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Christ, Lord Over All - Published on July 12, 2004
...     In the New Testament, calling upon Jesus as Lord was and is the same thing as calling upon God as Lord. Now if this be true, and it is true, there are two implications that follow. The first implication of the reality and the exclusiveness and the inclusiveness of Christ's Lordship in which He brooks no rival - in which He is absolutely unique - and this is serious for everyone who hears me now - is that the Lord Jesus Christ demands total, absolute surrender, He demands ...
Rolfe Barnard
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The Law is Not of Faith - Published on July 12, 2004
...So, says Paul, those who are justified in the sight of God (that is, the just) 'live' by virtue of their faith. This tells us that faith is the basis of their acceptance with God and their escape from divine judgment. There is no other way. Where does it leave those who seek justification through the law? Nowhere, replies the apostle, for "The law is not of faith (3:12). This is an important statement, for it demonstrates once again that faith and obedience to the law are mutually exclusive....
Edgar Andrews
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Life Without The Law - Published on July 12, 2004
...'Brethren', pleads the apostle, 'I urge you to become as I am, for I am as you are' (4:12). The italicized words are not present in the original, having been inserted by the translators to provide the sense. In this case, however, the added words may actually confuse the meaning of the verse. A better rendering is given by Hendriksen: 'I urge you to become as I am, for I became as you were [that is, without law].' We cannot be dogmatic, but Paul seems to be saying something along the following l...
Edgar Andrews
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Idolatry - Published on July 12, 2004
...     SINCE the true God reveals himself only in Christ any system which does not hold Christ central to its worship and teaching is false religion or idolatry. This includes much that passes for Christianity, but which centers on man rather than Christ. Those who elevate men as dignitaries in the church; who make human 'priests' or 'saints' the intermediaries between man and God; whose prime purpose is to satisfy man's desire for 'health, wealth and happine...
Edgar Andrews
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Ruled by Law or Led By Spirit? : Galatians 5:18 - Published on July 12, 2004
...We might think that, by this time, Paul has left behind him the debate about the law and moved on to the quite different subject of practical holiness. Certainly, Galatians is often read as if this were the case. But if this were so, it would be impossible to explain the verse that now follows: 'But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law' (5:18). Here the apostle defines the relationship of the believer to the law in the context, not of justification, but of personal holiness. W...
Edgar Andrews
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Arminianism : The Road to Rome! - Published on July 12, 2004
...Whose Voice Do You Hear?      "My sheep, saith Christ, hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish." O, most worthy Scriptures! which ought to compel us to have a faithful remembrance, and to note the tenor thereof; which is, the sheep of Christ shall never perish.      "Doth Christ mean part of his elect, or all, think you? I do hold, and affirm, and also faithfully believe,...
Augustus Toplady
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The Sinner's Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Try me, O God, and search the ground of my heart: prove me and examine my thoughts. Look well if there be any wickedness in me, any root of bitterness yet undiscovered; and lead me in the way everlasting. Show me the true state of my soul. Bring me out from every false refuge. Strip off every deceitful covering, every covering that is not of Thy Spirit. Forbid that the anchor of my hope should be cast, or the house of my dependence built, on any but Christ, the Rock of Ages. Forbid that I ...
Augustus Toplady
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The "god" of Arminianism - Published on July 12, 2004
...I dare say, that, in such an auditory as this, a number of Arminians are present. I fear, that all our public assemblies have too many of them. Perhaps, however, even these people, idolaters as they are, may be apt to blame, and, indeed, with justice, the absurdity of those who worship idols of silver and gold, the work of men's hands. But let me ask: If it be so very absurd, to worship the work of other men's hands what must it be, to worship the works of our own hands? Perhaps, you may say, "G...
Augustus Toplady
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What will be Your Song? - Published on July 12, 2004
...    What do you think your song will be when you come to heaven? Blessed be God, that he gave me free-will; and blessed be my own dear self, that I made a good use of it? O no, no! Such a song as that was never heard in heaven yet, nor ever will, while God is God, and heaven is heaven. Look into the Book of Revelation, and there you will find the employ of the blessed, and the strains which they sing. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Thou art worthy, for Thou was...
Augustus Toplady
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The Religion of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...Every religion except one puts upon you doing something in order to recommend yourself to God. It is only the religion of Christ (which runs counter to all the rest by affirming that we are saved and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to the Father's own purpose and grace) which was not sold out to us on certain conditions to be fulfilled by ourselves, but was given us in Christ before the world began. It was long ago remarked by a good man that, "It is the bus...
Augustus Toplady
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Are You Worshipping the Work of Your Own Hands? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands." - Psalm 115:3-4      Let me ask: if it be so very absurd to worship the work of other men's hands, what must it be to worship the work of our own hands? Perhaps, you may say, "God forbid that I should do so." Nevertheless, let me tell you, that trust, confidence, reliance, and dependence, for salvation, are all acts and...
Augustus Toplady
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A Comparison - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Brethren, if I should compare the natural state of man, I would picture an immense graveyard filled with yawning graves and dying men. All around are lofty walls and massive iron gates. At the gate stands MERCY. An angel attracted by the awful sight exclaims, "Mercy, why do you not enter that awful place and apply to these pitiful creatures your restoring balm?" Mercy replies, "I dare not enter, for JUSTICE bars the way." By the side of Mercy stands the So...
Christmas Evans
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Messiah the Prince - Published on July 12, 2004
...He was born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling bands, and laid in a manger. The great Deliverer was "made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem those that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons!" With a mighty hand He laid hold of the works of Satan, unlocked the prison gates, and broke the bands asunder. He opened His mouth and the deaf heard, the blind saw, the dumb spoke, the lame walked, and the lepers were cleansed. In the house of Jairus, in the street of Nain, ...
Christmas Evans
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A Surety Found for Lost Sinners - Published on July 12, 2004
...Brethren, if I should compare the natural state of man, I would picture an immense graveyard filled with yawning graves and dying men. All around are lofty walls and massive iron gates. At the gate stands MERCY. An angel attracted by the awful sight exclaims, 'Mercy, why do you not enter that awful place and apply to these pitiful creatures your restoring balm?' Mercy replies, 'I dare not enter, for Justice bars the way.' By the side of Mercy stands the Son of God, who cries, 'Justice, what are ...
Christmas Evans
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The Gospel - Published on July 12, 2004
...The gospel is emphatically the ministration of mercy - the covenant of grace, "ordered in all things and sure - a goodly ship, freighted with the bread of life, and commanded by the Son of God, Who has steered into the harbor of our famishing world, and is dispensing the precious provision to needy sinners. These are "the sure mercies of David." The law is only a partial revelation of the Divine attributes, which, in the gospel, are all equally exhibited, and all equally glorified. Here, "Mercy...
Christmas Evans
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Varieties of Preaching - Published on July 12, 2004
...I perceive four strong men on their journey toward Lazarus' grave, for the purpose of raising him to life. One of them, who is eminent for his piety, says, "I will descend into the grave, and will take with me a bowl of the salt of duties, and will rub him well with the sponge of natural ability." He enters the grave, and commences his rubbing process. I watch his operations at a distance, and after a while inquire, "Well, are there any symptoms of life there? Does he arise, does he breathe, my ...
Christmas Evans
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It is Finished - Published on July 12, 2004
..."It is finished!" Go, ye heralds of salvation, into all the world and proclaim the joyful tidings! Cry aloud and spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet and publish to all men that the work of the cross is finished, that the great Mediator, "made perfect through sufferings," has become "the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;" "is of God made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption!" Go, teach the de-graded Pagan, the deluded Mohammedan, and the...
Christmas Evans
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The Ground of a Sinner's Justification - Published on July 12, 2004
...The perfect obedience of Christ, and His meritorious death, were both necessary as the ground of a sinner's justification. Neither would have been sufficient without the other. His obedience would not answer without His death; for the law which had been broken must be honored; and the penalty which had been incurred by the sinner must be endured by the Substitute. Neither would His death answer without His obedience; for it is the obedient, and not the punished, that the law justifies; he who ke...
Christmas Evans
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What's Wrong With the Question : "When Did You Come To The Doctrines of Grace?" - Published on July 12, 2004
...Before exposing the eternally fatal flaw of such a question, let me say uncategorically that I love all the truths defined in what is popularly known as the "doctrines of grace" or the "five points of Calvinism". I will say up front that all these wonderful truths stand or fall together and should be referred to as the doctrine of grace. Remove or deny any one of its points and grace is no longer grace. Show me a so-called four point Calvinist, and I will show you one who is trusting in the work...
Greg Elmquist
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Guilty but Forgiven - Published on July 12, 2004
...Suppose you had to stand as a defendant before a judge whose responsibility it was to enforce the law. You would hire the best advocate you could afford. Suppose you were guilty without any defense. You would plead for the courts mercy. Now, suppose you were an habitual offender that had committed nothing but crimes that were all so heinous they were punishable only by death. And, suppose the prosecutor, who had never lost a case, had such irrefutable evidence against you that your attorney coul...
Greg Elmquist
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