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The original Greek word for chosen is the same as is used for elect—“eklektos”—in
the NT KJV Bible (this is the root word from which the English words ‘election’, etc.
has come). There are a variety of ways in which this word is used in the Bible—each
having different meanings depending on the context of the passage.
The most fundamental and important meaning of this word refers to lost man. In
Ephesians 1:4 we read: “According as he [God] hath chosen us in him [The Lord
Jesus] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame
before him [the Father] in love:”, and also in 2 Thessalonians 2:13: “But we are
bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because
God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the
Spirit and belief of the truth:”. The context of these two passages relate to God’s
sovereign grace in choosing the souls who have been redeemed by the precious
blood of Christ.
Were it not for God’s sovereign grace in choosing/electing souls for eternal life in
Christ, none would be saved because man’s will is unchangeably set against God.
and His will. Lost man can never willingly ‘choose’ to be saved, though God has
offered salvation to ‘whosever will’. Thus, in sovereign grace, God has ‘chosen’
(‘elected’) souls who, by the action of the Holy Spirit, are brought to repentance and
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 1 Peter 2:9 we find another way in which ‘chosen’ is used: “But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew
forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”.
Here we learn that each believer has also been chosen to be part of a priesthood that
serves our Saviour God by bearing testimony and praise to Him in this dark world.
(See also John 15:16.)
Souls who have been chosen by our loving God and Father for salvation and eternal
life through (‘by’) Jesus Christ our Lord, can never lose their salvation. “Chosen” is
one of many Scriptural proofs that a truly saved soul can never be lost again. A soul
chosen by God is eternally safe and secure (see John 10: 28, 29).