God Makes Choices

Leon L. Combs, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
November, 23, 2015

The topic of God choosing people is also referred to as predestination and is a topic that is still vigorously debated, and unfortunately even divides the visible church. Every Christian must recognize that God chooses people for there are many verses in the Bible concerning those who were chosen. His choices do not depend upon what we do or think: So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. (Rom 9:16)

Adam and Eve were chosen to start the human race (Gen 1-2). Abraham was chosen to be the father of God’s chosen people to maintain His truth during Old Testament times (Gen 18:17-19). The Israelites were chosen from among other much stronger nations:
Deut 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

God chose the Levites to be priests among the Israelites:
Deut 21:5 Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the Lord your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the Lord; and every dispute and every assault shall be settled by them.

Moses and Aaron were chosen to lead God’s chosen people out of Egypt:
Psa 105:26 He sent Moses His servant, And Aaron whom He had chosen.

In Isaiah 16:7-13 we read of God choosing David the second King of Israel. God chose Solomon (1 Chron 29:1), Jerusalem (2 Chron 6:6) and Jacob (Psa 135:4).

Jesus was chosen:
• Matt 12:18 "Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
• Luke 9:35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!"
• Luke 23:35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."

The angels who did not follow Satan were also chosen:
1Tim 5:21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

Jesus chose His disciples and He even chose Judas who would betray Him:
John 13:18 "I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.'

In the New Testament we read many verses about God having chosen His people whom He would save such as:
• Matt 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
• Acts 1:2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

Paul was chosen when he was still an enemy of God:
Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;

God not only chose those to obtain salvation but He also hardened others:
• Exo 4:21 The LORD said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.
• Rom 11:7 What then? That which Israel is seeking for, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened;
• Rom 9:13 Just as it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
• Rom 9:15 For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."

There are many other Scriptures about God choosing His people such as:
• Col 3:12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
• 2Tim 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.
• Titus 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
• 1Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen

We read of the End Time (the Eschaton) when those chosen will be with Jesus:
Rev 17:14 "These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful."

Praise God that He chose us before the world was created so that one day He would call us so we would know our place with Him, He justified us, and one day He will glorify us:
• Eph 1:4-5 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love (5) He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
• Rom 8:29-30 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; (30) and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.