1 Peter 1:2a “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”
Last time we discussed the foreknowledge of God. Now it is time to examine the “Elect”.
Let’s turn our attention to the word “Elect”. By way of definition it means what you think, to pick or to choose. We are familiar with elections; we will cast ballots to elect a president among other offices. Spiritually speaking, we also choose whom we shall serve. Does God know the actual number of those who will accept the gift of God and go to heaven? According to the foreknowledge of God the answer is yes. This does not mean that God forced one to be saved or prevented another; it simply means God looked forward in time and was able to see every person’s decisions and know who will accept Him. Peter calls them the chosen; but how did he know they were the elect?, by the foreknowledge of God. If you will remember Jesus said he knew all along that Judas was the betrayer. Jesus knew Judas would sell him out before he actually went to the Jewish leaders and bargained for 30 pieces of silver. In John 13:21 Jesus said at the last supper “one of you shall betray me”. How else could Jesus know this other than foreknowledge?
Romans chapter 8 provides insight into the foreknowledge of God. There is a statement made in verse 29 “…For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate…” Paul’s thought starts before the quote in scripture I give and continues after so you need to read the chapter to make sure this thought, or any thought, is in context.
Will everyone agree with what I just said? No, but that is the great thing about America, you have the right to be wrong. (That was a joke by the way)
You might be wondering why I am making such a big deal out of this. I am not interested in inflammatory rhetoric here, I know there is more than one opinion on this subject. I assert that God’s foreknowledge allows Him to know who will accept Him but that does not take the word “whosoever” out of John 3:16. Jesus died for all and that extended invitation will continue until Jesus returns.
By the foreknowledge of God He knows about the Sunday School teachers that will help the children to understand, He knows about the missionaries that are willing to go to all parts of the world, He knows about those prayer warriors who pray for lost souls and He knows about all the generations of Christians that were willing to let their light shine before the lost. God was able to see it all and know who the “Elect” would be based upon the submission of Christians to be used of God, the blood of Jesus and the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost.
God the Father sent God the Son to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind. God also instituted the great commission… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned… Mark 16:15-16
God allows each one of us a choice to accept or reject Him. If we go to heaven it will be because we accepted the invitation of God and believed in Jesus Christ accepting him as Lord and Savior. What will you do with Jesus? I don’t know, but God does.