He chose us!

BibleGateway: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

ESV Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

2 Thessalonians 2:13–17 (Listen)

Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits1 to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Footnotes

[1] 2:13 Some manuscripts chose you from the beginning

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:35 and ends at about 2:26

     13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

     16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.(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. 


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