You Have a Destiny in Christ Jesus
Are you aware that at the time you answered God's call on your soul, you
have a destiny which He has planned for you?
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God's.
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according
to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(2 Timothy 1:9)
This destiny that our loving Heavenly Father has ordained for each of us
spans the time of this world, the thousand years to come and eventually,
eternity with Him.
However, the choice is ours on this earth, now, whether we are willing
to follow our assigned purpose or not.
Should we choose to be obedient to our loving Master, we are each guided
along our spiritual path through the manifestation and guidance of the
Holy Spirit, by reading God's holy word and by the King of glory's providence.
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with
fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and
to do of his good pleasure.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that
blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
We become dead to this world, in Christ:
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall
be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this,
that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might
be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead
is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall
also live with him:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ
liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall
also live with him
(2 Timothy 2:11)
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should
come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God
cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the
Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am
in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works'
sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he
do; because I go unto my Father.
This consecration by God which took place at our conversion from living
a disobedient worldly life to an obedient heavenly one (Colossians 3:1-3)
can very well be described below:
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come
to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of
man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. And as they
heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to
Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately
appear. He said therefore, A certain nobleman went
into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And
he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto
them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message
after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And
it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom,
then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had
given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And
he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful
in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came,
saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to
him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold,
here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I
feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou
layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto
him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant.
Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down,
and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money
into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give
it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he
hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall
be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken
away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign
over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
That, after conversion and not before, our rewards are as a result of our
works, is very clear:
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That
in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in
his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift
of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set
on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under
a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in
the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it
in the lusts thereof.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants
ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally
minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and
peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is
not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that
are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in
the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be
in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is
life because of righteousness.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall
receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers
together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder,
I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every
man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man
lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon
this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every
man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because
it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of
what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye
not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth
in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for
the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
(1 Corinthians 3:8-17)
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that
by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
(1 Corinthians 9:27)
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful
in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened
with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and
longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath
made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the
Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to
please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments
we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even
your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every
one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and
honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know
not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any
matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we
also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto
uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth
not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
(1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou
art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
(1 Timothy 6:12)
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same
commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou
therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he
may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
(2 Timothy 2:1-4)
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men,
apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of
the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
(2 Timothy 2:24-26)
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came
unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured:
but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will
live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
(2 Timothy 3:10-12)
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured
of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child
thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto
salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Timothy 3:14-17)
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates,
to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers,
but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves
also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts
and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one
another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward
man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing
of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying,
and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have
believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are
good and profitable unto men.
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto
all them that obey him;
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead
We will only know our everlasting reward that shall take place by the quality
of those works, at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ on that day.
*A Psalm of David.* The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He
maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still
waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and
thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and
I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow
ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest:
for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that
judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God
is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest
thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the
same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the
riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that
the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness
and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of
wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render
to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance
in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every
soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew
first, and also to the Gentile:
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for
the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy,
with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these
things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
(1 Timothy 4:14-16)
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until
the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew,
who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord
of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man
can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be
honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world,
that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the
living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good,
that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to
come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
(1 Timothy 6:14-19)
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,
which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given
us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his
prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according
to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and
grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(2 Timothy 1:6-9)
The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed
me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was in Rome, he sought
me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that
he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered
unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
(2 Timothy 1:16-18)
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach
the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort
with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will
not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in
all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full
proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of
my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown
of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at
that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having
loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to
Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring
him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus
have I sent to Ephesus. The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when
thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially
the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward
him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly
withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men
forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me
the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might
hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall
deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(2 Timothy 4:1-18)
- Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have
done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while,
and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall
live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure
in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them
that believe to the saving of the soul.
- (Hebrews 10:35-39)
Now that you have finished reading this dissertation, take your time, ponder
on it, ask yourself "how real is it to me?"
`"How strong is my faith?"
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things
which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered
unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness
that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being
dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see
death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his
translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith
it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they
that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly,
if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a
better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed
to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son
of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the
reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had
respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not
fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he
that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through
the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured,
not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover
of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were
tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was
not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in
dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report
through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better
thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall
I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I
seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my
life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen
thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned,
in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how
to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I
am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer
need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.