Who are You? Chosen by the Father

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Who are you?

That is an interesting question and will have all sorts of answers depending on the individual and context. But if I was to ask the more precise question, who are you in the sight of God, this reduces the variety of answers. tells us who the Christian is in the sight of God. Consider what these verses say.

The purpose of this post isn’t to provide a thorough exegetical treatment of this profound passage (though that would be valuable!), but to simply observe three blessings every believer enjoys. These three blessings reveal who the Christian is in the sight of God. The blessings are: chosen, redeemed, and sealed. let us consider the first one.

Chosen
In Paul tells his readers that they are chosen. This act of selection is by God the Father and is the actual choosing of certain individuals to be saved. What a high and humbling thought, that God would choose from among fallen men some to be saved. Unlike the belief that says that God’s looks into the future and chooses those who choose Him, the Scripture teaches that took place before the foundation of the world” (). God’s act of choosing us was not influenced by our works, but was based on His love, mercy and purpose (cf. ).

The act of God in choosing some individuals to be His children is a high and humbling doctrine. Paul reminded the Ephesians that they are chosen. This is who you are. God in His eternal counsel chose you to be saved before you were even around (cf. ).

I recognise that some feel that this is unfair, but we must know that it is God’s sovereign right, because He is God (). It is important to remember that the doctrine of election is not something that is limited to the early chapters of a systematic theology or to be the topic of a good debate. It is a doctrine that is for all of God’s people because it leads to holiness. In Paul goes on to say, “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” The purpose of sovereign election in the life of the believer is holiness. Display your gratitude, thanksgiving and devotion to the Lord by pursuing holiness for His glory. He chose us so that we would be holy – SDG!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

Romans 9:20

20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.