Posted by Gary on January 17, 2009
Some thoughts from Pastor Charles Spurgeon on the fact that God chooses those who are saved…
John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you."
“Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it. To me, it is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of revelation, and those who are afraid of it are so because they do not understand it. If they could but know that the Lord had chosen them, it would make their hearts dance for joy.”
“Some say, ‘It is unfair for God to choose some and leave others’. Now I will ask you one question: Is there any of you here who wishes to be holy, who wishes to be born again, to leave off sin and walk in holiness? ‘Yes, there is,’ says someone. ‘I do!’ Then God has elected you.
But another says, ‘No, I don’t want to be holy; I don’t want to give up my lusts and my vices.’ Why should you grumble, then, that God has not elected you? For if you were elected, you would not like it according to your own confession.”
“I believe in divine election , because somebody must have the supreme will in this matter, and man’s will must not occupy the throne, but the will of God.”
“Is your heart resting upon Jesus Christ? Does it meditate upon divine things? Is your heart a humble heart? Are you constrained to ascribe all to sovereign grace? Do you desire holiness? Do you find your pleasure in it? Does your heart ascribe praises to God? Is it a grateful heart? And is it a heart that is wholly fixed upon God, desiring never to go astray? If it be, then you have the marks of election.”
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