“For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth” Romans 9:11
What a great blessing we have before us today. God displays His everlasting love to save His people from their sins, not by works, but by His sovereign grace. The example the apostle uses to display God’s distinguishing grace are meted out in Old Testament types and shadows by two brothers, Jacob and Esau. According to Paul, before these two children were born, God chose Jacob. I have heard some say that election works like this: God looked down through time and saw the good that certain people would do and chose them based upon their works. But according to the language of the Bible, God does not choose people by their works (good and evil). The truth is, God chose Jacob… in spite of his works. If you will read the story, Jacob deceived his brother, stole his birthright, lied to his aged father and had to flee from his home because of his actions. My, how great God’s grace is! In spite of his sin, God continued to love Jacob, led him through a waste howling wilderness (the world), blessed Him with a family, led him back home to his father’s country and drew him closer all the way. That’s grace!! Now let’s be honest with ourselves. If God were going to look down through time and elected those that have done good works would you be chosen? Tell us about all of those great things you have done for the Lord, and in the next breath, tell us about all of the sin that has plagued your life, both seen and unseen. Tell us about the secret thoughts you have had, and include your doubts and fears. Be sure to include your hard thoughts of God when things did not go as you wanted them to. Give us the same speech you will give when you knock at the pearly gates and announce your arrival into the Celestial City. Tell us of the starry crown you expect to get for all your righteous labors and how much bigger it will be than that of your religious friends. Would not all of this be boasting? Tell us about that sin as well. Yes, my friends, how amazing God’s grace is. Were it not for His grace what good works could we do anyway? We would have no good thoughts, they would all be bad. We would be where our fallen parent, Adam, left us, “There is none righteous, no, not one(Romans 3:10).” No good apples to choose. The whole barrel is rotten, rotten to the core of inward sin, working its way into our outward actions. If you would still make your boast, consider this: What good works can the mentally impaired make to God for their election? How many righteous labors could the mistreated slave perform to get their crown while they were chained and beaten, and worked all the day long for their master? What about those poor creatures that were locked behind the iron curtain for years and years, who could not have a Bible, who could not attend a worship service, who never heard the voice of a preacher or sang the beautiful songs of Zion? Did they go to hell? What about the ignorant savage, living and dying in remote parts of the world, third world Countries, that have never heard the gospel preached? Are they in torments today? And what about the millions of aborted babies, will they suffer a devils hell because they could not rise up and do good works to get their crown? Who has committed the most sin, the mentally impaired or the well educated of the world? Who has sunk lower, the unborn or the wellborn? When we get a good look at ourselves we will be thankful that the purpose of God according to election will stand…throughout eternity. God has only one way to save sinners: by His amazing grace!