In an earlier blog I suggested the assumption that election to salvation is individual is not rooted in Old Tesament theology and is also the reason why Scripture seems to take contradicting positions.
So what was God’s program of election in the Old Testament?
God’s chosen people in the Old Testament were the Israelites. We know that God first chose Abraham, then his son Issac, and then Isaac’s son Jacob as the blood line through which Israel would be formed.
We also know that they were chosen irrespective of their faith. For example, God first act of election was when He first revealed His promise to Abraham (then known as Abram) was in Genesis 12:
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2 NIV)
Yet it wasn’t until years later when God spoke to Abraham about having a child that he believed God and God credited him with righteousness:
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 NIV)
The Apostle Paul also mentions this moment as the moment that Abraham came to faith.
So God chose Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as those would would form a unique bloodline to create the nation of Israel. And He chose them irrespective of their faith.