My beloved child…Long ago, even before I made the world, I chose you to be My very Own through what Christ Jesus would do for you. I decided then to make you holy and blameless in My sight, without a single fault…you who stand before Me covered with My love. In kindness and grace, I purchased your freedom with the Blood of My Son and forgave all your sins. [Father God…Eph 1:3-14]
Abba Father…You made me for Yourself; I am Yours, and You are mine. My place as a child of the Most High God is so simple, so child-like…the sole purpose for my life is to watch for You and wait before You, to look off unto You and listen for Your voice behind me, saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it.” My sole responsibility is to do what You Personally show me to do through Your Blessed Holy Spirit…with an unquestioning child-like obedience…and to be faithful in doing it to completion.
*****Just as Your Divine Son Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know Me…just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father…and I lay down My life for the sheep. My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.” [John 10:14-15, 27-30]
*****Abba Father…You knew in eternity past I would belong to You…the day, the time, the hour. And no one would be able to snatch me out of Your hand. I was predestined in eternity past to be Your child…Not because of the exercise of Your Sovereign will, but because of Your foreknowledge of the exercise of my free will.
Abba Father…every soul whom You have brought into existence since the beginning of Creation, and every soul whom You will yet bring into existence, has the same opportunity to freely choose Your free gift of eternal life. You are not willing that any should perish…You want all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth.
*****In eternity past, Father, You knew every soul…by name…whom you would bring into existence. In Your Omniscience…Your foreknowledge of all things…You knew for every soul…in the full range of all circumstances, events, and things that could be brought to bear on a person’s life…if there would be any that would draw that soul, through the exercise of their own free will, to enter into a saving relationship with Your Divine Son Jesus and thereby receive Your free gift of eternal life. For those souls, You determined…by Divine Providence…to bring those specific things to bear on that person’s life, and to Personally be a shield and protector of that soul’s life until the day and hour of their salvation…known by You. Those souls are counted, in eternity past, as belonging to You…and no one can snatch them out of Your hand. Election…being chosen for eternal life…is simply Your foreknowledge of an individual soul’s free will to choose the means You have provided for salvation…namely, through Your Divine Son Jesus. Election is NOT the exercise of Your Sovereign will to deny a soul the opportunity to exercise their own free will to accept Your offer of the free gift of eternal life extended to every soul. Those whom You foreknew, You predestined…elected; chose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son. [Rom 8:29 NASU]
For those whom God foreknew would make a solemn vow in giving himself to be the bride of Christ Jesus His Son in Divine marriage and thereby enter into a saving relationship with Him,
He also predestined to be conformed to the image and likeness of his Son,
that He might thereby be the firstborn among many brothers.
And those whom He thus predestined to be molded into the image and likeness of His Son,
He also called to come out of darkness into His marvelous light;
those whom He thus called, He also justified, conferring upon them the status of eternal righteousness through the atoning sacrifice of His Divine Son Jesus;
those whom He thus justified, He also glorified through adoption into His Family as His children…heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ His Son]. [Rom 8:29-30]
Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it: