God Chooses Us

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God lets us choose Him: “But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” But that isn’t the beginning of the story – or the end of it.

God chooses us. He gives us the right to become children of God[i], and He made that choice before the foundation[ii] of the world. We become the children of God not by blood descent, not by the will of parents or anyone else – maybe not even by our own will – but by God’s choice.[iii]

I do not have a systematic theology. I am not a theologian, and my understanding of systematic theology is limited, but free will has always seemed self-evident to me. It also seems eminently biblical. God created us in his own image[iv], and a primary characteristic of God is agency. We see in the story of Adam and Eve that God gave us agency too, by giving them dominion over the animals of the earth and in the choice to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The freedom to choose is also a necessary condition of love. God is love[v], and he created us in His image to reflect Him, to glorify Him and to love Him.

The point of an image is to image. Images are erected to display the original. Point to the original. Glorify the original. God made humans in his image so that the world would be filled with reflectors of God. Images of God. Seven billion statues of God. So that nobody would miss the point of creation. Nobody (unless they were stone blind) could miss the point of humanity, namely, God. Knowing, loving, showing God.[vi]

God created us to love him. Therefore, we must have agency/free will in order to be able to reflect back His love as He intended.

But there is another side to this. Continue reading

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Chosen According to the Foreknowledge of God

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“[C]hosen[i] according to the foreknowledge[ii] of God….” (1 Pet.1:1-2)

We cannot understand anything about God unless we understand that He is the uncreated Creator, the Beginner without a beginning; He IS outside of time and space; He always was, always is and always will be. Continue reading

Be Willing to Know

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If anyone is willing[i] to do His will, he will know[ii] of the teaching, whether it is of God…. (John 7:17)

Jesus said these words in response to people who questioned what he was saying because he was uneducated. (John 7:15) Jesus did not have the credentials or the experience people thought he should have. How ironic!

Jesus did not gain his knowledge in the usual way, of course. He did not graduate from the Pharisaical seminary. He did not have a diploma. He was I AM. He did not need a diploma! Continue reading