It seems that according to the doctrine of election, it is God who gives me spectacles in order that I may interpret reveled truth rightly. But not everyone has been given spectacles.

We don’t really change anyone’s mind in our apologetic method do we? It seems as though we are actually either talking to someone with or without spectacles. We are proclaiming to them something that they either can or cannot see, regardless of whether or not they are “suppressing the truth” (Rom. 1:18).

Verses for reference:

  1. Eph. 1 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he[a] predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves . . . 9And he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ . . .  11In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.
  2. Rom. 8 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
  3. II Tim 1 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
  4. I Thess 5 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  5. Rom. 9 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”[a] 13Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”[b] 14What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”[c] 16It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”[d] 18Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” 20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ “[e]
  6. I Pet 1 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
  7. I Pet 2 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
  8. II Thess 2 13But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you[a] to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
  9. II Thess 5 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
  10. Tit 2 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
  11. John 17 9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
  12. John 6 64Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”
  13. John 10 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
  14. John 8 47He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
  15. I John 2 19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
  16. Mt 11 25At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
  17. Jude 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about[a] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
  18. I Peter 2 8and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”[a] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
  19. II Peter 1 10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,
  20. Rom 11 33Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
  21. Deut 29 29The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
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