Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Examples of Election

Because he believed in the Lord, God chose Abraham to make His unilateral and unconditional covenant (Gen 15:6-13).

While Abraham had many descendants, God chose Jacob (Rom 9:11-13; Mal 1:2-5) as the line through which the covenant would be passed. The nation of Israel arises from Jacob (Gen 35:1-15), and God identifies Himself as the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob (Ex 3:15).

Here for the first time, God chooses between two siblings of the same Patriarch (Rom 9:10-13).

Each serving a different purpose and function

God chose the nation of Israel to be His own possession among all the peoples, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation on the condition that they obey His voice and keep His covenant (Ex 19:5-6; Ps 147:19-20).

His choice of a people included both faithful and unbelieving Jews (Acts 13:17) but the faithful would eventually be only a remnant (Rom 11:5-7).

The Son of God, just like God the Father, chose people for a purpose in His plan of fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant. After the departure of Judas, Jesus reveals the purpose of choosing the disciples; they were chosen and appointed for fruitful service (John 15:16).

Jesus chooses Saul (who would be renamed Paul) to be His apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 9:15).

God chose the church to be His holy people and witnesses to the world (1 Thess 1:4-7).

For deeper study:

What does "election" mean in the Old Testament?

What does the Greek verb "eklegomai" mean?

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
The Elect

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
Election - A Definition

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