Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
-II Timothy 1:9
And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
That no flesh should glory in His
-I Corinthians 1:27-29
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
2. God's gracious choice of the sinner is the ultimate cause of salvation (not "the sinner's choice of God").
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatosever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in
Word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
-1 Thessalonians 1:4-5
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought Me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after Me.
After learning about God's unconditional election, Margaret asked her catechism teacher the following, "I am bothered by something. If the deepest cause of salvation lies in God, then-why doesn't God save everybody?"
"Because He chose to save some, but not all," her
"That's what bothers me," Margaret responded. "I know I should not blame God, yet He could have saved all if He so chose."
"Yes, or He could have justly saved none,"her instructor answered. "Let me try to help you by using an example," he continued. "Imagine an owner of a large manufacturing plant. Each year there are several workers in his plant who file for bankruptcy due to their own guilt of mismanaging funds. Once a year he selects two names
An old God-fearing lady once confessed, "I am so very thankful that my salvation depends upon God's choice of me, rather than my choice of Him!" What did she mean by this exclamation?