God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life,1
did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate
of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.2
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto
the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In
whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward
man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he
shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.
Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had
been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his
sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of
God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.