A Prayer of General Thanksgiving – Book of Common Prayer

September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Ch for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

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Atonement and Common Grace

August 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Dr. R. Scott Clark has written and article on this very subject that has been published in Table Talk.
http://heidelblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/atonement-and-common-grace/
It is worth a read.

If anyone is interested in reading on this subject more, a large amount of primary source material can be found at the following website.
http://calvinandcalvinism.com/

Blessings,
Terry W. West

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John Davenant on the Relationship Between Predestination and the Conditions of the Gospel

August 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

In the following section John Davenant is answering the objections of the semi-pelegian to absolute predestination.

“Unto all these and the like inferences and opinions we answer briefly three things. First, That Predestination is absolute not because it intendeth the bring of any man unto eternal life without performing the conditions which God in his most gracious decree of Election doth as absolutely and certainly ordain men unto saving grace as unto everlasting glory. Secondly, That in the Divine Predestination there is always included a prescience of the faith and perseverance of all such as are elected: yet so, that this prescience is not the antecedent motive unto their Election, but this foreseen faith and perseverance is a consequent fruit or effect of the Divine Election. Lastly. That there is a decree conditional established by God concerning mans salvation, namely, That if any man repent, believe and persevere, he shall most certainly be saved. But we say it is an abuse of the Word, to call this the decree of God’s Election or Predestination. For the truth of this decree may stand good and firm though no man living should believe or attain unto eternal life. But the Divine predestination or Election is such a decree as infallibly in some men produceth faith, and bringeth unto eternal life a certain number of persons known only unto God himself.”

Source: John Davenant Animadversions p.15&16

John Davenant (A.D. 1572-1641)

Worth Quoting – John Davenant on Predestination

August 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

1. Predestination is an eternal decree and purpose of God, in time causing effectual grace in all those whom he hath chosen, and by this effectual grace bringing them infallibly unto glory.

2. Predestination being an imminent and eternal act of Divine understanding and will, cannot be conceived of as dependent on any foreseen temporal acts of mans free-will.

3. A prime and eternal cause cannot depend upon the self-same acts which they thereby caused. If therefore predestination be a prime and eternal cause from whence Peter’s faith, repentance and perseverance were derived, his foreseen faith, repentance and perseverance, cannot in any good sense be imagined antecedent cause, merits, conditions or motives unto Divine predestination.

Source: John Davenant Animadversions p. 8&9

John Davenant (A.D. 1572-1641)

Worth Quoting – Jacobus Kimedoncius on Christ Died for All Men

August 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

“At this day we are slandered of Malicious men of a new crime that is feigned against us, as though we should deny that Christ died for all men. An impudent reproach.”

Jacobus Kimedoncius (A.D. 1550-1596)

Worth Quoting – James Montgomery Boice on Common Grace to All Persons

August 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

I have spoken of “common grace” in the sense that God’s genuine affection has been poured out upon all persons regardless of who they are or what wrongs they may have done. As Jesus said, God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45). Common grace? Yes! But in another sense, it is not at all common. It is most uncommon. It is extraordinary, and it leads us to the most uncommon or extraordinary love of all. We find it in Romans 5:6-8: “At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

James Montgomery Boice (A.D. 1938-2000)

Worth Quoting – James Montgomery Boice on Common Grace

August 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

“If you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, you are in the same position as Joseph’s brothers at this point in the story (see Genesis 43:15-34). You have sinned against your elder brother, the Lord Jesus Christ, by denying his claims and refusing his proper lordship over your life. He has used means to awaken you to your need and bring you to an open confession of sin. But you have gone only so far as God’s tactics have forced you to go; even though he has been most loving and gracious toward you, you have not acknowledged his hand in these benefits.

I want you to awaken to God’s goodness. I want you to see that all you are and all you have are a result of God’s common grace to you.”

James Montgomery Boice (A.D. 1938-2000)

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