Friday, May 2, 2008

The Supremacy of Christ

"We preach Christ and Him crucified because it is He and He alone who is our hope. All that we have is from His hands… what good things do we have that we did not receive from Christ? As this distinctive regards salvation, consider, what makes someone differ from another? Does Christ ALONE make you to differ from your neighbor, or is it Christ plus something else, such as your "good will" that generates a right thought?... Humility is not something that springs from our unregenerate human nature. Only Christ can change that. It is only by grace alone in Christ alone that we have life, this is THE central difference between biblical Calvinism and all other synergistic forms of Christianity." ~ John Hendryx

I like this summary of the core difference between Reformed theology and other theological traditions. Some think that the core of Reformed theology is predestination or God's absolute sovereignty. Those are certainly large points in Reformed theology, but as Hendryx says they are "central but not THE center." The supremacy of Christ is the center to its dogma and that sets Reformed theology apart from other theological traditions. Other traditions may place Christ at the center, but I would argue that they often place something else, like man, their with Him.

May Christ always be in the center alone for "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." ~ Philippians 2:10-11

By His Grace,

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