Ephesians 1:4 Even as (in His love) He chose us — actually picked us out for Himself as His own — in Christ before the foundation of the World; that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. Amp.
Consecrated – d) to set apart as holy; devoted to religious use; dedicate
Blameless – (Amp) spotless, untainted, without blemish. (Rev.14:5)
I Cor. 1:26-29 For simply consider your own call, brethren; not many (of you were considered to be) wise, according to human estimates and standards; not many influential and powerful; not many of high and noble birth.
27. No, for God selected — deliberately chose — what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.
28. And God selected — deliberately chose — what in the world is lowborn and insignificant, and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are;
29. So that no mortal man should have pretense for glorying and boast in the presence of God. Amp.
God took Joseph, Moses, David and many others, put them in wilderness so they could be broken before the Lord, learning His way of faith. They had to learn how to trust, lean on and rely on God before He would allow them to lead His people.
The Lord does not change. He still brings His servants to that place where He can change us into a consecrated vessel set apart from this world to learn and to be with Him. Many go to seminary, get a degree and a Church.
They are ordained by the Baptists, the Pentecostals, Assemblies of God and many more. They can perform weddings and funerals. They have been ordained by man, but have they been ordained by God? Can they preach a message from the heart of God that moves the hearts of man? Many are called but few are chosen.
When God chooses and sets His love upon them they usually become rejected by the world as being a fanatic. Joseph’s brothers sold him to get rid of him. Saul repeatedly tried to kill David. The Israelites were always complaining about Moses. Haman tried to kill Mordecai and all the Jews because he would not bow before him. And we could go on and on.
Isaiah 60:15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through you, I will make you (Jerusalem) an eternal glory, a joy from age to age. Amp.
Let’s not forget the most important one of all. Precious Jesus died forsaken and hated. Only a few drew near after watching from afar. And if our King suffered so with a crown of thorns and no skin on His back, should we think to escape with a life of great ease? And after we have been broken, crucified and risen with Him, what can we expect?
Malachi 3:17-18 And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels — My special possession, My peculiar treasure. And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
18. Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him. Amp.
SUBJECT — SUFFERING — CH SPURGEON
If the the most precious are tried in the fire, are we to escape the crucible? If the diamond must be vexed on the wheel, are we to be made perfect without suffering? Who hath commanded the wind to cease from blowing because our bark is on the deep? Why and wherefore should we be treated better than our Lord? The firstborn felt the rod, and why not the younger brethren?