5 Points, God's Glorious Sovereignty in Salvation: Particular Redemption

Debbie Ruhl is currently leading a discussion of John Piper’s book, Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace, on Monday evenings through the month of June. We thought it might be helpful for her to blog about the material, helping all of us understand more clearly what is known as Reformed Doctrine or Calvinism. 

Historically, the third “point” of the Doctrines of Grace is known as “Particular Redemption.” It is the teaching that Jesus died for individual people in particular. This is the one point that takes the most time and energy to explain, and of the “Five Points of Calvinism” it is also the one point that is most misunderstood and most hotly debated in evangelical circles. So, instead of discussing it in detail here on the Sweet Mercies blog, I want to give several book recommendations that do a much better job than I ever could. Some good discussions can be found in:

1. Chosen By God, R.C. Sproul

2. The Doctrines of Grace, James Montgomery Boice and Phillip Graham Ryken

I do want to leave you all with one mind-blowing thought. Revelation 13:8 tells us that our names are written in the “Book of the Lamb who was slain,” and not only that, but that our names were written in this book before the foundation of the world. What?!?! Jesus loved me even before the world was formed?!? YES!!! This means that Jesus called you to mind when He said “Father, forgive them,” and that He had your name on His heart when He breathed His last.

Jesus’ love for you is a personal, name-knowing love that extends to the furthest reaches of time. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!

Soli Deo gloria!

A little about Debbie:

Debbie is a secretary/receptionist at Redeemer Church. She and her husband, Isaiah, live with their two dogs just a stone's throw away from the church, but somehow they still end up at least 5 minutes late on Sunday mornings. Debbie loves to sing, read, tutor math, encourage people, and listen to her husband tell stories. One day, she and Isaiah want to live on the family farm in North Carolina with a big garden, lots of kids, and the laundry hanging out on the line.