Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

The children

Bible References

The children

Romans 4:17
just as it is written [Gen. 17:5], "I [i.e., God] have made you [i.e., Abraham] forefather of many nations." He received this promise in the presence of God, in whom he believed, and who gives life [back] to dead people and who refers to things [promised] as though they were [already] fulfilled.
Ephesians 2:3
All of us [Jews] also once lived among such people, fulfilling the improper cravings of our physical being and doing what our bodies and minds desired. In this natural [unconverted] state we were deserving of [God's] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind].

That the

Romans 8:28
And we know that God works out everything for the good of those who love Him and are called [to serve Him] in harmony with His purpose [for them].
Ephesians 1:9
in doing what He intended through Christ, to make known to us His secret plan, according to what pleased Him.
Ephesians 3:11
according to God's eternal purpose which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:9
[It is] God who saved us and called us to live holy lives [or, "to be dedicated people"], not as a result of our [good] deeds, but in harmony with His own purpose and unearned favor. [This was] given to us through [the atoning work of] Christ Jesus, before the beginning of time. [Note: Salvation through Christ was planned before time began. See Titus 1:2; Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:4].

According

Romans 11:5
So, now also, there is a small minority which has been selected by God's unearned favor [i.e., to be saved].
Ephesians 1:4
Even before the creation of the world God chose us, who are in [fellowship with] Christ, to be dedicated [to Him] and to be without just blame in His sight. Out of love
1 Thessalonians 1:4
We know, my brothers who are dearly loved by God, about your election [i.e., that you were chosen by God because of your obedient faith],
2 Peter 1:10
So, brothers, be diligent to make sure of your calling and election [i.e., of your status as being selected by God], for when you do, you will never stumble [and fall away from God].

Not of works

Romans 11:6
And if [they were selected] by God's unearned favor, [then] the choice is not based on the good that people may do. Otherwise, God's favor would not be [really] unearned.
Ephesians 2:9
It was not the result of your own [good] deeds [See Titus 3:5], so that no one could boast [about it].
Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of any good deeds we ourselves had done, but because of His mercy. [He saved us] through the washing of new birth [Note: This refers to our immersion in water] and the renewing [work] of the Holy Spirit,

But of

Romans 8:28
And we know that God works out everything for the good of those who love Him and are called [to serve Him] in harmony with His purpose [for them].
1 Thessalonians 2:12
and urging you to live up to the standards of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and splendor.
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we ought to thank God for you always, brothers [who are] dearly loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning [Note: Some manuscripts use the Greek word for "firstfruits" instead of "beginning" here, but it is difficult to know in what sense the Thessalonian Christians were "first"], in order to be saved through being set apart by the Holy Spirit and through belief of the truth [of the Gospel].
1 Peter 5:10
And the God who bestows every unearned favor [upon His people], who invited you to partake of His eternal splendor through Christ Jesus, will restore, confirm, strengthen and stabilize you people [in the faith], after you have gone through a brief time of suffering.
Revelation 17:14
These kings and the beast will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. And those who are called and chosen [by God], and who are faithful [to Him will share the victory] with the Lamb."

General references

Romans 9:16
So then, it does not depend on what a person wants or does, but on God, who shows pity [i.e., to whomever He wants].
Ephesians 2:9
It was not the result of your own [good] deeds [See Titus 3:5], so that no one could boast [about it].
Ephesians 3:11
according to God's eternal purpose which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.