GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE
God choose His friends the same way that you do; as in,
do you like each other,
do you like to hang out
do you have common interests
that you share together?
Well, it is
possible that that is the way it works, but the examples in the Bible show
that from Cain and Abel to the apostle John, God dwelt with those who
honored Him and His ways, in the way that HE wanted. In other words, they
were found to be obedient to the commands of God. The Old Testament in the
Bible is an account of this struggle.
This topic presents many questions. I am listing below a few of them
1. Are the Jews God's
2. Can we become chosen?
3. Who chooses whom?
do we know if we are chosen?
5. For what purpose are we chosen?
Before I attempt to answer these questions, I want to state that you will
experience an identity crisis. To whom do I belong becomes the question of
utmost importance and one that each of us must answer in our hearts.
I wish to emphasize here that "belonging" must contain one important factor
called fellowship. We were created for fellowship with God. It was because
of a lack of horizontal fellowship that Eve was created. Now they could have
fellowship with God and with each other, and with the animals.
Through Adam and Eve's disobedience this fellowship with God was broken.
Their children, Cain and Abel, each made a worship sacrifice and one of them
became chosen because his sacrifice was pleasing to God. You can read about
it in Genesis Chapter 4. From that point on God chose people based upon
their desire to have a relationship with HIM..
Are The Jews God's Chosen People?
The line of righteous men is recorded in The Gospel of Luke Chapter 3,
Verses 28-38.. When God got to Abraham, HE made Himself a family.
When Abraham's grandson, Jacob, wrestled with the Angel of the Lord all
night, his name was changed from Jacob to Israel, and Jacob's sons became
the 12 tribes of Israel - the family of priests that God had always wanted.
The prophet Amos records the Word of the Lord in Chapter 3: verse 30
"You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth"
The word for chosen in Hebrew is -- yada - meaning "to know" as in have
fellowship with. From this information we can say yes, the Jewish race is
God's Chosen People!
Can Anyone Become Chosen?
I have laid the groundwork in the previous section to show that individuals
were chosen by God until the time HE made a family. When Jesus came to shed
his blood for the salvation of the whole world, a new family was made that
embraced all Jews and Gentiles that would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
to their salvation. This was in fulfillment of the promise made by God to
Abraham that in Him all the nations of the world would be blessed . Genesis
2 Peter 2:9,10 tells us that believers are "a chosen race, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession. "For you once
were not a people, but now you are the people of God."
As for you individually, the call will come to your heart from God. His call
goes out over all the earth. When the call comes to your heart obey it as
Abraham did. This leads us to the question -"Has the call come to every soul
that has ever lived"? Obviously, millions have died without receiving that
call. I believe that God shows us He is a fair and just God, so this
presents us with a problem. There are two small overlooked passages in 1
Peter 3:19 and 1 Peter 4:6 that seem to say that Jesus Himself has preached
to the dead. So perhaps God's justice will be shown to all in this matter
Who Chooses Whom?
Does God soverignly choose us or have we chosen Him of our own free will?
God did give Adam free will, since forced love is not what God is about! The
answer lies in His call and our choice. "many are called, few are chosen."
Roman 8: 28-30 talks about those who are called, and their process to
glorification. Romans Chapter 9 deals with the issue of mercy and
sovereignty in this matter. Please read these scriptures.
How Do We Know If We Are Chosen?
Romans 8:14-17 shows us that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit
that we are the children of God. If you have accepted God's call to
fellowship and dicipleship, your spirit, with the Holy Spirit, will cause
you to know this truth in your inner man. For those of you who have accepted
the call but do not have the inner witness, then there is a blockage to
sonship that must be destroyed before you can go further.
For What Purpose Are We Chosen?
You are chosen to
bear the likeness of our Savior,
whom He foreknew, he also predestined, to become conformed to the image of
His Son, that he might be the firstborn of many brethren." Romans 8:29
become a kingdom,
order to be made into a kingdom of priests to His God and Father." Rev.
1:6, to reign in the righteousness of the Father on the earth. Rev. 5:10.