Are you elected to receive God's love? Are you among those chosen by God to live eternally in His presence? Have you met the requirements? God has some set up, you know? When a candidate is elected to office, he has to meet certain requirements in order to be "elected"--a certain age, a residency, be on ballot within a specified time period, etc. If he doesn't meet those requirements, then the election process (no matter how popular, how kind, how generous, how noble, how honest, a person he is), is null and void. Even if the man receives the majority of votes in the election process, he still must meet the requirements or he cannot be elected to serve. God's desire in His election for the kingdom of God, is that no man be a loser in the process. So what are the requirements of God's elected ones?
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:8-13
Everyone who confesses with his mouth and believes in his heart.
"Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ." That's right.
"...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Each and every person who hears the word of the Lord, and professes the Lord, and believes with their heart, then they are saved. God makes no distinction...each person receives the benefits of His glory and is given the privilege to serve the risen Lord and coming King. We receive the presence of His Holy Spirit in our lives to guide us, teach us, edify us, bless us, give us specific gifts, comfort us, and pour out faith, hope, mercy, love, forgiveness, self-control, meekness, kindness, gentleness, and peace.
"All of these spiritual blessings are ours because of the electing love of the Father, the redeeming work of the Son, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit. These spiritual blessings encompass everything that Christ Jesus has purchased for us." Mike Leake SBC Voices
Who receives the spiritual blessings of God's love? Who becomes the benefactor of the redeeming work of the Son of God? Who inherits the wealth of the kingdom purchased by Christ's sacrificial death upon a cruel cross? Who is sealed by the Holy Spirit and guaranteed the spiritual blessings in Christ the Lord? Who gets to spend an eternity in heaven with the Lord?
Everyone who meets the requirements of God's election, that's who.
Do you meet those requirements? If not, will you confess with your mouth today that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead? Be elected today; let the Holy Spirit validate your election and seal you today forever. selahV