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Is He Your Servant? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But made Himself of no reputation, and took on Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in the fashion as a man, he humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" Philippians 2:7- 8     The natural religious pride and self righteousness of man gets in his way to constantly cloud, confuse, and even despise the only way of salvation by the merit of the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Man thinks that he himself must perform, work, merit, serve, strive, labor, etc., to impress God enough for acceptance. This mind set can only be changed when God, by the power of the Spirit, uses the gospel of grace as a means to reveal that all work by the sinner must stop immediately! Such work is shown to be s...
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Solid Rock or Stumbling Stone? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed."  Romans 9:33        There are many people today seeking to remove the "offense of the cross" or the "Rock of offense". What is really sad is when those who claim the believe the same gospel we do go to trimming off the offensive edges of the gospel until the gospel is made void. We should NEVER seek to remove the offense of the cross.         In various verses in the bible Christ is spoken of as a rock; the solid rock, chief corner stone, stone of stumbling, rock of offense, etc. When this sovereign Christ of the bible is presented in the gospel of grace, He is arrayed in His me...
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Rain of Grace or Reign of Grace? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."That sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 5:21    God gives His people grace based on the one and only foundation of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, who being God in the flesh, established a perfect, everlasting righteousness by His obedience to the law and paying the penalty and curse of the law in His death that made a complete atonement and satisfaction for all the demands of God's holiness. This is the ONLY way grace is given for God to remain faithful to Himself. This grace is both particular and effectual, which means that it was purposed for the elect only and it does work for every one of them without fail, without exception. The s...
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The Exclusive Way - Published on July 12, 2004
..."I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."   John 14:6     The statement by Christ in claiming to be THE way, THE truth, and The life is a very narrow statement that absolutely does not tolerate or compromise with false religion. In the statement He is claiming that He ALONE is the ONLY Mediator between God the Father and man. He is saying that any other way is FALSE. He is saying that any so-called truth beside Him is not the truth but rather a LIE. In this statement, along with the clear testimony of the whole of scripture Christ demands faith exclusively in Him alone and that people repent of every false way and every lie that would seek to compete with the righteousness of Christ and the glory...
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The Freedom of Christ to Save - Published on July 12, 2004
..."That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth." Deuteronomy 23:23 "If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD." Leviticus 1:3     The religion of man is humanistic in that it has man as it's center point of reference to be the deciding factor in salvation resulting in man getting ultimate credit, honor, and glory. The religion of man rejects the truth that if man must be saved it must be done by God from start to finish without any help, aid, or conditions to be fulfilled on man's p...
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Who Would Dare Compete with Christ? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth." Romans 10:3-4     Who in their right mind would ever try to compete with the Lord Jesus Christ in anything? The problem is that no unregenerate man has been in their right mind since the sin of Adam. By nature, before the new birth, we do not know God and do not understand the things of the Spirit. We are ignorant of God's way, will, and His righteousness. Before the new birth we work against ourselves without even knowing it. It says in II Timothy 2:25-26 that we "oppose ourselves". Now who in their right mind would oppose themselves i...
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The Simple Concept of Grace - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For by grace are you saved...." Ephesians 2:8a     Grace is the most perverted concept in the world. Most people who use the word "grace" have no clue what it really means. Those who twist the meaning of grace and use God's name in the process are actually taking the LORD'S name in vain. They have defined grace in a way that satisfies their sinful lust of self righteous religious pride that they brag about. The bottom line is, false religion has redefined their brand of grace by mixing works with it. They believe that salvation is what God helps them to do, which in the end is salvation conditioned or based on the work of the sinner. That is the theme of the false gospel. In relation to all that has been said thus far, God does NOT use a false gospel to convert His people...
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His Righteousness Speaks for Itself - Published on July 12, 2004
...    At judgment God's people are not required to speak. They have an advocate or lawyer that will speak for them. Christ represents them in every way so the law does not condemn them. Notice also that the judge, Christ, is also the advocate, has declared that His people are not under the law. He is one with them, bone of their bone, flesh of their flesh. Christ is their all and they are in union with Him. He speaks for them because He loves them and the love of Christ has action behind it. This results from this love is what we base grace on.     It is blessed good news that this love provided what God's holiness and justice demanded. Love provided this in the perfect work of the Person of Jesus Christ the LORD. The result of that love produced salvation by f...
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Christ in the Hands of an Angry God - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd and against the man that is My fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the Shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn Mine hand upon the little ones." Zechariah 13:7 "Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow, which is done to Me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted Me in the day of His fierce anger" Lamentations 1:12 "Yet it pleases the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul a sacrifice for sin." Isaiah 53:10    The character attributes of God were magnified like never before or since when Christ was "made to be sin" and God the Father poured His holy wrath out on His Son. This display for those few hours on the cross shows us ...
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The Gospel of Your Salvation - Published on July 12, 2004
..."That we should be the praise of His glory who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,..." Ephesians 1:12-13     Some people seem to hold to the truth from a distance. They talk about it and study it like it was something separate from Christ and the salvation He gives. Folks like this might promote the idea that truth, doctrine, and theology, are important but not important enough to be dogmatic, fervent, passionate, and too serious about. Have these kind of people received the love of the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10)?     The gospel that concerns the message of the person and work of Christ ...
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Holy Spirit Conviction - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know the, for they are spiritually discerned." I Cor. 2:14    The Holy Spirit only convicts (convinces) a person of sin who has been born again. A person cannot believe until the see spiritually (John 3:3). Only the Spirit can use the law as a school master to bring one to Christ. The grace God that the Spirit uses on the elect is an irresistible grace which works effectually in God's plan to saves sinners through the righteousness of Christ. The sinner who is given spiritual life is now able to willingly seek God, understand the things of God, believe God, and repent of sin. This is a process that once started, God does not stop. The Spirit does not TRY to sav...
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Why is the Gospel the Power? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth... For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17     Many people say that the gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, nothing more or nothing less. While we must readily agree that the historical facts of the death, burial, and resurrection are an essential part of the gospel we must also be true to the word of God and say that there is definitely more to the gospel than that. It is evident that IF the gospel is only the fact of the death, burial, and resurrection then everybody that was religious would be saved, including many cult groups like Jehovah's...
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Spiritual or Physical? - Published on July 11, 2004
..."And this word, yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear." Hebrews 12:27-28     False religion is always thinking of salvation more on the physical side more than spiritual. They are constantly putting forth sincere EFFORT by DOING, MERITING, EARNING, and WORKING. Most of these things are something you can know by the physical senses.     God given faith looks with a spiritual eye and sees that which is eternal and invisible. The kingdom of God is an invisible kingdom. It cannot be seen with the physical eye. ...
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Would You Rather See a Sermon than Hear One? - Published on July 11, 2004
...    Many people have the misconception that they can show others the gospel in their "Christian walk" or by the "testimony of our lives". They go as far as saying they would rather see a sermon any day rather than hear one. This idea exposes the vast cloud of ignorance that spans the religious world. I have heard people talking about "being a good witness" by not cutting your grass on Sunday or by having your neighbor see you carry your Bible under your arm as you go to your car all dressed up in your Sunday best for church. They usually conclude by saying that people ought to be able to see Jesus in you. It has well been said that the world (religious world included) did not even see Jesus in Jesus.     The idea of seeing a sermon IN a man instead of hearing...
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The Gospel an Offer? - Published on July 11, 2004
...    Scripture says the gospel is to be preached to everybody (1). We are not to be anti-evangelistic, or anti-means. None of God's Elect will be converted without the means of the gospel of grace heard, understood, and believed (2).     God commands sinners to believe and repent (3), not offers them salvation. Faith and repentance are gifts (4) through revelation and are not offers. Doesn't it sound crazy to think of God saying," here is faith (belief). Do you want it?" You either believe or you do not. Unregenerate people do not automatically have a reserve of faith that they can exercise towards Christ at any given time (5).The Bible also speaks about people disobeying the gospel (6). Can a person disobey an offer? They can only disobey a command....
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What They are Really Saying - Published on July 11, 2004
..."Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you that are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:4      The majority of the religious world is made up of those who believe the lie that a person can lose their salvation. These people number in the BILLIONS who believe this. Most of them do not have the exact answer concerning how a person loses their salvation, but when pressed they have to agree it is by sin of some sort, to some extent. How many sins or what kind of sins are never specified. Some of them say sins that are not confessed or repented of after salvation will send the person to eternal condemnation.     The word of God defines sin as transgression of the law (I John 3:4). People who believe that sin (howe...
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If It Is Too Good To Be True It Probably Is? - Published on July 11, 2004
...   You have probably heard the wise warning which says any sales scheme that sounds too good to be true probably is not true. That is the case the vast majority of the time in those matters. Many of these schemes also may be illegal or unethical. There is a fear of getting ripped off of your hard earned money. The hesitation in these schemes are in relation to them not involving work on your part or being just way too easy to gain such high profit.     When it comes to the issue of the truth of the gospel, the gospel is a message that most think seems too good to be true so it is rejected as a lie. Why does this happen? Just like in the financial, economic realm they doubt the end result because they see there is n...
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Flee the Wrath to Come! - Published on July 11, 2004
...    As believers we are always careful to do  good works out of the proper motive and not a fear of punishment or a promise of reward. We obey out of the spirit of adoption and grace, willingly. We start out our spiritual life the first day we are regenerated and converted, by means of the gospel, a fully sanctified (a saint, or one set apart) , adopted child of God. We are entitled to all spiritual blessings  "in Christ Jesus"  because of the work He did for us. We have no fear of ever of getting kicked out of God's heavenly kingdom. We have total assurance based on the complete work that Christ accomplished for His elect people, in establishing a perfect, everlasting robe of righteousness for each one of them. There is no condemnatio...
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The Vital Importance of Knowing God - Published on July 11, 2004
..."And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." John 17:3     The only true God of the Scriptures with all His wonderful character attributes loves to reveal Himself to His people using the means of the gospel by the power of the Spirit. He does on the other hand hide Himself from the non elect. Both the revealing and hiding of Himself are done sovereignly. Those whom He has loved, chosen, and Christ died for are called and this is where the vital importance of knowing God comes into action.     As we said, the way He reveals Himself is through gospel by the power of the Spirit of God. The gospel of grace contains doctrine and theology that declares, defines, and explains how the LORD Jesus C...
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When Secondary Issues Become Primary - Published on July 11, 2004
..."For I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." I Corinthians 2:2     The message condensed within the whole of Scripture that is of primary importance is the gospel. The gospel is the message concerning how God was glorified by the Person and work (who He is and what He has done) of Jesus Christ to save sinners. All other issues in the Scripture are of secondary importance. When a church body gathers for fellowship and worship it must be done with primary focus on gospel issues not secondary or side issues. If someone believes the same gospel we do then there should be no problem with them worshipping together with us. This means even if they do have differences in side issues like church government, millennial views, social ...
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