Quick Reference Lapsarian Chart

Infralapsarianism
1.the decree to create the world and all men (elect and reprobate)
2.the decree that all men would fall (elect and reprobate)
3. the election of some fallen men to salvation in Christ and the reprobation of the others
4. the decree to redeem the elect by the cross work of Christ
5. the decree to apply Christ’s redemptive benefits to the elect

Supralapsarianism (historical-Beza)
1. the election of some men to salvation in Christ and the reprobation of the others
2. the decree to create the world and both kinds of men (elect and reprobate)
3. the decree that all men would fall
4. the decree to redeem the elect, who are now sinners, by the cross work of Christ
5. the decree to apply Christ’s redemptive benefits to these elect sinners

Supralapsarianism (modified-Reymond)
1. the election of some men to salvation in Christ and the reprobation of the rest in order to make known the riches of God’s gracious mercy to the elect
2. the decree to apply Christ’s redemptive benefits to the elect
3. the decree to redeem the elect by the cross work of Christ
4. the decree that all men shall fall
5. the decree to create the world and men

Arminianism
1. decree to create mankind.
2. decree to permit the fall.
3. decree to provide universal atonement
4. decree to provide prevenient grace to all so that all may make an unhindered free choice to believe and obey
5. decree to provide salvation after foreseen human virtue (faith and obedience)
6. decree to elect in time as a result of foreseen faith and obedience

Amyraldism
1.the decree to make all men savable
2.the decree to provide universal atonement
3.the decree to permit the fall
4.the decree to elect some to grace after realizing no would respond because of sin
5.the decree to apply Christ’s redemptive benefits only to the elect

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3 Responses to Quick Reference Lapsarian Chart

  1. markmcculley says:

    Ephesians 1:9-11–” making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will…”

    The “common grace” theory supposes that God has a second purpose for history, an intermediate cultural purpose. But “all things were created for Christ”. (Colossians 1:16) Jesus Christ “is before all things” (Colossians 1:17).

    Jesus Christ is first in the counsel of God, logically before the decree of election (and non-election). The elect are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and this means that logically Christ was before the elect in the counsel of God.

    Those who say that Christ died for every sinner think that they honor Christ by saying that the decree for Christ to die is before the decree to elect some sinners. They claim in this way to put Christ before election.

    Not only Arminians but many who call themselves Calvinists want to place election after the decree to make atonement, so that the atonement will not be restricted to the elect. They think of election as something that causes the elect to believe, but they will not teach an atonement only for the elect.

    But election in Christ is first! The death of Christ is not the cause of God’s election in love. God’s election in love is the cause of the death of Christ. Jesus Christ is first. Jesus, the incarnate, the eternal Son of God in the flesh, is the foundation of election by being Himself the object of election. “All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things.”

    This means that the creation is for the purpose of the redemption of the elect. This also means that God does not have a second “cultural only” purpose for the creation.

    God’s purpose in history is to bring glory to Jesus Christ. He is not simply the one who makes election work. Jesus Christ Himself is first. Jesus Christ Himself is chosen first, before all the others. All the other elect were chosen in Jesus Christ, and not apart from Jesus Christ. Those God loves are “chosen in Him”. Ephesians 1:4

  2. markmcculley says:

    he Foundation of Election

    David Engelsma—The truth that Jesus Christ is first in the counsel ought to have been the Reformed response to the Arminian challenge to the Reformed faith at Dordt. In the interests of freeing the atonement from the limitation of election, much as Dr. Mouw thinks to free creation and providence from the restriction of election and redemption by placing election after the decree to create, the Arminians placed the decree of election after the decree of the atonement. This, they argued, made Christ the foundation of election as well as the executor of election. Since in the Reformed order of the decrees, Christ did not appear until after the decree of election, as the Mediator who would carry out the decree of election by redeeming the elect, the Arminians charged that the Reformed reduced Christ to the executor of the decree. The Reformed could not honor Christ as also the foundation of the decree of election.

    The Reformed at Dordt fell back on Christ’s being the decreeing God. But this was to evade the Arminian objection. Christ is indeed the foundation of the decree of election. The elect are chosen “in Him.” But this does not refer to His being the electing God, which, of course, He is. Rather, it refers to Him as incarnate, as the head of the church. As incarnate, as the man Jesus, He is the first decree of God. The election of the church is founded upon the election of the man Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is both the foundation and the executor of the decree of election. https://markmcculley.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/does-it-honor-christ-to-put-the-atonement-before-the-election/

  3. Gdwood says:

    How do you put election before creation? Seems like comparing eternal justification and being justified when converted.

    Sent from my iPhone

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