Puritan Board Freshman
I need a proper definition as found in the creeds or Calvin's Institutes and so on. I'm working on a sermon outline and could really use some help. Thanks a lot.
Try this on for size, but it is the Presbyterian view so in some ways distinct from the Baptist.
1. As I exposited the WSC 88 at the end of the first section, "by 'grace' we intend the benefits of redemption." And in the section dealing with the Word, I wrote: "in giving us grace, God gives us himself." So, we may speak of grace in this context in terms of salvation, and particular essentials of it such as justification and sanctification (ala the "golden chain of redemption, Rom.8:29-30); and we may speak of such grace as inseparable from the Person of Christ, of whom and through whom is all that salvation ours--in Christ, in covenant. Those benefits are entirely in him (see Eph.1:3-14, repeatedly).I read through your old post. Some questions.
1. What is meant by grace in this context?
2. What is meant by “communicating” said grace?
3. The WCF uses the word “especially” and then lists the means of grace. Today using that word could imply primacy or importance but leave room open for other means of grace. Is that what the statement is saying?
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