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How do I know if I’m chosen???

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For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”

(1 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

This is a question that has been asked me, in some shape or form, plenty of times. I am sure that anyone who has given much thought to the truths this blog attempts to proclaim (regardless of which side you fall on at the end) has asked themselves this very question. This question is also often used to dissuade people from considering the verity of the doctrines of grace.

I find that most who struggle with this question do not yet have a biblical understanding of election, nor the gracious gifts of repentance and faith. I won’t bore you for long, as I believe the Scripture is very clear on this; but simply point you to the Holy Spirit inspired words of Paul, and give a brief explanation.

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.”

(1 Thessalonians 1:4-5) [emphasis added]

Let’s play this out between the questioner and the apostle Paul:

Questioner: “Paul, you speak of the electing work of God – that He has mercy on whom He will and harden’s whom He will. You say that salvation is not a thing I can attain by my works, or even my own willing to be saved. If my salvation is completely up to God, and His unconditional election, how do I know if I am elected?”

Paul: “Has God so moved in your heart that the sin you once loved you now hate? Are you resting on the Person and work of Jesus Christ alone for your salvation? Then the gospel did not come to you in word only but also in power and the Holy Spirit, and with full conviction, and know that God has chosen you.

Grant it, this is not a translation of I Thessalonians 1:4-5. But then you would not be asking Paul this question face to face either. =) It is rather an application of the truth stated here.

Paul said he new God had chosen those at Thessalonica who believed because of the effect the gospel had on them. Faith and repentance are gifts of grace, purchased with the blood of Christ for His children. We were dead in sin, walking according to the will of Satan, and God made us alive to Himself. (Eph. 2:1-10) It is of God that we are saved. Even our belief is not of our own doing, so we can only boast in the cross! (Galatians 6:14)

So, my friend, if The Holy Spirit testifies that you are truly repenting of your sins and believing in The LORD Jesus Christ, then election is something you can claim.

If you have no repentance and true faith in The LORD Jesus Christ, then do not be decieved by a prayer you prayed, a baptism you endured, a church role you’re on, or a humanitarian act you performed. You must repent and believe the gospel! May The LORD, in His grace,make the gospel hit you like a ton of bricks granting you a hatred for, and a longing to be free of, your sin making Himself glorious to you and causing you to flee to Him.

And if He has done these things to you already, let’s thankfully worship Him for His amazing grace!

May He make the cry of our hearts be –

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

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