J. I. Paker has made the point that all the tenets of Calvinism--that faithfully biblical system of theology that joyfully embraces the rich, comforting, God exalting, self-abasing, Christ-honoring, scriptural message of the sovereignty of God in salvation and all things--reduce to one overarching claim: "God saves sinners." Each of these words is important for understanding what the Bible teaches about salvation. First, God saves sinners. God, not man, saves. He does not make us potentially savable. He does not enable us to save ourselves. He saves.
Reformation Theology Blog
I came across this and thought it would be worth sharing.
This is an excerpt from The Epistle to Diognetus, one of the earliest pieces of Christian apologetic writing. While we are not sure of the author, it was probably written sometime in the 100's. For the sake of reference, Justin Martyr, the most well known apologist of the early church, lived roughly 100-165.
by Samuel Rutherford
“If there were ten thousand thousand millions of worlds, and as many heavens full of men and angels, Christ would not be pinched to supply all our wants, and to fill us all. Christ is a well of life, but who knoweth how deep it is to the bottom?
This soul of ours hath love, and cannot but love some fair one. And, O, what a fair One, what an only One, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing One is Jesus! Put the beauty of ten thousand thousand worlds of paradises like the garden of Eden in one.
The gospel is not behavior modification, becoming a better person or learning to become more moral. It is not taking the life of Jesus as a model way to live or transforming/redeeming the secular realm. It is not living highly communal lives with others and sharing generously in communities who practice the way of Jesus in local culture. These may all be good things but they are not to be confused with the gospel.
Bibliology- The Bible alone is the Word of God. (Inspired, Inerrant)
Church Government- Presbyterian.
Covenant Theology - Classic
Theology Proper- Trinitarian
Christology- Hypostatic Union (Solus Christus)
Pnuematology- Effectual Calling of the Holy Spirit. Monergistic Regeneration.
Epistemology- Propositional Revelation
Hermeneutics- Grammatical Historical.
Soteriology- Justification by Grace Alone through Faith in Christ Alone
Anthropolgy- Total Human Depravity (Bondage of the will)
by Charles Hodge
The Decrees of God
HERE you come to one of the watersheds of doctrine. The question of the decrees divides Evangelical Christians into two great camps, Calvinistic and Arminian, the point of difference being in effect this—as to whether God’s decrees are determined by Himself, or by something out of Himself.
The Unity of God’s Plan
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