Sorry about the ridiculous posting schedule. The flu rages on here, and has consumed both my favorite editor and myself. Ugh. You will get all the posts in the end! Also, if there are any words or concepts you’d like me to cover, please leave a comment! 
31 days big

To be elected, to be chosen, to be set apart. I was going to dig straight in to the differences between the Calvinist and Arminian thoughts on election, but my editor pointed out to me that the definition of election is not so black-and-white as that. What the Calvinists and Arminians believe is the same in one sense; both believe that when the Bible speaks of the elect, they are speaking of the saved.

That’s not the only possible interpretation of the word. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that is the equivalent of election is translated Chosen.

As in the chosen people.

As in the Israelites.

Among other things! Jesus is called chosen. Jerusalem is the chosen city. Angels can be chosen.

Does that withstand looking at just the greek word eklektos, though? Obviously, chosen in the OT can mean many things. I’ll just leave this here: a list of all the verses in which “eklektos,” or “chosen, elect, selected” shows up in the NT.  You don’t have to read them all today. It’s basically the reading list for the next three posts. (Please note Luke 23:35 today, though. It’s pertinent.)

Matthew 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 24:22, 24, 31 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened…For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect… And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Mark 13:20, 22, 27 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them… For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect…And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Luke 23:35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

Romans 8:33, 16:13 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience

1 Timothy 5:21  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

2 Timothy 2:10  Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness

1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

1 Peter 2:4,6,9 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious…For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

…But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

2 John 1:1, 13 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth…The children of your elect sister greet you.

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