We Know of Our Depravity by the Preaching of the Law

It has been asked about the doctrine of Total Depravity, “If we are totally depraved, then how did we come to know of this estate of sin and misery?” Beza, in his works discussing the question “For what ends the Holy Spirit use the preaching of the Law?” is helpful here. Citing John 9:41, (Jesus … Continue reading We Know of Our Depravity by the Preaching of the Law

Quick Thought: Spurgeon and Why God Chose

"Ah! sir, the Lord must have loved me before I was born, or else He would not have seen anything in me to love afterwards." I am sure it is true in my case; I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never … Continue reading Quick Thought: Spurgeon and Why God Chose

Another Reformed Look at the Incarnation

In discussions against Calvinism it appears that little is remembered about the reasons for a Reformed anthropology. Part of this can also be seen in the Reformed understanding of the person and work of Jesus. Christ’s work is directly related to who he is. This Christmas we focus often on the birth of Christ and … Continue reading Another Reformed Look at the Incarnation

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. – Jesus

This is a popular text that I believe is a great starting point in the discussion of God's effectual work. It is in the Gospel of John 6:44. I was talking about this verse with someone last night. And I pointed to this verse to help this person understand why I held the view that … Continue reading No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. – Jesus