Regarding the things that would soar too high, we should, with Paul, place a finger on our lips and say, "Who are you, O man, to answer back to God?" [Romans 9:20]. We neither can nor should investigate and fathom everything in this article. The apostle Paul after having argued much about this article from God's revealed Word, comes to the point where he shows what God has reserved for His hidden wisdom about this mystery. He cuts it off with the following words, "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord?" [Romans 11:33-34]. In other words, we cannot know about matters outside of and beyond what God has revealed to us in His Word. This eternal election of God is to be considered in Christ, and not outside of or without Christ. For "in Christ," the apostle Paul testifies, "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world," as it is written, "He has blessed us in the Beloved" (Eph. 1:4, 6). This election is revealed from heaven through the preaching of His Word, when the Father says, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him" (Matt. 17:5). Christ says, concerning the Holy Spirit, "He will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you" (John 16:14). (paragraphs 63-65)
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