Do you ever doubt God’s love for you? In Christ He chose you to be His very own—even before the beginning.

Scripture: Ephesians 1:9-14

ESV Text: Ephesians 1:9-14


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 37:
Lord, ’tis not that I did Choose Thee

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1. Lord, ’tis not that I did choose Thee; 
That, I know, could never be; 
For this heart would still refuse Thee 
Had Thy grace not chosen me. 
Thou hast from the sin that stained me 
Washed and cleansed and set me free 
And unto this end ordained me, 
That I ever live to Thee. 

2. ‘Twas Thy grace in Christ that called me, 
Taught my darkened heart and mind; 
Else the world had yet enthralled me, 
To Thy heavenly glories blind. 
Now my heart owns none above Thee; 
For Thy grace alone I thirst, 
Knowing well that, if I love Thee, 
Thou, O Lord, didst love me first. 

3. Praise the God of all creation; 
Praise the Father’s boundless love. 
Praise the Lamb, our Expiation, 
Priest and King enthroned above. 
Praise the Spirit of salvation, 
Him by whom our spirits live. 
Undivided adoration 
To the great Jehovah give. 


Hymn: WS 776:
Lord, ’tis not that I did Choose Thee

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1. Lord, ’tis not that I did choose You; 
That, I know, could never be,  
For this heart would still refuse You  
Had Your grace not chosen me.  
You removed the sin that stained me, 
Cleansing me to be Your own;  
For this purpose You ordained me,  
That I live for you alone. 

2. It was grace in Christ that called me, 
Taught my darkened heart and mind,  
Else the world had yet enthralled me,  
To Your heav’nly glories blind.  
Now I worship none above You;  
For Your grace alone I thirst,  
Knowing well that, if I love You,  
You, O Father, loved me first. 

3. Haste then on from grace to glory,  
Armed by faith and winged by prayer.  
All but heav’n is transitory;  
God’s own hand shall guide you there.  
Soon shall end this earthly story;  
Swift shall pass the pilgrim days,  
Hope soon change to heav’nly glory,  
Faith to sight and prayer to praise.