If all of us are so depraved that we cannot come to God
without being born again by the irresistible grace of God, then it is
clear that the salvation of any of us is owing to God’s election.
Election refers to God’s choosing whom to save. It is unconditional in
that there is no condition man must meet before God chooses to save
him. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. So there is no condition he
can meet before God chooses to save him from his deadness.
We are not saying that final salvation is unconditional. It is not. We
must meet the condition of faith in Christ in order to inherit eternal
life. But faith is not a condition for election. Just the reverse.
Election is a condition for faith. It is because God chose us before
the foundation of the world that he purchases our redemption at the
cross and quickens us with irresistible grace and brings us to faith.