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Does Jesus love everyone?

“So it appears, first, that God loves all in some ways (everyone whom he creates, sinners though they are, receives many undeserved good gifts in daily providence), and second, that he loves some in all ways (that is, in addition to the gifts of daily providence he brings them to faith, to new life, and […]

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Order in Salvation – Does having new life precede faith?

Does regeneration precede faith? John 5:24 I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. “He who believes has (past tense) crossed over from death to life.” And in the verses that seem […]

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Limited Atonement?

Did Jesus only atone, on the cross, for those who would believe in him? Colossians 1:20  … and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 1 Timothy 2:6 … who gave himself as a ransom for […]

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Irresistible Grace

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame […]

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Sovereignty – Is God in complete control?

“When a person settles it Biblically, intellectually and emotionally, that God has ultimate control of all things, including evil, and that this is gracious and precious beyond words, then a marvelous stability and depth come into that person’s life” (John Piper) Yet some would soften this by saying “allowed” or “permitted,” or by even stating […]

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Once saved, always saved?

I believe in assurance of salvation, and not just “once saved, always saved,” but also that those who belong to God are chosen by him before they came to faith, before they were created, even before the world was created, that’s good assurance! Always saved… And God will not lose any of them: Eph. 1:4-6 […]

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Total Depravity – Do people have any goodness in their nature?

Romans 3:19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world held accountable to God. How is every mouth silenced, and the whole world under accountability, if some there is some inherent goodness in people? Matthew […]

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Unconditional election – Why does God choose a person?

RO 11:5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. “By grace,” and not due to anything in us:¬†Ephesians 2:8¬† For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God… 1CO 1:30 It is because of him that you […]