God’s Chosen People - Ephesians 1:4

God’s Chosen People - Ephesians 1:4

God’s Chosen People - Ephesians 1:4

 

God the Father eternally outlined the process of salvation before man was ever created and He identified the “chosen” is in Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 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 whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:3-7 KJV). God’s chosen people are “in” Jesus Christ. God never chooses anyone to Heaven or Hell; however, God said the chosen are in Jesus Christ. If you want to be “the chosen” you must be “in” Jesus Christ. It is a choice you have to make. 

Many think the “outward” Jew are “God’s chosen people;” however, this is not accurate. The Jew is “God’s chosen people” but it is not the ones who have an “outward” conversion but the ones who have an “inward” conversion. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:28-29 KJV). If you are a believer in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ, you are a Jew on the “inside” because you have a circumcised heart. The “outward” Jew has a circumcised flesh and is putting their confidence in their works for salvation. Salvation is not received by cleaning up the flesh, keeping the Law, following rituals/sacraments of men, or cutting off dead skin. Salvation is an inward revelation of Jesus Christ. “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood” (Galatians 1:13-16 KJV). Salvation is believing Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, burial, and resurrection.  Salvation happens when your faith is placed in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ. Salvation happens when a person understands that they are of sin and have fallen short of the glory of God. They understand there is nothing they can do to earn salvation because their entire body is dead in sin: their works are dead, their rituals are dead, their sacraments are dead. The only thing that can give life is Jesus Christ and that life is eternal!

Everyone is called by His grace through the Gospel; however, not everyone answers the call of His grace through the Gospel. “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (II Thessalonians 2:12-14 KJV). The Gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal. The Gospel of Jesus Christ if from eternity past. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for eternity future. The Gospel that was, is and is to come never changes. God calls us through His Gracy by His Gospel which is an Everlasting Gospel: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6 KJV). 

God wants not one person to perish. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9 KJV). This is why Jesus Christ died on the Cross for all the sins of the world so all persons can be saved. “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:4-6 KJV). Believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, burial, and resurrection and forever become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28 KJV). When you believe in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, you are “God’s chosen people” because only the chosen are in Jesus Christ. “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” (Ephesians 1:4 KJV). Are you a Jew “outwardly” trusting in your works and cleaning up the flesh? Are you a Jew “inwardly” trusting in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ? 

God knows who are His -the ones who have trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (II Timothy 2:19 KJV). You might be able to fool the fans but you will never fool God! I pray you have answered the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 

THE PLAN OF SALVATION - THE GOSPEL

 

The Gospel is Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins (past present future), He was buried and He resurrected the third day to show us the payment for sin is paid in full.  

  • I Corinthians 15:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

There is only one way to Heaven and it is the belief in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.

  • Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

 

Lord Savior Jesus Christ was born for one reason and that is to save us from our sins.  Jesus Christ does not come to condemn individuals.  Jesus Christ comes to save us because we are all Hell doomed sinners without the Blood of Jesus Christ. 

  • John 3:16-18:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

 

The Bible is very clear Jesus Christ does not come to condemn for we are already condemned.  

  • Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

The Bible is very clear the payment for sin is death; somebody has to die for your sin and this is why Jesus Christ come to this earth.

  • Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Let me ask you a very simple question. If you could be saved by being water baptized, doing good works, being a good person or following the Ten Commandments, why did the God from Eternity Past, the God from Eternity Future, the Ever Presence Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and die on the Cross and Resurrect the Third Day?  

  • Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

If you could earn salvation by doing those things, then Jesus Christ died in vain; but, we know Jesus Christ didn’t die in vain; Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin because He is the Lamb of God and only the Lamb of God makes a perfect sacrifice for sin.

 

The resurrection is proof God the Father accepted Jesus Christ death payment for sin; death payment of past, present and future sin.  

 

The bible is very clear Jesus Christ comes to saves us from a Hell we deserve to a Heaven we don’t.  

 

People DO NOT go to Hell because they are “bad”, they go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior, they believe NOT that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins, burial and resurrection.  

 

Know that God is gracious to you and He has already died for all your sins (past present future) and He was buried showing all the world He died for your sins and He resurrected showing all the world that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the Father asked Him to do, IT IS FINISHED.  

 

I pray you to believe in Jesus Christ right now for salvation; believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sin, burial, and resurrection.  

 

If you have not believed, what is stopping you right now from believing? God loves you and has already died and resurrected to meet you. Believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, burial, and resurrection and receive the greatest gift ever which is eternal life. Eternal life does not start when you die, eternal life starts the very second you believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Why not trust in Jesus Christ today for salvation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 KJV)

 

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Lance Edminster

The Good News Voice

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Once Saved, Always Saved -"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one." (John 10:28-30 KJV)