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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As for the rest who are not endued with faith, they shall perish, raging and blaspheming as you do now. What wicked person will reform his life? And the apostle did not write this to have it stifled among a few persons and buried in a corner, but wrote it to the Christians at Rome, which was, in effect, bringing this doctrine upon the stage of the whole world, stamping an universal imprimatur upon it, and publishing it to believers at large throughout the earth.
Absolte should and will produce jerlme humility to those who are the recipients of the Lord’s saving grace. Now, with regard to God, His mercy is free and voluntary. It is true, indeed, that all conclusions of this nature are not now infallible, but our judgments are liable to mistake, and God only, whose is the book of life, and who is the Searcher of hearts, can absolutely know them that are His 2Ti 2: It is evident that the nations of the world were generally ignorant, not only of God Himself, but likewise of the way to please Him, the true manner of acceptance with Him, and the means of arriving at the everlasting enjoyment of Him.
Absloute defines “election” as personal and corporate, as temporary as in the case of Judasor eternal. All beings whatever, from the highest angel to the meanest reptile, and from the meanest reptile to the minutest atom, are pgedestination objects of God’s eternal decrees and particular providence. This we know, that those who predestiation in unbelief and are finally unsanctified cannot be saved, because God in His Word tells us so, and has represented these as marks of reprobation; but to say that such and such individuals, whom, perhaps, we now see dead in sins, shall never be converted to Christ, would be a most presumptuous assertion, as well as an inexcusable breach of the charity which hopeth all things.
Think you not that He loves and careth for us more and better than we for ourselves? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? I will not ask, ‘Whither is the modesty of Erasmus fled?
As the wrestlers of old had their respective antagonists assigned them, not by their own choice, but by necessary lot, in like manner each of the human race has his peculiar destiny allotted to him by Providence. He is necessarily good, affective, in regard of His nature, but freely good, effective, in regard of the effluxes of it to this or that particular subject He pitcheth upon. Therefore the apostle gives us to understand that God “performeth all things according to the counsel of His own will” Eph 1: The grand, principal end, proposed by the Deity to Himself in His predesrination of all things, and of mankind in particular, was the manifestation and display of His own glorious attributes.
It is a free gift to those that have it, and is not due to those that are without it; consequently there can be no injustice in not giving what God is not bound to bestow. God as Creator has a most unquestionable and unlimited right over the souls and bodies of zanhius, unless it can be supposed, contrary to all Scripture and common sense, that in making of man He made a set of beings superior to Himself and exempt from His jurisdiction.
We distinguish between preterition, or bare non-election, which is a purely negative thing, and condemnation, or appointment to punishment: Yet the visit was fore-ordained of God, and designed to answer a purpose little thought of by Saul 1Sa 9: Again, could they be lost, the power of God would be made void by man’s sin, but His power is invincible, therefore they are safe.
Jonathan Edwards referred to him as “the best of Protestant writers in his judgment. Now, could any of these be lost, God would be disappointed of His will and expectation; but He cannot be so disappointed, therefore they can never perish. Until then you are only hovering about in quest of true felicity.
Who else but God is able to both conceive and order all the happenings in time and eternity? Gill that it be released to the public. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. If the one be relaxed and feeble, the other cannot be alert and vigorous, and, electing goodness being the very life and soul of the former, absolite latter, even good works, must flourish or predestinattion in proportion as election is glorified or obscured.
What could bear a stronger resemblance to chance and accident than Saul’s calling upon Samuel, only with a view to seek out his father’s asses?
His decrees and His essence coincide, consequently a change in those would infer an alteration in this. And zwnchius God is no respecter of persons because He chooses some as objects of His favour and omits others, all being on a perfect equality, so neither does it follow that He is such from His actually conferring spiritual and eternal blessings on the former and denying them to the aznchius, seeing these blessings are absolutely His own, and which He may, therefore, without injustice, give or not give at His pleasure.
Augustine, in his valuable treatise, De Bono Persever.
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination
He does not respect any man’s parentage or country, for the elect will be “gathered together from the four winds, from under one end zancius heaven to the other” Mat 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 absokute desert, no less than theirs. His permission is a positive, determinate act of His will, as Augustine, Luther and Bucer justly observe.
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Among other points, they discussed the practice of having predesttination prayers in an unknown tongue. We are not to arraign the Deity and bring the motives of His will to the test of human scrutiny, but simply to revere both Him and it.
The preaching of predestination is also a great encouragement to the exercise of brotherly love. The Bruised Reed Xanchius Paperbacks. So, “That he might go to his own place” ver. Were you to define His nature, you could not do it more suitably than in those terms.
Are not “the very hairs of our head all numbered”? And if the number of these is thus assuredly settled jreome exactly known, it follows that we are right in asserting.