Election does not merely mean that some will be favored with certain external privileges and may be saved, if they do their duty, but that those who belong to the number of the elect shall finally be saved and can never fall short of perfect salvation.  It is an election unto an end, that is, unto salvation.  In working it out, God endows believers with such influences of the Holy Spirit as to lead them not only to accept Christ but to persevere unto the end and to be saved unto the uttermost.

From: Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1938), p. 547.

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