THE DAGON-IDOL OF “FREEWILL” AND HUMAN MERIT BATTERED DOWN BY THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION
Divine grace has done far more than make possible the salvation of sinners: it makes certain the salvation of God’s chosen ones. It not only PROVIDES salvation for them, it BRINGS salvation to them; and it does so in such a way that its honours are not shared by the creature.
The Doctrine of Predestination batters down this Dagon-idol of “freewill” and human merits, for it tells us that if we have indeed willed and desired to lay hold of Christ and salvation by Him, then that very will and desire are the effect of God’s eternal purpose and the result of the efficacious workings of His grace, for it is GOD who worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure; and therefore do we glory ONLY IN THE LORD AND ASCRIBE ALL THE PRAISE UNTO HIM.
This writer sought not the Lord, but hated, opposed, and endeavoured to banish Him from his thoughts; but the Lord sought him, smote him to the ground (like Saul of Tarsus), subdued his vile rebellion, and made him willing in the day of His power. That is Grace indeed—sovereign, amazing, triumphant grace.