Chosen In Christ Jesus
We deserved wrath, but God showed mercy;
We deserved judgement, but He gave grace;
Our sins excluded us from His presence –
Now reconciled, we can see God’s face.
We dwelt in the kingdom of darkness,
Enslaved by the chains of our sins;
We were dead in our vile trespasses,
Until the Lord Jesus Christ entered in.
Controlled by the prince of this world,
Marred by the depravity of our minds,
But God being rich in His infinite mercy,
Showed that He was so loving and kind.
Now He has made us a royal priesthood,
A holy nation to shew forth His praise,
A people for God’s own possession –
Chosen in Christ because of His grace.
Proclaim aloud His excellent greatness;
For He has called you from darkness to light;
We are seated with Jesus in heavenly places,
For our God has quickened us together with Christ.
December 12th, 1996
Ephesians 2:1-10 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.