“Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards.” I am sure it is true in my case; I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.
Spurgeon, Charles H. (2010-05-14). A Defense of Calvinism (Kindle Locations 61-63). . Kindle Edition.
I have listened to more debates on Calvinism than I can count. I think one of the simplest arguments in favor of Calvinism has been a personal recognition of the depths of our sin. My wife once said that she realized Calvinism was true because she was no better than the person next to her in the pew, so why did she believe and not them? It could only be rooted in the love of God.
It comes across as a smudge of arrogance and pride that some continue to doubt that they are as sinful as they really are. It can only be understood as the height of blindness that some would think there is something in and of themselves that would give God a reason to choose them.
Spurgeon here makes a good point. There is nothing in us that God saw prior to our coming into existence that made Him choose us. And there definitely isn’t anything about us afterwards. Rather it must simply this, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5.8)