[I remember recently trying to find verses to defend man’s free will, but I came up scant. However there are bountiful verses which testify of God’s election. Try it for yourself. Look for verses to support man’s free will, and look for verses which speak about God’s election, and see what your findings are about man’s free will].
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, allthesethings are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, andtheirsins should be forgiven them.
~ John 6.70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
~ John 15.16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
~ Jude 1.4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.