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Some have even gone as far as not seeing the necessity for evangelism, after all God has already elected those who will be saved. Limited Atonement The L of Tulip is limited atonement. In this article, the Synod tried to answer the question: what did the death of Christ accomplish?
It encompassed both the end and the means of redemption. John Owen provides a convincing argument as to the defense of limited atonement he argues that God accomplished what He intended by the death of Christ. Owen uses three significant words in this argument: agent, means, and end. The end is what the agent intends to accomplish by an action. The end is the first, principal, moving cause of the whole. No agent applies itself to an action but for an end.
To accomplish anything, one has: to lay down an aim, then a design, and then the means. The whole reason and method is determined by the desired end which is aimed at. The means is everything used to achieve the end. The means and the end are measured by a rule or law prescribed by the agent. Secondary agents such as men have an end set and appointed to their actions by Him who gives them an external rule or law to work by, which will always attend them in their working, whether they will or no.
The means becomes the meritorious cause of the end. The means is what the agent does. Means is of two kinds: 1 those which have true goodness in themselves without reference to any further kind, 2 those which have no good at all in any kind in themselves but only as conducive to the end to which they are fit to attain.
They receive their goodness from that for which they are appointed. In the matter of limited atonement, the agent is the triune God, the means is the atonement, and the end is the salvation of the lost. The end which God effected by the death of Christ was the satisfaction of His justice. The end for whose sake he did it was either supreme, or his own glory; or subordinate, ours with Him.
The Father loves the world and sends the Son to die for the world John , 17; Rom , 4; ; Gal , 5; John , God had promised that he would send a savior Isa The sending of Christ is distinguished in three acts. By dispensing of this office, the Father exercised a kind of superiority, while the Son humbled himself Phil The purposed imposition of his counsel or his eternal counsel for the setting a part of his Son incarnate to this office Ps , 8; Ps , 4.
He appointed him heir of all things Heb , made him judge Acts , and for his tasks he was ordained before the foundations of the world I Pet ; Rom ; The entire work of atonement that Christ carried out was according to the eternal counsel of God Acts First, the Father entered into a covenant with the Son concerning the work the Son was going to undertake.
This is called the covenant of redemption. The actual inauguration or solemn admission of Christ into his office, committing all judgment unto the Son John , making Him to be both Lord and Christ Acts , and appointing him over his whole house Heb By virtue of this appointment of the Son the angels were to worship him Heb The Father entered into covenant and compact with the Son concerning the work to be undertaken and the issue thereof, of which there are two parts: in the covenant, the Father was going to assist in the accomplishment and perfect fulfilling of the whole business of which he was undertaking, which included protecting the Son.
He promised success or good to come out of all his sufferings and a happy accomplishment of his undertaking. Whatever God promised his son would be fulfilled and that was what the Son aimed for in His undertaking.
Owen wonders how God could punish His Son for the sins of those who were to be saved and continue to punish them for the same sins 59 , as proposed by the asserters of universal redemption. See Heb ; I John On top of that God gave the elect to Jesus John , , 20, 21, 24, and 9. The laying upon him the punishment of sins everywhere is ascribed unto the Father Isa , 6, 10; II Cor ; Acts , 28; Luke , For whom did he undergo all these?
He died in our stead. He took the punishment due to our sin. But who are we? God poured His wrath due to sin upon Christ. How could he suffer for sin and those he died for suffer for sin again in hell? Christ died for all sins of some men. Christ died for the sins of the elect. If all the sins of all men, why are all not saved? If it is sin, then Christ died for it. If it is not sin, then why should they be punished for it?
Irresistible Grace Now we move to the I which is irresistible grace and which is what we are dealing with in this article.
Simply put, the doctrine of irresistible grace refers to the biblical teaching that whatever God decrees to happen will inevitably come to pass, even in the salvation of individuals. The Holy Spirit will work in the lives of the elect so that they inevitably will come to faith in Christ.
The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit never fails to bring to salvation those sinners whom He personally calls to Christ.
Jesus Himself declares: All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day John As we have stated earlier, at the heart of this doctrine is the question: Why does one person believe the Gospel and another does not?
Is it because one is smarter, has better reasoning capabilities, or possesses some other characteristic that allows them to realize the importance of the Gospel message?
Or is it because God does something unique in the lives of those that He saves? If it is because of what the person who believes does or is, then in a sense they are responsible for their salvation and they have a reason to boast.
However, if the difference is solely that God does something unique in the hearts and lives of those who believe in Him and are saved, then there is no ground for boasting and salvation is truly a gift of grace. Of course the biblical answer to these questions is that the Holy Spirit does do something unique in the hearts of those who are saved.
In other words those who believe the Gospel and are saved do so because they have been transformed by the Holy Spirit. The same God who called everything from the nothing is the same God who calls the elect from the state of spiritual death unto 21 "Irresistible Grace: Is It Biblical? Another analogy that can give us some light into this matter is the issue of physical birth. Our being born is irresistible in terms of when and where we are born.
Yet Scripture talks of salvation as being born again John We can also thing of Jesus act of raising Lazarus. Lazarus was raised irresistibly John Therefore, when Scripture says it is by grace we are saved through faith Eph , that grace is irresistible. He is the one who applies the salvation attained by the death of Christ in the life of the elect. Scriptures are full of examples of this.
Again, in the case of Lydia, the Lord opened her heart Acts This irresistible grace is also referred to as effectual calling and Douglas J. Interestingly, there are a lot of people today who are scared by this power. Process theologians as well as feminist theologians are doing all they can to make sure they change the language used in reference to God and part of the reason is because they are scared by this power.
Publishing Co. The irresistible grace of God is the power that draws sinners to Christ.
Preaching Election and Irresistible Grace Can one preach the gospel and give a sincere invitation to his or her hearers to receive Christ as their personal Savior and at the same time teach unconditional election and Irresistible grace? Does the making of a sincere offer of the gospel destroy the doctrine of unconditional election and irresistible grace? First, we ought to remember that the sincere offer of the gospel in all its freeness and the call for a response from our hearers is based upon the sufficiency of what Christ accomplished on the cross.
When God calls upon sinners to believe, He is calling them to believe that there is no other name given to men under heaven by which they can be saved, He is not calling them to believe that they are elect. God elected Christ as the only means of salvation and He did everything that needed to be done for humanity to be saved. On top of that He sent the Holy Spirit to call sinners to salvation and those He effectively calls will definitely be saved.
They cannot resist the grace of God. God also ordained the way sinners were to come to Christ. It was by the preaching of the gospel. They have first to hear the Word. That is the only way they can respond Rom What is this grace that is irresistible?
The gospel is the preaching of the grace of God reveled in Jesus Christ. He personally became involved with the world while still fully God. Jesus Christ is then the epitome and the representation of the grace of God. In Christ lies the fullness of the grace of God and that grace is irresistible. It is God who regenerates those He chooses for salvation. He also sent the Holy Spirit to convict the world of their sinfulness and to cause them to respond to the gospel.
Those who are saved can never lose their salvation because salvation is the work of God. References Arminius, Jacob. The Complete Works of Jacob Arminius. Bromiley, G. Elwell, - Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, The History and Theology of Calvinism.
Dallas: Scholarly Reprints, Godfrey, W. The bird tilted its little birdy head at me again and flew away in a cloud of soft black feathers, raindrops and wind. I watched the bird spread its giant wings and soar through the rain toward the direction I was heading.
In the distance, I could make out the shadowy shapes of buildings that weren't there before. Thanks bird. Fan- freaking-tastic. I chewed at my lower lip, wondering if I should just walk in the opposite direction.
I hadn't even thought up a plan yet. I had no idea where the hell I was. Was I dead? I couldn't be. When I stood completely motionless, I could still hear the sharp beeps and hisses of the life support machines hooked up to my body somewhere. Low somber sounds just a breath above the desert silence. My head swam with dizzying thoughts. The assault of the rain on my skin sent bursts of sheer adrenaline just underneath the surface. What am I going to do if the archangel Gabriel was here?
How do I fight against him? The raven reappeared and circled high above me.
Mylives would be complete if it crapped on me, seriously. Without thinking more about it, my legs started moving. Long strides over the wet desert sand. I figured I would need to deal with things as they came. One foot in front of the other was a saying I've lived by for centuries. But this nonsense has to end. The let's drag Selah's soul through hell campaign stops now. I walked toward the buildings with a mission.
The dusty streets were deserted except for the slow ghostly roll of a few tumbleweeds. The drowning of the sun behind me washed the bricks and mortar of the buildings with graying reflections of color. The raindrops ceased in their attack against the deserts stillness. I stood at the entrance to the small city of concrete buildings and watched the last of the sun's rays glimmer and fade. A slow, sad death of day. A powerful sense of the unknown, the supernatural, cast itself along the emerging shadows of the buildings.
I shuttered thinking about what ethereal creatures lived within its darkness, since I knew the evil of the creatures that lived within its light. A loud sharp scream erupted from deep inside one of the large edifices. It called my name in a low raspy melody. The hairs on the back of my neck rose as I wondered if that could possibly be the person I so desperately wanted it to be. My quick strides crunched over the broken gravel to the building where I knew the voice had come from.
I stood before the door as if I was looking at a gateway into some unknown plane, an alternate universe and moving forward through it would bring me to a place from where I would never return. What was I really up against? A band of fallen angels who were led by Gabriel. Gabriel the Archangel who wanted to create more Nephilim with yours truly, so he could rule the world. Gabriel, who said he's always loved me.
What did I want? Did I want my punishment to end? Oh, yes. Did I wantto be Grace, the body of the person I had lived in for the last ten years? Oh, hell yes.
I wanted to live the rest of her normal life, whatever that held, for as little time she may have left and then cease to exist. I didn't want to live anymore lives.
I didn't want to die even one more time and jump into another empty humans body. I was done being a lost soul. I had found the angel I had been looking for and he turned out to be a piece of shit.
Okay, so I was just really angry with him for becoming so human as Shane. Maybe I was acting like a child. A jealous, selfish child. But I didn't deserve any of this and I planned to go down fighting.
We were going to play by my rules now. I didn't want to even think about Shane being my angel right now. I was not thinking clearly enough to form a definite answer to how I felt about him, or if that bond of what we shared was gone. The mere mention of his name in my mind caused me to think of his lips, his hands on me and that brokenhearted look on his face when I choose Blake over him.
My heart sunk deep in my chest. It folded in on itself and hardened into a solid granite rock. Unmovable and unbreakable. Because seriously, let's think about this, shall we?
I just spent centuries saving my heart and soul for someone, while that someone had been trying to erase the memory of me through the lacy thong, dirty-ass panties of New York City's most self-loathing, easy, skanky little Okay, I'm just really angry. And jealous, oh my God am I jealous. What girl in the world likes to learn that they are easily replaceable and forgotten?
Yes, technically I was Grace, but still! He didn't know that! Do you see how unfocused and crazed that man makes me? After taking a deep breath, I yanked the door open and walked in.
Oh crap. I collapsed to my knees. Straining my eyes to see through the dimness, I tried to take in everything that was around me. All my senses were heightened to a painful capacity, almost snapping me in two.
Pure raw bliss enveloped my body, wrapping itself tightly around me, draining me of all my hate and anger. The smell of the most exquisitely fragrant flowers rushed past my cheeks on the sweetest breeze of air I had ever experienced. As my knees slammed painfully into the cold granite slabs of the floor, I could hear the slow sweet melody of an ancient choir of voices caressing their soft words against my soul.
My hands grasped at the coldness of what lay beneathme; I needed an anchor, something to hold on to so I didn't feel like I had been knocked off the face of the earth. What was laid out above me, I had only seen through a kiss lifetimes ago.
Spreading from my raw fingertips to the soft pads of my toes was the warm feeling of coming home. Yet, a shadowy covering encased the edges of what I was seeing as if I was looking at the heavens through a dirty window. A lone hazy figure gradually emerged from the depths of the shadows, and a desolate humorless laugh broke through my lips. I couldn't let myself believe for a second that this was my entrance to heaven.
Was someone going to try to sneak me in the back door?
The background of the heavens dimmed gently and along with it went the sounds and smells of paradise.