Increasing in the Knowledge of Him, by David Bishop
Colossians 1:9 reads, “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of Him.”
We don’t begin as Christians in the lie, and then increase to the truth. We begin in knowledge and then increase in that knowledge.
According to John 6, God’s will is than Christ shall lose none of those the Father has given Him. The gospel includes the news that all Christ has accomplished He has accomplished solely for the elect. According to John 6 then, eternal security is a propositional truth inherent in the gospel. It is also a propositional truth that Arminians reject.
The rejection of eternal security constitutes a full rejection of the gospel, for the word of truth is not the word of truth without it. The disagreement between the gospel haters and the justified elect centers on the how and the when of salvation. They think some are saved even though they’ve been led to believe a lie about God.
No Arminian is saved. Not one. Some of the elect are led out of Armianism before they are saved, but no one is saved through an Arminian gospel. Gordon Clark assumes far too much and reads far too much into the text when he makes the claim that the thief on the cross knew nothing of the atonement.
How exactly did Clark know this? After all, the thief says some very peculiar things. For instance, he calls Jesus Lord. Now why would he do that? The Jews called Him Rabbi and teacher, but aside from the thief, Peter was the only other one to call Him Lord, and he did this after the Father had revealed it to him. Also, this thief tells the other thief that Jesus was innocent. How did he know that?