Calvinism BEFORE Calvin – #2

Total Depravity:

“Mankind by Adam fell under death, and the deception of the serpent; we are born sinners…No good thing dwells in us…For neither by nature, nor by human understanding is it possible for me to acquire the knowledge of things so great and so divine, but by the energy of the Divine Spirit…Of ourselves it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God…He has convicted us of the impossibility of our nature to obtain life…”Free will” has destroyed us; we who were free are become slaves and for our sin are sold…Being pressed down by our sins, we cannot move upward toward God; we are like birds who have wings, but are unable to fly.” – Justin Martyr (A.D. 150)

John 3:19-20 – “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (Jesus)

[John 3:19] “Men loved darkness – Darkness is the emblem of ignorance, iniquity, error, superstition – whatever is opposite to truth and piety. Men are said to love darkness more than they do light when they are better pleased with error than truth, with sin than holiness, with Belial than Christ.” (Albert Barnes)

[John 3:19] “This is the condemnation – That is, this is the reason why any shall be found finally to perish, not that they came into the world with a perverted and corrupt nature, which is true; nor that they lived many years in the practice of sin, which is also true; but because they refused to receive the salvation which God sent to them.” … “There was light – they refused to walk in it. They chose to walk in the darkness, that they might do the works of darkness – they broke the Divine law, refused the mercy offered to them, are arrested by Divine justice, convicted, condemned, and punished. Whence, then, does their damnation proceed? From Themselves.” (Adam Clarke)

[John 3:19] “The only reason why men refuse the light that is offered to them is wickedness.” (Geneva Bible Translation)

[John 3:19] “and the generality of men, to this day, love their natural darkness, and choose to walk in it, and to have fellowship with the works of darkness, and delight in the company of the children of darkness, rather than follow Christ, the light of the world; receive his Gospel, and walk in his ways, in fellowship with his saints: the reason of all this is, “because their deeds were evil;”” (John Gill)

Unsaved men fight the light, and refuse to walk a righteous path. (Job 24:13)
Jesus said that anyone who follows Him is made alive in His light, and stops walking in darkness. (John 8:12)
Jesus said that the unsaved don’t know where they’re going [to hell]. (John 12:35)
Jesus said that the saved no longer live in darkness and death. (John 12:46)
If you hate anyone, you are still spiritually dead. (1John 2:9)
And you don’t even know that your own sinful self is what blinds you. (1John 2:11)
Only those who’ve been saved can see the entire world is evil. (1John 5:19)

2Corinthians 4:4 – In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Satan, the first who rebelled and who fell; who has free reign to rule over this world (for now), casts his shadow and influence over everything in every way to stop the unsaved from being able to see the glorious light of Jesus Christ’s love.

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