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Understanding Election (2 of 20)
I Peter 1:1-2
January 26, 1997
Last Week President Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as President. I didn't see it on TV, but I am sure it was a great event. I did hear since, that Billy Graham was there, and that he prayed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This was a most unusual election year we just came through. Did you read or hear that President Clinton was re-elected by only 23.9% of the eligible (registered) voters? This is the second lowest percentage for any President since John Quincy Adams was elected in 1824.
But that is not the election I want to talk with you about today. The Scriptures reveal that there is a divine election, which God has been doing since before the foundation of the world.
Peter in writing to these "dispersed Jewish believers" reveals they are "elect according to the foreknowledge of God,"
The word for "elect" in Greek is "eklego," and it means to pick out, to select, to call out, chosen.
I Peter 1:2 ... Peter is saying that these pilgrims that have been dispersed into Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia are God's "elect", God's chosen people. Election is like a "draft pick;" picked and saved.
I Peter 1:15 ... As God's people, we are called (Kaleo) to be holy.
I Peter 2:9-10 ... We are a chosen generation.
I Peter 5:13 ... Even women are elect. This is believed to be a reference to Peter's wife.
Election runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. But often it has been overlooked or ignored because of preconceived ideas about how we relate to the Lord.
Much of this has come because of decisional regeneration. We have all been admonished, "Come on now, decide for Christ." "Open your heart to Jesus." "Pray this prayer, and you will be saved."
In my non-denomination, denomination, we had to do the following to be saved:
Live the Christian life.
Take Communion every Sunday.
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