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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Thursday, December 06, 2012

More of Calvin Against God's "Sincere" Desire to Save All Men Without Exception

Calvin clearly says that the Gentiles were excluded from salvation until the coming of Christ:
I will content myself, therefore, with one example only. God willed not that the doctrine of the Gospel should be preached unto the Gentiles, and He withheld it from them even until the coming of Christ. And therefore it is, that the apostle calls the Gospel "the mystery that was hidden from ages;" nay, that was unknown to the angels themselves in heaven (Colossians 1:26; 1 Peter 1:12).  -- John Calvin, Calvin's Calvinism.
Although there are notable exceptions such as Rahab the harlot, the general and normative principle is that salvation in the Old Testament came only through God's covenant of grace with Abraham and through the later nation of Israel.  (Genesis 17:5; Genesis 32:28;  Deuteronomy 9:4-6; Acts 4:10, 12; John 14:6).  God desires to save His elect and no one else.  (Ephesians 1:4-5, 10, 11; Ephesians 2:8-10).

Click here to see the context of the above quote:  Calvin's Calvinism - "A Defence of the Secret Providence of God" - Section II

2 comments:

Rubin O. Wits said...

(Colossians 1:26; 1 Peter 1:12)

These are such heavy verses, showing God's (comforting) sovereignty.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Amen. If not for God's sovereignty we would all despair. Trusting His promises to His people is the only true hope.

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