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Discussion in 'Calvinism & Arminianism Debate' started by Revmitchell, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    The gracious Holy Spirit, by means of inspiration, has sufficiently made known all we need in order to respond to Him in faith. The word of God is powerful and effective, as the author of Hebrews puts it:

    For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬

    Should we ever conclude, therefore, that God’s words, graciously inspired by His Spirit, are somehow insufficient to lead anyone who hears them to faith and repentance?

    Need there be some kind of extra grace that makes the grace of the gospel powerful enough to lead one to salvation? I see no convincing evidence of this need in scripture, do you? If you do see it, is that because God has granted you a grace which makes you more capable of seeing truths revealed in scripture that He has kept from me and other believers? Or could it simply be that we all have the same gracious revelation and any errors of interpretation or suppressing of its truth is due only to our own free will?

    I suspect that much of the dispute within in the church over the centuries would not have been necessary if we simply dropped this unfounded presupposition that God’s gracious work needs more grace to work.