Biblically, “election” means “choice”. God’s elect are those who choose to be in relationship with Him. When the human race chose to rebel against God, He elected through covenant promises with Abraham, Israel, and David to choose to bless them. God’s eternal purpose was fulfilled in Jesus’ coming and establishing His new covenant, then fulfilling it.
The one person God elected was Jesus Christ. He chose Christ to sacrifice, on Calvary, for the reconciliation of the world to Himself. He asks people to come to Him and let go of the hardness of their hearts. He offers His saving relationship for all to either accept or reject.
Many people hear of God’s election and stop seeking a relationship with Him out of fear that He did not choose them or that they are unworthy of being called. That is very sad because a complete study of the Bible reveals that the center of salvation is God and His nature, not humanity with its sin and rebellion. God’s nature shows mercy to everyone. If a person will turn to Christ and from his or her sin, he or she will experience God’s grace.
The mystery of God’s divine intervention has proven throughout history He has guided the elect to accomplish His purposes, even with man’s free will and hard hearts. God’s personal involvement and motivation through human history calls all humanity to hear the Gospel and to trust. Believers who trust Christ are members of His kingdom, with the duty of being His priests before the world. (See Revelation 1:6)
The body of Christ is God’s elected physical presence in the world, representing Him and His purposes, and led by His Spirit to carry out the ministry of informing others of the good news of Christ. Election informs and calls believers to their obligation to live according to God’s character, as Christ establishes His kingdom to fulfill God’s purposes in this world.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.