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Introducing Election

How The Bible Defines: Election

Introducing Election

will the real election please step forward?

Greetings.  It is a pleasure to meet you.  My name is Election.  Sometimes I am called Elect, and sometimes Chosen depending on the context and who is speaking.  Anyhow, I want to thank you for taking the time to get to know me for who I am.  Over the years I have seen many people mistakenly assume they knew me well.  Some embraced me as if I were a trophy, or held me aloft like a theological banner.  But there are others who cringe when I enter a room as if they preferred I didn’t exist.  They avert their eyes and refuse to look at me as if I were an enemy who would capture and imprison them if they looked directly at me.  But I’m not a monster.  In fact, I think if those who feared me knew me for who I am, they would love me and rejoice to be with me.

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.

My definition is not ‘chosen by God for salvation.’

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

Where to start in explaining who I really am?  I think maybe a good starting point is to share that, as a scriptural Greek word, I had three forms.  Scholars tell me that my original form was that of a simple verb, an action word.  From my verb form (eklegomai) came an adjective (eklektos), and then a noun (eklogē).  Similar to many other words, each of my forms were closely related but carried different connotations.  Please don’t feel that you need to memorize the Greek words, for I will reference each form using the associated Strong’s number.  In some ways, numbers are easier to keep track of, and maybe a little easier to understand (especially if you are not familiar with Greek).


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