ANSWER TO QUESTION 87 5/17/20

87. What is the necessary relation between regeneration and conversion? ANS: The necessary relation of regeneration to conversion is one of cause and effect. Faith and repentance are the gracious, immediate effects of regeneration, deriving their reality from regenerating grace. SEE: John 1:12-13; John 3:3; John 3:7-8; 1 John 3:9; Jer 31:31-34, zk 36:25-27; John [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 86 5/10/20

86. What is conversion? ANS: Conversion is the necessary and immediate consequences of regenerating grace, the turning of the life from sin to righteousness and godliness through saving faith and repentance. SEE: Matt 18:3; Acts 3:19; John 12:40; Acts 16:14; Ps 19:7; Isa 6:10; Matt 13:15; Mark 4:12; Luke 22:32; Acts 11:16; 15:3; 18:27; 28:27; [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 85 MAY 3, 2020

85. What is saving conviction of sin? ANS: Saving conviction of sin is a Spirit-wrought conviction, not only of particular sins, but of sin as the reigning controlling principle of life. It is a conviction that does not stop short of saving faith and repentance, and continues throughout the believer’s experience. SEE: Ps 90:8; John [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 84 APRIL 26, 2020

84. What is the exact ministry of the Holy Spirit in the sinner before conversion, in the same person at conversions, and as a believer after conversion? ANS:  The Holy Spirit is the Person of the triune Godhead who applies the redemption purchased by Christ. Before conversion, he effectually calls, regenerates, awakens, and convicts the [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 83 4/19/20

83. What is regeneration? ANS: Regeneration is the sovereign act of God, effected below the level of the consciousness, wherein he communicates Divine life to the sinner, giving a holy disposition to the mind, and is such that it secures a certain, immediate and voluntary obedience to the Gospel. SEE: John 1:12-13; John 3:3; Titus [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 82 4/12/20

82. What benefits do they who are effectually called partake of in this life? ANS. They who are effectually called, do in this life partake of regeneration, conversion, justification, adoption, sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them. SEE: Rom 8:28-31; Rom 5:1-5; Eph 1:3-6; 1 Cor [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 81 4/5/20

81. What is effectual calling? ANS: Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing the sinner of his sin and misery, enlightening his mind in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing his will, God persuades and enables him to embrace Jesus Christ freely offered to him in the Gospel. SEE: John 6:44; Rom [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 80 3/22/20

80. What is the believer’s confidence, assurance and encouragement in this present life and in his personal experience? ANS: The believer’s confidence, assurance and encouragement in this present life and his personal experience, rest in the infallibility of the eternal redemptive purpose revealed in God’s word, the ever-present providential care of his loving heavenly Father, [Continue Reading…]

QUESTION 79 3/8/20

79. Why is it vital to consider both the objective or eternal, and the subjective, or temporal and experiential aspects of salvation? ANS: Salvation must be viewed in both the objective or eternal, and the subjective, or temporal and experiential aspects to properly understand the biblical truth of salvation, to avoid error and heresy, and [Continue Reading…]

ANSWER TO QUESTION 78 3/1/20

78. What is the ministry of Divine grace in the salvation and experience of the believer? ANS: The ministry of Divine grace in the salvation and experience of the believer is comprehensive: electing, redeeming, calling, renewing, enabling, justifying, adopting, sanctifying, resurrecting and glorifying the believer. SEE: Eph 2:8-10; 2 Cor 12:9; 2 Peter 3:18; Gen [Continue Reading…]