Elected By Grace;
“But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9 ASV).
In Genesis 6, the Bible tells us of certain angels who married the daughters of men and produced giants in the earth. Thus their seed spread upon the earth till they had cousins and relatives everywhere. These were not godly seeds; satan’s ploy was to pollute the human race. But God put a stop to this pollution by destroying the whole world.
Satan knew God had promised that the seed of the woman would bruise his head (Genesis 3:15), so by polluting the human race with the corruptive seed of the giants, he hoped to nullify God’s plan. But he failed. God had reserved eight people who were unmixed with the pollution—Noah and his family! They were undefiled. The Bible says Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and He was a righteous man, perfect in his generations (Genesis 6:8-9). Thus through him and his family, God started a whole new generation.
Now, the Bible also lets us know that the whole world was under condemnation for Adam’s transgression. But just as God reserved a remnant for Himself in the days of Noah, “Even so at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace” (Romans 11:5). God, by sending His Son, Jesus, as sacrifice for sin, reserved a remnant for Himself. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Consequently, those of us who have accepted and confessed Him as Lord of our lives are the remnant God has chosen out of this condemned world. We’re God’s elect today, specially called out by grace! Now, we’re a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people, set to manifest His excellent wisdom and perfection to all creation. What a glorious honour to be elected by God’s grace!
1 Peter 1:1-2;
1 Peter 2:6