November 25, 2020
259. Week of Ninth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world
          Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us into the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the Beloved.   Ephesians 1:3-6
          We know for a certainty that God, in great mercy, with great earnestness, and with great power, through the Gospel and His Holy Spirit seeks to convert and to save every one who hears the Gospel. Hence we know for a certainty that it is man's own fault exclusively if he is not converted and saved. And with like certainty we know that when man is converted and saved, this is exclusively by the grace and working of God, without any merit or co-working on the part of man. "For by grace you are saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:8-10) And from the text at the head of our lesson we learn that we Christians, whom in this present time He has through the Gospel, by grace, made His believing children, and whom He will bring to salvation, have from eternity been chosen and predestinated by God to be adopted as His children, and this by grace alone, for Christ's sake, according to the good pleasure of His will. Yes, indeed; when a sinner is converted and saved, it is due exclusively to the grace and working of God, and not to any merit or co-working whatsoever on the part of man. What God in this present time works and effects in us by grace alone, He has determined to do from eternity, moved to do this solely by His grace. How sure we may and should be of our salvation! God has chosen and predestinated us for this from eternity. And since you now experience the gracious working of God in you, my dear Christian you must also be confident that from eternity God has chosen and predestinated you to salvation.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, it is all Your grace. By Your grace You have drawn me to You and made me Your child. By Your grace, according to Your promise, You will keep me in the faith and give me eternal bliss. By Your grace You have from eternity chosen and unalterably predestinated me, a poor sinner, to the adoption of children and to salvation. Complete Your gracious work in me, O Lord, and keep me in true faith, and let me inherit eternal life for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen, You will do it. Amen.

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