Are You One of the
Elect of God?
Jesus said, All that the Father gives me shall come to
Me; and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out (John 6:37).
The answer to the question, are you one of the elect of God, is
answered by another question: Have you believed on Jesus Christ as your personal
Savior? If you have responded to His free grace, and have believed on Him alone for
salvation, you should know that you are one who was given to Jesus before the foundation
of the world.
When Jesus was praying to the Father the night before His sacrificial
death on the cross He said, Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son
may glorify Thee, even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom
Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life (John 17:1-2).
Jesus is referring to the covenant between God the Father and God the
Son when God gave to Jesus in salvation that great company for whom He would go to the
cross and die.
His death provided the objective and judicial basis whereby the elect
would be saved.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of that day in his poem of the Suffering
Servant. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would
render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days,
and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of
His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant,
will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities (Isa. 53:10-11).
Jesus went to the cross the next day knowing that His death would
secure the salvation of all whom God had given Him (Jn. 17:2, 6, 8, 11, 12). He had the
satisfaction that night of knowing that His substitutionary death would secure our
Jesus, as our Sovereign Savior, has authority over all mankind to
give salvation to all whom God has given Him. Thank God, because we were dead in our
trespasses and sins and unable to come to Christ unless He first gives eternal life to us
(Eph. 2:1-5). If the Holy Spirit is pleading with you, please respond to Him now and
receive Gods free gift of eternal life. This is the very evidence you are longing
for because of His dealings with you. He raises the spiritually dead and gives life.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. He
did not have to save anyone. It is His sovereign grace that reaches down to us and draws
us to Himself. Will you not respond to His pleading even now? He has the authority and
power to break our rebellious will, and quicken our dead spirit so that we will respond to
Him in faith.
Jesus Christ gives eternal life to everyone the Father has given Him.
He is just in following His eternal plan of redemption whether you and I agree or not. He
is the Sovereign King. He shows mercy to whom He will. God is showing mercy to you now.
Will you respond to His pleas?
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).
How do you know you are one of the elect of God? Have you believed on
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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