Emanna for 02/07/2020

Abraham -- The Called

Bible Verses

Matt 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: (2) Abraham begot Isaac… 1 Cor 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Words of Ministry

In the first ten and a half chapters of Genesis God tried to work with the created race, but He did not get through. The created race failed Him. Man fell to such an extent that all mankind rebelled against God to the uttermost, and built the tower and city of Babel to express their rebellion (Gen. 11:1- 9). So God gave up the created and fallen race, and He called one, Abraham, out of the race to be the father of another race. Out of a place filled with rebellion and idolatry, a place where everyone was one with Satan, God called a man named Abraham. From the time God called him out of Babel (later Babylon) into Canaan, God gave up the Adamic race and invested all His interest in this new race, with Abraham as its head. This is the called race, the transformed race. It is not a race according to nature, but a race according to faith. Abraham was called out by God. The Greek word for church, ecclesia, means "the called out ones." Thus, we in the church are also the called out ones. Abraham was called out of Babel, the place of rebellion and idolatry, into the good land, which typifies Christ. We also were in Babel. We were fallen, we were rebellious, and we worshipped idols. Today the whole human race is in Babel. We used to be there, but one day God called us out and put us into Christ, the high land. We were called by God into "the fellowship
[the participation]
of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Matthew, 1986, pp. 13-14. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 12/17/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.