This is God’s preserving work among the human race to save a vast, uncountable number of people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. Without His grace and sovereignty, every single human being would have been lost (Romans 3:10-18).
1) Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
2) Those who belong to Christ are chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) to be known, given, and have a relationship with Him (Romans 8:29; John 10:14-16).
3) They were chosen to be obedient to Christ and saved by His work (1 Peter 1:2).
4) Those given to Jesus by the Father will come to Him (John 6:37).
5) They did not choose Him, He chose them first (John 15:16).
6) They were appointed to everlasting life (Acts 13:48).
7) They were set free from the power of Satan (John 8:32; Romans 6:18; Acts 26:18).
8 ) They are predestined, called, justified, being conformed, and
will be glorified (Romans 8:29-30).
9) They are sanctified [set apart] (Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians
10) They are made alive while dead in transgressions (Ephesians 2:4-5).
11) They are led to and granted repentance (Romans 2:4; Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10; 2 Timothy 2:25).
12) God made His light shine into their hearts to give them the knowledge of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6) because the Gospel is veiled to those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).
13) Their hearts are opened by God to respond to the message (Acts 16:14).
14) They are drawn to Christ (John 6:44).
15) They are enabled by the Holy Spirit to trust in Him (John 6:65;
16) They are given eyes to see and ears to listen (Proverbs 20:12, John 3:3).
17) They are reborn out of death to life, so they can see Christ for who He is and enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3, 5-6).
18) They are circumcised in heart so they will love Him (Deuteronomy 30:6).
19) They are given a new heart by God instead of a heart of stone (Ezekiel
20) It is because of God that they are in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:30).
21) They are the partakers of the New Covenant based on God’s faithfulness alone, not on men choosing God as the Old Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-33).
22) When they are reborn they see Him and want to follow Him because they perceive Him as life, not death (2 Corinthians 2:15-16).
“And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls” (Joel 2:32).
Comments & Responses
Commentator #1: Then where is our Freewill which we have been given? Also with this teaching there is not love. Only law which brings death.
Daniel: Adam and Eve had free will. They chose to freely sin and listen to the voice of the stranger instead of God. Therefore their wills were corrupted, became enslaved to sin (John 8:34, Romans 6:16), and became children of Satan (under his dominion and power, John 8:37-46, Acts 26:18).
People are free to choose whatever they want, but as the natural human heart is terribly wicked (Jeremiah 17:9) they will always reject God (Romans 3:10-18)
This is important to remember… First, God does not keep people away or put up a wall to keep people out. He calls, invites, and commands them to repent and believe. The way to life is open in Jesus. Second, God never forces anyone to choose. They choose on their own.
When Jesus called Lazarus from death into life (John 11:43), he chose to get up and walk out of the grave. When Jesus calls to His sheep they know His voice and choose to follow Him.
Commentator #1: This is true and as the Apostle Paul said all men have been given a measure of faith. Jesus said it only takes an amount the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain. Jesus died for all and whosoever will believe. God bless you on your journey.
Daniel: Actually, Paul says in Romans 12:3, “…as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith…” The audience is found 12:1 of the chapter, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice…”
God gives a measure of faith to each Christian. Which supports that faith is a gift from Ephesians 2:8-9.
Yes, Jesus died for whoever believes in Him. Anyone who wants to be saved can be saved. But… it is only because of God’s grace and all that He does for His sheep that any of us come to Him.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14 has profound meaning on these issues. Even more so is the Parable of the Great Supper in Luke 14:15-23.
We are the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and those on the highways and found in the hedges. “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Isaiah 43, God reveals that He has chosen a people for Himself whom He has formed to declare His praise.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field will honor Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I give waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My people, My chosen.
21 This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise.
Yes, Isaiah is writing about the remnant of Israel whom God would reserve for Himself. An example being the 7,000 in 1 Kings 19:18. But the salvation that comes through Christ…
“Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
So from among the people of Israel and the Gentiles, God has chosen and formed a people for Himself. A people who would declare His praise.
I believe God’s work of preservation (without which every single human being would be lost) has been at work in every generation from Adam until now.
@Commentator #1, you wrote, “…with this teaching there is not love.”
No actually, this is the agape love of God for sinners who would reject and hate Him forever. Those who never sought Him. Those who never did good, not even one. Those who were lost… but are now found by Jesus who went looking for those given to Him by the Father.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Paul’s audience are those Christians in Rome whom are called to be set apart to a sacred purpose (saints).
“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:7).
The word “Church” in the greek means those “called out.”
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)
“It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy” (Romans 9:16).
Commentator #1: Dear Daniel, first I am typing on an I phone so it is hard. But my point about the love was if we have no choice as to who can be saved (and even though you tried to back pedal a little on this) your first statement was that God has already chosen, then where is our choice to love God in return. By your theology it doesn’t matter if I love God or not I am destined to go to heaven or hell already. Thanks for your teaching but you have been mislead in your foundation and I am not wasting my time to convince you. I would rather lead someone else to believe. God bless brother.
Commentator #2: I agree people have a choice themselves about becoming children of God.
Daniel: We do have a choice. Humanity chooses to reject God, no one seeks Him, no one does good, not even one. That is the choice of every natural human being. If left to ourselves every human being would be lost.
Therefore, God chose to preserve people from every tongue, tribe and nation (Revelation 5:9) and save them through Christ. God chooses to act upon them as all those scriptures clearly show, and then when they have been given life (reborn, regenerated) they choose to follow Christ.
Just like Lazarus when Jesus resurrected Him and called him out of the grave, that is what Jesus does to His people. Lazarus chose to get up and walk out of the tomb. It is the same for Jesus’ sheep. He calls them, they know His voice, and they choose to follow Him. They exercise the faith given to them by the Holy Spirit and trust Him unto salvation by calling on His name.
@Commentator #1, you wrote, “By your theology it doesn’t matter if I love God or not I am destined to go to heaven or hell already.”
That is not my theology. My theology is that if God didn’t intervene in the lives of Christians they would go on hating Him forever and never be saved. No natural man will ever love God. They will never seek Him as Paul writes in Romans 3. God chooses us first and by resurrecting us from spiritual death we choose Him.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit…” (John 15:16).
Commentator #2: ok, did Judas have a choice are was it his fault to betray
Daniel: Judas was a child of the devil (John 6:70), and he chose to betray Jesus. Betrayal was part of Judas’ nature as it is all natural people. It reminds me of the Scorpion and the Frog story.
“A scorpion wants to cross a river, but it can’t swim. It asks a frog to help. The frog is worried, but the scorpion promises, ‘I won’t sting you, because if I did I would drown.’ In mid river the scorpion stings the frog. The dying frog asks, ‘Why?’ and the drowning scorpion answers ‘That’s my nature.'”
The scorpion’s nature was to sting. But, let’s not forget the scorpion is a liar, a murderer, and a traitor too. What does that sound like? Yes, natural men who are children of Satan (John 8:44).
Commentator #3: Thanks, Daniel for sharing the Bible with us!
Daniel: You’re welcome!
“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (Revelation 17:14).
This is another interesting text. This text shows there will be a rapture prior to the 2nd coming because when the armies of the world and Anti-Christ war against Jesus at His appearing, we see that those who are with Him are His called, chosen, and faithful followers. The raptured Church who are called and chosen.
Commentator #2: mmmmmmmmmmm there a big debate going on about Judas now was choosen to betray Jesus because someone had to, or a devil child or a choosen man
Daniel: There is nothing in the Bible that says Judas was “chosen” to betray Jesus. Jesus did choose Him to be part of the 12 even though Jesus knew Judas would betray Him. It was prophesied that Jesus would be betrayed (Psalm 41:9; Zechariah 11:12-13), and Judas was the one to do it.
Now I will say this. The whole of humanity is one big sinful lump of clay. God forms vessels for one purpose and one for another (Romans 9:21). He does whatever He wants with the people of the earth (Daniel 4:35).
God has chosen people in the past to display His wrath, and He will do so with all those who reject Christ.
During the time of the Exodus, “For Scripture says to Pharaoh: ‘I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.'” (Romans 9:17).
During the time of Jesus, “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen” (Acts 4:27-28).
In regard to Judas, Jesus said, “None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled” (John 17:12)
With the vessels of wrath (those who reject Christ) He displays his wrath in them to reveal the riches of His glory to the vessels of mercy (those called out) (Romans 9:22-24).
And no one has a right to say anything to Him or question Him. For He is God, the creator of all things, and everything in this universe belongs to Him. He is the potter and the human race is the sinful lump of clay who only deserve His wrath for our sins.
“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:20-21).