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Monthly Archives: May 2007

God’s preachers are sent to preach the Gospel. They are not sent to preach vain, worthless issues. The Apostle Paul wrote: 1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” Every message should define and distinguish the good news, that single message which is “the power of God unto… Read More

A study of Luke 23:39-49 The crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ stands at the center of the history of mankind. It marks the culmination of the entire mediatorial work of Jesus Christ on behalf of God’s elect who are by nature guilty, defiled, and depraved. The Bible teaches us that before the foundation of the world God chose a people out of Adam’s fallen, sinful race and determined to save them… Read More

A study of John 3:3-8 One of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible is the new birth. In the 1970’s we heard so much about “born-again Christians.” A woman even stated on a TV program that she had been a Christian for over 20 years and had not been born again yet. Of course this is impossible. There are no other kinds of Christians than born-again Christians. And if you have… Read More

The title of this article is: “The Secret of the Lord”. You will find “The Secret of the Lord” in several places in the Bible. Therefore, if we want to understand “The Secret of the Lord” we will have to compare Scripture with Scripture. Let us first consider “The Message of Amos” regarding “The Secret of the Lord”. We read here in Amos 3:1, Amos 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD… Read More

Everything in true Christianity is built upon and centers around Christ crucified and risen again. This is why TRUE Christians cannot and do not differ over how God saves sinners. It is by His free and sovereign grace in the glorious Person of Christ who is God the Son in sinless human flesh (John 1:14), and it is by the work of redemption He accomplished on Calvary to put away our sins… Read More

Preached at Gower Street Chapel, London, on Sunday morning, August 3rd, 1856, by J. C. Philpot “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15)… Read More

The issue of assurance of salvation seems to be a very touchy one amongst those who profess to believe the Gospel. This is due to a misunderstanding of what real assurance is. Those who profess to believe the Gospel will readily admit that God has an elect people, that He sent Christ to die for them and secure their salvation and final glory, and that all the elect will be saved. But… Read More

Preached on July 31, 1853, at Eden Street Chapel, by J. C. Philpot “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” (1 Corinthians 3:12-13) Paul preached a free-grace gospel. The sovereign, free,… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on July 8, 1849, by J. C. Philpot. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) The child of God seems to me often to resemble a benighted traveler. He has left his home, and is struggling onward to a certain destination. He is surrounded on every side… Read More

We who are called of God as ministers of the gospel and as ambassadors of Christ must continually preach the Gospel. The Gospel is to be our main message, and it should permeate all that we preach. We must continually preach the ground of salvation, Christ crucified and His righteousness imputed, as it is the heart of the Gospel (Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-22). Gospel preachers are called ministers of reconciliation who preach… Read More

One of the greatest debates amongst those who claim to be “Christian,” amongst various denominations, is this: Are we saved based on an imputed righteousness, an imparted righteousness, or a combination of both? This issue can be easily settled if we rely upon and bow to God’s Word. First, what is righteousness? Strictly speaking, when the Bible speaks in terms of the ground of salvation, justification before God, and when it speaks… Read More

Preached at Zion Baptist Chapel, on Wednesday evening, March 31st, 1847, by J. C. Philpot. “Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength–even to Him shall men come; and all who are incensed against Him shall be ashamed. In the Lord, shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” (Isaiah 45:24-25) The Scripture abounds with testimonies to the essential deity of the Lord Jesus Christ…. Read More

A sermon preached on June 20, 1841, by J. C. Philpot, at Zoar Chapel, London “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” (John 15:1-2) What a solemn season the evening of that night was, when the Lord of life and glory… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, on June 13, 1865, by J. C. Philpot “He forgives all your iniquities, and heals all your diseases. He redeems your life from destruction, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies.” (Psalm 103:3-4) Whatever God does, whatever God has done, is for his own glory. No other object, end, or aim can such a glorious Being as the great self-existent I AM have, than his own… Read More

Preached at Zion Baptist Chapel, Bedworth, April 30, 1850, by J. C. Philpot. “O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. And I will make your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your borders of pleasant stones.” (Isaiah 54:11-12) Before is a promise made in the text to a certain personage, it… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, on September 29, 1867, by J. C. Philpot “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” (Deuteronomy 33:27) In the words of our text, I think we may observe four leading features– two statements, a promise, and a charge. The two statements are, I. “The eternal God is… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on August 9, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9) Perfection in Christ the Scriptures are full of; perfection in man the Scriptures know not. The… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on April 4, 1858, by J. C. Philpot “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be laid low—and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain—and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together—for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.” (Isaiah 40:4-5) We can have no doubt as to the… Read More

Our first view of this peculiar people shall be in the place where God finds them. “My people,” He says, “have been lost sheep.” They do not become sheep by being found, nor do they cease to be sheep by being lost. They were sheep eternally in the mind of God; and their becoming lost did not alter nor destroy their character of being sheep any more than the wandering of a… Read More

SALVATION is as free as a look. Christ says, “Look unto me and be ye saved!” (Isaiah 45:22). Without performance! Without payment! Without preparation! LOOK TO CHRIST AND LIVE! “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22) “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth… Read More

In what sense can believers claim to be “dead to the law“? We know God’s law is just and holy and good. It shows us our responsibility to love God perfectly and to love our neighbor as ourselves. It sets this standard as the guide and the goal of our conduct. We see this standard displayed perfectly in Christ, our Lord and Savior, therefore, our goal is to be conformed to Him…. Read More

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…. Read More

One of the major roadblocks before Christians today in coming to the correct interpretation of scripture, is that they have a tendency to attempt to force a totally literal interpretation, when God has not written the Bible to always be understood that way. At other times, Christians attempt to spiritualize when God has written something to be understood literally. It seems many choose to literalize or spiritualize depending upon if the outcome… Read More

Abomination: a.bom.i.na’shan, the act of abominating. a.bom’i.nat, v.t. –abominated, abominating. [L. abominor, abominatus, to deprecate, as an ill omen–ab, from, and omen, an omen.] Abomination, (1)Something extremely hated or despised; (2)that which is abhored; (3)something detestable; (4)the state of being loathed. (5)something that produces a strong aversion, as disgust. Desolation: des’o.la’shan, n. [L.L. desolatio(n-).] (1)Being in a state of ruin; (2)Destitute of consolation; (3)forsaken; (4)Devastated; deprived of inhabitants; (5)barren or waste; (6)dreary… Read More

The Timing of the Rapture! By Tony Warren In many Christian circles there is a popular theological view which states that the Church must somehow be taken out of the world before the Great Tribulation period. Sadly this doctrine has become one of the most predominant views in the Church. This form of theology is the product of spurious dogma that over the years has been taught relentlessly. It is not supported… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on, March 1, 1862, by J. C. Philpot “Your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3) When our blessed Lord rose from the dead and went up on high to appear in the presence of God for us, as our personal Representative and interceding High Priest, he “received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that the Lord… Read More

We have here in Revelation 12:7-12 a continuation of the first 6 verses in this chapter. What I mean to say is that we should see the sentences in Revelation 12 in a chronological sequence. This war in heaven follows the event of Ascension Day, in verse 5, when Christ was caught up unto God and unto His throne. Christ is on His throne, all the saints in heaven have had their… Read More

Is there anything in the Bible that specifically refers to the United States insofar as the future of this world is concerned? There is nothing in the Bible that indicates or names the United States. While it is true that God does name historic nations like Egypt and Israel, He does not name any modern nation. It certainly does not name Russia or China or the United States or Germany, or any… Read More

1) A candlestick is also a lamp stand/put on a lamp stand. 2) The two candlesticks of Revelation 11 = Body of Christ 3) The seven candlesticks = the seven churches (invisible) = the light bearers in the corporate (visible) church 4) The candlesticks are the believers 5) The flame represents the continual (daily). To remove it is to leave the church desolate. (Daniel 11:31 – “And arms shall stand on his… Read More

In the bible we see that God portrays the Devil as a great red dragon. This is just a symbol of the Devil, for the Devil is a spirit, and a spirit is invisible. But God portrays Satan as a great red dragon to warn us for his great power, and his wickedness, and his viciousness. Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having… Read More

In Revelation 12 the dragon, representing the Devil, tried to destroy the Christ child and has failed, we also see how the Devil has carried on a war for the possession of the Old Testament saints and has failed, and we can read how the Devil has tried to destroy the woman, representing the New Testament saints and has failed. And now, in this present time… The Dragon Makes War With the… Read More

The third chapter of Philippians is one of the most profound and theologically rich passages in the Bible. Here we have a clear description of the doctrine of justification based on the imputed righteousness of Christ without the deeds of the law. We also see one of the greatest examples of saving faith and true repentance in this autobiographical sketch of Paul’s conversion. Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord…. Read More

On May 31st 1997, Robert Schuller who professes to believe in the doctrines of grace interviewed Arminian Billy Graham on television. The following is a transcript of part of that interview: Schuller: Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity? Graham: Well, Christianity and being a true believer – you know, I think there’s the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside… Read More

The Erroneous Kingdom Offer Dispensationalism believes that the purpose of the first advent of Jesus Christ was to offer an earthly Kingdom to the Jews. This Kingdom would reinstate the Old Testament legal system and it’s expansion to the entire world under the Messiah. When the Jews rejected Jesus Christ and His Kingdom offer, plan B went into effect and Christ went to the cross to initiate the dispensation of Grace and… Read More

Gospel repentance is a repentance which comes as the gift of God by the Holy Spirit as He enlightens our minds to the Gospel — God’s promise to save guilty, defiled, hell-deserving sinners, freely give them all of salvation (including the work of the Holy Spirit in them), and entitle them to all of heaven and final glory based solely upon the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ freely imputed and upon… Read More

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… Read More

Most everyone who claims to be “Christian” will agree that a sinner must be justified in order to be saved and go to Heaven. But what exactly is justification? How is justification attained, and what does justification include? These are matters with which most who call themselves “Christian” disagree, and yet these are matters that are fundamental to true Christianity — the Gospel, the doctrines of grace, and salvation itself. Apart from… Read More

There are so many misconceptions of the Gospel truths of election and definite atonement. These misconceptions are fostered mainly by natural prejudices and misunderstandings concerning what the Bible teaches about these blessed doctrines of grace. The goal of this article, if God be pleased to use it, is to remove the prejudices against election and definite atonement and to show the Scriptural reality of both. In most cases natural prejudices have been… Read More

God’s Gospel is a sure and certain promise of eternal salvation conditioned on the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son. This is a great salvation which is given freely to all who believe God’s promise. It is all based on the merits of the obedience and death, the very righteousness, of Christ, the appointed Representative and Substitute of God’s elect. The issue of salvation is not a simple one. In fact, it takes… Read More

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. In this verse God the Holy Spirit gives us one of the most comprehensive statements in the Bible concerning the role of the Gospel in salvation, and concerning the main issue of the Gospel —… Read More

In 1966 the Metropolitan Museum in New York City quietly approached the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with news that it had in its archives ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts that once belonged to Mormon (aka LDS) prophet Joseph Smith — manuscripts long thought to have been destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871!

To begin this study I want you to see that chapters 8 and 9 of the gospel of John are actually intimately connected, which already shows at the sentence structure of the first verse in chapter 9. John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou… Read More

This is the message of the bible: GOD, who is perfect, created man in His own image, but man (Adam) chose to rebel against God. Thus Adam’s sin infected all mankind. GOD’S justice requires payment for sin. Thus the whole human race, which is accountable to God, is bound for eternal condemnation. GOD, in His great mercy, decided to save certain individuals by proving a substitute to pay for their sins. GOD,… Read More

Perseverance Of The Saints (Job 17:9) “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” (Psalms 1:3) “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 23) “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I… Read More

Irresistible Grace (Psalms 65:4) “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” (Psalms 110:3) “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.” (John 6:37-40)… Read More

Exodus 14:17 “And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.” 2 Samuel 16:10-11 “And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then… Read More

Genesis 41:32 “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” —————————— Exodus 9:26 “Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.” —————————— Isaiah 40:12 “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the… Read More

Exodus 11:7 “But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” Ezra 8:3 “Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an hundred and fifty.”Nehemiah 4:15 “And it came to pass, when… Read More

  Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. ——— Exodus 33:18-19 {18} And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. {19} And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will… Read More

Genesis 41:32 “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.”Job 14:5 “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;” Jeremiah 15:2 “And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou… Read More

We Know Not What We Should Pray For Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God…. Read More

What ought to be our attitude toward the sovereignty of God? It has been well said that “true worship is based upon recognized greatness, and greatness is superlatively seen in Sovereignty, and at no other footstool will men really worship.” In the presence of the Divine King upon His throne even the seraphim ‘veil their faces.’ Divine sovereignty is not the sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One… Read More

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Isaiah 14:24 “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:” Isaiah 46:10-11 “Declaring… Read More

It is sad indeed to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or who at least wish there were no such thing. While some who would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight; they like not… Read More

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD The sovereignty of God is an expression that once was generally understood. It was a phrase commonly used in religious literature. It was a theme frequently expounded in the pulpit. It was a truth which brought comfort to many hearts and gave virility and stability to Christian character. But today, to make mention of God’s sovereignty is, in many quarters, to speak in an unknown tongue. Were we… Read More

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature (Gentiles), and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree (Israel): how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? Here is indeed an odd thing! Paul uses the example of grafting to explain how some Gentiles are saved along with some Jews – they… Read More

Protestant HoHo – (i.e. Christmass) Carols ——————– The Light Before Christmas ——————– ‘Twas the night before Christmas; and strange as it seems I wasn’t indulging in covetous dreams; But reading my Bible, I searched for a clue Why Christians take part in this holiday too. I plainly could see that it carried His name, But the spirit behind it just wasn’t the same. The songs spoke of wise men, of virgin and… Read More

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” Revelation 4:11 _________________________________________________ Having shown that sovereignty characterizes the whole Being of God, let us now observe how it marks all His ways and dealings. In the great expanse of eternity, which stretches behind Genesis 1:1, the universe was unborn and creation existed only in… Read More

2 Corinthians 4:5 “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” There are many, many ways in which false preachers preach themselves and avoid preaching Christ and the Gospel of salvation conditioned on Him alone. When does a man preach himself instead of preaching Christ? (1) When he preaches salvation, any part of it, conditioned on the sinner in any way to any… Read More

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. —————————— The Apostle Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 1:17 that his primary mission, and this is the primary mission of all God-sent preachers, was to preach the Gospel–God’s promise of salvation and final glory conditioned on the imputed righteousness of Christ…. Read More

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me.” (John 12:32) —————————— This language refers not only to the fact of Christ’s death on the cross but also the very nature of that substitutionary death. His death accomplished redemption and all that it includes according to God’s promise of salvation conditioned on Him alone. All the following are vitally connected as the sure and certain… Read More

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) —————————— Here is a summary of our whole duty in reference to all injury and harm done to us: Every thought of wrath, resentment, bitterness, and vengeance, of doing any harm to our worst enemy is forbidden. It is opposed to love. Every thought of kindness, forgiveness, patience and love, is to take its place in our hearts. OVERCOME EVIL… Read More

It is a marvelous display of God’s wisdom, grace and truth that, by way of the Gospel, the justification of sinners is brought into intimate connection with the same law by which sinners are convicted and condemned! The law works wrath; the Gospel proclaims reconciliation. The two are connected by means of redemption! The glorious truth of salvation revealed in the Gospel presupposes the reality of sin revealed by the law. Since… Read More

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. (1) “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… Read More

Acceptable Obedience Should Christians be obedient people? If we who believe the Gospel would consider this question, we would see the absurdity in even asking it. Should we who are sinners, undeserving of the least of God’s favor and blessings, in ourselves deserving of nothing but damnation, should we who have been freely forgiven and blessed above all people with the abundance of eternal life and blessedness, should we who are certain… Read More

If our hearts are established with grace, “we have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.” (Hebrews 13:10) The altar here represents the place of acceptance with God and worship of God. If our hearts are established with grace, our altar is Christ Jesus. It is through Him, “the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6), based on the merits of His obedience and death, that we who believe are… Read More

Jeremiah 6:14 “from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” Nothing has changed. The false prophets are still declaring peace when there is no peace. Notice they heal the hurt of the people ‘slightly’. Can you think of one time the Lord Jesus performed a miracle of healing… Read More

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me …” Why did God choose to use human instruments as His witnesses? Is it a denial of His power or His glory to say He always uses one man to communicate the gospel to another? Would He not be more glorified by using a more miraculous and unaided means… Read More

The gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is both exclusive and inclusive. It is a double-edged sword. It cuts people out and it cuts people in. The exclusivity of God’s gospel will not allow a person to be saved while believing another gospel. One’s complete hope and trust must be in THE Christ revealed according to the Scriptures. He is The Way and He Is God’s Way. To deny Him is… Read More

Some have told us that this great Biblical truth is an “in-house debate” and should not be brought up to the unbeliever. We should meet them at the place of their responsibility and never mention their inability, we are told. First, let me say with no uncertainty, the doctrine of election is not a “debate”. It is a biblical truth that is uncatagorically essential to the marvelous gospel of God’s free and… Read More

John 19:33-34 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. God in His providence, would not allow any of the bones of His sinless Son to be broken. It was pictured in the Pascal Lamb (Numbers 9:12) and prophesied in the Psalms (Psalm… Read More

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… Read More

Romans 8:33 “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” Believers know and understand that by Christ they are justified from ALL things, from which they could not be justified by the law, (Acts 13:39). Justification is that act whereby God declares His elect righteous, by the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Representative. Because of Him, their sins are forgiven,… Read More

Some time ago I spoke to a man who told me he was a member of the “Order of Melchizedek”. He seemed to be very proud of the fact that his group had discovered some deep mystery that was known only to themselves. Their leaders had written some books that gave them insight into these lost ancient secrets. It was clear to me that this man was infatuated with a hard to… Read More

There are four lies being told in the world today. Modern, man-centered, Christ dethroning religionists would have us believe; God loves everyone; it is God’s will for everyone to be saved; Christ died for everyone; and the Holy Spirit draws the saved and condemned alike. These are well established suppositions, rarely questioned for their truthfulness. To call them into question is to unmask the faulty foundation of a false gospel and kindle… Read More

“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6) —————————— Is the whole of our salvation accomplished by the finished work of our Holy Substitute? Or, is there something else that man can do to make himself more fit, qualified, holy, or otherwise more… Read More

What’s wrong with the question, “when did you come to the doctrines of grace?” 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… Read More

In times past some of us have recited what has been known as the “Apostles Creed” as a declaration of our faith. I have no interest in reviving this practice or writing an addendum to this document. But, I do want you to see that the very heart of the gospel is no where to be found in the content of this popular creed. The reason that everyone from Roman Catholics to… Read More

“Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we,being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) __________________________________________________________ This most glorious doctrine of the atonement the apostle utters almost in the same breath in which he has set forth Christ as an example to suffering believers. They were not to be surprised that they suffered; they were… Read More

A study of ROMANS 1:16-17 This sermon is a Bible study taken from the Reign of Grace ROMANS COMMENTARY. Here, the Apostle Paul states THE THEME OF ROMANS. Having concluded his opening address, he now begins to explain the particulars of the GROUND OF SALVATION that include justification, reconciliation and adoption. He starts by stating, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel.” Why would anyone be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ?… Read More

A study of ROMANS 1:1-7 This sermon is a Bible study taken from the Reign of Grace ROMANS COMMENTARY. In this introduction, God the Holy Spirit, by the Apostle Paul, establishes a foundational truth of Christianity — ALL OF THE ENCOURAGEMENTS, EXHORTATIONS, REBUKES, INSTRUCTIONS IN WORSHIP AND OBEDIENCE, AND EVEN THE RECOVERY OF JUSTIFIED SINNERS, ARE TO BE BASED UPON THE ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY OF SALVATION CONDITIONED ON CHRIST ACCORDING TO GOD’S PROMISE…. Read More

A short study of Luke 24:45 Luke 24:45 “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”. Our Lord not only opens the scriptures, He also opens our UNDERSTANDING. In opening the scriptures, He has many workers; but in opening the understanding, HE IS ALONE. Many preachers can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only our Lord can open the mind to receive and believe the scriptures. Other teachers can… Read More

Romans 4:4 “To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.” To the labourer in religion, what he merits or earns can never be called a gift, a favour, or mercy; it is an obligation owed to him. If work is involved at all in our salvation (regardless of the degree of work), it is a debt and NOT GRACE AT ALL. It is not that the… Read More

Christ told Nicodemus that the new birth could only be seen and understood by its effects (John 3:8). What is the NEW BIRTH? What actually takes place in a sinner when he is born from above by the Spirit of God? That sinner is REGENERATED (given life or quickened) and RENEWED (converted in newness of life). The Agent in this new birth is the Holy Spirit who makes us actual partakers of… Read More

It has been confidently asserted, by some modern members of the Romish communion, that the story, concerning pope Joan, is a mere fiction, invented by Protestants to blacken the infallible Church. In opposition to which insinuation, I here insert the following extract, copied, verbatim, by my own hand, from that scarce and curious old book, entitled, The Nuremburgh Chronicle: which was printed at Nuremburgh, in the year of our Lord 1493; in… Read More

The Apostle Paul wrote: 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Paul’s desire for His hearers was that they, as justified sinners, be established in grace, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, with no confidence in the flesh. In order to do this, he taught that it was necessary for… Read More

Many people today talk about the word gospel, but few ever define specifically what they mean by the gospel. For example, most will agree that a person must believe the gospel in order to be saved, but most do not agree on what the gospel is. It is easy to say that the gospel is simply “Christ,” or “Christ, crucified.” It is easy to say that the gospel is merely the “death,… Read More

The Authenticity of 1 John 5:7 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… Read More

Preached at Bedworth, England. On a Tuesday Evening in the month of April, 1852 By J.C. Philpot. —————————— “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God: and to whit for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead. even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”… Read More

Preached at Bedworth, England. On a Tuesday Evening in the month of April, 1852 By J.C. Philpot. —————————— “For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God: and to whit for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead. even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”… Read More

In the preceding number of the SIGNS, sister Gentry asked for our opinion and for the views, of others, on the subject of prayer. The subject of prayer has occasioned us much reflection at times, for the last forty-five years, and yet we have been so dull a scholar in the school of Christ, if indeed we are a pupil of his school, that after almost half a century’s tuition on the… Read More

“For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are One.” (1 John 5:7) —————————— There is but one only true God, and the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are that one God. Every true Christian is a Trinitarian; every child of God, sooner or later, enters by faith into the doctrine of the Trinity; not to comprehend it,… Read More

“For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are One.” (1 John 5:7) There is but one only true God, and the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost are that one God. Every true Christian is a Trinitarian; every child of God, sooner or later, enters by faith into the doctrine of the Trinity; not to comprehend it, but… Read More

“I am the vine, ye are the branches.” (John 15:5) “I am the life.” John 11:25) —————————— If you take a knife and cut off part of a vine branch, you will find it as full of sap as ever it can hold; so, “He that liveth in Christ shall never die. Believest thou this?” said the blessed Immanuel unto Martha, sister of Lazarus, toward whom the Lord, who spake these words,… Read More

“Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate;” “and whom he did predestinate them he also glorified” etc. (Rom. 8:29, 30) This word “foreknowledge” is one of the deepest and most mysterious words throughout the whole of the Scriptures. The miser Tomline, the Arminian bishop, who passed his life in raking money together and in persecuting Calvinists, and who therefore was an idolator through love of money, and is a beloved head… Read More

“And the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” – Job 32:8 To see the vast quantity of religious magazines, books, etc., on religion in the present day is, what I shall say, disgusting! Yes, disgusting in the highest sense of the word. Correct doctrine, without one mite or drop of divine influences, is the character of magazines, book, and preachers innumerable and combined in the league of mere paltry and flimsy… Read More

I was born and raised a Mormon in Southern California. My ancestors crossed the Plains in covered wagons, and I have ancestors who were married to both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. To be a Mormon takes a lot of dedication and time. The average service on Sunday is over three hours, and that’s not counting other activities during the week. The Church makes sure its members are always involved, which is… Read More

Christ is our spiritual scapegoat on whom all the sins of His people were laid, and He carried them into the land of forgetfulness, never more to return (Leviticus 16:21-22). “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all… He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and… Read More