8 … God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity (2 Timothy 1).
The word “purpose” is the same word used for “shewbread”—“the bread of the presence” which consisted of twelve loaves placed on a small table standing on the right side of the Holy Place across from the lampstand. This bread remained on the table before the Lord for seven days, and every Sabbath the priests would share it together in the Holy Place, and then put fresh bread on the table. Only priests could eat the bread, and it could only be eaten in the Holy Place, because it was holy.
The point is, because this holy shewbread was a picture of God’s willingness to fellowship with us, we have indeed been “saved … and called … with a holy calling” to that communion with Him. No greater or holier calling exists than to fellowship with Almighty God. And no one earns the right by their own good “works” to fellowship with God—it is purely by His “grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus.” And to think, this has been God’s kind and gracious intention “from all eternity!”
Lord, once again we thank You This Day for Your purpose to fellowship with us. May our day be filled with sweet communion with You. Amen.