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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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But how is it possible for us to render unto God the praises due to the glory of His grace without laying this threefold foundation? However, let us for argument’s sake go a step farther.

Can God, then be blamed for “evil” deeds if He’s omnipotent? This forgery of Mr. 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 been His will, He would actually have made them partakers thereof, and had they been partakers of it they could not have died without it.

In that case, your arguments affect not me, for there is no person now living in the world who is a more avowed enemy to the doctrines of men than myself.

Would He not have given them all things necessary in order to that end? So far as the Gospel is maimed or any branch of the evangelical system is suppressed and passed over in silence, so far the Gospel is not preached.

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If, then, the Deity can consistently with His attributes deny to some the means of grace, and shut them up in gross darkness and unbelief, why should it be thought incompatible with His immensely glorious perfections to exclude some persons from grace itself, and from that eternal life which is connected with it, especially seeing He is equally the Lord and sovereign Disposer of the end to which the means lead, as of the means which lead to that end? Nor is the Gospel to be preached absolutee, but preached to every creature, 1: But if you believe the doctrines in debate between us to be as indeed they are the doctrines of God, you must have bid adieu to all sense of shame and decency thus to oppose them.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Read more Read less. Peter told the Jews that they had fulfilled “the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God” in putting the Messiah to death Acts 2: I will venture to assign over and above two very important reasons why these doctrines should be publicly taught: Another apostle makes this peremptory declaration, “Who stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed: Melancthon prosecutes the argument much further, but this may suffice for a specimen; and it is not unworthy of notice that Luther so highly approved of Melancthon’s performance, and especially of the first chapter from whence the above extract is giventhat he Luther thus writes of it in his epistle to Erasmus, prefixed to his book “De Serv.


When a converted person is assured, on one hand, that all whom God hath predestinated to eternal life shall jfrome enjoy that eternal life to which they are chosen, and, on the other hand, when he discerns the signs of election, not only in himself, but also in the rest of his fellow-believers, and concludes from thence as in a judgment of charity he ought that they are as really elected as himself, how must his heart glow with love to his Christian brethren!

Concerning the Apostle Paul, what shall I say? So Bucer somewhere observes that the punishment of the reprobate “is useful to the elect, inasmuch as it influences them to a greater fear and abhorrence of sin, and to a firmer reliance on the goodness of God. It is most certainly His will for adorable and unsearchable reasons to permit sin, but, with all possible reverence be it spoken, it should seem that He cannot, consistently with the aboslute of His nature, the glory of His attributes, and the truth of His declarationo, be Himself the author of it.

Be it so that to you some events seem to happen contingently, you nevertheless must not be run away with by the suggestions of your own narrow-sighted reason. 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 preaching of predestination is also a great encouragement to the exercise of brotherly love. Resource Description The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination by Jerom Zanchius was translated by Toplady at the age of nineteen and held from publication for some time, it was later requested by Dr. Many works on ‘The Doctrine Of Election’ in the centuries that followed the publishing of this book have appeared and there is great value in some of them but that does not diminish the value of jegome book.

It is frequently objected to us that, according to our view of predestination, “God makes some persons on purpose to damn them,” but this we never advanced; nay, we utterly reject it as equally unworthy of God to do and of a rational being to suppose. It only demonstrates jjerome without regeneration of the heart and purity of life, the elect themselves are not led to heaven. He is all-wise and all-powerful.

The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination

And if the number of these is thus assuredly settled and exactly known, it follows that we are right in asserting. Here let it be carefully observed that not the merits of Christ, but the sovereign love of God only is the cause of election itself, but then the merits of Christ are the alone procuring cause of that salvation to which men are elected. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. If, then, things the most trivial and worthless are subject to the appointment of His decree and the control of His providence, how much more is man, the masterpiece of this lower creation?

On one hand, the vessels of wrath are fitted for destruction,” in order that God may “show His wrath and make His power known,” and manifest the greatness of His patience and longsuffering Rom 9: Vox enim est efficaciae summae, ut notant grammatici veteres; et signate vocatur a Paulo, consilium illius, qui efficaciter omnia operatur ex beneplacito suo.


The laws promulgated by Him are designed for the rule of our conduct, not of His.

The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius

To which Luther replies: Now, none but wise men are capable especially in matters of great importance of rightly determining what to do, and how to accomplish a proper end by just, suitable and effectual means; and if this is, confessedly, a very material part of true wisdom, who so fit to dispose of men and assign each individual his sphere of action in this world, and his place in the world to come, as the all-wise God?

But, as all sin is properly meritorious of eternal death, and all men are sinners, they who are condemned are condemned most justly, and those who are saved are saved in a way of sovereign mercy through the vicarious obedience and death of Christ for them. Now, though faith and holiness are not represented as the cause wherefore the elect are saved, yet these are constantly represented as the means through which they are saved, or as the appointed way wherein God leads His people to glory, these blessings being always bestowed previous to that.

Solomon himself, the wisest of men, was so deeply versed in the doctrine of inscrutable predestination as to leave this humbling maxim on record. The word means to ‘deliberate beforehand with ones’ self how one shall act; and in consequence of such deliberation to constitute, fore-ordain, and predetermine where and when, how and by whom anything shall be done, and to what end it shall be done.

Thus God does not as we are slanderously reported to affirm compel the wicked to sin, as the rider spurs forward an unwilling horse; God only says in effect that tremendous word, “Let them alone” Mat It is evident from Scripture that the reprobate shall be condemned.

And this is one of the highest degrees of faith, zanchiuus to believe that God is infinitely merciful, though He saves, comparatively, but few and condemns so many, and that He is strictly just, though of His own will He makes such numbers of mankind necessarily liable to damnation.

Besides, there is scarce any other distinguishing doctrine of the Gospel can be preached, in its purity and consistency, without this of predestination. And if it was that grace that interposed, it could not be the reward of man’s merit, but the free gift of God’s gratuitous goodness. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He jermoe to say neither more nor less than the instructions of his court zanvhius, else he comes under displeasure, perhaps loses his head.