Election A Glorious Truth for all Christians Election is a topic that is (choose one): 1. Tiresome. 2. Unbiblical. 3. Difficult. 4. An in-house debate. 5. All of the above. 6. None of the above. Maybe you chose more than one. My view on this has gone through several of these responses. Perhaps your's has too. Mostly the whole teaching - especially when framed as a debate against free-will - seemed to be a tiresome and fruitless agitation among otherwise rational and gentle Christians. A doctrinal minor that has been promoted to an irksome major among those who dearly love debates, who love generating more heat than light. But then I noticed something - the Bible's testimony on election. Far from being just a source of fruitless argument, this topic of God's sovereignty and our election, is something that Bible writers allude to often. Consider, for instance, 1 Thess. 1:4: "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." In Paul's very first epistle he puts election front and center. He did not believe - as many do today - that this topic should be an "in-house debate", or that it is for mature Christians only to look into, or - even less - that it is one of those "secret things" of Deut.29:29 that belong to God and not to us. A careful study of the Bible shows, rather, that it is one of those things (as Deut 29:29 goes on to speak of) that "belongs to us". Not an in-house debate at all, but the very foundation of our house! Do a study of this word (EKLEKTOS, "elect"; EKLOGE, "election"), especially in the Epistles, and see if what I say isn't true. To know this, to be really sure of our own election - something the Bible commands for us, 2 Peter 1:10; 2 Cor.13:5 - marvellously strengthens our walk with God. When I finally realized - and truly, wholeheartedly embraced the wonderful truth of God's election of me personally it was a real spiritual shot in the arm - in the heart, rather. A cordial medicine. So far from being a badge of smugness and pride - as Calvinists are often mischaracterized as thinking of themselves, it is very humbling. It is also very assuring and a great foundation for lifelong victory in Christ - Peter's very point (read the rest of 1 Peter 1). Christian, did you know that you are elect? If your faith is in Christ, if you are a new creature in him, it is because God chose it to be so. He chose you! There were no prerequisites to His choosing, no foreseen response on your part - all of those come out from, and after, election. You were not pre-qualified, pre-disposed, pre-anything - except predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, Rom. 8:29. What a glorious truth! Knowing such a thing ought to humble us and make us thankful each and every day of our life!