Three Unbreakable New Year’s Resolutions God Will Keep For You

“But we ought to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this He called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess 2:13-14)

As we take the time to reflect over the past year, and make resolutions we will inevitably break in the next, this New Year gives opportunity for us to freshly grasp old truth. To be “resolute” means to stand firm or be particularly determined about something. Instead of using our feeble resolute-ness on the shaky ground of P90x and Hollywood diets, maybe we need to stand firm on some truth that will build up our souls for an eternity

The early Thessalonica church was in a dungeon of doubt concerning their salvation and the second coming of Christ.  As Paul gives this fragile church encouragement regarding their salvation, there are also are some ancient gems for us to unearth. If we are to stand firm on anything this New Year, let it be on the undying promise of God that we are loved, chosen and set apart for His glory:

  1. We are loved by the Lord Jesus. Paul calls us the “beloved” (agapao) in verse 13. Agape love is the deepest most costly love one could express, and it is given to us in the Son’s self-sacrificial life and death on the cross. In the Christian faith, we can never get past the love of Christ and on to deeper things. It is our privilege and honor to spend eternity plumbing the depths of His love (Eph 3:18-20). The Son has accomplished our salvation with His wrath bearing sacrifice for our sins. This may not be the same type of general love He has for the whole world (jhn 3:16). This is a particular love for a particular people, His “beloved.” Like a husband loves his wife.
  2. We are chosen by the Father. Because of grace God selected us to be saved “from the beginning” (v.13), or from foundations of the world (Eph 1:4). The Father has appointed for us to experience this love even though He knew we were undeserving and unlovable enemies to Him (Romans 5:8-10). If our destiny is in the hands of the all Loving all Powerful Creator of the universe, then any fears regarding our salvation are a foolish wasted exercise. Christ came to die for us 2000 years ago, because the Father had already chosen us in eternity past. This is an alarming mystery. The implications that come with this are not something to be intellectually grasped by us, rather the particular love of God is to be adored by us in joyful trembling fear.
  3. We are set apart by the Holy Spirit. Our election has real results in real-time for us. The Holy Spirit applies the saving work of the Son and Father to our lives by making us born again (Titus 3:5-6) and giving us a new heart to love, fear, and follow after God in righteousness (Ezekiel 36:26-36). That is what “sanctification” is. It is something that has happened and is happening until we die. This “setting apart” has lasting lifestyle implications as the Holy Spirit continues to convict, encourage, illuminate and make us progressively more like Christ (Romans 8:29).  Notice, the primary result of us being set apart by the Holy Spirit is that we would have an unwavering “belief in the truth”, the word of God (v. 13).

In the light of all this, why should we never doubt our salvation?  Because the total Triune God has a vested interest in it: The Father appointed it, the Son accomplished it, and the Holy Spirit applies it to us. No wonder Paul asks rhetorically elsewhere: “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?” (Romans 8:33) The obvious answer is a resounding “NO ONE!”

In conclusion, I hope any newfound New Year’s resolve we may have this time of year will direct itself towards knowing this: The Father has sovereignly chosen you, Jesus has agape loved you, and the Holy Spirit is setting you apart to “obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus” (v. 14).

If we are resolute to hold these truths, this holiday season could bear fruit to eternity for our lives…and others.

Happy Holidays peeps!

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

9 thoughts on “Three Unbreakable New Year’s Resolutions God Will Keep For You”

  1. I am cautious towards one inturpritation that has been mentioned here. Are we in danger if we start to declare what Gods love is towards one particular part of creation in comparison to another, do we need to compare for assurance? Is not that approach condemned as unwise? If we look to other things to measure what we have received do we truly understand what we have and are we content with it? I believe it takes some time in the Lord but perseverance is neccecery to discover the spiritual truth that really we are a vile and an undeserving condition of creation and looking to other parts of to see what you have says to me that you really have not come to terms with this truth; that God has decided to have mercy on your soul and that his grace is sufficient for you. To discover this you must become born again. We can all feel lousy when we wrong someone because Gods law is written on the hearts of all men, Ecclesiastes tell us so. But you get to see the true grace of God in the light of His will when it searches out those dank rooms of the heart. You will become very uncomfortable with who you really are but the grace of God transcends your own understanding and weans you into His to see the works of His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ which is a far better reason to live than our own. There are lessons to learn from creation and does not God care for every little sparrow, but He goes onto say and this may strengthen my friends faith as to his understanding of agape “how much more do I love you”. Its a wonderful statement, an enduring proclamation that will surpass all the ages and promises of the minds of this world. I would not take comfort from the fact that He loves you more than the sparrow but that He is able to take care of you both effortlessly. He is sovereign and will judge righteously and justly in all things. If you are His elect then I say I am your servant and would like to say this that whatever darkness you may be in I believe that God will have an appointed time for the light to shine through as and when He sees that His work has accomplished in you to His own personal desires and none else. He wants His bride spotless, as I would if I was to take a wife. He is going to get want He wants and the world can turn for Him or burn. Injustice hurts and will often leave a man embittered but injustice is not always what it appears to be and for those in Christ it will be a familiar furnace flame that brings for a greater metal. The Sparrow may see her nest unjustly attacked by the crow. New york has seen her nest unjustly attacked by foreign forces but May God strengthen His people through these dark and testing days as we walk as Jesus walked by faith through Gods Grace. Amen.

  2. just some futher thoughts. I have heard it said that maybe God judged the states by destroying the twin towers, something I am personal reticent to say anything over. But would He? Or are some people just subtly pointing the finger, again. I think the reasons were more earthy myself. One scripture came to mind and that is Live and let live this to me says that the Lord is not intervening until the appointed time of Christ’s return and that we are left to get on with things untill He does and when He does then we will be judged for what we have done while He has been away. Also for any Christian to say that it is Gods judgement on the greed of America gives credence to Islam as a way to God for they have been called to do His bidding outside of the true Christ. I think Islam just wanted blood for bloods sake and believed they were doing God a favour, as the word says, in killing you. Also we have the truth on our warring members and how they will not settle until they are pleasured. Maybe the muslim men just want your woman as they have given themselves the right to divorce at will marry and remarry at almost any age. Maybe they believe that God will hand you over at a drop of hat and so they are deceived into carrying on like they do. The Lord said that in the Last days wickedness will abound so much so that many hearts will grow cold…well I can see a new super power on the horizon one that will manage a world of increased wickedness and evil one that has been trained for thousands of years in the ways of the world and knows how to deal with such people in tongue and authority, the chinese. A country that knows the ways of the dragon so the world will not be a problem and will match any wickedness in it path and subdue it under its authority, perfect Jesus, how we adore you! I personaly do not fear the chinese but then I am not wicked. These are the last days and the furniture is certainly being arranged for the final scenes.

  3. I am not saying that China will be absolute just very much more than they are presently seen. If you look around you you will see alot more of China than may first anticipate. Thier culture is spreading like wildfire all over the world and has been for a few decades. Thier martial arts, food and philosaphy are more popular know than ever before in the history of man. Jesus said “when I return will I find faith on the earth” I think that gives us a good picture on the state of the world and the subtletys that will rule the minds of millions of people. With the word almost completely out of the way the whole world will be under a devilssh sway and China will be playing a rather large part in all of that. But for all of that Satanic conciet, pomp and pride, it is Jesus who leads the hearts of the kings and queens of the earth, Proverbs 21 verse1. So brothers and sisters, no worries.

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