[PART 1 of 2]: Divine election unto salvation is one of the most comforting doctrines for the believer. It assures those of us who are in Christ that God is for us, and that He will keep His promise never to separate us from His love (Rom. 8:28–39). However, there is a side of election that many Christians do not like to talk about, or even believe. We are talking about reprobation—the Lord’s passing over of the non-elect, thereby rendering their damnation certain. This can be a difficult topic. We do not like to think of God as passing over anyone for salvation. Yet if we are to be Christians who believe what the Bible says and not what we would like it to say, we must affirm the doctrine of reprobation. Logically, it follows that if election to eternal life is necessary for salvation (Rom. 9:1–18; Eph. 1: 3–10; 2:1–10), then those whom the Lord has not chosen to redeem will certainly not be redeemed. But Scripture also tells us directly that His predestination of all things includes damnation. Today’s passage, for example, explains that all things have been made for a specific purpose, even the wicked. God has made the wicked for “the day of trouble,” the day on which He will judge everyone in heaven and on earth (Dan. 12:1–2). Nothing lies outside of the Lord’s decree, not even the wicked and their deserved end. While reprobation is predestination to damnation and election is predestination to salvation, reprobation and election are not parallel in every way.