Westminster Confession, Chapter 3, Paragraph 6
6- As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, so hath he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will, foreordained all the means thereunto. Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, are effectually called unto faith in Christ by his Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by his power, through faith, unto salvation. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.
Election is a very humbling doctrine. When a presidential candidate runs a race, counts the votes, and is elected president; it is mostly because of merited favor on his part. The country of people listen to his speeches, observe his character, and are swayed by his promises. They hear these things and then vote on the best perceived candidate. President Obama was voted as our president twice because the majority of people in our country thought he was the best option out of all the possible choices.
It is not so with the doctrine of unconditional election. Those whom are elected unto eternal life are chosen by undeserved grace alone. It is not based upon skills, personality, character, or promises made. It is undeserved and unmerited. It is not because of anything we have, or could do; it is simply because God is rich in mercy and chooses to. Unconditional election is so unlike our presidential process.
May the Lord bless your Sabbath Day. May he enable you to swim in his unmerited favor through Jesus.