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Election & Predestination

ELECTION AND PREDESTINATION
Eph. 1:4-5 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”

ELECTION. God's choice of those who believe in Christ is an important doctrine to the apostle Paul (see Rom. 8:29-33; 9:6-26; 11:5,7,28; Col. 3:12; 1Thes. 1:4; 2Thes. 2:13; Tit. 1:1).

Election (Gk. eklego) refers to God's choice in Christ of a people for Himself in order that they should be holy and blameless before Him (cp. 2Thes. 2:13). Paul sees this election as expressing the love of God as He receives as His own all who receive His Son, Jesus (John 1:12). The doctrine of election involves the following truths:

  1. Election of man occurs only in union with Jesus Christ. "He hath chosen us in him" (Eph. 1:4). Jesus Himself is first of all the elect of God. Concerning Jesus, God states, "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen" (Mat. 12:18; cp. Isa. 42:1,6; 1Pet. 2:4).
  2. Christ, as the elect, is the foundation of our election. 0nly in union with Christ do we become members of the elect (Eph. 1:4,6-7,9-10,12-13). No one is elect apart from union with Christ through faith.
  3. Election is "in [him] ... through his blood" (Eph. 1:7). God purposed before creation (Eph. 1:4) to have a people through Christ's redemptive death on the cross.
  4. Thus election is grounded on Christ's sacrificial death on Calvary to save us from our sins (Acts 20:28; Rom. 3:24-26).
  5. Election in Christ is primarily corporate, i.e., an election of a people (Eph. 1:4-5,7,9). The elected are called "the body of Christ" (4:12), "my church" (Mat. 16:18), God's special people (1Pet. 2:9), and the "bride" of Christ (Rev. 21:9). Hence, election is corporate and embraces individual persons only as they identify and associate themselves with the body of Christ, the true church (Eph. 1:22-23).
  6. The election to salvation and holiness of the body of Christ is always certain. But the certainty of election for individuals in the body remains conditional on their personal living faith in Jesus Christ and perseverance in union with Him. The apostle Paul demonstrates this as follows.
    1. God's eternal purpose for the church is that we should "be holy and without blame before him" (Eph. 1:4). This refers both to forgiveness of sins (1:7) and to the church's sanctification and holiness. God's elect people are being led by the Holy Spirit toward sanctification and holiness (see Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:16-25). The apostle repeatedly emphasizes this paramount purpose of God (see Eph. 2:10; 3:14-19; 4:1-3,13-24; 5:1-18).
    2. Fulfillment of this purpose for the corporate church is certain: Christ will "present it to himself a glorious church.., holy and without blemish" (5:27).
    3. Fulfillment of this purpose for individuals in the church is conditional. Christ will present us "holy and without blame before him" (1:4) only if we continue in the faith. Paul states this clearly. Christ will "present you holy and unblameable ... in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel" (Col. 1:22-23).
  7. Election to salvation in Christ is offered to all (John 3:16-17; 1Tim. 2:4-6; Titus 2:11; Heb. 2:9) and becomes actual for particular persons contingent on their repentance and faith as they accept God's gift of salvation in Christ (Eph. 2:8; 3:17; cf. Acts 20:21; Rom. 1:16; 4:16).
  8. At the point of faith, the believer is incorporated into the elect body of Christ (the church) by the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 12:13), thereby becoming one of the elect. Thus, both God and man have a decision in election (see Rom. 8:29; 2Pet. 1:1-11).

PREDESTINATION. Predestination (Gk. proorizo) means "to decide beforehand" and applies to God's purposes and objectives comprehended in election. Election is God's choice “in Christ” of a people (the true church) for Himself.

Predestination comprehends what will happen to God's people (all genuine believers in Christ).

  1. God predestinates His elect to be:
    1. called (Rom. 8:30);
    2. justified (Rom. 3:24; 8:30);
    3. glorified (Rom. 8:30);
    4. conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29);
    5. holy and without blame (Eph 1:4);
    6. adopted as children (1:5);
    7. redeemed (1:7);
    8. recipients of an inheritance (1:14);
    9. for the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:12; 1Pet. 2:9);
    10. recipients of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13; Gal. 3:14); and
    11. created for good works (Eph. 2:10).
  2. Predestination, like election, refers to the corporate body of Christ (i.e., the true spiritual church), and comprehends individuals only in association with that body through a present living faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5,7,13; cp. Acts 2:38-41; 16:31).

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