The New Testament unanimously presents the doctrine of election as a glad and glorious reality of the gospel. The staggering news that God has loved Christ’s people from before the foundation of the world, creating us for mercy, blessing and joy, offers much-needed confidence and security as we walk by faith in the weakness of the flesh.
No one understood the power of the doctrine of election better than Jesus, God’s chosen one (Luke 9:35). He understood his position was secure by God’s declaration, and that God would bring him to glory because he had loved him before the foundation of the world (John 17:24). Jesus understood this: to be chosen by God is to be precious and loved with an everlasting love (1 Pet 2:4). Knowing that his person and work were a part of God’s infallible plan fueled everything Jesus did.
You have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you... In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:22, 33).It was for this very joy that he—and we in him—are chosen (John 17:5, 22-24; Rom 8:28-30).
While Jesus deserved to be God’s “chosen and precious” (1 Pet 2:4), we do not merit such honor. God chose Jesus based on his outstanding self; we are chosen solely by grace, because he has created us “in Christ Jesus” for the very purpose of becoming like him (Rom 8:29). Because he is God’s chosen and precious, we who are “in him” are God’s chosen and precious (Eph 1:4).
Being chosen in him means that our lives and mission will mimic his. The Bible’s glad doctrine of election should give us the same courage, clarity, and joy that it gave to Jesus in the work he has left us to do. (John 17:18-19; 1 Pet 2:4-5, 9-10)
Jesus knew the power of God’s electing love better than anyone else. He banked his life on it and, because of him, so can you.