Christmas is a joyful season for Christians, not because of gifts or “Santa”, but because God gave us the ultimate gift…
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.
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.
To be true followers of Christ, we must become dedicated students of theology under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
There are many ways in which people believe we must love God, but I believe that it is only by examining what Christ has said that we can know how to love God with sincerity.
The man who wrote this intended it to be a triumphant song of the hope that we have in Christ.
But when it comes to God’s sovereignty, if people can resist His salvation or turn away from Him, that would again make Him not sovereign.