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    Q&A: How Can We Know We’ve Been Chosen?

    Q: I am studying Ephesians and it says in verse 4, chapter 1, that “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Okay, so how do we know we were chosen? Someone else told me that if we give our lives to God, then that makes us chosen. Is this correct? I’m just confused.

    A: Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. (Ephesians 1:4 (NLT))

    Ephesians 1:4 has been a part of debates between believers for years. Some biblical scholars read this verse and state that it points to something called the doctrine of predestination.

    Predestination, simply put, means that because God is all-powerful and all-knowing, He must have ordained everything that happens. Essentially, predestination assumes that there can’t be such a thing as free will because God already knows what’s going to happen and that He planned things to happen exactly the way they do.

    Does God know everything that’s going to happen? Yes. Did God choose to extend grace to humanity through the death and resurrection of Christ? Yes. Does God’s knowledge of future decisions and events in my life make difficult decisions easier?

    That hasn’t been my experience so far, so I’ll say no.

    Before He made the world, God saw the failure of Adam and Eve. He saw the wickedness that would fill the earth and lead to the flood. God saw that nothing but His own sacrifice could restore humanity’s relationship with Him. God saw what kind of day I was going to have today.

    He saw all of that before He ever laid the foundation for the universe. He loved us so much even before our creation that He chose to create us knowing the eventual sacrifice we would cost Him.

    God doesn’t sit up in heaven picking and choosing who will be saved. That’s not what this verse means. It means that before He made the world, God had already chosen to extend His offer of salvation by grace to us through His son Jesus Christ. God considers those who choose to accept His offer of salvation as His chosen people, adopted into the same family as the original chosen people, Israel.

    The doctrines of free will and predestination, while interesting for study, can also cause unnecessary stress in our relationship with God. My personal opinion is that I don’t think God wants us to worry too much about these things. God simply wants us to trust Him, love Him, love each other and obey His word.

    I hope this clears up the confusion a bit!

    God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. (Ephesians 1:5)

    Girls, do you have any other thoughts on this verse?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    6 COMMENTS

    1. @Seraph
      From what I’ve read in God’s Word and what I have learned about God’s character, I really don’t believe anyone was “born and set for hell”. 2 Peter 3:9 says “Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”. Also, I don’t believe that God would allow someone to keep on living if He had given up on saving them. As long as it is God’s will that you are still alive on this earth, He is giving you time to repent and to start living according to His plan.

      Hope that helped 🙂

      • I think what you said is really true! I think God made us all so carefully that He really wants us all to be saved. I was just a little confused about why some people would still go to hell then…
        Anyways, thank you so much! I totally agree.

      • What you said makes sense, but I thought the Bible also said that He chose us to be his children. If this is true, then why didn’t he choose everyone? DID He choose us? Some clarification of this would be great 🙂

    2. As I understand, when Ada and Eve sinned, we lost the capacity of choose God. When we want to know God is because He gave us the wish of know him. There are some questions that I have about it, but with the time I understood tha it is the most logical way, knowing tha God is sovereign. But I respect your opinions girls 🙂

    3. 1 Peter ch 1:1-2 says that God chose us…according to His foreknowledge. Basically, He “foreknew” who would accept and deny Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
      Here’s a few bible verses about this topic:

      “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:3-4)

      “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

      “To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the **foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” (1 Peter 1:1-2)

      God gives us free will though… We can accept His grace or deny it. Accept His love and grace! 🙂

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