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A Concise Exegetical Defense of "Particular Redemption" in the Book of John

by John Hendryx

From the beginning to the end of John's Gospel, Jesus has a definitive train of thought regarding whom He came to save. In John 6 (for example) during a discussion about faith with some Jews, Jesus declared, "All that the Father gives me will come to me" (John 6:37) - From this text we understand that all the people that the Father gives to the Son will come to faith in him. It does not read "some" of those given by the Father will come to faith but instead reads "all" those the Father has given the Son will come to faith in Him. Note that it also teaches that the giving to the Son precedes their believing in Him. (also see John 6:63, 65)

Lets make some other connections with this phrase from another part of the Gospel of John:

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:42 -- john_hendryx

Why Did Jesus Christ Come to Earth?

by B. B. Warfield

“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1 Timothy 1:15

Christ Jesus came to save sinners.

Not, then, merely to prepare salvation for them; to open to them a pathway to salvation; to remove the obstacles in the way of their salvation; to proclaim as a teacher a way of salvation; to introduce as a ruler conditions of life in which clean living becomes for the first time possible; to bring motives to holy action to bear upon us; to break down our enmity to God by an exhibition of His seeking love; to manifest to us what sin is in the sight of God, and how He will visit it with His displeasure. All these things He undoubtedly does. But all these things together touch but the circumference of His work for man. Under no interpretation of the nature or reach of His work can it be truly said that Christ Jesus came to do these things. For that we must penetrate deeper, and say with the primitive Church, in this faithful saying commended to us by the apostle, that Christ Jesus came to save sinners.

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:29 -- john_hendryx

Our True Condition Before God

by John Calvin

 "Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God's majesty." - John Calvin

In the following section in Institutes, Calvin lays bare the true condition of our hearts in light of the majesty and holiness of God. He says:

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:32 -- john_hendryx

On the Golden Rule

by John Calvin

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)

It is an exhortation to his [Christ’s] disciples to be just, and contains a short and simple definition of what justice means. We are here informed, that the only reason why so many quarrels exist in the world, and why men inflict so many mutual injuries on each other, is, that they knowingly and willingly trample justice under their feet, while every man rigidly demands that it shall be maintained towards himself.

Where our own advantage is concerned, there is not one of us, who cannot explain minutely and ingeniously what ought to be done. And since every man shows himself to be a skilful teacher of justice for his own advantage, how comes it, that the same knowledge does not readily occur to him, when the profit or loss of another is at stake, but because we wish to be wise for ourselves only, and no man cares about his neighbours? What is more, we maliciously and purposely shut our eyes upon the rule of justice, which shines in our hearts. Christ therefore shows, that every man may be a rule of acting properly and justly towards his neighbours, if he do to others what he requires to be done to him. He thus refutes all the vain pretences, which men contrive for hiding or disguising their injustice. Perfect justice would undoubtedly prevail among us, if we were as faithful in learning active charity, (if we may use the expression,) as we are skilful in teaching passive charity.

~John Calvin

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Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:57 -- john_hendryx

The Attributes of God (17-Part MP3 Series)

J. I. Packer

The Attributes of God (MP3 Series) Sydney Anglican Network Audio Sermons. The following files are in MP3 format.

To download MP3, right click and save the file to your hard drive.

Language About God - Part 1

Language About God - Part 2

The Character of God

The Concept of God - Part 1

The Concept of God - Part 2

The Concept of God - Part 3

The Triunity of God - Part 1

The Triunity of God - Part 2

The Trinity - Part 1

The Trinity - Part 2

Transcendence and Character

God's Praiseworthiness

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:37 -- john_hendryx

10 Classic eBooks on Justification by Faith

The following eBooks on the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone are free for download.  Remember when downloading, use your default browser, NOT your Facebook app. (FB app does not recognize eBooks)

The Doctrine of Justification: An Outline of its History in the Church; And of Its Exposition From Scripture (eBook)
by James Buchanan

The Doctrine of Justification (eBook)
by A W Pink

The Doctrine of Justification by Faith (eBook)
by John Owen

Justification, the Law, and the Righteousness of Christ (eBook)
by Charles Hodge

Justification by Faith Alone (eBook)
by Martin Luther

The Benefit of Christ Crucified (Book)
by Don Benedetto

The Everlasting Righteousness (eBook)
by Horatius Bonar

The Rent Veil (eBook)
by Horatius Bonar

Sola Fide: The Reformed Doctrine of Justification (eBook)
by J I Packer

Consolations from Christ's Imputed Righteousness (eBook)
by Thomas Brooks

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Bonus Resources

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:39 -- john_hendryx

The Monergism Books Mega Giveaway - Over 100 Books

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Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:03 -- john_hendryx

What is Lordship Salvation, and what do you think of it?

I have read some critical remarks of Lordship salvation which have some validity. These criticisms have indeed been true with some erroneous presentations of Lordship that appear to be nothing more than a works-based based gospel which give the impression that salvation, at least partly, has to do with our commitment every bit as much as Christ's cross.  However, just like any doctrine, things tend to go awry when humans are involved... but if understood rightly, biblically I believe that it actually conforms to the Reformed confessions and, more importantly, to the Bible's central message of salvation by grace alone in Christ alone. Because of this I wish to write a very short piece to bring some clarity to the issue.

What is Lordship?

When the Holy Spirit touches or quickens a person's heart, they recognize immediately that because of their sinful rebellion against a Holy God, that they justly deserve the His wrath and know sin to be their greatest burden and enemy. Yet being in captivity and bondage to it, they despair of all hope in their flesh (Phil 3:3), knowing there is nothing they can do to save themselves. So they appeal to Christ Jesus as their only hope to deliver them from both the guilt and power of sin. They know only He can save them from God's wrath and sin's captivity.  That is why he is called the Savior.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:26 -- john_hendryx

10 classic Christian books for your Kindle or Smart Phone that are free on Monergism

Many classics of ther Christian faith are out of the average person's price range. We have made some of them available for free. 

iPhone, iPad Users: To open ePub in iPhone open the file with Safari, NOT YOUR FACEBOOK APP. You must tap the 3 vertical dots in the bottom right, which says Open in Safari then tap the epub link and then tap Open in iBooks in the top right. Hope this helps

Android Users: Open with Google Play Books (default on your device). Even if you usually use Kindle there may be an even simpler option for downloading eBooks on Monergism to your Android: tap on the ePub file on the Monergism download page as it will automatically open in Google Play Books, an app that comes default with your Android device. Seems to have most of the features of Kindle and it opens up right in your device without the extra steps...

Kindle Users: You can always upload .mobi files to your device with a USB cord to the folder called "documents" ... but if you upload eBooks often, I would encourage you to
1) get the free app from Amazon called "send to Kindle" which will wirelessly upload the file to your Kindle device(s) in an instant. Or
2) you may also send them as an attachment to your ____@free.kindle.com email address which also sends it wirelessly to your Kindle.

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1. Augustine, Confessions

2. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

3. Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:07 -- john_hendryx

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