Reformed Quote of the Day: Watson on Election

It is absurd to think anything in us could have the least influence upon our election. Some say that God did foresee that such persons would believe and therefore did choose them; so they would make the business of salvation to depend upon something in us. Whereas God does not choose us FOR faith, but TO faith. ‘He hath chosen us, that we should be holy’ (Eph. 1:4), not because we would be holy, but that we might be holy. We are elected to holiness, not for it.

–Thomas Watson, All Things For Good, Puritan Paperbacks, Caps and Emphasis are his

I especially like, “God does not choose us FOR faith, but TO faith.” Or, God does not choose us for the faith that we will decide to have (even with prevenient grace), but chooses us to give us faith. “It is a gift from God, not by works” (Ephesians 2:8)

When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
Acts 3:26

(Remember, the subject line says this is a Reformed quote.)

1 Response to “Reformed Quote of the Day: Watson on Election”


  1. 1 Theodore A. Jones

    “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Rom. 2:13 His statement is not a question.

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