Election is the Gospel
Robert Jenson, in speaking of Barth's doctrine of election as the "election of grace", writes:
"That grace is God's completely free act of choice means that it is not caused or motivated by anything other than itself. Therefore there is nothing that can undo it, nothing that can call it into question. When God's election of grace is proclaimed to me the grace which it contains is absolutely dependable. Therefore it is Gospel" (Alpha and Omega – thanks for this wonderful book recommendation, Lincoln!)
Jenson’s little book, written back in 1963, is a model of clarity; he has a wonderful turn of phrase, not for its own sake, but it such a way that really helps you “get it”. One of the difficulties I have with modern (usually north American) neo-Calvinist theologies concerns their understanding of election (or at least the way they dogmatically locate election). And though the Barthian “electing God” and “elected Man” business does bewilder some, the word that sums it up for me is “beautiful”. There is much beauty to enjoy in Jenson’s little book.