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    Redemption Both Particular & Trinitarian

    The work of redemption is both particular and it is Trinitarian. The Father elects a particular people for Himself (Eph 1: 4, 5); Christ dies for all those the Father has given Him (John 17:9, 19). and the Spirit applies the effectual work of Christ on the same (John 3:8; 6:63). However, those (amyraldians) who reject particular redemption introduce a conflict between the Divine Persons. The Triune God becomes disjoined from one other in their saving intent. In this case the Father elects particular individuals, but the Son, on the other hand, dies for all, and the Spirit again seals those the Father elected. Such theology would have us believe that the Son works in disharmony with the other two Members of the Trinity. But Christ is not the author of confusion but rather (the bible declares) came to save all those given to him by the Father (John 6:37,63,65; 17:9; 19, 24)

    Posted by John on November 30, 2013 11:16 AM

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    Christ, the Redeemer, secured through the blood of the covenant the new covenant blessings and administers these blessings through the Spirit to the elect because He is the Elect Mediator. All things that pertain to life and godliness originate with the Father, are mediated by the Son, and disclosed by the Spirit. “All things that the Father has are Mine [the Son’s]; therefore I said that He [the Spirit] takes of Mine and will disclose it to you” (Jn. 16:15).

    Father - Originates
    Grace 2 Tim. 1:9
    Draws Jn. 6:44
    Faith Eph. 2:8
    Regeneration Eph. 2:3-6
    Sanctify 1 Cor. 1:2
    Life 1 Jn. 5:11
    Holiness Eph. 1:4

    Son - Mediates
    Grace 2 Tim. 2:2
    Draws Jn. 12:32
    Faith Heb. 12:2
    Regeneration Heb. 9:14
    Sanctify Heb. 2:11
    Life Jn. 17:2
    Holiness Eph. 5:25-27

    Holy Spirit - Discloses
    Grace Zech. 12:10
    Draws Jn. 16:8-11
    Faith Phil. 2:13
    Regeneration Titus 3:4-6
    Sanctify 2 Thess. 2:13
    Life Jn. 6:63
    Holiness Rom. 8:9-14

    Each person of the triune God is active in each other’s work of salvation on behalf of the covenant people of God (Is. 48:16; Gal. 4:4-6; 1 Pt. 1:2; 2 Cor. 5:19; Jude 1). All three Persons participated in the birth (Heb. 10:5; Jn. 1:3; Lk. 1:35), death (Heb. 10:5-7; Heb. 9:14) and resurrection (Rom. 1:4; Jn. 1:25) of Christ. In the plan of redemption the Godhead was compassionate to a covenant people: the Father chose a people in Christ before the foundation of the world (1 Pt. 1:1-2; Eph. 1:4-5), the Son offered Himself for the people (Is. 53:8; Heb. 2:17; 7:27; Titus 2:14), and the Spirit called the people (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Acts 15:14). The new covenant participants are the Persons of the Godhead and His people (Heb. 8:11; Acts 15:14-18). Those that are not His new covenant people are outside the covenant and the plan of redemption. They are outside the covenant because God did not show them mercy (Rom. 9:16): the Father did not choose them (Rom. 9:21; 1 Thess. 5:9), the Son did not offer Himself for them (Heb. 9:14-15; Jn. 10:11), and the Spirit does not call them (2 Pt. 1:10). None of the Persons of the Godhead work outside of the covenant in redeeming people. Christ is the “mediator of a new covenant” and does not mediate either in His sacrifice or intercession for those outside the new covenant.

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