Election as Mission Impulse

One of the most common objections to election and predestination is evangelism in missions. If God chooses men and women why do we share the gospel with them? What’s the point? Paul seems to think pretty differently about this. Look at what he says about it.

“I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they may too obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10).

Election is no hindrance to Paul when he thinks about missions and winning the lost. It is in fact the opposite. This text helps us understand that election is a driving force and impulse for Paul in the missionary task. It gives him confidence that God is sovereign over all things including the people he is sharing with. It gives him strength to persevere in the midst of affliction and persecution because he knows his labor will not be in vain—how can it be when God has chosen men and women from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

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