The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

You Were Chosen

You were created by the God of the universe and you were chosen by Him.

How does that make you feel?

For many years it made me feel special; so special in fact, that I developed pride that I was chosen by God to bear His Name.

That’s not the correct response, but being chosen by the Creator of the Universe is significant and weighty. It becomes a reality to us in many ways as we pursue a relationship with the Creator.

Here is a brief summary which provides some significance to being chosen by the Creator of the Universe for your part in His story.

Looking back before the Universe existed, we learn from John 1 that there was God in community: the Father with the Son and with the Holy Spirit. Our God, the great Three in One.

Because the God is Love, the Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father. The Father loves the Spirit and the Spirit loves the Father. The Son loves the Spirit and the Spirit loves the Son. God created you in love and chose to love you before the world as we know it existed.

Before the Universe existed God also created angelic beings as worshipers and agents of this magnificent God.

One of the angelic beings was strikingly beautiful and wise. Though wise, he became a fool in rebellion against his Creator and led many other angelic beings in rebellion. According to many passages in the Bible, Lucifer and those he deceived were cast down to earth (after its creation).

Read Revelation 4 to see what Lucifer and the angels lost forever, and what you and I have gained.

Genesis 1 and 2 focuses on the creation of man. Genesis tells us that we, man and woman, bear the image of God. We are made in His likeness. The great I AM of John 8 and Exodus 3 stamped his image on humankind.

As I am writing this I am thinking ahead. God created and then we trashed the creation. From a purely human perspective, the Trinity was dealt a double blow. Angelic beings rebelled and the one great angelic being deceived Eve and Adam. So we, like Frodo, Samwise, he Ranger, and many other characters in Lord of the Rings are called into battle against Evil.

The temptation in the Garden of Eden changed the human heart. The lure of evil and disobedience is ever-present. Does God know what He is doing? Yes, The proof is that He did not leave us in this state. He saw us in this miserable state and wept. In the Garden of Eden, He pursued Adam and Eve. He created a people through the seed of Abraham and pursued them. God pursues because He wants a people, a chosen people. He wants a people for fellowship–who love Him and whom He loves.

Never forget–angelic beings and humans exist because there is a loving God who loves perfectly and wants His people to understand Him, to emulate and represent Him on earth.

His love and willingness to pursue us, His people, points to His grand plan for rescue. He has chosen us and came to rescue us. Jesus, the Christ, made the way out of this mess. He has a plan: Hebrews 2. He redeems us: Hebrews 10. Then, He raises us up to restore all things to Himself: Romans 8.

Reflecting on these thoughts lead me to greatly rejoice in what God has done for us.

We are raised up by Him to restore and bring to the Earth the Good News–a very tall order. Take heart and have faith, we are not alone. We have much support. See Genesis 12 and I Peter 2: 9-12. Once the restoration of the earth is accomplished,we will began to celebrate with Him. That celebration will continue on. To get a view of what this celebration will be like in the future, read Revelation 21 and 22.

Now you may be really confused at this point because this is a feeble attempt to set the stage for what is to come. Or, you may be saying, “Tell me more–I want to see more.” There is a way forward. I covered highlights of the grand moments revealed in the Old and New Testaments. There is so much here wanting to be broken down. That is the plan for the next several months. Come back often as I drill into the significance of being chosen by God to be a part of His plan, His story and His community.

Isn’t Our God a marvelous God? His plan is magnificent! Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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