On the holy mount stands the city He founded. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God. Selah (Psalm 87.1-3)
[Christianity] does not take a man away from his work. It sends him to his work with an added quality of devotion. – B. B. Warfield (1851-1921)
Nothing gives such offense and stirs up such bitter feelings among the wicked as the idea of God making any distinction between man and man, and loving one more than another. – John Charles Ryle (1816-1900)
The marvel of marvels is not that God, in His infinite love, has not elected all of this guilty race to be saved, but that He has elected any. – Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851-1921)
We may better praise God that He saves any than charge Him with injustice because He saves so few. – Augustus Hopkins Strong (1836-1921)
God graciously elected some to salvation, and he decreed – justly – to leave others to their deserts. – R. B. Kuiper (1886-1966)
The doctrine of election does not exist in a vacuum. It must be seen in the context of divine sovereignty, the depravity of man, and the givenness of faith. – Donald MacLeod (born in 1940), Scottish theologian
Turn to me and be gracious to me. Give Your strength to Your servant and save the son of Your maidservant. Show me a sign of Your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. (Psalm 86.16-17)
Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign that I have no understanding of the gospel. – Sinclair B. Ferguson (born in 1948)
If God has chosen some for salvation, and He has not chosen everyone, then it follows that some are not elect. Since only the elect are saved, the non-elect are ultimately lost. So, God’s election of some implies His rejection of others. This rejection is called reprobation. Traditionally, within reprobation theologians have distinguished between preterition, in which God determines not to choose certain persons for salvation, and pre-condemnation, in which He determines to justly punish them for their sin. . .
God has foreordained that some will not have eternal life. Scripture teaches this doctrine by implication: for, if eternal life is by God’s election, His grace, and His means of grace in history, then eternal death can only be, ultimately, the result of God’s withholding His electing grace. Surely, when He withholds grace, He is no less intentional than when He gives it.
From: Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John M. Frame (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2013), pp. 221, 221-222.