GOD’S CHOICES

T. Pierce Brown

God has not chosen to reveal to mankind all the reasons he makes certain choices. He

says in Romans9:23, “And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of

mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory.” There are various hints or suggestions of

why God made certain choices, but we can be certain that God did not arbitrarily make a

choice to save some and cause others to be lost. If we reason properly, we must see that God

and we must make choices about who is to do certain things, but it does not suggest or imply

that anyone else is mistreated because of that. Christ chose 12 men to be His apostles. We can

understand that there hundreds of others who may have been as well qualified as those, but we

have no reason to question his right or wisdom in choosing those twelve. Nor do we have any

right to assume that anyone else was downgraded or mistreated because he was not chosen.

The fact that God has foreknowledge of everything that takes place should help us to

realize that he may have made any specific choice because in the overall picture of the history

of man this would be the best one to fulfill the purposes he had in mind. We may note that

when God choseIsraelthrough whom Christ would come, he had a nation that kept

genealogical and historical records that many other nations did not keep. This would enable

certain events and prophecies to be recorded and fulfilled that would provide proof for us that

Christ was indeed the promised Messiah and that the gospel records are accurate. This does

not mean that he failed to bless any other nation or person that would be willing to keep his

commandments, so he is “no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth him and

worketh righteousness is accepted of him” (Acts10:34-35).

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