“But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:” 2 Thessalonians 2:13
THE BIBLE SAYS…
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
WE REJOICE THAT GOD IS LOVE AND THAT HE DESIRES EVERYONE TO BE SAVED: Hell was not created for mankind.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD, IN LOVE, INITIATED A PLAN TO SAVE SINNERS: True Christians are the elect of God. They are a distinct people who have identified themselves with Christ, God’s Elect Son.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
WE BELIEVE THAT GOD, BY GRACE, HAS CHOSEN TO SAVE ANYONE WHO COMES TO HIM THROUGH FAITH IN HIS SON: At that point the individual becomes a member of the elect people of God.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
WE UNDERSTAND THAT ELECTION IS NOT A MEANS OF SALVATION, BUT THE RESULT OF IT: It is our position in Him.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
WE ACCEPT THAT GOD’S WORD REVEALS THAT SALVATION AND ELECTION ARE BOTH IN CHRIST: We must be in Christ to have either.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
WE ACCEPT THAT ELECTION IS NOT ABOUT WHICH INDIVIDUALS GOD HAS CHOSEN TO BELIEVE, BUT ABOUT THE PEOPLE GROUP HE HAS CHOSEN TO SAVE: God’s plan is His Son and those who are in Him. Jesus is God’s elect plan. His people, the Church, are the elect.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS ALSO CHOSEN NOT TO SAVE THOSE WHO TRY TO COME TO HIM IN ANY OTHER WAY: Thus, there are only two groups of people in the world, the elect and the non-elect.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18