"For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our GOSPEL came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction."
- 1 Thessalonians 1:4,5
So... He is a choosing God.
Has the Gospel come to you in word?
Has the Gospel also come to you in power?
Has the Gospel also come to you in the Holy Spirit?
Has the Gospel also come to you with full conviction?
If you can answer with a resounding, "YES!" then the Apostle Paul says... that they KNOW... that God has chosen you.
God chose me. There is no more humbling truth than that.
Matthew Henry writes:
[1.] All those who in the fulness of time are effectually called and sanctified were from eternity elected and chosen to salvation.
[2.] The election of God is of his own good pleasure and mere grace, not for the sake of any merit in those who are chosen.
[3.] The election of God may be known by the fruits thereof.
[4.] Whenever we are giving thanks to God for his grace either to ourselves or others, we should run up the streams to the fountain, and give thanks to God for his electing love, by which we are made to differ.