Will the Real Election Please Step Forward?
Not that I blame people for disliking me. If I were actually like what many people claim, I wouldn’t want to share a room with myself either. I’ve seen what some people have said about me, and to be honest, I don’t know where these definitions originated. But there seems to be a growing trend of people who assume these definitions are true and accurate portrayals of who I am. Do you know what definitions I am talking about? They go something like “Elect: chosen, chosen by God: to obtain salvation.” I have seen this kind of definition on multiple websites, in many commentaries, and increasingly in study Bible's. Even some dictionaries will slip in a definition like this. But I tell you, that isn’t me.
Or at least, it wasn’t me. I realize that as a member of a living language, my definition may change over time. Once a definition begins to stick to a word, it kind of defines who we are. But, as a member of the Greek language, 'chosen by God for salvation' was not a definition I originally carried. That definition was attached to me some time after the Holy Scriptures were completed. Looking back, I can see it was after I was given that definition that people began to dislike and avoid me. So, I really appreciate you taking the time to look a little closer at me and perhaps begin to see the beauty God intended to display in me.
Verb: eklegomai, G1586
Adjective: eklektos, G1588
Noun: ekloge, G1589