All enameled and interwoven with free grace!
By Thomas Watson Download Audio
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"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him." 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
Without this effectual call — there is no going to heaven!
This effectual call, is a GRACIOUS call. It is the fruit and product of free grace! That God should call some — and not others; that some should be taken — and others left; that one should be called who is of a more wicked disposition — while another of a sweeter temper, is rejected! Here is free grace! That the poor should be rich in faith, heirs of a kingdom (James 2:5), and the nobles and great ones of the world for the most part rejected; this is free and rich grace! "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight!" (Matthew 11:26)
That under the same sermon one should be effectually wrought upon — while another is no more moved than a dead man with the sound of music; that one should hear the Spirit's voice in the Word — while another does not hear it; that one should be softened and moistened with the influence of heaven — while another, like Gideon's dry fleece, has no dew upon him; behold here distinguishing, sovereign grace!
What is the cause of this — but the free grace of God! It is all enameled and interwoven with free grace! Those who are monuments of God's mercies — will be trumpets of His praise. "So that no one may boast before Him!" 1 Corinthians 1:29