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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The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination
He is all-wise and all-powerful. He is perfect and unchangeable. He, being by Himself alone in eternity, determined to create a universe, and to people that universe with being of His own choice. He saw in His mind the entire course of events, and the persons who would act out these events, and having all things completely settled in His mind beforehand, He decreed all things that were to occur.
The distinctions thus having been established in His own mind, He at one time, in one act of His will, predestinated all things “according to the counsel of His will. 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. Who else but God is able to both conceive and order all the happenings in time and eternity?
This book is not only closely reasoned, but it is backed and proven by Scripture throughout. God leaves all men with a freedom to will, but in their total depravity all choose to will only what is evil in the eyes of God. For, “God is not tempted by evils, and He tempts no one.
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Showing of 5 reviews. Top Reviews Preddstination recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination is as important and relevant today as when it was first published over four centuries ago.
In the first half of the book he looks at some of ‘The Attributes Of God’ as they relate to some of His decrees and His providential dealings with man. In the second half of the book he gives a definition of Predestination and goes on to consider it as it relates to all men in general and then as it relates to those who are objects of God’s Sovereign mercy those who have been chosen in Christ in particular.
He predestinatio not avoid or ignore the doctrine of reprobation and carefully expounds that teaching and refutes some erroneous deductions,that some believe must be attributed to those who believe this teaching has Biblical support. He asserts on p.
Zanchius quotes Augustine on p. If this were so then He would not be omnipotent. This still does not make God the author of sin,nor lessen His abhorrence of it. He allowed it for His good and wise purposes and ultimately will bring about those ends which He has purposed and be glorified as a result. Another thing that sets this book apart and elevates its significance zanchjus the section on why predestination should be preached.
I would like to highlight some of the reasons he gives us: It is the heart of understanding ‘the ways of God’,the providence of God and God’s dealings with men in general. Once received and understood it deepens one’s understanding of many aspects of God’s revealed truth. It is one of the greatest motives to love and glorify God and therefore a strong motive to obedience-the knowledge of God’s love for me and the degree that He went to,to pay for my sins and secure my redemption, should produce thanksgiving to a high degree and that thankfulness will be manifested in a life that desires to honor Him,serve Him and submit to His will.
It should and will produce true humility jerkme those abeolute are the recipients of the Lord’s saving grace. Herome goodness you now have,any spiritual life and growth in grace has been wrought in you by God’s power. The zqnchius of predestination is also a great encouragement to the exercise of brotherly love. Absolyte works on ‘The Doctrine Zanvhius Election’ in the centuries that followed the publishing of this book have appeared and there predeestination great value in some of them but that does not diminish the value of this book.
A careful and prayerful reading of Jerome Zanchius’ classic work will prove to be a bountiful blessing to many in our needy generation who are willing to invest the time and effort. Absolute Predestination presents the doctrine of predestination in a concise and logically ordered exposition. Zanchius follows in the footsteps of Zancnius Calvin in affirming the complete Sovereignty of God in all affairs of history and human experience.
Perhaps the most valuable portion of the book for contemporary readers his is list of reasons why the doctrine of predestination absoulte be preached openly and often in the Church. Although the doctrine of predestination has fallen upon hard times in recent history, it was one of the fountainheads of theology and preaching during the Reformation and Post-Reformation eras.
It is the pillar upon which all the major doctrines of salvation stand or fall, for if God is not Sovereign over all, we cannot have sound confidence that He is able to accomplish what He has promised, which is salvation in Christ Jesus. Once you have zanchiis Calvin, read Zanchius. In this work he treats two subjects: Zachius’ view of God is thoroughly Reformed: Zanchius’ God is not prescient in the sense that He foreknows because He foresees.
God’s foreknowledge is attached to His will which from the beginning ordained the way things would be. At the moment of creation, God’s inviolable and unchangeable will established all things. God cannot change His will although He may predwstination within it or He ceases to be omnipotent. Additionally, Zanchius makes the distinction in the “secret” versus the “revealed” will of God. It was God’s revealed will that Pharaoh let Moses’ people go, but His secret will that Pharaoh not do so that He might display His omnipotence and wrath.
Can God, then be blamed for “evil” deeds if He’s omnipotent?
Zanchius argues “no,” because although something may seem to man to be “materially” evil, in God’s plan and according to His will, it is not “eventually” evil. Zanchius continues in his presentation to argue that man is responsible for his own sin in spite of God’s sovereignty by approaching this concept from a number of angles. While this section may not be convincing to many perdestination, his next – which I call the “fortitude peedestination submission” argument – is probably the most beautiful part of Zanchius’ writing.
Finally, Zanchius contends that God, through His actions in the “elect”, displays His infinite mercy. In the next book, “Absolute Predestination,” Zanchius harkens back to Augustine and Zanchius’ teacher, Calvin, as he preaches a solidly double predestination.
The sovereign God whom he has just detailed for the reader in the previous article is wholly and totally responsible for the elect and, therfore, for failing to elect some. This is for His own mysterious, inscrutable purposes. Zanchius defines “election” as personal and corporate, as temporary as in the case of Judasor absolutte. He absplute through Scripture examples of his understanding of election and how it applies to the Church and individual believers.
In this writing, he displays the reasons for which he spent so much time previously on the Attributes of God since that work serves as a foundation for this second one.
In the salutary style of Reformed Christians of his time and since, Zanchius is a forthright expositor of a difficult doctrine that he sees nevertheless as beautiful and a striking witness to the sovereignty of God. I’m a Roman Catholic with a fine Reformed friend with whom I dialogue regarding God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility.
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I’ve read quite a bit from St. Augustine both contra Donatism and PelagianismLuther and Calvin mostly “Institutes” regarding that Christian aspect of sovereignty. I found Zanchius to be an able spokesman of the period for the Reformed view. I recommend him for anyone interested in Christian theology in general and Reformed jerlme in particular. Pink’s book on the Sovereignty of God, this book is one of the best because of how the author establishes the truth of God as Sovereign in all things See all 5 reviews.
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