Calvin, Election and Assurance

Calvin was well aware of the struggles that many people have with election. Most common is the objection, "But that's not fair!" That is not my concern this morning, as it is commonly dealt with elsewhere. Less frequently discussed is the fear that this doctrine sometimes produces in Christians who wonder, "Am I one of the chosen? Did God pick me for salvation, or do I just wish He had."

Commenting on Acts 13:48, "... as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed." Calvin says:

Again, because many entangle themselves in doubtful and thorny imaginations, whilst that they seek for their salvation in the hidden counsel of God, let us learn that the election of God is therefore approved by faith, that our minds may be turned unto Christ, as unto the pledge of election, and that they may seek no other certainty save that which is revealed to us in the gospel; I say, let this seal suffice us, that "whosoever believeth in the only-begotten Son of God hath eternal life," (John 3:36).

In other words, we don't receive assurance of salvation by trying to figure out God's hidden counsel. Our hope is not in something that cannot be known. Our hope is in One who can be known -- Jesus, God's Son. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.

Comments

People who wish for fairness

People who wish for fairness are asking for death, hell and the grave. I want mercy, not fairness...

Amen!

Amen!

To all of Calvin’s Elect,

To all of Calvin’s Elect, even though you “did not have a choice” you should thank Calvin’s god, just think of the billions of people “who did not have a choice”…

Dear Anon, I'm not sure who

Dear Anon,

I'm not sure who you are quoting when you say, "did not have a choice." It certainly isn't me, and your comment has nothing to do with the post.

But speaking of choice, here is one for you to make: Will you turn to God and receive eternal life, or will you reject Him and receive the punishment that we all deserve?

"Whosoever believeth in the only-begotten Son of God hath eternal life," (John 3:36).

It doesn't really matter if

It doesn't really matter if you ask me a question about my salvation and you know that, so the question is insincere. Nothing you could ask me, would or could change a thing according to Calvin.

>>Nothing you could ask me,

>>Nothing you could ask me, would or could change a thing according to Calvin.

You are obviously not familiar with Calvin. John Gill maybe?

Two responses

Jesus said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day." -John 6:44

There are two responses to this. That of hardness:
"Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?" -Romans 9:19

Or that of the leper, who "came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, 'If You are willing, You can make me clean.'" -Mark 1:40

O Anonymous, don't blame Him. Come to Him! For "him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" -John 6:37