I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,
I. THE VOCATION WHEREWITH A BELIEVER IS CALLED.
1. It is God's speaking to the heart of a sinner in and by His word (2 Corinthians 4:6; John 5:25).
2. It is to the enjoyment of the greatest privileges (Isaiah 61:1; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1, 13).
3. It is various, and yet the same, to all believers.
(1) Various — as to age, instruments, manner.
(2) Same — as to tendency.
4. It is of the sovereign goodwill of God (Romans 9:19-24).
5. God never repents and revokes this calling (Romans 11:29).
6. It is the duty and privilege of professors to make it sure to themselves.
II. WHAT IT IS TO WALK WORTHY OF THIS VOCATION. In general: When there is a suitableness in the walk to the nature of the calling. Particularly —
1. When it is such as has been exemplified in Christ and His Church.
2. When it tends to the edification of those about us — saints and sinners.
3. When such as God approves in His Word.
III. THE MANNER IN WHICH THE APOSTLE ENFORCES HIS EXHORTATION. "I, the prisoner," etc.
(H. Foster, M. A.)
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