If you are new to the various viewpoints of Christian salvation you may be having a growing distaste for the minutia highlighted thus far. You might feel that these distinctions are simply the result of people with too much time or who are too eager to argue. Perhaps we would all be wiser to let God be God and let those who desire to follow Christ simply follow him. This is an excellent thought. The Psalmists also said in Psalm 131 (WEB),
1) Yahweh, my heart isn’t arrogant, nor my eyes lofty;
nor do I concern myself with great matters,
or things too wonderful for me.
2) Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with his mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3) Israel, hope in Yahweh,
from this time forward and forever more.
Yet, we also need to protect the gospel from false interpretations and explain the gospel to our own generation. I would encourage you to allow your mind to be captivated by the gospel and the questions we have raised. Search the Scriptures for answers to these questions. Do this to make your own election sure and to grow in your love for God and your love for all God's people.
The gospel is God's message to you, me, and all mankind concerning our eternal destiny. One cannot be too picky about getting that right.
If you are not new to this discussion you might likewise be sick of the centuries of theology and debate that has not provided a simple solution. So rather than attempt to move Mount Everest to another location on the globe, you might feel that is it wiser to let the "secret things" rest with God. Perhaps God does not intend us to understand some of these questions at this time. Moses likewise said in Deuteronomy 29:29 (WEB), "The secret things belong to Yahweh our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
It may be that the answers to the questions I raised have not been revealed. But if they were revealed, would you want to know them?
Turn with me to that question next.