Question #70: Discuss election using proginosko in 1 Peter 1:2.

Election in Biblical terms
Election in Biblical terms

Answer: Election comes from a compound Greek verb eklego meaning “from” (ek) and “to gather, pick out” (lego) and describes God’s sovereign act of choosing some individuals for salvation.

Proginosko means “prior knowledge of actual things or persons involving conscious relationship of certainty.”

In 1 Peter 1:1-2, “the strangers scattered throughout” were called the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.”

Several points to emphasize:

1) election is not “on the basis of” (from Greek epi) foreknowledge

2) election is not “because of” (from Greek dia) foreknowledge

3) election is “according to” (from Greek kata) the foreknowledge of the Father (denoting a relationship).  Therefore the election according to foreknowledge is “a sovereign act of God in grace whereby He chose in Christ Jesus for salvation all those whom He actively foreknew, by way of conscious relationship, would accept Him.”

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One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting  Q & A’s from time to time until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.