Election, Predestination, Foreknowledge

Three of the most controversial topics in the Bible are election, predestination, and foreknowledge. If you look at it without any preconceived ideas, they really are easy to understand. Let’s first look at election.


The first mention of elect or election is:

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1

This passage is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s elect. Every other passage that mentions elect or election, the passage is talking about those that are saved – the saints of God. When the Bible talks about the elect, it does not mean that God chose some to save and others to condemn. The Bible is clear that Jesus tasted death for every man and that whosoever believeth on him is not condemned. Elect is simply a position. When a person is saved, he is in Christ (be found in him Philippians 3:9, 1 Peter 5:14, etc.). Christ is God’s elect so therefore when we are in Christ, we are in the elect. Lost sinners are never referred to as elect, only the saved.


Foreknowledge simply means that God knew about it ahead of time. Since God exists outside of time, he can see what is in the future. It does not mean he planned it or forced it to be that way. It is wrong to take the few passages that mention foreknowledge and twist them to mean that God is forcing some to go to Heaven and some to go to Hell.


Once again, every passage that mentions predestination is talking about saints -those who are already saved. There is no such thing as a predestinated sinner – a predestinated lost person. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. God’s will is that all would be saved, but the twisting that some people do says that God’s will is that some be saved and the rest condemned.

Election and predestination only apply to those already saved. Do not try to twist scripture to say something it does not.

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