“But what answer did God give Elijah? He said. ‘But I have seven thousand people in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal (the false God of the Canaanites).’ It is the same now. There are a few people that God has chosen by His grace. And if He chose them by grace (god’s favor, kindness and love shown to us, even though we do not deserve them), it is not based on the things they have done. If they could be made God’s people by what they did, God’s gift of grace would not be a gift, would it?” – Romans 11:4-6 (JCV)
Most Christians will readily affirm that our salvation is by grace through faith in what Jesus the Messiah accomplished for us on the cross. They may even be able to quote Ephesians 2:8-9 from memory, and equally affirm that we are not saved by our own good works, lest anyone of us have opportunity to take credit for our own salvation. But what most believers fail to understand is the concept of God’s sovereignty in the matter of choosing His people. In theological terms it is called Predestination.
The fact is, none of us would be saved today if God Himself had not chosen us, long ago, in the first place. Jesus Himself validated this truth when He said, “For no one can come to me unless [God] the Father draws them to me…” – John 6:44. Both the Old and the New Testament teach that election and salvation is a free gift from God by His grace. He picks us out of the putridness of lost and degenerate humanity, gives us the gift of faith to believe the gospel of redemption, then forgives us of our sins and washes us clean of our filthiness, and then adopts us into His holy family of saints (sanctified ones). From beginning to end, it’s all God’s work.
God is the One who chooses us, God is the One who gives us faith to believe, and it is God who does the work of regeneration.
– Luis Yosefus
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