Predestination

Before The Foundation of The World

This election the word of God proposes unto us as the gracious, immutable decree of Almighty God, whereby, before the foundation of the world, out of his own good pleasure, he chose certain men, determining to free them from sin and misery, to bestow upon them grace and faith, to give them unto Christ, to bring them to everlasting blessedness, […]

We Do What We Can, He Does What He Wills, and He Never Fails

In all our intentions, if the defect be not in the error of our understandings, which may be rectified by better information, when we cannot do that which we would, we will do that which we can: the alteration of our purpose is for want of power to fulfil it ; which impotency cannot be ascribed to Almighty God, who […]

God Is Either Ignorant, Accidental, Or Omnipotent

If God’s determination concerning any thing should have a temporal original, it must needs be either because he then perceived some goodness in it of which before he was ignorant, or else because some accident did affix a real goodness to some state of things which it had not from him; neither of which, without abominable blasphemy, can be affirmed, seeing […]

It Is Not The Purpose of God That All Are Pardoned

When God holds out to any a promise of the pardon of sin, this does not signify to any singular man that it is the purpose of God that his sin shall be pardoned. For if so, then either all men must be pardoned to whom the word of promise comes,—which is not; or else God fails of his […]