world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.? <451105>Romans 11:5-7 ? ?Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. But if it is by grace, it is no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. What then? That which Israel seeketh for, that he obtained not; but the election obtained is and the rest were hardened.? <490104>Ephesians 1:4-6 ? ?even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to ?the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved?; <600102>1 Peter 1:2 ? elect, ?according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.?
That condemnation is not an act of sovereignty, but ofjustice, appears from <450205>Romans 2:5-9 ? ?who will render to every man according to his works...wrath and indignation...upon every soul of man that worketh evil.? 2Thess. 1:6-9 ? ?a righteous thing with God to recompense affliction to them that afflict you... rendering vengeance to them that know not God and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus: who shall suffer punishment? Particular persons are elected, not to have Christ die for them, but to have special influences of the Spirit bestowed upon them.
(d) Those Supralapsarians who hold to the Anselmic view of a limited Atonement, make the decrees #3 and #4 just mentioned, exchange places, the decree of election thus preceding the decree to provide redemption. The Scriptural reasons for preferring the order here given have been already indicated in our treatment of the extent of the Atonement (pages 771-773).
When #3 and #4 thus change places, #3 should be made to read: ?The decree to provide in Christ a salvation sufficient for the elect? and #4 should read: ?The decree that a certain number should be saved or, in other words, the decree of Election.? Supralapsarianism of the first sort may be found in Turretin, loc. 4, ques. 9; Cunningham, Hist. Theol., 416-439. A. J. F. Behrends: ?The divine decree is our last word in theology, not our first word. It represents the terminus ad quern, not the terminus a quo. Whatever comes about in the exercise of human freedom and of divine grace ? that God has decreed.? Yet we must grant that Calvinism needs to be supplemented by a more express statement of God?s love for the world. Herrick Johnson: ?Across the Westminster Confession could justly be written: ?The Gospel for the elect only.? That
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