The Foreknowledge of GOD by AW Pink (47 KB)
It thus appears that it is highly important for us to have clear and scriptural views of the foreknowledge of God. Erroneous conceptions about it lead inevitably to thoughts most dishonouring to Him. The popular idea of Divine foreknowledge is altogether inadequate. God not only knew the end from the beginning, but He planned, fixed, predestinated everything from the beginning. And, as cause stands to effect, so God's purpose is the ground of His prescience. If then the reader be a real Christian, he is so because God chose him in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4), and chose not because He foresaw you would believe, but chose simply because it pleased Him to choose: chose you notwithstanding your natural unbelief. This being so, all the glory and praise belongs alone to Him. You have no ground for taking any credit to yourself. You have believed through grace (Acts 18:27), and that, because your very election was of grace (Rom 11:5).
The Knowledge of GOD by AW Pink (42 KB)
God is omniscient. He knows everything: everything possible, everything actual; all events, all creatures, God knows the past, the present and the future. He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth and in hell. He knoweth what is in the darkness (Dan 2:22). Nothing escapes Hs notice, nothing can be hidden from Him, nothing is forgotten by Him. Well may we say with the Psalmist, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it (Psa 139:6). His knowledge is perfect. He never errs, never changes, never overlooks anything. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (Heb 4:13). Yes, such is the God with whom we have to do!
The Sovereignty of God, verses (161 KB)
The sovereignty of God is one of the major themes of the Word of God. Sovereignty does not mean that God can do anything, for God cannot lie, cannot be tempted with evil, and cannot deny Himself, but does mean that God can do anything He desires. The following are a few of the many passages of Scripture which reveal the greatness of our sovereign God in His creation and His grace toward us.
God's Absolutes (43 KB)
Given God's infinite control of all things in all time, nothing can exist that He has not brought directly into existence or allowed to indirectly come into existence. Therefore, salvation is ultimately dependent solely upon God because God is in control of all variables of all situations including the wills of His creation.
The Hardening of Pharaoh
But the apostles and their associates who preserved the truth of Christ for us in their gospels and letters were led by the Spirit in them to immerse themselves in the Old Testament as well as the teachings of Jesus. "In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets" (Hebrews 1:1). As the Spirit led the apostles into all truth, he did so by leading them to a true and deep understanding of what God had done and said in the Old Testament.
Where is Evil from (36 KB)
Men are hell bent to make for themselves a god/s of their imaginations and likeness therefore they make any mixture to "defend God's honour" in a concept according to their thoughts. But the God of the Universes is perfectly Sovereign on absolutely everything and has no need to be defended by puny humans.
Regeneration (60 KB)
Regeneration literally means a "new birth. "The Greek word (palingenesia) is used with reference to the changes produced by springtime, a passing from death (winter) to a new life (spring). In the Bible it appears only two times: Mat 19:28meaning the "restitution of all things" and in Tit 3:5denoting that change of heart elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life (1Jo 3:14); becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus (2Co 5:17); being born again (Joh 3:5); a renewal of the mind (Rom 12:2); a resurrection from the dead (Eph 2:6); a being quickened (Eph 2:1,5).
Justification (56 KB)
Justification is a forensic term, opposed to condemnation.
Justification is a judicial sovereign act of God, in which He declares, on the basis of the righteousness of Jesus Christ alone, that all the claims of the Law are satisfied with respect to the elect sinner.
Sanctification (48 KB)
Sanctification is not to be confused with Regeneration or Justification (although part and parcel of the gift of Salvation to the elect sinner, which are instantaneous actions, operated entirely by the Holy Ghost in the heart of the. Sanctification is rather to be understood as progressive change in a believer’s behaviour in which he has righteousness and indwelling holiness imparted (wrought) to him whilst collaborating through the Spirit in achieving sanctification.
God Decrees ALL that is to pass (65 KB)
The definition of God’s decree can be simplifies as: "That eternal plan by which God has rendered certain by His Sovereign will ALL events He has determined for the whole of Creation (nothing left out); past, present, and future."
What is "Born Again" ? (57 KB)
These two little words “Born Again” have been used and much misused in 2000 years, indeed they have been ridiculed and cursed in every possible way. These days the phrase, "born again" is practically used by people of all religious denominations and all religions, as well as by people who profess no religious faith.
The Best Calvinist Proof-Text in the Bible (43 KB)
The theological perspective often called “Calvinism” can be summarized as the view that God is completely sovereign or in control of EVERYTHING that happens. That God doesn’t just “allow” things to happen, but He actually DECREES, WILLS, or DECLARES them to happen…yes even the things we consider bad or evil. This view of God is based on several texts but perhaps the main one would be which reads: Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ (Isa 46:9-10)
How does Faith Come? (39 KB)
Even though faith "comes by hearing", it does not necessarily mean that it comes to all who hear, but only to those who are His, as exemplified after Paul’s preaching to the Gentiles: "As many as were ordained to eternal life believed" (Act 13:48). The granting of Faith is the sovereign decree of the Holy Ghost. The Apostle, knowing that in preaching that Christ was the savour of life unto life to those who were saved and the savour of death unto death to those who were lost, exclaimed, "Who is sufficient for these things?" “To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the smell of life to life. And who is sufficient for these things?” (2Co 2:16). Christ and only Him, of course.
No Pleasure in Sinner's Death (38 KB)
As sinners, when someone wrong us we get pleasure out of seeing them punished for it. But true love within ourselves would mean that we would NOT get pleasure out of seeing them hurt, but in seeing them repent. God, who is perfect in love, finds no pleasure in seeing the wicked punished, but rather in the wicked repenting. This is the mind of God: "As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye..."