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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

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. ———— Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. ———— Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our… 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 dust of… 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