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God's Chosen People-Part VI

God's Chosen People-Part VI
Do I Have a Chance?

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16 (NKJV)

We've been looking at a series of devotionals from Romans 9:4.  This is a scripture that clearly showed that the Jewish people were in fact God's chosen people.  The Scripture tells us that He had given them the promise of a Messiah, but when Jesus came as prophesied, they rejected Him, and they chose to continue to attempt to become righteous by their own works and by the keeping of the law. This continues to this day except for a small remnant.

Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.  As it is written:  Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,  And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. Romans 9:32-33 (NKJV)

So the very law that the Jewish people seek to keep will be the law that convicts them.  The law was never meant to bring righteousness or salvation.  It was meant to show us that we were in need of a Savior; it was a tutor.

Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. Galatians 3:24-25 (NKJV)

So the Gentiles having believed in Christ Jesus, have been justified by faith.  They did not seek to be justified, but they were.  And those who have sought to be justified by their works have not been justified (Rom 9:30).  How ironic.  But isn't that the nature of our flesh at times; we choose to take the hard path because of stubbornness and pride.  

John 15:16 tell us that Jesus chose us, and we didn't choose Him.  

Q:    How does this work?  And what does it mean to be Chosen?

A:    God is omniscient which means that He knows everything past, present and future.  He knows every choice we've ever made or considered making.  And because He knows that we are going to freely choose to receive His offer to be forgiven and to believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He has made the decision to choose us to be saved.

Actually it is pretty simple when you think upon it.  I guess it would be like betting on a team to win a game but already knowing the outcome of that game before it even started.  It really wouldn't be gambling at all in this case.  And that's the way it is for God; because God knows our choices, He has chosen those who He foreknew would say, Yes to the offer of grace and forgiveness.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 (NKJV)

Q:    Are there certain people who are not given the chance to be saved?

A:    Well everyone has a chance.  But some won't accept the offer, and since God knew they wouldn't receive it, He didn't choose them.  But they ALL had a chance-it's just that some won't do it! They're arrogant, proud, and egotistical-they don't want to compromise their right to live selfishly-they want to be the one calling the shots! God has established the way through Jesus Christ, but the cross offends people; because the cross tells them that there is only one way to God.  If it were possible that man could be saved any other way, the cross would not be necessary (Gal 2:21).

It is sad that there are beliefs being passed around within man made religions that promote that only certain people are chosen, and the rest never had a chance-almost as if these non chosen people were props on a movie set or something.  But Scripture doesn't support this.

For the Scripture says, Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Romans 10:11-13 (NKJV)

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

That Word Whosoever is translated from the Original Greek writing, and the word is: pas, which means, all, any, every, the whole:

Yes God has chosen certain people.  And anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Both are true!  God is sovereign-He knows who will and won't call upon His name, and based on that, He chooses.

God has set aside the Nation of Israel, and has begun to pour out His Spirit and work among the Gentiles (See Rom 9).  Simply put, they don't have, at this point, that favorite Nation status with God.  So if they're going to enter into that eternal relationship with God, thenthey are going to have to come through Jesus Christ, just as theGentile (See Rom 10).  But God is faithful to His promises, and eventhough they've blown it bad, God has promised to see them through onthe basis of His integrity and faithfulness (See Rom 11).  And that'sgood news for us, because He will do the same for us (see Phil 1:6).

STUDY QUESTION: Who has the right to call upon the Name of the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you called upon the name of the Lord?

APPLICATION: Call out to the Lord if you've not done so.  He will forgive you of your sin, and will reconcile you unto Himself (See Rom 10:9, 10).

Father, Thank You for choosing me to be one of Your children.  Thank You for the right to be called a child of God.  Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sin, and for forgiving me of that sin as I called out to You, and confessed my sin, and believed on Jesus as the Messiah.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott  

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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