Isaiah 53 & Definite Atonement

crossThere are many individuals who believe that the doctrine of particular redemption or definite atonement cannot be substantiated biblically. They argue that the bible simply does not teach that the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ actually saves those for whom it was offered but mingle the intellectual assent of man in the mix. The idea that there are no texts that teach definite atonement is a mere caricature. There are a number of texts that could be examined to demonstrate the biblical doctrine of the atonement especially in light of its particularity. We think of texts such as John 10 and Revelation chapter 5 as clear examples of this blessed doctrine amongst many others.

Recently I had purchased from Faithful Servant Books a small booklet by W.E. Best on the examination of definite atonement from another proof text mainly the text of Isaiah 53. Best does a remarkable job at demonstrating that the suffering servants death would in fact be a perfect sacrifice that could not fail. It would actually purchase and redeem men for God and that this death would be victorious. I was pleased to see that the book is now available online in PDF for those who wish to read through Best’s exegesis and analysis of Isaiah 53.

Problems with Calvinism?

imagesObjections to any theology or biblical interpretations are sometimes viewed negatively since people feel they just cause division. While the division is certainly negative, I believe it is healthy to question biblical interpretations and in return searched the scriptures like a good berean in order to grow in our understanding of the bible as a whole.

I hold to the doctrine of God’s sovereignty in Salvation consisting of the doctrine of depravity, election, particular atonement, efficient grace and the ultimate victory of the Holy Spirit in the perseverance of the saints. While this is consistently contested by non-Calvinistic believers, I hold to these doctrines and welcome others to critique these precious truths in order to help me strengthen my position or prove me wrong.

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Is Calvinism Bibiblcal?

holy-bibleThe Doctrines of Grace have been a glorious and world shattering discovery for us. We feel that these precious truths have truly allowed us to see the biblical teaching of God and man in a systematic way. God’s Sovereignty and holiness are accented to their proper place, man’s depravity is manifested in its truest sense, the atonement is seen in its perfection and God’s power is manifested in His elective purposes, in true regeneration and in bringing saints to glory. We have been so affected by these doctrines that we have a special section on this website devoted to materials relating to them. While these truths are so clearly seen in scripture, there are still those who would argue that the systematic understanding of God’s salvation is unbiblical.

I saw this article written by Steve Hays in which he presents an overview of the bible from Genesis to Revelation demonstrating that the bible does in fact teach the theology that is found in what is often referred to as Calvinism. I thought it might be worthwhile to share with those who had perhaps not seen it. Hays does a good job in presenting text after text and commenting of the proper interpretation of these texts. enjoy!

The Frequency of the Lord’s Supper

Lord supperThe gathering of Christians on Sundays should be a time of great blessing as we fellowship together as God’s Covenant Children . After a long week of being surrounded by the world whether at work or at school, it is always refreshing to meet with people who are of the same mind. It is a time of reflection on our Lord Jesus Christ, joyful fellowship, prayer, teaching and also breaking bread (Acts 2:41-42). These privileges are a part of our life as New Covenant believers which we share together in the power of the Spirit of God. These are blessings left for us to continue in and to be blessed by.

One of these God-honouring privileges as we just mentioned is the breaking of the bread or the Lord’s Supper as many have called it. There has been various views on how the Lord’s Supper should be taken and the nature of the “elements”. This debate goes as far back as to the time of the Reformation and even brought disagreements amongst the reformers. Another point of disagreement between believers and one which is less discussed is the frequency of the Lord’s Supper. How often should believers celebrate the Lord’s Supper? Should this be done weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or even yearly? While many churches today in the Greater Moncton Area and elsewhere celebrate the Lord’s Supper on a monthly basis, there are many reformed brethren who believe that celebrating the Lord’s Supper weekly is much more scriptural. While there is no explicit statements in scripture as to the frequency of the Supper, we believe that there might be some implicit details that demonstrate that partaking on a weekly basis is much more biblically tenable .

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