I am glad to be blogging again after a long break due to vacation and vacation catch up. But let’s continue in the series “I Love the Church” with “I Love God’s Electing Love for the Church.” Election is not supposed to be debated but celebrated (Ephesians 1:3-6). Sunday’s sermon on election only confirmed in my heart how gracious God is to choose rebels like us to make up the church. My rebellion could not be stronger and his love could not be clearer than when before time began, highlighting that his electing love was not based upon anything in the creation, God stopped my hell-bent rebellion and in his strong mutiny-crushing love, he chose me for his own. This is the story for everyone in Christ’s church. Below are a few quotes from Sunday that might stir us to stand amazed at his electing love and live empowered to love others because of his mercy.
John Calvin teaches us to delight in mystery and calls us to affirm what God’s word affirms and no more.
– taken from Sam Storms book, Chosen For Life, p180-181
“Nothing is taught [in Scripture] but what is expedient to know….we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what is in any way profitable to suppress. Let us, I say, permit the Christian man to open his mind and ears to every utterance of God directed to him, provided it be with such restraint that when the Lord closes his holy lips, he also shall at once close the way to inquiry.”
JI Packer’s “Election: God Chooses His Own”
-from Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs
The verb elect means “to select, or choose out.” The biblical doctrine of election is that before Creation God selected out of the human race, foreseen as fallen, those whom he would redeem, bring to faith, justify, and glorify in and through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:28-39; Eph. 1:3-14; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:9-10). This divine choice is an expression of free and sovereign grace, for it is unconstrained and unconditional, not merited by anything in those who are its subjects. God owes sinners no mercy of any kind, only condemnation; so it is a wonder, and matter for endless praise, that he should choose to save any of us; and doubly so when his choice involved the giving of his own Son to suffer as sin-bearer for the elect (Rom. 8:32).
-from a sermon entitled, “Sovereign Grace”
If you perish hell blame yourself for it is entirely your fault. But if you should make it to heaven credit God for that is entirely his work.
-also pulled from CJ Mahaney’s sermon entitled, “Sovereign Grace”
I believe the doctrine of election because had God not chosen me I would never had chosen him, and I am sure he chose me before I was born or else he never would have chosen me afterward. And he must have elected me for reasons unknown to me for I never could find any reason myself why he should have looked upon me with special love.
At this point I agree with the great hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” when it calls us to respond, “…Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all.”
Loving and Spreading God’s love with you