You are elected (predestined) by the Father, who is ruling over all creation because he loves you, You are sanctified (set apart) by the Spirit so that you have the obedience that is faith. Therefor you trust that you are justified by the Son because he is your savior.
When you trust in Christ, you are a member of the invisible church of all believers, and it is God’s word that gives you that trust through the Holy Spirit, who is working to make you believe.
He purchased and won all sheep into his eternal flock. That is comforting for you because you are his little lamb and he has saved you. All credit for salvation belongs to him; he did all of the work. You will arrive safely into Heaven, cleansed by his blood, wearing a robe of righteousness, and there he will eternally pasture you on the waters of life.
All of us, like Saul before he became the apostle Paul, were an enemy living in a delusion, and the Lord had to reveal himself to break that delusion. The Lord has used and continues to use crosses to discipline and chasten us. The Lord sent a weak human being with the Means of Grace, and He used that Means of Grace to heal us (by giving us our new man). Finally, the Lord gives us the commission to tell others what God has done.
Despite many attempts to silence the good news that Jesus is risen, we see God working because He wants us to know that message cannot be silenced. When God calls on us, sometimes we spread it with a gentle whisper, and sometimes we shout it from the rooftops, as God presents the opportunities. We are never quiet, though, because He is risen.
In the ninth sermon from 2019 Lent series Confessions Proclaimed by Christ’s Enemies, we examine the words of the chief priests and Pharisees: “We remembered what that deceiver said… ‘After three days I will rise again.'”
In the eighth sermon from 2019 Lent series Confessions Proclaimed by Christ’s Enemies, we examine the words of the centurion and the guards: “Truly this was the Son of God.”
In the seventh sermon from 2019 Lent series Confessions Proclaimed by Christ’s Enemies, we examine the words of Judas before he betrays Jesus: “Surely, not I, Rabbi?”