Salvation is of the Lord. That means it originates from God, is executed by God and determined by God. This Biblical teaching is very hard for some to except because they much prefer to hear that they had played some part in the salvation of their soul, but from a scriptural perspective, this simply is not true.
I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, The One forming light and creating darkness, Causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these. Isaiah 45:5-7
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:10
The will to come to Jesus Christ is the outcome of God’s unconditional, free and sovereign election. The Bible tells us that, “Salvation is not of him that willith , nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:16
According to God’s sovereign good pleasure, God is merciful to whom He will be merciful, and whom He will He hardeneth, (allows the heart to stay hard to the gospel.)
Man does not cooperate with God in his own salvation. God alone determines who shall be saved, and God alone accomplishes the work of salvation.
And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. John 6:65
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. NIV
So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. ESV
Therefore, God’s choice does not depend on a person’s will or effort, but on God himself, who shows mercy. ISV
Some Christians reject this part of the Bible but the NT does not in any way say one can choose their salvation. God’s sovereignty is not limited by the will of man. In other words the will of man does not determine the salvation of one’s soul. Paul is a classic example of this as is all the Old Testament prophets. They all were chose by God.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace. Galatians 1:5
As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Acts 22:6, 7
The Disciples were chosen, handpicked by Jesus.
“Ye [the disciples] have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, John 15:16
Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mathew 4:19
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:4, 5
Israel was elected to be a chose people unto the Lord but did you know that the Bible also says that God has chosen for himself a people from among the Gentiles as well?
But now listen, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. This is what the Lord says he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you:Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. Isaiah 44:1-4
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were ordained (elected, chosen) to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. Acts 15:14
It is only through the sovereign, grace of God in Jesus Christ that draws the sinner to himself.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. Matthew 11: 25,26
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Romans 9:13-18
The unsaved are BLINDED to the gospel and are not able to see without the power of the Holy Spirit. God is the one who gives eyes to see and ears to hear, and a heart to desire after Him.
But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. John 12:37-40
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Romans 11:7
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. John 6:44
Why does God chose those he desires to be saved? The Bible specifically says…So that no flesh will ever glory in His presence!
We have nothing to boast in…no works of any kind. Just to be blessed by God’s mercy to the undeserving sinner. That is why it is called AMAZING GRACE!
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-10