On another thread someone disagreed with me about my contention that the church is synonymous with the Body of Christ , sheep , elect , the bride , saints etc. There are a host of related expressions referring to the same group of people . Those specific folks and only those are the ones entered into God's royal logbook -- the Lamb's Book of Life . It was said that believers have to exercise faith to be so distinguished as believers . Indeed , believers do believe , savingly . But God causes them to believe . The elect are His from eternity past (the word past is a contrivance for us ) . In Acts 13:48 it says that all who were chosen for eternal life believed . They were appointed or ordained for this before the foundation of the world . They only become believers because they were elected before the world began . I think many on this board are confused about the priority of election . Now election is not Christ's sacrifice . But it is the mechanism whereby God causes them to be brought to Himself . Adoption ,calling and foreknowledge are "in there too ". I have asked this before . Do you non-Cals mind being called elect ? Or do you elect ( pun intented ) not to be called this word ? Why , or why not ? Will any non-Cals admit that our election is prior to believing ? And further will you concede that if it were not for God's election of you -- you would not believe ? Okay , I know I am asking for too much . But the Bible , to be believed insists on the same . The Lord called the elect with a special drawing . He effected a means that that certain undeserving ones would be brought to a saving kowledge of His Son .