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What Augustine says elsewhere is worthy of notice. " Paul (observes he) does not break off the discourse of the adversaries by a severe reproof when they are contending against God with profane petulance, as if the justice of God required a solemn defence, but he expresses himself in the way which he thought most expedient. Certain foolish persons consider that the apostle failed in his reply on this occasion, and that having no reason to give, he merely repressed the audacity of the opponents.
In this same manner God is also said to " raise up " prophets and ministers of salvation, that no man might claim any of these things to himself on the ground of his own industry. Therefore, the meaning of Moses has been faithfully expressed by the term, " raised up," if you will but so receive it; nor did Paul receive it otherwise. And most certainly the expression " raised up " comprehends, not less distinctly than summarily, what he had touched upon both concerning the elect and the reprobate, since he is claiming for God the right and the power to have mercy on whom He will, and to harden whom He will, according to His own pleasure and purpose.
Christ, however, testifies that the meaning of His words is very different from this. For He adds immediately afterwards, " There are some among you who believe not. " Now Christ would have uttered all this in vain, and out of place, if faith were not an especial gift of God. But that is the clearest of all which He conclusively adds in continuation of His discourse. " Herein He shews that the prophecy of Isaiah is then fulfilled when God, by His Spirit, speaks to His children and disciples within, in order that He may deliver them into the hands and possession of Christ.
Calvin's Calvinism : Treatises on 'The Eternal Predestination of God' and 'The Secret Providence of God' by John Calvin