“You did not choose Me but I chose you…” (John 15:16).

In contrast to ancient days, when students chose their rabbi of preference, Jesus has chosen all those who would be his disciples, both past and present. This twice repeated statement, “I chose you,” (v.19), along with Paul’s allusions to the elect (Romans 8:33), and being chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), are assurances offered to God’s people, and always in the context of their persecution. Instead of confusion, exclusion, and division, these words were intended as an encouragement to persevere and not give up in the face of adversity.

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