How Do You Know God Has Chosen You?

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:5, ‘Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.’


Observations: After Paul mentions his prayer for the Christians in Thessalonica (v2-3), he tells them that they have been chosen by God (v4). And Paul knows they have been chosen by God because the message about Jesus, what Paul calls ‘our gospel’ wasn’t ‘simply words’ to them, rather it came with three things. Firstly, the gospel came with power. This is the word we get dynamite from. It describes the life changing power of God. Paul knows God is at work in their lives because he sees God’s transforming power at work in them. The gospel changed them. Secondly, the gospel came ‘with the Holy Spirit.’ Paul knows God is at work in their lives because he sees evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in them. In the following verse Paul says they ‘welcomed the message with joy given by the Holy Spirit, (v6)’ Paul saw the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Maybe the way they imitated Paul as well as their faith in the face of persecution (v6) were also evidence of the Spirit as well. Thirdly, the gospel came ‘with deep conviction.’ This phrase seems to suggest that they had no doubts that the message about Jesus Christ was true. It just made sense to them, and Paul didn’t see that as evidence of how well he preached the gospel, rather he saw that as the activity of God in their lives.


Application: You know that God has chosen you when you see evidence of God’s power at work in your life, when you see evidence of the Spirit’s fruit in your life, and when you believe that the gospel is true. What’s more these things are evidence of God’s love for you (v4). We know that God is reaching out for us when we have a desire to reach out for him. We know that we are God’s children when we see God at work in our lives. Do you ‘know’ that God loves you and has chosen you?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that the message of Your Son, Jesus, isn’t simply words, but that I believe it to be true, that I know that Jesus died for me. Lord, my faith is a gift from You. And I thank You that the gospel of Jesus has changed my life, that You are changing my life through the growing understanding of Your awesome love and grace towards me in Jesus Christ. I thank You that the Holy Spirit is changing me, and making me more like Jesus. And because of all this I know that I am Your child, and that You are my Father. In the name of Jesus I worship You. Amen.

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