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Cummings writes:

Unconditional Election

This is the biblical teaching that God in his love chose from among totally sinful human beings some that he would redeem to himself while passing others by. God's decision wasn't based on anything in these individuals or on anything he foresaw they would become. They were as hostile to him as the rest of mankind, but he simply loved them. Why he didn't love all is no mystery. No one deserves his love. Why he loved any is the profound mystery. Jesus taught the doctrine of election when he said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit" (John 15:16 - NKJV).

Many other Scripture passages provide the basis of this doctrine. Here are just a few. "He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will...In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will" (Ephesians 1:4, 5, 11, emphasis added). "And all who were appointed for eternal life believed" (Acts 13:48, emphasis added).

Unconditional election relates to the next truth. Those whom God chose before the foundation of the world are the ones registered in the Lamb's book as those for whom he died (Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:1-2).

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