Romansby David Cook
The well-known 19th-century preacher C. H. Spurgeon said the doctrine of election is one of the most “stripping doctrines in all the world”. It is humbling. It means that our salvation began with God. This is the plain teaching of the Bible, yet we don’t like to be humbled, so we reject talk of election.
Wherever the New Testament talks about election, it is always in the context of the great blessings we have. Election is a reminder that we should not get big-headed about these blessings. It is not because of us but because of Him, that we are His and enjoy such blessings.
Paul concludes this first section of Romans by asking and answering four questions about our security:
Paul pushes language to its extreme here. At this point, one feels sorry for his note-taker, Tertius (16:22)!
What a magnificent conclusion to the first part of the book. Theologian J. I. Packer identified his favourite chapter in the Bible as that which begins with “There is now no condemnation” and ends with “nor anything else . . . will be able to separate us from the love of God.”
No condemnation. No separation. That is momentous news.
Think about your eternal security. How safe are you? (See John 10:27–30.)
Should such security cause you to be careless? (See Hebrews 3:12–15, 4:6–7, 6:4–6.)