11. But what if I'm not chosen?

You might believe that the Lord Jesus wants to be our Savior, but you still think, “But what if I'm not chosen? Then what?” The Bible speaks about election often. For example, the Lord Jesus tells His disciples:

  • Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you (John 15:16a).

What does election not mean?
Take a look at this picture. It is a depiction of a conveyor belt, which ultimately leads people into the fire. Only one person is plucked from the belt, just in time, by a hand from above. It is sad that some people look at the doctrine of election this way. They think that almost all people will perish, except for a select few, who (sometimes in the nick of time) are saved by God. What a horrible picture of God this is! It suggests that God allows most people to go to hell and wants to save only some. But nowhere in the Bible can such a picture of God be found. On the contrary. It is God's desire that all people will be saved.
 

Then what does election mean?
When the Bible speaks of election, what does it mean?

1. Election means that God chooses us, not that we choose Him.
2. Election means that eternal salvation is 100% sure.

If there were no election, no one would be saved. No one chooses for God on their own. But because God has chosen to save people, people are being saved and their salvation is one hundred percent certain.

Election is not meant to be a roadblock preventing you from coming to God, but is instead a gateway to salvation. As if you are standing before a gate which reads, “Come unto Me, all ye...”. Once you have entered through this gate, the other side reads, “I have chosen you”.
 

A thought to ponder on your own
Read John 15:16. What is your view on election?

 


 

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