Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV)
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
When did our Lord choose us? Was it when we trusted him as Savior? Was it when we first heard the gospel? Was it when we performed righteous deeds? O my dear saint it was none of these things that moved him to choose us. Marvel of marvel he choose us in his son before the creation of the world.
That certainly boggles this mind of this pastor, but it does not cause me to doubt his grace and love for those who trust in him. No, it assures me that everyone who comes to Christ he will in no wise cast out. His electing is not an evidence of his choosing favorites but his act of graciously giving all those who trust in him the confidence that their salvation was nothing of their own doing but solely the perfect working of a gracious God who saw their greatest need and accomplishes what none could except by his grace.
O dear saint do you question his choice when he called you to himself? Have you doubted his grace when you become acutely aware of your sin? Doubt no longer but believe that he who knew you perfectly before you were born knows you perfectly even now and sees all the acts of wickedness you have committed or will ever commit and yet his grace saw fit to choose you to set his affection upon.
If, he who knows us fully, yet elects to set his love upon us what reason do we have for fear that he made some mistake in calling us to himself? Wonder if you are among the elect of God? Wonder no more and set your affection on him who will see to it that all who desire to come to him will, and he will seal their calling by the gift of his Holy Spirit who will confirm your adoption and cause you to long for him more than you long for anything on this earth.
He did all of this because it was his good pleasure to adopt the most wayward to become his chosen and precious child. O what a trophy of God’s grace we are to the angels as they are baffled by such grace.
Marveling at His Electing love for one such as I,