The Gospel in three words

God saves sinners.

The profound simplicity of the Gospel enables a little child and a seasoned theologian to relish in the Gospel with genuine interest and joy.

One seasoned theologian explained the profundity of those three words, God saves sinners, in a short paragraph worthy of the meditation of every believer.

“For to Calvinism there is really only one point to be made in the field of soteriology: the point that God saves sinners.

God—the Triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Spirit: three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power, and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of Father and Son by renewing.

Saves—does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies. Sinners—men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot.

God saves sinners—and the force of this confession may not be weakened by disrupting the unity of the work of the Trinity, or by dividing the achievement of salvation between God and man and making the decisive part man’s own, or by soft-pedalling the sinner’s inability so as to allow him to share the praise of his salvation with his Saviour.”

J.I. Packer (Introductory Essay, 4-6) quoted in The Five Points of Calvinism, 2nd ed. P&R Publishing, 2004, p. 14-15. (emphasis in original)

The Gospel in three words
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