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).
Perseverance of the Saints (1)
“Finally we come to the final preservation of the saints. Look at John 6 one last time with me. On the heals of God’s sovereign election and calling comes God’s persevering of His elect. God has given some to Christ for salvation and all those that have been given will come (v.37). This decision is irreversible. God’s determination to finish the good work that He started is as sure as His will. God’s will is unchanging our only objective hope in a world of failing subjectivity. Christ has come to do the Father’s will and will do just that. Verse 39 reads: “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lost nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.” Take rest in this purpose, dear Christian.
If you are in Christ, you were given to Christ by the Father’s plan of election. Since you are, therefore, in the elect of God you will never be lost! On the contrary, Christ will raise us up with Him on the last day. This is a secure promise. None of the elect will fall away. This verse is modified by verse 40. The will of the Father is not simply that we would get through but that we would see Him and have eternal life. God’s will for our perseverance is that we would look and live. Eternal life begins at the moment of regeneration. Our seeing Christ and our perseverance go hand in hand.”