What Calvinism and Arminianism Have In Common

Grace Digest

Lost in a thicket of Arminian and Calvinist debate,
we sometimes lose sight of the grand truths
we hold in common…

By Edward Fudge

What does it mean that Jesus died for all? The question is beguilingly simple. You would not know from the face of it that the question has been at the center of a heated and sometimes vociferous debate. For almost two thousand years, Christians have struggled to understand the effect of Jesus’ death and the scope of its saving power. With the publication in recent months of a number of books by evangelicals on the fate of the unevangelized, larger questions about the scope of the Atonement are gaining renewed currency. Does “all” refer to individual human beings, or nationalities and peoples, or just the elect?Within the Reformation mainstream, two contending viewpoints have emerged, which observers often label Calvinist (after John Calvin), on the one hand…

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Trust and Obey

Grace Digest

I started studying the Bible when I was in my early twenties. I had been in Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible school, and  church services but had never had an appetite for learning about God and the Bible. My interest peaked when I started growing up and realizing the responsibilities of being an adult. I was married, struggling financially much of the time, the few prayers I prayed were seemingly not being answered, and I was searching for truth.

As I began to read long passages of Scripture, (even whole books of the Bible), and tried to understand what they really meant to me, I was shocked that at least some of what I had been taught was in my view not biblical. Later, after I entered Bible school for ministry training, I was also shocked that there were so many different views of what I considered to be important…

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Communion thoughts

Today, as we shared communion with our church family I thought about this…….

Jesus was broken so my brokenness could be healed. I remembered his broken body.

“The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev 17:11). As Jesus’ life dripped to the ground so

my condemnation slipped away as well.

When Jesus was broken so was the penalty of the law. I died to the law that day when he died.

When Jesus suffered and died it was “for me”.

His victorious resurrection is the guarantee of my eternal life. So, I gladly eat the bread and

drink the cup “’til he comes”.

Has Religion Failed You?

God is not looking for a better you so he can love you the way He wants. No! God wants you to run into the embrace of Jesus, just as you are, an ungodly, wicked, sinner.
Christ didn’t die for what you one day would become, He died for you the sinner, dead in trespasses and sin, unable to help yourself in any significant way.
So stop trying to save yourself! Or, stop trying to get to the point morally where God can feel good about loving you. God loved you before the world was created. He knew about your deceitfulness, He knew about your lust, He knew that you would love yourself more than the One who made you and that you would serve yourself…, and He loved you anyway.
Jesus said of himself, “I am THE way, THE truth, and The life…” He alone is the way to God and fullness of joy. He alone is Truth and every self effort is a lie. And only He can give life to the spiritually and physically dead.
Turn yourself in! Surrender! Give up, stop trying to fix yourself! You can’t do it! Throw yourself upon the One who died for ALL of your sins and is offering to you the free gift of His perfect righteousness. Trade religion with all it’s adornments for a relationship with the God who loves you without measure. Put your hope in Jesus, He never fails.