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God’s Elect

Speckled, Spotted, and Brown


“I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire. So shall my righteousness answer for me.” (Genesis 30:32-33)


Reading these words which Jacob spoke to Laban, my heart is immediately reminded of my Savior. He has chosen for his flock only the speckled, spotted, and brown, takes them out of Adam’s fallen race by election, redemption, and effectual calling, and thus enriches himself


“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1Corinthians 1:26-29)


            O my soul, forever glory in the Lord, the God of all grace, who has taken one so utterly worthless and useless as me into his flock! The joy set before the Son of God, for which he endured the cross, despising the shame, was the everlasting salvation of his elect. Throughout the Book of God, he says, “Of such shall be my hire.” By the everlasting salvation of all his ransomed ones, he says, “So shall my righteousness answer for me.

            This is a wonder beyond imagination. I could not think it, let alone write it, were it not written out by the Spirit of God in the Book of God. — Saved sinners are the satisfaction of the crucified Christ! We who are enriched with life everlasting are the satisfaction of his soul’s travail at Calvary! We are made of God to be “the fulness of him that filleth all in all,” the reward of his righteousness!

            By his obedience unto death, fulfilling all righteousness for his chosen, the Lord Jesus Christ earned, and shall have every sinner for whom he lived and died with him in glory.







Don Fortner








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