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Chosen in Christ: Revisiting the Contours of Predestination (Reformed, Exegetical and Doctrinal Studies | REDS)

, 2018
ISBN: 9781527102354
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Cornel Venema revisits the important doctrine of predestination to re-familiarize the church with truths about God’s sovereignty in salvation. But he does not merely re–visit old ground but also engages a host of historic and contemporary challenges to the doctrine. He addresses the subject from exegetical, historical, contemporary, and pastoral vantage points.

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  • Provides exegetical, historical, contemporary, and pastoral insights on predestination
  • Discusses corresponding themes of election, free-will, and foreknowledge
  • Compares the Reformed doctrine of predestination to other views
  • The Doctrine of Election in the Old Testament
  • The Doctrine of Election in the New Testament
  • The Doctrine of Election in the Pauline Epistles
  • Augustine’s Doctrine of Election: ‘What Do You Have That You Have Not Received?’
  • The Doctrine of Election in Reformation Theology
  • The Arminian Doctrine of Conditional Election and The Canons of Dort
  • Karl Barth’s Revision of the Augustinian/Calvinist View of Election: God’s Election to Be the God Who is For Us in Jesus Christ
  • Neo-Arminianism: Free-will or Open Theism–God Neither Elects Nor Foreknows Those Whom He Will Save
  • Concluding Theological and Pastoral Reflections

Top Highlights

“God’s foreknowledge is His prior (pre-temporal) commitment to treat those whom He predestines with special favor” (Page 95)

“In the history of theology, predestination is ordinarily viewed as consisting of two parts, ‘election’ and ‘reprobation’” (Page 19)

“then doesn’t it follow that God has no basis for finding fault with those toward whom He does not will to show mercy” (Page 103)

“God does not choose Israel to be His people because she is holy, He does choose her in order that she might be holy” (Page 32)

“God’s grace allows Him to command what He will and give to us the ability to do what He commands” (Page 322)

As a doctoral student I found Professor Venema’s work on predestination during the Reformation period immensely helpful. But this book brings abundant exegesis and theological argument to bear on a controversial but wonderful truth. I’m delighted to commend such a learned and helpful work.

—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology & Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California

This is an important book for the lucid and instructive treatment of predestination it provides. Composed of in-depth biblical, historical, and theological discussions with some concluding pastoral reflections, it will greatly benefit all who are interested in this doctrine and the crucial issues involved—issues, the author shows convincingly, that concern nothing less than the heart of the gospel.

—Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania

Cornel Venema had given us a careful, thoughtful, and very helpful study of predestination: its biblical foundations, its historical development in Augustine and the Reformation, its modern challenges from Arminius, Barth, and open-theism, and its pastoral significance. Throughout Venema provides an excellent exposition and defense of the Reformed doctrine of election.

—W. Robert Godfrey, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Church History, Westminster Seminary, California

Cornelius P. Venema is President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies at Mid–America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana. He is also co–editor and frequent contributor to The Outlook and the Mid–America Journal of Theology.


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