John Calvin: Institutes of the Christian Religion


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Book III

Chapter 2: “Of the Eternal Election”

The covenant of life not being equally preached to all, and among those to whom it is preached not always finding the same reception, this diversity discovers the wonderful depth of the Divine judgment. Nor is it to be doubted that this variety also follows, subject to the decision of God's eternal election. If it be evidently the result of the Divine will, that salvation is freely offered to some, and others are prevented from attaining it—this immediately gives rise to important and difficult questions, which are incapable of any...

Source: Oliver J. Thatcher, ed., The Library of Original Sources, vol. 5. Milwaukee: University...

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