Join us in memorizing the below 12 scripture passages in 2023.
All passages listed are ESV, but you can memorize them from the translation you are most comfortable with.
God's election is unconditional. God's choice of certain individuals for salvation was not based on any foreseen response of obedience on their part but was based solely in His good and sovereign will.
God has an elect people whom He has chosen to grant salvation.
(see also: Matthew 24:22-24, John 6:37-39, John 6:65, John 17:9, Romans 8:28-33, Ephesians 1:4-5, Ephesians 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:1-2, 1 Peter 2:8-9)
Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.
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.
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
God's choice was not based upon any foreseen faith or good works.
(see also: Deuteronomy 7:6-8, 1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls
So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
2 Timothy 1:9
Faith and good works are the result, not the ground of predestination.
(see also: Acts.18:27, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 2 Peter 1:5-11)
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
The Biblical term foreknew (Romans 8:29) means to forelove to set regard upon, to know with a particular interest, delight, affection or action, to foreordain.
(see also: Amos 3:2, Matthew 7:22-23, 1 Corinthians 8:3)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:19
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
1 Peter 1:20
London Baptist Confession of Faith 1689, Chapter III: Of God's Decree
5. Those of mankind that are predestinated to 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, out of his mere free grace and love, without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving him thereunto.