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John Calvin on Reprobation and Election in Grace.

January 30, 2016

I have written on this before, John Calvin’s doctrine of God’s Election and Reprobation, and as he called it a horrible decree – “decretum quidem horrible fateor”, as he says: “But though the discussion of predestination may be compared to a dangerous ocean; yet in traversing over it the navigation is safe and serene, and I will also add pleasant, unless any one freely wishes to expose himself to danger. For as those who, in order to gain assurance of their election, examine into the eternal counsel of God without the Word plunge themselves into a fatal abyss, so they who investigate it in a regular and orderly manner as it is contained in the Word derive from such inquiry the benefit of peculiar consolation.” (Inst. III. 24) But also simply Calvin stated: “We assert that by an eternal and immutable counsel, God has once for all determined, both whom HE would admit to salvation and whom HE would condemn to destruction.” (Inst. III. 21)

And for Calvin GOD alone is the Sovereign here! And I myself would agree, noting verses like John 17: 12 for the reprobation, and for divine election to grace: Matthew 11:25-30! In reality, rather simple but oh so profound in the great Doctrine of God In Christ!

*The issue is always: “What think ye of Christ”? (Matt. 22: 42)

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  1. Note as Paul also says: “But this I confess unto thee…believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, BOTH of the just and the unjust.” (Acts 24: 14-15)… the reprobate and the election of grace! The Saved and those not saved!

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