Ephesians 1:4

Chosen in Him


Intro: Last week we began an in-depth series looking at the Blessings that are for the Christian– Blessings that are in Christ !!!!

A) See when you become a Christian – two incredible things happen – Christ comes to live in you – by His Spirit – Your heart His Home


B) And you are Placed in Him !!!! – His Kingdom – So that all that belongs to Him is now available to you



C) Think of it this way: Lets say that you were taken & placed into the Gates Family – Bill Gates – Richest men in the world –

1) You are taken & placed into his family as a full member –


D) Now there are certain things that come w/ that name that you would be able to enjoy right away: Simple things like:

1) Best table at the finest restaurants / Court side seats at B- Ball games

    Great seats at World series /


Also more important things like : Easier access into the finest colleges

A) Certain sense of financial security & Status that comes w/ being a part of that family


B) And then there are also future blessings to look forward to : An inheritance –

1) The Privilege of having the opportunity of being involved in some of the most cutting edge things in technology


C) As well as many Philanthropist & CHARITABLE endeavors to help our country & even the world at large

1) All of that comes to you because you have been placed into the Gates family


In like fashion you and I as believers are placed into a similar situation when we come to faith in Christ { Many blessings for being in the family

A) Some of those blessings deal w/ status and are meant to give us confidence & assurance as we move thru life


B) Some of those blessings are Present & deal w/ Privileges that are made available to us in the Lord –

1) Privileges of Strength / Privileges of Responsibility / SERVICE


C) Some of those blessings are FUTURE and deal w/ our inheritance in the Lord – what we have to look forward to in eternity


Today begin by looking at v.4 & the Blessing of Being Chosen in Him

A) This is the great Doctrine of Election – God Choose us


4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love


B) The Doctrine of ELECTION is one of the most Fascinating & yet confusing doctrines in all of the Bible – God Chose us -

1) Jesus told his disciples in John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit,


C) Now if you try to figure out the doctrine of Election – You will lose your mind – Hard to Fathom – God Chose you before the foundation………

1) It is mind boggling


D) Especially since the scriptures make it clear that Although God chose you – You still have a responsibility to Choose Him !!!

1) Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.



SO the whole thing gets complicated – Try to explain election & you will lose your mind – brain hurt / Short circuit

A) So many unanswered questions – the greatest being why ! / Why did God Choose me ?


B) Try to explain election & you will lose your mind –But Try to explain it away and you will lose your heart

1) But the heart gets touched when I just take it at face value & Accept it  

                                  GOD CHOSE ME !!!


C) Now although we cannot fully comprehend this doctrine it is good for us to CONSIDER what the bible says about it { Not all the answers

1) Better understand our Status in the Lord


So with that in mind – lets consider certain aspects that the Bible tells us about this great doctrine of election – Note several things

A) 1st The term ELECT is always used in describing believers – it is a descriptive term that Describes those who are saved


B) Descriptive rather than  Predictive: Describing who they are    rather than the Process by which they became Christians


C) The Terms Elect / Saint / Christian / Child of God / are all synonymous

          Terms referring to some one who has received Jesus Christ

1)   Think of it is in this way : Governors race – Several candidates

Anyone here run? -  


D) After the Election only one of them is the GOV ELECT

   After which the term Gov & Elect are Synonymous

1) Same is true in this sense – Elect is just another term that gives us

Insight into those who have become – Christians


E) So the term ELECT is a very encouraging term to realize that God has Chosen You to be His Child !!!!


Paul Expressed the blessing of being God’s Elect in this way:  Rom. 8

31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors thru Him who loved us.


NOTE : The term ELECT is never used in the sense of someone being

Elected to Damnation / But Only Salvation

A) It  is very important to understand that ONLY a person who has received

    Jesus Christ as their Savior is – Considered an Elect


B) To put it another way – the Bible does not teach that some are

Elected to Salvation while others to Damnation { Never Never Never

1) Only used in that Way – Speaking of a Believer: Refers to the blessing of being Chosen By God !!!!


Now the 2nd thing that we want to consider is the process thru which one becomes an ELECT { Turn to Romans 8 

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


A) So Everything is working together for Good if you love God and are called according to his purposes

1) But Who are the called ?


Rom 8:29-30

29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

B) Here in Romans 8:29 & 30 Paul gives us tremendous insight into this Process – called election –


C) Starts with For whom He foreknew, He also predestined:

1) So what Paul is telling us here is this: We are Predestined & called according to the foreknowledge of God


D) Peter put it this way 1 Peter 1:2 We are the Elect according to the foreknowledge of God


But what does that word Foreknowledge mean?

A)Now when we talk about the Foreknowledge of God – there is a General & a Specific understanding to the Word


B) In a General sense – God’s Foreknowledge – speaks of Him knowing things in ADVANCE


C)  Pastor Chuck -   Parade analogy / Infinite looking into the finite – sees everything at Once –

1)   We see it only as it happens – He sees the whole perspective


D) So in a General sense – it speaks of knowing in Advance – God knew before you were even born – before world began

1) You were going to respond to His gift of Salvation offered thru Christ !!!! 



In a Specific sense it means much more :

A)The word FOREKNOWLEGDE comes from the word to Know

1)   It is used 500 times in the O.T. & 220 times in the N.T./ In Almost

        every case it is TRANSLATED  to Know intimately / relationship


John 17:3 3And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.



B) O.T. – Gen. 4:25 Adam Knew His wife again ( Very Intimate)

1)   It speaks of Knowing in an intimate personal way / knowing  them

In a Relationship !!!!!


C) So When we talk about the Foreknowledge of God – it is always used in the sense of Relationship : God Knowing some one in Relationship

1)   Now when you put the General and the specific together it sheds

Incredible light on this whole Concept


D) Because it means more than the Fact that God simply knew WHAT you were going to do in Advance

1)   But it means that God Knew You  in Advance / He knew You in

A relationship / He saw You in Christ – before Creation


Think of it in this way : Although God knows all things/ and He knows

Everything about EVERYONE / He only knows believers

A)Only those who have put their faith in Christ are known intimately

     By the Lord ( Only those who have entered in a relationship thru Christ)


B) Think : What is the Lord going to say to unbelievers in Judgment ?

          Depart from me I never Knew You

1)   Did He Know everything about them? Absolutely – but He didn’t

Know them intimately – He didn’t have a relationship w. them!!!


C) So although God knows everything about everyone / and He sees everything that happens way before it ever does

1)   He Knows in advance – those who are going to respond to the

Gospel & those who are going to reject it


D) A big part of His Foreknowledge includes the fact that He Knew us as Believers before the world was ever made/ before we were ever born /

            1) He Saw us in His Son !!!!!  { Eph 1:4 Chose us in Him !!!



So His Choosing you had a lot more to do w/ than just the fact that he knew that you were going to respond to the gospel

A) In reality – He saw you in Jesus – way before : He predestined you to be in Christ – based on his Foreknowledge


Jer 1:4-5

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations."


B) YOUR LIFE -  Purpose { Specific Plan – Our Joy is discovering that Plan

1) I thought Pro Baseball – Coach – { I love what I am doing


C) I thought marry someone else / So blessed by Denise / I thought I would be living some where else – Love NC SD


D) God Knew it all – from before time –  But God in His Sov  lets the whole Process play out – lets us make decisions

1) Biggest one being : the opportunity to receive Christ


E) And Yet He knows – the outcome way a head of time – This is where it gets mind boggling – Can’t compute – Just accept – Rejoice: I am Chosen


Now Some would ask - If we have a free will doesn’t that take away God’s Sovereignty – Not At all – but it really magnifies His Sov.

A)See He is God – He can set things up anyway that He wants to – this is what He has done – Sovereignty given man a Free Will


B) 3rd thing Consider is why God in His Sov. Has given man the ability of Choice:  2 reasons

1) 1st is because God is Love – Because He is love – He is not going to force his love On anyone !!!! 


C) If I put a gun to my wife’s head and forced her to marry me – Marry me or else –Not healthy relationship:  ( Buy a dog to taste every meal)

2nd God Desires Relationship // not robots / Not Programmed response

A)If Denise & My kids were like one of those dolls – pull the String – I love you honey / we love you Daddy – ( Mean nothing to me)


B)  I have been around many of those dolls – thru the yrs – Does nothing for me !!!!


C)  If God wanted Robots He would have made us like Robots – but instead

     He made us people w/ a capacity to respond to His Love

    1)  TRUE -  we loved Him BECAUSE HE  first loved us


Now Some would ask – well if God knew that certain people wouldn’t chose him – why did He allow them to be born at all

A) Answer is He has to let it play out – If God didn’t there would be this perpetual argument


B) I saw you before the foundations of the world & saw that you were not going to chose my son – so I am not going to chose you

1) But I would have – no you wouldn’t / yes I would……….


C) So God lets the whole thing play out to prove that his judgments are righteous & altogether true:

1) God made it clear that Jesus came Jn 3:16 – And died for the sins of the world


16 For God so loved the world{Not just the Elect}that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life


D) God just knew those who would respond & those who wouldn’t

1)  At white throne see every opportunity to respond but rejected instead or made excuses



Now is this what we are supposed to tell unbelievers ? – No this is family stuff

A) You don’t talk to unbelievers about being Chosen – you talk to them about their need to Choose


Josh 24:15  Choose you this day whom you will serve


2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.



1 Tim 2:1-5

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


Rom 10:9-13

if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.".13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."


That is what we need to tell believers – is that the Salvation that comes thru Jesus Christ is available to all men – They need to Choose

A) That whosoever wills – can come – the door is open – that is the invitation written on the door to heaven from God


B) Once They respond & enter thru that door – come in & look behind them see the verse – You did not chose me but I have chosen you

1) Lord I thought that I chose you – No I just let you think that for a while


C) Well that doesn’t seem fair God – What if I am not Chosen ? Listen Pray right now open your heart to the Lord & you will find that you are chosen


D) But if you don’t pray right now to receive the Lord – then you simply chose not to be chosen

1) The Choice is yours


E) Blessings of Election { Back to Ephesians


God choose you in Him before the Foundation of the World

A) To be Holy & with out blame


B) Predestined adoption { Adult Status


C) Made us Accepted in the Beloved


D) All because: v5-6 according to the good pleasure of His will,6 to the praise of the glory of His grace,


E) Means Your Status is Secure : Your Place in the Lord is important and Special – He Choose you

1) Your Purpose for life is to please Him & enjoy the wonder of His plan