“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, to obedience….” I Peter 1:2
“Elect… to obedience.” Our “election” is the result of the inner spiritual potential that the Lord sees to be within us. In “foreknowledge” He knows those who will respond to Him in submissive, willing obedience.
“If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” Isaiah 1:19
He then chooses, or “elects” those who, in foreknowledge, He sees to have the capacity and fortitude to fulfill the potential that is hidden, deep within them.
The Lord is at work, preparing those who, with a pure heart toward Him, willingly “choose” to rise above all of the pressures and problems of their life circumstances. This requires of us a determined “set of spirit,” and “heart obedience.”
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered to them his goods. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Matthew 25:14-15
Through “foreknowledge,” the Lord knew before we were born, the choices that we would make (to every man according to his several ability). Therefore, He quietly guides us accordingly, toward His will and purpose for us.
“I have compared you, O My love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots.” Song of Solomon 1:9
This becomes a very powerful and penetrating compliment when it is properly understood. Pharaoh was the greatest of the world’s rulers at that time. His agents were sent throughout the known world to seek immature ponies with “potential.” From among these, the horses that would pull Pharaoh’s chariot were prepared through intense, progressive training and discipline.
Then at special times, these carefully chosen horses were harnessed to the chariot of Pharaoh, and in a resplendent demonstration of earthly beauty, power, and harmony, they brought forth the king into full view, displaying him in his regal glory.
So also, the Lord is preparing those whom He sees (foreknowledge) to have a potential to be “harnessed” to the chariot of the King of all kings, and then in a resplendent demonstration of heavenly beauty, power, and harmony, they will bring Him forth “in that day,” in all of His regal glory to be openly displayed before the nations.
“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Notice that this “witness” is not what we are doing, but rather, what we have become.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14
I have opened my life to the Lord and He responded. In “foreknowledge,” He saw my life committed to Him, and this article being written, many years later.
While praying alone an “election” had taken place, and from that day, my life was altered and directed by the Lord even though I was not aware of it. The circumstances or things that could have frustrated or hindered His plan and purpose for my life were being channeled or altered by the Lord.
Through “foreknowledge,” the Lord saw that I would choose Him and rightly respond, and therefore, His “election” was established upon my life.
The Lord knows the intent of our heart (all that we desire to be and have), and “if” we will yield this to His higher purpose for us. Thus, His “election” is not an arbitrary choice that is made by Him, but rather, it is the result of the fact that He sees the end from the beginning in each of our lives. He is the Alpha and the Omega.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
There is much that will be required of us, and the Lord knows whether we will rightly respond or not.
“To him that overcomes will I grant...” Revelation 3:21
For us to “overcome,” means that we will rightly respond to the Lord and “rise above” all that could hinder our walk with Him.
“Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me above all the people: for all the earth is Mine: And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel. Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words... and all the people answered together and said, All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:5-8
Today, I am serving the Lord, because He remembered the commitment I had forgotten. Except for His foreknowledge and election, I would not be in the relationship to Him that I presently have.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works….” Ephesians 2:10
I was now “His workmanship” and the Lord was very busy, working deep within my life circumstances. I had come into the ownership of a very prosperous business, but somehow, I was feeling that there must be something more to life.
The Lord had placed this desire within me, as He knew that when the right time came, I would give Him specific permission to break into my life and do as He pleases. He is the “workman,” but He will not work within our personal lives unless we give Him permission to do so.
Each one of us has a testimony as to how the Lord apprehended our lives, and how His “election” brought us to where we are, at this present time.
May our Lord’s “election” upon your life have its full outworking, as you give Him permission to take you beyond your present spiritual experience, so you can have your part in being harnessed to the chariot of the King of all kings, to bring Him forth into open view, as every knee bows.