The New Testament contains 23 different references to the word “elect”. In the Greek, the word is “eklektos” meaning to be chosen or selected for God’s divine purposes.
Below are 13 facts about God’s elect.
1. Many are called, but few are elect (chosen)
Jesus utters this cryptic phrase twice in the Gospel of Matthew.
“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”Matthew 20:16
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”Matthew 22:14
God desires all of His children to repent and follow after His commands, but the number of those who do is relatively small.
2. The Great Tribulation will be cut short for the sake of the elect
“And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”Matthew 24:22
“Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days.Mark 13:20
In his Olivet Discourse, a sermon focused specifically on the events preceding His Second Coming, Jesus explains that the time period just prior to His return, known as the Great Tribulation, would be so difficult that no human life would be saved. However, for the sake of the elect, Jesus reveals that the world’s darkest hours will be shortened.
3. The elect cannot be deceived
“For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”Matthew 24:24
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.”Mark 13:22
Demonic deception just prior to Jesus’ Second Coming will become so great, even the elect would be deceived if it were possible. Fortunately, these scriptures indicate that a deception of the elect that results in the loss of their eternal life is not possible.
4. The elect will be gathered together and kept from harm just prior to the final outpouring of God’s wrath upon the earth
“And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”Matthew 24:31
“And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.”Mark 13:27
5. God will vindicate the elect
“Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.”Luke 18:7,8a
6. Jesus Christ was God’s elect
“And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”Luke 23:35
The word used for “Chosen” in this verse is the word “elect.” As the firstborn of all creation, Jesus Christ was the first “elect” or chosen of God.
“For [this] is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER [stone], AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”1 Peter 2:6
The word used for “choice” in this verse is the word “elect.” Again, the Bible refers to Jesus as “elect.” He is our example and provides the pattern for the Christian life.
7. The elect have been justified by God and are free from spiritual accusation by men
“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;”Romans 8:33
The elect can rest in the knowledge that their faith in Jesus has redeemed them from eternal damnation, regardless of what men think or say.
8. The elect are instructed to clothe themselves with nine things: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace, and gratefulness
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things [put on] love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”Colossians 3:12-15
The elect are known by their meek and gentle lifestyle and their spiritual fruit is abundant.
9. God has angels who are elect
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of [His] chosen angels, to maintain these [principles] without bias, doing nothing in a [spirit of] partiality.”1 Timothy 5:21
10. Paul’s ministry was dedicated to ensuring the salvation of the elect
“For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus [and] with [it] eternal glory.”2 Timothy 2:10
“Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,”Titus 1:1
The apostle Paul was certain that God had “chosen” certain people as His own. Paul spent the final days of his life and ministry in an attempt to reach and minister to God’s elect.
11. The elect are chosen by the foreknowledge of God and by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood:”1 Peter 1:1-2a
All who have been chosen by God have been foreknown by Him and have been sanctified by the power of God’s Spirit. The elect are known for their obedience to the commands of Jesus and their sins are covered in His blood.
12. The elect are a chosen people called to declare the goodness and mercy of God
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR [God’s] OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”1 Peter 2:9,10
13. The elect will accompany Jesus Christ in His defeat of those who wage war against Him
“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him [are the] called and chosen and faithful.”Revelation 17:14
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