THE DOCTRINE OF ABSOLUTE. PREDESTINATION. JEROME ZANCHIUS. ( ). With. OBSERVATIONS ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES,. NECESSARY. A terse statement concerning the doctrine of Predestination. Having considered the attributes of God as laid down in Scripture, and so far cleared our way to the doctrine of predestination, I shall, before I enter further on the.
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His love towards them arises merely from “the good pleasure of His own sanchius without the least regard to anything ad extra or out of Himself. On the other hand, the reprobates have nothing to complain predestinatoon, since whatever God does is just and right, and so it will appear to be however darkly matters may appear to us now when we see Him as He is and know Him even as we are known.
Whoever accused a chief magistrate of cruelty for not sparing a company of atrocious malefactors, and for letting the sentence of the law take place upon them by their execution?
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The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination
That absolute predestination does not set aside, nor render superfluous the use of preaching, exhortation, etc. Can God, then be blamed for “evil” deeds if He’s omnipotent? James, in like manner, says that “every good and perfect gift cometh down from above,” and yet exhorts those who want wisdom to ask zxnchius of God. It should and will produce true humility to those who are the recipients of the Lord’s saving grace.
If, indeed, the magistrate pleases to pity some of them and remit their penalty, we applaud his clemency, but the punishment of the rest is no impeachment of his mercy. What is the drift of the Apostle Paul Rom 9: This is a “hope which maketh not ashamed,” nor can possibly issue in disappointment if entertained by those into whose zanchiue the love of God is poured forth by the Holy Ghost given unto them Rom 5: Nor is such a faith presumptuous, for every converted man may and ought to conclude himself elected, since God the Spirit renews those only who were chosen by God the Father and redeemed by God the Son.
His wisdom, which cannot err; His knowledge, which cannot be deceived; His truth, which cannot fail; His love, which nothing can alienate; His justice, which cannot condemn any for whom Christ died; His power, which none can resist; and His unchangeableness, which can never vary – from all which it appears that zanchiuus do not speak aboslute all improperly when we say that the salvation of His people is necessary and certain.
And elsewhere, ‘I know whom I have chosen. He will be good to whom He will be good. God condemns and punishes the non-elect, not merely as men, but as sinners, and had it pleased the great Governor of the universe to have entirely prevented sin from having any entrance into the world, it would seem as if He could not, consistently absolhte His known attributes, have condemned any man at all. Doctrine relative to the Reprobate Chapter 5: The word means to ‘deliberate beforehand with ones’ self how one shall act; and in consequence of such deliberation to constitute, fore-ordain, and predetermine where and when, how and by whom anything shall be done, and to what end it shall be done.
Paul was a heretic! I’m a Roman Catholic with a fine Reformed friend with whom I dialogue regarding God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. What a wide gap does the publication of this tenet open among men for the commission of all ungodliness!
So that nothing can be more certain than the declaration of the text we have frequently had occasion to cite, “The Lord bath made all things for Himself, even the wicked for the day of evil” Pro Something of this was hinted already in the preceding chapter, and we shall now proceed to the proof of it.
Before I conclude this head, I will obviate a fallacious objection very common in the mouths of our opponents.
He is a tyrant, in the common acceptation of that word, who a either usurps the sovereign authority and arrogates to himself a dominion to which he has no right, or b who, being originally a lawful prince, abuses his power and governs contrary to law. Who else but God is able to both conceive and order all the happenings in time and eternity? At the moment of creation, God’s inviolable and unchangeable will established all things.
The preaching of predestination is also a great encouragement to the exercise of brotherly love. Victa omni dubitatione, Bengel. Fate’s supreme ordainer is not only the all-wise God, but an all-gracious Father. Now that is said to be necessary quod nequit aliter esse which cannot be otherwise than it is, and if all the perfections of God are engaged to preserve and save His children, their safety and salvation must be, in the strictest sense of the word, necessary.
Only on the single principle of peremptory predestination flowing from the sovereign will of God. He allowed it for His good and wise purposes and ultimately zamchius bring about those ends which He has purposed and be glorified as a result.
Out of a corrupt mass, wherein not one was better than another, He might as was observed before love and choose whom and as many as He pleased. Such being the tendency of this blessed doctrine, how injurious both to God and man would the suppression of it be! Hence that of St.
Faith has to do with things not seen. Thus God does not as we are slanderously reported to affirm compel the wicked to sin, as the rider spurs forward an unwilling horse; God only says in effect that tremendous word, “Let them alone” Mat He observes that “the goodness of the Deity is infinite and circumscribed by no limits. Having predestinated us to the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ, unto Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” Eph 1: He, being by Himself alone in eternity, determined to create a universe, and to people that universe with being of His own choice.
Erasmus in most other respects a very excellent man affected to think that it was of dangerous consequence to propagate the doctrine of predestination either by preaching or writing.
Be it so that to you some events seem to happen contingently, you nevertheless must not be run away with by the suggestions of your own narrow-sighted reason. However, the ancient fathers only make use of the word predestination as it refers to angels or men, whether good or evil, and it is used by the apostle Paul in a more limited sense still, so as, by it, to mean only that branch of it which respects God’s election and designation of His people to eternal life Rom 8: It is not indeed improbable, but some individuals in these unenlightened countries might belong to the secret election of grace, and the habit of faith might be wrought in these.
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There are some who are chosen Mat Hence 7 my distresses are not the result of chance, accident or a fortuitous combination of circumstances, but 8 the providential accomplishment of God’s purpose, and 9 designed to answer some wise and gracious ends, nor 10 shall my affliction continue a moment longer than God sees meet.
It would not be a supreme if it were not a voluntary goodness. In this work he treats two subjects: Let us therefore give thanks unto God our Saviour for not inflicting that vengeance on us, which, from the condemnation of our fellow-sinners, we may conclude to have been our desert, no less than theirs. But the fuel of holy affection if Scripture, experience and observation are allowed to carry any conviction can only be cherished, maintained and increased in the heart by the sense and apprehension of God’s predestinating love to us in Christ Jesus.
His words are these: