Thirdly, that ?God has some other reason than that of saving as many as possible for the way in which he distributes his grace.?
<401121> Matthew 11:21 ? Tyre and Sidon ?would have repented,? if they had had the grace bestowed upon Chorazin and Bethsaida; <450922>Romans 9:22- 25 ? ?What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he afore prepared unto glory??
The Scripture passages, which directly or indirectly support the doctrine of a particular election of individual men to salvation, may be arranged as follows:
(a) Direct statements of God?s purpose to save certain individuals:
Jesus speaks of God?s elect, as for example in <411327>Mark 13:27 ? ?then shall he send forth the angels, and shall gather together his elect?;
<421807> Luke 18:7 ? ?shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night??
<441348> Acts 13:48 ? ?as many as were ordained tetagmenoi to eternal life believed? ? here Whedon translates: ?disposed unto eternal life,? referring to kathrtisme>na in verse 23, where ?fitted? ?fitted themselves.? The only instance, however, where ta>ssw is used in a middle sense is in <461615>1 Corinthians 16:15 ? set themselves?; but there the object, eJautou>v , is expressed. Here we must compare <451301>Romans 13:1 ? ?the powers that be are ordained tetagme>nai of God ?; see also <441042> Acts 10:42 ? ?this is he who is ordained wJrisme>nov of God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.?
<450911> Romans 9:11-16 ? ?for the children being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth...I will have mercy upon whom I have mercy...So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that hath mercy?; <490104>Ephesians 1:4, 5, 9, 11 ? ?chose us in him before the foundation of the world, [not because we were, or were to be, holy, but] that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will...the mystery of his will, according to ha good pleasure...in whom also we were made a heritage having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will?;
<510312> Colossians 3:12 ? ?Gods elect?; 2Thess. 2:13 ? ?God chose you
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