Father... You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24).
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has been manifested in these last times for your sake. (1 Peter 1:20; see 2:4).
Chosen / Elect
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4.
Behold, My servant whom I have Chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. (Matthew 12:18)
Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" (Luke 9:35; some manuscripts read "My Beloved".
And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, His Chosen One!" (Luke 23:35).
"I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Chosen One of God. (John 1:34; some manuscripts read "Son" others read "Chosen One." The earliest, Sinaiticus, reads "Chosen One.").
Coming to him, the Living Stone, rejected by men but by God Chosen and Precious and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a corner, Chosen and Precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame." (1 Peter 2:4-6; see 1:20).
It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has established by His own authority. Acts 1:7.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2:1-2).
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. (Genesis 1:14).
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law. (Galatians 4:4).
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6).
For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!" (Luke 22:22).
Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know, this Man, delivered over by the predetermined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. (Acts 2:22-23; cf. Eph 1:9-11).
But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Acts 3:18. see v. 19
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, "Sovereign Lord, who did make the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who by the mouth of our father David, Your servant, did say by the Holy Spirit, "Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? The kings of the earth set themselves in array, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'-for truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your plan had predestined to happen. And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness, while You stretch out Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of Your holy servant Jesus." (Acts 4:24-30).
Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15).
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. (Ephesians 1:9-10).
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus before the times of the ages but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. (2 Timothy 1:8-11).
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, proclaimed before the times of the ages but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior. (Titus 1:1-3).
Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God's wisdom in mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).
Created: February 24, 2011
Last Updated: March 20, 2011