Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 11
Q & A 20
Q Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
A God, having out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life,1 did enter into a covenant of grace to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.2
*1 Acts 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14.
*2 Genesis 3:15; Genesis 17:7; Exodus 19:5-6; Jeremiah 31:31-3; Matthew 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:25; Hebrews 9:15.