The Chosen The Elect

The Chosen The Elect

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 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. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:28‭-‬30 NIV

Look at our awesome position in Almighty God! We are created to become like Jesus Christ. Just as God is pleased with Jesus the son in every way, and loves him, you and I are predestined for that same kind of relationship and purpose. (John 3:16-17) Our life experiences on earth are all a part of this process and our transformation.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT

This was foreordained for us by God. God knew us in advance. What blessed people we are! But for many it’s not the same:

“Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?” Romans 9:11‭-‬24 NIV

The passage above is very deep. It explain God’s plan of election. It explains too why He has tolerated the vessels of His wrath. God’s ways are much higher than our ways as heaven is higher than earth:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NIV

God’s plan of election comes from the greatest mind in the universe. He knows what He is doing and knows things we don’t have a clue of. He knew who Esau and Jacob was before they were even born. And only He fully knows everyone who has ever lived. Remember, He said, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated,” before they came from their mother’s womb, before they did anything good or bad. The letters “ed” at the end of a word means the word applies in the past tense. Yes, God hated Esau before he even got here, and loved Jacob before he got here. And the same applies to you and I who believe. “How can this be?” some may ask. “What did they do before they were born to be hated or loved?” the mind wonders. “That’s just unfair,” is another finite human thought. All I will say is God knows things we don’t know. And anyone with true wisdom does know that he/she can trust whatever God says though they may not fully understand it. (Proverbs 3:5) God’s answer is, “in order that God’s purpose in election might stand.” It doesn’t go by man’s desire, what they do, how righteous they are (or think they are), but by God’s purpose of election, His choosing. If you are a true believer in God and His son Jesus Christ you were selected for this way before you were born. Being in God’s family is solely based on His mercy, His choice.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 NLT

As He told Moses “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Do you see why we who believe are so privileged. We are destined by God to be in his family. This doesn’t bode well for many. Because it means that God is in full control of all of our destinies. Mankind believes they are running things. But it’s simply not the truth.

In conclusion listen to what Jesus said in prayer to God about his true followers not being a part of this world:

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by  the truth; your word is truth. John 17:15‭-‬17 NIV

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.” Wow! You are not from here. You are chosen. You are God’s elect. Live the rest of your lives here being conformed to the image of God’s son, our King and big brother, Jesus Christ. Fulfill your destiny.

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