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Election

The Scripture has much to say about Election:

  • Acts 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

    Predestination is so naturally assumed by the writer, no explanation is given as to what it is. “As many as had been appointed…. Believed.” The order in scripture of “Election THEN result” is always consistent. Election is never the result of something God observed then decided. Election is always causal.

    In the following verses, note that there is never an instance where God looks forward and sees something man does or has (such as faith or a decision) and then “elects” or “predestines” them based on His knowledge of what a man will do or choose.

  • Romans 9:11-13 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

    Again, election is the cause of what occurs. Nothing the children did caused God to “elect” them. God’s purpose was fulfilled starting at conception because it had already been predestined. An interesting note that helps to answer the question of “what if a baby dies, does it go to Heaven?” is this verse which speaks of Jacob already haven been chosen and elected before birth and Luke 1:41 tells us of John the Baptist who leapt inside the womb already recognizing Jesus in the Spirit before they were even born. Given this, and clear Scripture that teaches man’s sinful and dead spiritual state from conception, how can there be “innocence” in children, and some type of “age of accountability” (which is not found anywhere in Scripture)? The only way to answer the question of “what happens to children who die or those who never heard the Gospel?” is from a proper and complete understanding of Election.

  • Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

    ”Foreknew” has the meaning of an intimate knowledge and relationship on a personal level. It is the same idea in Scripture that is conveyed when it speaks of a man “knowing” his wife. Not here, or anywhere in Scripture, is the idea of foreknowledge just a simple act of looking into the future and basing decisions on it. What’s more, you will notice that the Bible (with regards to Election) doesn’t speak of foreknowing facts or events (such as a choice or act of any individual or group), but refers to foreknowing (an intimate relationship with) persons on an individual level.

  • Romans 11:2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying…

    God does not cast away the people he has chosen and known from eternity past.

  • Romans 11:4-5 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

    There is always a Remnant of God’s people, why? Because God elected His Chosen from Eternity past and they will exist throughout all time. Notice that there is a remnant BECAUSE of election. The remnant is not elected because they chose to be the remnant and God looked forward into time and saw it. That would give the verse the exact opposite meaning of what is clearly and simply written.

    Consider the implications of election if somehow man’s choices are the determination of who is elected: God would be at man’s mercy hoping that someone in every historical era would choose Him so that He would have a [43] remnant on earth at all times (thus leaving the accuracy of Scripture in man’s hands when it says there is a remnant of God always present on earth); even if God did “look forward” to determine the Elect, He would be very lucky indeed to have people choose Him throughout all of history…. and what if he didn’t?

    If each man has the power and responsibility to choose God of his own power and accord (apart from God’s sole predetermined and enacted will), then God is truly at our mercy, and we have truly “earned” our salvation because the ultimate choice is ours, not Gods.

    What if Noah had not been elected from eternity past to believe? Did God “luck out”? If Noah’s faithfulness was his own choice (and he was the only faithful on the earth at that time), then we owe our salvation to Noah because a simple changing of his mind (or any/all of the eight persons, especially during or after the Flood) would have changed history (if this logic is followed).

    In the same way, my personal destiny would ultimately be in my hands and depend on my power. It is up to me to persevere to the end and not “change my mind” (according to the belief that election occurred because of my decision to choose God). Consequently, if a man believes that ANY part of his salvation is ultimately up to him (including the simple idea that each man has to “choose” God; and can “unchoose” God) then in essence MAN SAVES HIMSELF (because the outcome is in man’s hands, not Gods). The conclusion is unavoidable.

    The truth is that God elected Noah from eternity past, drew him, sustained him and enabled him to choose God and follow Him. The fate of man was predestined and orchestrated in eternity past by a Sovereign God who chooses it, implements it, causes it, sustains it and brings it to fruition every time, without fail, needing no dependence on any man at anytime.

    Whether speaking of mankind as a whole, or one person, or myself, it is infinitely more comforting to place my eternal destiny and the power to fulfill it into the hands of the Creator of Universe in whom there is no changing and “ [44] no shadow of turning” than to keep it my weak, vacillating, undependable hands (never quite being sure that I have “done it” until the day I show up in Heaven).

    Given my sinful tendencies, weaknesses and failures (known both from Scripture and from personal experience), the knowledge that my eternal destiny is totally and completely in His hands without any dependence on me (even if it is just a simple “choice” I have to make), is the most comforting blessing that can be imagined.

  • Romans 11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

    In the same sense that not all men obtain salvation, not all Israel obtained God’s saving grace, but the Elect had. The rest were blinded. This verse clearly sets apart two groups: the Elect and the rest. Notice again that there is no indication that some of Israel was elected BECAUSE they obtained it, but just the opposite: they obtained because they were elect. To switch the obvious order and implication of the verse is to do so without good interpretive reason.

    Throughout Scripture, Election is spoken of as an assumed fact. It is given that certain things happen, certain results occur and God’s will is manifested because in eternity past people had been elected, destinies foreordained and an intimate relationship (foreknowledge) was established BEFORE man even existed. How could man be ultimately responsible for any of these decisions (God’s declaration of who were elect and thus would be saved in the end) when he did not even exist? This is one of the greatest blessings of Election as taught in Scripture: God saved me in Eternity past and I can live with the ultimate peace and confidence that is already settled and WILL occur. It allows the Believer to get on about God’s business with a “ [45] peace that passes understanding”.

  • Ephesians 1:4-6 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

    The Greek verb relating to “chose” indicates that God not only chose us by Himself, but for Himself as well. The choosing occurred before the “foundation of world” in order that we should be holy and without blame.

    The verse does not read or imply that “God looked forward in time and saw that some of us were going to be holy and blameless (or make some choice to follow God) so He ‘chose’ us”.

    It speaks clearly of individuals who were chosen in eternity past, by God, to live a holy life and become His adopted sons. God chose it, He then caused it to happen. He was not at the mercy of man hoping that the “chosen” would indeed “choose” Him leaving the ultimate decision in man’s hands (as proposed by Arminian beliefs).

    Why did God do this? “According to His own good pleasure” and for “the glory of His grace”. He created us, chose us, drew us, regenerated us, sustained us, secured us and will eventually glorify us because He predetermined that it will happen; a decision and result that was determined in eternity past before man ever existed.

  • Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.

    God chose his people, obviously before they were born, not after they “chose” Him.

  • Isaiah 45:4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.

    Election has always been God’s method for choosing who would serve him from Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, Joseph, Israel and the Church.

    Israel was the elect before they even knew God. Again, election occurred in eternity past and God’s chosen were determined before they “knew” Him. This is exactly opposite of the idea that because Israel knew God, God looked forward into the future, saw their “choice” and consequently elected them. Election causes result or action. Action or results (from man) never determines who is elect.

  • John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

    While Election per se is not mentioned, the premise is confirmed in the fact that no man can come to Christ unless the Father does something first; totally and completely apart from anything man is capable of. In light of Election, this makes perfect sense.

    God chose man in eternity past (apart from man). Given Scripture’s clear teaching that man is “dead” [46] spiritually and incapable of choosing God, it is logical that God would have to be the one to “draw” man to Him (apart from man), and give him the ability to choose God (regeneration).

    ”No one can come to Me unless…” totally dismisses any idea that the ultimate decision to choose or reject God lies within the inherent ability of man. God elected, God draws, God gives, God sustains, God secures…. Glory to God that it doesn’t depend on us!

  • Acts 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

    As many “as many as had been (past tense) appointed…believed”. Clearly, the appointment came before the belief and the belief was the result of the appointment (appointed to eternal life: election).

    This is also one of our greatest encouragements for witnessing and evangelization; we are assured of some success because God has already appointed believers. He now uses us as part of His plan to draw them to Him.

    YES, it (the elect’s belief) will happen with or without our particular individual effort, but when we fail in our obedience to witness, we suffer personal loss of fellowship with God, miss an opportunity for growth, and may fall under God’s chastisement for it.

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3,4 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.

    Election is a reason for security and perseverance. In Election, we already know that our efforts will be fruitful, our eternity is secured and that God is utterly in control. Knowing this, we can work without ceasing, labor in love and be patient in our afflictions knowing that God’s knows all, sees all, and has determined all.

  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth

    God chose you from the beginning (eternity past [47] ) for salvation. If God simply looked forward and saw that you chose Him, then He chose you in response to your decision, this Scripture is untrue. God would not be choosing, he would be confirming. This verse would be untrue at worst, confusing at best.

    Either you chose God and He elected you because of it, or He chose you apart from anything you did. God could not choose you if you had already made the choice.

    The question is “who chose”? You? Or God?

  • 2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

    The Elect, although saved from eternity past, manifest that salvation by hearing the Word of God and receiving Christ in faith. Paul was confident in his suffering knowing the because God had elected some to salvation, his efforts would be fruitful.

  • 1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

    ”Elect according to the foreknowledge of God”… Peter’s words give great comfort to a persecuted people letting them know that there endurance of the trial was not in vain because they were the elect of God.

    They were elect according to the foreknowledge… this is not simple knowledge of future events. As explained in other verses, foreknowledge was a predetermined, personal, intimate relationship that God chose to have with some of mankind. God brought the saving relationship into existence by declaring it “as so” from Eternity past. Foreknowledge, and foreordination is always a picture of God planning and deciding something in eternity past, not observing something in the future.

    Peter could identify the Elect by the fruit in their life (as we can.)

  • Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

    Grammatically, “slain from the foundation of the world” could be speaking of either the names written in the Book of Life, or the slain Lamb. It does not make sense logically for it to be speaking of Jesus because he was not slain in eternity past, nor is there any other Biblical support for this interpretation.

    On the other hand, there is ample Scriptural support for the idea that “names” were written in the Book of Life in eternity past, namely the Elect. If Election occurs at the moment of man’s decision and God sees this from eternity past (as is the Arminian conclusion) there it could not be accurate to say that the names were written “from the foundation of the world”.

    God wrote the names in the Book of Life before we were ever created. Then God set into place an unfailing process to bring those Names to Him. He cannot fail. This is the great blessing and security of Election.

  • John 15:16,19 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

    Jesus tells his disciples that they did not choose Him. This is consistent with Scripture declaring man incapable of choosing God for they are “dead” spiritually. Jesus states categorically that they will bear fruit and that it would “remain”. This is a result of election. Results for our efforts are guaranteed because of election. Its like going out as a salesperson with the guarantee that some people will “purchase”, you just don’t know who.

  • Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit

    Nothing (including a decision or an act) has saved us. His mercy saved us in eternity past when He chose those whose names would be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life according to His own good pleasure.

  • Matthew 25:31-34 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

    ”Prepared for you” in eternity past. The kingdom was prepared before the world existed for those God has chosen to inhabit it.


From the beginning of man’s existence, God has worked through [48] covenants with man. Temporal covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Israel and David would be succeeded by the New Covenant [49] that Jesus came to fulfill for all eternity.

Jesus states clearly that everyone [50] God has given Him (past tense) will come to Him. Jesus’ mission to redeem mankind is guaranteed success because God has already declared the salvation of the elect from eternity past. This is the New Covenant. The Elect are God’s gift to Christ and is the primary reason for our existence [51] .

The New Covenant comes to light in Jeremiah [52] where God reveals that a new eternal covenant will replace the old covenant He had made with Israel. The New Covenant would be written on hearts, not stone, and would bring about a new type of relationship between God and man.

Jesus was the embodiment of the New Covenant and came to earth to fulfill it. In the establishment of the Communion, Jesus spoke [53] of the New Covenant.

The New Covenant is a [54] better covenant, established on the sacrificial work of Christ to redeem the Elect, His gift of mercy from eternity past.

Election is repeatedly taught in the Bible as we have seen and it is logical according to what God has revealed to us about Himself.

Man is dead in sin [55] . Dead men don’t choose anything, much less God. Man is utterly incapable of spiritual response and comprehension of his eternal state. His mind is “hostile” towards God [56] and he is hopeless lost, deceived and condemned.

Given this state, there is no way that man can “make the first move” or “choose God” based on his enlightenment of the Gospel facts. There is no Scriptural basis for a belief that every man has the innate ability to “hear” and “obey”. To the contrary, Scripture is very clear of man’s inability to do so. So how can any be saved?

God in His mercy and for His own good pleasure chose in eternity past who would be saved and declared it to be so.

God the Father draws every man whom He as chosen [57] to be saved. No man comes to God unless God draws Him. This eliminates the idea that all men have the opportunity to “choose” God. God chooses. God draws. God regenerates. God sustains. God secures.

In concluding this section of the study let’s emphasize the view that the New Testament has concerning Election:

  • Election is a great comfort and security to Believers

    Knowing that our eternal destiny was decided, secured and delivered once for all in eternity past allows us great peace and comfort to endure life’s trials. It gives us full hope to run our race to the end. We know that everything that happens to us [58] is a fulfillment of God’s decision to save us.

  • Election motivates evangelism

    Election guarantees success in evangelism because we know that some are called from eternity past. Contrary to the idea of “why bother” because the elect will be saved “anyway”, election assures the success of sharing the Gospel and the receipt of eternal reward for faithful.

  • Election causes us to appreciate and praise God

    What did I ever do to deserve to be chosen for salvation? NOTHING! So my appreciation and love for God grows deeper every time I contemplate the fact that for no other reason that God’s pleasure, He chose me to be saved.

    ELECTION REMOVES ALL “SELF” FROM SALVATION. IT PRODUCES THE ULTIMATE GRATITUDE AND PRAISE BECAUSE I CAN CONTRIBUTE NO EFFORT OR MERIT TO MY SALVATION, SUBCONSCIOUSLY OR DELIBERATELY. ALL GOD. NONE OF ME.

    Not my choice. Not my decision. Not my goodness. Not my inclination towards God. Not my ability. Not my circumstances. Not my knowledge. Not me.

    All God. And because it was all God, I can rest assured that God will persevere to the end and keep His promises.

And that is the blessing and reason to believe in Election as the Bible teaches it.

Reprobation

Reprobation is the idea that some are not chosen [59] and suffer the deserved justice and condemnation they have chosen. It is one of the most difficult Bible doctrines to accept because we are unable to reconcile it in our mind.

What Reprobation is Not

  • It is not God CAUSING a person to be condemned

    As has been more than adequately shown from Scripture, man chooses to sin. All men from Adam to present. All men deserve the justice of eternal condemnation. God does not cause us to sin, we choose it. God does not place us in circumstances that force [60] us to sin, we willingly choose it.

  • It is not God being unfair

    The very idea that God can be unfair is impossible. By default, whichever method or plan He chooses, by its very nature, must be perfect. Just because we do not understand it, agree with it, or believe it, makes it no less perfect, no less real, and no less fair. We must accept the clear teaching of the Bible on difficult issues and be satisfied that some day we will see in full what we only see in part now [61] .

  • It is not God arbitrarily choosing some for destruction

    Again, while we cannot fully understand God’s reason, by default is MUST make perfect sense. God is incapable of arbitrarily doing anything. Every act and thought of God is purposeful, thoughtful and fulfilling. He has revealed to us facts that help us in a small way come to grips with these difficult truths:

1. What He does He does for His own reasons and good pleasure and so that He may present Christ with the most precious gift possible [62]

2. The creation (us) has no right to question [63] the motivations and decisions of the Creator (God).

What Reprobation Is

  • It is man’s choice
  • It is a demonstration of God’s character

It is a glorifying of God’s mercy



[1] And we may never know. It is commonly believed that when we get to Heaven, we will understand and comprehend everything. This is not taught in Scripture and it is not logical. Logic and reason dictates that the higher our understanding and comprehension of the Creator becomes, the higher and more powerful the Creator must be. The more wondrous and complex creation is or becomes, by default makes the Creator of that creation that much higher than its Creation. Given that God is truly Infinite in Wisdom, Creativity and Power, we could (and probably will) experience eternal increase in our understanding and knowledge, yet it will never begin to approach God’s Power and Knowledge.

[2] Ephesians 1:4-6 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

[3] Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

[4] Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

[5] Ephesians 1:4-6 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

[6] Job 37:16 Do you know how the clouds are balanced, Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?

[7] Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

[8] Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

[9] Ephesians 1:5-6 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

[10] For example: Romans 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

[11] Romans 9:11-13 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

[12] Ephesians 1:5-6 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

[13] Ephesians 1:12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

[14] 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

[15] James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

[16] Determinism or fatalism is the idea that since God (or fate) has decided your outcome already, why bother with choices or pursuits. Just live life knowing that whatever the result is was already planned and there is nothing you can do about it anyway.

[17] James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

[18] Hebrews 7:19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

[19] James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

[20] First Cause has in mind the idea that everything in our physical existence was caused by something other than itself. One of the most proven and accepted scientific facts is that “something” cannot come from “nothing”. So every single aspect of our existence can be traced back to a previous cause, then that cause traced to a cause and so forth. But ultimately you reach a point where there is no other cause in that life and our universe had to originate at some point no matter how distant. But what caused our Universe to exist out of nothing? God. God is the First Cause, self existent needing no cause for His existence for He is Eternal and the original Cause of all existence as we know it.

[21] 1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,

[22] Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

[23] Psalm 37:28 For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off. Deuteronomy 10:17-18 17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.

[24] Romans 9:21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

[25] Single Predestination is not easily defended Scripturally and not a widely held position. It is not the purpose of this study to dissect and refute every position held on Predestination

[26] All Scripture places Election as the cause, not the result. It’s as if verses on Election are read right to left, instead of left to right

[27] Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

[28] Acts 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

[29] Ephesians 1:4-6 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

[30] Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

[31] Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

[32] Jeremiah 9:24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

[33] Ephesians 1:4-5 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will

[34] Romans 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

[35] Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

[36] Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

[37] Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit

[38] John 6:38-40 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

[39] 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

[40] Ephesians 1:4-5 See footnote this page.

[41] Titus 1:15 See footnote this page.

[42] Jeremiah 9:24 See footnote this page

[44] James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

[45] Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

[46] Ephesians 2:1-5 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins

[47] Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

[48] An agreement between two people or two groups that involves promises on the part of each to the other. The Hebrew word for “covenant” probably means “betweenness,” emphasizing the relational element that lies at the basis of all covenants. Human covenants or treaties were either between equals or between a superior and an inferior. Divine covenants, however, are always of the latter type, and the concept of covenant between God and His people is one of the most important theological truths of the Bible. (Nelsons Bible Dictionary)

[49] Luke 22:20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.
Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Hebrews 7:22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

[50] John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

[51] John 17:9,24 I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

[52] Jer 31:31 31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

[53] Luke 22:20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

[54] Heb 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

[55] Ephesians 2:1-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

[56] Romans 8:7-8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

[57] John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

[58] Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

[59] Jude 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

[60] 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

[61] 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

[62] Ephesians 1:5-12 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

[63] Romans 9:21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

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