Westminster Confession, Chapter 3, Paragraph 8
8-The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men, attending the will of God revealed in his Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God; and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.
Here ends the confessions section on the doctrine of predestination and election. I mentioned in an earlier post that it is a very humbling doctrine for those whom have been elected unto eternal life. The confession today brings out the resulting glory that is due unto God for such a great salvation.
he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
It also brings out the tremendous joy and assurance that should accompany this doctrine…
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Along with the care that should be given to make our calling and election sure…
2 Peter 1:10
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
May the Lord bless and encourage you as you grow in the depth and knowledge of these unsearchable and secret things.