God’s Aim in Election, and Our Personal Holiness

After revealing his free electing grace toward sinners like us, what does God intend to do with his children now? What is the aim of our election?

This is the question we asked of respected Bible scholar Richard Gaffin, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology (emeritus) at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

He answered by expounding Paul’s words in Romans 8:29–30:

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

In this clip, Gaffin explains why God’s aim in predestination is personal holiness, what that looks like, and why Jesus has a stake in it all:

 

Other video clips from our recent trip to the CCEF (Philadelphia):

Tony Reinke (@tonyreinke) is a content strategist and staff writer for Desiring God and the author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011) and John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015). He hosts the Ask Pastor John and Authors on the Line podcasts, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children.