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John Calvin and Grace

One of the most influential religious figures of the last millennium was John Calvin of Switzerland. Calvin was born in 1509. At the age of fourteen, he went to Paris to study the classics. He was so austere that his fellow students nicknamed him "The Accusative Case." In 1529, he commenced the study of civil law. Presently, though, Calvin became ... read more »

The True Meaning of Grace

The concept of God's "grace" is thrilling beyond words. It shines its brightest, however, against the seemingly dark backdrop of another aspect of our Creator's nature - that of sacred wrath. The Wrath of God The most common Greek word for "wrath" is orge. The term occurs 36 times in the New Testament (cf. Rom. 1:18; 2:5). Another expression denoting ... read more »

1 Peter – The True Grace of God

When Peter concluded his first epistle, he summarized the basic purpose of the narrative. "I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God; stand ye fast therein" (5:12). The thrust of the book is thus threefold. It contains certain exhortations to godliness.It sets forth the nature of true grace.It urges fidelity to ... read more »

Galatians 5:4 – Fallen from Grace

Those who have been influenced by the dogma of John Calvin believe that a child of God can never apostatize to the point of being lost. Dr. Charles Stanley, in his book Eternal Security-Can You Be Sure?, devotes an entire chapter to Galatians 5:4. He desperately wants to negate its impact on the once-saved, always-saved doctrine. Stanley suggests that all ... read more »

Are We Under “Law” or “Grace”?

"Why do some insist that Christians are 'under law' today? We are not under law, but grace. The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus (Jn. 1:17)." We must respectfully point out that the question recorded above reflects a serious misunderstanding of the nature of both law and grace. And it misrepresents the nature of the ... read more »

2 Timothy 2:1 — The Domain of Grace

Some sincere folks entertain the notion that divine grace is somehow unconditionally diffused into the religious atmosphere, descending upon those whom the Creator has randomly chosen. Others feel that grace is bestowed simply on the basis of trust in the Lord. Misunderstanding Ephesians 2:8-9, they labor under the impression that grace is received by faith alone. Neither of these views ... read more »

2 Corinthians 6:1 – The Grace of God

Perhaps no subject in the Bible is more misunderstood than that of "grace." And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). Many entertain the notion that grace is some sort of divine blanket that is unconditionally thrown over the sinner to cancel the effect of his sin. ... read more »

2 Timothy 1:13 – The Pattern of Sound Words

Man has ever sought to be free of divine restraint. In the early days of the church, a philosophy known as "antinomianism" &> was prevalent. It was the ideology that argued: "We are not under law." The concept is not dead even today. There are some, even in the church of the Lord, who allege that we are under grace ... read more »

The Righteousness of God Revealed

The book of Romans is magnificent in that it reveals so many aspects of the "righteousness of God" (1:16-17). In this discussion, four of these will be considered. The Wrath of God While the concept of the love of God should never be minimized, it is also true that there is another element to the nature of our Creator: he ... read more »

1 Samuel 10ff – Saul’s Apostasy

The first king of Israel was Saul, the son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin. While he started his reign in noble fashion, eventually rebellion invaded his heart and he fell from Heaven's grace. Those who have adopted the Calvinistic theory of "once saved, always saved" have great difficulty with the case of Saul. In order to defend their ... read more »