There are many passages in the New Testament that refer to true believers as the “elect” that is to say, the chosen ones of God. We are elect because God chose us in Christ “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). God foreknew us individually before we were even born ( and actively chose us to be saved (I Peter 1:2).
This doctrine of election causes a lot of confusion among believers and unbelievers alike. There are some believers who wrongly insist that we preach a passive gospel to unbelievers. They claim that we should not tell people what to “Do” in order to get saved, because there is nothing that we can do to get saved: salvation is something that God does for us. They claim we should not tell people to make a “decision” for Christ, since human beings are not capable of making any decision for Good or evil; it is God who essentially makes all choices for us.
While these brothers are right about God being sovereign over our salvation, some of their conclusions are wrong. Election does not nullify personal responsibility to make the right choices. The Bible preaches an active gospel, a gospel which requires a person to make consciously, deliberate, decisions. If you want to become a true Christian and spend eternity with God, all you have to do is believe in Jesus who died on the cross for your sins and repent of your unbelief. You do not have to worry about figuring out whether or not you are “elect.” That’s God’s department. If you believe and repent you are elect.
Here are some verses that promise us we will be saved if we believe and repent:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9 NIV).
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:37-39)
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house (Acts 16:29-32).