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 a pride that I was chosen by God to bear His Name.
That’s not the correct response. Being chosen by the Creator of the Universe is weighty. You were chosen by the Creator of the Universe and for a purpose.
I want to look back to a time when the Universe did not exist. That is hard to imagine! However, because the Word is eternal, it hints of what was there before the Universe was. We learn from the Gospel of John, chapter 1 that there was God in plurality–another hard concept. Many believers label God, Trinity. God is the Great Three in One.
The significance to being chosen is that the Trinity, the Godhead, existed in three persons. The Trinity perfectly loves, respects, defers to, and honors one another. The love is perfect in every imaginable description. Because of that love, you and I were made.
Before the Universe existeGod created angelic beings as worshipers and agents of the Trinity.
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 from heaven to earth.
Read Revelation 4 for what Lucifer and the rebelling angels lost forever. Read it for what believers gained.
Genesis 1 and 2 focus on the creation of man. Genesis tells us that 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.
God created and man wasted His creation. From a human perspective, the Trinity was dealt a double blow. Angelic beings rebelled and one great angelic being deceived Eve and Adam. So we, like Frodo, Sam, The Ranger, and hobbits and humans of the Lord of the Rings, are called into battle against evil–against evil and it’s agents.
The temptation in the Garden changed the human heart. Now the inclination for evil and disobedience is ever present. Did God know what He was doing? Yes, The proof is that He did not leave us in this miserable state. He saw us in this dismal 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. He desires a people for fellowship and worship. He desires a people who love Him and whom He loves.
Never forget, angels and humans exist because there is a loving God who loves perfectly and longs for His people to understand Him, to emulate and represent Him on this earth.
His love and willingness to pursue us led to His Grand Plan for rescue. He chose us and came to rescue us. Jesus Christ made the way out of this mess. God made a plan: Hebrews 2. Redeemed us: Hebrews 10. Then raised us up to restore all things to Himself: Romans 8.
Grasping this truth, lead us to greatly rejoice in what God has done.
We are raised up by Him to restore and bring to the Earth the Good News. A very tall order! BUT, 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 and on. To get a view of what this celebration looks like read Revelation 21 and 22.
You may be really confused at this point or you may be saying, “Tell me more–I want to see more.” With either thought, there is a way forward. I covered highlights of some grand moments revealed in the Old and New Testaments. So much is wanting to be broken down and unpacked. That is the plan for the next several months. Come back often as I unpack the significance of being chosen by God to be a part of His plan and His community.
Isn’t Our God a marvelous God? His plan is magnificent! Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Any time you see LR in the title of a blog this year, it stands for Lord of the Rings. It’s a hint that the blog is about the themes delivered in the Lord of the Rings trailer.