The Doctrine of the Bible


Elder John Gill

God has from all eternity loved some of the human race, and has chosen them unto everlasting salvation by Jesus Christ. He has made a covenant of grace with His Son on the behalf of the chosen ones, which is absolute and unconditional. Christ in the fullness of time assumed human nature, suffered and died, to redeem a special and peculiar people to Himself, By bearing their sins, and all punishment due unto them, he has made full satisfaction to the justice of God. A sinner's justification before God is only by the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, without any consideration of the works done by him. Pardon of sin is only through the blood of Christ, and for His sake, according the riches of His grace. God sees no sin in his justified and pardoned ones, so as to condemn them for it. Regeneration and conversion are by the powerful and efficacious grace of God, and those who are effectually called by grace, shall persevere (in grace editor) to the end, and be eternally saved.

This is the doctrine of the Bible, of the Scriptures given by inspiration of God, and which are profitable for doctrine, for explaining, stating, and defending this doctrine. This is the doctrine of Christ, which is a man brings not with him, who pretends to be a preacher of the gospel, he is not to be received, nor bid God speed. This is the doctrine of the apostles we are steadfastly to continue in and abide by; and is summarily comprised in that excellent chain of truths, Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Romans 8:29,30.

From a sermon by Elder John Gill