Russell and Duenes

The Lord Your God Has Chosen You

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“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  ~ Deut. 7:6-8

In His sovereign freedom and love, God does the choosing. As John Piper writes, “[God] doesn’t set his love upon them because they qualify for his love. He loves them because he loves them.” (The Pleasures of God, ch.5). Jesus says to his disciples: “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” St. Paul writes: “For [God] says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy'” (Rom. 9:15-16). And St. John says: “In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10).

God is the only completely and utterly free person in the universe. He is in the heavens, he does whatever he pleases, and only he. And he pleases to take sinners like you and me, dead in sins and transgressions, unalterably opposed to his law, and against all expectations, makes us “his treasured possession.” He does this not because of any characteristic in us, not because we’re so lovable that he cant stand to be without us, but simply because he is a merciful God who chooses to love us. We have no claim on him, yet he is gracious to us. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, made us alive together with Christ, by grace are you saved.” (Eph. 2:4). This is the glory of God. This is his praise for which we praise and thank him.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

October 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

Posted in Deuteronomy, Duenes

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