Five Keywords on the Sovereignty of God in Salvation

There are several keywords on the sovereignty of God in salvation to know. The following definitions are taken from Steve Lawson’s excellent book Show Me Your Glory, pp.71–72.

  1. Thelēma – “will,” the divine decree for every event that comes to pass (Ephesians 1:11; Gal. 1:4)

  2. Boulē – “counsel,” The triune God’s all-wise deliberation within himself.

  3. Prothesis – “purpose,” a setting forth, describes the steadfast determination with which God executes his one plan (Romans 8:28; 9:11; 2 Tim. 1:9).

  4. Proorizō – “predestined,” from pro meaning “before,” and Horizō meaning “to mark the horizon.” The idea behind Horizō from which we get our English word horizon was that at the end of a traveler’s journey was marked out. The final destination was determined before the journey began. The execution of the sovereign will of God is irrevocable and certain, from before the world began (Romans 8:28–30)!

  5. Eklegomai – “chose” in the middle voice meaning that God made his section by himself and for himself. No one persuaded him to make the choice he made. Nor did he look down the proverbial tunnel of time to observe what people would do and then make his choice accordingly. For reasons known only to himself, God made his sovereign choice of many sinners out of the fallen human race (Eph 1:5; 1 Thess. 1:4; 2 Thess. 2:13).

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