What does the Bible mean by Election?


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)