The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

 More than a few times in the New Testament John writes about being born of the Spirit or born of God (e.g. John 1:13, John 3:5-8, 1 John 2:29, 3:9, etc.).  We call this regeneration, a work of God's power and grace in giving spiritual life to someone who was dead in sin.  The Holy… Continue reading The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

“His Mercy Preceded Them” (Augustine on Election)

 The quote below is an outstanding section of Augustine's "Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints."  This selection is a little longer than I usually post and it isn't the easiest thing in the world to read, but I'd encourage you to work through it.  I'm sure you can handle it - it's for sure… Continue reading “His Mercy Preceded Them” (Augustine on Election)

Love So Infinite: Perseverance of the Saints (Hodge)

One of the many biblical proofs for the perseverance of the saints is the nature of God's sovereign love (see Romans 8:35ff).  Here's how Charles Hodge put it in a sermon on Romans 8:1: Moreover the greatness of the love of God is such as effectually to preserve the believer. As this love is sovereign… Continue reading Love So Infinite: Perseverance of the Saints (Hodge)

The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

 I really like the way Thomas Boston explained how the Holy Spirit gives life (cf. John 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:6).  I've updated the language slightly: [Jesus said] “All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me.” (John  6:37) Now, this also belongs to the promise of the Spirit, who is therefore called the Spirit… Continue reading The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

“A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

James Montgomery Boice made some good points on the perseverance of the saints in these following paragraphs: This doctrine has a logical connection to the other Calvinistic distinctives, of course.  Because we are radically depraved and because salvation depends on God's sovereign acts in our salvation, we have a security that is based on his… Continue reading “A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)