a companion word study for "The Second coming, the Rapture, and the Day of the Lord"

    "Elect" in the new testament comes from the greek "eklektos", meaning "picked out, chosen (ek,"from",lego,"to gather,pick out") It is used to refer to the "chosen ones" of GOD, whether they are jew or gentile. The word is used in Romans 8:33,"who shall lay any thing to the charge of God`s "elect"? It is God that justifieth". Paul spends a great deal of time before and after this statement, expessing that there is no difference between jews and gentiles. This is reinforced in Colossians 3:11-12,"where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore,as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering:" "Elect" is used in 1 Timothy 5:21 to refer to God`s chosen angels. In Pauls second letter to Timothy, He states "whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles"(1:11), and then in chapter 2, verse 10, "Therefore I endure all things for the elects sake.... The greek word is translated as 'chosen" in 1 Peter 1: 9. In 1 Peter 1:6, "elect" is used to refer to Jesus Christ,...."Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious and He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded." Pre-tribulationist contend that the "elect" in the Mount Olivet discourse concerning the days of tribulation refers to Israel, "and except those days should be shortened,there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened." Mark makes it clear in Mark 13:20 that the elect simply means the chosen ones, "And except the Lord had shortened thosedays, no flesh should be saved: but for the elects sake, whom He hath chosen, He hath shortened the days." Jesus was speaking prophetically, of a "chosen" people, whose days of tribulation would be cut short at the end of the age. These people had made their "election" sure by the blood of Jesus. Nowhere in the new testament does the greek, "eklektos" refer to only Israel.


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