“A Holy, Called Out People”

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ; according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, in which He has made us accepted in the One having been loved.” (Eph 1:3-6)

“God is gathering a people to worship Him and to celebrate His majesty, a “called out” group, chosen out of the world. The point we need to see in all of this is that it is a Person who is electing people, not an impersonal force. And the decision is not arbitrary but is caused by the love and mercy of a kind Creator who has gone to incredible lengths in order to save so many people. Thus we are “predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” (Eph. 1:11).Christ said, “I know my sheep” (John 10:14). Our salvation is in the hands of a loving Savior who not only chose us, but offered His body as a human sacrifice for our sins! That is why it is so important to frame any discussion of election within the scope of Christ’s person and His work. Throughout Ephesians 1, prepositional phrases such as “in Christ,” “In Him,” and “in the One He loves,” occur frequently. God did not just choose us; He chose us in Christ. Christ, then, is the center of our election. That means we do not discovery our election by looking anywhere but to Christ. Do we trust in Him? Is He alone our Savior” Are we in Him through faith in His finished work? This is the only infallible test we have of whether “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world (Eph 1:4). We must not look to our works or to our success or failure, or to anything or anyone outside of Christ for confirmation of our election. Any discussion that places anything at the center of the discussion — even good and holy things — is bound to be distorted and unbiblical.”1/


As He also says in Hosea, “I will call those not My people, My people; and those not beloved, Beloved.” And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them. “You are not My people; there they shall be called sons of the living God.” (Rom 9:25-26)

1/ Excerpts from Michael Horton’s “Putting Amazing Back Into Grace”: pp.64-65

 

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