As we meditate upon the implications of Total Depravity, we inevitably come to the place where we throw up our hands and with the disciples say, “Then who can be saved?” (Lk. 18:26). When that question is raised, you know someone understands this doctrine. The answer is simple: God overcomes our fallenness and depravity by his grace and power according to his meticulous and sovereign plan. To take the words of Jesus on our lips, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God” (Lk. 18:27).
God overcomes our depravity in two ways, one historical (that is, before creation), and one that unfolds in time. In time, our depravity is overcome when he subdues us, makes us alive, and grants to us faith that we might believe the promises of the gospel. We call … Read More »