Somewhere down the line in history, people began to develop various responses to the biblical truth of God choosing people for salvation. Some people argue that God wouldn’t do that because it doesn’t seem fair. Others say that evangelism would be pointless and ask how election could then be true. Still others think that the Bible clearly doesn’t teach election. Then there are those who think that God chooses some (and that they are chosen), so we don’t have to evangelize at all, because those whom God chooses will come to him eventually.
May I be so bold to say that they are all wrong? The biblical truth of God’s electing people to salvation is a cause for rejoicing! How wonderful that a holy, just God would save sinners! How beautiful that we are invited into spreading the great news of the gospel that others might come to know Jesus. First Peter 2:9-10 says,
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
God has made a people for himself. This people consists of everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior. God has made this people so that they can declare his glory to all the other peoples of the world, so they too might experience the joy of a relationship with Christ.
All of this is grounded in one, marvelous, unbelievable thing: God’s mercy.