To the Praise of His Glory
Text: Ephesians 1:7-14
There are some things God wants us to know as the basis for His dealings with us as Christians. Paul's words to the Ephesians here highlight essential truths that can radically impact each of us.
Redemption Through His Blood
What is a person's greatest need? The Bible's answer may surprise you.
Text: Ephesians 1:7
TULIP by Dr. John Gerstner
Transcribed from a message by Dr. John Gerstner from the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology entitled "The Atonement and the Purpose of God."
T – TOTAL DEPRAVITY
When man first sinned he died (Gen 2:17). Now man is spiritually dead, not well, not sick, not even terminally ill, but dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). His depravity pertaining to all aspects of his personality is total. That is not to be confused with utter depravity for there is room for deprovement. Consequently the slave of sin (John 8:34), he exploits every opportunity to sin in every area of his being, in thought, word and deed, by commission and omission and even his good works are bad (Gen. 6:5). Total depravity is our one original contribution to TULIP. We are the dirty soil in which God plants His flower and from our filth produces a thing of divine beauty.
U – UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION
If man is as depraved as the Bible says he is, his divine election to salvation would have to be as unconditional as the Bible says it is (Rom. 9:15). How could totally depraved persons exercise faith in a God they hate, or behave virtuously while averse to virtue? If it were a matter of foreseeing, what would God foresee but sin and unbelief unless He elected to rescue some of the deservedly perishing? The election to salvation is absolutely unconditional, but the salvation is not, faith being its prerequisite and good works its post-requisite.
L – LIMITED ATONEMENT
The atonement is the means by which God brings totally depraved but unconditionally elect persons to Himself without violence to His own inexorable holiness. His mercy constrains Him to save and His holiness restrains Him from saving unjustly. So God became man in Christ that He could pay the price of sin and remained God. He did not empty Himself of deity when He became incarnate so that the purchase was infinite in value. Thus the atonement was unlimited in its sufficiency, as in its offer, and limited only in its specific design, for those who believe (John 3:16). Those who believe are the elect (Rom. 8:30). “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy” at once explains the unconditional character of election and the limited-ness of the atonement.
I – IRRESISTIBLE GRACE
The infinitely precious atonement would be of no value because totally depraved persons even though elect, are utterly hostile to God unless something was done to them in grace that corresponded to what was done for them in the atonement. Saving grace need not only to be provided but applied by means of union with Christ and regeneration. This divine grace is irresistible or efficacious because it mercifully changes the depraved soul. When a person is born again from above by the Spirit, he, as a new creature finds it as natural (that is irresistible) to come to Christ as in his depravity he finds it natural (that is irresistible) to flee from Him (John 3:3-8). Grace is irresistible not by being against man’s will but by recreating his will.
P – PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
The purpose of God would still fail if the last one of Christ’s sheep were not brought and kept within His fold (John 17:20, 21; 2 Pet. 3:9). So the saints must be persevering and this could only be possible or certain by God’s preserving. Having put His hand to the plow God never turns back (Phil. 1:6). Because He does not, neither do His saints (Phil. 2:11, 12). The perseverance by the saints is the consequence of the preservation of the saints. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus on whom our faith depends from beginning to end (Heb. 12:2).
Welcome to King's Church, Peoria, AZ
Here's a short welcome video introducing King's Church. If you’re in or near Phoenix, Arizona, and without a home Church, we'd love to see you this Sunday. - JS:
Predestined to Adoption
Ephesians 1:1-14: Paul's opening words to the Ephesians, while controversial in our time, were truths he wanted the entire Church (children, teens, adults and seniors) to know, and beyond his wishes, there is God, who desires for us to know these things also. This sermon covers the biblical doctrines of election, predestination and adoption.
The Five Solas
If I knew that I could only teach one more time before leaving this earth, this is what I would teach:
The Struggle For Assurance
How can I know I am one of the elect? It is a question many have grappled and struggled with, and rightfully so. How do any of us reach right conclusions on this? This sermon seeks to answer this question decisively.
Text: Romans 8:28-39
Reformed Theology: Q&A - White, Samson & Durbin
REFORMCON2016, Thursday, June 2: Here is the Q&A on Reformed Theology with Dr. James White and John Samson - hosted by Jeff Durbin:
Begins around the 12:28 minute mark:
Hyper Calvinism: A Pernicious Doctrine
ReformCon2016 Live Stream – Dr. James White
He is introduced at the 13:22 minute mark:
Revelation and Its Implications
Protestantism v. Rome on the doctrine of Revelation.
ReformCon2016 Live Stream - Dr. Scott Oliphint
He is introduced at the 14:04 minute mark: