Conditional Election
1 Thessalonians 1:4-6
Knowing, brothers beloved, your election of God.…

A man of colour who had received the gospel became a preacher among his black brethren. He was addressed on one occasion by his master in these words: "And so I hear that you have become a preacher, Sam, and that you believe in the doctrine of election." "Well, yas, sah, I believe dat truth is clearly revealed in the Word of God." "And I suppose, Sam, that you think that you are one of the elect." "Well, sah, I'se prepared to say dat I gib all diligence to make my calling and election sure, dat is true." "But I suppose you don't think that I am one of the elect," said Sam's master. The sable preacher gave an answer that is worth quoting. Sam knew his master was given to the pursuit of pleasures, money, and the service of sin. Very quietly he replied, "Well, massa, I am not sure about that; dis I know — I nebber knew of an election whet' dar was no candidate."

(H. Varley.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

WEB: We know, brothers loved by God, that you are chosen,

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