Augustine On The Sovereignty of God

John Calvin quoting Augustine in Book 1 of The Institutes of Christian Religion (emphasis mine):

Sometimes with a good will a man wills something which God does not will….For example, a good son wills that his father live, whom God wills to die.

Again, it can happen that the same man wills with a bad will what God wills with a good will.

For example, a bad son wills that his father die; God also wills this.

That is, the former wills what God does not will; but the latter wills what God also wills. And yet the filial piety of the former, even though he wills something other than God wills, is more consonant with God’s good will than the impiety of the latter, who wills the same thing as God does.

There is a great difference between what is fitting for man to will and what is fitting for God, and to what end the will of each is directed, so that it be either approved or disapproved.

For through the bad wills of evil men God fulfills what He righteously wills.

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