How do you know if you're one of those whom God has chosen for salvation?
The Bible teaches what has been commonly referred to in the history of theology as “Calvinism.” The second point of the Five Points of Calvinism is called “unconditional election,” which means that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4) according to His good pleasure (Mt 11:26). He did not choose us because we were “holy and without blame,” but so that we would become “holy and without blame” by virtue of our union with Christ (Eph 1:4). As John Gill wisely commented, “Election does not find men in Christ, but puts them there; it gives them a being in him, and union to him.” The comfort this doctrine affords is obvious: If God had not chosen men unto salvation, they would have never chosen Him and would have perished under the just judgment and wrath of God forever.
The challenge this doctrine affords is also obvious: How does a sinner know that he is elect?
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New RBAP title coming this fall Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, eds. Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, James P. Butler, Stefan T. Lindblad, and James M.... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
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The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate Michael J. Kruger (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013, 256pp.) The Question of Canon (QC) is the latest book by Dr. Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
A Statement of the Doctrine A standard definition of the doctrine of divine impassibility (DDI) asserts that God does not experience emotional changes either from within or effected by his relationship to creation. He is not changed from within or... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
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Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books Michael J. Kruger (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2012, 362pp.) Dr. Michael J. Kruger currently serves as President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
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