A good article. Glad someone out there gets it!
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-5
In this bible text, we find a complete expression of the gospel message. The following truths are found herein:
1. Our fallen, depraved nature and need of salvation.
2. God loved us, even though we were in such a wretched condition. This love and kindness is what moved God to be our Saviour.
3. Neither God’s love for us, nor His salvation of us, was based on any good work we might do.
4. Salvation is an act of mercy towards us.
5. Salvation in this text is presented as a completed work on His part, “he saved us”. The “us” and “man” in the text are one and the same. If by “man” all humanity is meant, then all humanity is saved (i.e. Universalism), which is false. Else, the “man” is limited to the persons under consideration “us” and these alone are saved by Christ (Particular Redemption), which is true. No alternative position (i.e. Arminianism, Calvinism of various sorts, etc.) is acceptable to this text which does not have Christ alone positively and completely saving the objects of His love.
6. The means of bringing this salvation, the changing of our depraved nature – giving us a living spiritual nature, is by a direct work of the Holy Ghost in regeneration (i.e. the New Birth).
7. This salvation is thorough and complete, “shed on us abundantly”, in the finished atoning work of Jesus Christ.
8. We are justified before God by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
9. These saving actions of God “our Saviour” are the reason we may experience hope and heirship in Christ as we live in the here and now.
Love and Discipleship
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:10-11 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: James 2:8 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 1 John 5:3 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35
The following is an excellent article by George M. Ella. In this article Mr. Ella clearly shows the errors of the doctrine of Andrew Fuller which postulated that the atonement of Christ was sufficient for all mankind, but effective only for the elect. This error, though not entirely original with Andrew Fuller, was greatly popularized by him in the 1800s among Baptists that had primarily been strong believers in the 5 cardinal points of the Doctrine of Grace. By weakening just one one of these doctrines, in this case the Limited Atonement (or Particular Redemption), effects are had throughout the doctrinal system as they all hang together. Therefore, it brought about radical changes in doctrine among most Baptists that are still felt today.
An Unworthy Gospel (Fullerism) by George M. Ella
The Arminians insist that a gift is not a gift unless it is received by a positive act of volition on the part of the recipient. Such is ridiculous and even nature testifies against this as nonsense. What person received the gift of natural life by an act of the will on their part? I also received my blood type, eye color, and numerous other characteristics from my parents without any act or say in the matter at all. A glass receives water and cannot prevent it. The wind receives the wind blowing through it, yet did not invite or direct it. Such is everyone that is born of the Spirit.1 Jn 3:8 They have received the free gift of eternal life, while they were yet dead.
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