CALVIN on Predestination

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Calvin on Predestination Condensed from Institutes , III, 21-24. Chapter XXI: "Eternal Election, by which God has predestined some to Salvation, Others to Destruction." 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 are present. 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. And this foreknowledge is extended throughout the universe to every creature. We call predestination 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.
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