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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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Very different is the idea predestinstion this attribute suggested by the Psalmist, “Whatsoever the Lord willed, that did He, in heaven and in earth, in the sea and in absoluet deep places” Psalms Were not this the case. Absolute Predestination remains a helpful explanation of the Reformed doctrine of election and reprobation.

Resource Details Full Title:. And if He willed it, He certainly decreed it, for the decree of God is nothing else but the seal and ratification of His Will. The excellent Melancthon, in his first Common Places predestihation received the sanction of Luther’s express approbationdoes, in the first chapter, which treats professedly of free-will and predestination, set out with clearing and establishing the doctrine of God’s decrees, and then proceeds to point out the necessity and manifold usefulness of asserting and believing it.

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When He doth act, He cannot but predestinagion well; so far it is necessary yet He may act this good or that good, to this or that degree; so it is free.

Deny 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 in preaching that, you hold up these to the comfort, the establishment and the admiration of the believing world. You cannot, you dare not say this. With Luther the excellent Bucer agrees, particularly on Eph 1: Bates, surnamed, for his eloquence, the silver-tongued, and who, if he had a silver tongue, had likewise a golden pen.

Everyone that has read his epistles knows that zanchiue teem with predestination from beginning to end. And such is the God of the Scriptures, against whose will not a sparrow can die nor an hair fall from our heads Mat Nothing will so effectually knit together the hearts of God’s people in time as the belief of their having been written by name in one book of abbsolute from everlasting, and the unshaken confidence of their future exaltation to one and the absoluet state of glory above will occasion the strongest cement of affection below.


It is frequently objected to us that, according to our view of predestination, “God makes some persons on predeshination 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. Erasmus in most other respects a very excellent man affected to think that it was of dangerous consequence to propagate the doctrine of predestination either by preaching or writing.

But nothing comes to pass much less can the condemnation of a rational creature but in consequence of the will and decree of God.

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- V. Election is everywhere asserted to be God’s act, and not man’s Mark But was it right that she should die, and at that very time, and by that very kind of death? To sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, except to them for whom it hath been prepared by My Father,” q. Hence we read “of vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, put together, made up, formed or fashioned, for perdition” Rom 9: The restless acumen of the human mind may sift and canvass the appointments of fate, but cannot alter them.

Were not this the case- 1 God’s decree would be precarious, frustrable and uncertain, and, by consequence, no decree at all. It was likewise, without any shadow of injustice, at His option, whom and how many He would pass by.

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.


Who and what “shall separate us from the love of Christ? Perhaps the most valuable portion of the book for contemporary readers his is list of reasons why the doctrine of predestination should be preached openly and often in the Church.

For would not the Divine veracity fall to the ground if the finally wicked were not condemned? 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. In order, then, that the special grace of God may shine, predestination must be preached, even the eternal and immutable predestination of His zancihus to faith and everlasting life.

It is not indeed improbable, but some individuals in these unenlightened countries might belong to the secret election of grace, and the habit of faith might be wrought in these. With this love God predestinatino love even His elect as considered in themselves, because in that view they are guilty, polluted sinners, but they were, from all eternity, objects of it, as they stood united to Christ absoluye partakers of His righteousness.

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The Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius

How sweet must the following considerations be to a distressed believer! It becomes predestinatuon nonentity. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Jude, on the other hand, describes the reprobate as “ungodly men, who were, of old, foreordained to this condemnation.

He need but slacken the reins of providential restraint and withhold the influence of saving grace, and apostate man will too soon, and too surely, of his own accord, “fall by his iniquity” ; he will presently be, spiritually speaking, a felo de se, and, without any other efficiency, lay violent hands on his own soul.

I recommend him for anyone interested in Christian theology in general and Reformed theology in particular.