By: :Lisa Wilmore
Scriptures to ponder: 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: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In who we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesian 1:4-7).
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we are not saved because we deserve it, but because of his graciousness and free-giving will. There is absolutely nothing we can do or could have done that would make us worthy of his salvation. It does not matter how good, well-educated or pompous (self-important) we are, God’s decision to extend salvation was not influenced by us. Rather, God chose us from the foundation of the world because of his plan and purpose; therefore, we cannot take credit or be prideful for our salvation. It is God’s idea and it existed long before we were even thought of.
Paul is the writer of the above noted scriptures and he indicated that because of God’s love, he had predestinated us to be his children through his Son, Jesus Christ. Predestinated simply means to choose before. “God chooses those he knows will participate in his plan of salvation and extends it to all who respond in faith. The doctrine in predestination in scripture relates to the foreknowledge of God” (KJV Commentary). Paul wrote in Romans that “for whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren” (8:29). So, as we gain a clear understanding of God choosing us, and not us choosing him, there is nothing we can do that deserve to be recipients of his salvation.
We should be grateful that God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ before the foundation of the world. He could have left us spiritually dead, but he did not. He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of. In addition to being grateful, we must show compassion and patience with others who are willful disobedient to God. Remember, we are not saved because we deserve it, but because God is gracious and his plan for us was originated before the foundation of the world. Thank you God for your graciousness!