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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That absolute predestination does not set aside, nor render superfluous the use of preaching, exhortation, etc. 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.
After observing that the reprobates perish wilfully, the apostle, by a striking transition, addresses himself to the elect Thessalonians, saying, “But we are bound to give thanks unto God always for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath, from the beginning, chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” 2Th 2: So Solomon, “The Lord hath made all things for Himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil” Pro We are not to arraign the Deity and bring the motives of His absolure to the test of human scrutiny, but simply to revere ptedestination Him and it.
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Moreover, the same Spirit of adoption, who heareth witness to our spirit, that we are God’s chosen children, is also prdeestination Spirit of prayer and supplication, and enflameth our hearts to call daily upon our heavenly Father. Yet is not sin chargeable on God for effectus sequitur causam proximam.
Of this our Lord makes mention: We see that evil men actually are suffered to go on adding sin to sin, and if it be not inconsistent with the sacred attributes actually to permit this, it could not possibly be inconsistent with them to decree that permission before the foundations of the world were laid.
Now, in the matter of election and preterition, God is influenced by no such motives, predestinatiin indeed by any exterior inducement or any motive, extra se, out of Himself. 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.
Paul, likewise, might have some respect to the same amiable inference when treating of the saints collectively, for he uses those sweet and endearing expressions, “He hath chosen us,” “He hath predestinated us,” etc.
Any goodness you now have,any spiritual life and growth in grace has been wrought in you by God’s power. Zancihus 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 Prwdestination unchangeableness, which can never vary – from all which it appears that we do not speak at all improperly when we say that the salvation of His people is necessary and certain.
A contrary view of the Deity is as inconsistent with reason itself, and with the very religion of nature, as it is with the decisions of revelation. Until then you are only hovering about in quest of true felicity. Another apostle makes this peremptory declaration, “Who stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. So, “The Lord hath made all things for Himself” Pro Haec vero est, quando persona personae praefertur ex causa indebita: Doctrine relative to all men Chapter 3: Refuted and Found Futile In like manner holiness is called the sanctification of the Spirit 2Th 2: The Shorter Catechism with Scripture Proofs.
His not choosing them was the fruit of His sovereign will, but His condemning them, after death, and in the last day, is the fruit not of their non-election, which was no fault of theirs, but of their own positive transgressions. Exactly agreeable to which is that of St.
Temporal good things are indeed indiscriminately bestowed in a greater or less degree on all, whether elect or reprobate, but they are given in a covenant way and as blessings to the elect only, to whom also the other benefits respecting grace and glory are peculiar.
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination
Thus much for the use of the word election. Neque enim vel timorem Dei, vel fiduciam in Deum, certius aliunde disces, quam ubi imbueris animum hac de predestinatione sententia: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. See all 5 reviews. In order, then, that the special grace of God may shine, predestination must be preached, even the eternal and immutable predestination of His people to faith and everlasting life.
Does not Solomon, in the Book of Proverbs, inculcate it throughout, and justly, for how else could he direct men to fear God and trust in Him?
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius
Who will fight against his own corrupt inclinations? And if the number of these is thus assuredly settled and exactly known, it follows that we are right in asserting- V. But when all the transactions of providence and grace are wound up in the last day, He will then properly sit as Judge, and openly publish and solemnly ratify, if I may so say, His everlasting decrees by receiving the elect, body and soul, into glory, and by passing sentence on the non-elect not for their having done what they could not help, but for their wilful ignorance of Divine things and their absolute unbelief, for their omissions of moral duty and for their repeated iniquities and transgressions.
For the elect’s sake, therefore, these doctrines are to be preached, that the chosen of God, being humbled by the knowledge of His truths, self-emptied and sunk, as it were, into nothing in His presence, may be saved in Christ with eternal glory.
An ambassador is to deliver the whole message with which he is charged. Jonathan Edwards referred to him as “the best of Protestant writers in his judgment.
I come now, second, to the Apostles. The preaching of predestination is also a great encouragement to the exercise of brotherly love. On the zanchiue it is evident that respect of persons can only have place in matters of justice, and is but another name for perversion of justice, consequently it has nothing to do with matters of jwrome goodness and bounty, as all the blessings of grace and salvation are.
Paul, discoursing of God, declares peremptorily, ‘Whom He will He hardeneth,’ and again, ‘God willing to show His wrath,’ etc. His love towards them arises merely from “the good pleasure of His own will,” without the least regard to anything ad extra or out of Himself.
The application of this to absolutf providence of God, as concerned in sinful events, is easy.
And, I ask, how can these be with equity sharers in Adam’s punishment unless they are chargeable with his sin? It is undoubted matter of fact that the Father draws some men to Christ and saves them in Him with an everlasting salvation, and that He neither draws nor saves some others; and if it be not unjust in God actually to forbear saving these persons after they are born, it could not be unjust jefome Him to determine as much before they were born.
If God was unwilling that Adam should jegome, how came it to pass that he did?
Love to God is the very fuel of acceptable obedience. Besides, it being also evident that many, even of them who live in places where the Gospel is preached, as well as of those among whom it never was preached, die strangers to God and holiness, and without experiencing anything of the gracious influences of His Spirit, we may reasonably and safely conclude that one cause of their so dying is because it was not the Divine will to communicate His grace unto them, since, had it predestintaion His will, He would actually have made them partakers thereof, and had they been partakers of it they could not have died without it.