Picture Saul riding his horse on his way to Demascus to kill him some Christians. God appeared and revealed truth to Saul and he became Paul. Paul did not choose God. He was knocked off his horse. Clearly God chose Paul and the rest is history. ♥ Interestingly many of Paul's writings point to this awesome reality.
God chose you before the foundation of the world. In Ephesians 1:4, Paul wrote, "just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,"
Paul continued in Ephesians 1:11, "also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,"
Let's celebrate God! He lavished every blessing heaven has upon us in Christ. He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world. Jesus is God's mind made up about us. He always knew in His love that He would present us again face-to-face before Him in blameless innocence. ♥
The implications of the fall are completely cancelled out. God found us in Christ before He ever lost us in Adam.
The secret is out! His cherished love-dream now unfolds in front of our very eyes. In the economy of the fullness of time, everything culminates in Christ; all that is in heaven and all that is on earth is reconciled in Him. ♥
In Colossians 3:12, Paul wrote, "You are the product of God's love; He restored you to His original thought. You belong to Him exclusively."
Paul wrote earlier in Colossians 3 about the importance of putting on the new self; the realization of who you are in Christ and how God sees you. This is the mind of Christ. Paul teaches in 3:2-3, "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."
The death of Christ on the cross made us a new creation. The old things (carnal mindset-self-effort-self righteousness) are passing away and new things (the mind of Christ) have come. ♥
In Romans 8:28, Paul wrote, "Meanwhile we know that the love of God causes everything to mutually contribute to our advantage. His master plan is announced in our original identity. He pre-destined and engineered us from the start to be jointly fashioned in the same mold and image of His Son according to the exact blueprint of His thought."
See yourself how God sees you and know that it is not based on anything you have done or will do. God chose you, so that no one would boast. God chose you because He loves you! ♥
Thank you, Daddy! ♥