Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 24, 2016

There is no “Common Grace”. Grace is particular, shown only to the elect. If God is gracious to us, then He will save us. “by grace you have been saved”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 67.

God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—  Selah.
That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For You will judge the peoples with uprightness
And guide the nations on the earth.  Selah.
5 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
6 The earth has yielded its produce;
God, our God, blesses us.
God blesses us,
That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”  Psalm chapter 67.

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Other doctrine teaches that God is gracious to all, but only saves some.  This false doctrine is called “common grace”.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God is only gracious to His elect.  If God is gracious to us, then He will save us.

We see this truth in verses 1-2.

“God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—  Selah.
2 That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.”  Verses 1-2.

And, we see this truth stated in a different way in verse 7, namely, if God blesses us, then we will fear Him.

“God blesses us,
That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”  Verse 7.

Reformed Doctrine also teaches that this grace is irresistible in its point “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

We see this irresistible nature of grace in the following Scriptures.

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”  John 6:37.

“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”  John 6:38.

“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”  John 6:29.

When we were dead in sin, God showed His “Irresistible Grace”, by making us alive, raising us up, and seating us in the heavenly places in Christ.  By grace, we have been saved.  

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:4-9.

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