My purpose here is not to provoke speculation into supra- or infralapsarian
cosmology, nor to engage myself in the currently raging (so to speak) debate over the nature and population of hell, but simply to suggest that Jesus is subtly affirming that it is the kingdom of the blessed, not the eternal fire, which lies at the heart of God's "proper work" (to quote Luther) and God's will for all from eternity.
Preston, often taken as a follower of Perkins, is shown by Moore to have developed a "low" infralapsarian
Calvinism featuring a universal gospel call and promise grounded in an English version of hypothetical universalism that made possible a sincere offer of salvation to the reprobate.
At first glance it does look like a confession of an infralapsarian view, which asserts the decree of predestination following both the Creation and the Fall of Man, as Sellin asserts.
Yet this statement makes him no infralapsarian, in the sense Sellin uses the word, nor denying the position of predestination being that "before the foundation of the world.
Sweeney deftly explains how Taylor avoided such conclusions by employing Bellamy's infralapsarian
Originally presented as the 2000 Stob Lectures at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, the book moves quickly through the topics, the importance of common grace as a resource for theologians today, how God relates to the unelect, the impact of the debate between infralapsarian
and supralapsarian positions, and finally the common good and how theories of common grace might profitably be updated.
Contra Calvin, Bullinger gave an infralapsarian
cast to the doctrine (that is, he dissociated the Fall from the divine decree), but he stressed its soteriological and Christological assumptions: God's gracious purpose of election in Christ was the basis for the salvation of sinners who were themselves incapable of any saving good.