Archive for November 16th, 2010

5:5 The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled (2Sa 24:1; 2Ch 32:25, 2Ch 32:26, 2Ch 32:31); and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support unto Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends (Psa 73:1-28; Psa 77:1-10, Psa 77:12; Mar 14:66-72; Joh 21:15-17; 2Co 12:7-9).

source: Westminster Confession of Faith

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3:5 Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory (Rom 8:30; Eph 1:4, Eph 1:9, Eph 1:11; 1Th 5:9; 2Ti 1:9), out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto (Rom 9:11, Rom 9:13, Rom 9:16; Eph 1:4, Eph 1:9): and all to the praise of His glorious grace (Eph 1:6, Eph 1:12).

Source: Westminster Confession of Faith

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