03 July, 2017

Canons of Dordt, III/IV:8—“ God hath … declared … what will be acceptable to him … that all … should come unto him”



As many as are called by the gospel are unfeignedly called. For God hath most earnestly and truly shown in his Word what is pleasing to him, namely, that those who are called should come to him. He, moreover, seriously promises eternal life and rest to as many as shall come to him and believe on him (Canons of Dordt, III/IV:8).

Alternate Version:

As many as are called by the gospel are unfeignedly called; for God hath most earnestly and truly declared in his Word what will be acceptable to him, namely, that all who are called should comply with the invitation. He, moreover, seriously promises eternal life and rest to as many as shall come to him, and believe on him” (Canons of Dordt, III/IV:8, in Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom, pp. 565-566).



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Prof. David J. Engelsma

[Source: The Standard Bearer, vol. 50, no. 6 (Dec. 15th 1973), p. 135; emphasis added.]

When the Canons say that “God hath … declared … what will be acceptable to him (or, pleasing to him), namely, that all who are called, should come unto him,” this does not mean that God loves all and desires the salvation of all. The Canons have been busy in Heads I and II refuting this very notion. But the meaning is that the activity of coming to Christ is pleasing to God, whereas the refusal to come in faith is displeasing to Him, and God makes this known in the preaching when He calls men. Therefore, when men wickedly refuse to come to the marriage, the king of the parable in Matthew 22 sends out the army of His wrath to kill those obstinate men.

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More to come! (DV)



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