The Doctrine of Election

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A Research Report

Presented to

Mr. Nathaniel J. Madden

Mingo Valley Christian School


In Partial Fulfillment for the Course

Systematic Theology

Junior Bible



Courtney Padgett

Spring 2012

According to the Webster’s Dictionary, elect means “to select; to determine on a course of action; chosen; selected from a number” (Webster 122). The doctrine of election directly concerns salvation. Although many Christians many immediately associate the term “election” with the teachings of John Calvin, this doctrine began long before Calvin crafted Institutes of the Christian Religion. The topic of election is in Bible, and can be found in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, the book of Deuteronomy explains how Israel’s personal relationship with God began. For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deut. 7:6-8).
This Hebrew word in verse six for chosen, bachar, means “to choose, elect” or “decide for” (Strong’s 323). Paul explicitly speaks of God electing those whom he loves in II Thessalonians 2:13: “ 13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” Here,…...

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