Outline of John Edwards' God's Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men
Romans 9:18. We observe in the text,
Doctrine. God exercises his sovereignty in the eternal salvation
- God's different dealing with men. He hath mercy on some, and
- The foundation of his different dealing w/mankind; viz. his
sovereign will and pleasure.
- The sovereignty of God is his absolute, independent right of disposing
of all creatures according to his own pleasure. The will of God is called
his mere pleasure:
- In opposition to any constraint,
- In opposition to its being under the will of another,
- In opposition to any proper obligation.
- What God's sovereignty in the salvation of men implies.
- God can, without predudice to the glory of any of his attributes,
bestow salvation on any of the children of men, except on those who
have committed the sin against the Holy Ghost.
- God may save any of them without prejudice to the honour of his
- God may save any of the children of men without prejudice to the
honour of his majesty.
- God may save any sinner whatsoever consistently with his justice.
- God can save any sinner whatsoever, without any prejudice to the
honour of his truth.
- God may refuse salvation to any sinner whatsoever, without prejudice
to the honour of any of his attributes.
- God may deny salvation to any natural person without any injury to
the honour of his righteousness.
- God may deny salvation to any unconverted person whatever without
any prejudice to the honour of his goodness.
- It is in no way prejudicial to the honour of God's faithfulness.
- God does actually exercise his sovereignty in men's salvation.
- In calling one people or nation, and giving them the means of grace,
and leaving others without them.
- In the advantages he bestows upon particular persons.
- In sometimes bestowing salvation upon the low and mean, and denying
it to the wise and great.
- In bestowing salvation on some who have had few advantages.
- In calling some to salvation, who have been very heinously wicked,
and leaving others, who have been moral and religious persons.
- In saving some of those who seek salvation, and not others.
- The reasons for this exercise.
- It is agreeable to God's design in the creation of the universe
to exercise every attribute, and thus to manifest the glory of each
- The more excellent the creature is over whom God is sovereign, and
the greater the matter in which he so appears, the more glorious is his
- Hence we learn how absolutely we are dependent on God in this great
matter of the eternal salvation of our souls.
- Let us with the greatest humility adore the awful and absolute
sovereignty of God.
- Those who are in a state of salvation are to attribute it to sovereign
grace alone, and to give all the praise to him, who maketh them to differ
- Hence we learn what cause we have to admire the grace of God, that
he should condescend to become bound to us by covenant; etc. Let us,
therefore, labour to submit to the sovereignty of God.
- To guard those who seek salvation from two opposite extremes -
presumption and discouragement.