- 1) God's Election:
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Romans 8:29).
"Though they [Jacob and Esau] were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—she was told, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ As it is written, ‘Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated’” (Romans 9:11–13).
“So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy” (Romans 9:16).
“Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, ‘I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me’” (Romans 10:20).
“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27–29).
“Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
There are many other New Testament Scriptures which refer to believers’ being chosen or elected to salvation: Matthew 24:22, 31; Mark 13:20, 27; Romans 8:33; Romans 9:11; Romans 11:5–7, 28; Ephesians 1:11; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Timothy 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1–2; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:10.
- 2) Human Responsibility:
“Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness” (Romans 6:13).
“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).
“Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth” (Colossians 3:5-8).
And there are many, many more Scriptures which show we are RESPONSIBLE.
- There you have it, the Bible says BOTH are true!
"This subject, which in itself is attended by considerable difficulty, is rendered very perplexed and hence perilous by human curiosity. The best rule is, not only in learning to follow wherever God leads, but also when He makes an end of teaching, from ceasing to wishing to be wise."
“learning to follow wherever God leads”
There are some things in the mind of Almighty Everlasting Jehovah God that we are going to find HARD to understand. We must HUMBLE ourselves and simply BELIEVE. This is a vital lesson.
Jesus expects his followers to believe him, even when/if we do not understand him. “Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink.” (John 6:53-55). How did his disciples react?
“When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?’” (John 6:60). And many of the disciples quit following Jesus! “But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, ‘Do you take offense at this?’” (John 6:61). “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’” (John 6:66).
“Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have BELIEVED, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68).
Like Peter, we must BELIEVE and “learn to follow wherever God leads.”