by Abraham Kuyper
A Defense of
God's Sovereignty in Salvation
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"In some of the so-called 'orthodox' circles of our country, it is
increasingly the custom to present the expression 'Christ for all' ... as
a criterion of evangelical truth. By 'Christ for all' is meant that
Christ, according to the purpose and extent of his self-sacrifice, died
for all men without exception." So states Abraham Kuyper in the opening
lines of his Particular Grace (p. 3) over a century ago, in words
just as applicable in our day.
In the forty chapters of this extremely valuable
work, Kuyper overthrows the universal atonement and universal grace of
Arminianism, past and present. Through clear exposition of the Word of
God, and manifest proofs from the confessions and greatest theologians
of the church, he proves that particular grace is biblical and Reformed
and universal grace is heretical and unreformed. This is, however, far
from being a cold, dispassionate book. Listen to Kuyper's remarks in his
last chapter: "The conclusions of every thorough investigation of an
aspect of God's sacred mysteries should always be a song of praise! It
must not only be demonstrated that the purer conception of the truth
serves more to God's glorification, but by contemplating and pondering
it, we should also be led spiritually to appreciation and worship" (p.
343)—words that he well heeded!
This work comes complete with a helpful introduction
to Kuyper's life and times, written by Marvin Kamps, the translator from
the original Dutch.
"Absolutely a must read for anyone dedicated to the glory of God’s holy
name and reformation of the church" (Dutch Heritage Pages).
"Reformed believers will surly be impressed with the power of the author's
language and argument, the breadth of his acquaintance with past and
contemporary discussion, and the cumulative weight of his case. They will
also find Kuyper surprisingly fresh and pointed. Many contemporary denials
of particular grace are anticipated by his arguments" (Mid-America
Journal of Theology).
"[Kuyper] believed that the glorious truth of the sovereign and
particular grace of God should be preached with renewed fervour, as an
alternative to the principle of "general grace" (according to which God
wants to save all without exception in Christ) ... [Some said that being]
insistent on such an issue ... may cause divisions … But [Kuyper's]
calling did not allow him any ambiguities: 'If one today denies God’s
sovereignty in salvation, how can he declare God’s law and right before a
materialistic, humanistic, hedonistic society such as ours?'
(p. viii). It’s a real privilege to see how this man had the
strength and courage to proclaim his firm convictions about the fact that
the doctrine of particular grace—indissolubly tied to that of the
covenant—represents the truth as it is set forth in Sacred Scripture: God,
in Christ Jesus, saves only those sinners who have been elected by His
eternal decree" (Studi
"The Reformed Free Publishing Association has accomplished a breakthrough.
For the first time, with the possible exception of Kuyper’s work on the
Holy Spirit, the Kuyper of sound Reformed doctrine and church reformation
is presented to the English reading public … The book is biblical,
deliberately and pervasively so … The book is controversial. It was
controversial when it was written. It is still controversial in Reformed
churches ... By no means is the book only controversy. There is lively,
warm explanation and development of the glorious gospel of salvation by
the grace of God in Jesus Christ. Kuyper is fresh. Kuyper is fervent.
Kuyper storms the heart of the believer" (Standard Bearer).
Click here to read a review of this book in Tagalog (Filipino).