Canons of Dordt (Part Three)

By Wes Nunley

Article II: The Manifestation of God’s Love
But this is how God showed His love: He sent His only begotten Son into the world, so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

As we saw in Article I Adam sinned therefore we sinned and deserve condemnation, and God would have been just to give us exactly what we deserved. He didn’t do that though, He sent His Son to redeem us from sin and the curse it brought. This Article is aptly titled “The Manifestation of God’s Love” and what an extreme love it is. God loves us so much that even though we transgressed His holy, good and perfect law He put forth His Son. His only Son. His only Son who NEVER sinned. God sent His blameless perfect eternal Son into this rebellious God hating world so that whoever trusts in Jesus will not receive what they deserve! This is glorious Gospel. We sinned, sin=death. Christ was sinless, sinlessness=life, but He received death and wrath so that we can receive mercy.
This is absolutely a manifestation of God’s love and it is the direct opposite of what we deserve. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17 If you trust in Jesus Christ you will receive as a gift from the Lord the opposite of what your sin deserves. If you trust in Christ Jesus you can be represented by Him and not Adam. When God saves you, you are no longer represented by or united to Adam, you are united to and represented by Christ the perfect Lamb of God. “For as by the one man’s (Adam) disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s (Christ) obedience the many will be made righteous.”Rom. 5:19


 

Wes Nunley is an undergrad student at Boyce College. You can follow him on Twitter @yelnunsew

Canons of Dordt (Part Two)

By Wes Nunley

Article I: God’s Right to Condemn All People
Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence of the curse and eternal death, God would have done no one an injustice if it had been
His will to leave the entire human race in sin and under the curse, and to condemn them on account of their sin. As the apostle says: The whole world is liable to the condemnation of God (Rom. 3:19), All have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23), and the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23).

Article 1 goes straight to the root of the problem by stating “all people have sinned in Adam” and therefore deserve condemnation. Our problem with sin began when the 1st man sinned, this is what Romans 5:12-18 is talking about. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Rom. 5:12 In the garden Adam represented all of humanity that would come after him. When Adam fell humanity fell. When Adam sinned he represented you and I and everyone else. Not only did Adam represent us when he sinned his sin spread to us. At the precise moment Adam sinned God would have been utterly just to wipe out the human race and never create another man. The fact I am writing and you are reading is evidence of God’s kind mercy and patience and proof that God is gracious. When Adam sinned God did not wipe out humanity. Our God is a gracious God.

Article 1 is really just an explanation of Romans 3:19 “we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.” The entire world is liable to God’s condemnation because God is the Divine law giver; He is the only one who is truth, righteousness and goodness. What makes reality reality is God. The whole world is held accountable to God because God rules the world He created. All men have transgressed God’s law therefore all men deserve God’s wrath. Adam brought sin into the world and therefore death, death is the penalty for our sin, death physically and death eternally is what we all deserve.


Wes Nunley is an undegraduate student at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter at @yelnunsew.

Canons of Dordt (Part One)

By Wes Nunley

The Canons of Dordt are among the many confessional documents of Christianity that arose out of a need to defend the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. So where does this confession come from? The Confession comes to us from the Dutch Churches of the 16th century in the Netherlands.

The Synod met in 1618-1619 to address a controversy that had risen in the Dutch Church. This controversy was brought on by the spread of an unbiblical man centered view of Christianity, specifically pertaining to salvation known as Arminiainism. Jacob Arminius a professor of theology at Leiden University started questioning clearly biblical teachings such as: the reality of mans plight, salvation by grace alone and perseverance of the saints. Arminius advocated for election that was based on foreseen faith, making faith a work not a gift. If election is based on foreseen faith the ultimate reason some are saved and some are not lies within themselves and not within God .

After the death of Professor Arminius his followers presented his views on five key points of doctrine known as the Remonstrance . To address the error of Jacob Arminius’s followers the Reformed Churches assembled on November 3rd, 1618 with 27 representatives of foreign Churches and delegates from Germany, Switzerland and England. The Synod convened 154 times meeting for the last time on May 9th of 1619. The reformed Churches arrived at a consensus producing a confession aptly titled “The Canons of Dordt”.
It is my hope to blog through this gem over the next few months. I will post the confession article by article and demonstrate how each article of the confession is thoroughly biblical. The Canons of Dordt is a clear articulation of the Gospel, and there is no message in all the universe more important than the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Other confessional documents produced to defend the faith include: The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.

Arminians, followers of Jacob Arminius were the first group to come up with the “five points”. Five points often refers to the Doctrines of Grace and is labeled “Calvinism”. What is commonly called the five points of Calvinism was simply a response to the five errors of Arminianism and actually has little to do with John Calvin. The so called “five points of Calvinism” are derived from “The Canons of Dordt”. John Calvin died in 1564, 55 years before The Canons of Dordt and was a Reformer in France, Dordt took place in the Netherlands. The “five points of Calvinism” is a misnomer.


Wes is a student at Boyce College. You can follow him on Twitter @yelnunsew