It is not my task or yours to guess who are among God’s elect. This is a secret hidden in the heart of God from before the foundation of the world. Yet by the preaching of the Word of God there will be unmistakable marks revealed in the lives of a great multitude which give evidence that they belong to God’s chosen people. We preach the Gospel to every creature under heaven and say, “Look unto Jesus and be saved.” That gospel is like a fan that drives away the chaff and leaves the wheat. It removes the worthless and reveals the precious. We discover before long the elect of God by their conduct and their conversation, which have been transformed by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.

Alan Redpath

The Making of a Man of God: Lessons from the Life of David