Doctrine > Confessions > The Belgic Confession > iii. Election, Christ, and the Benefits of Salvation > Article 16 - Divine Election

We believe that, when the entire offspring of Adam plunged into perdition and ruin by the transgression of the first man,1 God manifested Himself to be as He is: merciful and just. Merciful, in rescuing and saving from this perdition those whom in His eternal and unchangeable counsel2 He has elected3 in Jesus Christ our Lord4 by His pure goodness, without any consideration of their works.5 Just, in leaving the others in the fall and perdition into which they have plunged themselves.6

The Belgic Confession

iii. Election, Christ, and the Benefits of Salvation