But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
When we are aware of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us, that our Heavenly Father has looked to us and that His Holy Spirit continues every day working in our sanctification, the word thanks should perennially remain on our lips. In 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 it says that we have been chosen for salvation; but this choice of ours was not a decision that God took at the last moment, but from the beginning. What a greater honor!
To realize the magnitude of being numbered among the elect of God, let’s look at what Matthew 22:14 says, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” There is no doubt that to be among the chosen few is a great privilege, which is magnified knowing that who made the election is the Creator of everything that exists, the supreme owner of the Universe and of every creature that inhabits it. Being on that exclusive list of chosen ones is priceless. The elect have responded positively to the call to salvation of the gospel.
As long as we are in the world, being chosen from God does not free us from problems. The elect could be deceived, as Matthew 24:24 says, For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. We are exposed to deception in the world, and even within Christian congregations. In addition to deception, the elect are exposed to being treated unfairly and falsely accused.
Of course whoever chose us will not stand idly by injustice and accusations. Luke 18:7 says, Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? While Romans 8:33 says, Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. The thief who came to kill, to steal and destroy, the father of lies, the accuser, has no jurisdiction over the elect, his accusations cannot touch us, just as we will be defended by God from the injustices of the world.
Before the glorious coming of our Lord will occur very serious events where all the inhabitants of the earth will be tested. The Bible does not say that the elect will be taken to a special place to protect them from the great trials that are to come; but does affirm that God has taken into account the chosen ones and will give them an exit and will keep them from the test. In Matthew 24:22 we read, And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
And though the elect remain in the world until the triumphal return of our Lord, the best news is that glorious encounter with Him. Matthew 24:31 describes it this way, And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. On that glorious day, we will share in the honorable glory of being chosen by God from the beginning for salvation. God bless you.