Reformed Church of Hamilton

What we  believe - Implications

A number of important points follow: First, the real problem for man is his sinful rejection of God and his laws. Man has to understand that his sin keeps him separate from the holy God of the Scriptures - hence the need to preach the righteous laws of God. If we do not understand sin, and the wrath of God upon it, how can we understand salvation (Rom.7:7-12)?

Second, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. As there is only one God, so there is only one Saviour and one way of salvation in both dispensations of God's grace (Rom.4; Gal.3:15-20; Eph.2:11-22).

Third, God is the one who both initiates our salvation and brings it into effect. He gave the covenant of grace unilaterally, not as a result of bargaining in which man contributed something from his side. In fact, man does not, and cannot, of his own initiative, seek after God. Neither can he earn a place in heaven by his own good deeds. On the contrary, he is dead in sin (Eph.2:1) and is naturally in a state of enmity towards God (Rom.3:11; 8:7). It therefore takes a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in a person's heart, before he can understand spiritual truth (1Cor.2:14) and respond to the gospel call to exercise repentance and to put faith and trust in Christ (John 6:44).

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