How Do These All Relate to People?

Responses to the Call

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Response with obedience (Elect)










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Response with disobedience (Non-Elect)

Predetermine (predestine)

Obedient to the Call (the Elect)

Those who are obedient to the call are those who respond positively to the gospel and have faith in Jesus Christ. Believers are the "elect" and are adopted as sons of God (Rom 8:14-17; Gal 3:26).

Historical purpose of Jewish Believers:

As part of the promised blessing to the Gentile Abraham, the nation of Israel was the object of God's created election. Israel was not a nation selectively chosen from other nations; it represented God's "firstborn" (Ex 4:22-23) through which all nations would be blessed culminating in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah High Priest.

Historical purpose of Gentile Believers:

Gentile Believers are intended to make non-believing Jews jealous for Jesus Christ (Rom 11:11).

Because they were given the Torah, which can refer to the Pentateuch or whole Old Testament, Jews thought they had a higher standing before God; no pagan could achieve salvation through the Torah without becoming a Jew first. But the Jews did not realize the limitations of the Law for atonement; salvation through faith in Jesus Christ provided complete and assured atonement not by birthright or works.

By living a life in recognition of salvation by grace, Gentile Believers will make disbelieving Jews desirous of salvation through the Messiah. The fact that there were Gentile Believers was proof of the sufficiency of God's grace.

Together, both Jewish and Gentile Believers, form a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people of God (1 Pet 2:9-10)!!

Disobedient to the Call (the non-Elect)

Those who are disobedient to the call are those who have no faith in Jesus Christ.

Historical purpose of non-Believers:

Non-Believers are intended to glorify God (Rom 9:17; John 6:70-71).

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