Wednesday, April 03, 2002

P. Andrew Sandlin:
Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the tomb secures men’s salvation, and you can be sure that our God is sovereign in man’s salvation, just as he is sovereign in every other aspect of the universe. This is a leading tenet of the Calvinistic believe in the sovereignty of God. God saves men; he does not help them save themselves. God is not in the business of getting stumbling humans back on a sure footing. Sinners are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). They are not sick men who need a medicine; they are dead men who need a resurrection. This is just what the Holy Spirit gives the elect, God’s chosen ones. Salvation according to Calvinists is not a cooperative endeavor. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth in order to save sinners whom he loved (Jn. 3:16). His death did not simply make salvation available; his death actually secured the salvation of sinners. This is why the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his [Jesus Christ’s] own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb 9:12, emphasis supplied). He actually has obtained salvation. God saves sinners; he does not help them save themselves.
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