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Friday, May 27, 2011

To be chosen by means what?

What does it mean to chosen by God? Many Christians don't fully understand what it means to be chosen by God. In short it means that when we accept Jesus and not reject his love, God then forgives and redeems us offering us eternal salvation. Our goal then is to live holy lives as a sign of our acceptance of Jesus acts on the cross. Are you living a chosen life? Others who don't believe reject Jesus and encourage us to do the same, they have hard hearts and have NOT YET allowed themselves to see the move of God nor hear the call of Jesus. By our life and our love we are to help them feel the Holy Spirit inspiring them to open their lives to God's will.

1 Peter 2:4-10 (NRSV)

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:
"See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

"The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,"
"A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall."

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God's people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

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