Did the shepherd prize his flock? God calls His people, "His flock, His beautiful flock." (Jeremiah 13:20)
Does the miser prize his wealth? God says of His people, "You shall be a special treasure unto Me above all people; for all the earth is mine." (Deuteronomy 7:6)
Does the bridegroom prize his beloved and dearly purchased bride? It is written, "As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride so shall your God rejoice over you!" (Isaiah 62:5)
Does the reigning monarch prize his crown? God has said, "You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God." (Isaiah 62:3)
What wondrous love, such expressions as these represent! How precious must the Lord's people be to Him! Truly they are His special treasure!
God CHOSE them to be special unto Himself. He chose them out from among others. He chose them in preference to others.
He chose them out from others, on purpose that they may be a special people unto Himself. And in so doing, He acted FREELY. It was not on account of anything He saw in them, or on account of anything He expected from them; but in the exercise of His most free and holy sovereignty, He chose them to participate in the glory of His Son!
Romans 8:30 ... Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
John 15:16 ... Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye 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.
Ephesians 1:4 ... According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:❤