Question: Who are God's elect?
Answer: Determining who God's elect are is very important. This is urgently important because it is they who are the saved (Mk. 13:27). God knows who is elect are. "... God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation," Paul writes, "through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth" (2 Thes. 2:13, cf. 1 Pet. 1:2).
The elect or chosen of God are those who have believed the truth. Beloved, it is "in" or "by" belief of the truth that the elect are chosen or become the elect (2 Thes. 2:13). Who says truth does not matter? Jesus is the truth or presented the truth (John 14:6). His words, truth, are spirit and life (John 6:63). We are free of the bondage of sin by believing the truth (John 8:32). We purify our souls in obeying the truth (1 Pet. 1:22), and we are to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). The truth is the word of God, the one faith (Eph. 4:5). It is that system to which many rendered obedience (Acts 6:7, 13:8), and the faith has been once for all delivered (Jude 3).
The elect are those who have been set apart by the spirit. This is precisely what Paul said regarding the saved at Thessalonica (2Thes. 2:13). The Spirit sets apart or sanctifies through the truth (John 17:17). As we submit to the Spirit's teaching regarding belief, repentance, confession, baptism for the remission of sin, and growth, we are sanctified (John 8:24, Acts 17:31, Rom. 10:10, Acts 2:38, Col. 1:10).
Beloved, are you God's elect? To the elect God multiples grace and peace (1 Pet. 1:2).