Length: 213 pgs
Author: R.C. Sproul
Chosen by God is one of the greatest introductions to the doctrine of election I have read. Sproul, a master teacher, in his typical manner make the most profound of doctrines clear . He will not handle the topics in depth and cover every area, but it is amazing the breadth of material covered in so small a package, with such power and clarity.
Is there any reason that a righteous God ought to be loving toward a creature who hates him and rebels constantly against his divine authority and holiness? The objection raised by the philosopher implies that God owes his love to sinful creatures. That is, the unspoken assumption is that God is obligated to be gracious to sinners. What the philosopher overlooks is that if grace is obligated it is no longer grace. The very essence of grace is that it is undeserved. God always reserves the right to have mercy upon whom he will have mercy. God may owe people justice, but never mercy.
God is free. I am free. God is more free than I am. If my freedom runs up against God’s freedom, I lose. His freedom restricts mine; my freedom does not restrict his.