The Cause of Election

Oct 04, 2016
John Gill

These maxims are certainly true and indisputable:
(1) There is nothing in time that can be the cause of what was done in eternity. To believe, to do good works, and persevere in them are acts in time, and cannot be the causes of election, which was done in eternity.
And (2), nothing out of God can be the cause of any decree or will in Him. He is not a passive Being, to be wrought upon by motives and inducements outside of Himself. If His will is moved by anything outside of Him, that (thing) must be superior to Him, and His will must become dependent on that—which to say of God is to speak very unworthily of Him.
God wills things because it so pleases Him. Predestination is according to the good pleasure of His will. Election is according to His foreknowledge, which is no other than His free favor and good will to men (Ephesians1:5 and 1 Peter 1:2).
No other reason can be given of God’s will or decree to bestow grace and glory on men, for His own glory and of His actual donation of them, but what our Lord gives: “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Matthew 11:25-26).

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