Why is the doctrine of election important?

1. It reminds us that we can’t save ourselves (Ephesians 2:8-9).

2. It reminds us of our sinful nature and that we don’t seek after God (Romans 3:11).

3. It reminds us that we are called/chosen to be holy and righteous (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:15).

4. It reminds us that we are not rescued from death because of some virtue in and of ourselves, but only by the grace of God.

5. It reminds us that God is sovereign and we are not. We can (and should) clearly articulate the gospel to our friends and neighbors, but that doesn’t mean they will believe in Jesus – that can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit.

6. It reminds us of the amazing grace and mercy of God. If justice were served, every human being would be condemned to hell because of their sin.

7. It reminds us that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). This is what theologians refer to as “eternal security” or “assurance of salvation.”

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