Election Was Created by God to Refute Doctrines Like Protestantism
There is NO denying that the doctrine of double imputation is a staple of Protestant soteriology (the doctrine of salvation). What is it? This is the idea that Christ not only came to die for our sins, but also came to obey the law perfectly during His life so that God’s righteousness can be imputed to the “believer.” Why? Because justification/righteousness is defined by a perfect keeping of the law and of course no mortal whether saved or not can keep the law perfectly.
This imputation of Christ’s obedience necessarily replaces any obedience/love by the believer which would supposedly be works salvation because Protestantism holds to a progressive or ongoing salvation. So, instead of good works being a natural result of the new birth/new creaturehood, the new creature still can’t keep the law perfectly. Hence, Christ’s perfect law-keeping must be imputed to the “believer” as he/she continues to live by the same gospel that saved them or by “faith alone.” So, faith alone not only saves the Protestant, the Protestant must also live by faith alone in order to remain saved. Supposedly.
But there is a biblical problem with that; namely, election. Double imputation holds to the idea that Christ came to prepare righteous works for us as an additional substitution by perfect law-keeping which is imputed to our lives. Christ walked in perfect law-keeping so His obedience/love could be credited to our account as long as we live by faith alone. The problem is, God the Father and the Holy Spirit prepared the works that we walk in before the foundation of the world:
Ephesians 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
If double imputation is true, why would this passage not say that God prepared works ahead of time for Christ to walk in instead of us? Isn’t that the whole point of double imputation? The works being prepared ahead of time also implies that this preparation was well before the law to begin with:
James 2:20 – Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
Galatians 3:15 – To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds to it once it has been ratified. 16 Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. 17 This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. 18 For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise.
Obviously, the works that showed Abraham’s righteousness were well before the law; specially, 430 years prior. In addition, why would Jesus come to fulfill a law covenant when the gospel is based on the covenant of promise? Well before Jesus came to live on earth, righteousness apart from the law was imputed to Abraham.
Though I am not quite ready to be totally dogmatic about it, I would say the covenant of promise was elected before the foundation of the world because religion is absolutely hellbent on defining justification by perfect law-keeping. The means of salvation was elected, not individuals. When the term “elect” is used in the Bible, it refers to a category of individuals (a noun form) instead of grammar indicating those who have been acted upon. This is why “elect” being translated as “chosen” throughout the New Testament is incorrect and implies the individual was chosen rather than the means of salvation being chosen, viz, the covenant of promise.