"No truth shines with clearer luster in the Bible than that salvation, from first to last, is of God. God is sovereign in salvation!
He often selects . .. the poorest…the vilest…the most depraved…the most fallen…as if utterly to
explode all idea of human merit, and to reflect the free grace of His heart in its richest luster.
O precious truth!
It stains the pride of human merit!
It lays the axe at the root of self!
It humbles and abases!
It empties and lays low!
a guilty criminal,
an outlawed rebel,
a poor insolvent, one whose mind is enmity,
one whose heart is swelling with treason against God, His government, and His Son? One who owes millions, but has 'nothing to pay'? None whatever!
convincing of sin;
subduing the hatred;
breaking down the rebellion;
leading to Jesus, and sealing pardon and peace upon the conscience;
oh! what but free grace, unmerited mercy, and
sovereign love could thus have constrained Him?