TRUHT FOR TODAY - BIBLICAL ESSAYS BY PASTOR PAUL MIZZI

Saved or savable?

A bone of contention between Calvinists and Arminians is that the formerís claim that Christ actually saves His people (because He died particularly for them and paid their penalty) while the latter say that Christ died for Judas just as He died for Peter (even though Judas was finally lost). Arminians say that Christ merely gives the possibility of salvation; it is up to our free will (they say) whether we will be saved or not.

As a taster here are five Scripture texts which teach that Christ actually and really saves his people rather than gives all men the mere possibility of being saved.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bear a son; an you shall call his name Jesus, for it is He who will save his people from their sins.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.

(also Revelation 1:5; John 10:27-28; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 1:30 etc.)