4.5.2 Election in the New Testament

Jesus elected the Apostles from among His disciples and sent them to all the nations in order to teach and baptise (Matthew 28: 19-20; Luke 6: 13). The Lord elects the people of the new covenant from among both Jews and Gentiles. Those who make their election sure accept the gospel believingly and allow themselves to be baptised with water and the Holy Spirit. In 1 Peter 2: 9 we read as follows concerning the people of the new covenant: "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light." From this it also follows that all those who belong to the people of the new covenant are obliged to bear witness–in both word and conduct–of the favours they have received from God (2 Peter 1: 10-11).