Thursday, December 05, 2019

Calvin: the uses of election

Thursday, December 5, 2019
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
    —Ephesians 1:3-6 (NIV)
    Few realize how much injury the dogma that baptism is necessary for salvation, badly expounded, has entailed. As a consequence, they are less cautious. For, where the opinion has prevailed that all are lost who have not happened to be baptized with water, our condition is worse than that of God’s ancient people—as if the grace of God were now more restricted than under the Law!
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. II, tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, IV.xv.20, p. 491-492 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 1:3-6; Luke 19:10; 23:43; John 17:3; 1 Tim. 1:15-16; Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You chose Your church before the world began.
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