Chosen by God
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
There are a few concepts in Biblical Christianity that can be difficult if not impossible for human beings to fully understand. There are three concepts that immediately come to mind. The first is the Trinity. It is difficult for us to fully comprehend God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit completely one and also completely separate. Another example is the concept of eternal life in Heaven. Think for a second about what it will be like to live for eternity. If you think about it long enough, you will find that your mind will be running in circles because eternity is an idea that our human minds simply cannot fully understand. The final example that immediately comes to mind is the doctrine of election. In today’s key passage, Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (Vs. 4). He is telling the Thessalonians that they were chosen by God. Simply stated, the doctrine of election holds that before the creation of the world, God predestined certain people to be His chosen people. In Ephesians 1:3-6 we read, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” It can be difficult for many of us to simultaneously understand the concept of God choosing us and our human responsibility of choosing to follow Him. It is almost impossible for us to understand how these two seemingly opposite things can both be true at the same time. Like the other examples above, our minds simply cannot fully understand all of the ways of God.
Now before we get too deep into a discussion of the five points of Calvinism, my point today is to simply ask you to think about one thing. If you are reading this and have been saved by God’s grace, then you are one of His chosen people. Before you even existed, God chose you to be one of His children. He chose you to be saved. He chose you to live for eternity with Him in Heaven. How does that make you feel? When we truly begin to embrace this idea of election, we cannot help but to be simply awestruck by God’s grace. We cannot help but to feel completely blessed. We cannot help but to feel totally loved. We cannot help but to want to obey Him and serve Him. Think about God’s election of you today, and thank Him for choosing you as one of His children.
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Posted on May 12, 2014, in 13 - 1 Thessalonians and tagged Bible, Calvinism, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Grace, Jesus, Love, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.