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Salvation Is Not Conditioned on You Believing - Published on July 15, 2019
...     Salvation is not conditioned on you believing, but on Christ dying.      You believe because God causes you to, because Christ died for you.      The ones that Christ did not die for, will never ever believe - no matter how much or long the truth is impressed upon them.      God does not desire their salvation-so He never grants them faith and repentance....
James Guyo
The Day You Were Converted - Published on July 15, 2019
...    I've noticed amongst some believers, there tends to be a great focus on the actual day one came to believe the Gospel, and that if you can't pin-point it, you may not know the Gospel.  I can certainly understand how this understanding came into being, so let me help you out if you're struggling with assurance.     The simple matter of fact is it doesn't matter when you came to believe the truth.  If you believe the Gospel now, you are one of God's people.  And if you are one of God's people, God has always loved you, cared for you, and provided for you.  You believe because you have been given the gift of faith, and you will persevere in this faith until you are taken home in glory.  Our focus is not upon the ...
Brandan Kraft
Supralapsarianism - Published on July 15, 2019
...     Supralapsarianism, for all its insistence on a certain logical order among the divine decrees, is essentially, so it seems to us, the unobjectionable view that God controls the universe purposefully. God acts with a purpose. He has an end in view and sees the end from the beginning. Every verse in Scripture that in one way or another refers to God's manifold wisdom, every statement indicating that a prior event is for the purpose of causing a subsequent event, every mention of an eternal, all-embracing plan contributes to a teleological and therefore supralapsarian view of God's control of history.       The connection between supralapsarianism and the fact that God always acts purposefully depends on the observation that th...
Gordon Clark
What a Wonder It Is - Published on July 14, 2019
...     With all of today’s divisions, debates and displays of ungraciousness characterizing those who profess to believe the gospel of the grace of God in Christ Jesus, is it any wonder there are so many instructions, reproofs, admonitions, warnings and rebukes in the epistles pertaining to these very things? God knew and knows what we are! What was present even in the early church seems to have reached epidemic proportions in it today. Is it any wonder that Paul asked the church at Corinth what must be asked today?  “Is Christ divided, was ______ crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of ______?” Is it not a wonder that those who say they love Christ must be told to “love the brethren?” That those forgiven of all their sins must...
Gary Shepard
Christ Made Sin : The Imputation of Sin to Christ - Published on July 13, 2019
..."God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." -   2 Cor. 5:21      Our sins were imputed to him as to a sacrifice. Christ the just is put in the place of the unjust, to suffer for them (1 Peter 3 :18). Christ is said to bear sin, as a sacrifice bears sin (Isaiah 53:10, 12). His soul was made an offering for sin. But sin was so laid upon the victims, as that it was imputed to them in a judicial account manner according to the ceremonial law, and typically expiated by them. Christ would not have taken away our sins as Mediator, had he not borne the punishment of them. As a surety, 'He was made sin for us' (2 Corinthians 5:21), and he bore our sins, which is evident by the kind of dea...
Stephen Charnock
The More Earnest Need - Published on July 13, 2019
...Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. - Hebrews 2:1    None of us would dare to say that the Law of Moses is a lie.  Yet we can most surely say that if a person should regard that law, apart from seeing it as a mere schoolmaster to bring us to CHRIST then such adherence is based upon a lie.   This is the very error of those who use the law as a means of establishing their own righteousness or of supposedly proving their own righteousness.  This is described by Paul when he spoke to the Thessalonians concerning those who were not given a love of the TRUTH.  “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not ...
Mike McInnis
Numbered With The Transgressors - Published on July 13, 2019
... "And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, and he was numbered with the transgressors." Mark 15:28.      Look up, my soul, to the cross, and behold thy Lord hanging with two thieves; yea, in the middle of them, as if the greatest malefactor of the three; and, what is the most awful part of the subject, not only was he thus considered by the Jewish rabble, but as the sinner's representative, Jesus was thus beheld in Jehovah's view; "numbered with the transgressors," and virtually, the great surety and sponsor of them all. Pause, my soul, as thou readest this scripture, and as thou beholdest it fulfilled on the cross. Will it not undeniably follow, that if Christ was so reckoned, and so numbered, then must it have been, not for himself,...
Robert Hawker
Is Christ the Minister of Sin? - Published on July 13, 2019
...But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. Galatians 2:17     The most common objection that many (well-meaning teachers who oppose the preaching of free grace) set forth is that the preaching of salvation by grace alone, will cause men to sin without restraint.  The reason that they feel this way is twofold.  The main one is that they do not understand the pervasive nature of sin, man’s inherent love of it and his complete inability to avoid it.  The other is that they think men can be delivered from sin by the promotion of the law as either a threat or as a guideline by which to order his steps.   It is this same line of thinking that ...
Mike McInnis
A Running Sore - Published on July 13, 2019
...In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. - Psalm 77:2    There are few things that are more repulsive to contemplate than a festering and oozing sore that does not respond to treatment.  This is an exact illustration of the innate sin nature of all men, out of which and because of which all of man’s troubles, self centered attitudes, and wicked actions stem.  All men without exception inherit this mortifying disease and there is no remedy that a man can find or devise to actually cure it.     This is a malady which causes a certain level of pain in all men, yet its true insidious and incurable nature goes undetected in the vast multitude of men.  Most ...
Mike McInnis
What Did Our Substitute Do? - Published on July 13, 2019
...     Long before the law was given by Moses, our whole race fell when Adam fell in the garden of Eden.  Adam, a representative man, sinned against God and in him “all sinned.”  (Rom. 5:12)  This is why “death reigned from Adam to Moses.”    But the penalty for sin against God is far more than physical death.  Sin cannot be reversed, it must be punished.  The penalty God requires for sin is death, a death that will satisfy divine justice.  “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)  “For the wages of sin is death...” (Rom. 6:23)  That penalty must be paid.  It cannot b...
Gary Shepard
Willful Sin - Published on July 13, 2019
...For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. - Hebrews 10:26      The workmongers of the religious world will always try to twist and obscure the scriptures in order to lay burdens of one type or another upon the free born sons of GOD.  This particular scripture is often construed to mean that if a child of GOD is found guilty of a sin which he openly knows is sin and voluntarily commits it anyway, then he no longer has any forgiveness which could be applied to him.     If that is true then no man would ever be saved because every man who is born of Adam’s race is continually and willfully embracing sin of one type or another on a constant basis.  The man w...
Mike McInnis
Condemned Sin - Published on July 13, 2019
...For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. - Romans 8:3    When the LORD spoke to Moses from the burning bush, HE told him, “Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)  HE did not have reference specifically to the particular spot where the bush was located, but rather to the fact that the ONE who spoke to Moses from this bush, was inapproachable by sinful flesh and completely separate from sinners.       The LORD again demonstrated this very same principle when Moses asked to see the LORD’s glory, and HE replied thusl...
Mike McInnis
The Wisdom of This World - Published on July 13, 2019
...And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. - Genesis 3:6      It is part of the natural disposition of men to desire knowledge.   This is certainly a blessing from GOD.  The quest for knowledge and wisdom is not in itself sinful.  Yet as with all other things which the LORD has put at man’s disposal, his natural disposition is to use those things in a sinful manner and to suppose himself to possess a certain degree of wisdom which enables him to develop his own philosophy and standards, which he would prefer to those of GOD.  “There i...
Mike McInnis
Faith and Believing - Published on July 13, 2019
...     Many, despising disputes about faith, take a pleasure in saying, “if we do as we would be done by, we hope God will not condemn us, or make any inquiry about what was our faith.” Agreed; do this, and you shall live. If you hope then to live by doing your duty, take care henceforth to do it perfectly. If you have already sinned, hope to live by your repentance, take care that your repentance be sincere, uniform, effectual, and permanent. Let your repentance be such an effectual turning away from all sin, as to admit of no return in any one instance. Let it be such a turning to righteousness as to admit of no failure. For the moment you fail in any one instance, all your former righteousness goes for nothing. Hearken not to the teachers, who would pe...
Robert Sandeman
Bond Woman - Free Woman - Published on July 13, 2019
..."But he who was of the bond-woman, was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise; which things are an allegory." Gal.4:23, 24.      My soul! as thou readest this scripture, do not forget to bless the great Author of it, even God the Holy Ghost, for having condescended to teach the church the sacred truths contained in it. Never would it have entered into the heart of man, untaught of God, to have conceived that the births of Ishmael and Isaac had such divine purposes connected with their history. We might have read for ever the account given of it in the book of Genesis, without once forming a thought of the spiritual tendency of the subject, had not the Holy Ghost, by his servant the apostle, told the church that it was an allegory. But, ble...
Robert Hawker
The Work of Christ - Published on July 13, 2019
...Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before Him. - Isaiah 62:11      When I was a young man, the religious tradition in which I was raised spoke of "salvation" as a state which a man could attain by acting in his own free will to accept what CHRIST had done by HIS death on Calvary's cross. It taught that if a man could be persuaded to "believe" and "receive CHRIST" then he could attain a standing or position known as "salvation". Folks were urged to "get saved" as soon as possible so that in case they died they would be assured of a place in heaven where they could join all of the other neig...
Mike McInnis
Justification and Faith - Published on July 13, 2019
...Question:  But doth not the Scripture say, that we are justified by faith? What is faith? And how are we justified by the same?  Answer: There be in Scripture divers kinds of faith mentioned, by reason whereof, many think, that they believe to justification, and are deceived; {Mt.7:22;} for justification is free on God’s part, and without any condition at all on our part, for if faith were a condition of our justification, then it were not free, justification being an act of God in his eternal counsel and purpose, before the world began; {Rom.8:29;} if faith were a condition thereof, then are we justified for some fore-seen grace in us, and not freely by his grace. Now faith is neither a means, nor yet any condition of justification, but rather an evidence, or ...
William Mason
For Whom Did Christ Die? - Published on July 13, 2019
...Redemption  (An Excerpt from “To My Friends, Strait Talk About Eternity” by Randy Wages)      I would be remiss if I did not devote some of this book to a discussion of a widespread error that strikes at the heart of the Gospel – at the redeeming work of Christ.  I have found that mere agreement with God’s truth on this wondrous and vital doctrine does not give proof of one’s state; however, the converse is true.  I hope to show you that it is impossible for one to cling to the popular view of the death of Christ as held by most of my friends, while at the same time truly trust in Christ’s righteousness alone for salvation.      By “redemption” I am referring to that which Christ accom­p...
Randy Wages
No Condemnation - Published on July 13, 2019
...Morning Thought" from "Mason's Spiritual Treasury" (William Mason) - (1719 – 29 September 1791)  "He that believeth on him is not condemned." - John 3:18.      Dost thou believe on the Son of God? is the most important question in the world. Faith in Jesus is the "one thing needful." Without this the day of life is a state of sin and condemnation. The night of death, full of terror; and the day of judgment, most dreadful. It cannot be otherwise. As we are all malefactors, under the sentence of the law, the thoughts of execution must be most alarming. But 'what the eye doth not see, the heart doth not rue.' Sin naturally blinds men's eyes, hardens their hearts; and vain self-righteous hopes deceive their sou...
William Mason
Conversion - Published on July 13, 2019
...     Man cannot finally hinder his conversion; for whom God will save, no power of man can destroy. Man in his first conversion is wholly passive, we cannot work it in ourselves, nor hinder God’s working of it, because we are dead in sins. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. {Eph.2:1} “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” {Col.2:13} “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” {Eph.5:14} We are spiritually blind. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the ...
Samuel Richardson
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