I wrote a paper for my last class of my undergrad degree on TULIP in the book of John. For the next several weeks I will be posting small sections of this paper. Each day of the week, I will post one portion of each doctrine in their respective order. I hope this sample from the introduction will prove to be true for these blog posts and each and every one of our hearts:
The burden of this paper is to show these doctrines from the Bible. If it cannot be shown, it should not be believed. But o how clear it is! For the purpose of this paper, the focus will be on the Gospel of John. Every page of the Bible testifies to the sovereign grace of God. This narrow focus will allow the reader to see the heavy volume of texts in just one book of the Bible that proves the Reformed tradition. The Reformed tradition should be known as one that loves the Bible. More than that, the Reformed tradition is rich in doxology. The purpose of this paper is far from simple persuasion. The aim is worship. Bad theology dishonors God and hurts people, to quote John Piper. In fact, the theme of this paper is drawn from the book of John itself. Hear the Word of the Lord:
“but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
(John 20:31 ESV)
This paper is written so that you will believe and have life in Christ’s name. God is glorified in the gladness of His people in Him. Man’s satisfaction, indeed His joy will only increase the more he knows the God of His salvation and knows Him as He has revealed Himself. So may we now, together, behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ with an unveiled face (2 Cor 3:18).
Irresistible Grace (1)
“I’d like to begin this section by stating the necessity of this doctrine. The effectual calling of God to life from death is the only way that a sinner may be saved. Regeneration must, must, must precede faith. Have we not seen our true state? John Newton, the hand behind the hymn “Amazing Grace,” once quipped saying that if men were left to come to Christ on their own accord then he would assume preach to cows and horses. Newton is getting at the impossibility of anyone to come apart from the monergistic new birth. Regeneration is not a team effort. It is single handed, an act of free grace necessitated by our depravity with its aim that the glory of the Holy One would go to no other.
The light of the world has come in the person of Christ Jesus. John1 begins with the reality, indeed the scandal, of the coeternal Son of God taking on human flesh. This glorious, unique event was to display the “admiral conjunction of diverse excellencies” of Christ, as Edwards put it. Christ became man to save those accursed by the law by being born under the law. It is belief that the gospel demands. Faith is a receiving Christ as He is. But we have seen that faith is impossible for man. Yet John says that many have believed and have received Him (1:12). How does this happen? Verse 13 says that those who are children of God were not born of blood or by the will of the flesh.
The will of man was not a coconspirator in the new birth. It is God, according to verse 13c, that is the only active agent in this being born of God. John does not say “not only of blood” or “not only the will of the flesh.” What I mean to say is that John goes out of his way to show that the being born of God is the work of God alone. This monergistic regeneration; being called effectually, without a choice because of the surpassing glory of Christ seen and savored for the first time.”