Faith is ultimately a firm and certain knowledge of God’s benevolence toward us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.
“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.” —John Calvin
This is a list of verses and passages relating to my study of Calvinism, for any of my Christian followers interested. If any of you have any extra verses to add on, please feel free (:
Calvinism is summed up in five points, an acronym called TULIP, and I’ll post verses relating to each point underneath them. Some verses are repeated, as they relate to multiple points.
Total Depravity - Man is dead in sin and cannot understand the Gospel.
Job 14:4-6, 12, & 22
I Corinthians 2:14
Ephesians 2:1-6, 8-10
Unconditional Election - God only chooses certain ones for salvation.
John 6:36, 44-51 ,64-65
John 15:16, 19
John 17:2-3, 9
I Corinthians 1:21-22
I Thessalonians 1:4
II Thessalonians 2:13-14
II Timothy 2:10-13
I Peter 2:7-9
Limited Atonement - Christ did not die for unbelievers.
John 17:2-3, 9, 24
Irresistible Grace - God’s will cannot be successfully resisted.
John 6:36-37, 44-45
I Peter 2:7-9
Preservation of the Saints - Eternal security of believers.
John 10 27-30
Romans 8:1, 38-39
I Corinthians 1:7-9
II Corinthians 4:14, 17
These are just specific verses, I encourage you to read the chapters as well if you really want to study Calvinism.
Some Calvinists only believe in 3 points, I forgot which ones they leave out, but I don’t see how you can pick and choose from the points. If man is totally depraved, then he can’t choose God. If he can’t choose God, he needs to be chosen by God. If some are chosen by God then that means others aren’t chosen by God. If man was not chosen then God’s irresistible grace was not extended to him. If a man falls out of grace then grace was never extended to him. If it were possible to fall out of grace then God’s will is resistible and Christ died in vain. If God’s will isn’t irresistible then He isn’t God.
“The Holy Spirit so cleaves to His own truth, as He has expressed it in Scripture, that He then only exerts and puts forth His strength when the Word is received with due honor and respect.” —John Calvin