Pierre Maury: Because it is in Christ, we know that election is not some unfathomable eternal caprice, a game played out in the infinitely distant idleness of eternity but a concrete reality, our reality.

{Pierre 1934

We will deduce from the great text of Ephesians this triple affirmation:

1. Election is really an election accomplished  by God, that is to say, accomplished  before the foundation of the world, in God’s eternity. Because it is “election in Christ” and by Christ, the One by whom and for whom all things have been made, it is a choice whose origin is elsewhere than in our time, a decision taken outside of all the sequences  in which we are without end enclosed……….

2. “In Christ” means too that this eternal election has not only as its origin but also its ground, the eternal Christ and the incarnate Christ as well. It is because of Him that God chooses and marks out—because of Him, and only because of Him….

3. Predestination is in Christ, because it marks us out as belonging to Christ. Because He is the origin, the ground, He is the goal of the divine choice. It is in order “to become like Christ,” to reproduce His image, to become by Him adoptive sons, that this eternal decision is made…….

So the election of God is nothing else than the eternal and temporal existence of Jesus Christ, our mediator. And because it is in Christ it is truly our election. For it is in Him, in Him crucified, in Him alone, that God has met us. Because it is in Christ, we know that election is not some unfathomable eternal caprice, a game played out in the infinitely distant idleness of eternity but a concrete reality, our reality. It bears the marks of the historical and real life of Jesus Christ, living, dying, rising for us.

Pierre Maury in ‘Election and Faith’, Election, Barth and the French Connection – How Pierre Maury gave a ‘Decisive Impetus’ to Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election, Wipf & Stock, 2016, Edited & Translated by Simon Hattrell, 36-38.

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