God’s Purpose in Our Election

Posted: February 16, 2011 in calvinism, election, evangelism, missions, theology

Those of us who joyfully proclaim God’s sovereign election of individuals to salvation would do well to remember God’s purpose for that election.  If we deny this purpose, either through our words or (more often) our actions, we effectively deny our election as well, becoming hypocrites of the worst kind.

“While it is a great honor to be among the elect, we must remember that God’s purpose in election is to set apart a people to fulfill his purposes.  Election involves responsibility and accountability.  The Lord told Ananias that Paul was his ‘chosen instrument to carry [his] name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel’ (Acts 9:15).  Later in 1 Peter we will learn that Christians are chosen so that they may ‘declare the praises’ of God (2:9).  Election serves the purposes of God, not the pleasure of those who are chosen.”

– Robert H. Mounce, A Living Hope: A Commentary on 1 and 2 Peter, p. 8

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