State Election Essay
Election refers to God’s pre-creation decision in which he chose, or “elected,” individuals to receive every spiritual blessing including salvation. The basis of this election roots in both (1) his foreknowledge (e.g. knowledge of what will take place in the future) of those that will respond positively in faith to his calling, as well as (2) his divine selection of specific individuals in accordance with his gracious, redemptive plan for the whole world.
The Holy Scripture, specifically Ephesians 1:3-11, makes clear that God according to his will determined prior to creation specific individuals would be destined (or predestined) to receive every spiritual blessings (e.g. wisdom, knowledge, forgiveness of sins) including salvation. Paul declares to the church of Ephesus, “He [God] destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will […].” Yet, in Romans 8:29-30 Paul declares, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined […] those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.” The term foreknew (Greek, proegno) carries the meaning of knowing beforehand, in advance of, or prior to to an event happening. Ultimately, …show more content…
For example, Paul reminds Titus that God’s grace has been revealed in order to offer salvation to “all” people (Titus 2:11). Furthermore, Jesus famously proclaimed, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16). And, John declares that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the “whole world” (1 John 2:1-2). In the all-inclusive language, these three passages alone plainly and rightly attest that anyone who responds in faith to God’s calling will indeed be