A Biblical Basis for Calvinism – vii: Conclusion – For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.

In conclusion I want to offer one of the main consequences of believing that God sovereignty determines who will be saved, namely, joy! I know that I am naturally God’s enemy, without Him stepping in and choosing to save me I would have never chosen Him. Knowing that I did nothing to cause Him to love me, I am confident that He will continue to love me. His love for me is rooted in His unchanging nature, not on my ability to love Him. In view of how small my love for God is I can rejoice in this truth.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord… Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. – Romans 8:31-39, 11:33-36

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