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Now the purpose is that in these words Jesus might reveal Himself in His divine fullness. That He is the beginning of the creation of God points Him out to us as the eternal and all-sufficient one, who possesses and controls all things in heaven and on earth, and at the same time as the one by whom and for whom, all things are created in heaven and on earth. He therefore alone, and that too, as the Christ, is the beginning of all riches. He alone is the fount of all good for the church.
It is rather striking that, in the pamphlet “The Free Offer,” the same Scriptural passages, in part, are offered as proof as the Christian Reformed Synod of 1924 adduced as proof for the “Three Points” of “common grace.” To me, this is a rather clear indication that so-called common grace and the Arminian presentation of the gospel are closely related.
“And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the Temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Matt. 27:39, 40