GERSTNER: PREDESTINATION

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The Reformed view of Predestination holds that, left to himself, no fallen person would ever choose God. Fallen people still have a free will and are able to choose what they desire. But the problem is that we have no desire for God and will not choose Christ unless first regenerated. Faith is a gift that comes out of rebirth. Only those who are elect will ever respond to the gospel in faith.

The elect do choose Christ, but only because they were first chosen by God. As in the case of Jacob and Esau, the elect are chosen solely on the basis of the sov­ereign good pleasure of God and not on the basis of any­thing they have done or will do. Paul declares:

And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him who calls), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” … So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

Romans 9:10-12, 16

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The following sermon was preached by Dr. John Gerstner.  Gerstner was the teacher and mentor of great theologians such as Drs. Carl Bogue and R.C. Sproul.

My apologies for the poor recording. The audio is extracted from a very old audio cassette. The original recording had numerous problems .  However, the work has been restored, re-mastered and digitized to the best of my ability using Sony Sound Forge Pro 10 audio restoration technology.

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