G.H. Kersten on the Free Offer of the Gospel




Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 2, p. 369, this quote was compiled by Andrew Myers.

The Word must be preached to all without exception; the Gospel must be offered to converted and unconverted.  Some object to this as if it would make the offer of grace too general.  But the Lord Jesus has commanded it. ‘Many are called, but few are chosen.’ (Matt. 22:14; 20:16)  ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ (Matt. 28:19)  ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.’ (Mark 16:15)

Indeed, God not only calls to all who hear His Word, but He also communicates various gifts to them.  Speaking of persons who do not come to conversion, the apostle says that they were once enlightened, have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come. (Heb. 6:4,5)  God sometimes grants to reprobates special gifts, also relating to His Word, giving a certain pleasure in it, which nevertheless does not lead to salvation.



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