The others, where are they?

(Octavius Winslow "Evening Thoughts")

"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
 and I will have compassion on whom I will have
 compassion." Romans 9:15

Here is the Sovereign! How like Himself He speaks!
He carries forward His gracious purposes of infinite
wisdom and love—chooses or rejects—reveals or
withholds, "working all things after the counsel of
His own will," and "giving no account," either to
angels or to men, "of any of His matters."

Is the reader a child of God? Who and what made
you to differ? You have been taken out of your family,
your kindred, your friends, your companions. From this
circle you alone have been selected, called, and made
a child of grace, an heir of glory.

The others, where are they?
Still dead in trespasses and sin!

The others, where are they?
Living in the world, and to the world;
lovers of pleasure,
lovers of self,
lovers of sin,
hating God,
rejecting Christ.

The others, where are they?
Bursting through every restraint, and bending
their footsteps down to the doom of the lost!

The others, where are they?
Gone, many of them, into eternity; past
the confines of mercy, "in hell lifting up
their eyes, being in torments."

And what are you?
A sinner saved by grace;
a sinner chosen and called;
pardoned and justified;
washed and clothed;
adopted and sanctified;
brought to the foot of the cross;
constrained to welcome Jesus,
to take up His cross, and to follow Him.

Oh the electing love of God!

Oh the distinguishing grace of Jesus!

Oh the sovereign operation of the Eternal Spirit!

Bow down to the sovereignty of His will—silently
wonder, and adore Him who says, "Be still, and
know that I am God."

Oh precious truth!

It stains the pride of human merit!

It lays the axe at the root of self!

It empties and humbles and abases!

It ascribes all the praise, honor, and
glory of salvation, to the Triune God!

"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
 and I will have compassion on whom I will have
 compassion." Romans 9:15




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