Ephesians: 2. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
You will never hear anyone say, "I want to believe in God, but I'm not chosen." How foolish would this sound?
If you believe in God then you know you are chosen, don't get all caught into trying to figure out the mind of an all infinite, glorious God. He chose us because we would never choose Him. We are born spiritually dead, void of any hope. In a state that is lost for all of eternity; but "thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." 2 Cor 9:15
We are born in a state that is depicted as a dead Lazarus. No one is born again by their own doing, it is God who creates such a marvelous work. We simply believe with the faith that He supplies; child-like faith the size of the smallest seed, the mustard seed. We must Receive the Gift as I said in my recent video; Click to view
God doesn't want one single soul to perish, so don't think he created certain people to be damned for all of eternity; this only happens when folks refuse to believe.
Listen, we all have a free will to choose to believe or not. However, God indeed gives us the faith and we either exercise it or not. We cannot take any credit for our salvation as it is all a grace gift from God.
He supplies everything by grace: the faith, the way out of sin, the new birth, eternal life, the whole kit and caboodle.
No one will stand before God and state, "I wanted to believe and I couldn't." No one will say they didn't know Jesus was the Truth. Romans 1 will attest to that. We are without excuse folks.
1 Timothy: 1. 13. Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
"Good people" don't get to Heaven, only saved ones do. Are you saved from your sins by true faith in Jesus Christ?