Take heart Christian, you are elect!
According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood. (1 Peter 1:2)
In love, God predestined you for His glory!
In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as Sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will to the praise of His glorious grace! (Ephesians 1:4-5)
Your name was written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain! (See Revelation 13:8, 17:8)
Got elected you!
The elect, whom He chose! (Mark 13:20)
That’s the Doctrine of Election.
You might say, “But, wait… didn’t I choose to believe in God? I repented of my sins and I have decided to follow Jesus, right?”
As far as your experience is concerned, yes. You chose to become a Christian. But, when you read the Bible and understand the theology, you find out you didn’t choose Christ, but He chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit.
You did not choose me, but I chose you, and I appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide… (John 15:16)
Romans three says:
No one is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. (Romans 3:10-11)
For there is no distinction: for all have send and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
And you were once dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, the spirit now at work in the sons of disobedience, among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
But God says,
I will give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
He has caused us to be born again, to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Blessed be the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith… (1 Peter 1:3-5)
Someone might say, “But how can I know if I am elect?”
And the answer is this:
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. (Acts 16:31)
Take up your cross daily and follow after Him…
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
THAT’S how you know you are elect… When we understand the text.