This humiliating doctrine?

(Thomas Reade, "Christian Meditations")

Are any saved?

It is through the grace of God; through the
love of a dying Savior, through the operation
of the Holy Spirit producing faith in their
hearts to lay hold of, and delight in, the
ever precious Jesus.

Have you received this gift of grace, a saving
faith in the adorable Redeemer? Then, cease
not, O my soul, to extol the Giver of such
sovereign mercy.

Why should the Sovereign of the universe
condescend to visit you? Why should he pour
this oil of grace, this unction from the Holy
One, on you? Why convert you into a vessel
of mercy fitted for the Master's use, while
thousands around you are vessels of wrath,
fitted to destruction?

Why is this?

Amazement seizes on my mind!

Love and praise should fill my heart!

O why is this?

Because he will have mercy on whom he will have mercy!

I must resolve all into...
   the sovereign will,
   the electing love,
   the free grace of the Great Jehovah!

"I have loved you, my people, with an
 everlasting love. With unfailing love I
 have drawn you to myself." Jerem. 31:3

Many reject this blessed truth.

The pride of man cannot bear this humiliating
doctrine, so subversive of human merit.

But what are its genuine effects?

  humbles the sinner,
  exalts the Savior, and
  promotes holiness.

That doctrine must be true, which places
Christ on his throne, and the creature in
the dust; which opposes the evil of sin,
and delights in holiness.