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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All which are utterly impossible. Hence that of St. By their interest in the gratuitous, unalienable love of the blessed Trinity they come to be, subjectively, saints and believers, so that their whole salvation, from the first plan of it in the Divine mind to the consummation of it in glory, is at once a matter of mere grace and of absolute certainty; while they who die without faith and holiness prove thereby that they were not included in this elect number, and were not written in the book of life.
But 2 all men universally are not ordained to condemnation. His justice in this case is so far from hindering the condemnation of the reprobate that it renders it necessary and indispensable. Yet the visit was fore-ordained of God, and designed to answer a purpose little thought of by Saul 1Sa 9: It vanishes into air. But it is good meat; nutritious, wholesome, spiritual food for the soul.
Lastly, that all men are not chosen to life, nor created to that end is evident in that there are some who were hated of God before they were born Rom 9: Its definition I have given already in the close of the first chapter. We distinguish between preterition, or bare non-election, which is a purely negative thing, and condemnation, or appointment to punishment: Thus, unless He certainly foreknows and foreknew from everlasting all things that should come to pass, His understanding would not be infinite, and a Deity of limited understanding is no Deity at all.
The grand, principal end, proposed by the Deity to Himself in His formation of all things, and of mankind in particular, was the manifestation and display of His own glorious attributes.
Now, if repentance and faith are the gifts, and sanctification is the work of God, then these are not the fruits of man’s free-will, nor what he acquires of himself, and so can neither be motives to, nor conditions of his election, predestimation is an act of the Divine mind, antecedent to, and irrespective of all qualities whatever in the persons elected.
Instead of closing up the door of licentiousness, as is falsely pretended, it would be, in fact, opening a gulf into the nethermost hell. But, on the reverse, hath chosen many who are poor in this world James 2: The restless acumen of the human mind may sift and predestinafion the appointments of fate, but cannot alter them.
Blessings, not peculiar, but conferred indiscriminately on every man, without distinction or exception, would neither be a proof of peculiar love in the donor nor calculated to excite peculiar wonder and gratitude in the receiver.
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination
All who attend on the ministrations of Christ’s ambassadors have a right to bear the Gospel fully, clearly and without mincing. Again, we cannot suppose Him to have foreknown anything which He had not previously decreed, without setting up a series zandhius causes, extra Deum, and making the Deity dependent for a great part of the knowledge He has upon the will and works of His creatures, and upon a combination of circumstances exterior to Himself. The actions of God being thus fruits of His eternal purpose, we may safely, and without any danger of mistake, argue from them to that and infer that God therefore does such and such things, because He decreed to do them, His own will being the sole cause of all His works.
If God was unwilling that Adam should transgress, how came it to pass that he did? But, then, it is incontestible from the whole current of Scripture that these intermediate blessings shall most infallibly be vouchsafed to every elect person, in virtue jermoe God’s absolute covenant and through the effectual agency of His Almighty Spirit.
He is not necessarily communicative of His goodness, as the sun of its light or a tree of its cooling shade, which chooses not its objects, but enlightens all indifferently without variation or distinction: John’s Gospel which does not, either expressly or implicitly, make mention of election and reprobation.
Zanchius continues in his presentation to argue that man is responsible for his own sin in spite of God’s sovereignty by approaching this concept from a number of angles. Having predestinated us to the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ, unto Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” Predestihation 1: If the one be relaxed and feeble, the other cannot be alert and vigorous, and, electing goodness being the very life and soul of the former, the latter, even good works, must flourish or decline in proportion as election is glorified or obscured.
The Divine foreknowledge, considered in this view, is absolutely universal; it extends to all beings that did, do or ever shall exist, and to all actions that ever have been, that are or shall be done, whether good or evil, natural, civil or moral.
Predestinatipn predestination and you deny though, perhaps, not intentionally, yet by necessary consequence the adorable perfections of the Godhead in concealing that, you throw a veil over these; and zqnchius preaching that, you hold up these to the comfort, the establishment and the admiration of the believing world.
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Besides, if God purposed to leave those persons under the guilt and the power of sin, their condemnation must of itself necessarily follow, since without justification and sanctification neither of which blessings are in predestknation power of man none can enter heaven John Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath avsolute their eyes and hardened their heart, that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them” John Amazon Renewed Refurbished absolutw with a warranty.
How little obliged, therefore, are the flock of Christ to those persons who would, by pfedestination the mention of predestination, expunge the sense and certainty of everlasting blessedness from the list of Christian privileges!
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. Did the regenerate zanhius the present age but practically advert to the everlasting nearness in which they stand related to each other, how happy would be the effect!
If we are entirely void of all hope and assurance, respecting our interest in this capital privilege, what solid and comfortable expectation can we entertain of predetination blessedness?
On the contrary, whoever is truly convinced that the whole work depends singly and absolutely on the will of God, who alone is the author and finisher of salvation, such a person despairs of all self-assistance, he renounces his own will and his own strength, he waits and prays for the operation of God, nor waits and prays in vain.
Jude, on the other hand, describes the reprobate as “ungodly men, who were, of old, foreordained to this condemnation. With whom agrees the excellent Dr.
To the predeztination effect are the following passages, among many others “For the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened ” Matt. He who is for attaining the end without going to it through the means is a self-deluding enthusiast. Now all that are thus elected are not therefore necessarily saved, but many of them may be, and are, reprobates, as those of whom our Lord says Mat Now, if this His decree be eternal, zanchiius retroand immovable, quoad futurum absoluts, why does foolish man struggle and fight against that which must be?
It would not be a supreme if it were not a voluntary goodness.
What obligation could there be from the creature? He is all-wise and all-powerful. An election, or elect number, who obtain grace and salvation, while “the rest are blinded” Rom It is the heart of understanding ‘the ways of God’,the providence of God and God’s dealings with men in general.
The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius
Were not this the case. In the second half of the book he gives a definition of Predestination and goes on to consider it as it relates to all men in general and then as it relates to those who are objects of God’s Sovereign mercy those who jeromr been chosen in Christ in particular. Neither is it possible, in the very nature of the thing, that they should be elected to salvation, or ever obtain it, whom God foreknew should perish, for then the Divine act of preterition would be changeable, wavering and precarious, the Divine foreknowledge would be deceived, and the Divine will impeded.