The Doctrine of Election
Steven R. Cook
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Rom. 8:29-30)
There is no doubt whatever about the Bible teaching that God has chosen an elect people; but the contemplation of all that is involved in this truth reaches out into realms of existence that can be known only to God, far removed as they are from the human sphere of understanding. Being thus limited, it ill becomes the earth dweller to sit in judgment on God respecting His divine election. God’s essential character has been disclosed and He can be trusted where men cannot possibly understand. He is infinitely wise, infinitely holy, and infinitely just and good. When exercising His sovereign right in election, He does not transgress His character or deny Himself. Since He does elect some for special glories and destinies and since He proves Himself infinitely right in all He does, it follows that His eternal elective purpose must be as righteous as He is righteous. (Lewis S. Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. 7, page,133)
The study notes are essential to the audio lectures. The first set of notes titled “The Doctrine of Election” are used throughout the series and should be followed carefully. The other study notes should be opened and followed as needed.