Of God’s Decree
Chapter 3, Paragraph 5.
“Those of mankind that are predestinated to life, God before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret Counsel and good pleasure of His will, hath chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love;...”
Ephesians 1:4, 9, 11.
2 Timothy 1:9.
1 Thessalonians 5:9.
He has always known.
If you are in Christ, He has known you were His since before the first second ticked in creation.
He chose you, and that choice has been, and continues to be, steadfast.
When you gasped your first breath, you were His. As you grew and explored and changed, His decree did not. When you pursued self, dazzled by the trinkets of the world, blind and ignorant of Him, you were still marked to be His.
With His free grace – free! unlike so much offered in this world! – He transformed your blackened, sickened heart to a fresh, living, beating one. With His love He opened your eyes to see Him, the most perfect Being, and called you out, away from sin to everlasting glory. With horror you realized how ugly and deformed by sin you were. Your new heart shuddered at your sight and cried out for deliverance.
If you are in Christ, He has delivered you. And He has purposed to deliver you from eternity past.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3)
You are His.
Questions to Consider
- How does God’s choosing His elect bring you comfort?