The Eternal Spirit (Yahweh) chooses out certain individuals to reveal Himself to, and they, in turn, become a witness for Him. He chooses them out through no merit of their own. There is nothing they can do before the fact to warrant His election of them. They have already been selected before they ever came out of their mother’s womb.
It is not to the strong or swift in this world. He elects or chooses, in fact, those who are weak in this world’s eyes. In other words, when He was choosing out His disciples, He did not choose the emperor Caesar, the Roman governor, or the Jewish High Priest. He chose out lowly, “uneducated” fishermen from Galilee.
God Does the Choosing (Electing)
He does the choosing; we don’t. “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit,” said the Savior.
So He chooses out certain people in the earth to reveal His plan and Himself to. He “favors” these people by revealing Himself to them. He gives grace unto them—spiritual gifts. He deals with them and shows them of Himself. Without this favor, they are nothing. Without His favor (grace) they remain the walking dead. Without Him favoring them by showing them His plan, they would remain lost in the daze and maze of this world system. Without His grace, gifts, and favor man remains in the guilt and depravity and bondage of his sinful carnal nature—remaining there in that prison until the light of day deliver him—by His grace or favor.
How do we find this favor, this grace? It is to be found in the Savior, who was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). “Grace and truth” came by Him. Knowing who the Savior really is and what He accomplished for His people is the key in understanding His favor. But the kicker is that one can’t comprehend His favor unless He has given that person favor. One has to have His favor in order to eventually comprehend it.
Some human beings are “predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son.” These are the “greatly favored” ones. They have a singularly marvelous calling, a magnificent fate in Him. And yet, all of us who are called and chosen share in God’s favor. For the “manifestation of the sons of God” is the final harvest of the Tree of Righteousness that Yahweh the Husbandman has planted some 6,000 years ago. When the 144,000 sons of the living God stride forth in their resplendent immortal glory, they will be the final harvest that all of the prophets, patriarchs, apostles, and us have sowed toward for all these millennia. We all have shared in and have been blessed by Yahweh’s incomprehensible favor or grace.
For He is the Potter, and He makes the human vessel the way He wants to. And to be created a vessel unto honor—for Him to mold us, a mere piece of clay, into something that could hold the living spiritual water that is His essence—is humbling, yet thrilling.
The Savior was “full of grace (favor, gifts) and truth.” Our favor is found in and emanates from the Savior. For “grace and truth” came by Him. It is a favor, a gift, a benefit, a grace from Him that our sins could be blotted out, that we could have “no more remembrance” of past sins. “Your sins and your iniquities I will remember no more,” He said. “And I will write my laws upon your heart.” That is a promise and a favor unto us. Deliverance from darkness is a gift, a grace, a favor from Him to us.
(This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my book, The Unveiling of the Sons of God found here: http://www.yahwehisthesavior.com/sonsch5.htm or click “My books online in the right column under “Blogroll”)