I cruised over to In Hoc Signo Vinces to see what Anglo-Catholic blogger Bobby Kennedy was up to. His recent musings on election (with lengthy caption from the 2nd Council of Orange) is quite insightful. Read the whole article here. What follows is his bulleted list.
If I had to create a bulleted list today of what I affirm concerning election then it would include the following points, in no particular order. This is also not exhaustive.
--Election is corporate and concerns a holy people, a covenant community, and not primarily individuals.
--Election of the covenant community is accomplished through its connection to Christ via a sacramental and ecclesiological framework.
--Baptism is the means by which individuals enter the covenant community of the elect.
--Election of the covenant community entails God’s missionary efforts to redeem the remainder of humanity.
--The covenant community is an eschatological community which prefigures the age to come in the here and now.
--Election does not create a class of the elite but rather a class of servants.
--Any pre-creation acts of predestination, on the part of God toward his creatures, seems to entail his choice of a bride for his Son, and not of individuals into that bride.
--Foreknowledge seems to be the fore-loving of the covenant community rather than the fore-seeing of who would ultimately compose such a community.
--Salvation is dependent upon one’s continual perseverance in the body of Christ.
--Election is dependent on God’s faithfulness, and thus we have the best grounds upon which to make our calling and election sure.