Friday, November 30, 2012

Thank God Regenerate Christians Aren't Totally Depraved


Dr. Richard Phillips has written an excellent article over at Reformation 21 titled "Thank God that Christians are not Totally Depraved." Great theology leads me to heart-felt doxology.

Here is an excerpt:
"To be sure, Christians remain dependent on Christ's grace for sanctification, just as we have for justification. Yet it is because Christians are no longer totally depraved but born again in union with Christ that the apostle urges, 'work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you' (Phil. 2:12-13). Thank God that regeneration does not leave Christ's people in the situation of those who reject him in unbelief. We are certainly still dealing with sin in the totality of our beings, but thank God that we are no longer totally depraved. Praise God that, as Paul wrote, 'if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come' (2 Cor. 5:17)."

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