God chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. (Ephesians 1:4)
- There are faithful believers in God from before Abraham and will be up until the time when death and the grave are cast into the Lake of Fire
(Romans 9, 10, 11; Fourth Gospel 3:16-21, 31-36)
- The election of God in faith is not limited to Gentiles in this age only. It started before Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel) and continues today.
(Psalm 132:13-18; Galatians 3)
- The work of Jesus Christ and the will of God unites the faithful of the first covenant with the faithful of the new covenant
(Ephesians 2; 3; Romans 5; 8; 9; 10; 11)
- Faith, which is a gift of God, is the basis of the hope of salvation for all those committed to the Lord
(Romans 11; 1 Peter 1; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Jude 3)
- The firstfruits to the resurrection are being built into a habitation, a temple of God, a new creation. They, together with Christ at his return, will ultimately lead all the nations of the world into a relationship with the Father.
(1 Corinthians 15:22-26; Hebrews 2:14-18; 3:1-6; 4:14-16; 5; 1 Peter 2:4-6, 9-10; Revelation 1:4-7; 5:9-10)
- The use of the word church (ecclesia) in scripture does not by itself sufficiently describe God’s called, chosen, and faithful body of believers.