Today’s post picks up a thread that started in the comments on yesterday’s post.
All this is a clear sign of the just judgment of God, to make you thoroughly worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. (1:5)
To that end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may complete every plan he has to do you good, and every work of faith in power. (1:11)
How often we think it comes down to us to be worthy of salvation, that it is up to us whether we are worthy to be saved. Have we done enough? Are we good enough?
Sadly, far too often we would say we are not, and therefore worthiness seems out of reach. And I guess if worthiness is up to our efforts, yes, we should feel like we are not worthy.
The wonderful good news in this chapter is that it is God who makes us worthy by His actions, not our own. And in case we missed it, Paul says it twice.
For those of us who have come from rather legalistic backgrounds, that is good news indeed!