Election - A Definition

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Throughout the Bible, God is seen in choosing places (i.e. Deut 6:6; 1 Kings 11:13, 32), people (i.e. Deut 4:37; Acts 13:17) and individuals (i.e. 1 Sam 9:15-17) and all for specific purposes.

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? (Rom 9:21)

Theologically, election is an act of God in which He chooses people for the purpose of executing His divine plan of recovering mankind and re-establishing His kingdom on His schedule.

A good example can be seen with non-Believers:

this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. (Acts 2:23)

Election is an act of His sovereign will determined before Creation (Eph 1:4), and in accordance to His time (Acts 2:23; 13:48; 1 Pet 1:2).

Intended for God's purposes, divine election may include salvation; however, election does not guarantee salvation.

For deeper study:

What does the Greek term "eklogē" mean?

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
Conclusion: the Basis of Salvation

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
God Chose to be God to Abraham and his Descendants

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