This collection of sermons from the book of Genesis, deals with an awesome topic that has throughout time been repeatedly misunderstood, unfairly ignored, but most often shamefully denied and taught against. Calvin will cause the reader of these sermons to rightly understand this profound doctrine, to come away with the Biblical truth of the Sovereignty of the Creator, and to understand that God is God and needs not man to excuse or explain away the power of the Potter over the clay as he makes to dishonor the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.
"It is a thing that much troubleth men's spirits, when they see the estate of the world so confused, that the most part do manifestly despite God, and it seemeth that they have conspired with the devil, to the end to give over themselves to all mischief. For this is thought a thing greatly against reason, that GOD should create men to destroy them. Wherefore then is it, that he suffereth the greatest number so to fall? If it be said that this ought to be imputed not to God, but to those that of their own accord throw themselves so to perdition, yet this maketh no whit to the appeasing of those troubles, that we may conceive: For could not God remedy it? Why is it then that he doeth it not? They that allege a simple permission, that God layeth the bridle upon every mans neck, and that every one guideth himself according to his own free will: yet they cannot well undo this knot: to wit, why God hath not created men of another sort: and wherefore he hath suffered that they should be so weak, yea and inclined to evil and corruption: and seeing that he knew their infirmity, wherefore is it, that he doth not help them and provide them some remedy? This therefore is to entangle ourselves in great torments and troubles." - John Calvin
This book contains a Foreword by The Rev. David J. Engelsma, Professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies at the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. There is also an Index of Scriptures referred to by Calvin, and an extensive Subject Index.
John Calvin (1509-1564) was a theological giant of the Protestant Reformation. A contemporary of Martin Luther, he had as much influence over this period of history as his German counterpart. In 1536 he published his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which was a systematic presentation of the Protestant position. His writings are still cherished and relevant today.
"'Sermons on Election and Reprobation' is an edition that respects the historical document and conveys the full style of the original translators but also makes the text accessible to the modern reader."- Dr. Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary