Archive for the ‘Wayne Grudem’ Category

the ground of election is God’s grace, whereas the ground of reprobation is God’s justice

October 7, 2009

…the ground of election is God’s grace, whereas the ground of reprobation is God’s justice.

Wayne Grudem, Sytematic Theology, p.686

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A person is said to be justified when he is approved of God as free from the guilt of sin and its deserved punishment; and as having that righteousness belonging to him that entitles to the reward of life

September 26, 2009

A person is said to be justified when he is approved of God as free from the guilt of sin and its deserved punishment; and as having that righteousness belonging to him that entitles to the reward of life.

Jonathan Edwards

(Justification is)

…a judicial act of God pardoning sinners (wicked and ungodly persons, Rom. 4:5; 3:9-24), accepting them as just, and so putting permanently right their previously estranged relationship with himself.

J.I. Packer

Justification is an instantaneous legal act of God in which he (1) thinks of our sins as forgiven and Christ’s righteousness as belonging to us, and (2) declares us to be righteous in His sight.

Wayne Grudem

HT jamespruch

A right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith

September 26, 2009

A right understanding of justification is absolutely crucial to the whole Christian faith. Once Martin Luther realized the truth of justification by faith alone, he became a Christian and overflowed with the new-found joy of the gospel…Even today, a true view of justification is the dividing line between the biblical gospel of salvation by faith alone and all false gospels of salvation based on good works.

Wayne Grudem

All people know God exists

August 17, 2009

Some people deny that they have an inner sense of God, but their awareness of God will often make itself evident in a time of personal crisis, when deep-seated convictions of the heart show themselves in outward words and deeds. “Several years ago I was a passenger in a car with several friends, including a young woman who in conversation was firmly denying that she had any inner awareness of God’s existence. Shortly thereafter the car hit a patch of ice and spun around in a complete circle at high speed. Before the car came to rest in a large snow bank (with no serious damage) this same woman could be heard distinctly calling out, “Lord Jesus, please help us!” The rest of us looked at her in amazement when we realized that her agnosticism had been disproved by words from her own mouth.”

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p.141-2, note.

Not all atheists will admit that God is there even when facing death. The supression of the truth goes very, very deep. Grudem is addressing certain people, but not all, who blithely claim unbelief, but when faced with death are inconsistent.

NB – this post has been amended because I rather casually claimed there are no atheists in foxholes. This is not true and I retract that statement because I wish to honour the truth.

Having said that, all atheists do indeed know God is there but may persist in professing atheism to their dying die – even in extremis.

Man as evidence of God

August 17, 2009

it is man himself, created in the image of God, who most abundantly bears witness to the existence of God: whenever we meet another human, we should (if our minds are thinking correctly) realize that such an incredibly intricate, skillful, communicative living creature could only have been created by an infinite, all-wise Creator.

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p.142

Election – an encouragement to evangelism

August 5, 2009

He [Paul] knows that God has chosen some people to be saved, and he sees this as an encouragement to preach the gospel, even if it means enduring great suffering. Election is Paul’s guarantee that there will be some success for his evangelism, for he knows that some of the people he speaks to will be the elect, and they will believe the gospel and be saved. It is as if someone invited us to come fishing and said, “I guarantee that you will catch some fish – they are hungry and waiting.

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 1994, 674

Atonement – Objective

July 25, 2009

…the primary influence of Christ’s work of redemption is not on us, but on God the Father. Jesus obeyed the Father in our place and perfectly met the demands of the law. And he suffered in our place, receiving in himself the penalty that God the Father would have visited upon us. In both cases, the atonement is viewed as objective; that is, something that has primary influence directly on God himself. only secondarily does it have application to us and only because there was a definite event in the relationship between God the Father and God the Son that secured our salvation.

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p.570


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