I believe in election. That God in His grace selected the elect, from before the foundation of the world, and this election was not based on works, it was before the person did any good or bad, revealing clearly that this election was based solely on Gods grace, and nothing meritorious in the creature. I understand that in our thinking, this immediately poses problems. Accusations arise in our minds of God being unfair, and difficulties arise in our minds of God being some kind of puppet master. Admittedly, there is an element of mystery connected with this subject. Certain aspects of it we will never understand until eternity. For now we know in part and prophesy in part but when that which is perfect has come, we shall know as we have been fully known. See 1 Corinthians 13:9,10, and 1 Corinthians 13:12.
One of the difficulties in embracing the doctrine of election, is a lack of faith in God, by doubting His fairness, we are doubting His integrity, and calling His perfect righteousness into question. Just like the mystery of the Trinity, which we must accept by faith, I believe it is the same with the doctrine of election. The statement of Abraham as he is interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah, is very helpful to us and is foundational in dealing with the difficulty of the doctrine of election. “Shall not the Judge of the earth do what is right?” Genesis 18:25. Our understanding can only go so far, there comes a time when we must trust, where our understanding can no longer go. See Proverbs 3:5-6. Remember also that without faith it is impossible to please Him. See Hebrews 11:6. In part 2 I will talk about distortions and wrong applications concerning divine election.