Have you ever wondered why the sovereign Creator of the universe would dare choose sinners for salvation? Why would a sovereign God predestine a people to be saved before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5)? Was it because of any inherent worth within us? Was it because we somehow were spiritually fit enough for God to show us favor? Was it because God looked down upon sinners and saw something glorious, great, and worthwhile in getting us as His people? The Scriptures answer these questions with an unequivocal NO!
God did not choose us for salvation because of anything within us, but because of the counsel of His good pleasure and will. We read these words in Deuteronomy 7:6-8: “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you…”
Clearly, God chose Israel not because they were any more special than any other people, but instead, God simply chose them because He wanted to. In the end, that is the only answer that truly suffices. God chose sinners to be adopted into His family through the cross of Jesus Christ simply because God wanted to. His choice in electing us begins in His infinite love for those who are unlovable.
We find Paul echo this sentiment in Ephesians 1:11 which states that, “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
As believers, we must remember that everything we have comes as a gracious gift from a sovereign and loving Father through Jesus. We have no rights upon our lives. Every breath that we take comes as a precious gift from a loving God.
One of the most staggering questions that we can ask as God’s children concerns the cause of our salvation. A true child of God who has experienced the wonder of salvation by grace always asks the question: “Why me, Lord?” “Why did you choose me for salvation as one who only deserves your wrath in hell?”
The great preacher Charles Spurgeon said this, “Sometimes, when I see some of the worst characters in the street, I feel as if my heart must burst forth in tears of gratitude that God has never let me act as they have done! I have thought, if God had left me alone, and had not touched me by His grace, what a great sinner I should have been! I should have run to the utmost lengths of sin, dived into the very depths of evil, nor should I have stopped at any vice or folly, if God had not restrained me. I feel that I should have been a very king of sinners, if God had let me alone. I cannot understand the reason why I am saved, except upon the ground that God would have it so. I cannot, if I look ever so earnestly, discover any kind of reason in myself why I should be a partaker of Divine grace.”
The Bible does not give the answer as to WHY a sovereign God chose us for salvation, but we can rest assured that it is not because we somehow have earned it or that we deserve it. Our salvation flows from a Father’s love to His children who have slapped Him in the face time and time again.
As one who has been saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, take some time this week to ponder the depths of God’s love for you—an ill-deserving sinner. Take time to capture again the wonder of your salvation. Take time to praise and thank this sovereign God who was in no way obligated or forced to save you.
He could have very easily have passed you and me over as a reprobate sinners and cast us into eternal hell and He would be absolutely just and righteous in doing so. The Creator or the universe owes us as His creation nothing. But in His grace, mercy, and love, He chose to save sinners and to send Jesus to absorb His wrath against sin by dying in our place on the cross as our sacrificial substitute.
May we be captivated once again by amazing grace that saved a wretch like me!