A long time ago I wrote down these references . Some are only fragmentary -- but the cumulative effect is overwhelming . Matt. 1:21 -- He will save His people from their sins . 24:22 --- for the sake of the elect... 24:24 --- even the elect .. Ps. 65:4 -- Blessed are those You choose to bring near to your courts ! ... John 10:11 ... The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep . 10:14 ... I know My sheep and they know me . 10;15 ... I lay down my life for the sheep . Acts 20:28 ... the church which He bought with his own blood . 18:10 ... I have many people in this city. 15:14 ... by taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself .