Unconditional Election

January 26, 2007

From the standpoint of knowing that our nature, as unregenerate humans, is completely dead and incapable of doing anything good as far as God is concerned, brings us to our next point in the Five Points of Calvinism. The first point is known as Total Depravity (of Total Inability). I covered this in previous post, and now will be moving on to the next point in Calvinism, which is known as Unconditional Election.

Recall from our understanding of man’s natural sinful nature because of the fall, that we are completely unable to chose to do anything good as far as God is concerned. Because of this, we are completely unable to know whether or not a man, when he is born, will become a Christian, and a part of God’s church. The Doctrine of Election is an understanding that God, before the foundations of the world, chose a people among all the nations, to be called by the Holy Spirit, and to come to a knowledge of salvation by a Redeemer.

This doctrine of unconditional election cannot be fully understood properly if a basis of understanding the true nature of fallen man is absent. If you hold to the believe that a man is born in sin, yet still has the ability to choose good over evil according to his own will, and therefore choose salvation, this means that God could not have chosen you before the foundations of the world, and that you came to Him, rather than Him coming first to you.

Often, people will claim that if you believe in the doctrine of election, that you are narrow-minded, and that you believe that God can do with you as He pleases, which means going against your ‘free will’. Again, if ‘free will’ is the basis for your understanding of sin, you cannot fathom that God would go against your will and use you as He sees fit according to His decrees. We must first understand that God is our creator, and therefore has every right to do with us as He pleases. Paul writes to the Romans, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” (Romans 9:20). God has created us, He has complete right to do with us as He desires.

When it comes to salvation, we know we have no capability to choose God by ourselves. So, God must choose us. He has chosen us before the foundations of the world. Ephesians 1:3-10 clearly shows us this:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

We never chose Him, for He chose us before the world was created that we may be adopted in Jesus Christ, and that we may be given redemption through His blood. We are dead in sins, and therefore cannot choose to follow that which is good. Only He, who is wholly good, perfect, all-powerful, and apart from the curse of sin can save that which is dead in sin from complete and eternal destruction.

Now that we know that God chose us before the foundations of the world, we also know that because he is our Creator, He has no requirement to save anyone from our sins. We disobeyed Him, so He has every right to save no one. Neither is He required to save everyone from their sins. He, out of His own mere god pleasure, elected some to everlasting life. He could have chosen to save none, or to save all, but He had no requirement to do either. He in His sovereignty chose to save many from their eternal damnation in hell, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

Before I conclude, I have a reminder. The doctrine of election does is not the doctrine of salvation. Election is the predestination of those who will be given salvation. Salvation occurs in a man only if before the foundations of the world God elected Him that he might be given salvation. Salvation is the result of election, but it is not election itself.

Scriptural support for Unconditional Election:

Matthew 22:4– “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Romans 8:28-30– “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.”

Romans 9:16– “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.”

John 15:16– “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.”

2 Timothy 2:10– “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”

Job 42:1-2– “The Job answered the LORD and said: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’ ”

Ephesians 1:3-10– “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

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One Response to “Unconditional Election”

  1. AgapeTheologian Says:

    I found your blog on the Rebelution. It’s very encouraging finding outher people studying God’s word and how He relates to man. Calvinism makes us even more dependent on God and is “AWW” of Him.

    In Prayers,

    -AgapeTheologian


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