Dr. Couch, I understand there are some who want to make the doctrine of divine election and predestination a corporate act of God and not an individual act. In other words the church, as a body and as a unit, is elect but not individuals. What do you say?
Often when election is mentioned in Scripture it is in a plural form. "All of those who are elect." A plural form is really a reference to individuals who happen to be bunched together! If election was some kind of corporate work of God only, the Bible would say something like (in the singular), the church (it or she) is elect. But this is not what the Bible does.
God’s sovereignty is exemplified in Romans 9:6-13 with the choosing of Jacob over Esau. God’s election ("His choice," eklogos) was for Jacob as an individual over Esau (Rom. 9:11). Esau is an individual not some kind of corporate body!
Two individuals in the NT are singled out as individuals who are elect, or chosen. One is the "elect" lady to whom John writes his second epistle (verse 1). The second is this lady’s sister who is also called "elect" (verse 13). The Greek word is the common word for election, eklatas. Some try to argue that this "elect lady" is a local assembly but this is very poor hermeneutics in my opinion. There is no cogent reason to interpret this phrase this way.
Election is an individual work of God. This is supported by the divine drawing of the individual to Christ for salvation. It is not only a corporate drawing but an individual drawing since Christ uses the word "everyone" (singular) in the great election passage of John 6:35-45.
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch