articles of chapter 6

Whom Has God First Chosen?

People tend to think that man himself chooses God. Is it so? Who chooses, man or God? God calls people, often several times. Man chooses either to believe or to reject it. And not always deliberately. Is it really a question of God’s choice of man as Jesus said: “You did not choose me but I chose you …” (Jhn 15:16).

Frequently presented Bible verse related to predefinition is Rom 8:29-30: For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among. And those whom he predestined, he also called; and those whom he called, he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. – Eph 1:4 says: just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him. In love.”

The chain of measures goes according to the Romans 8th chapter like this: Firstly God predestines, secondly he calls, thirdly He justifies and fourthly he glorifies (To exalt, or give glory or praise to). The first phase takes place in God’s heaven. The person to be predestined does not exist but in God’s mind and plan. When God calls, the person is on earth. God may call a few times and yet many do not hear. The third phase is that God justifies, which according to a dictionary means to absolve and declare to be free of blame or sin. This could take place after the last judgment. The last phase is called glorification.

About the called and chosen is said that 1 Pet 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled in his blood: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. Eph 1:3-5,11 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm, just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his presence. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will, in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will; 2 The 2:13 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth;

For these verses, a question of interpretation has been raised as to whether the verses concern individuals or whether it is predestination to the Christian church, which is “one body”. God, however, does not save unrighteous individuals on the ground that the majority of church are righteous: Rev 2:23 … ”and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. Jesus looked at the Sardis church: Rev 3:3 So remember what you received and heard. Obey it, and repent. If you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know the time when I will come to you. 4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me in white clothes because they are worthy.

For a certain small number of people, God has chosen (predestinated) before the creation of the world for salvation and has called them. This is the small crowd that Jesus said in Luke 12:32: Don’t be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. – God has therefore seen the future development before the foundation of the world. He has seen the fall of mankind as well as the redemption sacrifice of Christ and the creation of the kingdom of God Christ as the king and co-rulers of a small group of saints (the ‘little flock’) who take their place after the first resurrection and the second coming of Christ.

It has also been suggested that if an individual is chosen, he could never give up on faith. Mat 24:24 For there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. – Satan’s activities at the end of time are successful; he will be able to deceive even the chosen ones. To this, I would say: God is omniscient. He surely knows that many ‘chosen’ have made the right decision of faith, but their faith does not last. Believers must be persistent and cautious not to be fooled by Satan’s “miracles”.

For God has not destined us for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 The 5:9)

 

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