Saturday Morning Calvinistic Musings

This is what I do now instead of watching Saturday morning cartoons. I dig Calvin, but I definitely miss Duke, Airborne, Beachhead, and the rest of the G.I. Joe gang. He never gives up, you know. He’s always there. Fighting for freedom over land and air.

Journal Entry for October 13, 2007

There is a powerful statement in Matthew 11:27 concerning unconditional election and irresistible grace: “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

In other words, all people either know the Father or do not know the Father. Those who know the Father know him only because the Son has chosen to reveal Him to them. So, the crucial difference in knowing or not knowing the Father is bound up with something the Son does, not with something we do. Namely, it is bound up with the Son’s gracious self-disclosure of the Father, not with any human effort to come to know God. Therefore, the elect are essentially those to whom the Son has chosen to make the Father known, while the non-elect are those to whom he has not made Him known.

In addition, while it certainly isn’t explicit, it seems clear that all to whom the Son reveals the Father know the Father. In other words, it is impossible for the Son to reveal the Father, as he truly is in all his beauty and glory, to a person and them not to “know” Him. On the face of it, the text seems to imply that those to whom the Son chooses to reveal the Father assuredly know Him. There is no such thing as a person to whom the Son has revealed the Father who then rejects what they see and remains lost.

I am led to worship, then, the God whom I could not possibly know apart from his gracious self-revelation, whose beauty and glory overwhelmed my hard-hearted rebellion the moment that the Son chose to reveal the Father to me.

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One thought on “Saturday Morning Calvinistic Musings”

  1. I struggle with this constantly. It seems that the argument turns on what it means to “know” God (…no one knows the father…) Various translations say “fully knows” or “has knowledge of” so an interpretation of simple “awareness” or even “acknowledgment necessary for salvation” seems potentially incomplete. Then too passages like Romans 1:20 have to be considered as do possibilities like the son chooses to reveal him to everyone.

    It is probable (wrt romans 1:20) that everyone *does* know the father yet some (many?) reject him.

    Knowledge of the Father, it would seem, does not equal election/salvation (e.g Demons).

    anyway, just my $.02

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