I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
I want to close our week’s study with two practical applications about the doctrine of election.
First, the doctrine of election encourages confidence in God’s plan. The fact that God has chosen you to be saved means you have great security in Christ. If my salvation depends on my choice, then what happens if one day I wake up and I unchoose God? Am I lost forever? But salvation is not my choosing God; it began with God choosing me. Jesus said, “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28). The doctrine of election is the basis for our eternal security in Christ.
Second, the doctrine of election encourages compassion for lost people. The same Paul who expounded on the doctrine of predestination is the same Paul who gave his life to spread the gospel to as many people as possible. He never found any inconsistency between election and evangelism. The doctrine of election does not discourage evangelism; it encourages evangelism because it means we do not know whom God has chosen to salvation. We preach to everyone and let God’s purpose be accomplished.
This week I reread the story of baseball player Albie Pearson. Because of his commitment to Christ, he got the nickname Angel. So it was appropriate when Albie was transferred to play for the Anaheim Angels. One night, the March of Dimes chose Albie to present an award to the mayor of Los Angeles on home plate before the game. To assist Albie would be the movie star Marilyn Monroe. Albie was excited about meeting Marilyn Monroe. She arrived and sat in the dugout with Albie. Albie said he felt a word from God saying, “Go over and tell her about Jesus.” So he went over to Marilyn and they chit-chatted, but he never said a word about Jesus. Twice more during the night, the Lord impressed him, “Tell Marilyn about Me.” Twice more, Albie refused. Before she left, Marilyn looked at Albie and said, “Is there something you wanted to say to me?” He said, “No.” They said goodbye. Two days later, Albie awoke to the “Los Angeles Times” headline that screamed: “Marilyn Monroe Found Dead.” Albie knelt beside his bed and cried out to the Lord, “Forgive me for not talking to her about You! With Your help, I promise that I will never miss another opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The sorrow Albie Pearson faced is the same sorrow that awaits many of us on that Judgment Day, when we see friends and family members sentenced to an eternity in Hell because they never heard the gospel from our lips. As we study the book of Romans, let’s embrace the theology of Paul, but let’s also embrace the heart of Paul and, more importantly, the heart of God Himself, who is not willing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “More Than Conquerors” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2014.
Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.