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.
“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.