“When a building is in course of construction, onlookers are often at a loss to perceive the reason for many of the details. As yet, they discern no order or design; everything appears to be in confusion. But if they could carefully scan the builder’s ‘plan’ and visualize the finished production, much that had puzzled would become clear to them. It is the same with the outworking of God’s eternal purpose.” - A. W. Pink in The Doctrine of Election
The grand truth of election takes us back to the beginning of all things. It predated the entrance of sin into the world, the fall of man, the incarnation of Christ, and the proclamation of the gospel. A correct understanding of it, especially in its relation to the everlasting covenant, is absolutely essential if we are to be kept from fundamental error. If the foundation be faulty, then the building erected upon it cannot be sound; and if we err in our conceptions of this basic truth, then in just proportion, so will our grasp of all other truth be inaccurate.
This classic text on the subject of election, or predestination to eternal life, is essential for any Christian’s library but especially that of the pastor or clergyman.