D I S C I P L E S H I P  19 ● He chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless (v. 4) ● He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ (v. 5). ● He blessed us with grace in the beloved (v. 6). ● In Him we have redemption through His blood (v. 7). ● In Him we have obtained an inheritance (v. 11). ● In Him we have been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (vv. 13–14). God’s act of choosing is a fascinating concept. Space prohibits a soteriological discussion of election (as enjoyable as that would be), but there’s another aspect of God’s choosing I want to un- cover. Frequently, throughout both the Old and New Testaments, God’s act of choosing us involves an appointing for a task. Text Person or Group Task Deuteronomy 18:5 Priests To minister in the name of the Lord 1 Samuel 10:24 Saul To be King Isaiah 41:8-9 Israel To be God’s servant Isaiah 45:1,5-6 Cyrus To free Israel from Babylon