Drinking Deeply

Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 9:59 PM

The good news about my depravity.

The question came up on Sunday - Why is God's election good news? Why is it good news that Calvinism is true?

I think one point can be made (among many), and lest I be misunderstood, I want to make it clear here that I'm not arguing that Calvinists love God more than Arminians. I want to answer the question, "why is Total depravity good news?"

In Luke 7, Jesus has dinner with a Pharisee. And he makes the following point about the prostitute who was washing and kissing his feet.

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Total Depravity is good news because it brings us face to face with the reality of who we are in order to make God big to us. We are able to love the Being most worth loving, because He shows us his love in saving us, utterly dead sinners.

The more we claim autonomous works, be it good works (like the Pelagians claim) or good works enabled by Christ (Catholics), or faith itself (Arminian), the less we see God's grace magnified, and the less we love God.

Total Depravity is good news because it magnifies the worth of God to us, so that we can testify that "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more." Paul is using that in a different context, but I think we can rightly say (based on this parable), "where our knowledge of sin increased, our knowledge of God's grace abounded all the more."

So we are utterly and hopelessly fallen, dead in water at the bottom of the ocean, blind with our eyes gouged out.

But God, who is rich in mercy, saved us, to the praise of His glorious grace.

Soli Deo Gloria

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