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The Doctrine of Election Explained.

The Doctrine of Election Explained.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


John XV. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you; and
ordained you, thai ye should go and bring forth fruit, and
that yotir fruit should remain.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


John XV. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you; and
ordained you, thai ye should go and bring forth fruit, and
that yotir fruit should remain.

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THE DOCTRIE OF ELECTIO EXPLAIED. BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M.A. John XV. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you; and ordained you, thai ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that yotir fruit should remain. IT is of great importance to have a just view^ of the doctrines contained in Scripture. There are many passages which at first sight appear to contra- dict each other ; but they are all true and con- sistent when properly explained. The assertions respecting the freedom of our will, and our proneness to apostacy, are true, and necessary to excite us to care and watchfulness : nor are those that respect our election of God, and our assured perseverance in his ways, less true, or less conducive to our spi- ritual welfare. They have a strong tendency to produce in us humility and a dependence on God. All these passages therefore ought to be insisted on in their season. That which now demands our atten- tion is a part of our Lord's farewell address to his Disciples. It naturally leads us to consider, I. The doctrine of election — This being frequently misrepresented, it will be proper to state what we mean by the doctrine of election — [It imports, that '' that we have not chosen God." o man by nature does choose him. The carnal mind is enmity against him% and prefers the vanities of time and sense before him : nor is any man ever brought to choose him vrith- out having discovered much reluctance, and been overcome by the constraining influence of Divine graced It imports, moreover, that " God has chosen 21s.* He from eternity chose some to life. This choice of his was free and sovereign,
 
without any respect whatever to works either done, or to be done, by us. In due time, God manifests his election, by sending his grace into our hearts : nor does any man differ from another, but in consequence of grace thus derived from God^ Hence every saint on earth or in heaven must say " By the grace of God I am what I am*^."] The * Rom. viii. 7. ^ Ps. ex. 3. ' 1 Cor. iv. 7. ^ 1 Cor. xv.lO. 152 joHxY, XV. 16. [828. The doctrine thus stated is capable of the fullest proof, 1. From reason — [God is a Being of infinite perfection. But he could not be independent if the accomphshment of his purposes depended on our free-will ; nor omniscient, if he did not know how we should act ; nor immutable, because his know- ledge must increase with a succession of events ^ Again, It is ordained, that man shall never have whereof to boast before God^. But if the doctrine of election be not true, man may boast that he has made himself to differ^. Again, Jesus Christ must have a seed to serve him. But if none are elected of God, it may happen that none will choose God ; and thus Christ mai/ have shed his blood in vain.] 2. From Scripture — [In (he Old Testament we find that God had a peculiar people, and that some from among them were chosen by Iiim to particular stations ^ or can any argument be brought against God's election of men to eternal life, which will not be equally valid against the right he has confessedly exer- cised in choosing them to the enjoyment of the means of grace. In the ew Testament, we are plainly told that some
 
of the Jews were chosen to special and saving mercies ' : they were called in time, in consequence of having been predestinated Jrom eternity \ God had no respect to any works of theirs, either done by them, or foreseen by him ; but simply to his own eternal purposed St. Paul not only argues this point at large, but, conceiving that he has fully esta- blished it, he lays it down as an incontrovertible truth, that the salvation of every man is entirely owing to the grace and mercy of God "\] 3. From experience — [Whence is it that so small a part of the world is evan- gelized ? or that the persons who, according to human ap- pearance, are least likely to receive the Gospel, are still, as in the early ages, the first to embrace it ? Whence is it too that all ® It is not sufficient to say that He foresees every thing, though he has not fore-ordained it ; for if things be uncertain, they cannot be foreseen; and if they be certain, they cannot but be fore-ordained, since the certain operation of every distinct cause must be traced up to the first great Cause of all. ' Rom. iii. 27, I Cor. 1.31. ^ Contrary to 1 Cor. iv. 7- before quoted. '' Levi to the priesthood, David to the throne, &c. ^ Rom. xi. 7j 5. '' Rom. viii. 30. > Z Tim. i. 9. '" Rom. ix. Id. 828.] DOCTRIE OF ELECTIO EXPLAIED. 153 all the godly, not excepting even those who are most preju-

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