Chapter 6

Election and You

The declaration “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn. 2:2) assures us that no one has been predestined for eternal condemnation. John 3:16-17 promises us:

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

No one ever needs to ask, “Have I been elected?” The proper question is, “Have I accepted Jesus’ atoning death for me?” If you have acknowledged your sin, have believed that Jesus died for you and rose again, and have committed yourself to a life of trust in and reliance on Him, you are a member of His elect (chosen) body, the church (Rom. 10:9).

What you do with Jesus now determines whether you will bow before Him in joy or despair, whether your destiny will be heaven or hell. The good news is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God’s heart is for everyone when He promises, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

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