Lecture 7, The Certainty of Salvation:
God’s grace is what makes salvation possible. Christians agree that man cannot save himself. God’s grace is paramount in the plan of salvation. But exactly how much grace is needed? How much does God have to do to save a man’s soul? How much does man have to do to receive that grace? There are a number of different answers out there. Before we talk about how much God does, we need to figure out what man is able to do. Once that is established then we can have a better understanding of the nature of grace. Wisdom requires that we investigate what others before us have found as they studied the doctrines of grace. Teachers like Calvin, Luther, and the great Augustine have devoted their lives to these things with much avail. But who better than Jesus Himself to tell us about the fallen nature of man and his limitations concerning the Kingdom of God.