Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hodge: made like Christ

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
    Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932
    For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    —Romans 8:29 (KJV)
    [Of Romans 8:29:30]
    The call intended is the effectual call of the Holy Spirit, by which the soul is renewed and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The only evidence of election is therefore vocation, and the only evidence of vocation is holiness of heart and life, for we are called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Compare again Romans 8:29, where believers are said to be “predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son.” To this they are effectually called. They are made like Christ. Fellowship includes union and communion... We are called to be partakers of Christ; partakers of his life, as members of his body; and therefore, partakers of his character, of his sufferings here and of his glory hereafter.
    ... Charles Hodge (1797-1878), An Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians [1857], New York: Robert Carter & Bros., 1860, p. 10-11 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:28-30; 9:23-24; 1 Cor. 1:9; Gal. 1:15-17; Col. 1:24; 1 Thess. 2:11-12; 2 Thess. 2:14; 2 Tim. 1:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You loved me before I knew You.
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