THE MEANING OF “CHOSE”
John G. Reisinger
Let us consider how the Bible uses the word “chose.”
Exactly WHAT does God want us to understand when he says that He “chose” us. Look at the following text and ask yourself, “Exactly what did David do in this situation?”
“And he (David) took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. [I Sam 17:40].
THAT is exactly what God did in reference to everyone who becomes a Christian.
Can anyone believe that those five stones somehow, possibly by wiggling a bit, indicated to David that they were willing to be chosen? No, everyone will see David sovereignly deciding which stones best suited his purpose. No one will dispute that the choice of the particular stones was totally in David and not in the willingness of the stone.
THAT is precisely what it means when the Scriptures say, “God chose us!” Just as David deliberately chose those five specific stones, and just as God chose one particular nation, Israel, out of all the other nations, so God deliberately chose specific individuals to be saved by His grace. Some may say, “Yes, but we are not lifeless stones.” That may be true, but we were just as spiritually lifeless and dead as those stones were lifeless. Our hearts were just as hard and cold as those stones, but the grace and power of God took out those stony hearts and gave us a heart of flesh [Ezek. 36:26].
“Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you!” [John 15:16]