June 13, 2004

ELECTION by Don Fortner

"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God."– 1 Thessalonians 1:4

This blessed, glorious, doctrine of election is one of the most delightful doctrines of the gospel.

What does the Word of God teach about election?
Election is "in Christ."
Election is "unto salvation."
Election is an act of God's pure, absolute, sovereignty.
Election took place in eternity.
Election's source and cause is God's eternal lovefor his people.
Election is an act of free, unconditional grace.
Election is God's personal choice of specific sinnersto eternal life in Christ.
Election is irreversible.
Election is effectual.
Election is distinguishing (Isa. 43:1-4).
Election is the cause of all blessedness.

Who are the elect?
The elect are people who hear and receive the Gospel.
The elect are those who are called by the effectual,irresistible power and grace of the Holy Spirit.
The elect are those who follow Christ.Chosen sinners, when saved by the grace ofGod, are made disciples, followers of Christ,voluntary servants of King Jesus.
The elect are a people who are committed toChrist and the Gospel of his grace.
The elect experience repentance and conversionby the power of his grace.
They turn from theiridols to serve the living God.