CHOSEN IN HIM
By John McKay
By John McKay
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:4, Romans 8:28-30
Does God have the right to select some of His creation for special favor? Was it fair for Him to choose Abraham, Moses, and David above all of their contemporaries? "Is there unrighteousness with God?" Those who are God-taught recognize that some deep things of God given in the Holy Scriptures cannot be adequately explained. Some things must be left in the realm of quiet patience. Some day we will know more than we know now.
If God is truly known as the sovereign Creator (as the Bible reveals Him to be), there can be no effective and eternal challenge to His authority and His purposes. "Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonour?"
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that the believers were chosen "in Christ" before the world began. It does not tell us about those God did not choose. It does not tell us that God looked ahead and saw that we would choose Him and on the basis of "works," then elected us to eternal salvation. It does say that "He hath chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." This whole matter must be settled by the words, "the good pleasure of His will" and "the counsel of His own will" and "the purpose of God" and "according to His purpose." (See Ephesians 1:5, 9, 11 and Romans 9:9-24 and 8:28.)
Now knowing thatthe believer is chosen according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself, we should also know that the believer "in Christ" has a perfect standing (official position) before the Lord. Live holy and without blame!
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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