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This election is not based on foreseen faith, the obedience of faith, holiness, or any other good quality of disposition, as a cause or condition in man required for being chosen, but men are chosen to faith, the obedience of faith, holiness, and so on. Election, therefore, is the fountain of every saving good, from which flow faith, holiness, and other saving gifts, and finally eternal life itself, as its fruits and effects.1 This the apostle teaches when he says, He chose us (not because we were, but are) to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph 1:4).

1 Rom 8:30.


ARTICLE 10

ELECTION BASED ON GOD’S GOOD PLEASURE

The cause of this gracious election is solely the good pleasure of God. This good pleasure does not consist in this, that out of all possible conditions God chose certain qualities or actions of men as a condition for salvation, but in this, that out of the common mass of sinners He adopted certain persons to be His own possession. For it is written, Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad (Rom 9:11-13), and so on, she (namely, Rebecca), was told, "The older will serve the younger" (Gen 25:23). Just as it is written: "I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated" (Mal 1:2-3). And, all who were appointed for eternal life believed (Acts

13:48).


ARTICLE 11

ELECTION UNCHANGEABLE