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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Election of Grace
The ground of this election to salvation is the good pleasure of God (Ephesians 1:5,11; Matthew 11:25,26; John 15:16,19 ). God claims the right so to do (Romans 9:16,21 ).
It is not conditioned on faith or repentance, but is of soverign grace (Romans 11:4-6; Ephesians 1:3-6 ). All that pertain to salvation, the means (Ephesians 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13 ) as well as the end, are of God (Acts 5:31; 2 Timothy 2:25; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 2:5,10 ). Faith and repentance and all other graces are the exercises of a regenerated soul; and regeneration is God's work, a "new creature."
Men are elected "to salvation," "to the adoption of sons," "to be holy and without blame before him in love" (2 Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 4:4,5; Ephesians 1:4 ). The ultimate end of election is the praise of God's grace (Ephesians 1:6,12 ). (See PREDESTINATION .)
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Election of Grace'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/e/election-of-grace.html. 1897.