Choice is integral to life in the West. We take it for granted generally, but when it comes to salvation we often miss the point. It is so easy in the hustle and bustle of the end-of-year busyness to lose our joy in the Lord.
I remember an old commercial for the American Express credit card in which the narrator, after boasting its benefits, intoned, “Membership has its privileges.” Truly, this could be said for those whom God chose to save; those whom He chose before the foundation of the world
God’s new thing, His community of faith, is something we should never take for granted. Membership is a privilege granted completely by the grace of God. Paul could not contain His praise to God for such a privilege. This is the theme of this first