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Justification - Published on July 11, 2004
..."Being justified freely by his grace" Most true Christians know the word justification and most will be able to tell you they believe themselves to have been justified by faith. But what is justification and why is it so important for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to have a proper understanding of this term? Here are seven key points with respect to justification that all believers should know and understand. If we are truly to appreciate what God has done for us in the sacrifice of his S...
Peter Meney
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The Gospel is Not an Offer - Published on July 11, 2004
...Is the gospel something to be offered to the unregenerate? A great many Christians believe so. It has long been maintained that Christ himself, or eternal life is to be offered unto the lost for their rejection. However, we are convinced that the very concept of the gospel being an offer unregenerate represents a departure from the Scriptures in at least the following four things: first, what the gospel is; secondly, the purpose or utility of the gospel; thirdly, the doctrine of total depravity;...
Gery Schmidt
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The Doctrines of Grace (TULIP) - Published on July 11, 2004
...(These are taken from Appendix D of Steele and Thomas' ROMANS, An Interpretive Outline.) Total Depravity Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature; therefore, he will not--indeed he cannot--choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit's a...
The Christ of Arminianism - Published on July 11, 2004
...(Freewillism)The Bible warns us that in the last days in which we live there will be many false Christs-those who claim to be Christ but who are imposters. Jesus said, "Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many." (Matt. 24:4-5). We who profess to be Christians must take heed. We must be very careful that we are not deceived. Our calling is to trust, love, and follow the true Christ and Him only. We may have nothing to do with th...
Steven Houck
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Gospel vs. Command to Respond - Published on July 11, 2004
...There is a difference between the content of a gospel preached and the subsequent commands to respond to that gospel truth. Problems arise from having different gospels which elicit different responses. Who wouldn't feel happy believing the message that God loves and wants to save everybody? One doesn't need to be regenerated to respond positively to this falsehood. Who wouldn't respond joyfully to the message that God loves them and wants to save them from hell? One doesn't n...
David Alvord
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Billy Talks to His Pastor about God - Published on July 11, 2004
...Billy: "Pastor, does God love everybody?" Pastor: "Yes, Billy (smile, pats him on the head). Billy: "How come it says in Romans 9 that he hated Esau?" Pastor: "Been reading your Bible, huh, Billy? (still smiles). Well, the Bible also says that God hates, but that only is talking about God's secret decree, and as far as we are concerned, he loves everybody." Billy: "Pastor?". Pastor: "Yes, Billy." Billy: "If God tel...
John Pedersen
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A Shut-door Methodist Sage Enters the Lord's Presence - Published on July 11, 2004
...The revelation of the true gospel was given in its fullness only to Paul, God's chosen apostle of Grace. As a sign of this unique revelation, he was baptized in suffering more than other men (2 Cor. 12:6-10). Readers are encouraged to prayerfully study HIS testimony (the real Spirit of Prophecy) and the gospel of John until the eternal prize of knowing the true God and his only Son (John 17:3) is obtained....
Bob Higby
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No Other Saviour - Published on July 11, 2004
...     There is no other SAVIOUR but CHRIST to look, no other MEDIATOR between God and men to make use of, no other PHYSICIAN of value for diseased and sin-sick souls to apply unto, no other FOUNTAIN but his blood for polluted souls to wash in and be cleansed, no other CITY OF REFUGE or stronghold for souls sensible of danger to flee unto and be safe, no other to come to as the BREAD OF LIFE where hungry souls may be fed, no other PLACE OF REST for those that are weary and heavy lad...
John Gill
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The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity : The Authenticity of 1 John 5:7 - Published on July 11, 2004
...1 John 5:7 gives full proof of the plurality of Persons in the Godhead. "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one." This is not only a proof of the Deity of each of these three persons, inasmuch as they, are not only said to be "one", that is, one God; and their witness is called the witness of God (1 John 5:9), but of a Trinity of Persons, in the unity of the divine essence. This unity of essence, or...
John Gill
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Satisfaction and Assurance - Published on July 11, 2004
...Let me observe to you something relating to experience, which you would do well to lay in your minds. It may be of use to you hereafter, when you may be tempted to doubt your interest in Christ's satisfaction. Have you any reason to believe that you have, at anytime, had communion with God, in private or in public, in your closet, or in the family, or in the house of God? Then you may be assured Christ has made satisfaction for you; or you would never have enjoyed such communion....
John Gill
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Conversion - Published on July 11, 2004
...If conversion be a quickening of one that is dead in sin, then fallen man hath no free-will to do good. This is proved from Ephesians 2:1, "You hath He quickened who were dead." He doth not say half dead, as the man was that fell among thieves (Luke 10:30), but wholly dead, as to spiritual life. There is no manner of good in us (Romans 7:18). And "we are not sufficient of ourselves to think" a good thought till Christ quickens us (2 Corinthians 3:5). "Without Him we can do nothing" (John 15:5). ...
John Gill
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Loved with an Everlasting Love - Published on July 11, 2004
...God's love to His elect is not of yesterday; it does not begin with their love to Him, We love Him, because He first loved us. It was bore in His heart towards them long before they were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. It does not commence in time, but bears date from eternity, and is the ground and foundation of the elect's being called in time out of darkness into marvelous light: I have loved thee, says the Lord to the church, with an eve...
John Gill
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But I am a Worm - Published on July 11, 2004
...But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (Psalm 22:6) Christ calls himself "a worm" ... on account of the opinion that men of the world had of him. ... The Jews esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated him as such; he was loathsome to them and hated by them; every one trampled upon him, and trod him under foot as men do worms. ... The Chaldee paraphrase renders it here a weak worm; and though Christ is the mighty God, and is also the Son of man, whom God made st...
John Gill
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Take Heed What Ye Hear - Published on July 11, 2004
..."Take heed what ye hear . ." (Mark 4:24).      Not the cunningly-devised fables, and illusory dreams men are to be attended to, and heard; but the word of God; between which there is as much difference as between chaff and wheat (see Jer. 23:28). That Word which comes from God, relates His mind and will especially concerning salvation by Christ, is to be hearkened unto; and whatsoever is delivered by the ministers of the gospel, agreeable to the Word of God, which is ...
John Gill
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The Cause of Election - Published on July 11, 2004
...    These maxims are certainly true and indisputable: (1) That nothing in time can be the cause of what was done in eternity. To believe, to do good works, and persevere in them are acts in time, and so cannot be causes of election, which was done in eternity. And (2) That nothing out of God can be the cause of any decree or will in him. He is no passive Being, to be wrought upon by motives and inducements outside of himself. If his will is moved by anything outside of him, that must b...
John Gill
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John Gill's First Words at Carter Lane - Published on July 11, 2004
...Many have read and justly quoted Spurgeon's first words in the Metropolitan Tabernacle. They are worthy to be inscribed upon every pulpit in the world. It should be required of every preacher that he put into practice what Spurgeon said on that momentous occasion. But few have read or heard the first words spoken by his venerable predecessor, John Gill, at the opening of the house of worship at Carter lane more than 100 years earlier. A comparison of the two will show that Spurgeon followed Gill...
John Gill
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What You Won't Learn from 'The Passion' - Published on July 10, 2004
...A Mel Gibson film, 'The Passion,' is being touted by religious leaders and organizations as 'one of the greatest evangelistic tools in modern-day history.' There are, however, some things that I know that you won't learn from it, even though some boast that it is a faithful rendering of the gospel accounts in the Bible. 1. It won't teach you the GOSPEL. The Bible says, "it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING (not dramatizing) to save them that believe, I Cor. 1:21. Is not the Bible suff...
Ken Wimer
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The Passion of the Christ : The Movie - Published on July 10, 2004
...     None who know me will be surprised to know that I have no intention of going to see Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of Christ. But the movie has been so passionately promoted by the media and so passionately endorsed by religious leaders across the nation that I feel constrained to state my concerns about it. Papists Propaganda      Many Protestant and Baptist religious leaders, as well as Roman Catholic, not only endorse the movie, but even see its s...
Don Fortner
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Did the Spirit of God ever Convince You of Sin? - Published on July 10, 2004
...     Did the Spirit of God ever convince you of sin? Do you see yourself liable to the curse of the law, and the just vengeance of God, for the innate depravity of your nature, and the transgressions of your life? Do you come to Christ humbled and self-condemned: sensible that unless you are clothed with the merits of Him our Elder Brother, you are ruined and undone, and can never stand with joy or safety before the holy Lord God?      If so, lift up thy head; re...
Augustus Toplady
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The Blessed Privilege Of Loving Him - Published on July 10, 2004
...Whom should we love, if not him who loved us, and gave himself for us? If the bliss even of angels and glorified souls, consists greatly in seeing, and praising, the Son of God; surely, to love, to trust, and to celebrate the friend of sinners, must be a principal ingredient in the happiness of saints not yet made perfect. Solomon, whose experience of grace was lively and triumphant when he wrote the Song of Songs, declares in the fifth chapter, "that Christ is altogether lovely" (5:16). Other o...
Augustus Toplady
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