“For my own part, I cannot see how true humbleness of mind can be attained without a knowledge of it; and though I will not say, that every one who denies election is a bad man, yet I will say, with that sweet singer, Mr. Trail, it is a very bad sign: such a one, whoever he be, I think cannot truly know himself; for, if we deny election, we must, partly at least, glory in ourselves; but our redemption is so ordered that no flesh should glory in the Divine presence; and hence it is, that the pride of man opposes this doctrine, because, according to this doctrine, and no other, ‘he that glories, must glory only in the Lord.’

“But what shall I say? Election is a mystery that shines with such resplendent brightness, that, to make use of the words of one who has drunk deeply of electing love, it dazzles the weak eyes even of some of God’s dear children; however, though they know it not, all the blessings they receive, all the privileges they do or ill enjoy, through Jesus Christ, flow from the everlasting love of God the Father.”

-George Whitefield, Selected Sermons of George Whitefield “Christ, the Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption [1 Cor 1:30]”(Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1999). [Robert Trail (1642–1716) was a Scottish Presbyterian divine.]

[1 Corinthians 1:30 “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption….” Vả, ấy là nhờ Ngài mà anh em ở trong Ðức Chúa Jêsus Christ, là Ðấng mà Ðức Chúa Trời đã làm nên sự khôn ngoan, sự công bình, sự nên thánh, và sự cứu chuộc cho chúng ta;]