A few Sunday nights ago I preached on the theme of sovereign grace election as taught in Scripture. It was refreshing to review this truth once again and to be able to explain to God’s people this wonderful doctrine. The guys over at Cripplegate are doing an overview of the doctrines of grace right now and Clint Archer asks some simple questions about unconditional election and answers them from the Bible. After stating that every Christian (even Free Will Baptists) believe in election he writes,
Let me ask you this: Did God, according to the Bible, chose you before or after you had faith?
Ephesians 1:4-5even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will…
Pop quiz: Did God choose you at the time you believed in Jesus, or before? Let me make it easier: did he chose you before or after you were born? “…even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world …”
God chose who he would save before they believed in Jesus, before they repented, before they prayed a prayer, before they were born, or before the world was created. (To be clear, I’m not saying he saved them before they had faith, only that he chose them to eventually be saved before they had faith.)
Election cannot be conditional on faith, because it happens before you believe and before you are born.
Romans 9: 11-13 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad- in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call- she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
Read the rest of “Pick me, pick me: Unconditional Election“