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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Fallen Man Has No Hope If Left to Himself

    Fallen man is fully responsible to repent, submit, believe, love, obey, and persevere in holiness. But He won't. Rebellious fallen man will never lift a finger to do so ... so he has no hope if left to himself ... No hope, that is, UNLESS Christ gives him ears to hear and eyes to see and mercifully circumcises his heart, turning his heart of stone to a heart of flesh that he might believe and obey (Deut 30: 6; Ezek 36:26; John 6:63, 65, 37). But remember, due to man's willful hatred of God, the Lord is under no obligation to save anyone. If would be perfectly just if he left all men to themselves and their own desires. Yet God still has mercy on many sinners (which is amazing) in spite of themselves ... but He has justice on the others due to their willful sin. so humans either get mercy or justice in this world, but no one gets injustice.

    Posted by John on June 3, 2013 06:21 PM

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    Hey John!
    I was wondering what exactly does it mean to 'obey the Gospel' that I find frequently in the KJV if it is not neonomianism like Baxter?
    Thanks!

    Trent, It says this in the ESV as well...

    "For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17

    "....inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9

    Romans 10:16—"But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, 'Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?'"

    "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” Romans 10:16

    We must remember that the gospel itself is the good news of what Christ did FOR US. It is a indicative. But the command to believe the gospel is an imperative which can no more be obeyed than the law without renewal of heart. Evangelicals are so-called because they believe in justification by faith but have mostly jettisoned the sola gratia (grace alone) that under girds it .. forgetting to teach that Jesus provides everything we need for salvation, including a new heart to believe.

    Ah ok that makes sense! Never thought of it in terms of the indicative and imperative before, though I have heard those terms referring to Lutheranism before.

    Ah ok that makes sense! Never thought of it in terms of the indicative and imperative before, though I have heard those terms referring to Lutheranism before.

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