Calvin, this is supposed to be good doctrine?
Paul in his letter to Timothy speaks of the gospel that he proclaims and how he suffers for proclaiming this gospel. He speaks of his suffering and how he is even chained like a criminal. Of course this is no surprise to us for Paul speaks in other places of his beating, shipwrecks and even being stoned and dragged out of the city for dead.
We in Christendom assume Paul suffered this so the believers in his day (what we would call the elect) could come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and be saved. Paul in his letter to Timothy demonstrates something just the opposite. He says he suffers all of this so the elect (the believers in his day) too may obtain salvation.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
To this a good Calvinist would say, of course, it is evidence of the salvation future. For a good Calvinist agrees with the Past Salvation (predestination), the now salvation (believing in Jesus Christ), and the future salvation, which this scripture is speaking of. So they cover all of their bases. That would be great if this were baseball, but it is not.
Another doctrine of Calvin is one can not loose their salvation because they have it past, present and future. To a Calvinist loosing ones salvation is impossible. They say our lives do not alter the fact of the work of Christ or his calling on our lives.
Funny though, Paul has a hope the elect will too receive salvation and after he says this in his letter he continues.
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us;
Speaking of those whom he too hopes will obtain salvation, he says they can endure and reign or disown Christ and He will disown them. Kinda smacks of other statements doesn’t it?
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Now a good Calvinist would be quick to remind me that I have left off a verse, and that would be their verse of comfort. They would be quick to remind me that Paul didn’t stop Christ disowning us, but
if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
The Calvinist mistakenly assumes that even in our faithlessness Christ will remain faithful. They assume they are the body of Christ and Christ can not disown Himself, therefore they are eternally secure. This they would say is good doctrine, which is completely the opposite of what Paul wrote just before this. So what is it? Is it good Calvinistic doctrine and Paul teaches we can not be disowned even if we are faithless? Or is it, we will be disowned by Christ if we disown Him, which is not a Calvinistic doctrine.
The Gospel According to the Gospel teaches there is no conflict in Paul’s statements to believers. If we disown Christ we will be disowned by Him. If we are faithless He will remain faithful. Christ will not disown Himself if we are faithless. He being the very word of God will not go back on His word. He will not say to us like Santa Clause, “Well, I guess you all have been pretty good,” as if God were to grade on a curve. No, The Gospel According to the Gospel agrees with scripture. If we are faithless He will not disown Himself and He will do exactly what He said He will do. He will disown us. Just as He was faithful to Israel to bring the curses for their disobedience just as He said He would.
So while we may yet please the Lord, let us lay hold of the gospel of scripture and teach men they too can obtain salvation.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
That there is no past salvation or present salvation, except being freed from being slaves to sin, that is, being saved from sin. But we do have a hope of a future salvation. Let us not disown Christ and be disowned. Let us not disown His gospel and preach the doctrine of Calvin which teaches men they are saved, and further teaches Jesus will disown Himself and not do as He says, and also disown Paul who wrote we too may obtain salvation if we do not disown Him.
 2 Timothy 2:8-10
 2 Timothy 2:11-12
 Matthew 24:12-13
 2 Timothy 2:13
 Colossians 1:22-23