• The Lord is Patient

    2 Peter 3:9–10

    The call to repent before it is too late should never make us think that God’s election will fail to accomplish its purposes. However, the elect will never presume upon the grace and patience of God but will lead ...Read More

  • The Lord’s Purpose for the Wicked

    Proverbs 16:4

    In keeping with Romans 9, Matthew Henry writes that the wicked exist to reveal the glory of the Lord’s justice. “[God] made all according to his will and for his praise; he designed to serve his own purposes by ...Read More

  • Malachi Preaches God’s Love for Israel

    Malachi 1:1–5

    In Romans 9, Paul applies the election of the people of Israel to individual believers, telling us that those who are saved have been chosen from the foundation of the world. Divine election assures us of God’s love and that ...Read More

  • Man’s Radical Fallenness

    John 6:44

    “Regeneration precedes faith” summarizes biblical soteriology (the doctrine of salvation). Having one’s will transformed by the regenerative touch of the Holy Spirit, Jesus says, must come before anyone can enter the kingdom (John 3:3, 5). If you trust ...Read More

  • The Potter and the Clay

    Romans 9:20b-24

    Election and reprobation are deep truths that defy our attempts to grasp them fully. God has told us some things about His purposes in election and reprobation, but He has not answered every question we have. In cases like these ...Read More

  • Predestination and Evangelism

    Romans 10:14–15

    Being used by God to reach the world and call the elect to faith is a great privilege. Of course, the Lord will save all those whom He has chosen, which is good news because it means our outreach failures ...Read More

  • Predestination and Foreknowledge

    Romans 8:28–30

    We mentioned in an earlier study that only the Calvinistic (Augustinian) view of predestination makes salvation due entirely to the grace of God. The Lord does not make His decision based on our decision; rather, we choose to believe based ...Read More

  • A Received Doctrine

    Romans 8:29–30

    Regardless of the position we take on election, Dr. R.C. Sproul reminds us that the debate between Augustinianism and semi-Pelagianism is an intramural debate between Christians. Therefore, we must treat with respect and charity all those holding to the ...Read More

  • The Riches of Redemption

    Ephesians 1:7

    John Chrysostom remarks, “It is astonishing that he gave the Beloved for those who hated him… . If even when we hated him and were enemies he gave the Beloved, what will he not do for us now?” (Ancient Christian Commentary ...Read More

  • The Salvation of Israel’s Remnant

    Romans 9:27-28

    God continues to save people who, having been in covenant with Him, sin gravely and put themselves out of the visible covenant community via excommunication. The Lord promises that no matter what we have done, He is faithful and just ...Read More

  • What is Free Will?

    Romans 7:19

    Paul describes in today’s passage that even those regenerated by the Spirit face a conflict of desires. If we believe in God’s promises, we have a new disposition, but sometimes our old sinful nature raises its ugly head ...Read More