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The Church

The universal church may be called invisible with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace. It consists of the full number of...

The Gospel and the Extent of Its Grace

Because the covenant of works was broken by sin and was unable to confer life, God was pleased to proclaim the promise of Christ, the seed of the...

Good Works

Good works are only those works that God has commanded in his holy Word (Mic 6:8; Heb 13:21). Works that do not have this warrant are invented by...

Adoption

God has granted that all those who are justified would receive the grace of adoption, in and for the sake of his only Son Jesus Christ (Eph 1:5; Gal...

Justification

Those God effectually calls he also freely justifies (Ro 3:24; 8:30). He does this, not by infusing righteousness into them but by pardoning their...

Effectual Calling

In God’s appointed and acceptable time, he is pleased to call effectually (Ro 8:30; 11:7; Eph 1:10-11; 2Th 2:13-14), by his Word and Spirit, those...

Christ the Mediator

God was pleased, in his eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them, to...

Divine Providence

God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom, upholds, directs, arranges, and governs all creatures and things (Heb 1:3; Job...

God’s Decree

From all eternity God decreed everything that occurs, without reference to anything outside himself (Isa 46:10; Eph 1:11; Heb 6:17; Ro 9:15, 18). He...