Article of the Month
THE ELECTION —
No. This is not about the political elections of this
month! But it IS related to the subject in an important
and intriguing way.
The word ELECT (in various forms) appears more than
twenty times in the King James translation. There is no
question that ELECTION is a Biblical subject.
Understanding it is an important step in understanding
the totality of God’s plans and purposes. The thing that
is DIFFERENT about man’s elections and Biblical
elections is this:
In the elections among mankind, many people
choose one person to fill an office.
In Biblical elections, there is ONLY ONE who votes!
It is God. And He chooses many to fulfill the
services He plans to establish.
But, like elections among men, people are chosen
by God so that they might administer the blessings of
good government among the populace. This is why God is
“electing” a group of administrators for the Kingdom for
which men have so long prayed: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy
will be done in earth.” (Matthew 6:10)
We have all heard the promise of Isaiah 9:6, 7 regarding
“…the government shall be upon his shoulder;
… of the increase of his government and peace
there shall be no end…”
This prophecy is no poetic platitude. It is a FORECAST
of things about to happen in our near future. The
Weymouth translation of Ephesians 1:8-10 reflects the
same reason for the ELECTIONS of which we speak:
“…God’s merciful purpose for the government of
the world when the times are ripe for it;…yea,
things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their
one Head in Him.”
The world has been plodding along in ignorance for
thousands of years while God has been CAREFULLY electing
those who will form that new promised government — both
for the “in heaven” assignment, and the “on earth”
— Two Elections —
The Scriptures point out that two groups among mankind
are ELECTED to fulfill the responsibilities of two
different offices (or functions). One of those groups is
the nation of Israel. The other is a numerically-limited
group of Christians (144,000; Revelation 14:1) who
constitute the true Church, the “body of Christ.”
— Israel —
Before Jesus’ first advent, Israel was EXCLUSIVE among
the nations in that God dealt ONLY with them. (Amos
3:2) Israel and God did not always get along well!
Nevertheless, God ELECTED to set this people aside for
eventual service to Him. (Isaiah 45:4) The Apostle Paul
(Romans 11:28) points out clearly that this is NOT due
to their own merits, but because of the faith of their
fathers (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) to whom the promises
were made. Meanwhile, God has been “training” Israel
through its experiences for its future assignment.
The nation of Israel will soon become the vibrant center
of God’s Kingdom on earth. All nations will flow unto
it. (Isaiah 60) As Zechariah 8:20-23 puts it, “…many
people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of
Hosts in Jerusalem;…ten men shall take hold of the skirt
of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for
we have heard that God is with you.”
Thus, Paul forecasts in Roman 11:26-29 that Israel will
be saved from its errors and blindnesses as was
COVENANTED with them. Their ELECTION to this post is
irrevocable — God will not back out of it! Their
being received again by God will bring about “LIFE FROM
THE DEAD”! (Romans 11:15)
So, this ELECTION of Israel to be the earthly visible
cornerstone of Christ’s Kingdom was completed long ago
in Old Testament times. But their installation as a
blesser nation is yet to be accomplished.
— The Christian Age Election —
During the intervention 2,000 years since Jesus’ first
advent, God has been conducting another ELECTION — the
“body of Christ” (or the true Church) which will
constitute the “in heaven” part of the new government.
Most prophecies, of course, simply point to Jesus as the
head or king of that new government. But the concept of
the Church’s reigning WITH HIM is very clear in
Scripture. (See Revelation 20:4 and 6 as well as
Revelation 5:10 and II Timothy 2:11, 12 for
examples.) In other words, the new government will not
be “a one man show.” It will not be Jesus alone. He
will have co-regents. The selection of those who will
“reign with him” is the purpose of the Christian or
Gospel Age ELECTION — the period between the two advents
of Jesus. That age is specifically for the purpose of
God’s ELECTING who will co-reign.
That Jesus is God’s ELECT for the pre-eminent post is
clear in texts like Isaiah 42:1 and I Peter 2:6. But
most of the uses of the word ELECT in Scripture are
regarding Jesus’ disciples — those who are (unless
proven unworthy) to be the heavenly administrators of
the new government which will bless all the families OF
the earth, ON the earth.
The concept of ELECTION is so simple! The elected ones
SERVE everyone else. It is hard to imagine how
corrupted this concept has become among Christians! So
many have concluded that if one is not among “the
elect,” then one will be destroyed! How absurd! If we
fail to be elected to Congress, do we expect to be
— Election as Applied to the Church —
The uses of forms of the word ELECT are varied, but
consistent in their testimony that the saints ARE the
ELECT—if they maintain their fervent
shows that these will not, like others, be deceived.
shows that at this end of the age, the ELECT are
gathered via the clear sounds of a message of truth.
warns against falsely accusing the ELECT.
combined with I Thessalonians 1:4 and II Peter 1:10,
show that (1) becoming part of this class is ONLY by
invitation (i.e., God does the electing), and
that (2) just because we’ve been elected doesn’t insure
success! We must “make sure” our CALLING and our
shows that those who are part of the ELECT must put on
certain character traits.
II Timothy 2:10
shows how the Apostle Paul endured his trials for the
sake of the ELECT.
I Peter 1:2
shows that this entire class was PLANNED IN ADVANCE by
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The world has never known such an important ELECTION as
is now coming to a conclusion. The results will be
glorious. Mankind, short of words to express their
appreciation, will, in short, say:
“Lo, THIS is our God! We have waited for Him…
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation!”
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