"...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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    Effectual Grace is Among the Redemptive Benefits of Christ

    Do you confess that effectual grace (John 6:63-65, 37) is among the redemptive benefits that Christ purchased on the cross? If you do then you cannot possibly be a four-point Calvinist since you would then affirm that Christ died in a way for the elect (a redemptive way) that he did not for the non-elect. If you do not believe effectual grace is a redemptive benefit of Christ's work, then you are left affirming that this is a benefit obtained APART from Christ - a Christless redemption that turn the doctrines of grace into a theological abstraction. This would go against the classical Christian confession that all of salvation ... the whole work is centered in the Person of Christ alone (Eph 1: 3-4). God the Father and the Holy Spirit do not redeem people apart from the work of Christ.

    Posted by John on August 12, 2013 06:25 PM


    Are there any studies on the righteousness of God in the Old Testament that take on the 'covenant faithfulness' view?

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