Read Chapter 16(DIVINE ELECTION) of the Belgic Confession

We believe that, when the entire offspring of Adam plunged into perdition and ruin by the transgression of the first man,1God 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 counsel2He has elected3in Jesus Christ our Lord4by His pure goodness, without any consideration of their works.5Just, in leaving the others in the fall and perdition into which they have plunged themselves.6