What does the Bible mean by Election?

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What is Election?

Election is the choosing of those who will be saved by writing their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 20:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

Who performs the Election?

God the Father. (1 Peter 1:2, Ephesians 1:3-4, Romans 8:28-29, Exodus 32:31-33)
For more information about Exodus 32:31-33 see Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10, Revelation 3:5, Psalm 69:28.

When did Election take place?

Election took place before the creation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8, 2 Timothy 1:9)

Where did Election take place?

Not Applicable.  There was no “where” before the creation of the world. Election takes place outside of space and time. (Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8)

Why did Election take place?

God elected so that those He had chosen would be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)

How did God elect?

God used His foreknowledge and grace as the basis or criteria for performing the election (1 Peter 1:2, Romans 8:28-29,  Ephesians 1:11, 2 Timothy 1:9)

Other Points:

– Predestination is the same as Election. (Romans 8:28-29,  Ephesians 1:5,11)

– Foreknowledge is information that is known ahead of time.

– Being “chosen” is the same as Election (Ephesians 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)

– The calling of the elect is a holy calling. (2 Timothy 1:9)

– Election is not according to works. (2 Timothy 1:9, Romans 4:5)

 

 

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