June 2011

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: