On Unconditional Election

“To either deny sovereign election or to store it away in some theological closet on shelves labeled ‘good for nothing’ or ‘harmful’ is to rob the people of God of the fullest view of God’s glory and to limit the church’s worship to the realms of human logic”  – Robert Selph

Unconditional election is one of the most controversial doctrines in Holy Scripture.

Some think it is a doctrine that satan came up with to stop the church from doing evangelism.

Others, including those who would fall under the umbrella of Calvinist / Reformed, consider it a most comforting biblical truth, one without which God would be deprived of His rightful glory in the salvation of sinners.

To those who would want to minimize the scriptural record of mankind’s totally depravity, unconditional election is the primary reason people are in hell.  To those who accept mankind’s conditional of totally depravity and accept the Biblical truth of unconditional election, election is the primary reason why people are in Heaven.

The great C.H. Spurgeon said this about election, “I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite sure that if God had not chosen me I would never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards.”

Here is a great portion of Scripture that deals with Election

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

-1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV

There are four truths about election in these two verses

i. God chose sinners to be saved according to His foreknowledge. This means that God determined who He would graciously save from just wrath.

ii. Those chosen sinners who are elected by God to be saved are also chosen to be sanctified by the work of the Spirit of God. The Apostle Peter affirms that sinful, depraved people cannot enter the presence of a holy God and live a holy life unless God, through His Spirit, sanctifies them.

iii. Those elected of God are chosen to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood.  The elect of God have chosen to have the work and benefits of the shed blood of Christ applied to their life so that they can be obedient to Christ.

vi. The elect of God are personally chosen. The personal nature of God’s election is warm, paternal and relational.

During this Holy Week a devotion or meditation on the election of God is right in line with the purpose of the Resurrection,

He is Risen,


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About Matthew T McDonald

Loving father, 3rd rate theologian, politically indepedent, love to travel.
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2 Responses to On Unconditional Election

  1. donavon blair says:

    I like this…. I think my definition of election needs to change in order to understand what you are saying. Because if God elects then how can he be no respecter of person? If God is elect then his love is conditional because some are not included in his eternal plan. And isn’t his will that NONE shall perish but have everlasting life?

    In him;

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