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Elect to be Sanctified, Holy

February 7, 2011

“. . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Ephesians 1:4).

Are you saved by the Sovereign God? Then there are Biblical words you should quit ignoring. Such as election, elect, chose, chosen. These are a precious set of words which anchor our salvation firmly in the eternal purpose of God and not in our fickle will and determination.

Some fight against the doctrines of election and irresistible grace with an argument that goes like this: If God’s grace irresistibly chases down the elect until they finally succumb to God’s grace and there is no sin which can “over-abound” His grace (see Romans 5:20) so that we are always going to possess eternal life and divine sonship, then I’ll live any-old-way-I-want-to.

A dead, 19th century Bible teacher has a succinct answer to such specious reasoning: “The elect are not saved in sin, but from sin. Sanctification is as much an effect of the purpose of election as justification.”

W.G.T. Shedd, Dogmatic Theology (reprint 1980), Vol 1, p. 427.

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