God being outside of time and not bound in sequence is not subject to this phrase that illumines our understanding. This placement of the choice of God as happening before the foundation of the world, in other words before Genesis 1:1, further distances us from having any influence on the choice of God, either by behavior or some other merit.
This phrase helps us to understand Peter’s later statement in Ephesians 2:10 and sheds some light on passages that trouble us like Romans 9:11 – 13. This concept of God’s sovereign choice through grace is central to all of Paul’s epistles. It has now surfaced strongly in Paul’s contemporary, Peter.
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