Reserved by Election (Goodwin)

In 1 Kings 19:18 we read the famous lines that God spoke to his prophet Elijah. Elijah was in great despair over the wickedness in Israel. He even prayed that the Lord would take his life. Here's one thing the Lord told him: "...I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down… Continue reading Reserved by Election (Goodwin)

Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

In Romans 8:29 the apostle Paul talks about people whom God "foreknew." This word is a very important one in a well-known verse: "...Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren..." (NASB). Paul uses the word "foreknew"… Continue reading Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

Election, Providence, and “All Things for Good” (Sibbes)

  When God says he will safely bring his children to their heavenly home, he means it!  Sometimes the way home is rough and rocky, but the Lord will carry them through everything and safely bring them to his kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18). In theological terms, this means that God orders his providence for the good… Continue reading Election, Providence, and “All Things for Good” (Sibbes)

“His Mercy Preceded Them” (Augustine on Election)

 The quote below is an outstanding section of Augustine's "Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints."  This selection is a little longer than I usually post and it isn't the easiest thing in the world to read, but I'd encourage you to work through it.  I'm sure you can handle it - it's for sure… Continue reading “His Mercy Preceded Them” (Augustine on Election)

Election and Evangelism (Bucer)

 Some people say that the doctrine of election is a hindrance to evangelism.  I do admit that a hyper-calvinist view of election is a hindrance to evangelism.  However, a historic Reformed, biblical view of election does not get in the way of evangelism at all.  Martin Bucer (d. 1551) put it quite well when he was… Continue reading Election and Evangelism (Bucer)