BEFORE TIME BEGAN

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Gal. 1:15,16 ¶ But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…

Have you ever thought about the fact that the Lord created all things and that time itself is part of the Creation? Living inside of that realm of time and space we cannot comprehend the timelessness of God and His plans. Paul said in Ephesians that God knew him (knew him intimately) from eternity. It’s more than knowing about you or decisions you will make, He has known us from before time. Our salvation is the moment that His grace breaks in on us and we begin to taste His great love for ourselves. From that moment He begins to reveal Christ to us and in us. Luther describes this phenomenon in his comments on today’s verse.

“Paul is saying, “When I was not yet born God ordained me to be an apostle, and in due time confirmed my apostleship before the world. Every gift, be it small or great, spiritual or temporal, and every good thing I should ever do, God has ordained while I was yet in my mother’s womb where I could neither think nor perform any good thing. After I was born God supported me. Heaping mercy upon mercy, He freely forgave my sins, replenishing me with His grace to enable me to learn what great things are ours in Christ. To crown it all, He called me to preach the Gospel to others. Did God call me on account of my holy life? Or on account of my pharisaical religion? Or on account of my prayers, fastings, and works? Never. Well, then, it is certain God did not call me on account of my blasphemies, persecutions, oppressions. What prompted Him to call me? His grace alone.”
Luther grasped this Pauline revelation in his own life. As Christ was revealed in him and to him his message began to go out and penetrate the darkness of the religious world of the sixteenth century. In the same way the grace of God captures us and begins to flow out of us to touch the dark world that we live in. Have you seen it yet? The Lord has known you from your mother’s womb and even before. Meditate on His love for you, as it breaks in upon you the light of His grace will touch your world through your actions and words.

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