The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination

 

Jerom Zanchius

 


 

INTRODUCTION

OBSERVATIONS On The Divine Attributes, Necessary To Be Premised, In Order To Our Better Understanding The Doctrint Of Predestination.

Although the great and ever-blessed God is a being absolutely simple and infinitely remote from all shadow of composition, He is, nevertheless, in condescension to our weak and contracted faculties, represented in Scripture as possessed of divers Properties, or Attributes, which, though seemingly different from His Essence, are in reality essential to Him, and constitutive of His very Nature.

Of these attributes, those on which we shall now particularly descant (as being more immediately concerned in the ensuing subject) are the following ones:

I. His eternal wisdom and foreknowledge

II. The absolute freedom and liberty of His will

III. The perpetuity and unchangeableness both of Himself and His decrees

IV. His omnipotence

V. His justice

VI. His mercy

Without an explication of these, the doctrine of Predestination cannot be so well understood, and we shall, therefore, briefly consider them by way of preliminary to the main subject.

 

MAIN SUBJECT

THE Doctrine Of Absolute Predestination Stated And Asserted.

Chapter I. Wherein the terms commonly made use of in treating of this subject, are defined and explained.

Chapter II. Wherein the doctrine of predestination is explained, as it relates in general to all men.

Chapter III. Concerning election unto life, or predestination as it respects the saints in particular.

Chapter IV. Of Reprobation, or predestination as it respects the ungodly.

Chapter V. Showing that the scripture doctrine of predestination should be openly preached and insisted on;
and for what reasons.

 

APPENDICES

* Concerning the "Fate" of the ancients, from the latin of Justus Lipsius.

* The predestination of the Mahometans.

* The Predestination of the Papists.