Root of Our Salvation

” ‘And will not God see to it that justice is done for his elect…?’  

The comforting doctrine of election was not invented by Paul. Is it not encouraging to know that at the root of our salvation lies God’s election, not our innate (?) goodness?”  –William Hendriksen “New Testament Commentary – Luke” on Luke 18:7, p. 822

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He Magnifies His Power

“The flies, caterpillars locusts, stars in their courses, all come at his call. Hereby he magnifies his power, that can do such great things by weak means. …And by opening the eyes of the blind, and quickening the dead, by such weak poor instruments as men are, his strength is exceedingly exalted.  …God does not use preachers because they help him in the conversion of souls; but because it is his pleasure and he turns it to his honor  1 Cor 1:21; 2 Cor. 4:7; therefore it is often seen that ministers of the largest gifts, of the greatest grace, are not often the most successful in their labours; because God would have us know, that it is not the parts or piety of the preacher, but his grace and Spirit that does the work; they are nothing, he is all in all.”  –George Swinnock “Works of…” Vol. 4, p. 444

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He Needs None of Them

“It is a great honour to God that he has so many millions of creatures at his will and pleasure, that he has so many eyes to see for him, and so many ears to hear for him, and so many hands to work for him; but it is a greater honour to him that he needs none of them — he can do all without them; that though they are serviceable to him, yet they are not necessary to him; for God and all his creatures do no more, can do no more than God without any of his creatures.” –George Swinnock “Works of…” Vol. 4, p. 444

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His Pleasure and Honor

“God never made use of any creatures because he had the least need of them, or the least help by them, but partly because it is his pleasure; he uses them because he will use them:  It is his pleasure ‘by the foolishness of the preaching to save them that believe,’ 1 Cor. 1:21; not that he has the least aid from preachers. So it is his pleasure by food and sleep to preserve man’s life; not that he has any help from them: ‘Thy visitation preserves my spirit,’ Job 10:12.  Partly from his own honour. Hereby he magnifies his sovereignty, and shows his dominion over all his creatures, that they are all at his beck, and he can with a stamp of his foot, or a glance of his eye, or a hiss of his mouth, call them from the uttermost parts of the world, to execute his command.”  –George Swinnock “Works of George Swinnock” Vol. 4, p. 443

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No Helping Hand

“He works wholly by his own power, without the least help from any other. Creatures are all instruments, and act in the virtue of the principal efficient. Angels and men act not in their own, but in the strength of God; they have not some help from God, but all the power by which they work from God. But God acts wholly in his own strength, he never had nor desired a helping hand from any of his creatures.”  –George Swinnock “Works of George Swinnock” Vol. 4, p. 441

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All Is Easy Alike To Him

“He works at all times without weariness, and does the greatest things with ease. As there is nothing too hard for God, so there is nothing hard to God. He does the hardest things that are with the greatest ease. Indeed, the great God does the greatest and the hardest things with the same ease that he does the least things. It is all one to him whether his work be small or great, easy or hard to others; all is easy alike to him.”  –George Swinnock “Works of George Swinnock” Vol. 4, p. 439

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Believers Must Differ

“…Jesus is saying [Luke 12:22-30] that believers must differ in their inner yearnings, must set their hearts on different things, must be controlled by different ideals, and must be motivated by a different love. When church members hardly differ at all from ‘outsiders’ in the ambitions they cherish, in the goals they try to achieve, in the manner in which they react to the disappointments and adversities of life, in the way they conduct their social events and parties, in the kind of literature they prefer to read, in the songs they prefer to sing, in their choice of friends with whom they feel at home, etc., there is something very wrong. What Jesus here teaches is entirely in line with the rest of Scripture.”  –William Hendriksen “New Testament Commentary – Luke” p. 668

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