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WHO ARE THE GODLY?
“But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto Him.” (Psalm 4:3)
Basically, there are two things that set godly people apart from the ungodly:
(1) The godly live and walk in the realm of God’s grace and mercy in Christ. They are saved, but not by anything they do or are. They are saved by the grace of God alone, forgiven because of the blood of Christ and justified before God by the righteousness of Christ imputed.
(2) They strive to submit to God’s Word in worship, prayer, obedience, love, and good works, NOT to be saved, and NOT motivated by legal threats of punishment and loss or mercenary promises of earned reward, but motivated by God’s grace, by love, and by gratitude. They live in continual conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit and continual faith and rest in the Lord Jesus Christ as their all in all.
Separated from the ungodly world
Gospel ministers are rejected, opposed, vilified; they are accounted troublers of the world, because they dare not, cannot stand silent, while sinners are perishing before their eyes. And if, in the course of many sermons, they can prevail but on one soul to take timely warning, and to seek to Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life—they may account it a mercy and an honor, sufficient to overbalance all the labor and reproaches they are called to endure. From the most, they must expect no better reception than the Jews gave to Jeremiah, who told the Prophet to his face, “As to the word you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord—we will not hearken to you at all; but we will certainly do whatever goes forth out of our own mouth!”
--- John Newton – May 24, 1774
LOVED WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE
God's love to His elect is not of yesterday; it does not begin with their love to Him, We love Him, because He first loved us. It was bore in His heart towards them long before they were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. It does not commence in time, but bears date from eternity, and is the ground and foundation of the elect's being called in time out of darkness into marvelous light: I have loved thee, says the Lord to the church, with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I have drawn thee. that is in effectual vocation. Many are the instances which might be given in proof of the antiquity of God's love to His elect, and as it is antecedent to their being brought out of a state of nature. God's choosing them in Christ before the foundation of the world, was an act of His love towards them, the fruit and effect of it; for election pre-supposes love. His making an everlasting covenant with His Son, ordered in all things, and sure, on account of those He chose in Him; His setting Him up as the Mediator of the covenant from everlasting; His donation of grace to them in Him before the world began; his putting their persons into His hands, and so making them His care and charge, are so many demonstrative proofs of His early love to them; for can it ever be imagined that there should be a choice of persons made, a covenant of grace so well formed and stored, a promise of life granted, and a security made, both of persons and grace, and yet no love all this while?
--- John Gill
Are you afraid of the consequences of death, and what will come after? Throw yourself upon God, in Christ, and you are safe. Christ's righteousness is law-proof, death-proof, and judgment-proof.