Chosen and Protected

Satan stands at the right hand of Christ to resist us, to accuse us. He is, “the accuser of [the] brethren” and accuses us before God “day and night.” This is shown to us visually in a vison which Zechariah had. In it, he writes for us,

"And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" [Zech 3:1-2]

Notice how The LORD tells satan “The LORD rebuke thee!” Joshua did not have to answer satan himself: The LORD rebuked satan for him, just as He does for us. We don’t have to deal with him ourselves. In fact, we don’t deal with him at all. We are told not to speak evil of angels, which are also referred to as holy ones or dignities. Peter and Jude both speak harshly of false teachers, who speak evil of angels. Inspired by The Holy Spirit they write,

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption..." [2 Pe 2:9-12]

"Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." [Jude 1:8-10]

And so The LORD Himself rebukes satan, telling Him that He chose us! The LORD chooses who He chooses, and He has chosen us. That is reason enough for God, that He chose us and has made a commitment to us. To those in Christ, walking in truth, The Father looks upon us with love, passing over our transgressions and sins, for “love covereth all sins,” and “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” [Rom 8:1] And, “as he is, so are we in this world.”

We are chosen and protected in Jesus Christ. It is because we have been “justified by His blood” and “reconciled to God by the death of His Son” that we can stand in The Father’s presence with “boldness” and “confidence by the faith of [Jesus].” [Eph 3:12, Heb 10:19] And in addition to this exceedingly precious gift made possible through our Lord Jesus, we also have secured incomprehensible protection. For we are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” [1 Pe 1:5] and which power is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” [Eph 3:20] It is by that power that we are guarded unto the revelation of Jesus Christ from heaven. As Jude so wonderfully states,

"Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen." [Jude 1:24-25]

CONCLUSION

Praise be to Jesus Christ who preserves us from every evil work and is faithful to complete His good work in us. Praise be to Him who holds all dominion and authority and power, whose name is above every name. This same Jesus who keeps us and defends us: blessed be His Glorious Name from this time forth and forevermore!

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