|What is the Gospel? : Track #14
A Series of Studies on the foundational Doctrines of the Gospel
Part V You were Marked with a Seal (Ephesians 1:13)
V.2 Grateful, not Complacent: Sanctification
The seal is a mark of ownership the outward evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, visible evidence that we belong to God as his family likeness is reproduced in us.
1. The Need to Seek Assurance
2. How to Seek Assurance
The genuineness of our calling can be checked against these biblical characteristics:
3. The Benefits of Gaining Assurance
Some may have noticed that in this series we have looked at Paul’s presentation of the Gospel under five headings:
In this way we have covered what are known as The Doctrines of Grace. These five headings have come to be known as the key points of Calvinism. Does this mean Paul was a Calvinist? No! - but we might say that Calvin was a Paulinist!
The so-called “five points of Calvinism” were first put together at the Synod of Dort in 1618 to counter to a series of affirmations that had earlier been made by Arminianists. Over time, those five points have come to be conveniently known by the mnemonic TULIP: Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited (or particular) atonement, Irresistible grace, Preservation of the saints. These five points correspond to the headings in our studies in this series.
J.I.Packer (in “A Quest for Godliness”, p.128) has summarized these points in this way:
This contrasts starkly with much of the way the gospel is commonly preached today. One proclaims a God who saves; the other speaks of a God who enables man to save himself. One makes salvation depend on the work of God; the other, on a work of man. One regards faith as part of God’s gift of salvation; the other, as man’s contribution to salvation.
We affirm that “Salvation is of the Lord.” The Gospel is all of grace - so there is no room for us to boast of any contribution we have made, that all the glory may go to God!
|Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.|
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