In Proposition 65, George Peters states:
“Before this Kingdom can be given to this elect people, they must first be gathered out.”
The cart cannot come before the horse. The very definition of being elect or the ekklesia is being called out from among the nations. It involves being a special people. Thus, the elect must be gathered from among the people before the Kingdom can be granted to them. Since the Kingdom is only for the elect, they must first be called out and adopted.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 65 is the following:
“The reader need scarcely be reminded, that in all the elect ones, both ancient and modern, who are to enjoy the Kingdom of God, certain moral qualifications are necessary as a prerequisite. The natural and engrafted seed of Abraham must all be of faith and obedience. The decisive argument in Romans and Hebrews evinces this; for while the seed of Abraham is chosen, not every individual is thus favored; while the nation is elected to a Theocratic position, not every member of it will be saved; it is only the faithful portion of Abraham’s seed that is commended and that will be exalted.”
This election is not something that is devoid of action on our part. Certainly our justification is rooted in God’s grace alone. There is no amount of actions on our part that can pay the penalty for our sin. With that said, we are called to be holy and set apart, a faithful bride and obedient children. Many take grace to the extreme, stating that God’s mandates for righteous living are no longer of any importance or validity for the present elect. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are repeatedly called to endure, to be faithful, to be set apart, to be holy, chaste, and to demonstrate our love for God through a life of obedience. This is the calling of the elect as the called out ones. I am reminded of the powerful words found in James 4:4 which states:
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
As the called out ones, we are to no longer be friends with the world. This does not mean we cannot be friends with people who are not part of the elect. I have many friends and family who are not part of the present elect. What it does mean is the ways of the wicked are incompatible with the call to faithfulness and holiness for the elect. We are reminded in 1 Peter 4:4 that our status as the elect and as ones who live a live of holiness in glory to God will result in the individuals we use to run around with noticing a marked difference in our life. This is part and parcel to what is involved with being called out and gathered out from among the pagan nations.