Deuteronomy 1:39 (English Standard Version)
39And as for your little ones, who you said would become a prey, and your children, who today have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there. And to them I will give it, and they shall possess it
III. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit, who works when, and where, and how He pleases: so also are all other elect persons who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.
Infants and others who do not have the capability/capacity to comprehend the knowledge of good and evil - that is, become self aware of moral truth and act to uphold it or break it - are elect.
One becomes accountable for their sin when they become self aware to good and evil.
One is not elect unless one has the potential to acknowledge and submit to God's sovereignty.
Little children and infants have the innate potential to recognize and submit to God's authority.
God knows who will and will not recognize His sovereignty, the path of sanctification is for those who will but need to understand what slavery to sin entails.
The path is of different lengths for different folk.
Many do not have the potential to recognize and submit to God's sovereignty.
Innate potential - life - self awareness - sin - sanctification - death - | Christ's sacrificial life | eternal communion
Innate potential - life - death - | Christ's sacrificial life | eternal communion
People that make it into self awareness fall into 2 categories:
1. Able to acknowledge and submit to God's sovereignty.
2. Unable to acknowledge and submit to God's sovereignty.
1's will spend Eternity with God.
2's will be seperated from Him.
Life is about fullfilling one's potential.
Innate Potential to acknowledge and submit to the Sovereignty of God.
One has it or one does not. It is not in and of itself self-meritorious nor salvific.
God elected to redeem those humans that have it, so they are the elect.
Babies and the mentally handicapped that die have it and are therefore, elect.
The rest of us go through life to exhibit the potential, through sanctification, or to objectively prove that the potential is not there, and thus be eternally seperated from God.
Who would want those without that potential with them for eternity anyway?