Bought by the Blood

May 10, 2010

God Saves Sinners

For to Calvinism there is really only one point to be made in the field of soteriology: the point that God saves sinners.

God: the triune Jehovah – Father, Son, and Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power, and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of Father and Son by renewing. Saves: does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves, and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies.

Sinners: men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, blind, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot. God saves sinners – and the force of this confession may not be weakened by disrupting the unity of the work of the Trinity, or by dividing the achievement of salvation between God and man and making the decisive part man’s own, or by soft-pedaling the snner’s inability so as to allow him to share the praise of his salvation with his Savior.  This is the one point of Calvinistic soteriology that the ‘five points’ are concerned to establish and Arminianism in all its forms to deny: namely, that sinners do not save themselves in any sense at all, but that salvation, first and last, whole and entire, past, present, and future, is of the Lord, to whom be glory for ever, amen!

-J.I. Packer


1 Comment »

  1. Some sound words, but J.I. Packer also believes the following regarding ecumenism between Romanism and Protestantism: “We need to put sola fide in small print because it is no longer one of the large-print issues that ought to divide us, nor should it divide us in common mission.” Mr. Packer stated that what he dreams of and longs to see “is evangelicals and Roman Catholics standing together on the same platform to tell the world that Jesus Christ is the Savior whom everybody needs.”

    Mr. Packer cannot distinguish between the True Gospel and the dead works of Romanism (Sacramentalism), Arminianism, and other false gospels. It is said to see sound doctrine flowing from the lips of those who would trample upon the truths of their own words — as well as — the very blood of Christ that he counts so common.

    Comment by Curt Wildy — May 12, 2010 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

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