Election is mentioned outright in scripture, accepted as truth by many, rejected by many. Luke records the following:
“All who were appointed for eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48, NIV)
Jesus, in speaking of the future, warns of false Christs and false prophets whose miracles will be so convincing they might “deceive the elect — if that were possible.” (Mark 13:22) He speaks of days that will be so stressful that “no one will survive” and says that “for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:22)
When Jesus speaks of the day of His return, He tells us He “will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Matthew 24:31)
In one of the clearest and most difficult sections of a letter, Paul writes of “God’s purpose in election” revealed through God’s choice of the younger over the older of two twin brothers. Paul says God chose to love Jacob and hate Esau, “before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad.” (Romans 9:11)
“It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” (Romans 9:16)
Father God, help us to recognize that You are never unjust, never unfair. Rather You are sovereign, and Your will is always perfect. You “have mercy on whom [You] want to have mercy, and [You] harden whom [You] want to harden.” (Romans 9:18) Help us to accept election as a central theme in Your Word. Help us to understand we are still called to take Your gospel to the world and to pray for those who are perishing. Surely we are grateful God for Your extraordinary mercies. In Jesus’ Name, amen.