Disarming Calvinism (part two )


I have made a boast that I will disarm the notion of Calvinism that teaches God is committed to a people in that He has grace for them that is irresistible.  That is to say His justification once experienced is inescapable, for what man can escape God’s will?  Which one of us if God imputes His righteousness to us can escape His will?

I stated that I will demonstrate from our New Testament that God has let people who were imputed the same righteousness we have come to share in through Christ, fall into damnation.  I will demonstrate how this disarms Calvinism’s doctrine of Irresistible grace. 

I will demonstrate through the covenant God made with Abraham, men who were imputed righteousness have died in their sins.  That it is not simply rejecting God. It is not rejecting His “irresistible” grace, it is rejecting Him after He has imputed His righteousness to His people. 

This goes against everything we have come to believe about our gospel.  We think and teach that once a person is credited the righteousness that comes through Christ there is no tuning back, there is no struggle or resistance to His grace.  But this is not what we see demonstrated to us through scripture.

Scripture shows us that God made a covenant with Abraham to be their God and for them to be His people.  This includes not only Abraham but all of his descendants. 

I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.[1]

Showing that God intended this covenant for literally all of Abraham’s descendants, God ordered that all males will have the sign of this covenant in their flesh.

This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner–those who are not your offspring.  Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.[2]

So the fact remains that the sign in their flesh is a sign of the everlasting covenant.  In fact any one who was not circumcised would not participate in this covenant.

Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”[3]

Now let us fast forward to the New Testament and learn what it teaches about this mandatory seal in the flesh.  Is this seal in the flesh only a physical sign as we attribute to it today, or is there something more?  The New Testament teaches that circumcision is a seal in the flesh of righteousness that Abraham had attributed to him by God.  Knowing that God is obligated to His WORD we know that this seal of righteousness was not just for Abraham but for his descendant also, even those bought for money, even us gentiles.

And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.[4]

This righteousness was so completely thorough even without Christ, our New Testament scriptures teach us that this righteousness was not imputed to them only but to us as well!

This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”  The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.[5]

This is why our New Testament scriptures teach that through Christ we share in the blessings given to Abraham.

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.[6]

It is through faith in Christ that we get to share in the righteousness imputed to Abraham and become his descendants.  We now in the Spirit become His children when we have the deposit of the spirit that is a testimony of the righteousness we have by faith.  For who can have the Spirit without this imputed righteousness?

We may want to worm and squiggle with the above truths taught to us in scripture.  For we do not want to admit that a nation of people have been given the same imputed righteousness that we now share in, but who have for the most part have rejected God.  Not only is His grace not irresistible, His imputed righteousness is not irresistible either. To argue differently will either argue contrary to the known history of Israel, or put you in the position to argue against our own spiritual adoption and our sharing in the righteousness imputed to Abraham and all of his descendants.

So which is it for you?  Argue against the known history of Israel?  Argue against the very promise and imputed righteousness we now share in with the rest of Abraham’s descendants through Christ?  Or do the better thing and accept what scripture teaches about our gospel and embrace what I have defended and proclaimed here at The Gospel According to the Gospel?  Well what say you?


[1] Genesis 17:7

[2] Genesis 17:10:13

[3] Genesis 17:14

[4] Romans 4:11

[5] Romans 4:22-24

[6] Galatians 3:14

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