Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10-11)
The Most Important Election In History
One of the great freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the United States of America is the opportunity to vote for those who lead the nation. Not everyone votes and the numbers can be very low in some years. There is a lot of rhetoric about the coming election as the most important in the country’s history. That would be true with each election, with exceptions of historical significance having a greater impact than others. One of the apparent realities of each election year is that (by God’s grace) the sun rises on the day after the election, and life continues. Arguments are made about whether the election was fair and whether the elected official had a right to be chosen by the populace. Those who lose will argue foul, and the political intrigue and backbiting will continue. The election process is not a pure science, and there will always be some level of corruption and deceit.
Many countries do not afford their citizens the right to vote. Some leaders will allow elections to take place, but these elections are nothing more than screens of deceit to appease the conscience of the citizens with the outcome predetermined. Corruption is rampant as men of less quality are positioned in seats of power to rule over their nations as despots. The election laws of corrupt nations do not look out for the good of the people. There is no truth in the process of human wisdom seeking the exaltation of self, and it is the innocent people who suffer. Democracy is a fickle mistress that allows the allurement of corruption to taint the election process. When the election is over, truth has often suffered more than anything that is won. Human wisdom exalts itself on the deceptive notion of honesty and truthfulness. But there is an election that is beyond the reach of the corruption of man, and that is the spiritual election of salvation.
Before the world was created, God had a plan to elect His creation to salvation. Promised through Jesus Christ, the need for salvation found its worth at Calvary when human wisdom killed the Son of God. Obedience to the will of the Father removed the wrath of God as the blood of Christ washed away sin. Faith alone could not save, and the heart of man learned to follow the pattern of obedience to salvation. No clearer demonstration of that can be found than the admonition of Peter to the pilgrims of the Dispersion of his day. Certain traits are necessary for salvation, including faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. All of these are tempered by diligence to add these graces to the heart of the obedient servant. If a man adds these to his life, he will enjoy the greatest election in the history of man.
There is a powerful statement by Peter to give assurance to the saints of God. If a man employs the graces of God in his life, he will not be unfruitful or barren in the knowledge of Christ. Allowing the heavenly elements of grace to fill the heart, the soul can make its calling and election sure – to confirm a man’s calling and election. There is no corruption in this promise. God has promised the hope of eternal life to all who seek His will and follow the patterns of grace. The election of the saint is the greatest election a man can experience. Those who seek public office gain a moment’s glory in the twilight of human wisdom, but those who seek election in Christ will reign throughout eternity at the feet of the heavenly Father.
The greatest election in history is when a man is saved in the blood of Christ. Not everyone will be elected because few men accept the terms of election. The terms of eternal election cannot be corrupted. Only those who follow the laws established by God will be saved. There will be no one in heaven who has not been elected by the will of the Father. Many will believe they are chosen, but because they corrupted the process of God’s word, they will be lost. The final realization of the eternal election is realized when all who are saved know the grace of God saves them; those who are lost will agree with the righteousness of God they deserve to be denied eternal life. No one will argue about the results. All will agree. Eternal election is in Jesus Christ.