Calvin on Predestination
, III, 21-24.
"Eternal Election, by which God has predestined some to Salvation, Others to
1."Necessity and beneficial effect of the doctrine of election; danger of curiosity."
" We shall never be clearly persuaded, as we ought to be, that our salvation flows from the
wellspring of God's free mercy until we come to know his eternal election, which illumines
God's grace by this contrast: that he does not indiscriminately adopt all into the hope of
salvation but gives to some what he denies to others.
How much the ignorance of this
principle detracts from God's glory, how much it takes away from true humility, it well
known. Paul clearly testifies that, when the salvation of a remnant of the people is ascribed
to the election of grace, then only is it acknowledged that God of his mere good pleasure
preserves whom he will, and moreover that he pays no reward, since, he can owe none."
2."Doctrine of predestination to be sought in Scripture only"
" For we shall know that the moment we exceed the bounds of the Word, our course is outside
the pathway and in darkness, and that there we must repeatedly wander, slip, and stumble."
3."The second danger: anxious silence about the doctrine of election"
" to hold a proper limit in this regard also, we shall have to turn back to the Word of the Lord,
in which we have a sure rule for the understanding.
For Scripture is the school of the Holy
Spirit, in which is taught but what is expedient to know.
Therefore we must guard against
depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, .
The best limit
of sobriety for us will be not only to follow God's lead always in learning, but when he sets
an end to teaching, to stop trying to be wise."
5."Predestination and foreknowledge of God; the election of Israel"
"When we attribute foreknowledge to God, we mean that all things always were, and perpetually
remain, under his eyes, so that to his knowledge there is nothing future or past, but all things
And they are present in such a way that he not only conceives them through
ideas, but he truly looks upon them and discerns them as things placed before him.
this foreknowledge is extended throughout the universe to every creature.
God's eternal decree, by which he compacted with himself what he willed to
become of each man.
For all are not created in equal condition; rather, eternal life is
foreordained for some, eternal damnation for others.
Therefore, as man has been created to