Stott on the Mystery of Election

This WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is another from the pen of John Stott, late rector emeritus of London's All Souls Church. In this case, "election" has nothing to do with a campaign trail.

THE MYSTERY OF ELECTION - A SPRINGBOARD TO WORSHIP
Many mysteries surround the doctrine of election, and theologians are unwise to systematize it in such a way that no puzzles, enigmas or loose ends are left. At the same time, in addition to the arguments developed in the exposition of Romans 8:28-30, we need to remember two truths. First, election is not just a Pauline or apostolic doctrine; it was also taught by Jesus himself. "I know those I have chosen," he said (John 13:18). Secondly, election is an indispensable foundation of Christian worship, in time and eternity. It is the essence of worship to say: "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory" (Psalm 115:1). If we were responsible for our own salvation, either in whole or even in part, we would be justified in singing our own praises and blowing our own trumpet in heaven. But such a thing is inconceivable. God's redeemed people will spend eternity worshipping him, humbling themselves before him in grateful adoration, ascribing their salvation to him and to the Lamb, and acknowledging that he alone is worthy to receive all praise, honor and glory. Why? Because our salvation is due entirely to his grace, will, initiative, wisdom and power.

-John Stott, from Romans: God's Good News for the World, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1994.


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