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"In whom we also have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of the One working all things according to the counsel of His will" (Ephesians 1:11) Zanchius (1516-1590) created his age-enduring classic in response to the challenges of those who persisted in charging God with being the Author of sin because He says in the Scriptures that He predestinated all things that come to pass. His answer is irrefutable. The first forty-two pages describes God as He is revealed in His holy Word. He is all-wise and all-powerful. He is perfect and unchangeable. He, being by Himself alone in eternity, determined to create a universe, and to people that universe with being of His own choice. He saw in His mind the entire course of events, and the persons who would act out these events, and having all things completely settled in His mind beforehand, He decreed all things that were to occur. The distinctions thus having been established in His own mind, He at one time, in one act of His will, predestinated all things "according to the counsel of His will." The author then takes up the subject of predestination. The word means to 'deliberate beforehand with ones' self how one shall act; and in consequence of such deliberation to constitute, fore-ordain, and predetermine where and when, how and by whom anything shall be done, and to what end it shall be done. Who else but God is able to both conceive and order all the happenings in time and eternity? This book is not only closely reasoned, but it is backed and proven by Scripture throughout. It is made abundantly clear that men may not absolve themselves of evil because of God=s eternal predestination of allthings. God leaves all men with a freedom to will, but in their total depravity all choose to will only what is evil in the eyes of God. For, "God is not tempted by evils, and He tempts no one. But each one is tempted by his own lusts, having been drawn out and havin
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Release Date Nov 1, 2001
Publisher Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc.
ISBN 1878442252 ISBN13 9781878442253
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Important 16th Century Summary of Reformed Views on Nature of God and Predestination Nov 30, 2005
Jerome Zanchius, 16th century Dutch Reformer, was a student of both Luther and Calvin. In this work he treats two subjects: The Divine Attributes of God and The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination.
Zachius' view of God is thoroughly Reformed: He emphasizes the aspects of Wisdom, Omnipotence, Justice and Mercy (in the Reformed sense). Zanchius' God is not prescient in the sense that He foreknows because He foresees. God's foreknowledge is attached to His will which from the beginning ordained the way things would be. At the moment of creation, God's inviolable and unchangeable will established all things. God cannot change His will (although He may "swerve" within it) or He ceases to be omnipotent. Additionally, Zanchius makes the distinction in the "secret" versus the "revealed" will of God. (It was God's revealed will that Pharaoh let Moses' people go, but His secret will that Pharaoh not do so that He might display His omnipotence and wrath.) Can God, then be blamed for "evil" deeds if He's omnipotent? Zanchius argues "no," because although something may seem to man to be "materially" evil, in God's plan and according to His will, it is not "eventually" evil. Zanchius continues in his presentation to argue that man is responsible for his own sin in spite of God's sovereignty by approaching this concept from a number of angles. While this section may not be convincing to many readers, his next - which I call the "fortitude in submission" argument - is probably the most beautiful part of Zanchius' writing. Finally, Zanchius contends that God, through His actions in the "elect", displays His infinite mercy.
In the next book, "Absolute Predestination," Zanchius harkens back to Augustine and Zanchius' teacher, Calvin, as he preaches a solidly double predestination. The sovereign God whom he has just detailed for the reader in the previous article is wholly and totally responsible for the elect and, therfore, for failing to elect some. This is for His own mysterious, inscrutable purposes. Zanchius defines "election" as personal and corporate, as temporary (as in the case of Judas), or eternal. He illustrates through Scripture examples of his understanding of election and how it applies to the Church and individual believers. In this writing, he displays the reasons for which he spent so much time previously on the Attributes of God since that work serves as a foundation for this second one. In the salutary style of Reformed Christians of his time and since, Zanchius is a forthright expositor of a difficult doctrine that he sees nevertheless as beautiful and a striking witness to the sovereignty of God.
I'm a Roman Catholic with a fine Reformed friend with whom I dialogue regarding God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. I've read quite a bit from St. Augustine (both contra Donatism and Pelagianism), Luther and Calvin (mostly "Institutes") regarding that Christian aspect of sovereignty. I found Zanchius to be an able spokesman of the period for the Reformed view. I recommend him for anyone interested in Christian theology in general and Reformed theology in particular.