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Introduction:
The two topics I’m going to talk about are unconditional election and the gospel. These two topics are really important to me as a follower of Jesus Christ. I’ve learned a lot more about my faith and these topics as well, over the past few weeks in this class. I will go in-depth with these topics and back up with scripture, how they are biblical and essential to know about in the Christian faith. What is unconditional election?

Before the foundation of the world God chose to save a group of people known as the elect, according to his own purpose and will without considering any type of merit or foreseen faith any person had. God’s choice in election is based on His sovereign will. The elect have true saving faith; there is nothing that can pluck us out of His hands. What does the Bible say about this?

Romans 9 talks about God’s sovereign choice and that His saving promises to Israel. The verse that shows God saves according to His own sovereign will, where Paul refers to Rebekah and her two children who were yet to be born, “though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad; in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls.” (Romans 9:11 ESV), also, Paul says “so then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” (Romans 9:16 ESV). Paul says in Ephesians as well that “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” (Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV). Practical Application: God does as He pleases.

Do you remember that bully in elementary school? That was the bigger kid that picked on the smaller kids that he chose to pick on for each day of the week and there was nothing you could do about it because he was so big. That’s like God; He is sovereign over salvation and...
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