Now in view of these passages (and there are no more) what scriptural ground is there for anyone saying God "foreknew" the acts of certain ones, viz., their "repenting and believing," and that because of those acts He elected them unto salvation? The answer is, none whatever. Scripture never speaks of repentance and faith as being foreseen or foreknown by God. Truly, He did know from all eternity that certain ones would repent and believe, yet this is not what Scripture refers to as the object of God’s "foreknowledge." The word uniformly refers to God’s foreknowing persons; then let us "hold fast the form of sound words" (2 Tim. 1:13). — A. W. Pink (1886-1952).
REGENERATION is God's own work and is as unconditional in every case as it was in the case of Saul of Tarsus. God "for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ" (Eph. 2:4-5). The apostle explains how this could be done — "by grace ye are saved." To save by grace means to save one who has no merit. The promise of old was, "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more" (Heb. 8:12) ... This is all made certain by the purpose of God, the atonement of Jesus, and the effectual work of the Holy Spirit in REGENERATION. — Walter Cash (1856-1937).
This “remnant according to the election of grace” is not cause for disputing and argument, but is the ground for much praise. There is in Heaven at this moment a precious Book, containing the names of all who were loved of the Father, redeemed by the Son and who have been or will be made partakers of the Holy Ghost. See Rev.20:15. Remember, this Book of Life is not only inclusive but exclusive as well. Just as there is a great multitude of elect sinners whose names were written in love in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, so there is a host of sinners who were never loved of God and whose names never appeared in this Book of Redemption. This is known as the doctrine of Reprobation; it is not man’s “hard doctrine” or “high doctrine” but is the manner of Jehovah’s sovereign, free dealing with His creature man. This is not based upon the deserts of fallen man, but upon God’s pure and absolute sovereignty. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” — W.W. Fulton (b. 1939).
Unbelief is radically all other disobedience. — Robert Leighton (1611-1684).