Disarming Calvinism (part four)

I have promised that I will disarm the teaching of Calvin which is once a man is saved there is no going back.  Once He has been freely justified by the grace of imputed righteousness, he is forever a child of the promise.  He has ceased from being the child of the natural birth and has become the child of the chosen of God.

I will demonstrate from our New Testament that a man can be chosen as a people of God and of the promise and fall away into damnation.  I will demonstrate how this disarms Calvinism’s doctrine of once saved (imputed righteousness though Christ) always saved.

If you have been following my post on Disarming Calvinism you would have learned that our New Testament teaches that Abraham has received a seal of the righteousness that God gave him, a mark in his flesh.  Circumcision is this seal of imputed righteousness that was given to Abraham and all his descendants.  Our New Testament teaches that we gentiles, now through Christ, get to share in the imputed righteousness that was given to Abraham by becoming his spiritual offspring,

We see demonstrated through the people of covenant of imputed righteousness that they exercised their free will not to receive God’s unmerited favor of this credited righteousness.  The people of Israel with the seal of the righteousness that comes from God exercised their free will not before this imputed righteousness but after.  They as individual have chosen to walk in the faith of their father Abraham or forsake God or possible error in the opposite direction and seek righteousness through the Law.

The history of Israel is a testimony of a people who have been imputed righteousness by God, which is no different than what we have in Christ today as gentiles.  Like them we have to decide if we will be a people of faith in the grace God has given or will we fall away into faithlessness and sin. 

The Calvinist do have one thing correct and this is when they say God is the one who elects.  Our election does not depend upon our choosing God, but on Him choosing us.  But in saying this they do not understand.  Our election doesn’t mean we have been elected to become eternally secure.  Our election is God’s choice to let us participate in His grace of imputed righteousness, which we have the free will to either do or not to do.  Exactly like we see in the people of Israel. 

Just as God chose Abraham and his descendants to impute His grace as a light and testimony to the world, now He has chosen all mankind and imputed to us all unmerited favor.  For who else could it be said of, they have become the savior of the world?  Who else has taken away the sins of the world? 

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world![1]

Jesus Himself says that He is the one who gives His life for the sins of the world, not for only that portion that fits the doctrine of Calvin.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”[2]

Speaking of Israel, Paul says their rejection of God is not reconciliation for only those who fit the Calvinistic view of election, but the reconciliation of the world.

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?[3]

Let us be happy to quote:

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:[4]

But let us quote also the rest of what was taught by Paul.  That we as believers have been reconciled but not unlike the rest of the world, but like the rest of the world.  Only we get the ministry of reconciliation that gets to preach this good news of reconciliation.  For God has reconciled the world to Himself.  Why else does Christ need to die once for the sin of all mankind?  Because the sins of the world have been paid for and mankind is reconciled to Himself.

that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.[5]

Christ paid for all of our sins and we have all been imputed grace.  All of us believer and those who will not receive of live by the grace of God have been imputed this righteousness.  The question is who will live by faith and obedience. 

Theology says we participate in election and receive imputed righteousness when we do.  As true believers who have imputed righteousness we can never loose this.  We can never become a person who is elected and shares in imputed grace and then slip away into damnation.

But scripture teaches and shows we as a people are elected by God’s choosing and are imputed righteousness before we choose to obey or disobey.  We as the world have been elected and chosen to have our sins removed from us and to be reconciled to God.  Now we chose to have faith or be faithless.  We like the people of Israel, that we are grafted into when we by faith accept this reconcilation, have free will to be a people of faith and of righteousness or not.  If this is not so then God is unjust in punishing His people whom He imputed righteousness through His covenant.  He is an unjust God because many of Israel were “once saved and always saved” according to the doctrine of imputed righteousness.

But as it is God is not unjust.  He is proven right when He judges.  So today as believers we need to be a people who understand we have nothing over the people of Israel or the imputed righteousness that they shared in.  We have nothing over the “lost” for they too have been imputed righteousness by the sacrifice of Christ who is the savior of the world.  We only get the benefit of it because we like Abraham believe God who has made the promise.  And the lost can share in this same good news when they too come to faith in the promise of God.

We only share in it through Christ.  Knowing there is not more than one flavor of imputed righteousness from God, let us not follow the way of those who were disobedient and faithless, only to become as if they were not circumcised.  As the New Testament teaches, let us freely choose by our own will in God’s election to be circumcised of heart.  Or we will be a people who have been elected by God, share in the imputed righteousness given to Abraham and still die in our sins because we did live in the faith and obedience of our father Abraham.

[1] John 1:29

[2] John 6:51

[3] Romans 11:5

[4] 2 Corinthians 5:18

[5] 2 Corinthians 5:19

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