Are you one of the elect? I Colossians 1: 15: He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; 16: for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities -- all things were created through him and for him. 17: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18: He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent. 19: For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, Romans 8: 28: We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. 29: For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30: And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. John 1 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2: He was in the beginning with God; 3: all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4: In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Ephesians 1: 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4: even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. 5: He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6: to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. II Thesalonians 2: 13: But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14: To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 15 16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. I Corinthians 1: 25: For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26: For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; 27: 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, 28: God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29: so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. Ephesians 2 3: Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4: But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, 5: even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6: and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7: that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God -- 9: not because of works, lest any man should boast. James 2: 5: Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him? Mark 13: 20: And if the Lord had not shortened the days, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 22: False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. I Peter 1: 1: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappado'cia, Asia, and Bithyn'ia, 2: chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Jeremiah 15: 15: Behold, I am bringing upon you a nation from afar, O house of Israel, says the LORD. It is an enduring nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say. Psalm 33: 12: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 1 John 4 6: We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 5: 19: We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one. 20: And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. I Corinthians 2: 7: But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. 8: None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.