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Is Biblical Election True?

posted Jul 28, 2018, 6:30 AM by Joseph Tee   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 7:31 AM ]
Many today believe that when you get saved, God elected you for Salvation. And many verses are referenced for this to defend the idea that God saves by election. God can do what He pleases to do and He can definitely elect some for Salvation... But what are the context in the verses used to defend General Election for Salvation?

Romans 3:10-12  - 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

What is the background for these verses. Verse 1 of this chapter gives us a good understanding of the subject being discussed. It's about the Law that the Jewish people holds on to. That they think they are righteous when they obey some of it...

John 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

The earlier verse gives us again the subject being discussed concerning this verse. Verse 23-24 says that a certain group of Jewish people at the temple surrounded Jesus asking how long will Jesus make them doubt. These people, after seeing what Jesus did and after hearing what Jesus said just refused to believe the Truth. They are so close to God yet not close enough because of their choice to refuse God's Truth.

John Chapter 17 - Prayer of Jesus 

Verse 12 and 18 gives us an idea who are the subject in Jesus's prayer. It is the 12 Disciples. And verse 20 tells us that every person who would put their faith in Jesus would have to confirm it by their word after they have believe in faith about Jesus Christ.

Gift of life given... And choices made...

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The background in this verse is, Jesus came to the house of Zacchaeus, who was already saved. And Jesus again was being watched by the Jewish leaders. See in verse 7. What's the purpose of this story? It pictures that Jesus came for sinners and Jesus was showing that to those who were watching Him. And those who feel righteous by their own choice (the watchers) or by following the Law, could die without hope. Is Zacchaeus's salvation by election? Could be, because God used his situation for an illustration to those who were cunningly watching.

John Chapter 4 - The story of the Samaritan lady

If we look at the story of the Samaritan lady, we can see that there was a process of revelation of the person Jesus Christ to the lady. And in the process, the lady's mind was enlightened and accepted the Truth about Jesus. Her acceptance needed faith and she acted upon the faith by making the right choice to receive Jesus Christ in her life.

Matthew Chapter 19 - The story of the young rich man

Verse 22 of this chapter tells us that the young rich man made his choice to refuse God's gift of Salvation...

If God saves by election, then what is the purpose of Salvation by Faith? Why would God give men faith to act upon the Truth that He has about Jesus Christ? God gives man the ability to reason... And with that ability, there's also the capacity to make choices. And when a man refuse God's salvation, then God is not to be blamed for his/her eternal damnation...

Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The greatest question is, is their Election in the Bible? Yes there is... That is clearly seen from the old and new testament. And there are special reasons for this, which only God truly knows...