Being elected by God is the ultimate expression of love
obligated to show mercy to anyone as He can do with His rebellious creation as He pleases. “It does not depend on man’s desire or effort” – it is solely an act of God’s mercy…“He has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy” (Rom 9:10-23; Eph 2:8,9). ‘Predestination’, ‘election’ and ‘chosen’ are interchangeable terms referring to His act of choice.
God in His foreknowledge knows those who will respond to His offer and it is these who He chooses to be saved, yet they must still decide to yield to Christ as no one is a puppet (Jn 1:12, 6:44; Act 13:48; 2 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 1:2). It is our responsibility to preach the gospel to all, and although God would like all people to be saved many will reject the offer of salvation; only He knows those who will accept and who will reject that offer (Mk 16:15; 1 Tim 2:4).
Some of the individuals God chose for specific tasks include: Moses, the disciples, and Paul (Ps 106:23; Lk 6:13; Act 9:15). Jesus, Himself, was the ‘elect of God’ (Mt 12:18). In the OT God choose Abraham and gave a promise to him and his descendants that they would be a special people, blessed by Him as they responded in obedience. A covenant was established with this group of people we know as the Jewish nation (Gen 12:1-3; Deut 7:6).
In the NT election is further defined as God’s gracious choosing or predestination of individual sinners to be saved and glorified in and through Christ. This choice was made before the foundation of the world for God’s eternal purpose is that we should be conformed to the image of His son and grow into the fullness of Christ, to live holy and blameless lives, for the praise of His glory (Rom 8:28,29; Eph 1:4,5,12, 3:11, 4:13).
Our being chosen should result in our continual praise to God, and living obedient lives, pleasing to Him who has called us out of darkness into light and life with the divine life we claim to possess (Phil 2:12; 1 Pet 2:9; 2 Pet 1:10).