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Am I One of God's Chosen?

Hi S____,

Thank you for your question.

You ask:

I get this question at regular intervals as people become aware of the function of the "historical orthodox Christian church" in God's plan. The answer is - not necessarily. Understanding that the whole "historical orthodox Christian church" is deceived does not necessarily translate into being 'chosen' or 'elect.'

I never assume that I am chosen, and therefore I have nothing to concern myself with as far as my daily life is concerned. Here are some scriptures which give us a proper scriptural perspective on this subject of who is God's elect, who is God's chosen:

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Why does Paul "bring his body into subjection?"

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

So we are not to assume that we "stand" without "taking heed lest we fall." We are to "keep our bodies under subjection" unless we also become 'castaways.' And in the very same breath we are told "So run that ye may obtain... [and] I therefore so run, not as uncertainly..."

What is the message in all of this for us? Here is the message:

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Scripturally speaking, salvation is not something which is accomplished by mouthing a 10 second 'sinner's prayer.' Salvation is known to no one who is yet in the flesh. Salvation awaits only all who are in Christ and who "endure to the end."

Not all to whom it is given "to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God...[will] endure to the end." Witness Judas:

Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

So you see, being called and being chosen are not all there is to being in that "blessed and holy first resurrection. What else is required? We have mentioned it already, but here it is again from a slightly different perspective:

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Judas had felt the call to follow Christ as one of His many disciples. Here is where that led:

Luk 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

So Judas was both called and chosen. But Judas did not "endure to the end." Judas was not "faithful" to "the doctrine of Christ."

So what are the scriptures telling us? Here is what this all means:

1Th 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I certainly hope and pray that you and I are both chosen and both endure to the end and are both faithful to the end. But let us never fail of the vigilance we are exhorted to maintain here in these verses.

Your understanding the Truth on iswasandwillbe.com is only the very beginning of your walk with God. This is the "sweetness as honey in your mouth" mentioned in Ezekiel 2 and again in Revelation 10. We must yet experience the 'bitterness in the belly' mentioned in Revelation 10 and endure to the end, before we can say with no uncertainty that we "have been saved."

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

I hope this encourages you to "run not as uncertainly" but with confidence that "he that has begun a good work in you will finish it."

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Mike