The Elect of God

January 6, 2022

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Good morning brothers and sisters!

Last week our topic was the foreknowledge of God and discussed the fact that our God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent in the affair of His children.  Our subtopic today to origination is election.

The doctrine of election has always been hotly debated in and among the church.  It is one that is either completely accepted or entirely rejected, for the two together cannot be truth.

First, Noah Webster’s definition as elect being a noun:

1. Chosen or designated by God to salvation; predestinated to glory as the end, and to sanctification as the means; usually with a plural signification, the elect. 2. Chosen; selected; set apart as a peculiar church and people; applied to the Israelites. Isaiah 45:4.

The word elect in all its forms, appears 27 times in the KJV.  The first mention of elect is as a noun in the book of Isaiah chapter 42 beginning in verse 1 and is speaking of our LORD Jesus:  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

The New Testament quotes this prophecy and declares it fulfilled in Christ.  Matthew 12:14 ¶ Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. 15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias (the Greek spelling of the name Isaiah) the prophet, saying, 18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

I am sure we can all get ahold of the fact that Jesus was elected by God to be the Messiah, but the Bible calls the children of God the elect also.  When Jesus is telling His disciples of the coming destruction of Jerusalem, He warns them of false christs and prophets that will arise before the end:  Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before.

Here are the words of comfort in dire conditions and times, “but for the elect’s sake.”  God always makes provision for His children to endure to the end.  Often He does not remove us from “those days” of great affliction, but He will be with us through it. 

Now let’s look at election:

1. The act of choosing; choice; the act of selecting one or more from others. Hence appropriately,  2. The act of choosing a person to fill an office or employment, by any manifestation of preference, as by ballot, uplifted hands or viva voce; as the election of a king, of a president, or a mayor.  3. Choice; voluntary preference; free will; liberty to act or not. It is at his election to accept or refuse.  4. Power of choosing or selecting.  5. Discernment; discrimination; distinction.  6. In theology, divine choice; predetermination of God, by which persons are distinguished as objects of mercy, become subjects of grace, are sanctified and prepared for heaven.

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians of the power of the Holy Ghost working on those who are the elected of God:  1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Paul mentions the Thessalonians “faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope” the attributes the LORD gives to those who are counted among “the election of God.” 

Matthew Henry:  “The election of God is of his own good pleasure and mere grace, not for the sake of any merit in those who are chosen.  The  election of God may be known by the fruits thereof.” 

The fruit of these election was evidenced by how they had “turned to God from idols” and they now “wait for His Son from heaven” acknowledging that Jesus was “raised from the dead” with the confidence that God will “deliver us from the wrath to come.”  God does not force anyone into His elect, but He does effect a change in the heart and mind of man. It is the power of the Word of God and the Spirit’s effectual calling that causes the will of man to change and be conformed to that of God

Our LORD Jesus will have the final Word:

John 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Take my word for nothing; go to the Source and read it for yourself.  And as always to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ be all the glory forever.

~Terrie~