The Purpose of God’s Choosing

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My servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He (Isaiah 43:10).

Notice that, according to this verse, God has a specific purpose in His choosing: that the chosen may know Him, believe Him, and understand Him. God draws His chosen into personal relationship with Himself. This is the initial stage of God’s grand work of the ages.

To know Him, to believe Him, to understand Him: this is our calling. this is the journey of our lives.

The religious are satisfied to learn about Him, the chosen are given the heart actually to know Him. It happens to be that our particular culture’s religious masses are “Christian”; but if they lived in another culture they undoubtedly would have adapted the context of its religious persuasion (e.g. Islam, Buddhism, etc.).

God is now tutoring His chosen for service in the celestial realms – in the “heavenly places.” This has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him! The rest of creation will follow in due time.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Light We Have Comes from God

Men do not really make up their minds. They are made up for them. All are powerfully influenced by the spirit forces which can be neither seen nor felt, but which can be detected by their effect. The spirit of the times carries men on its current. …

But a believer should not be caught in the current of the spirit which carries the sons of stubbornness to destruction. …

Our comprehension is no longer darkened, it is true; but all of the actual light which it has comes to us directly from God, by His spirit, through His Word.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil, pages 109-110

The Vast and Glorious Purposes of God

God’s purposes are so vast and glorious, beyond all guessing now, that when they are achieved and consummated, all of our sufferings and sorrows of today, even the agonies that nearly break our faith, the disasters that well-nigh overwhelm us, shall, seen from that fair country where God’s age-long dreams come true, bulk as little as bulk now the pieces of a broken toy upon a nursery floor, over which, thinking that all of our little world was in ruins, we cried ourselves to sleep.

WeatherheadLeslie Dixon Weatherhead (1893 –1976)

There Are No Shortcuts

The temptation to shortcut is especially strong unless we see the value of and submit to the necessity of the time element; in simple trust resting in His hands, “being confident of this very thing, that He which began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). And, dear friends, it will take a long time! But since God is working [for the ages], why should we be concerned about the time involved?

Miles J StanfordMiles Stanford (1914-1999)
The Principles of Spiritual Growth, chapter 2

No Peace at this Time

It is not God’s object to fill the world with peace at the present time. It will help us in the terrible time we are going through to realize this. God wants to teach man that he cannot rule apart from Him. Man is made to rule and he is going to rule, but he is not able apart from the Deity.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945

The Creator Never Fails

The final accomplishment of the purpose of God depends on Himself and not on man. The creature may fail, the Creator never fails; and no amount of blunders, mistakes, failures or perversions of the creature shall disarrange or thwart the plans of the Creator. This is our hope; this is the hope of the world; this is the True Basis of Redemption. Man is God’s Own work; He has begun to create him in His Own image and likeness; He will surely finish the work, for He will have a desire to the work of His Own hands (Job 14:15).

AdamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and the True Basis of Redemption