You gained’t meet a Christian who doesn’t like grace, who isn’t pro-grace. Have you learnt individuals who say, “You know what we could use less of? Grace, we don’t need that.” No, particularly as Christians, we perceive how necessary it’s to have been saved by grace.
So it’s incumbent upon us, then, to fastidiously discuss this grace. In Romans, Paul is speaking about totally different understandings of justification, salvation, and election and he says, “Otherwise grace would no longer be grace.”
To be mature Christians in our age (and in any age), we ought to point out the identical cautious consideration to our doctrine.
Paul has a class for utilizing the time period “grace.” If now we have these barnacles of works, if now we have these barnacles of human decisiveness, if now we have these totally different accretions that stumble upon grace, we will find yourself with one thing that’s lower than and apart from grace.
What the Canons of Dort did supremely—with a really cautious consideration to element and precision—was set up a definition of grace. This type of grace, this type of sovereign, bring-you-back-from-the-dead unilateral grace—God decreed it from all eternity, affected it effectually in your life. That’s what we imply by grace.
We not solely owe that exact Synod a debt of gratitude, however much more importantly, to be mature Christians in our age (and in any age), we ought to point out the identical cautious consideration to our doctrine and to the doctrines of grace particularly.
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