A theological term in the Bible used to convey divine selection or predetermined choice. In the OT, God elects a people (Israel), its king (David), and the city of Jerusalem. These choices reflect divine sovereignty and are not made on the basis of previous accomplishments or natural superiority of those who are chosen. Still, the chosen are under obligation to live by God’s will and to be God’s servants (Deut 7:6-11; 1Chr 16:9-13; Jer 33:19-26; Amos 3:2). In the NT, election is focused on Jesus Christ as the elect one through whom God’s purposes are accomplished (Matt 12:18; Luke 9:35; Luke 23:35; 1Pet 2:4; 1Pet 2:6). Through faith and discipleship, Christ’s followers are also called “elect” (Mark 13:20-27; Matt 22:14; Titus 1:1; 1Pet 1:2; 1Pet 2:9-10).

Deut 7:6-11

6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.7It ... View more

1Chr 16:9-13

9Sing to him, sing praises to him,
tell of all his wonderful works.10Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.11Seek the Lord a ... View more

Jer 33:19-26

19The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:20Thus says the Lord: If any of you could break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and ... View more

Amos 3:2

2You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.

Matt 12:18

18“Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gen ... View more

Luke 9:35

35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

Luke 23:35

35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one! ... View more

1Pet 2:4

4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and

1Pet 2:6

6For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Mark 13:20-27

20And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut short those days.21And if anyone ... View more

Matt 22:14

14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Titus 1:1

1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that is in accordance ... View more

1Pet 1:2

2who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood:
May grace a ... View more

1Pet 2:9-10

9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of dar ... View more

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