Scriptural References for Calvinism

Total Depravity:

  • John 6:44 – “No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day”
  • Romans 3:10-12  As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is on one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one”
  • I Corinthians 2:14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand then, because they are spiritually discerned.

Unconditional Election:

  • Romans 9:15-17 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens who he wants to harden.”
  • Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

Limited Atonement:   Calvinists who do not agree with this point are called Four Point Calvinists. The reason that this point is contested, even among Calvinists is because the Bible has no clear teaching on this. Here are the verses that are given to support this theory.

  • John 17: 9 “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours”.
  • Matthew 26:28 “This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins”
  • Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Irresistible Grace:

  • John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”
  • John 6:44- 45 “No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: “They will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.”
  • 1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all Grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Perseverance of the Saints:

  • Romans 8:28-39 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the first born among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all– how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died– more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers , neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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