Jesus alone is the starting point for our thinking on election. Not an abstract decree of election that is unrelated to Jesus, but one that begins only with him and is fulfilled only in him.
God’s eternal decision was to elect his own Son to be God as human fulfilling God’s purpose to be with and for humanity. God also decided that his Son would be the one human in whom the many would be for God. As the elect man, Jesus represents humanity before God so that humanity is for God in him. Jesus, is, therefore, God for humanity and humanity for God. He alone is the starting point for our thinking on election.
Jesus made God’s eternal decision actual in time. He is God as human acting among us to rescue us so that we might share in his communion of love with the Father in the Spirit He is God as human living fully among us as human, but unlike other humans he lives completely in and for God. And he also lives as the human for other humans. He lives completely for God and he also lives completely for humanity, with no other purpose than the salvation of humanity. There is no competition here: it is as Jesus is for humanity that he is for God, and it is as he is for God that he is for humanity.
This is God’s chosen One who is in himself God’s eternal decision of election made actual in time. He alone is the starting point for our thinking on election. The chosen One who is God for humanity and humanity for God.