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Election: God's Selection

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The choice that God made


[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]I[/dropcap]n each of the four passages, we were able to identify the type of choice as one of the types from our survey of G1586.  One passage spoke of God's choice of an individual to service.  The other passages spoke of God's choice of certain groups to be His people.  Although we did see in some passages that one could conceivably interpret a new type of choice (such as, 'chosen for salvation'), we did not see any indication that required, or even implied, such an interpretation.  Our conclusion must be that the noun G1589 spoke of a G1586 choice with regards to God’s selection of individuals.  It either spoke of a choice for service or a choice to take as His people.

[dropcap class="article-dropcap"]P[/dropcap]erhaps we might be inclined to think that God's choosing certain ones to be His people implies that He also chose them to be saved.  However, this does not fit with the prototype of Israel.  In the nation of Israel, the essential requirement for an individual to become one of the people of God was to be born into the nation.  God made this condition clear when He declared to Abraham that He would “be God to you and your descendants after you” (Gen. 17:7).  The same basic requirement applies in this age: for an individual to become one of the people of God, they must be born with the life from above.  As God determined that the descendants of Abraham would be His people, so He has determined that those who are in Christ will be His people.  Thus, when we read of God choosing certain ones, we should remember scripture teaches that He chooses the believers to be His people.

We have reached the end of our surveys on the words related to election, and have found that scripture does not indicate that they were used in the sense of individuals pre-selected for salvation.  The implications of this are profound, and we may now find it needful to re-evaluate our understanding of a number of passages.  We may also need to come to an understanding of what it means to be elect.  It is evident this was a significant concept in the New Testament, but what was the significance?  Perhaps it would be good to take a small peek at what the concept of election meant to the apostles.

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