Reformed Sorteriology and Acts 3:26?

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by broodingbaird, Feb 23, 2015.

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  1. broodingbaird

    broodingbaird Puritan Board Freshman

    If the "you" in Acts 3:26 is the Jews, then why are they not all turned from their wicked ways? Is this an example of universal call as opposed to effectual call? If so on what exegetical grounds? Could someone use this verse to support the idea that Jesus death only makes Salvation possible?
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  2. Contra_Mundum

    Contra_Mundum Pilgrim, Alien, Stranger Staff Member

    The statement is found in a preaching/evangelistic context. It's a gospel call, general in nature.

    But it certainly is effectual only unto faith. Notice v23 offers a warning against unbelief.

    JFB Commentary, loc. cit.
    While someone might claim that this proves only the "possibility" of salvation; they would have to qualify that by admitting that the "possibility" is tied to this opportunity. This, we are happy to admit, given our own understanding of the bounds and purposes of "possibility."

    Arguing that this text proves "Christ's atonement merely made salvation possible in a free-will world," uses the rhetoric of the preacher to remove the freedom of God to make possibilities actualities on his timetable. They attempt to push the contingency back to the actual event of the death of Christ.
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