PROOF TEXTS FOR SOVEREIGN GRACE
Basically, Calvinism is known by the acronym: T.U.L.I.P.
Total Depravity (also known as Total Inability and Original Sin)
Limited Atonement (also known as Particular Atonement)
Perseverance of the Saints (also known as Once Saved Always Saved)
These five categories or points do not comprise Calvinism in totality. They simply represent some of its main points.
PROOF TEXTS FOR POINT 1 – TOTAL DEPRAVITY
Gen 6:5-8,11-13 – Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord…. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
Gen 8:19 – Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
Job 9:2-4 – Truly I know it is so, but how can a man be righteous before God? If one wished to contend with Him, he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand. God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered? [Note that man has the natural ability to harden himself, but not to be righteous.]
Job 9:14,15,28,30,31 – How then can I answer Him, and choose my words to reason with Him? For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge…. I am afraid of all my sufferings; I know that You will not hold me innocent…. If I wash myself with snow water, and cleanse my hands with lye, yet You will plunge me into the pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.
Job 14:4 – Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
Job 15:14-16 – What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that he could be righteous? If God puts not trust in His saints, and the heavens are not pure in His sight, how much less man, who is abominable and filthy, who drinks iniquity like water!
Psalm 14:1-3 – The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one. [emphasis added]
Psalm 25:11 – For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalm 51:5 – Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. [David, whom the Bible calls “a man after God’s own heart” writes this]
Psalm 58:1-5 – Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men? No, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully. [Even so, no amount of human reasoning will convince the wicked of his sin. Note, though, that it is the cobra who stops his own ears, and he is held responsible for that.]
Psalm 94:11,12 – The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile. Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, and teach out of your law.
Psalm 130:3,4 – If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.
Psalm 143:2 – Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous.
Prv 20:6,9 – Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?. . . Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
Ecc 7:20 – For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.
Ecc 9:3 – This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
Is 1:5,6 – Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment.
Is 6:1-6,9,10 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of host; the whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. Then I said: “Woe is me, for I am destroyed! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is purged.”… And He said, “Go and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”
Is 48:8,9,11 – Surely you did not hear, surely you did not know; surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb. For My name’s sake I will defer my anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off…. For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned? And I will not give my glory to another. [Here God purposes to redeem Israel for His own glory, although they themselves are worthless.]
Is 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Is 64:5-9 – You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned–in these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like a filthy garment; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities. But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Do not be furious, O Lord, nor remember iniquity forever; indeed, please look – we all are Your people!
Jer 2:22,29 – “For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord God…. “Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me,” says the Lord.
Jer 10:23 – O Lord, I know the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in the man who walks to direct his own steps.
Jer 13:23 – Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.
Jer 16:12 – And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one walks according to the imagination of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.
Jer 17:9,10 – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Mic 7:2-4 – The faithful man has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; every man hunts his brother with a net, that they may successfully do evil with both hands – the prince asks for gifts, the judge seeks a bribe, and the great man utters his evil desire; so they scheme together. The best of them is like a brier; the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; the day of your watchman and your punishment comes; now shall be their perplexity.
Mat 7:17-19 – Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [What are we by nature–good trees or bad?]
Mat 12:33-35 – Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. [c.f. Rm 3:12]
Mat 15:19 – For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Lk 1:79 – [Jesus came] to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace.
Jn 3:18-21 – He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
Jn 5:37-47 – And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you – Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would have believed Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?
Jn 8:23,24 – And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
Jn 8:34 – Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.”
Jn 14:16-18 – And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Rm 2:1 – Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Rm 3:9-23 – What then? Are we better than they [i.e. those in v. 8 whose “condemnation is just”]? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Rm 5:6 – For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rm 6:6,20 – knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Rm 7:5,6 – For when we were in the flesh, the passions of sins which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
Rm 7:17 – For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Rm 8:5-8 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally [fleshly] minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. [c.f. Heb 11:6, which says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If those who are in the flesh cannot please God, then it follows that they cannot have faith and they cannot believe, for those things please God. That faith and that belief, then, must come from God Himself.]
Rm 8:13,14 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Rm 11:32 – For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
1 Cor 2:14 – But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
2 Cor 3:4,5 – And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.
Gal 3:22 – But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Gal 5:17 – For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
Eph 2:1 – And you were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in his kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Eph 4:17-24 – This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned in Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus; that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 5:8 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
Eph 5:14 – Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Col 1:13 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
Col 1:21 – And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled….
Col 2:13 – And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
2 Tim 2:25-26 – in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Tit 3:3-7 – For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Js 2:10,11 – For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble on one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
1 Pt 2:25 – For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Jn 1:8,10 – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us…. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 Jn 3:10 – In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. [c.f. Rm 3:10]
1 Jn 5:19 – We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
[Unfortunately there is no place here to post the ‘Proof texts’ for the other four points. And even for the first point of ‘Total Depravity’ only a few select verses have been posted. But IF you are interested to read them all, write to me and I will send them to you by email . . . when I have the time. – Mike Jeshurun]