with it. Paul, however, makes conformity to Christ to be the result, not the foreseen condition, of God?s foreordination; see Commentaries of Hodge and Lange
(c) With assertions that this choice is matter of grace, or unmerited favor, bestowed in eternity past:
<490105> Ephesians 1:5-8 ? ?foreordained...according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved... according to the riches of his grace?; 2:8 ? ?by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God? ? here ?and that? (neuter tou~to , verse 8) refers, not to ?fall? but to ?salvation.? But faith is elsewhere represented as having its source in God, see page 782, (k) . <550109>2 Timothy 1:9 ? ?his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal.? Election is not because of our merit. McLaren: ?God?s own mercy, which is spontaneous, undeserved and condescending, moved him. God is his own motive. His love is not drawn out by our ?loveableness? but wells up, like an artesian Spring, from the depths of his nature.??
(d) That the Father has given certain persons to the Son, to be his peculiar possession:
<430637> John 6:37 ? ?All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me?; 17:2 ? ?that whatsoever thou hast given him, to them he should give eternal life?; 6 ? ?I manifested thy name unto the men whom thou gavest me out of the ?world: thine they were, and thou gave them to me?; 9 ? ?I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou but given me;
<490114> Ephesians 1:14 ? ?unto the redemption of God?s own possession?;
<600209> 1 Peter 2:9 ? ?a people for God?s own possession.?
(e) That the fact of believers being united thus to Christ is due wholly to God:
<430644> John 6:44 ? ?No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him?; 10:26 ?ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep?: <460130>1 Corinthians 1:30 ? ?of him [God] are ye in Christ Jesus? = your being, as Christians, in union with Christ, is due wholly to God.
(f) That those who are written in the Lamb?s book of life, and they only, shall be saved:
<500403> Philippians 4:3 ? ?the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life?; Revelations 20:15 ? ?And if any was not found written
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