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.
Whose We Are
God’s Chosen Ones
Indicative vs imperative
How would they have traveled?
On roads of dirt and gravel
From Judea and Jerusalem
That’s the way for most of them
How did this one travel?
From town of rough and ravel.
The no good place called Nazareth
To the son of Elizabeth
South-East came the masses
Walking and on asses
North-East came Messiah
With Holy Spirit fire
From little boy
To David: King
He played guitar
To dance, to sing
While still a lad
He then served Saul
His heart made glad
Saul knew his plight
He’d lose the crown
The next in line
He would hunt down
By God’s grace
David was spared
As Saul drew close
God was near
David knew God
His hope secure
Saul grew corrupt
The crown seen clear
Soon a new king
On Israels throne
That little boy
Of sling and stone
It’s said they know the God of truth
Yet they reject all earthly proof
All men do know our God at base
But more in wrath than in His grace
In sin they thus disown His name
This to their eternal shame
For all the truth is plain to see
Unless the mind’s at enmity.
Natural man cannot receive
What those born again believe
To him they are but foolishness
Suppressing them in foolishness.
“You must be born again”, He said
Or is it that you’ve never read:
“New eyes you see, ears you hear.”
Knowing truly begins with fear
~what do you know?~
Self-control that comes by grace
As chocolate bars are what I face
To indulge would be a waste
I hear a Voice saying “taste”
“Taste and see that I am good
Better than all earthly food”
I don’t resist because I will
Else I would be indulgent still
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself ta people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Cause your Word Lord Jesus
To dwell richly in our hearts
Cause your peace Lord Jesus
To fill and reign in us
Speak your Word Lord Jesus
Through the preaching of your Word
Speak of grace Lord Jesus
Through gospel proclamation
Open our eyes Lord Jesus
To see you in your glory
Open our ears Lord Jesus
To hear have our faith built.
– – Prayer of Illumination – –
He has brought us this far by His grace
He has led us by fire and by cloud
He will bring us to Zion to look on His face
O blessed, O blessed be God
Blessed be God, Blessed be God
Blessed, O blessed be God
He has sheltered us under His wings
And He planned every path that we’ve trod
To bring us to Zion, His praises to sing
O blessed, O blessed be God