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o you have a missed call? If your   tance of the call. Peter tells us that the one
               phone is like mine, some calls go   who called us is the one we call “Father,”
        Ddirectly to voicemail. Without my    and He is already in our contacts because
        lock screen notifications, I wouldn’t know   “you call on him” (1Pe 1:17 ESV). Of all
        anyone had tried to reach me.         our relationships, none is as significant
          A call notification pops up in 2 Timothy   or as precious as the one we have with
        1:9, alerting us that “the one who saved   this caller. That makes His call the most
        us … called us”!  Notice how it’s framed.   important of all.
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        Above it we see that God “saved us” (v9),
        and below it we find “life and immortal-  What’s This Call About?
        ity” (v10). These truths stand out for us   He “saved us and called us to a holy
        as believers: our sins are forgiven, and   calling” (2Ti 1:9 ESV). The word translated
        we have eternal life. But there’s much   “calling” can be defined as “an invitation
        more to the Christian’s life than escaping   to an experience of special privilege and
        judgement and going to heaven. Between   responsibility.”  Our “holy calling” is not
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        these two great blessings a third appears:   merely God saying to us that we should
        God “called us to a holy calling” (v9 ESV).    try to live as holy as possible. It was an in-
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        Like notifications on my phone, this truth   vitation we received with our salvation to
        buzzes and dings all through Scripture.
        Clearly, we as God’s people need to be con-  experience life as it is intended. It is God’s
        stantly reminded of a very important call.  “ennobling summons” to live consistent
                                              with his holy nature.  It is an enabling call
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        Who Called?                           to “a new quality of life,” lived in rich fel-
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          When you glance at your notifications,   lowship with God.  What a privilege and
        what do you look for? You look to see who   what a responsibility!
        called. Why? Because your relationship   ³ William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon
        with the caller usually decides the impor-  of the New Testament and Other Early Christian
                                              Literature (BDAG), (Chicago, IL: University of
        ¹ Scripture quotations in this article are from the   Chicago Press, 2000), 549.
        NET unless otherwise noted.           ⁴ Robert W. Yarbrough, The Letters to Timothy and
        ² The NET treats “holy” as the means of our   Titus, ed. D.A. Carson, Pillar New Testament
        calling, translating it “with a holy calling,”   Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: William B.
        while the ESV treats “holy” as the purpose of   Eerdmans, 2018), 360.
        our calling, “to a holy calling.” There are good   ⁵ Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin, 1, 2
        arguments for both possibilities. I lean towards   Timothy, Titus, The New American Commentary
        the interpretation reflected in the ESV, as it   (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1992),
        seems to better fit the context.      191.

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