Books of Bible
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
A. The denominational doctrine of election and reprobation says,
"God from all eternity did select or elect certain persons,
though as yet unborn, to be saved, and did assign all others
to be forever lost, or to be reprobate."
B. The confession of faith of the Presbyterian Church says:
1. "God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy
counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain
whatsoever comes to pass...By the decree of God, for the
manifestation of his glory, some men and angels are
predestined unto everlasting life, and others
foreordained to everlasting death...their number is so
certain and definite that it cannot be either increased
or diminished. Those of mankind that are predestined
unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was
laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and
the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath
chosen in Christ unto everlasting glory" (Chapter Three--
Of God's Eternal Decree).
II. Election and Reprobation.
A. Examples of people selected for a work and later rejected
because of unbelief and not allowed to do that which they had
been selected to do.
(b) Chosen to lead the people from Egypt to a land
flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:16-17).
(a) Moses sinned and was not permitted to enter the
promised land (Numbers 20:12).
(a) Chosen to be king over Israel (1 Sam. 10:24).
(b) Because he rejected the word of Jehovah (unbelief),
he was rejected as king (1 Sam. 15:23).
(a) The chosen (elect) people of God (Isaiah 44:1).
(b) They rejected God by rejecting his law, and God, in
turn, rejected those whom he had selected (Heb.
B. Bible does not teach unconditional election.
C. The Bible does teach election, but conditional election.
1. The Bible often speaks of the elect.
(a) "Make your calling and election sure" (2 Pet. 1:10).
(b) "But ye are an elect race" (1 Pet. 2:9).
(c) "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's
elect?" (Rom. 8:33)
D. God's method for electing (selecting) the saved.
1. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not
perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
(a) God did not love just those previously selected for
salvation, but he loved the whole world.
2. For the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to
all men" (Titus 2:11).
(a) Salvation is offered to all men, but all men will
not be saved (Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29).
(b) The promised salvation therefore must be
3. God's method for selecting soldiers in Gideon's army
4. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
disbelieveth shall be condemned" (Mark 16:15-16).
(a) Notice: the gospel is preached to all, but all will
not be saved. Who shall be saved? "He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved.
(b) Everyone has the opportunity of salvation, but only
those who obey the Lord shall have the reality of
5. Peter speaks of the elect according to the foreknowledge
of God (1 Pet. 1:2).
(a) The plan by which we are saved--by which the saved
are selected--was foreknown of God; those who obey
the plan are elected (chosen) to salvation.
(b) The plan was foreknown from before the foundations
of the world, but the individuals who will be saved
by obeying the conditions of the plan were not
A. Those elected to salvation may later be rejected.
1. The Jews were chosen of God, but because of
unfaithfulness, they were rejected. The elected can be
rejected if they become faithless (Rom. 11:1-24).
2. Notice especially verse 22.
(a) "Behold then the goodness and severity of God:
toward them that fell, severity; but toward thee,
God's goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:
otherwise thou also shalt be cut off" (Rom. 11:22).
B. Therefore make your calling and election sure.