It is God’s calling on your life that saves you.
Does God know the future? This is a question of monumental proportions. It is in this question that we discover whether or not God is worthy of our worship. This idea of God’s exhaustive knowledge of all things is referred to as omniscience.
Luther had finally realized that the Catholic Church had been feeding him a lie that he had no way of refuting until now. That lie was that we can work our way to God.
That is why the Reformation was full of committed pastors and theologians who proclaimed that the salvation of the elect was soli Deo gloria: to the glory of God alone.
Whenever your authority is Scripture and something else, Scripture is going to be drowned out and unbiblical, and unfounded doctrinal heresies flow from there.
Through Christ alone, we are given eternal life and will never perish. We who are truly a part of the elect are unable to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand, nor the Father’s hand.
The purpose of sola gratia was to draw the attention away from ourselves, and to realize that it was only through God’s sovereign grace that anyone can be saved.
I remember specifically when I truly accepted Calvinism as the truth. For the things that I questioned, I looked to the ultimate truth: Scripture.
After darkness, light.