Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you. John 15:16
If I enjoy the gracious operations of the Holy Ghost in my
soul; if the person, and gifts, and righteousness, of the
Redeemer be dear to my heart; if I know what it is, to have
fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ; will not
these distinguishing mercies be yet abundantly increased, both
in sweetness, and in value, when they are discovered to be the
result of that everlasting love, wherewith God hath loved his
people, before the foundation of the world? Such views, serve to
confirm, and no less at the same time to explain, the meaning of
that saying of the Apostle's, when speaking of a divine appointment
in all our mercies, he refers the whole into God's sovereign will;
who hath saved us and called us with an holy
calling not according to our works but according to his own
purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (2 Tim. 1. 9).
--- Robert Hawker
Every time we say "for Thy name's" sake, or for Christ's sake, we are making use of another's claim, another's merit, and conceding or accepting the whole doctrine of imputed righteousness. Every man is daily getting, in some way or other, what he personally has no title to. When a son gets an inheritance from his father, he gets what does not belong to him, and what could easily and legally be diverted from him. When one who is not a son gets an estate by will, he gets what he has no claim to, simply by a legal deed. Human jurisprudence recognizes these transferences as competent and proper, not fictitious or absurd. Man daily acts on these principles of getting what he has no right to, simply because a fellow-man wills it, and law acknowledges that will. Why then should he speak of fictitious transferences in spiritual blessings, proceeding on precisely the same principle? why should he deny the law or process of the divine jurisprudence, by which forgiveness of sins is conferred on him according to the will of another, and secured to him by the claims of another? If earthly law deals thus with him in earthly things, why should not heavenly law deal thus with him in heavenly things?
--- Horatius Bonar
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. Hosea 1:7
There are two ideologies men hold concerning salvation. They are salvation by grace and salvation by works. The heart’s desire and bent of all the unregenerate is salvation by works. Coupled with the sinful nature of the natural man and his darkened mind is the need to do something to rectify the sins he has committed. Totally foreign to him is the fact that God has already redeemed all he will save. Only the knowledge of this will cause the sinner to abandon his works and look otherward? Hosea 1:7. Mercy, which is salvation by the Lord their God and not the bow. “Lord, propitiate for me” is the cry of every sinner saved by the grace of God. Their question is that of every justified sinner: what can I, an undone sinner offer to a holy God? And just as quickly the answer: nothing.
Sinners departed from the Lord know nothing of his mercy and grace and will never learn of them at the shrines in Jezreel. They will learn to sharpen their arrows and repair their bow. They will learn war. Those saved by the Lord their God will engage in the battle already won. They “run to win.”
God has said, “I will break the bow in Israel.” Has he broken your bow? Until he does, men will trust in it and as long as you trust in the bow you are departed from the Lord. May I encourage you to the sanctuary in Jerusalem, trusting the blood of the Savior, pleading the mercy of the Lord over the merits of your works?
The merit of my labor is death; the mercy of my Lord is life everlasting.
--- Winston Pannell
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.