17 September, 2018

Luke 2:40—“And the child grew … and the grace of God was upon him”

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him (Luke 2:40).

“Its been claimed by anti-CommonGrace men that ‘grace is no more grace, if it does not include the ‘saving intention’ of the Giver’ and that God’s grace is always ‘redemptive.’ But Luke 2:40 tells us that the grace of God was upon Christ. Doesn’t that mean, then, that Christ needed ‘redeeming’ or was not ‘saved’?”


Prof. David J. Engelsma

Grace towards ordinary men is saving in intention and redemptive.  The grace towards the Son of God in the flesh obviously is not saving in nature—He having no sin—but was a divine favor of the Father upon His obedient Son.  The basic idea of grace is divine favor.  Would a defender of common grace really want to maintain that his common grace upon the ungodly shares the nature of the grace of God upon Jesus? (DJE, 18/09/2018)



More to come! (DV)

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