20 August, 2016

FAQ—Why is God continuing and sustaining this world’s existence apart from common grace?




Q. 1. If there is no common grace, then why is God continuing and sustaining this world's existence?”

“... for no other reason does he [i.e., God] sustain the world than to collect from it the number of the elect ...” (Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, vol. 3, p. 42).

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Q. 2. “Why do the reprobate/non-elect still exist? What purpose does their continuance on earth serve?”

The reprobate are here for the purpose of the salvation of the elect. As the corn plant is necessary for the corn kernels, the reprobate are necessary for the salvation of the elect. The elect church is like a building that God builds throughout history; the reprobate are the scaffolding. (Prof. Herman C. Hanko)







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