“Knowing, Brethren Beloved, your Election of God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4
Paul exhorts believers to know or to be certain of their election of God that has come to the believer through the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The bible makes it clear that salvation is of the Lord and is not a man made decision.
“Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6
What exactly is election you may ask. According to the bible election (eklogē) is the act of picking out, or choosing of God’s will which before the foundation of the world in which he he decreed his blessings to certain persons. This decree made from God’s choice in which he determined to bless certain persons through Christ by grace alone without works. (effort is works…… decision is effort. Act of man’s will is effort) STRONGS CONCORDANCE.
Here are some confirmation verses.
Romans 9:11 “(For the children being not yet born (but in the family), neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved (in the family) us, and called (out of the family) us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
Romans 9:12-14 “It was said unto her, The elder (firstborn) shall serve the younger (last born). 13. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 14. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid
Matthew 20:15-16 “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16. So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen (elect).”
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
True believers receive the word through much affliction,( trials persecution) they do no “accept” the gospel for fame, money, personal advancement…those who do that are false brethren and in these last days there are many false brethren who are really enemies of the cross.
True converts are born of the Holy Spirit and with joy endure all things for the joy of eternity with the Lord! Do you know your election in God through his Son Jesus Christ?
2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. (adokimos – not standing the test, not approved)