Who Exactly Are God’s Elect?



February 2, 2022

1 Peter 1:1b NIV

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,


Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. 

It may take us the rest of the week to get through verse 1 so buckle in. 

To God’s elect . . . 

Who is this? For starters this is a little word that divides people. Some believe “the elect” are all the people God foreknew and predestined for eternal salvation from before the beginning of time. This also means those who are not in “the elect” are predestined by God for eternal damnation from before the beginning of time. It’s a doctrine called “double election predestination.” And let me tell you, some of the smartest people in the room believe this. They have their evidence. As an example: 

29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)

Now, if we wanted to talk about how to read the Bible better, we would ask this question. Do we read the whole of the Bible through the lens of a few verses? Or do we read the verses through the lense of the whole Bible? IMHO, the double election predestinarians tend to read the whole of the Bible through the lenses of a few verses. I am learning to read the few verses through the lense of the whole. (It’s more complex than that but you get the point). 

So who are the elect? At the risk of oversimplification, as I read Scripture, the elect are those who have elected to follow Jesus. This is the first miracle of the gospel. Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ, the grace of God has freed the will of the human race to elect to follow him or not. It is the grace that paves the way—even before we have the first idea of who God might even be. The fancy word for this is prevenient grace. The doctrine gets labeled as “free will.” In reality, it is “freed” will. 

So let me ask you, are you part of the elect? Have you decided to follow Jesus? If so, then yes, you are included in the salutation of Peter’s letter. This letter is for you too. 

And per chance there is someone out there reading who has perhaps not met or made up their mind on Jesus yet, here’s as close to a hand delivered invitation as I can muster today. 

Something tells me Peter, the fisherman, was not a double election predestinarian. He believed anyone and everyone could be caught up in the net of Jesus. We will get to it in due course, but we have him on record as saying,

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

To God’s elect . . . 

Peter, the seasoned apostle, knew everyone would not elect Jesus with the vote of their life. Something tells me because he knew everyone could, he would never give up on anyone. He would keep on casting the net. Otherwise, what’s the point of fishing? 

(By the way, if you are a double election predestinarian looking for a debate, don’t bother writing me, because you are predestined to lose. lol) 


Jesus, you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Thank you for choosing us; for choosing me. And thank you for the grace given that freed my will to even be able to choose you. Thank you that you thought about me long before I ever thought about you. Thank you for catching me in the net of your amazing grace. Thank you for letting me be part of God’s elect and for opening the door to anyone and everyone who will elect you with the vote of their life. I want to learn to fish with that kind of net. I am thankful today. Praying in Jesus’ name, Amen. 


 What do you make of this notion of a “freed” will? 

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For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt


Farmer. Poet. Theologian. Jurist. Publisher. Seedbed's Sower-in-Chief.


  1. As a “1 point Calvinist “ (lol), I’m in a agreement with you about the term “freed will” as apposed to “free will”. Adam and Eve possessed “free will” only prior to the fall. I believe that without prevenient grace no one could choose to follow Jesus. Spiritually dead folks aren’t free to choose to respond to God’s call because the dead can’t hear it.

    • I am not sure which Scriptures you read, but “choosing Jesus” is not supported by Scripture. There is not one example; including Paul who chose Christ., If your name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 13:7-8), you can choose until your knees break, your choosing means nothing. You do not get to tell God that you want your name included in the book. I suggest you read John 6:65 and then explain your folly of choosing Christ. God does not react or answer to man. There are only three reasons Christians believe in free will; 1) because they want to believe it; ( strong delusion) 2) because they heard it in church; 3) because their god is an imagination between their ears instead of a revelation from the pages of Scripture. You are the same people who believe you will be raptured without inner washing and declared justification, and that the mark of the beast is a radio chip or a bar code. You can choose Christ all you want; He is NOT in any way obligated to accept your choice as evidenced in the Parable of the Rich, Young, Ruler. You need to learn the difference between self denial and self esteem and which one God hates.

  2. I elect to cast my vote for the phrase “freed will.” Jesus invites “whosever will” to come to Him and to receive a new heart that is freed from bondage to darkness and empowered to choose who it will serve. Paul states that we are predestined by the foreknowledge of God. God being timeless, knows the end from the beginning (like when we watch a move that we’ve seen before). Foreknowledge doesn’t cause us (or the actors in a movie) to act a certain way, but it does give God the ability to know our choices before we make them. He elects and predestines by knowing the result of our individual “freed will” before we’re ever born.

  3. “Spiritually dead folks aren’t free to choose to respond to God’s call because the dead can’t hear it.“

    Then, how can we be saved? We were all dead before we heard God’s call. I believe in prevenient grace.
    Am I missing something here?