Continuing to think about the treasures contained in Colossians 3:12, hearing the Scriptures being read in church this morning gave additional fodder for thinking about God’s choice.
As part of our service of worship this morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manurewa the following scriptures were read.
Psalm 65:1-4 was read as a call to worship. Verse 4 I thought particularly pertinent to the theme that emerges from Colossians 3:12. Psalm 65:4 reads (ESV):
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
The reality in this verse is that there is none who God choses that He doesn’t also bring near; and that there are none He brings near who He doesn’t also cause to dwell in His courts; and that there is none who He causes to dwell in His courts who He doesn’t also satisfy with the goodness of His house. The goodness of His house is the holiness of His temple. The holiness of His temple is the presence and power of His own Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ Jesus – the one in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.
This morning’s sermon was preached from Romans 8:28-39. Verses 29-30 I thought particularly pertinent to the theme that emerges from Colossians 3:12. Romans 8:29-30 reads (ESV):
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s choice is God’s predestining. Those He predestined are those He chooses. Those He chooses are foreknown by Him. For God to know, in this sense, is more than just an intellectual awareness – rather, it is an intimate acquaintance that is pre-historic, supra-historic. This pre and supra historic, intimate acquaintance proceeds His work of creation. All that to say that God’s intimate acquaintance with those He has chosen goes before (and lays a foundation for) all that He subsequently made. God had us in mind before and as He executed His great creative acts as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2.