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Ephesians 1:4

Ephesians 1:4

LESSON FOR SALVATION - Election is a basic statement of the Bible

  1. It emphasizes the truth that the initiative in bringing about man's redemption is taken by God and not by man. Jesus expressed this truth in the words of John 15:16: "You did not choose me, but I chose you."
  2. God's election or choice is not arbitrary, so that some are destined for salvation and others for perdition, without taking into account the disposition of each individual. The scope of salvation is for all men, as the Bible copiously declares (John 3:16; Rom 10:13). The elect are constituted, not by absolute decree, but by acceptance of the conditions of God's calling. Although we admit God's foreknowledge, we must not deduce that this foreknowledge is causative and that man does not have freedom of choice.
  3. IN HIM - We are all among the non-elect until we are in Him. But once we are in Christ we are bound by the chains of the eternal purposes of divine love.
  4. The ethical purpose of God's choice is for us to be Holy and blameless before Him in charity. Saints refers to the inner spiritual quality, while blameless refers to the outer conduct of life.