A Quick Look at the Doctrines of Grace

If anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, “What have you that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7), and, “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). If anyone affirms that we can form any right opinion or make any right choice which relates to the salvation of eternal life, or that we can be saved by assent to the preaching of the gospel through our natural powers without the effectual work of the Holy Spirit, who makes all whom He calls gladly and willingly assent to and believe in the truth, he is led astray from the plain teaching of Scripture by exalting the natural ability of man, and does not understand the voice of God who says in the Gospel, “For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5), and the word of the Apostle, “Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5).
Adapted from The Council of Orange (529 AD)

That statement made by the Council of Orange is truly brilliant. It detracts all glory from man and gives it all to God. We, by our fallen proud nature, are naturally inclined to claim it was us who chose God. However a detailed study of scripture from Genesis to Revelation reveals quite the opposite. The question that one must ask his/herself is this; “Am I willing to submit to the Authority of a Holy and Sovereign God in the salvation and redemption of his people, giving all glory to Him for His gift of Faith by Grace through Christ and Christ alone?” My feeling is that we have Christians who refuse to accept and acknowledge this truth and as such this leads to strife, pride and rebellion against God’s Word and effectively God himself. God’s word is final and has full authority over and above man’s tradition or intellect. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.””
– Psalm 19:7,8

Check out the following links for a study regarding the Doctrines of Grace

  • The Cambridge Declaration (1996)
    Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals – Embraces the “essential truths of Christianity as those were defined by the great ecumenical councils of the church” and the “solas” of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation.
  • Doctrines of Grace – Categorized Scripture List
    Nathan Pitchford
  • The Cause of God and Truth by John Gill
    John Gill
  • Are There Two Wills in God?
    John Piper – Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved
  • The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
    Loraine Boettner
  • Introduction to the Reformed Faith
    John M. Frame (.pdf)
  • By Grace Alone
    Jim McClarty (pdf) – A study in the fundamental reformation doctrines, commonly called the Doctrines of Grace.
  • Why Can’t They See This?
    Tom J. Nettles
  • The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
    A.W. Pink
  • Series on the Doctrines of Grace
    Charles Spurgeon
  • A Teacher’s Manual for the Study of the Doctrines of Grace
    Roger L. Smalling (pdf)
  • Summary of the Sovereignty of God in Salvation
    John Piper – The “Five Points” of Calvinism
  • The Doctrines of Grace
    http://www.the-Highway.com – Helpful and Concise Explanation of the Five Points with Scripture
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