He Has Chosen You!
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
John 17:14 (NKJV)
Again we come to the Divinely constructed wall that stands between the elect and the world. The scriptural passages that control the destinies of each of the Lord’s chosen can be found throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. These passages are clear: there is a Divinely ordained difference between the elect and the remainder of mankind.
You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.
Deuteronomy 14:2 (NLT)
Consider the awesome implications of such a passage!
For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Isaiah 43:3 (NLT)
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
Romans 8:33 (NLT)
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)
And so on and on throughout the Scriptures.
Each member of the elect (the chosen) must keep his part of the covenant by cleaving with all of his strength to the Lord who has called him out of the world. If he does not, the Lord will bring him under discipline. If he refuses to be disciplined he will discover he is facing an angry God even though it had appeared he was a member of the elect.
The doctrine of Divine election stands as one of the principal ideas of the entire Scriptures.
In John 17:14, Jesus acknowledges to the Father in Heaven that He has given the Father’s Word to the elect.
Hasn’t Jesus given the Word of God to everyone?
Not in the sense meant here.
Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables but He explained the meaning of the parables to His chosen. Only three from among the chosen disciples were allowed to behold His transfiguration. We can see three levels of opportunity displayed here:
- The multitudes,
- The chosen, and
- The three from among the chosen.
A level of opportunity in the Kingdom of God is not earned; it is assigned by Divine election. (Although who can say what God will do on the behalf of any individual who seeks Him with a perfect heart?)
Notice, in the following quotation; how a level of opportunity is assigned by election. We say level of opportunity because it is just that—an opportunity. We are not forced to do anything; neither are we guaranteed that we will not lose our inheritance. The opportunity for glory is there. It is up to us to grasp the prize, the goal for which we have been grasped by God the Father in Christ.
But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
Mark 10:40 (NLT)
The expression “God has prepared” reminds us of John 14:3: “. . . I go to prepare a place for you.”
When God planned in advance the structure of the Kingdom of God He identified two or more persons who would be at the right hand and left hand of Christ when He returns in glory.
Who are these rarely blessed individuals?
It has not yet been revealed. We do know that the Father from the beginning has prepared these positions of incomprehensible glory and authority, of closeness to the Master, for specific persons.
At some point in the history of mankind each of these highly placed human beings was born (or will be born—for many that are last in time will be first in the Kingdom). He or she was nursed as a baby, learned to walk and talk, attended school, experienced adolescent emotions and confusion, entered adulthood, worked at one or more occupations, lived for his or her assigned period of time, and then died and went to Paradise.
He may have been famous or obscure. She may have been a gentle teacher or perhaps a flaming evangelist. He may have possessed the nobility of a Daniel, or the remoteness of a John the Baptist, or the cheerful dependability of the friend who lives next door.
Those who have been chosen to stand so close to the Lord Jesus began life just like the rest of us. Their destiny is to reign over the universe from a supremely exalted position of unimaginable glory and authority.
However, this glorious destiny is an opportunity they were invited (or will be invited) to grasp with dedication and diligence. Indeed, they will drink the cup of suffering to the last drop. All the sons of God are obligated to take the Kingdom of God by faith and determination.
To Be Continued…