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Monthly Archives: February 2008

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” (Psalm 84:5-7) The time and circumstances under which this Psalm was written we may fairly gather from the internal evidences of the Psalm… Read More

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:13 So who are the “poor in spirit?” They are those who have been brought, by the life giving power of God the Holy Spirit, to know of their spiritual poverty – to know that they have nothing to pay, nothing to merit or earn them anything before God. They have been convinced of sin by the Holy… Read More

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ,” Galatians 3:16 Everything about Abraham and his life was, in God’s sovereign decree and purpose, forward looking to THE SEED (Christ) who should come – Genesis 12:7. Those today who interpret the seed as being national Israel have missed Christ as clearly… Read More

“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day,” John 6:39. Although many in hearing the message of the cross pass by in unbelief, yet we have this confidence, that the Lord will have every sinner for whom He shed His blood. The fact is that He did not… Read More

Many see the cross of Jesus Christ (His sacrificial death) as a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened, if only the Jewish nation had believed on Him. Such a view is contrary to the Bible teaching as to why the Lord Jesus came into the world and suffered and died. The scripture is clear that it was God Himself who crucified His Son Acts 2:23. Why did He do it? The answer is… Read More

The purpose of Christ’s coming into this world was to save His people from their sins. For this it was essential that He must die in the sinner’s place, bearing his sin and bearing it away. “By one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14) There was no other way. But O the wisdom of God in devising salvation’s plan in which, through the sacrifice of Jesus,… Read More

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you…” 1 Corinthians 11:23 In mid-eastern culture, sharing a meal together with someone is a symbol of friendship, fellowship, and oneness, and is never to be treated lightly. How different in our culture where our meals are hurried, and typically have an agenda of meeting to talk about business, or negotiating deals. As we consider the Scriptural teaching regarding… Read More

When it comes to the true obedience of a justified sinner, motive is everything. Think about Saul of Tarsus. What religious activities did he perform while in a state of lostness? Philippians 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Philippians 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the… Read More

Titus 3:4-7 Each glorious person in the Godhead has a glorious part in our salvation. GOD THE FATHER chose, sanctified, and set us apart in Christ before the world was; GOD THE SON took our humanity into union to His personal Godhead, was made flesh, lived a perfect life, suffered and died a solemn death, rose again from the dead, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, ever… Read More

In clinging to the religion of works (salvation conditioned on the sinner) they demonstrate the reality that they in fact esteem themselves far better than others – for they imagine that some distinction produced by or in them (but not produced by others) makes them accepted and blessed by God. To remain so deceived is to cling to a false gospel which strikes directly at the glory of God by attempting to… Read More

May not the Sovereign LORD on high, Dispense His favours as He will, Choose some to life while others die, And yet be just and gracious still? Shall man reply against the LORD, And call His Maker’s ways unjust, The thunder of whose dreadful word Can crush a thousand worlds to dust? But, O my soul, if truths so bright Should dazzle and confound thy sight, Yet still His written will obey,… Read More

What is your comfort in life? In death? Comfort is something that everyone wants to have in life. To have peace of mind, to be relieved from misery, to possess contentment and inner calm — certainly everyone desires that! But comfort is something few people possess. For some, comfort is when things go well in life, when I have all that I want, good health and few problems. Others would say that… Read More

Behold here a sacred riddle or supposed paradox — “God was manifest in the flesh.” That man should be made in God’s image, was a wonder–but that God should be made in man’s image, is a greater wonder! That the Ancient of Days–should be born; that He who thunders in the heavens–should cry in the cradle; that He who rules the stars–should suck the breast; that Christ should be made of a… Read More

Many of the precious promises of the Gospel suppose troubles and conflicts. As it is written: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when though walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shalt the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour. I gave Egypt for… Read More

If Samson’s name were not recorded in the list of the Old Testament saints as one of the Lord’s (Hebrews 11:32), would we consider him so? He loved a harlot, and was so committed to her that he brought on himself the most dreadful evils, even death. What can we learn from this? 1. Grace reigns! Is this an example of sinning that grace may abound? God forbid, Romans 6:1. Yet, the… Read More

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“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 What a glorious truth to learn that the very Son of God on behalf of His people settled the matter of sin and righteousness upon the cross. So absolute is the work of imputation, (the sinner’s sin to Him and Christ’s righteousness to the… Read More

Divine justice demands a righteousness which the sinner cannot bring. In mercy Christ has wrought out a perfect righteousness, in obedience to the law, with which His Father is satisfied. “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law.” (Galatians 4:4) “As by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so… Read More

Kenneth Copeland stands today as one of the Faith Movement’s leading spokesmen. His numerous materials, combined with his crusades and international outreach centres, attest to his vast influence. Copeland is responsible for spreading many of the Faith Movement’s unbiblical teachings. The Force of Faith Of the multiple views of faith held by Faith teachers, Copeland focuses primarily on an understanding of faith as a force. “Faith is a power force,” he claims…. Read More

1. Marriage is the “one flesh” union between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24) “until death us do part” (Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39) such that remarriage when one’s spouse is living is adultery (Matthew 5:32; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3) This is also the position of the historic Christian church for its first 1500 years or so with barely a dissenting voice. It is the traditional view of Anglicanism… Read More

There is no doubt that the Alpha Course is very popular. Almost every one has heard of it or knows someone who has been to it. It is estimated that 500,000 persons took the course in 1997, and there are people still taking it today. Few, however, seem to be asking whether the course is biblical and teaches biblical truth. This must be done, especially in light of its origins and popularity…. Read More

Mr. Beebe: – In a former letter I requested your views on the absolute predestination of all things. I asked for information, and for nothing else; but I will excuse you for not answering me, for I know that I am not worthy of notice, but I am a poor unworthy worm of the dust. Your unworthy friend. R.S. ——————————————————————————– Reply. – We assure our friend R.S. that our apparent neglect of… Read More

“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. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us,” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7) The work of the Spirit of God, by the mercies of God is… Read More

MY soul, no obedience of thine, before faith in Christ, can make thee righteous! Obedience after faith doth not make thee righteous; so then thou art made righteous by the one obedience of Christ. Settle this matter well in thy conscience. The glory of thy God and the comfort of thy soul spring from it, for: (1) it is positively asserted, “By the obedience of One, or the One obedience of Christ,… Read More

God caused the (sinless) Christ to become sin. He caused Him to become what He was not, NOT by imparting sin to Him, or infusing sin in Him, BUT by imputation. Christ bore the imputed sins of His elect as the sacrificial lamb bore the sins of Israel under the Old Covenant. He died “the JUST for the unjust”. (1 Peter 3:18). He “through the eternal spirit offered himself WITHOUT SPOT to… Read More

We are pleased with the communications of our esteemed brother Trott, on this all-important subject; and we do hope that our readers will faithfully examine all his numbers, comparing them with the infallible standard, the bible, with unbiased minds, open for the reception of truth. These numbers we are fully persuaded will bear examination; and certainly the importance of the subject should be a sufficient incentive to lead us to weigh them… Read More

In our last number we promised to notice the request of brother Burson, who desired our views on the subject of the absolute predestination of all things. We have frequently given our views on this subject, and still feel willing to give such views as we have on this and all other scriptural subjects. Although it is common for all wise men to lay out their plans and predetermine, or predestinate what… Read More

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1) We here touch a vital and profound truth. Rich and accumulative as the passages are which offer their aid in its elucidation, we despair of conveying to other than a mind experimentally acquainted with the truth itself, anything like an adequate representation of the imposing magnitude and glory of the condition. To be in Christ may really… Read More

Christ does save those afflicted and distressed souls that come to Him. By His own free act, He has made Himself the surety of such, He has voluntarily put Himself in their stead; and if justice has any thing against them, He has undertaken to answer for them. By His own act, He has engaged to be responsible for them; so that if they have exposed themselves to God’s wrath, and to… Read More

O how Satan would triumph if any saint ever fell out of the embraces of the good Shepherd; if he could point his derisive finger up to heaven’s gate and to its risen King, and say, ‘Thy blood was shed in vain for this wretch; he is mine, he is mine!’ such a boast would fill hell with a yell of triumph. But no, no; it never will be so; the “blood… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Imputation and Impartation” The scripture text is from Psalm 32 and the audio is 51 minutes long.

“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) I shall not enter into the opening of this scripture, but only propose some few things that may be a suitable subject for your present meditation. There are three things concerning God the Father; three things concerning the Son; and three things concerning ourselves,… Read More

Hebrews 13:20 The everlasting covenant of grace is the covenant, of which Christ is the Surety and Mediator (Hebrews 7:22 8:6). This is an “everlasting one.” It commenced from everlasting, as appears from the everlasting love of God, which is the rise and foundation of it; from the counsels of God of old, which issued in it; from Christ’s being set up from everlasting, as the Mediator of it; from the promises… Read More

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25) What is this way of death? It is ANY way but Christ and Him crucified!

“… the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7) A highly respected and very influential preacher stated in one of his sermons, “The forgiveness of sin always comes at the cost of repentance.” This may sound right to most people, but it is a very deadly and serious error that is opposed to the Gospel of God’s grace and mercy in Christ Jesus. The forgiveness… Read More

“But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto Him.” (Psalm 4:3) Who are the godly, and who are the ungodly? A “godly” person is not one who is sinlessly perfect within himself. The godly person sees himself as a sinner and that his only perfection is in Christ. The godly person is a sinner saved by the grace… Read More

“For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.” (Isaiah 14:1) God’s continual mercy upon the nation Israel throughout the time of the Old Covenant, even in the midst of their sinfulness and disobedience, is a great picture and illustration of His continual mercy… Read More

There are many warnings in scripture against taking unto ourselves any glory due to Christ alone. The most deadly, soul damning teaching in religion today is that which exalts man, his will, his works, his righteousness. Salvation is all of Jesus Christ Himself. He saves by His will, His work, and His righteousness alone (1 Corinthians 1:30). Without question, the scriptures point to Christ alone as the author, finisher and the one… Read More

Those who imagine they can keep the law of God well enough to attain or maintain salvation are sadly deceived and deluded by their own self-righteousness and pride. God’s Word is plain on this subject — “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20). How well must one keep the law to be… Read More

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.” Christ established peace between God and sinners when He died on the cross to put away the sins of His people. This is why He is called the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). He accomplished this peace as… Read More

Men have pursued joy in every avenue imaginable. Some have successfully found it while others have not. Perhaps it would be easier to describe where joy cannot be found and as you read the list allow the Spirit to search your heart to see if there be any hurtful way in it — — Not in Unbelief — Voltaire was an infidel of the most pronounced type. He wrote: “I wish I… Read More

Read the following carefully — “Once you and I pined in the wilderness, and sighed after God from a barren land. All around us was the wilderness of this world, a howling wilderness of danger, and need, and disorder. We said of the world at its very best, “Vanity of Vanities, All Is Vanity.” Do you remember how you roamed, seeking rest and finding none? Your way was the path of darkness,… Read More

True faith is assurance of personal salvation. Because assurance is certainty—absolute certainty (to be redundant)—true faith is certainty of one’s own salvation. It is certainty of deliverance from sin, death, and hell. It is certainty of acceptance into the fellowship of God, which is life eternal. Faith is assurance of salvation by the blood and Spirit of Jesus Christ according to the electing love of God in eternity. True faith is assurance…. Read More

Assurance of salvation is an aspect of true faith. Assurance belongs to the very nature of saving faith. Faith in Jesus Christ according to the gospel of the Scriptures is assurance. Faith is certainty of salvation. A believer can doubt his salvation. He ought not doubt, but it is possible that he does. But doubt is not part of his faith. His doubt of his salvation is his corrupt, unbelieving nature getting… Read More

The assurance of which Scripture speaks and which believers and their children have, and ought to have, is certainty. It is certainty about God, about the spiritual things made known in the Bible, and about salvation. Another word for this spiritual state of the soul of the believer and child of believer is confidence. This certainty is absolutely sure. There are no degrees of certainty, as though there can be certainty that… Read More

For a long time, I have wanted to write on the assurance of salvation. God willing, this editorial is the beginning of a series of articles on Scripture’s precious doctrine of assurance and, based on this doctrine, the Christian’s precious experience of assurance. Assurance is a prominent teaching in Holy Scripture. The apostle teaches the assurance of the elect believer in Hebrews 10:19. We have “boldness” to enter the holiest. We are… Read More

For one who is acquainted with Scripture the importance of the subject of this pamphlet, the Gospel, will be self-evident. The subject is of the greatest import in itself, and not merely in the light of the consideration that there always was and still is a good deal of misunderstanding with regard to the question what is the gospel and how it ought to be preached. Just a few references from the… Read More

The question of the propriety of pictorial representations of the Saviour is one that merits examination. It must be granted that the worship of Christ is central in our holy faith, and the thought of the Saviour must in every instance be accompanied with that reverence which belongs to his worship. We cannot think of him without the apprehension of the majesty that is his. If we do not entertain the sense… Read More

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation… Read More

What does God say about Rewards? Well, God has said a great deal about rewards. There are more than 100 verses in the Bible containing the noun “reward”, or the verb “to reward”, and there are many more verses that speak about rewards without actually using the word “reward” in them. Just in the Old Testament alone there are 27 different words that have been translated by the noun “reward” or by… Read More