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The Scriptural Definition of Justification - Published on July 13, 2019
...    If you ask the nominal professing Christian to give you a Scriptural definition of justification, many of them don’t even know what justification is; much less understand the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY of believing this Biblical truth.  The Apostle Paul said: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved” (Rom.10:1). These people that Paul declared to be lost, knew the absolute necessity of justification before God, but their ignorance of HOW God justified the ungodly based on the imputed righteousness of Christ alone, revealed the fact they were lost – “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and goi...
Richard Warmack
Digging Deep - Published on July 13, 2019
...And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded on a rock. - Luke 6:46-48     Notice that our Lord likened the wise man (Mt. 7:24) who built His house upon the rock (the Lord Jesus Christ Himself) to one who “digged deep.”  But also note that the reason the house withstood the storm was not because of the digging, but rather because of the foundation that was unearthed – “for it was founded upon a rock.”  It’s not ...
Randy Wages
True Humility - Published on July 13, 2019
...    True humility in its greatest demonstration was evidenced by the subordination of God the Son in his offices to God the Father for the purpose of redemption. When he “thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” he willingly set aside the glory he had with his Father, but he did not cease to be God.  When he “made himself of no reputation, and took on him the form of a servant,” he took into union with his divine person, true sinless humanity, body and soul as God-Man.  When he “humbled himself and became obedient unto death,” he was made to be sin by imputation only, in order to satisfy all the conditions for the sins of his people as God-Man Mediator.  When “he became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross,...
Winston Pannell
Confidence and Faith - Published on July 13, 2019
...Hebrews 10 – {22} Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. {23} Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) {24} And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:      True, genuine faith is a gift from God whereby a sinner, having been convinced of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, flees to Christ for all of salvation.  God-given faith is based on the revelation of God in the Gospel – the good news of how God saves sinners, freely giving them all the benefits and blessings of eternal life, and full entitlement to all of heaven based on the righteousness of Chri...
Bill Parker
Identifying Christians - Published on July 13, 2019
...    The Apostle Paul gives us four identifying marks of a true Christian in the following... Philippians 3:3 – For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. We are the circumcision – God's elect who have been born again by the Spirit of God (regenerated and converted), brought to faith in Christ and repentance of dead works and former idolatry. Which worship God in the spirit – We worship the true and living God, not according to our imaginations, but as He reveals Himself in His Word (The Gospel) as the God who justifies the ungodly based on the righteousness (the merits of the obedience and death) of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And rejoice in Christ Jesus &nd...
Bill Parker
The Spiritual Mind - Published on July 13, 2019
...Romans 8:6 – For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.     The person who is spiritually minded is a justified sinner, a believer, one whose debt to God's law and justice has been fully paid, one who rests in Christ and trusts that His righteousness alone merits for him all of Heaven, one who has been delivered from the powers of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son, one who has been convinced of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  Spiritual mindedness has two basic points of reference...     1) Spiritual knowledge, which begins with hearing, understanding, and believing God's Gospel – the good news of how God saves sinners so as to feely give them all the benefits an...
Bill Parker
A Good Conscience - Published on July 13, 2019
...1 Timothy 1:5 – Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.     How can we who are sinners have a good conscience before a holy and righteous God?  Self-righteous religion teaches men and women that they can have a good conscience before God based on efforts to obey and to be holy.  Although true believers should do their best in these areas, our efforts in these areas cannot be the source of a good conscience before a holy God.  Just as our works and efforts to be holy fall short of God's perfect requirement and, thus, are not good enough to sanctify us or entitle us to any part of salvation, they are not good enough to cleanse our consciences.  How then can our consciences be c...
Bill Parker
The Just Shall Live by Faith - Published on July 13, 2019
...    The Bible tells us that "without faith it is impossible to please [God]" (Heb. 11:6).  Any morality, sincerity, or dedication without true God-given faith is no more than dead works.  A person can do nothing good or acceptable in God's sight while “dead in trespasses and sins,” “walking according to the course of this world” (Ephs. 1:1-3), in a state of spiritual darkness.  His works are defiled, no matter how they appear outwardly and no matter how sincere they are.  The main evidence of this state of lostness is unbelief of the Gospel – being ignorant of or not submitted to the righteousness of Christ as the only ground of salvation and as the only thing that entitles anyone to Heaven.  All works performed...
Bill Parker
Complete in Christ - Published on July 13, 2019
...Colossians 2:9 – For in HIM (Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. {10} And ye are complete in HIM, which is the head of all principality and power.     What a great and glorious message this is!  All the fullness of the Godhead dwells in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all who are united to Him are complete in HIM!  Christ is the fullness of all the wisdom, righteousness, sanctification (holiness), and redemption, God requires.  And this is true of all who believe in Him, all who rest in the blessed fact that His righteousness alone entitles them to the whole inheritance of eternal life and final glory in Heaven.  If all who believe in Him are complete in Him, and it is all based on the merits of His righteousness alone, th...
Bill Parker
Christianity vs. Legalism - Published on July 13, 2019
...    I read the following statement in an article – "The truth of the finished work of the cross will set you free from religious Christians who attempt to control and manipulate by attempting to put you under law for righteousness."  The problem with such a statement is that it fails to recognize that legalism is not simply another form of Christianity, nor is it simply an error into which Christians may fall.  It is true that Christians must fight legal thoughts and ideas all of their lives here on earth.  This is one of the main areas of the warfare of the flesh and the spirit.  But to say that legalists can be Christian is opposed to the plain testimony of God's Word, yet I am amazed at how many can speak of legalists as if they were Chr...
Bill Parker
Knowing the Father and the Son - Published on July 13, 2019
...Matthew 11:27 – All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.     The grace of God in salvation comes to ungodly sinners by Christ, the Mediator, and on the basis of His having glorified the Father by fulfilling all the conditions of salvation.  All eternal life resides in Christ to be sovereignly dispensed by Him to all whom the Father has given Him.  Do you want this grace?  Do you desire this great salvation?  It is in God the Son incarnate alone, and no one knows the Son but the Father.  If we want to know the Son savingly, we must come to know Him as the Father reveals Him in His Word.  God the Fat...
Bill Parker
Giving God the Glory Unto His Name - Published on July 13, 2019
...Psalm 96:8 – Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come into His courts.     Fundamentals of the Glory of God     God's main design in all things is His glory.     God's glory is the revelation of His attributes, His character, as they are honored and magnified to distinguish Him from idols. It is His majesty that identifies Him as God.     God's highest glory is the revelation of His character as honored and magnified in the salvation of sinners based on the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ.        This is God's highest glory because it is in this salvation that we see every attribute of God's character working consistently together for the purpose of ...
Bill Parker
God is No Respecter of Persons - Published on July 13, 2019
...Acts 10:34 – Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.      Consider two ways in which we can see that God is no respecter of persons... God's law is no respecter of persons – God's law pronounces a curse upon every person who does not have a righteousness that equals its demands (Rom. 3:19; Gal. 3:10).  All, no matter who they are, no matter what their reputation, no matter how they appear, no matter what they have done, are doing, or will do, and no matter how sincere they are in doing it, they are all equally in need of a righteousness they cannot produce.  Therefore, they are all equally in need of salvation by God's free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus.  This is j...
Bill Parker
Speaking the Truth in Love - Published on July 13, 2019
...    Paul is exhorting believers in unity and love.  In Eph. 4:11-14, he says that God has ordained pastors and teachers for the edification of His people, that they might come to this unity and abound in Godly love.  Pastors and teachers are to encourage God's people in the faith.  They are not sent to rule as tyrants.  They are not sent to ridicule and embarrass.  They are not sent to be moral watch-dogs over people.  They are sent to preach and teach God's Gospel, its particulars and implications, all aimed towards the glory of God in Christ, the salvation of sinners, and the edification and growth of God's people.     How can pastors and teachers attain this goal?  They attain it by "speaking the truth in love.&q...
Bill Parker
Promoting Satan's Lie - Published on July 13, 2019
...    When Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden, he used two subtle devices. He told them a lie – "Ye shalt not surely die" (Gen. 3:4), and he fooled them into thinking they could set their own standard of good and evil – "then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Gen. 3:5).  Fallen man has since aligned himself with Satan by (1) making judgments based on Satan's lie, and (2) speaking peace when there is no peace based on God's testimony.  This is evidence of spiritual kinship with Satan.  Fallen man will always reject God's standard in this area.     Many so-called Calvinists, who give mental assent to the doctrines of grace, believe that they themselves and others w...
Bill Parker
Sanctification and Belief in the Truth - Published on July 13, 2019
...2 Thessalonians 2:13 -- But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:     The instrument or the means by which God the Holy Spirit brings a regenerated (quickened) sinner to conversion is God's truth revealed, heard, and understood. The specific truth He uses is the Gospel which is God's promise of salvation conditioned on the Lord Jesus Christ based on His righteousness imputed and revealed by faith...  2 Thessalonians 2:14 -- Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:17 -- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ...
Bill Parker
Confessing Christ Before Men - Published on July 13, 2019
..."Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." -- Matthew 10:32-33      The Gospel is not to be preached in a way that hides or deceives men and women concerning the offense of the cross. The offense of the cross is only seen when the Gospel preached clearly reveals Christ and His righteousness as the only ground of the salvation of sinners, and when it is aimed at true repentance – showing how all who are either ignorant of or not submitted to the righteousness of Christ are lost and their deeds are fruit unto death. If men try to preach the Gospel so as to hide this offense, they fail to preach...
Bill Parker
The Fruit of Our Marriage to Christ - Published on July 13, 2019
...     The Bible tells us plainly that we cannot be married to Christ and married to the law at the same time. To be married to the law means to be motivated to act as if we owe a debt to God's law and justice, one which we cannot pay because we are sinners (Rom. 3:10-20). To be married to Christ is to see that the debt was paid in full by Christ, our Substitute and Surety, as He obeyed the law's precepts perfectly, and as He satisfied its demand of justice for our sins. Therefore we cannot be married to Christ until we are dead to the law, and we cannot be dead to the law but by the body of Christ – His substitutionary obedience and death to establish a righteousness for us. All who believe in Him, who have sought and found salvation based on His righteousness a...
Bill Parker
Servants of Sin - Published on July 13, 2019
...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. – John 8:34      It is easy for all men and women by nature to place in the category of “servants of sin” all who are immoral, irreligious, and insincere. Such people whose lives and conduct are characterized by such sins are truly servants of sin. But Christ was speaking to moral, religious men who appeared righteous outwardly. It would be convenient for us to say simply that they were not sincere about their religion (and there probably were many of them who were not sincere), but, on the whole, the Pharisees were the most dedicated and most sincere. How could Christ say, then, that they were servants of sin? He was speaking of the sin that is common to all of us by nature ...
Bill Parker
Should Believers Live Disciplined Lives? - Published on July 13, 2019
...     The word discipline is a form of the word disciple. True believers are called disciples of Christ. This means we are followers of Christ. We follow His teaching and His example. A person becomes a disciple of Christ the moment he believes the Gospel of Christ – God's promise of eternal salvation and final glory based on the righteousness of Christ. From that moment on, he is to walk by faith and seek to conform his character and conduct to Christ, not to be saved or kept, not to make himself holy and fit for God's fellowship and presence, and not to earn God's favor and blessing. We are to seek to obey Him in every area of life as we are motivated by grace – the certain assurance of all of salvation and final glory based on the righteousness of C...
Bill Parker
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