It’s a simple distinction.
When a panel of judgesÂ selectsÂ one competitor to be the champion, the others don’t benefit from the selection. Â They go home losers. Â (Cue Queen music…)
But when a nationÂ elects a new leader, the entire nation benefits. Â He or she passes legislation that they elected him to pass, etc.
The biblical doctrine of election is no different. Â Israel in general, and Christ in particular, are God’s Beloved, not in the sense of being (randomly or otherwise) ‘selected’ out to win a prize that benefits nobody else, but so that the nations of the earth would be blessed through them (Genesis 12:1-3). Â Never in the Bible is it said that Israel was chosen so that she could have exclusive rights to God and salvation. Â On the contrary, she was chosen to pass on blessing and salvation – in all its forms – to all.
It is like a fire or police squad, or a hospital staff. Â They are not self-serving teams, simply to make sexy firemen calendars, etc. Â They have a mission and a calling to serve their community. Â A doctor tells her smoking patient to change his ways not because “I’m a doctor and you can’t be”, not because “I am perfect in all ways”, but because she is a good and caring doctor. Â That’s enough metaphor for one post. :)