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Election: God’s Selection

Election: God's Selection

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The choice that God made

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]T[/dropcap]he third and final word in our short list of related Greek New Testament words is the noun form of ‘elect’.  This word was usually translated 'election' in the New Testament.

G1586       eklegomai: Verb; A deliberate selection for a distinct purpose.
G1588       eklektos: Adjective, derived from G1586; The chosen, select, elect.
G1589      eklogē: Noun, derived from G1586; The choice, the selection.

Unlike the other two words, G1589 did not occur in the LXX: it was strictly a New Testament word.  Nor did it enjoy as broad of use, for there are only seven occurrences in four different passages: Acts 9, Romans 9-11, 1 Thessalonians 1, and 2 Peter 1.  With such limited use, we probably do not have enough material to develop a solid definition.  However, since it is a noun derived from the verb (G1586), we can be sure it referred to a choice, and we can anticipate that it did not indicate a random choice but to a significant, deliberate type choice.

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]O[/dropcap]ur survey will show that G1589 only referred to a choice made by God of certain people.  It will be good to remind ourselves that when G1586 (verb) was used in the LXX to speak of God's choice of people, it spoke of a deliberate choice having three main features: a clearly defined group of people, an element of permanence, and a definite purpose for the chosen.  We recall that the LXX recorded two types of purpose in God's choice of people: to minister before Him, as in the case of the priests, the Levites, and the disciples; and to be His peculiar people, as in the case of the nation of Israel.

 As we review the uses of G1589, we will endeavor to apply what we found in the G1586 survey to each occurrence.  We will want to see if G1589 referred to a type of choice which corresponded to a type of the G1586 choices.  If we find one that did not, then we will need to determine what kind of choice it referenced.