19 February, 2017

French Confession XIII—“… offered and communicated to us in Jesus Christ …”

XIII. We believe that all that is necessary for our salvation was offered and communicated to us in Jesus Christ. He is given to us for our salvation, and ‘is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:’ so that if we refuse him, we renounce the mercy of the Father, in which alone we can find a refuge (French Confession, XIII).

This article is sometimes used to support the doctrine of a well-meant offer of grace and salvation, on the part of God to all men in the gospel: the idea of an ardent, unfulfilled desire of God for the salvation of all men.


Rev. Lau Chin Kwee

[Source: Protestant Reformed Theological Journal, vol. 35, no. 2 (April 2002), pp. 31-32]

In the French Confession, the phrase “was offered and communicated” … conveys the idea of setting forth to be communicated rather than to be accepted or rejected.



More to come! (DV)

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