II Peter 1:10 versus Unconditional Election

In the Bible, election refers to God choosing to save someone. Some teach our election is unconditional, but II Peter 1:10 (“… brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure, for it you do these things, ye shall never fall”) proves this view patently false. The verse explicitly refers to our “election,” and shows we have a part to play in it. Our election is conditioned upon us making it sure. If our election is unconditionally/unchangeably set, then what need would there be for us to “make it sure”? It would already be sure.

The text continues, “for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Notice we make our election (to God’s heavenly kingdom) sure by doing / adding the “Christian Graces” listed in verses 5-7. If we don’t make it sure, we fall. If we do make it sure, we go to heaven. The passage is very plain on this point.

Conclusion: God’s salvation/election is conditioned upon believing and obeying his word.

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