09 February, 2017

Richard A. Muller (1948-) on Ezekiel 18:23

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? (Ezek. 18:23).


[Source: “A Tale of Two Wills? Calvin, Amyraut, and Du Moulin on Ezekiel 18:23,” in Calvin and the Reformed Tradition on the Work of Christ and the Order of Salvation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012), p. 123, emphasis added.]

Where Calvin resolved the issue of the universal call and particular election by simply declaring a resolution in the fact that, as promised, the repentant are saved [in Ezekiel 18:23], Amyraut indicated a double divine intentionality. Du Moulin was quite correct in this particular criticism: neither the passage itself, nor Calvin’s reading of it, had anything to do with two wills in God ... Calvin in fact stated that it was ‘absurd to suppose a double will of God.’

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