Will the Real Election Please Step Forward?
On occasion, I have had the honor of being used to describe a choice made by God Himself. Actually, not to brag, but, more than once I was called upon to describe God's choices. A few examples include the choice of Aaron to be the priest, and the choice of Jerusalem as a place where He would set His name. There was also His choice of the twelve apostles. Oh yes, and the choice of Israel as the people of God. That was a big choice. There were a few other choices, but there was one choice that scripture never employed me to describe, and that was: the choice of certain individuals to receive righteousness or salvation. I imagine that will surprise some people, but it is true. I will not expand on this now, but it is discussed in greater detail in the book.
When my adjective form was applied to people, it often described them as being valued and favored. An example is when I had the honor of describing the very Son of God, in the passage where God spoke of His elect (that is my adjective!) Servant, in whom He delighted (Isaiah 42:1). You can see that I was not merely indicating that the Servant was selected. I was conveying the treasured status of the Servant in the sight of God, for the Servant was favored by God above all others. It seems that despite being frequently used in this way, this element of my adjective is commonly overlooked. Thus, many have assumed that when scripture used me to describe believers as God's elect, it was saying that they were selected by God. But the reality is that it was referring to the fact that they were treasured and people in whom God delighted. Personally, I think if this aspect of me had greater emphasis, more people would enjoy having my presence in their conversations.
This concludes the introduction sample from the book. Please follow the link below to see the first of the concluding chapters.