“Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations. I also will choose the things that delude them, and I will bring their fears on them, because I called, no one answered…”, Is.66:3,4
There is a lot of disputing, much quest about this issue of being chosen. I will not enter it, for I believe that if I have to tell myself many things over and over again, it is because I am in inner disagreement with it. I believe, as well, that such people who discuss it are either avoiding issues of greater importance by it, or trying to gain an argument mistaking it for real life and having another day pass us by. I will not enter along with such vain discussing, for if I try convincing myself over and over God has created the world, it means I do not really believe it.
But there are certain aspects of this issue of being chosen which deserve some attention, especially because people easily take it out of contextual proportion so they can prove a wishful belief out of it. There are a few verses people readily use to make a statement, of which I will grind a few. One of the most common passages people immediately fetch to create a doctrine of predestination is Eph 1. I am not disagreeing on that doctrine and intend to say something about it ahead, but I believe to be chosen is not saving. If it was, Israel would be in heaven by now as a nation.
Above we read because people chose to walk a certain way, God chose their fate for them as well. The world is a rotten whole, of which God chooses a spot to start a regeneration of that same whole, eventually. The perversion of this doctrine is to believe sin will enter heaven on grounds of predestination, for pride slips in easily to use the name of a Holy God in vain. Predestination makes forgiveness available, not disposable.
We all know Christ did not come to save from hell directly, but from sin which leads to hell, Mat.1:21. The wages of it remains still, for all alike, unless the power to sin is removed from a heart as far as the west is from the east. The sin which so “easily besets us”, has the power to remove chosen ones from being where God wanted them to be. We read about this as follows: “… as He said, "I have sworn in My wrath that they would not enter into My rest, although their works were finished from the foundation of the world”, Heb 4:3. “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and if every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord…” Heb 2:1-3. When Paul uses here the word “WE”, I am sure he is talking about chosen ones and about himslef as well. And he says “How shall we escape…” meaning chosen ones will be of greater guilt before a righteous God if, being chosen to hear right from the foundations of the world, they choose their sin above a living God. God and sin will live apart for eternity. Hence, choosing sin and believing in God is a mere delusion of wishful thinking. All who choose sin and/or its ways choose so against a living God. To deny God and accept sin is one and the same thing; and to deny sin and accept God is one and the same deed.
One verse often quoted with error is this one we find in 1Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you might speak of the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (10) you who then were not a people, but now the people of God, those not pitied then, but now pitied”. I will not go into this issue of being chosen so others could get to see the glory of God and be saved themselves, for time is short. Nevertheless, the main point on this verse is that out of hundreds of generations the whole world has, the one Peter and John were living in then, had been chosen to see Christ coming and even dying. The Lord had to choose one of them all and their generation was the chosen one. Peter, by saying to them “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” was meaningful then. “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness”, says he further!
In Eph.1 we have two verses that talk about this thing of being chosen. Many use it to excuse sin and live on as they best wish to do. We read, “according as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”, Eph 1:4; and “having predestined us to the … praise of the glory of His grace, in which He has made us accepted in the One having been loved”, Eph 1:5,6. Both these verses tell us we have been chosen to live holy here on earth, so the glory of God would and could be manifested to all others, after the same manner that God chose to do many a miracle in Egypt so it would be proclaimed all over the world. It means “He chose us… that we should be holy and without blame before Him…” and since God does not overlook anything at all, and He is not blind towards anything whatsoever, I believe that to be without spot before Him who sees all, is an achievement worth being fully proclaimed - it is different from being holy in human eyes alone. God will not lie by saying someone is clean if he is not. If God makes us accepted, it means our sins are gone from us for real, our sinning power, desire and willingness towards transgression as well. He turns us into acceptable beings Himself. “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the master's use, prepared unto every good work, (22) after righteousness, faith, love, pace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”, 2Tim.2:21-22. “I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputing”, 1Tim.2:8.
Now, most people who fuss under a predestination doctrine to live on in sin should take a better look at this, for all places where I have heard this kind of preaching, speak so as to excuse their own sin and overlook it rather than to make holy, instead of having and find in it more and even greater reasons to root sin out for good. People easily state they are chosen. I guess few accept the fact that they have been chosen to live as holy instead, choosing rather whatever they wish to believe linked to that word "chosen". This is not believing as Scripture says, for that alone would bring rivers of living water from out of us, John 7:38. Do you wish to believe as Scripture states, or as you wish it would rather be to suit you fully? Doctrine people easily take from Scripture and easily add unto it as well. If you are reading this, it may mean you are chosen to be holy. Be holy then. Amen.