Chosen Or Not

Question:

I don’t get why we have to evangelize people. Doesn’t God already know who is going to become a Christian? So why do I have to tell people?

Response:

You are alluding to the whole issue of who are the ‘chosen’ ones.  There are different points of view on this topic in Christian circles.  I will give you my thoughts which I hope will help you.

In one sense, we do the ‘choosing’ because God extends the offer of salvation to every person, and also says that He is not willing that any should perish, as stated in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”  John 1:12 tells us what our part is.  We can choose to ‘believe’ Him and ‘receive’ Him.  And those who receive and invite Him in have the assurance that He will come in based on His promise to do so – Revelation 3:20.

I know that John 15:16 says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”  This to me sounds like being ‘chosen’ for service and not a reference to salvation.

I think God has chosen everyone for salvation because Jesus died for everyone.  God is all-knowing and therefore He knows who will accept the offer and who won’t.  In that sense He has foreknowledge of who the chosen ones will be.  The Bible is quite clear that all who receive Him will not be turned down.  None will be told that they don’t qualify for salvation because they happen not to be one of the chosen ones.

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