Now that that is settled
God’s word has reached our ears. We have no greater duty than to obey. We who are saved are the children of God. Our faith is in His faithfulness, we cannot save ourselves. Being predestined to be conformed to and clothed with the person of Christ is not optional, nor is it possible for the unrepentant. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB) This is reality.
“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;” (Isaiah 46:9-11 NASB) God’s purposes are accomplished in those who respond to His love. Our free will offering is what God is seeking. “If you love me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15 NASB)
He first loved us, even though we deserved nothing. Kings and queens, remember? At war with His authority. Then He shed His light on our condition. God’s revelation of Himself is an act of pure grace. Like Abram (Abraham) we were not seeking God, just blind mortals lost in our imaginations. He just showed up at a time of His choosing. Through believing, He is received.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John1:12-13 NASB) It is our faith that has received Jesus who has given us the authority to become children of God who will never suffer His wrath. All that remains is to see what kind of person we become.