I am truly blown away when I think of the saving power of God through His Son Jesus Christ, in his death, burial, and resurrection. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We deserve hell because of our fallen state. Sin keeps us from a personal relationship with God. But God in his mercy and grace chose to save some. In choosing the elect, it is not done with regard to human merit. Look at what it says in Rom.9:11 “Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of his call.” We need to remember that in election, God never sends anyone to hell. We do that to ourselves. Look at what it says in 1Pet.2:7-8 “So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense. They stumble because they disobey the word as they were destined to do.” This verse is a good example of God’s divine sovereignty and human responsibility. People are condemned because they disobey, but this does not occur apart from the sovereign will of God (Rom.9:14-24).
I am so amazed when it comes to the saving power of the Gospel! That God would show His grace and mercy on the soul of the lost sinner through regeneration, the giving of a new heart, and making us a new creation (2Cor.5:17). When all we actually deserve is wrath and judgement! It is beautful how God saves though the work of the cross. And this is the extraordinary wonder of the gospel as stated in 2 Cor.4:6 “For God, who said, “let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”