilitate and detain any heaven experience. The precious treasures of God’s kingdom will not be placed in the hands of those who are still wilfully in service to directly opposing kingdoms. By the mighty hand of God, the old must be allowed to be carried to the cross and become a part of Jesus’ taking it to its grave. It is only from there that the true reality of salvation will be fully enabled. 

     While the answer to the call may not initially conform to our definitions of great and unsearchable, an embrace and holding on to the One who is doing the answering will make it possible to get past any putting to death of fleshly kingdoms. The promise of eternal life in Christ is more than worth any loss of mortal life that must precede it.