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The elect are those who have received Christ by faith. They are called and chosen by God to be faithful in His Kingdom. The Greek word is 'eklektos' meaning "elect" or "chosen". They are people of God who are chosen to be faithful to their divine call and are pressing on to perfection in Christ.

Reference: 1 Peter 1:2 New King James Version (NKJV) "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."

The elect are chosen and picked out to obtain salvation through Christ according to God's absolute foreknowledge. By foreknowledge, it means that God previously determined their election before the world began. In Greek rendering, it denotes the word, "Proginṓskō" which implies that Christians who are called the "chosen or elect" of God were already in God's mind ahead of their appointment by means of salvation in Christ Jesus.

In 1 Corinthians 1:2, apostle Paul addressed the elect as those called to be saints because they are sanctified in Christ. It reads: "To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours (NET). The word "sanctified" comes from the Greek root of the word that is commonly translated as "saints." The elect are saints by virtue of their sanctification through the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. As the elect, we are designed to live by the Word of God, in order to increasingly align our lifestyles with that of Christ.

Moreover, we are already chosen to make heaven but the reason we are still left here on this earth by God, is because He has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 1 Corinthians 5:17-20 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (ESV). As ambassadors for Christ, we have been mandated to become effective witnesses for Christ in our various spheres of influence, meaning we represent God's voice on earth, in relation to winning the souls of [the remaining elect] to Christ, thereby making disciples of all nations (see Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).

As the elect, we are being trained in righteousness and at the same time, tested with all kinds of adversity and trials, to prove our faithfulness to God till the end comes. By reason of this ineludible reality, salvation through Jesus Christ is not the final assurance or guarantee that a saint will make it to heaven. Only the elect who overcome in the way that God desires, will make it to heaven. This is actually found in Revelation 3:21, which reads, "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne" (NKJV). So it's not just about our salvation, there is an ultimate purpose for which God chose the elect - It is for them to spend eternity with Him when this world comes to an end. In view of this truth, apostle Paul noted that salvation is a means to an end, which is eternal glory. This is in line with 2 Timothy 2:10 (NLT) which reads: "So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen." Got it?

Furthermore, if you study the book of Revelation 21:1-8 (NIV) carefully, you'll understand that this approaching eternity is filled with important imperishable significances such as living a superior life in God's terms which is completely void of sickness, pain, tears, trials, temptations, tribulations, calamity and crisis, except for everlasting joy, peace, righteousness and holiness - on a perfect earth, as well as the provision of everything we require to live eternally without any vestige of stress or worries. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:20-22; Romans 8:33; Titus 1:1.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, as the elect, I'm grateful each time I dwell on a wonderful future with you, which is awaiting Christ's return. It speaks of greater joy, glorious life, holy nation and godly enjoyments, within the business and converse of eternal life, marvellous light and unending glory in Christ. Due to your lovingkindness, I have obtained a spiritual life that positions me to live fully in Christ and spend eternity with you at the end of age, and it's far better than a temporal life on earth. Therefore, I praise you with joyful exuberance and cheerfulness, and I will daily speak of your perfections, transcendence, supremacy and pre-eminence from the standpoint of holy joy exuding from my inward man. Thank you for the eternal hope you've given me, as my faith continues to grow in Christ, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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