2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 (ESV)
But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may
obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ
himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
There is some wording in verse 13
that I find exciting. It is the portion that states “because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved...”. I find these words exciting in that it is God who chose me, not me who chose God. We often want to take credit for
our faith, but it is God’s work in us. I remember seeing an old hymn “I Sought the Lord” in a Methodist Hymnal. The title of the hymn is based on bad theology. We can’t seek the Lord! So I read the words to this
erroneous hymn and found out that there was a surprise in the words.
I Sought The Lord
I sought the Lord and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek him, seeking me;
It was not I who found, O Savior true;
No, I was found of thee
Thou didst reach forth thy hand and mine enfold;
I walked and sank not on the storm vexed sea;
‘Twas not so much that I on thee took hold
as thou, dear Lord, on me.
I find, I walk, I love, but oh, the
of love is but my answer, Lord, to thee!
For Thou wert long before hand with my soul;
from the Pilgrim Hymnal 1904, by Katherine K. Davis
I was fooled by the title!
I pray: O Lord, we often take credit for our coming to you, but it
was you who came to me. You chose me before the creation of the world, so how can I take credit for your work. Thank you for everything you have done for me... for giving me faith, forgiveness, eternal life, Salvation, and heaven itself