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  • Particular - For certain ones; not including all

  • Why is it true that God's nature, attributes, plan, predestination, promises, and threatenings are all unchangeable? How are all of these connected?

    How is the doctrine of election the hope and security of God's church?

    If a person trusted in his own works, feelings, or decisions, why would his foundation be far less secure than if he trusted in God's electing grace? Why would his foundation prove to be self-deceit and no security at all in the end?

    God's election of individual persons contains the following five Scriptural characteristics:

    God's Election Of Individual Persons Is:

    1. Personal

    As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

    - Romans 9:13

    2. Particular

    So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

    - Matthew 20:16

    3. Eternal

    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.

    - Ephesians 1:4

    4. Unchangeable

    For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth.

    - Romans 9: 11

    5. Just

    What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

    What if God, willing to show His wrath, and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

    And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory.

    - Romans 9:14, 22-23

    Election is a wonderful and gracious doctrine. Election is the hope and security of the church. If there were no election, there would be no church - for no totally depraved sinner would ever turn to God on his own. God's gracious election is the foundational hope of the church. Election testifies that, despite our sinful and lost condition, God will bless His Word and sinners will be saved! Without election, there would be no hope for sinners.

    God's gracious election is also the security of His people. If salvation depended upon them - upon their feelings, decisions, or works - then all would still be lost. Their security and comfort lies, instead, in God's wonderful election. Their salvation rests secure in God's eternal, unchanging, electing love.

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