These words I write, though now published and available to all everywhere, are really intended for a certain few. Those are the few who are able to perceive the things of the Spirit, for not all can. The Master spoke “to him that has ears to hear, let him hear…” He was speaking to those who had ears that could understand His sayings. For it is given to them “to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them–the vast majority of mankind–it is not given at this time (Matt. 13: 11).
The Savior talks a lot about “the few.” He said that “few” would find life (Matt. 7: 14), that the laborers for the final harvest are “few” (Matt. 9; 37), and that “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22: 14). Interestingly, here we have both the “few” and “the chosen” in the same passage.
These few that He speaks of are the elect, His chosen ones. Some take offense at Christ’s words. They don’t like it when He says, You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bear much fruit (John 15: 16). The chosen ones will bear “much fruit.” The scriptures speak of Christians bearing three amounts of fruit: fruit, more fruit, and much fruit (John 15: 1-8).
To the worldly ear, trained up in the all-inclusive ways of our post-modern politically correct society, the Master’s message about His elect falls like another tired stone in the unenlightened pond of prejudice. But God says that “my ways are not your ways.”
God has revealed His way in the “scriptures of truth,” and a few will without pre-conceived ideas and pre-judged beliefs about what the Bible actually says in black and white–those few will walk with Him in white during the last go round, the time of the end.
So these words are about those few, in all probability many who are reading this now.
Though many millions are destined to believe on Him and bear fruit in these last days, only a few thousand will be chosen by God to bear “much fruit.” These are the 100 fold fruit-bearing elect. The elect are chosen by God for a special calling: “to not taste of death till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom” (Matt. 16: 28; Mark 9: 1; Luke 9: 27).
The elect’s calling is not only unintelligible to the masses; they just will not believe that it is possible. They will not be able to believe it because they have swallowed the insidious error-filled teachings of the false prophets and false teachers “who have brought in damnable heresies” that have subverted the faith of the many (II Pet. 2: 1).
But the elect will be led by the Spirit into all truth (John 16: 13). And a big part of the truth is this concept of the elect, who are forming His company of many sons and daughters to be manifested in these latter days.
The key that unlocks this mystery, thus enabling us to believe these truths about His chosen ones, is understanding the Parable of the Sower and the different levels of Christian growth found therein (Matt. 13). Some Christians will remain “babes in Christ,” little children in their spiritual growth, bearing only what Christ calls “30 fold fruit. Some will grow to be stronger spiritually; these He calls “young men,” bearing “60 fold fruit” (I John 2: 13). And then a few Christians are called and chosen to bear “100 fold fruit.” They are the ones that the whole creation is “groaning and travailing” for. They will do the “greater works,” greater even than the Son of God [His words, not mine], for there will be a few thousand of them raising the dead and healing the sick, and preaching the kingdom of God. Understanding this is the key, Christ said, to unlocking all the mysteries contained in the parables of God (Matt. 13).
The elect, the future manifested sons of God, those who will do the greater works, they are forming right now. God is speaking to their hearts, calling them out, preparing them through the joys of revelation and the despair of heartbreak and betrayal. For “all things work together for good to them that love God, and who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8: 28).
They can’t help it. The mighty hand of God is moving upon them just like He moved on Moses, David, Gideon, and all the patriarchs and prophets and apostles. “No man takes this honor unto himself,” as Paul said. “It is God’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.” The elect will not be the mighty men of this earth according to the flesh, for “He has chosen the weak things to confound the mighty” (I Cor. 1: 27). We will be powerless, and yet possessing the reins of the very seat of the Power of the Universe. It’s all Him.
And the elect, the chosen few, will “make their calling and election sure” through the study and prayer of a grateful heart (2 Peter 1: 10).
We may not fully realize it yet, but the stage is being set for the exciting climax of the Book of Life, poised to begin as we write this. For the elect, the chosen ones of God, are its protagonists. They are the living word of God, incarnate and living out what the Author and Finisher of the Book has written of them. The stage is set; the curtain will rise shortly on the last act. The players are learning their lines–Satan and his men, and God and His sons.
It is going to be good, for we have already read the script. We win–in Him.
May God bless you all, that we might be used to bring Him glory during this final act. Kenneth Wayne Hancock