Posted by: John Edwards | March 26, 2009

Smelling The Tulip

Can you believe that I went so many years in the full time ministry having never heard of T.U.L.I.P.? That is because I was heavily involved in a belief system that denies the Sovereignty of God. Not only did we deny it, we didn’t even know what it was! I was in a church that taught that man was in control of his destiny, and that everything that happened in our lives was a result of spoken words. How deceived I was. Thank God for His Grace. I now know that God is in complete control of my life, that He is Sovereign in all of the affairs of man and that He is always in absolute control. That is comforting to me. I am glad that He is God and that I am not.
One of the first things that God showed me last year was that He is Sovereign in salvation, and that He had chosen me to be His without me having anything at all to do with it. I used to believe that God elected us because He knew that we would believe in Jesus, but that is not the case at all, which leads me to share the Five Points of Calvinism.


T stands for Total Depravity of mankind. That means that you and I were born with absolutely no ability to save ourselves. We are all born sinners and we continually sin until the day we die. I am rotten to the core, just like you are! every human being on this earth deserves to spend eternity in Hell.
U stands for Unconditional Election. That means that God chose to save you before you were born and that you had absolutely nothing do with it. Every human being ever born has sinned and yet God chose to save some from the ranks of the damned.
L stands for Limited Atonement. That means that when you get down to it, that Jesus only died for the sins of the Elect. I had a hard time with this one until I thought it out. If someone is in Hell right now, then their sins were not Atoned for. I used to teach that every ones sins have been forgiven, and that the only reason that someone could go to Hell was for rejecting that forgiveness. But think about that. That would mean that that one sin was not atoned for. If Jesus died for everybody in the whole world, then no one will ever go to Hell.
I stands for Irresistible Grace. That means that those that God has chosen, will eventually receive salvation. Every single one of them. Read the sixth chapter of John.
P stands for Perseverance of the saints. An easier way to say it is once saved always saved. In other words, God will keep those that believe in Him, and He will not lose a single one.

This teaching has helped me a lot. At first it bothered me, but once I spent a few months studying it out, it became one of the biggest blessings that I have ever had.
A lot of people believe that the Doctrine of Election is not fair, and I agree, we should all go to Hell if we got what we deserved. But thank God that He has chosen to save those that have accepted Jesus as lord.


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