Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Calvin and the Free Offer of the Gospel

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on May 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

The gospel is indeed offered to all for their salvation, but the power of it appears not everywhere: and that it is the savor of death to the ungodly, does not proceed from what it is, but from their own wickedness. By setting forth but one Salvation he cuts off every other trust. When men withdraw themselves from this one salvation, they find in the gospel a sure proof of their own ruin. Since then the gospel invites all to partake of salvation without any difference, it is rightly called the doctrine of salvation: for Christ is there offered, whose peculiar office is to save that which was lost; and those who refuse to be saved by him, shall find him a Judge. But everywhere in Scripture the word salvation is simply set in opposition to the word destruction: and hence we must observe, when it is mentioned, what the subject of the discourse is. Since then the gospel delivers from ruin and the curse of endless death, its salvation is eternal life.

Commentary on Romans, 1:16

  1. Thanks, David and Steve, for posting this. I think it’s important for us, as Reformed Baptists, to affirm in our day the free and sincere offer of the gospel.

  2. Thanks for the post. I just today listened to a podcast from Sinclair Ferguson discussing the Marrow Controversy, in which he spent a good deal of time delving into this very issue.

  3. Let’s make sure we’re being careful and precise with our terminology. For example, this quote has nothing to do with John Murray’s “The Free Offer of the Gospel”

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