An Unchangeable Election: An Extract from Professor Giger’s Translation from Turretin -- By: Charles Eugene Edwards

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 091:363 (Jul 1934)
Article: An Unchangeable Election: An Extract from Professor Giger’s Translation from Turretin
Author: Charles Eugene Edwards


An Unchangeable Election:
An Extract from Professor Giger’s Translation from Turretin

Charles Eugene Edwards

Turretin, The “Aristotle of Theology,” one of Calvin’s successors in Geneva, is practically inaccessible. The last edition of his Latin volumes is dated in 1847. Professor Giger’s manuscript translation still awaits a fund for its publication, about one-third of it having been typewritten.

In “Question XII,” concerning the Decrees, Turretin asks, “Is the Election of some certain men to salvation constant and immutable?” In stating this question, the inquiry is not concerning the subjective certainty of Election on our part; but concerning the objective certainty, and on the part of the thing. Not, whether the elect can fall on his part, which experience teaches us is too true, if he were left to himself; but, whether he can fall on the part of the decree, by which he was elected to salvation. Nor, is Election so certain that means may be disregarded, and that no matter what man may do, he will be saved necessarily?

1. The reasons are, firstly, Because there is the same reason of the decree of Election as of the other decrees of God, seen from Ps 33:11; Numbers 23:19; Mal 3:6; James 1:17; Isa 46:10, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” where with the immutability of the decree is noted the infallibility of the event. Hence the Scripture attributes to Election immutability of counsel, Heb 6:17, and the purpose which stands, Rom 9:11. And it testifies elsewhere,

that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance, Rom 11:29. If, in truth, the gifts and calling, flowing from Election, are without repentance, why should not Election itself, their cause, also be without repentance? This very unrepentable Election and vocation by working in man irresistibly gives him the power to will and to perfect, and keeps him from ever repenting of the gift received, by producing repentance not to be repented of, 2 Cor 7:10.

Here belongs the remarkable passage of Paul, 2 Tim 2:19, “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.” Where there are many reasons as words. For because the Church is the house of the living God, and...

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