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Matthew 20:16, “So the last shall be first and the first
last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
Matthew 22:14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Luke 23:25, “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided
him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen
of God.”
We read twice basically the same
words, “Many are called but few are chosen.” Then we read the statement, “Jesus
Christ chosen of God.”
The Bible says in Matthew 20:16, “…for many be called,
but few chosen.”
It says the same thing in similar words in Matthew 22:14.
These verses have been so misunderstood and misinterpreted. Our hyper-Calvinist
friends say that this means many are called to salvation but everybody who’s
saved is chosen by God thus God chooses some to enter Heaven and some to end up
in a devil’s Hell. These people are full of prunes! God said that He was not
willing that any should perish. God leaves the decision of eternity up to,
“Whosoever will…” God offers man salvation but man must partake himself of what
God has provided. God’s buffet table is set and He is waiting for man to
It means that everybody can be
saved from having to end up in a devil’s Hell and from those who accept
salvation there are a few people out of that group that are chosen by God to
full-time Christian service. Any one can be saved from going to Hell because
God calls all to salvation. Jesus died for the whole world not just part of the
world! There is another call a call by God Himself to full-time service.
As we search the Scriptures we
find the words chosen of God appears several time. It is a wonderful thing how
that the Scriptures are the best commentary on the Scriptures. God explains
Himself quite well!
Isaiah 44:1, “Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen.”
There are many nations in the
world and people from any nation on earth can be redeemed but God has chosen
one nation to be honored and that nation according to God Himself is Israel.
This choosing is by grace and not merit. There is no reason for the choosing.
God chose this one little nation called Israel not mighty Italy, not
intellectual Greece, not powerful Babylon, not famous Egypt, but little Israel
out of all the nations of the world.
God calls everybody to salvation
through Jesus Christ under every flag of every nation in the world but one
little nation was chosen by God Himself and what an honor. By the way it was
not because it was a better people or a better nation. It was not because it
was a famous nation but because God so chose to do so!
Please do not misunderstand
everybody in every city of the world can be saved for God calls all men to
salvation but He chose one nation and one little city.
God did not choose Rome, Athens,
Cairo, Corinth, Alexandria, Luxor, Carnac, Nineveh, but Jerusalem! WOW! What an
honor to be chosen by God to be the ONE city from across the world to be chosen
for His own!
Psalm 105:26, “He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom
he had chosen.”
Aaron the High Priest was chosen! There was only one High
Priest in the entire world and that priest was Aaron chosen by God Himself! Can
you begin to imagine what an honor it must have been for Aaron to be chosen as
THE High Priest!
The truth is Aaron was not one of
the better men of the Scriptures. In fact Aaron in some cases was a very weak
man but some reason God chose Aaron to be the only High Priest at that time in
the entire world. What an honor to be chosen by God as the nation of the world!
What an honor to be chosen by God as the city, Jerusalem, the city of the
world! What an honor to be chosen by God to be the High Priest of the world!
Psalm 135:4, “For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his
peculiar treasure.”
Personally I would have never
chosen Jacob. A man who stayed home to make chili while his brother goes
hunting is not my kind of a man but God chose Jacob and his name was changed to
Israel later on in His life!
The name Israel means “prince”
and God chose Jacob. Please do not misunderstand everybody is called to
salvation but here is one man in the entire world to be selected by God
What an
honor for little Israel to be chosen
What an
honor for little Jerusalem to be chosen
What an
honor for Aaron to be chosen
What an
honor for Jacob to be chosen
Think about it God by-passed
Moses and chose Jacob, by-passed Abraham and chose Jacob, by-passed Joseph and
chose Jacob, and by-passed Isaac to chose Jacob. When God chooses it is by
grace. He does have the power you know?
God did not choose Israel as THE
nation except but by grace. God did not choose Israel, Jerusalem, Aaron, or
Jacob by their merit but by His grace. The truth is we do not know why God
chose these by His grace! That is the reason He is God and I am Bob!
In Luke 1:26-36 God chose a woman
named Mary. What an honor to be chosen by God to bear in her body the Christ
child. What an honor to be chosen by God not because she was better than
anybody else. The truth is we do not know why she was chosen.
Anybody can be redeemed but God
chose this little lady to give birth to the Christ child. What an honor! This
is done no by merit but by grace!
In John 6:70 God chose twelve! He
chose out of all His followers twelve to be His Apostles. I do not know why he
chose these twelve Apostles and neither do you! The truth is, between you and
me; I do not think Peter was such a red-hot Christian much of the time, which
proves it, is by grace. The truth is all people can come to Christ but God
according to His own sovereignty choose a few. Many are called but few are
chosen and God chose twelve! What an honor to be chosen of God!
When God made me the pastor of
the Faith Baptist Church of Bourbonnais, Illinois, on August 27, 1976 with 150
people and 90 of those on buses I felt like the most honored man in the entire
world! When God made me pastor of a New Testament Baptist church I was thrilled
and overcome to think I was chosen by God to pastor one of one of His New
Testament churches. I couldn’t sleep at night! I would rise at 4:30 and go to
the church house and just walk around. I would sit at my desk and weep! I would
then go to the altar and shout a while!
My friend if God has chosen you
then throw back your shoulders and realize that you are a nobody but God has
chosen you for Him and you are somebody special to Him! Kings, Presidents,
Senators, corporate CEO’s, and educators have not been honored like you have
been honored! God has chosen you and before you become proud it is not because
of anything you have done to deserve it. It is not according to your merit but
God’s grace! I am nothing and I know it but God for some reason only known to
Him has chosen and placed me in the ministry. WOW! What a thought!
God chose
a nation by His grace
God chose
a city by His grace
God chose
a man by whose name a nation was named
God chose
a woman to bear the body of Jesus
God chose
12 Apostles by His grace
Acts 9:15, “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto
me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of
You who are missionaries are
chosen by God; so enjoy being a part of these who have preceded you such as the
Apostle Paul, Adoniram Judson, David Livingston, Rick Martin, and a Kevin Wynn
and many others!
Wait a minute you were not chosen
because of anything you did to attract God’s attention, for you were chosen by
grace not merit. If you refuse then you must realize God’s callings are without
repentance! You may change your mind but God does not change His mind. You may
disqualify yourself but you can still go soul winning in your city and keep
people out of Hell for in the final analysis that is what the ministry is all
In II Chronicles 28:5 God chose a
king named Solomon. WOW! What an honor to be chosen by God Himself! Hold it!
God for sure did not choose Solomon because he was a red hot Christian. Solomon
had 700 wives and 300 substitutes in case one of his wives was sick. A bus kid
one time called them 300 combines! Ha! For some unknown reason God chose
I am attempting to emphasize the
underserved honor and yet the honor to be picked or chosen out of a great group
as a small group of the chosen by God Almighty! AMEN!
In Psalm 132:13 God chose a
mountain called Mount Zion and that mountain was chosen to become the Pentagon,
the Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court of the Millennium when
Christ rules and reigns on the earth. What an honor! God by-passed the great
Alps, the beautiful Adirondacks, the Smokies, and the Rocky Mountains to choose
one little mount Zion on which Jesus Christ Himself would sit on a throne to
rule and reign.
If you are a member of an
aggressive soul winning New Testament Baptist church you ought to thank God
every day for you are a part of the only institution on the face of the earth
started by Jesus Christ to spread the Gospel to the world. Yours is a chosen
place and a chosen church! By His grace God has allowed us to be a part of this
great miracle of grace.
We have noticed
a chosen place
We have
noticed a chosen king
We have
noticed chosen priest
We have
noticed a chosen city
We have
noticed a chosen nation
We have
noticed chosen Apostles
We have
noticed a chosen missionary
We have
noticed chosen full time servants
Isaiah 48:10, “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with
silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”
There is another group that is
never mentioned much as being chosen for full-time service. I find in Isaiah
48:10 those chosen in the furnace of affliction.
Would someone please tell me what
Job ever did? Would someone please tell me of a great revival that Job ever
preached? Please tell me of a great church Job every built? Please tell me of a
great Ark that Job ever built? Please show me anything that Job did and yet Job
was as much chosen by God for full-time Christian service as the Apostle Peter,
or John, or Jonah with his great revival at Nineveh. Chosen for what, he was
chosen to suffer to show the rest of us how we are to suffer when our burdens
come! I am saying to you that Job was chosen for full-time Christian service!
Everyone is called to salvation but a few are chosen of God and such was the
case with Job.
How about listing some of these
honored to be chosen by God Himself!
R. G.
(our grandson)
Lee Ann
(my wife)
And many
others you could name
I am chosen to preach all the
time while many of you reading this chapter are just as called to suffer all
the time by God! That wheel chair is not a wheel chair it is a calling of
Almighty God. That physical pain is not a physical pain it is a calling of
Almighty God. Many of you reading this chapter are in full-time service and for
the first time in your life you realize this is a calling of God!
God chose
a nation
God chose
a city
God chose
a High Priest
God chose
a missionary
God chose
12 Apostles
God chose
a mountain
God chose
full time servants
God chose
a woman named Mary
God also
has chosen many for the furnace of affliction
These are just as chosen as the
nation Israel, city of Jerusalem, Aaron, Jacob, Peter, Paul, (and Mary! Sorry I
could not resist it!), and the twelve Apostles. In every church there are those
who are so honored by God. They have been called into full-time service to
teach the rest of us! They are chosen by God to teach the rest of us how to
suffer and how not to suffer! They are truly full-time servants of God!
By the way God carefully chooses
them and if you are one of them you are not the unfortunate ones. I could name
dozens of dear precious souls whom I have been privileged to pastor in my 33
years of pastoring who preached much better sermons through their lives than I
did from behind the pulpit1 It is the rest of us that are the unfortunate ones!
Just as Aaron was chosen by God
to be the High-Priest, Paul was chosen by God to be the missionary to the
Gentiles, Jerusalem was chosen by God to be THE city of God, Israel was chosen
by God to be THE nation, and Aaron was chosen by God to be THE High-Priest you
have been personally chosen by God to full-time service to teach the rest of us
something we do not know!
Please tell me what great church
John Bunyan built? Tell me the great mission field in which John Bunyan served?
Tell me what great college John Bunyan built? Wait a minute I do not believe
John Bunyan is any less chosen and less great than Charles Spurgeon. C. H.
Spurgeon was chosen by God to pastor the great Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle
in London, England, while John Bunyan was chosen of God to show all of us how
we are to take our stand for right and how to suffer for right!

John Bunyan sat in prison for 12 long years and that was his full-time service.
He was imprisoned because he refused to quit preaching on the streets! This was
his full-time service.
God chose the deacon Stephen to
show us how to die. God chose Longview Baptist Temple of Longview, Texas, to
show the rest of a nation how to keep on going through the fire of slander,
media persecution, law-suits, internet gossip forums, and ex-worldly church
members. The Scripture says, “They departed from the presence of the counsel
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame.”
That is not a sickness you have
that is a call of God that you have on your life for God Himself has chosen
you. That is not a paralysis you have that is a calling of God that you have.
That is not cancer that you have that is the call of God that you have. That is
not a son with 14 major maladies that you have that is the call of God that you
have. That was not an accident when you fell 20 feet from a tree and shattered
your knees; that is the call of God.
You have an opportunity to tell
the entire world that you can take it, keep on going, and they too can make it!
You can praise God while at baby land cemetery at the graveside, at the funeral
home and during the persecution!
That is why the Apostle Paul
could say, “I rejoice in tribulation. I glory in persecution.” That is not a
car wreck when your son was taken it is the call of God! That is not a disease
they diagnosed it to be MS that is the call of God. Please hold your head up
high for God has chosen you to serve Him full-time. That is not loneliness when
Christmas finds you alone that is the call of God. My wife Lee Ann is as much
chosen of God as I am! R G. Gray III is as much chosen and called of God as Dr.
Bob Gray II is!

Thank God the Gospel came to a
little town of 1,000 people in Southwestern Michigan to a little 11-year-old boy
in 1957. You see everybody can be saved from a devil’s Hell, but thank God for
the time that God chose for you to do something for Him.

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