Doctrine of Election
The Doctrine of Election, associated with Calvinism, presupposes that God chose certain people from eternity past to be saved. God willfully brought them into the path of Christ, even if they didn’t choose that road. Hence, “the elect.”
When Jesus revealed Himself, his eyes literary opened to the Gospel of truth. In short, Paul believed the Christ after the encounter.
God of justice and mercy
Apologist R.C. Sproul gives a simple explanation of the doctrine: Suppose ten people sin and sin equally. God punishes five of them and is merciful to the other five. Is this injustice?
No, in this situation, five people get justice, and five get mercy. No one receives injustice. Mercy is voluntary. God said, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.”
God’s sovereignty can take over our will.
Man’s free will or God’s will?
After Jesus returned to heaven, rarely do we hear Jesus making physical appearances to save someone. Few, like Nabeel Qureshi, experienced God in visions and dreams. But for the rest of us, we have the “free will” to choose God.
Whether or not God chose us or we can choose Jesus, the gift of God is freely given. We have no part in it except to humbly accept his offer of salvation.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”
“No one can come to me unless the Father who has sent me draws him. And I will raise him at the last day.”
God wants everyone to be saved, but not everyone will choose Jesus.
God wants everyone saved
God wants everyone to be saved—but not everyone will choose Jesus. God’s omniscience determines who these people are and those who will reject His offer. Nonetheless, the offer is for everyone.
I refused to come to Christ and repent, but God kept putting me back on the road of repentance. Technically, we do not accept Jesus; he accepts us.
“Many are called, but few are chosen.”