Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Coming on Matt Chandler, And a Word From an Original Evangelical Calvinist

I never finished my last installment on Matt Chandler's and John Piper's Calvinism; and my last installment was to be the most constructive and offer a positive way (meaning the way I would like to approach these issues through Evangelical Calvinism) forward for us as people of the Christian Triune God. So my next post will be this last installment. To whet your appetite here is an original Evangelical Calvinist, Hugh Binning (1627-1653), on the joys of being in communion and union with our God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:

. . . our salvation is not the business of Christ alone but the whole Godhead is interested in it deeply, so deeply, that you cannot say, who loves it most, or likes it most. The Father is the very fountain of it, his love is the spring of all -- "God so loved the world that he hath sent his Son". Christ hath not purchased that eternal love to us, but it is rather the gift of eternal love . . . Whoever thou be that wouldst flee to God for mercy, do it in confidence. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, are ready to welcome thee, all of one mind to shut out none, to cast out none. But to speak properly, it is but one love, one will, one council, and purpose in the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, for these Three are One, and not only agree in One, they are One, and what one loves and purposes, all love and purpose. (Thomas F. Torrance, quoting Hugh Binning, "Scottish Theology," 79)

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