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Salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the
redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the
basis of human merit or works
Election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2Thessalonians 2:13; 2Timothy 2:10; 1Peter 1:1-2).
Sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23,32; 33:11; John 3:18,19,36; 5:40; 2Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).
The unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part nor to God's anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1Peter 1:2).
Election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty.
God is truly sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with
His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom,
grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the
will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed
in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2Timotht 1:9).