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Acts 9

Election: God's Selection

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The choice that God made

Acts 9

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]T[/dropcap]he Lord called Ananias to go to Saul of Tarsus and told him that Saul was praying and had seen a vision of a man restoring his sight.  Knowing who Saul was, Ananias expressed doubt in the man's sincerity and questioned the wisdom of restoring his sight.  The Lord used G1589 as He responded to Ananias' concern.

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake.”  (Acts 9:15-16)

We see the Lord told Ananias that Saul was a chosen vessel to bear His name to the Gentiles.  The Lord used G1588 to convey that He had not been duped by an empty display of pious and fervent prayers, but had deliberately and knowingly selected Saul as a vessel of witness.  Therefore, Ananias had nothing to fear and could rest in the knowledge that the Lord was acutely aware of all aspects of the situation.

In this passage, it is evident that the Lord's choice of Saul was of a similar type to another G1586 choice: His selection of the 12 disciples to be apostles.  The twelve were deliberately selected, as was Saul.  They were chosen to serve as apostles, as was Saul.  They remained as apostles to the day of their death, as did Saul.  Thus, we see it is not a new type of choice, but the same as we have encountered in our earlier study: a selection of an individual to minister in a particular role.