Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Elected Without Apology
Thessaloniki, Thessalonia, Salonica...however you have heard of it, there it is on the map above.
Paul's first letters in the New Testament were to believers in Thessalonia, who had heard the Gospel from Paul and his crew and been moved by God to seek His Salvation.
Newbie Christians, (the only kind around in those days) they had questions and Paul had answers from God for them.
One point that Paul makes is that they were indeed in Christ because God had chosen them:
"2We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;
3constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
4knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you;"
holding it right there, friends-God does the picking and choosing.
He decides who gets to go to Heaven, and who end up in hell.
The reason I'm covering this ground again is simple: I pray for friends and family to be saved, I pray for others such as President Obama to be saved, knowing that it is God's decision. If God says no, it is no.
I would love to see everyone I care about make it to Heaven. I'm selfish that way-I want those I love or even just like to be with us in Heaven. I might someday be rubbing elbows with those early Thessalonian
saints on Paul's mailing list. That will be cool. I'd love to see you there.