• 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 all ...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 in Christ, ...Read More

  • The Perfect Unity of the Father and the Son

    John 10:30

    John Calvin writes that the “affairs [of Jesus] are so closely united to those of the Father, that the Father’s assistance will never be withheld from himself and his sheep.” The full unity in mission and essence of the Father ...Read More

  • Persevering Disciples

    John 6:66–71

    Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary John that “if I want the words of eternal life, there’s only one place I can go to get them—to the One who gave His life that we might live.” Those who ...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

  • The Purpose of Parables

    Mark 4:10–12

    Many of us have the opportunity to teach the Word of God to others. Some of us serve as pastors, elders, Bible study leaders, or Sunday school teachers. Others of us teach our kids the truths of Scripture at home. ...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

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