Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
As He saith in Hosea, "I will call that My people, which was not My people; and her, 'Beloved,' who was not beloved.
But, if by grace, it is no longer of works; otherwise the grace becomes no longer grace. [But, if of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise, the work is no longer work.]
1 Corinthians 7:25
Now, concerning the virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord; but I give my judgment, as having received mercy from the Lord to be faithful.
1 Timothy 1:13
though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I, being ignorant, did it in unbelief;
Let us, therefore, come with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace for seasonable help.
So, then, it is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God Who hath mercy.