Disarming Calvinism (part three)
I have made the boast that I will disarm the notion of Calvinism which teaches that man has no free will. That it is God’s calling only that determines His elect. We all agree it is this elect that receives imputes righteousness from God. But Calvinism is wrong when it states we do not have any part to play or any exercise of personal will in the matter.
I have stated that I will demonstrate from our New Testament that we do have free will. That we do have a role and a choice in our calling and election. I will disarm Calvinism’s doctrine that teaches men have no choice in their going to Heaven or Hell.
We learned in “Disarming Calvinism (part two)” that God made a covenant with Abraham and this covenant is, God is to be his God and he and his descendants after him are to be His people. At this point we think that God simply made circumcision the sign of this covenant, mainly that they are God’s chosen people. However the New Testament teaches us that circumcision was not simply a mark in the flesh that they were the people of God. Instead our New Testament doctrine teaches us that circumcision is a sign in the flesh of the righteousness that God imputed to Abraham.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.
We learned that this covenant that God gave to Abraham and the seal of righteousness was for all of his descendants. Hence any male who was not circumcised was cut off from the people. They were cut off from this blessing given to Abraham. Yet now we as gentiles can be grafted into the family tree of Abraham and share in this imputed righteousness through Christ.
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.
So now we too without the sign of imputed righteousness, that being circumcision, are credited righteousness.
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.
This is why, speaking of Israel, scripture teaches us that we like unnatural branches are grafted into the family of Abraham though Christ, while others who were part of that blessing of imputed righteousness were cut off. Once we share in this imputed righteousness we qualify to be grafted in. Those who by lack of faith and disobedience reject the blessing given to Abraham of imputed righteousness are cut off from this covenant, while we are now included.
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
So what has God done? He has taken a whole nation of His people and credited them righteousness and put a seal in the flesh of their men. God started His gospel message of imputed righteousness for His people starting with Abraham. But why should this be surprising to us? After all scripture teaches us that scripture announced to Abraham in advance our gospel.
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
Is not our gospel the good news of not having our sins held against us? Is this what we find taught by David?
Of David. A maskil. Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Understanding that God imputed to Abraham and his descendants righteousness that we are now grafted into, a whole new understanding on why God wanted to kill Moses for making light of His imputed righteousness for His people.
But what have the people of the covenant done? How have the people of His election treated His grace towards them and unmerited favor of righteousness? They have trampled it and served foreign gods. They have become worse than the nations that were before them.
God credited them righteousness but they for the most part trampled it under foot. They in their free will have rejected the righteousness of God. Since they did not submit to God’s righteousness by their own free will, they sought to establish their own, even though they were of the covenant of circumcision.
Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.
By their own free will rejecting God became manifest in them when they did not pursue the righteousness that comes by faith. Rejecting what God had imputed to them they pursued their own righteousness by works, they stumbled over the stumbling stone. Isn’t this the same trap we can fall into today as believers?
Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the “stumbling stone.”
What the Jewish nation did was to reject what was offered to them by God which was testified to by circumcision. You can not reject what is not offered. And again Paul says they did not pursue their righteousness by faith. They unlike there father Abraham simple didn’t believe in the promise of righteousness that God had imputed to them.
They did not reject the offer of imputed righteousness, they rejected imputed righteousness after it was credited to them. God had elected them all as a nation as a people as the children of Abraham. But only a few go in.
 Romans 4:11
 Galatians 3:14
 Romans 4:22-24
 Romans 11:17
 Galatians 3:8
 Psalms 32:1-2
 Romans 10:3
 Romans 9:32