Feb 14, 2013

COMMON GRACE AND SOTERIOLOGY

I believe God gives unmerited blessing to all humans by restraining evil (Rom 13:1-4; 2 Thess 2:6), giving people talents (Lk 16:8), and showering humanity with non-salvific gifts (Jas 1:17), such as rain and nourishment (Matt 5:45). Rebel sinners deserve none of these things (Lk 6:35) and these gifts all testify to God’s goodness (Ps 145:9; Rom 2:4). The church, as a gospel witness, is another example of God’s common grace to the world (Matt 5:16).

        I believe redemption occurs when God applies the benefits of the cross on our behalf (Rom 4:3-6). God appoints some for redemption according to his own good pleasure and perfect will (Eph 1:4-6, 12). God’s eternal purposes in election are by his grace and not because of any merit of those whom he predestines unto salvation (Rom 8:28-30). To be in Christ means to be in union with Christ. This union results in spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3), enables us to be sanctified (Rom 6:10-12), creates a supernatural bond with other believers (Rom 12:5; Gal 3:28), and removes all condemnation for sin (Rom 8:1).

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