Hebrews 6 has proved to be a contensious passage in the history of exegesis and theology: the strong warning issued in this passage has proved to be the battleground for many soteriological debates. In this paper, I argue that the passage, interpreted within the compatibilist worldview of the Bible, holds together the same tension found elsewhere in the NT: perseverance is assured by God’s protection but dependent on man’s endurance. The author of Hebrews juxtaposes God’s sovereign protection with man’s responsible action in a warning intended to be the very means by which the stagnated Hebrews were to press on to the maturity to which God had called them.
“I am convinced that one of the greatest contributions these doctrines have is to enlarge our picture of our glorious and worthy God; it is my prayer that setting down this book, you will proclaim with Paul, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33ff Prevenient Grace – Coming early 2016
“contrary to the claims of every Arminian polemic, the biblical authors only find fodder for their prayer and evangelism in the Calvinist doctrines of grace.” (Acts 18:10-11, 2 Thess. 2:13, Romans 11:33-36) Prevenient Grace – Coming early 2016
“[Fighting pride with election] is found throughout Scripture; how fitting is it then to emphasize this doctrine in a day when the pride of man runs rampant over every inch of our world? What better tool has God granted us to curb our egos and post-enlightenment rationalism than His most foolish wisdom?” 1 Corinthians 1. Prevenient Grace – Coming early 2016
“Calvinism[, at its best,] is that worldview that seeks in every area of thought to uphold this picture of God as the transcendent but known, all sufficient, all glorious, sovereign and free, merciful, loving, and wise King of the universe.” That is Calvin’s Calvinism. Prevenient Grace – Coming early 2016
“The Spirit need not coerce anyone to believe; once their stony hearts have been stripped away, those chosen by God behold, faintly at first, the glory of the true God and begin to follow after Him.” Effectual? Yes! Irresistible? Maybe not. Prevenient Grace – Coming early 2016