John 15:16-17 – Chosen to Love, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another.”
Jesus didn’t just become the Son of God on his journey in life, self proclaimed, lifted up and made who he was by the men who surrounded him. Jesus was in the beginning when all things were made and all things were made thru him (see John 1:1-3,14). He is the Word of God that was made flesh, born of flesh, and dwelt among us. Those who followed Jesus, learned from him, and became the servants of God to witness Christ throughout the known world (see John 10:41), they didn’t just happen on to Jesus. They were chosen as vessels to bring the message of redemption and reconciliation to those who had ears to hear and to those that would believe God’s Word that they heard from His very own Son.
Are we chosen without choice? To my understanding God has given us free will and choice is always a part of choosing and vice versa choosing is always a part of choice. You can’t have one without the other and God always honors His creation with all that He established in the beginning when all things were created. For as God chose Abraham for a blessing to become a people and a nation for the purpose of being a blessing to all nations, so God in Christ chose those with the message of salvation thru His Son Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Jesus carefully taught his disciples and when the sacrifice of his body was made and his work was finished, upon the giving of the Holy Ghost the followers of Jesus were prepared and ready to be witnesses for Christ. How were they to carry out this command of Jesus, we see in verse 17 as Jesus tells them “…that ye love one another.” Without fulfilling this law of God we are helpless. Chosen to love one another is a command of Christ, no choice in this