God is universally sovereign as well as sovereign over every individual and their personal salvation. As great as the benefit of salvation is to mankind the ultimate reason for it is the resulting praise to God and His pleasure in that salvation. God's choice of who was to be saved was on the basis of HIs will and good pleasure. Before God no individual is more worthy or of benefit to God in their choice. Everyone is a sinner before God who is holy having no personal merit beyond having been created to be in a relationship with God by fact of the original creation design being in His image. God being triune in His being carried out the salvation of those who were chosen to be saved, as He has revealed, before the foundation of the world was laid.
It -all- depends on our relationship to Christ! Barnes' New Testament Notes
¬∂The Spirit of adoption. The feeling of affection, love, and confidence which pertains to children; not the servile, trembling spirit of slaves, but the temper and affectionate regard of sons. Adoption is the taking and treating a stranger as one's own child. It is applied to Christians because God treats them as his children; he receives them into this relation, though they were by nature strangers and enemies. It implies,
(1.) that we by nature had no claim on him;
(2.) that, therefore, the act is one of mere kindness--of pure, sovereign love;
(3.) that we are now under his protection and care; and
(4.) that we are bound to manifest towards him the spirit of children, and yield to him obedience.¬†Jn 1:12. Comp.¬†Gal 4:5¬†Eph 1:5.‚úď It is for this that Christians are so often called the sons of God.
Whereby we cry. As children who need protection and help. This evinces the habitual spirit of a child of God; a disposition,¬∂
(1.) to express towards him the feelings due to a father;
(2.) to call upon him-- to address him in the language of affection and endearing confidence;
(3.) to seek his protection and aid.¬∂
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In the fall of 1969, Gil began a full-time teaching ministry as Senior Pastor of Indian Hills Community Church. He also earned his Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology. The focus of Pastor Rugh‚Äôs ministry is systematic, verse-by-verse teaching of the Bible. As a...