William PerkinsThe Manner and Order of PredestinationWorks VI, pp. 342-347 Objection: Saint Paul says that “God will that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). 1. All of which men? I answer, first, that the place is not to be understood of all the posterity of Adam,… Read More Does God Desire the Salvation of the Reprobate?
If the gospel is commanded by Christ to be preached unto all men without distinction, does this imply that Christ did in fact die for every individual human being to ever live? If the universal free offer of the gospel is true, how does this cohere with the doctrine of limited atonement? Is God insincere by offering redemption through Christ’s blood to the reprobate in the external call of the gospel, if Christ’s blood was never truly shed for them? In this post we will answer these questions by looking at three 17th century Reformed theologians.… Read More The Gospel Offer and Limited Atonement
Dr. William Young wrote the OPC Minority Report on the Free Offer of the Gospel (1948). Below is Dr. Young’s further analysis of the report and a critique and refutation of an alleged will of God that lies between his prescriptive will and his decretive will. A supposed divine willingness (velleitas), or “a weak though… Read More The Free Offer of the Gospel
William PerkinsCommentary on Revelation 1-3Works IV, pp. 429-435. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Rev. 2:4). The Rhemists in their annotations abuse this place to prove that a man may quite fall away from grace. Therefore, to clear this text and to confirm our hearts in the truth… Read More Perseverance of the Saints
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81. Objection: Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance. Answer: XLI. Hence appears the falsehood… Read More Does Perseverance of the Saints Promote Impiety and False Assurance?
Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain “Abide in me” “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4). These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were “in… Read More Abiding in Christ
“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9). Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261. A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person, another of Complacency… Read More God’s Love Before Time and God’s Love In Time
Edward Leigh, Body of Divinity, pp. 345-346. Of Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost. It is called the great transgression (Psa. 19:13), and blasphemy against the Spirit (Mat. 12). “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the… Read More What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?
James Durham A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation pp. 6-19 Download as PDF There is much spoken of the Glory of God in this Book [i.e., Revelation]; and no where is the distinction of the Persons of the glorious Godhead more frequently and clearly set forth. Iohn was more full in this than any… Read More The Holy Trinity and Object of Our Worship
Excerpted from his book, An Assertion of the Government of the Church of Scotland CHAPTER I. OF THE WORDS ELDER, LAY ELDER, RULING ELDER. THE word elder answereth to zaken in the Hebrew, and presbuteroV in the Greek. It hath four different significations: (1.) It noteth age; (2.) Antiquity; (3.) Venerability; (4.) An office. In the first… Read More The Biblical Basis for Ruling Elders