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10 Things You Should Know about the Theology of John Calvin

May 8, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 2 Comments


doug sayers

May 9, 2017

I am wondering how Calvin would account for the saving faith of folks like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Rahab, and others in the OT record who would have had no access to the knowledge of Christ or even the OT revelation / scriptures. I suppose he would have assumed that they must have received some kind of "special revelation" but that seems forced.

I find it odd reasoning and hard to accept, biblically, that the revelation of God's attributes clearly seen in creation and in functioning conscience would be sufficient to damn those who suppress it but insufficient for salvation in those who receive it in faith, via common grace. I don't think those folks could enjoy much assurance but I have yet to understand why we should assume that everyone who has never heard of Jesus should be presumed to perish, given God's stated love for the world and Christ's propitiation for the whole world.

It makes more sense that God's grace would always be sufficient for the revelation that He gives to each individual. Unto whom much is given much is expected...

Or, as Kenny Rogers' old Gambler would say, "Every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser."

Daniel Harris

May 9, 2017

I am trying to read through Calvin's Institutes this year, and I am about a third of the way through. For all his intellect it is thus far a surprisingly understandable and edifying read! I appreciate Calvin's high view of God, and just how much Scripture saturates his writing. I encourage Christians (even your non-five pointers) to give it a read through!

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