A Defense of Calvinism – C.H. Spurgeon

A very important, foundational introduction as to why any of us are believers in Christ. This is Spurgeon’s classic writing of why he was a Calvinist and his defense of the doctrines of grace. All of the Bible’s revelations concerning redemption can be summed up in the one verse in Jonah 2:9 where Jonah states in the belly of the fish, “Salvation is of the Lord.” Calvinism simply expounds upon this one central truth: salvation is started from and finished by God and it is all for His glory. Salvation is about God, not man, though we get to be involved in and caught up to and satisfied by His glory forever! There is no greater gift! “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6) From the first inkling of faith in sinners’ hearts created there by God, to the final glorification of the saints when we who have believed shall receive redeemed bodies and be forever joyful in the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Salvation is of the Lord. If He is the Alpha and Omega over all things for all time, that is the Beginning and the End, how can we not say He is Alpha and Omega in our salvation? Salvation is of the Lord, made known in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the story of the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Excellent read, not long either.