"The King's Own"
"To Be Conformed
to the Image of His Son"
The General View of Election
The doctrine of election, as generally
understood, is a very repulsive one, full of partiality and
inequity. This is the result of misunderstanding the divine Word
on this subject.
The election taught in the Scriptures is one of
the grandest doctrines of the Bible. It is not only founded upon
grace but also upon justice, equity, and thoroughly impartial.
The Erroneous View of Election
The erroneous view of election, briefly stated,
is that God condemned the whole race of mankind to eternal torture
and elected to save only a "little flock." That God
permits the vast remainder to go down into unspeakable horrors to
which his divine foreknowledge had predestinated them before their
creation. The Westminster Confession is the ablest statement of
this false view. It specifically declares that this "elect
little flock" is not to be considered as saved because of any
merit of worthiness on their part, but simply and solely of Godís
The Correct Thought of Election
The correct thought respecting election, the
view which the Bible everywhere supports, is to the contrary of
(1) Death (and not everlasting
life in torment) was the penalty upon our race, and involved
every member of it through one manís disobedience.
(2) Godís grace manifested in the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus redeemed the whole world
through his sacrifice, which was the "propitiation
[satisfaction] for our [the Churchís] sins; and not for ours
only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
(1 John 2:2)
What Did God Elect?
God elected that his only begotten
Son should have the privilege of redeeming the race at the cost of
his own life. God elected that his Son Jesus should be
rewarded with the divine nature and should ultimately "bless
all the families of the earth" by awakening them from the
sleep of death and assisting the willing and obedient up to the
full perfection of human life.
God also elected to have a number of
"saints" under his Only Begotten as joint-heirs with him
in the glory, honor and immortality of the New Creation, and in
the work of blessing mankind with human restitution.
The Purpose of the Christian Age
This Christian age has not been for the purpose
of thus blessing and restoring the world. It is only for the
purpose of calling out from the world a little flock to constitute
Godís "very elect." Christians have been called to
stand trials and testings of faith, love and obedience, and thus
to "make their calling and election sure." (2 Pet. 1:10)
The calling and electing of this "little
flock" in this manner works no hardship or
injury to the non-elect, who are in no sense further condemned
because not called, because passed by. In the same way, the people
of this country are not injured or condemned when an election has
taken place for officers of the Government and they have not been
amongst the elect. As the object of earthly elections is to secure
suitable persons for office for the blessing of the people in
general with wise laws and administration, so the blessing which
God has arranged for works no damage to the non-elect, but is
intended to work a blessing to all of them. The elect are to
constitute the royal judges, the kings and priests of the
Millennial age, under whose administration all the families of the
earth will be blessed.
The Scriptures abound with references to the
"elect" and the "very elect." The latter
expression implies that the word "elect" applies to all
those who come into a certain relationship with God, in which they
have the hope, or prospect, of immortality, being members of the
glorified Church. Christians accepting the high calling of God are
counted as of the elect when their names are
registered in the Lambís book of life and when a crown is
apportioned to them.
However, as unfaithfulness may lead to the
blotting out of these names and the giving of their crowns to
others (Rev. 3:5,11), so they would then cease to be of the elect
The "very elect," on the contrary,
would refer to those who would ultimately attain to the blessings
to which God has called the faithful in this Gospel age, those who
"make their calling and election sure" by faithfulness
to the terms and conditions thereof, even unto death.