If Election is not the Gospel, then We can’t talk About Atonement for the Elect
We often hear the phrase “election is not salvation” so that “election is UNTO salvation”. Or that “election is not the gospel” but that election is what causes people to believe the gospel.
I want to deconstruct this difference. If the denial that “election is not salvation” is saying that the righteousness Jesus earned is not intended only for the elect until the elect believe, then that denial is a rejection of the efficacy of Christ’s righteousness in salvation.
If the righteousness Christ earned is not for the elect until the elect believe, it makes no difference if you say that the righteousness was earned only for the elect or also for others besides the elect.
In either case, it is not the righteousness which is the cause of believing. The effect of this is that Christ’s work of obedience is not the ONLY cause of salvation, so that the work of the Spirit in the sinner causing the sinner to believe becomes not a result but a condition of Christ’s work.
This false gospel will end up not glorying in the cross but putting the Spirit’s work in the sinner in the primary place.
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