Your choosing of God didn’t depend upon you. It was ultimately rooted in God’s choosing of you (Romans 9:11-24). This occurred before creation (Ephesians 1:4-11). We love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19), and though he hated us before we were saved (Psalm 5:5; 7:11; 11:5). He also loved us before we were saved (Ephesians 2:4-5).
That’s not a contradiction, it’s a manifestation of God’s justice abiding against us before our conversion while awaiting the manifestation of his outward love for us in Christ that was determined to be ours from eternity past.
“though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:11 ESV
God determined to save Jacob and set his saving love on him before he or Esau were ever born. God’s choosing to love one and hate the other had nothing to do with what they would do, but in what God created them to be, for it is written, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble” (Proverbs 16:4) and “[t]hey stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do” (1 Peter 2:8). Indeed, God “has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills” (Romans 9:18).
God created sinners to destroy in order to show his mercy on those he created to save.
Because God “desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:23).
In other words, God created sinners to destroy in order to show his mercy on those he created to save. By creating most people to damn, it provides kind of a backdrop of justice by which to view just how precious and beautiful his merciful salvation really is.
He didn’t have to save anyone, but out of his love, he chose to save some, which is a large number that no man can count (Revelation 7:9). However, this is a relatively small number compared to the the amount of people that were created for eternity in Hell,
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Can you choose to be elected unto eternal life? No, but you’d better die trying!
Will you care about Christ if you’re not elected unto eternal life? Maybe, but not forever (1 John 2:19; Matthew 13:20-21).
If you’re weary and burdened because of your sin, it’s because God is drawing you to Christ and you will come to him to find spiritual rest. Come to him now and receive what Jesus has prepared for you from the foundation of the world!
Finally, the good news for the evangelist is this: make the gospel message plain and clear, and people will be saved through it; i.e., the elect. Only the elect will hear Christ’s “voice”; i.e., his truth in the gospel as preached from the Scriptures.
Be encouraged weary evangelist, you are guaranteed success and none of it depends upon chicanery, tricks, or psychological manipulation. None of those things are necessary. The only thing required for conversion is an elect soul exposed to the raw word of God!
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30
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