The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

 I really like these reflections by Anthony Hoekema on the effectual call of God.  Hoekema first gives an objection, then a clear answer and an illustration.  This post is a bit longer than my usual ones, but it's not too tough to read/follow - and it's comforting! A final objection which could be raised is… Continue reading The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

It Is The Lord Who Sends Afflictions (Chrysostom)

 I ran across this great quote from Chrysostom on God's sovereignty in affliction.  These are his comments on Job 2:10: "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and not receive evil?" (Geneva Bible).  It's worth reading a few times! This text means that if we actually experienced only misfortunes, we would still need… Continue reading It Is The Lord Who Sends Afflictions (Chrysostom)

Evil and God’s Sovereignty (Blocher)

 Some of the more difficult texts in Scripture include those verses that seem to say God is involved in evil.  For example, in 1 Samuel 16:14 we read, "Now the Spirit of the Lord had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him" (NET).  Of Eli's wicked sons we read… Continue reading Evil and God’s Sovereignty (Blocher)

The Absolute Sovereignty and Supremacy of God (Hodge)

 Charles Hodge left behind several hand written sermons he gave on various passages from Romans.  They are quite good to say the least!  I just finished his sermon called "Glory of Salvation" based on Romans 11:33-36.  At one point in the sermon he says that these words of Paul have to do with the "absolute… Continue reading The Absolute Sovereignty and Supremacy of God (Hodge)

He Inclines Their Wills (Augustine)

 In 1 Kings 12 Solomon's son Rehoboam had just become Israel's new king.  Israel begged him to lighten the yoke of hard service.  To make a longer story short, Rehoboam flatly refused and told them that he'd instead add to the hard service (1 Ki 12:11, 14).  Scripture gives us this insight in the middle… Continue reading He Inclines Their Wills (Augustine)