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    Quote from Romans: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

    romans1.jpgRomans St. Andrew's Expositional Commentary by R. C. Sproul
    The word predestinate in the Greek text also contains the prefix pro-. The word is proorizo, which means, according to the Greek lexicons, “a sovereign determination in which a fixed or definite limit is sovereignly decreed.” So, as the English word suggests, there is a destiny for certain people that God, from the foundation of the world, has established. He has fixed it. He has determined it according to the sovereign good pleasure of his will. Nowhere in Scripture is a foreseen, conditional, human response ever given as the rationale for the eternal decree by which God fixes for all eternity those whom he ordains and chooses for redemption. – p.289

    Posted by John on January 4, 2010 06:19 PM


    Dr. Sproul has been a blessing to me for years. God used the teaching ministry of Dr. Sproul early in my walk with the Lord to form my doctrinal view of scripture and the sovereign grace of God. I can't wait to get both of these new commentaries. Just ordered them yesterday.

    God Bless,

    Frank Rollberg

    The argument between predestination and freewill has been going on for many centuries. I take a more predestinarian view of human salvation for some of the following reasons.
    Firstly, if man can choose his salvation, then that means that man did something to earn his salvation. This goes against the idea in Ephesians, that man is not saved by works.
    Secondly, in John's Gospel, even Christians are described as sheep. Sheep are ignorant by nature. If Christians are like sheep, then they would be too ignorant to take any step in being able to have God's salvific gift administered to them. Therefore, in God's sovereignty He must administer the gift to His chosen ones.

    For more reading on this topic, go to the website and look up the book written by Jay Green Jerome Zanchius entitled, "Absolute Predestination", in which he defends from a predestinarian view that God is not responsible for sin. Further into the book, he tackles more specifically the idea of predestination relating to human beings.

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