Monday, June 4, 2007
Election - Think About It ....
The motive for the salvation of the human race is to be found
in the breast of God, and not in the character or condition of man.
Two races have revolted against God-the one angelic, the other human.
When a part of this angelic race revolted against the Most High,
justice speedily overtook them; they were swept from their
starry seats in heaven, and henceforth they have been reserved
in darkness unto the great day of the wrath of God.
No mercy was ever presented to them, no sacrifice ever offered
for them; but they were without hope and mercy, forever consigned
to the pit of eternal torment.
The human race, far inferior in order of intelligence, sinned
However, the God who in His infinite justice passed over angels,
and forced them forever to expiate their offences in the fires of hell,
was pleased to look down on man.
Here was election on a grand scale-- the election of manhood,
and the reprobation of fallen angelhood!
Had you and I been put upon the choice of which should have
been spared, I do think it probable we should have chosen that
fallen angels should have been saved. Are they not the brightest?
Have they not the greatest mental strength? If they had been
redeemed, would it not have glorified God more, as we judge,
than the salvation of worms like ourselves?
Those bright beings- Lucifer, son of the morning, and those
stars that walked in his train- if they had been washed in His
redeeming blood, if they had been saved by sovereign mercy,
what a song would they have lifted up to the Most High and everlasting God!
But God, who does as He wills with His own, and gives no account
of His matters, but who deals with His creatures as the potter deals
with his clay, took not upon Him the nature of angels, but took upon
Him the seed of Abraham, and chose 'sinful men' to be the vessels of His mercy.
God sees us-- abandoned, evil, wicked, and deserving His wrath;
if He saves us, it is His boundless, fathomless love that leads Him
to do it- nothing whatever in us.
- C.H. Spurgeon
Psalm 65:4 NKJV --
4 Blessed is the man You choose,
And cause to approach You,
That he may dwell in Your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Of Your holy temple.
Pastor Brown preached on this verse Sunday and the Spurgeon quotes
I remembered came back to me. When you read this Psalm how can
you think otherwise? How in your audacity can you stand before a
Holy, Wholly God and tell Him ... "I chose You!" ?? ((When you will
be on your face praising and thanking Him for choosing you.)) Read
it again ... Blessed is the man You (LORD God Almighty!) CHOOSE,
and CAUSE (remember my previous post on the word 'drag' in
Matt. 6:44) to approach You. Oh, thank you Lord for loving me
so much that You elected me unto salvation, You chose me, the
wretch that I am, You chose me! A gift of glory and grace.
Thank you for allowing me to dwell in Your courts for eternity,
that I shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
of Your holy temple. We should all be on our face's more ....