Long  ago, I was born in flesh and blood in the town of Ephrata. In Hebrew the word Ephrata means “fruit of the vine.” Thousands of years before, Jesus was born in flesh and blood in the town of Bethlehem Ephrathah. In Hebrew Bethlehem Ephrathah means House of Bread and Fruit of the Vine. Prophets predicted his birth long before it happened in the old testament. God knew that his body and his blood would be given before he was born. We commemorate this with communion: the bread and the cup.

Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

God knows the beginning from the end because he is the beginning and the end.

Revelation 21:6-7 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

God knew before I was born that he would call me into his glorious light.

Romans 8:29-30 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

The process by which we are conformed to the image of his Son is called sanctification.

1 Corinthians 6:11 But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

He knows our beginning and our end: even the exact time and place we are to live. Remember that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem just before the birth of Jesus.

Acts 17:26 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.

He knows who will be called, who will be justified, who will be sanctified, who will be glorified in Him.

This is my prayer for you:

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

So may it ever be.

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