Election

Since we attempted to prove by the Scriptures the “Total Depravity”, one may ask the question: Since man by nature does not seek after the Lord, why does God save any?

All we can say is that it pleased the Lord to save whom He will out of the fallen race, and leave the rest to perish.

“(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)

Who is going to question God as to why He has a purpose in election?

If it were not for the love and mercy of Almighty God to save these, then we would all be doomed to everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.

The following Scriptures are a comfort to a poor helpless sinner who feels to know he is not able to do anything that would merit the favor of Almighty God: The disciples asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is IMPOSSIBLE; but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” (Matthew 19:25-26)

Do you believe Jesus means that it is impossible for man to save himself?

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit AND belief of the truth.”
(II Thessalonians 2:13)

“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: Having PREDESTINATED us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the GOOD pleasure of HIS WILL.”
(Ephesians 1:4-5)

Who is going to question the will of God?

Is not this a great comfort to have this sweet hope that your names are written in heaven?

“ . . . but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
(Luke 10:20)

Since God has chosen His people and predestinated them to be conformed to the image of His Son, the Lord has determined and decreed that they SHOULD BE HOLY. (Ephesians 1:4-5). The children of God are MADE HOLY by the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ.

“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.”
(Romans 8:29-30)

Do you believe these Scriptures support the wonderful doctrine of election?

“But ye are a CHOSEN generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:”
(I Peter 2:9)

Does not this Scripture prove that the children of God have been chosen and called by the Lord?

The following Scripture shows that in the mind and purpose of the Lord, the children of God were saved before the foundation of the world:

‘Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but ac-cording to His own PURPOSE AND GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began.” (
II Timothy 1:9)

God’s people are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father… (I Peter 1:2)

The names of the children of God were written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the FOUNDATION of the world. (Revelation 13:8)

Jesus said, “Ye have NOT CHOSEN ME, but I have CHOSEN YOU, and ordained you,…” (John 15:16)

Those who feel that they are able and strong enough to HELP the Lord will not have any use for the wonderful doctrine of election of grace which is a comfort to a poor helpless sinner who begs the Lord for mercy.

Dear reader, do you know anything about the plea of the publican when he prayed to the Lord with these words?

“…. God be merciful to me a sinner.”
(Luke 18:13)

By Woodrow W. Hudson

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