Christ Chose Us

Acts 9:4-6, And falling to the ground, [Saul] heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

There are Christians who think we have the free will to “choose” Jesus, but that is not how the Scriptures speak on faith. Faith is not something we acquire through superior human reasoning. Faith is a gift Jesus chooses to give us (Ephesians 2:8-9). We are the ones who are chosen. Simon, Andrew, and James and John the sons of Zebedee did not choose Jesus; Jesus chose them and commanded that they follow Him (Mark 1:14-20). They didn’t have a choice. So it is with the rest of His disciples. Even the crowds who believed had no choice; the Holy Spirit did His work and chose whom He willed. This is especially true of Paul. He was on his way to Damascus to continue his persecution of Christians, but Jesus had other plans. Confronted with the resurrected Jesus, Paul had no choice but to believe and do as He says.

Christ choosing us is a great comfort because since He is one with God and chooses us, He will not allow anyone or anything to snatch us from His hand (John 10:27-30). This is a much greater comfort than our choosing Him since we fail to choose Him every day; this is what sin is. If salvation depended on our choosing, 1) Jesus would have come for nothing, and 2) no one would have salvation since we fail to choose God every day. Decision theology—choosing Jesus—is merely another kind of Law: “Choose God or else.” There is no Gospel. The Gospel is Christ saying, “I have chosen you. You are Mine.” And unless we quench the Spirit, He gives us the gift of faith, which He alone sustains.

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