If you haven’t read my post on prophecy, which is just before the first post on Thessalonians, please read that before you read this–otherwise, it’ll be a little difficult for you to follow what I’m doing here. If you don’t want to read it, please just understand that prophecy is simply God speaking to and through His kids. It doesn’t have to involve foretelling anything.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 “. . . knowing your election, brothers loved by God”
Just a quick comment before I tell you what I sensed God saying to me through this little verse–election means selection. I looked up the Greek, and it does seem to indicate that Paul is saying that the Thessalonians are chosen by God. That is a concept I’ve wrestled with for a long time, and I don’t believe in pre-destination–at least not in the classical, Calvinist sense. I understand what God was saying to me–well, a little of it, but if you don’t have a background like mine, it might not make a lot of sense to you. If you’re scratching your head, please feel free to ask a question or two and I’ll try to clarify.
I will consume whom I will consume and save whom I will save. That which is unclean, that which is abominable, I will utterly reject and cast down. I have chosen My own from eternity. I have elected for My Son those who fall down before Him, and they fall down before Him because I have elected them. Your coming to Me is the proof of My election, and My election is the power that enables you to come. I call all who have been elected, and they are elected because I foresaw their willing heart to come. Those who will refuse, I did not elect. I know everything that will be, could have been, might have been, and I have done all to save as many as will come.
What this says to me is that, while I can get a glimmer of the mystery of salvation, there are things I don’t understand yet. That’s okay though, because God understands them, and He’ll be teaching them to me throughout eternity.
Grace and Peace,