Sunday, April 5, 2009


What does God's choosing of Abraham mean/ He is a specimen of a sinner saved by grace, a sinner called out of the world by God. How did this choosing take place/ Didn't God think of him long before he ever thought of God/ Didn't God choose him before he ever thought of choosing God/ Weren't there thousands in Chaldea that God could have chosen, and called, and saved, had He pleased/ Yet He chose Abraham alone. And what does the Bible call this procedure on the part of God/ It calls it election. Nehemiah 9;7--''Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees.'' Does any one say, ''But God chose Abraham because He foresaw that Abraham would choose him/'' The case is precisely the reverse of this. He chose Abraham because He saw that otherwise Abraham would not choose Him. It was God's foreseeing that Abraham wouldn't choose Him that made election necessary. So it is with us. God chooses us, not because He forsees that we would choose Him, or that we would believe, but for the very opposite reason. Election proceeds not upon foreseen faith in us, but upon forseen unbelief. Election has no meaning if it be not the expression of God's will in reference to particular persons and things--saying to each,