Monday, 3 January 2011

Thought on election

While God does not choose those whom he is going to save on the basis of any foreseen merit on their part neither should it be thought that his choice in salvation is simply random.  He does not think, 'I'll assign everyone a number and then take those who are assigned a prime number.' That would be capricious. He chooses for reasons only known to himself, but nevertheless he has a reason for those whom he chooses. This can be seen in 1 Corinthians 1, where it is clear that the gracious logic of his electing grace runs counter to the graceless logic of the worlds esteem. Paul writes, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him (1 Cor. 1:27-29). It was not even that the weak won his pity through their weakness, but his electing love will demonstrate, to all people, his goodness, wisdom and grace.

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