Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Election: the highest value in the universe.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
“just as” - kathos = even as, in conformity with the fact. His blessings in verse 3 are in conformity with divine election.
It is God’s desire to bless every member of the human race in conformity with election in Christ. Faith from the free will of the creature limits the number of creatures who benefit.
“He chose” - aorist middle indicative of eklego = to pick out, to choose, or to elect. Middle voice = for Himself.
Gnomic aorist = God’s election of the believer is absolute without equivocation. The standard of that election is the standard of Christ.
The reason why some believers enjoy the fruit of their election while others suffer the loss of blessings that come with election is because some tap into the storehouse of blessing and others ignore it.
Satan would love to fool you into thinking that he has something better for you in his world system than what God has chosen for you under election.
There is only one thing in this world that has surpassing value and that is the Father’s election in Christ.
Jesus Christ is undiminished God and true humanity in one person forever. It is the humanity of Christ that has been elected of God to the highest position of blessing, honor, and authority.
If you are a believer, you are elected in union with this One, and that brings a whole new dimension to your election - authority, blessing, and power.
Jesus Christ is the only elected one of God. The Church and Israel are elected because of the relationship they share to Him.
And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice [all the +V of Abraham, from leaving Ur to this point]."
The believer in the Church has been elected to share in everything that the humanity of Christ is and has been blessed with. There is nothing that has higher value.