G. C. Berkouwer On “Election And The Hiddenness Of God”


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In his discussion, “Election and the Hiddenness of God” in Divine Election (Chapter Four, pp.102-131), G. C. Berkouwer emphasizes that God’s hiddenness is not to be set over against His salvation. He rejects a concept of God’s hiddenness which “separates the God of revelation from our lives and mitigates the absolute trustworthiness of that revelation” (p. 125). Even in confessing God’s salvation, faith acknowledges that it does not know everything about God (pp. 120-121, especially  the reference to Isaiah 45:15 – “Truly You are a God who has been hiding Himself, the God and Saviour of Israel.”). Although our knowledge of God in Christ is confessed to be true and reliable, we must not presume upon complete knowledge (p. 124 – especially the reference to John 14:9 – “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”). The attempt to attain to complete knowledge is admonished for its spiritual…

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Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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