Hello, Roald @Drumroald Interesting illustration. As I thought about it, though, I found that I like the idea of everyone being invited into the room, but get hung up on the word, “chosen”. Romans 8:29 and 11:2 use the same Greek word for “foreknow”. It’s meaning is God pre-knowing all choices w/o pre-determining or requiring them.
“Predestined”, as in Romans 8:29, Eph. 1:5,11, connotes a pre-setting of boundaries, as before creation.
I have always preferred to view God’s plan of salvation as one for all mankind, determined before the foundation of earth was formed because God knew beforehand that man was going to fall. God, being who He is, knew ahead of time who was going to fall, although He didn’t determine who was going to fall. Nor did He determine who would choose His salvation. The plan of salvation is for all and freely chosen.
So, I have viewed Romans 8:29 as God knowing all of us ahead of time, and His predetermining a plan of salvation was for all of us. (I’m probably repeating myself to make my point clear.)
Jesus was referring to His disciplies whom He was ordaining to be Apostles when He said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” We, today, are that fruit and can also assume that we are to do the same as the Apostles did = bear much fruit. (John 14:20-23)
I like the example that Joshua @Joshua_Hansen gave. It says that the destination was predetermined and that all are invited. Those on the bus chose to get on. They did not discover that they had been chosen to do so.
The references to Matthew 11:25, 27 must be read in context with the rest of the chapter. Jesus was rebuking the cities who rejected Jesus’ miracles and works, stating that Sodom, as evil as it was, by comparison, would have believed in Jesus. So, Jesus was saying He would reveal Himself only to those who had come to believe (at that time because of His works) —the little children (comparatively speaking). The wise and learned refused to accept Him, so His Truth was hidden from them. It’s the same today. Those who refuse to see won’t see. Those who refuse to hear, won’t hear. It is hidden.
I know believers have their take on predestination and election. I just prefer to see God’s nature being all inclusive, not exclusive. And, that He freely gave us the will to freely choose.