Who Is The Chosen One In The Bible

It is critical to never take the Bible for granted, but instead to constantly test it for accuracy. This is what separates those who trust Jesus from those such as the historic Pharisees who rejected Him. This article provides a relevant example from the Bible that would have been so helpful today in the matter.

There is much debate about who the chosen one actually is. The bible is not specific about who this person is. If you read through the translation of the old testament, you will find that this phrase is a popular term used by prophets in the Hebrew language. The word is used to describe a person that has been elected or given power and authority by God.

Throughout the Old Testament, God chose one man to be His representative on Earth. The patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had each been recipients of God?s grace in their time. Even Moses was graced with a direct relationship with God, having the privilege to hear his words in person. But when Jesus Christ came along, sending him down from Heaven so no man may reach up and touch him to receive God?s grace directly, He said there was no greater leader than he (John 14:6) and that no man except the prophets have seen God at all (John 1:18).

Who is the one image in all of the Bible that people find most interesting? That’s right! It’s Jesus Christ. However, this painting of Jesus could be interpreted differently than most people would expect, especially if you don’t research carefully.

Who Is The Chosen One In The Bible

Stop and ask yourself, have you seen Jesus? Even John admits that he didn’t recognize Jesus at first (John 1:32–33). We have never had the opportunity to gaze on Jesus’ face, and my mental image is highly influenced by the illustrations and movie portrayals I’ve seen. But more than His face, do you know His character? Do you recognize His presence? Have you seen the work of His hands? 

For example, our third daughter was born with a small bowel malrotation (unknown at the time) which led to a midgut volvulus and complete bowel obstruction in her first days of life. The summary: She was sick. Really sick. She could have died. In those moments of handing off our newborn for emergency surgery, and in the days that followed, Christ was undeniably there with us. The peace of His presence was palpable. The work of His hands was undeniable—from the team chosen for the actual surgery to the specific ICU nurses who cared for us all. Those days were hard, but we saw God with more clarity than we had before. 

Who Is The Chosen One In The Bible

1. Your faith is not the basis of God’s choosing you, but the result of it.

This means that your faith is a wonder — more wonderful than any of the seven wonders of the world. Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). And there was a deeper choosing going on here than just the selection of the Twelve. We know this because Judas was part of the Twelve, and he was not “chosen.” Jesus said, “I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me’” (John 13:18).

If you have come to Jesus, the wonder is that you already belonged to the Father, and the Father gave you to Jesus. You were not chosen because you came; you came because you were chosen. That’s what Jesus said: “All that the Father gives me will come to me. . . . Yours they were, and you gave them to me” (John 6:37; 17:6).

“Your roots, as a child of God, are in eternity — in the infinite mind and heart of God.”

If you have believed on Jesus, the wonder is that you were first appointed to eternal life. You weren’t appointed because you believed; you believed because you were appointed. When the Gentiles heard that the gospel actually included them, “they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).

Revel in the wonder that you are a Christian because God chose you to be one. Your roots, as a child of God, are in eternity — in the infinite mind and heart of God. Your faith, and all its fruits, are God’s eternal gift.

2. Therefore, the basis of God choosing you is not in you, but in grace.

Take God’s Old Testament people Israel, for example. Why did God set his favor on Israel above all the peoples of the earth? What was the basis of God’s calling them “my chosen” (Isaiah 45:4)? Here’s Moses’s answer:

The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers. (Deuteronomy 7:6–8)

This is amazing: “The Lord set his love on you and chose you . . . because the Lord loves you.” He loves you because he loves you! That’s the deepest, and ultimate, basis of God’s choosing Israel.

Paul underlines the wonder. Why was Jacob, the father of the nation of Israel, chosen over his twin brother Esau? Paul answers, “Though they were not yet born, and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose to choose might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls — their mother was told, ‘The older will serve the younger’” (Romans 9:11–12).

And the principle holds today. Paul would say, “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace” (Romans 11:5). So it is with every true Christian. Behind our believing — behind our coming to Jesus — is grace alone. There is no ground for our being chosen beneath the all-wise and incomprehensible love of God. Oh, the vastness of the repercussions of this unfathomable truth!

3. Since our faith and obedience is owing to God’s choice of us, we can know we are chosen.

It is a wonder that God’s unfathomable, eternal choice of who will be his children can be known by those he chose. Paul said that he knew the Thessalonian believers were God’s chosen ones. “We know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (1 Thessalonians 1:4).

“Calvinism is the end of racism among Christians.”

How can he know this? And how can they? Paul explains, “We know . . . because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. . . . You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:4–6).

Only God’s eternal resolve to save his chosen people can explain the miracle of faith that receives the word of the gospel with joy in the midst of affliction. This is the work of God, and God does this saving work for his chosen ones. If it has happened to you, you may know that you are chosen.

Let the wonder of this sink in. Your faith is not a witness to any prior power in you. It is a witness to God’s choosing you. It is not a testimony to something so small as self-determination. It is a testimony to the same power that created the universe. God chose to raise you from the dead (Ephesians 2:5).

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