Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, or rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.-Romans 8: 33, 34
Yahushua in His preaching spoke of many called and few being chosen. Most people think this many refers to the people of the world and the few are the Christians who accepted Christ; that is not true.
The scripture does not say ‘all’ by says ‘many’, many is a subset of all. Yes the message of hope and salvation is for all of mankind but God knows who will and who will not accept His message of hope and salvation and who among them will really follow Him. Those who accept the message (believe in Him) get counted into His flock but one should remember His flock consist of both sheep and goats. The sheep are those who dedicatedly follow His Word and the goats are those who believe in Him but yet do their own things.
Bible says those who are not in the flock are already judged that means they automatically go to Hell where they suffer their sins. It is those who are in the flock are the ones who stand before the throne of the Son of Man (Yahushua Mashiach / Christ – He will not judge us as God but as man, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word). The sheep will then be separated from the goats, the sheep will go to Heaven and the goats will be punished more than those who rejected the message of hope and salvation. The goats will be punished not for their sins (since by faith in Yahushua Mashiach / Christ their sins are forgiven) but they shall be punished for rejecting the Word and the Spirit (that is why only those baptized / immersed in Yahushua Mashiach / Christ and His Spirit are the only ones who get to enter Heaven). Those who found abiding in the Truth (Fruit received from the Holy Spirit) will be covered with Righteousness of the Son (Fruit received from the Son) and get to enter Heaven and be part of the Body of God the Son (wedding) but before that they will receive the Fruit of Holiness (Fruit received from God the Father).
Now one may wonder where do these Elect stand, do they count among the sheep?
Yes the Elect are among the sheep but yet they do not stand to among the flock that is judged before the Throne on Judgment Day and that is what today’s message also says. One may wonder how?
It is important to understand the Chosen ones of God or the Elect. They are numbered and Bible says not one of them is lost. They are the ones who did not choose God but God chose them even before they came to know Him. They can be confused with the larger sheep lot whose names are already written in the Book of Life yet there is lots of distinct difference between the lots. The book of Revelation explains the Elect as being the Frist Resurrection and the Angels that come with the man Yahushua Mashiach to finish Satan and his army (Paul . This happens before the Judgment Day and before those in the Grave (those who have believed and are asleep in the Lord) resurrect. In today’s message the Lord says those who are in the first resurrection which refers to the Elect are already made Righteous (means Justified) by Him, therefore they do not stand before the throne.
As I studied this there were many questions that came to me and am sure you too would have, for example Bible says there is no partiality in the Kingdom of God, Yahushua too loved all the same and sacrificed Himself for all (His flock), the Good Shepherd does not differentiate between His sheep but leaves the flock and goes in search for any lost sheep etc… But as I studied more on the Inner-man / Heart I started to understand this.
One may think it would be a great privilege to be one of the Elect, but believe me when I tell you these do not live a life on this earth for themselves. These are not the regular army cadets but the commandos who go through rigorous training day in and out. It is through this that they are created anew and made righteous by the Lord.
And in today’s message one of the many prime reasons of God’s choosing people is given. The scriptures say “It is Christ that died, or rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us”. It says God does not look at the past but at our future. We may be the worse lot of people and shameless like Jacob let God dares to call us Israel (Prince of God / Sons of God) like He called Jacob. When He sees us He sees what we will develop into and not what we are or what we were. So these Elect are the masterpieces of His work, people who allow Him to do His best in them.
In Revelation these Elect are linked to the 12 tribes of Israel even though these tribes do not exist, for they are connected to the actual meaning of the tribe similar to the basis of Yahushua choosing His twelve chosen disciples and these in turn symbolically continuing it later in Acts. To understand them closely one needs to understand the Heavenly Army (Body) of God the Son.
Some may think we should pray for these Elect (like some ‘Christians’ pray for the ‘Saints’), that would be foolish. Bible tells us to pray for Jerusalem and no place tells us to pray for Israel. We can and should pray for the ones who need help; those who walk in and out of the Lord’s shelter and not for those who are totally in the Lord’s control for the Lord protect them and they rule with Him (enforce His Law). Let us just thank the Lord for His Elect for this land will not perish and evil will not overwhelm mankind until each and every one of them pass through (the last lot are the ones who rapture and Bible say in the last days there will be many of the Elect).
Lord we thank You for You have chosen worthless man for the greatest mission and made him worthy to be part of You in Heaven. Lord we also thank You for the Elect and the things You are doing through them in our lives. We humbly bow and worship You Lord for You indeed are a Righteous God, Almighty in Power and your wisdom can not be measured. You along God know all things and nothing is hidden from You. Time is not a factor for You nor your ability limited but You give the freedom for man to choose and decide His destination. Lord we pray we run this race and never tire and when we fall may your grace multiply and get us on our feet to continue our race…
This prayer we make in Yahushua’ Name, Amen.