Quote of the Week

"We shall never be clearly persuaded, as we ought to be, that our salvation flows from the wellspring of God's free mercy until we come to know his eternal election, which illumines God's grace by this contrast: that he does not indiscriminately adopt all into the hope of salvation but gives to some what he denies to others. How much the ignorance of this principle detract from God's glory, how much it takes away from true humility, is well known."
Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion Book III Chapter XXI Section 1.


  1. This is a great quote. It simply explains, that it's not anything that we do which finds us just before a holy God. But because of God's grace and mercy.

  2. Am I allowed to disagree with this quote? :-)

    "He [God] does not indiscriminately adopt all into the hope of salvation but gives to some what he denies to others." I'm really struggling with this idea, I'm afraid!

    Surely, if God denies the hope of Salvation to some, then He has no grounds to condemn them to Hell because they have not be given the opportunity to choose or reject Salvation? If God is a just God, surely everyone has to have the same opportunity if they are to be judged by the same rules?

    "Ascribe greatness to our God!
    The Rock! His work is perfect,
    For all His ways are just;
    A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
    Righteous and upright is He." (Deut 32:3-4)

  3. Tabitha,
    I believe 'hope of salvation,' as Calvin uses it here, is not referring to Gods offer of salvation to all people, but rather to the hope that the elect have: See verses like Col 1:5 'For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven', and 1Th 5:8 'let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation,' or Heb6:18, and 1Jn3:3.
    Clearly not all have this hope, since not all are 'predestinated... unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will'(Eph1:5).

    Forgive me if misunderstood you!

  4. I also felt that it was talking about the "hope of salvation" offered to Gods elect. I do feel that the quote written is quite difficult to understand. Even though it's speaks of Gods great love towards us and his merciful grace..

  5. Philip, thank you for replying to my questions.

    What is the difference between the hope of salvation and God's offer of salvation to all the world? Are you suggesting that God's offer of salvation to all the world is not genuine - that He is lying to most of them really?

  6. God has gave man free will to choose whether to follow him and walk with him. God sent his son into the world to save sinners, whosoever believeth on him. God gave us a way to deliver us from an eternal death. A person who has the hope of salvation already has salvation it is an assurance. The other one is to do with the Gospel.
    Is that in anyway helpful?

  7. Anonymous, I definitely agree with what you've just said. In other words, John 3:16. :-)

    I'm still a bit confused, though, because both Anonymous and Philip have talked about "the elect" or "God's elect". The dictionary meaning (and common understanding) of this term is to be chosen by God for salvation - and that isn't the same thing as "God gave man free will to choose whether to follow him"? So are you simply using this term to refer to Christians or do you mean something more by it?

  8. It is a difficult topic, most christians dont understand it, as it is a hard thing to explain. We just accept it as the will of God, and be thankful that we have a God who knows all and understands all. Even though we dont. :)

  9. Tabitha, thanks for coming back on that. I was using 'election' as per your dictionary definition, referring to Christians.
    I think the difference between 'hope of salvation,' as used here, and God's offer of salvation, is simply that, -one is a hope, the other is an offer. Those who are saved can say 'Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,' (Heb6:19). Those who are in rebellion against Christ cannot say that. I dont quite see yet how that would make God's offer of salvation not genuine?

    In terms of free will, man has no good thing in himself and left to himself will not turn to Christ, because he is in bondage to sin; if any are saved, its purely by God's grace; 'For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.'(2Cor4:6), and Jesus said 'without me you can do nothing' etc...

    hope that clarifies a bit what I meant!


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