Sunday, 09 November 2003 00:00

I Am Chosen

Philippians 4:1-11 (KJV)

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are hones, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

God chose me to salvation before the foundation of the world, and in the fullness of time gave me the gifts and graces of salvation.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame." - Ephesians 1:3,4

"God has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time." - II Timothy 1:9 NIV

OTHER PASSAGES: II Thesalonians 2:13, Acts 13:48, Romans 8:28-30, Romans 9:11-24, John 15:16, John 17:2, I Corinthians 1:26-31, Revelation 13:8

PRINCIPLE APPLICATION:

  1. God loves me because He has chosen to love me.
    "As Christians we ought always to remember that the Lord called us to Himself not because of our virtues, but in spite of our vices." - John Blanchard.
  2. I have no room to boast before God.
    "The doctrine of election humbles a man without degrading him and exalts a man without inflating him." - Charles Hodge
  3. I am eternally secure in my salvation because God saves me.
    "God never repents of His electing love." - Thomas Watson
  4. God's love for me remains constant.
    "As God did not at first choose you because you were high, so He will not forsake you because you are low." - John Flavel
  5. The evidence of my election is holiness (i.e. faith, repentance, fruits of the Spirit, etc.)
    "None can know their election but by their conformity to Christ; for all that are chosen are chosen to sanctification." - Matthew Henry
  6. Faith and repentance, though gifts, are my responsibility to possess.
    "Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he goes to the university of election and predestination." - George Whitefield
  7. Deep, abiding comfort comes tot hose who can rest in God's electing love.
    "The marvel of marvels is not that God, in his infinite love, has not elected all of this guilty race to be saved, but that he has elected any." - B.B. Warfield

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