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Those believing that there is no common grace of God in the lives of reprobates, because of the resulting condemnation at the end of their lives, reason from God's secret will instead of His revealed will. Explain how this is true.

How will the very fact that God gave blessings and showed grace to the lost add to their righteous condemnation?

    "I spoke with someone who said that there is no such thing as common grace," Louise stated to her catechism teacher. "She said that if the Holy Spirit did not apply saving grace, all temporal blessings are not blessings, they are judgments - they only add to, and ripen, the person's condemnation. God only deals in love with His elect and not with reprobates."

    "Thank you for contributing this, Louise, " her teacher responded. "Let's look at this objection together as a class. First, let's see what part is true, scripturally, in the statement Louise's friend made. What part is true?"

    "If a person despises God's blessings, they will add to his condemnation."

    "Excellent, Robert," the instructor responded. "What would we not agree with?"

    "The idea that God does not deal in any manner of love or grace with unbelievers - but only to add to, and ripen them for, their condemnation. I think such teaching insults the care and patience which God shows towards all His creatures."

    "Good, Evelyn. But what scriptural evidences can we find that God deals in undeserved love, care, and patience - in grace - with all sinners, also those who will be lost?"

    Louise's catechism class located the following biblical proofs of God's common grace. Can you think of others?

Genesis 17:20

And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Psalm 145:8-9

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.

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