What is the Gospel? : Track #4

A Series of Studies on the foundational Doctrines of the Gospel

Part II He Chose Us (Ephesians 1:4)

II.1. Salvation is of the Lord

1. Man’s Testimony

a) Natural birth

“How much did God consult you about your birth?”

b) Spiritual birth

Hebrews 5:9; 12:2

2. Satan’s Lie

“Arminianism and Romanism are bastard offsprings of natural religion fertilized by the Gospel.” J.I.Packer

Modern evangelicalism has painted a picture of a pathetic God who does not want any to perish, has done the best that he can do (in sending his Son) and now has to sit back and watch what happens, as if:

  • God creates the possibility of salvation (at Calvary)
  • Man creates the reality of salvation (in his choices)

It is Satan’s lie to convince us that our fate lies in our own hands.

3. God’s Truth

“All things are of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18)

a) God planned it

b) God purchased it

c) God applied it

d) God maintains it

e) God completes it

Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.
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