I have been tossing over a question in my mind about election and the cross. I will try my best to explain in brief what I seem to observe in my reading of the bible, and my main question is if this is correct.
When I study books of the bible, the hardest scripture I have come to read is in Romans. Romans 9 regarding God’s sovereign choice, and he uses the example of Pharaoh. Please see Romans 9:6-33 as I won’t paste it for sake of brevity.
When I take this passage and complement it with other aspects of the bible, it seems that election is not as much a point of predestination or predetermined damnation or salvation, but rather, was not election as it can be found as a whole, the example of God’s sovereign choice to bring about the Messiah through a certain lineage, for a certain time, in a certain place so that by his election he would open the door to all men through the cross?
The place I come to in my observation is this then, that Israel was a chosen nation before the cross, and as God’s chosen people, those who were not of his chosen nation were utilized by his sovereign choice to reveal his Glory to the earth and to his people, (e.g. Pharaoh and his hardening, and when God says in Romans 9:17 “for this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”). If this is the case, and through the old testament we see his sovereignty in many situations, calling Abraham, the exodus, david chosen as king, etc, was not his sovereignty and election the conduit for his final redemption through the cross. Because if that is the case, then that means even more importance to share with the world the divine sovereignty and love of God, that he made a way for all men to come to him. This also means that being part of the elect in the classical sense is not what the bible means, but rather, the “elect” of God is open to all because of the cross. I do not find biblical evidence for the belief that God has predestined men to heaven or hell, because in light of the cross, predestination seems to be that God has predestined his plan for salvation, and allows man the limited will to choose. In short, God’s kindness is meant to lead to repentance, but how can man know about this kindness unless they are told, for if God is calling out to all people through his followers, then that means that God is opening the door to all, that he has “elected” that the door be opened to all humanity to come to him.
Is this an accurate understanding of the concept of God’s divine purpose and election? Because it seems to be the most plausible to me when I take stock of only what I read in the bible. Is this on the right track? Thank you for any type of response that can help bring understanding.