The Purpose Of God In The World Is His Glory Through His Elect - J.C. Ryle

Rom. 9:23 "...that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory"

Those whom God has chosen to salvation by Christ (2Thess. 2:13-14), are those whom God specially loves in this world (John 17:9). They are the jewels among mankind. He cares more for them than for kings on their thrones, if kings are not converted. He hears their prayers. He orders all the events of nations and the issues of wars for their good, and their sanctification. He keeps them by His Spirit. He allows neither man nor devil to pluck them out of His hand. Whatever tribulation comes on the world*, God’s elect are safe (1Peter 1:2,5). May we never rest until we know that we are of this blessed number! There breathes not the man or woman who can prove that he is not one. The promises of the Gospel are open to all (Rev. 22:17). May we give diligence to make our calling and election sure (2Peter 1:10)! God’s elect are a people who cry unto Him night and day (Luke 18:7). When Paul saw the faith, and hope, and love of the Thessalonians, then he knew “their election of God.” (1 Thess. 1:4) - J.C. Ryle 1816-1900

*Not Wrath But Rapture For The Regenerate
The doctrine of election - so unpalatable to so many - yet the Word of God has a strong answer for these: "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?" - Rom. 9:20

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