Theologians create much mystery about the concept of the divine election of Christians. But in the New Testament, the concept isn’t speculation, but evidence. Here’s what Paul saw as he concluded about the Thessalonians’ election:
We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, in that our gospel did not come to you merely in words, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.
1 Thessalonians 1.4-5a NET
Paul affirms God’s election of the Thessalonians because the gospel was announced among them and welcomed in such a way that they became examples to others.
In fact, God elects to salvation those who receive the message of Christ. He does not elect individuals (me for salvation, you for perdition), but attitudes and rewards.
In divine election, there is no respect of persons. Anyone can be among the elect, when he obeys Christ according to the Scriptures.
Such a present, not even at Christmas.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for your wisdom in choosing the obedient for salvation. What a blessing to be your chosen ones. May we be examples of your grace in action, because we follow Jesus. Amen.