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Monthly Archives: July 2010

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not REVEALED it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon THIS ROCK I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against… Read More

The following article by A.W. Pink was taken from his book “The Holy Spirit” chapter 11. ——————————————————————————– We shall now confine ourselves to the initial operation of the Spirit within the elect of God. Different writers have employed the term “regeneration” with varying latitude: some restricting it unto a single act, others including the whole process by which one becomes a conscious child of God. This has hindered close accuracy of thought,… Read More

The ESV completely omits the following verses from the New Testament: Matthew 17:21 Matthew 18:11 Matthew 23:14 Mark 7:16 Mark 9:44 Mark 9:46 Mark 11:26 Mark 15:28 Luke 17:36 Luke 23:17 John 5:4 Acts 8:37 Acts 15:34 Acts 28:29 Romans 16:24 ______________________________________________________________ Omissions from other verses include: “without a cause” (Matthew 5:22) “and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9) “and every sacrifice shall be salted with… Read More

It is necessary for our children to learn many things to be successful in life. We make sure that they learn to read and write, to learn arithmetic, etc. We encourage them to specialize in advanced learning so that they will do well in their chosen careers. In fact, one of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children is help and encouragement in obtaining a good education. We encourage them… Read More

The Bible is God’s Word. God wrote the Bible. This is how He wrote it. He told some men who were His children what to write, and they wrote it down. Every word of the Bible is true. God wrote the Bible so that His children could learn about Him. This is the only Book important enough for a person to read every day of his life. The Bible tells us how… Read More

Sin is anything that we do, or say, or even think that is bad or wrong. God tells us what is right and wrong in the Bible. When the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and ate the fruit that He told them not to eat, they sinned–they did something bad. This was the first time that sin entered into the world. Since then, everyone born into the world,… Read More

God has always been. Nobody made God. He was never born, He never had a beginning, and He will never die. There is just one God, but the one God is in three Persons. This is called the Trinity. The three Persons of God are God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Word left Heaven and came to live on earth in a human body to… Read More

God knows everything. He knew before the world began that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew that all the people in the world, being born of sinful parents, would be born sinners. God willed to save some of these sinners from their sins. He chose them and determined to save them even before the world began — long before they were born. This is the way He saved them: He sent… Read More

It is a terrible thing to die without God’s grace and forgiveness. Jesus, Who talked more about Hell than anyone else in the Bible, tells us that it is a place of everlasting torment and darkness. He warns that the fearful, and unbelieving, and murderers, and idolaters, and liars will be cast into this lake of fire when God judges the world at the end of time. It is wonderful when a… Read More

There is a very evil being who hates God and all of God’s children. This evil being is called Satan. He does not have horns and a long tail as some people think he has. He cannot be seen, but he is very real. Satan, also called the Devil, tries to get people to disobey God. Satan does not want children to obey their parents. Satan is much stronger than we are,… Read More

The salvation of God’s children is entirely by the grace of God. This means that salvation is a free gift from God. God’s children do not save themselves nor help save themselves. They are not saved because they pray. They are not saved because they make a decision and ask Christ to come into their hearts. They are saved because God wanted to save them. He sent Christ to pay for all… Read More

We have already learned that salvation is by God’s grace. Now we want to learn a little more about how that salvation took place. To do this we are going to learn a little memory helper. This helper word is “TULIP.” Each letter of this word will stand for a particular truth about salvation. “T” is for Total Depravity. This means that all people are sinners. Sin entered into the world by… Read More

“T” is for Total Depravity. This means that all people are sinners. Sin entered into the world by the first man, Adam. Since that time everyone has been born into the world as a sinner. Even little babies are sinners. Being sinners, people tend to think, act, and speak sinfully. If they are left to themselves, without the salvation in Jesus Christ, they will be sinful in every area of their lives…. Read More

The “U” in TULIP is for Unconditional Election. We have already seen how all mankind are born dead in trespasses and sins. They cannot get themselves out of this condition. If they were all left in this condition they would die in their sins and spend forever in hell. But God determined to save some people. He did not determine to save everyone. We don’t know why God chose to save some… Read More

The “L” in TULIP is for Limited Atonement. We have already seen how all mankind are born dead in trespasses and sins. If left in this condition they will spend eternity in hell. But we have also seen how God the Father chose or elected some people before the world began and determined to save them from their sins. But those sins had to be paid for because God is too holy… Read More

The “I” in TULIP is for Irresistible Grace. “Irresistible” means something that you can’t resist. It is too strong for you. That is the way God’s grace is for a child of God. All those who were elected by the Father (before the world began) and redeemed by the Son (on the Cross) shall be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit with an everlasting salvation. Nothing shall hinder God from carrying… Read More

The “P” in TULIP is for Preservation of the Saints. We have already shown that all men are by nature dead in sin (Total Depravity), that God chose His people in Christ before the world began (Unconditional Election), that Christ died for the elect and the elect alone (Limited Atonement), and that the Holy Spirit brings eternal life to all those for whom Christ died (Irresistible Grace). Now we must go a… Read More

Truth wrapped up in vague, general declaration is the sword in the scabbard which, as it wounds no conscience, so it pierces no error. Clear, plain, positive statements of divine truth are the two-edged sword which pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. This naked sword discovers the foundations of error unto the neck… Much that passes for union in a church is merely natural feeling of friendship and… Read More

It is necessary for our children to learn many things to be successful in life. We make sure that they learn to read and write, to learn arithmetic, etc. We encourage them to specialize in advanced learning so that they will do well in their chosen careers. In fact, one of the greatest gifts that parents can give their children is help and encouragement in obtaining a good education. We encourage them… Read More

1. What is the Bible? God’s Word. 2. What is the first book of the Bible? Genesis. 3. How many books are in the Bible? 66. 4. What is Genesis 1:1? “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 5. Who made the heavens and the earth? God. 6. How many days did it take God to make the heavens and earth? Six. 7. What did He do on the… Read More

33. What does I John 4:19 say? “We love him, because he first loved us.” 34. Who built the ark? Noah. 35. How many sons did Noah have? Three. 36. What were their names? Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 37. Why did God destroy the world by water? Because the people were very wicked. 38. What kind of wood did Noah make the ark out of? Gopher wood. 39. How many horses did… Read More

54. Who was the man who had faith? Abraham. 55. Who was his wife? Sarah. 56. Who was his promised son? Isaac. 57. What did God tell Abraham to do to Isaac? Kill him and offer him as a sacrifice. 58. On what mountain was he told to do this? Mount Moriah. 59. What took Isaac’s place on the altar so he wouldn’t have to be killed? A ram. 60. Whom did… Read More

Joseph Is Faithful 82. How many sons did Jacob have? Twelve. 83. Who were his two favorite sons? Joseph and Benjamin. 84. Who was their mother? Rachel. 85. What did Jacob give to Joseph? A coat of many colors. 86. Did his brothers like that? No. 87. Why didn’t they like it? They were jealous. 88. Is it good to be jealous? No. 89. What did Joseph’s brothers do to him? They… Read More

Moses Gets Ready to be a Leader 114. What did Moses’ mother put him in, to hide him from Pharaoh? A basket boat or ark. 115. Why did she have to hide him? Because Pharaoh was going to kill all the boy babies. 116. Who was Moses’ sister? Miriam. 117. Who found Moses floating in the river in the ark? Pharaoh’s daughter. 118. Who made Pharaoh’s daughter love Moses? God. 119. Where… Read More

Joshua Leads Israel into the Promised Land 154. Who led the children of Israel after Moses died? Joshua. 155. Who was the woman at Jericho who helped Moses’ spies to escape? Rahab. 156. What river did God’s people cross to get to Canaan? The Jordan. 157. What happened to Jericho when the children of Israel marched around it? The walls fell down. 158. Whom did Joshua save when the walls of Jericho… Read More

Gideon and His Small Army 165. Why did God let the bad Midianites do bad things to His people? Because God’s people had disobeyed Him. Was this kind of like God was spanking them? Yes. Will God spank His people today when they don’t obey Him? Yes. 166. What were some of the bad things that the Midianites did to God’s people? They stole or destroyed their crops and their animals (sheep,… Read More

Samson Disobeys God 180. What did Manoah and his wife want to know when the angel told them they would have a baby? They wanted to know how to raise the child. 181. What was the name of their child? Samson. 182. How was Samson different from other men? He was very strong. Who made him strong? God did. 183. What bad thing did Samson want to do? He wanted to marry… Read More

Godly Ruth is Blessed 188. Where did Naomi and her husband and sons go when there was a famine in Israel? Moab. 189. What happened to Naomi’s husband and sons in Moab? They died. 190. When Naomi went back home, who went with her? Ruth, her daughter-in-law. 191. Why did Ruth go with her? Because she loved Naomi and Naomi’s God. 192. How did they get enough to eat? Ruth picked up… Read More

Samuel Leads Israel 201. Why was Hannah so sad? Because she didn’t have any children. What did she do about it? She prayed. 202. How did God answer Hannah’s prayer? He gave her a little boy named Samuel. When God gives children to parents, should those parents be glad? Yes. 203. What did Hannah do with Samuel while he was still a little boy? She gave him to the Lord. 204. Where… Read More

217. Whom did God choose to take Saul’s place as King of Israel? David. 218. Who was the prophet that went to Jesse’s house to anoint David? Samuel. 219. How many of Jesse’s sons passed before Samuel? Seven. Were any of them chosen as king? No. 220. What was David doing? Keeping the sheep. 221. What did Samuel do? He told them to send for David. When David came, Samuel anointed him…. Read More

253. Which one of David’s sons became king after David died? Solomon. 254. God told Solomon that he would give him whatever he asked for. Did Solomon ask for money? No. Did he ask for long life? No. For what did he ask God? He asked God for wisdom. What is wisdom? It is knowing how to act and think like God wants you to. Was God pleased that Solomon had asked… Read More

260. When God’s people did wrong in the old days, God sent good men to preach to them. What were these men called? Prophets. 261. When King Solomon died, what happened to God’s kingdom? It broke up into two parts. 262. What were these two parts called? Judah and Israel. 263. Were the kings of Judah and Israel good or bad? All of Israel’s were bad, and only about half of Judah’s… Read More

Elijah Faces the Prophets of Baal 270. Who was one of these prophets of God? Elijah. 271. Who was the wicked king of Israel to whom God sent Elijah? Ahab. 272. What did Elijah tell Ahab? That God would not let it rain in Israel for a long time. 273. God told Elijah to go hide for a while out in the wilderness. How did God feed Elijah? He sent ravens to… Read More

Jonah Is Swallowed By a Fish 295. Who was Jonah? He was one of God’s prophets. 296. What did God tell him to do? To go preach to the people of Nineveh. Did Jonah do this? No! What did he do instead? He got on a ship and tried to run away from God. 297. What did God do? He sent a storm that almost sank the boat. 298. What did Jonah… Read More

Daniel and the Three Hebrew Children 310. Who were the three Hebrew children? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 311. What did Daniel and the three Hebrew children not do? They did not eat the king’s meat and drink the king’s wine. Why not? Because God did not want them to. 312. Did they have to be brave to not do this? Yes, they had to be brave and trust God. 313. What did… Read More

1. What do you call the four books in the Bible that tell about the life of Jesus? The Gospels. 2. What are the names of the four gospels? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. A. Jesus the Christ and John the Baptist. 3. Who is the Savior? Jesus Christ. 4. Whom did He save? His people. 5. From what did He save them? From their sins. 6. What is sin? Not obeying… Read More

78. Who preached on the day of Pentecost? Peter. 79. What did he preach? Repent. 80. How many people were converted and baptized? Three thousand. 81. Who came down with tongues of fire on that day? The Holy Spirit. 82. Who preached to the lame man who was at the Beautiful gate of the temple? Peter. 83. What did the lame man do when he was healed? He leaped and walked into… Read More

A. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 143. Was Paul ashamed of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? No. Should we be ashamed of it? No. If we are not ashamed of the gospel, what will we do? Tell people we meet about Jesus Christ. 144. When God created the world, what did He make clear and plain? That He exists and that He is very wise and powerful. 145. Does anyone… Read More

The Epistles of Peter: 183. Are we to obey those who rule over us? Yes, for the Lord’s sake. When do we not obey them? When they ask us to do something that is against the truth of the Bible. 184. How much should we love the word of God? As much as a little baby loves its mother’s milk. 185. Will God ever destroy the world again with a flood? No…. Read More

God made man good and very good (Genesis 1:31). He made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). In this condition man was without sin. God put man in the garden of Eden and gave him everything that he needed. God gave man only one negative command — He told man not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that if man did eat of this… Read More

When man fell into sin and died the death of separation from God, he also fell under the wrath of God (John 3:36; Romans 5:9; Romans 9:22; Ephesians 2:3; I Thessalonians 1:10). This wrath of God is a terrible thing and those who have to endure it will be in torments forever in hell (Mark 9:44). This terrible penalty is a result of sin, which is rebellion against God. If a person… Read More

When man fell into sin his nature became corrupt. By this we mean that his disposition, his desires, his appetites became prone to evil. Man’s very nature — his very instinct, was to do evil (in the Bible sense, everything which is not done to the glory of God is evil). Man does not sin in order to become a sinner — he sins because he is a sinner. Man, in his… Read More

Every part of a spiritually dead sinner is affected by sin. Since this is a very misunderstood subject, let us see what we do not mean by the above statement. We do NOT mean that: 1. …the sinner is completely without a moral conscience. Even the dead sinner has a certain sense of right and wrong (Romans 1:32). Even criminals have a certain code of ethics. 2. …the mere natural man does… Read More

Salvation is entirely by the grace of God. The Bible tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This scripture sets grace in contrast with works. In fact, salvation can’t be by a combination of grace and works because it would no longer be salvation by grace (Romans 11:6)…. Read More

Our assignment for this time is to read “Dead Men Can’t See” by Bro. Zack Guess. This is a study of the truth contained in I Corinthians 2:14. After reading this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. According to the Scriptures, what is a natural man? 2. If the things of God are foolishness to a person, what does that indicate to us about that person? 3. What did Jesus… Read More

When man became dead in sins, every part of him was affected. Therefore, there is no part of man that is able to respond to God while man is in this condition of being dead in sin. There is no good left in man — not even a slight spark. Sin has affected every faculty of man’s being just as a drop of poison would affect every molecule of a glass of… Read More

Our assignment for this time is to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” by Eld. Zack Guess. After reading this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. What are the three basic types of election taught in the Scriptures? 2. Give an example from Scripture of the election of an inidividual to a special work. (Jeremiah 1:5; Acts 1:2) 3. Give an example from Scripture of the… Read More

Our assignment is to continue to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” by Bro. Zack Guess. As we read this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. What is the final destiny of an individual whom God elects to salvation? 2. Which Person in the Holy Trinity elected people to salvation? (1 Peter 1:2) 3. When did the work of God’s election take place? (Ephesians 1:4; II… Read More

Our assignment is to continue to read the pamphlet “What Does the Bible Say About Election” by Bro. Zack Guess. As we read this, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. Is election a beautiful doctrine or is it a harsh doctrine? Give reasons for your answer. 2. What are the benefits that flow to God’s people through election? 3. How can you tell if you are one of God’s elect… Read More

Our assignment is to continue to read “What Does the Bible Say About Election?” As we read, let us answer the following questions: Questions 1. If someone said the doctrine of election causes men to be careless sinners, how should we answer him? 2. If someone said that election pertained only to the Jews, how should we answer him? 3. If someone said that election pertained only to the apostles, how should… Read More

We can see God manifesting His purpose of election down through the centuries. Even in the second generation of mankind, Abel was a man of faith and Cain was of the wicked one (Genesis 4:4-5; I John 3:12; Jude 11; Hebrews 11:4). Abraham was an idolator (Joshua 24:2; Acts 7:1) when God called him. Why did God choose Abraham and not someone else? Simply because it was His good pleasure to do… Read More

God does just exactly what He wants to do. This is plain from Daniel 4:35. So if God wanted to save all men it is certain that all men would be saved. But it is certain that not all men are saved (John 8:44), so it stands that God did not intend to save all men. He elected or chose to salvation all whom He intended to save. God is the supreme… Read More

We have been studying the doctrine of election. Election itself actually saved no one; it only marked out particular sinners (the elect) for salvation. Those chosen by the Father were given to the Son who must redeem them or purchase their salvation by His own blood. Redemption in the Scriptures carries with it the idea of a captive being set free on the payment of the proper ransom price. The ransom price… Read More

The simple fact is that Christ simply did not die for all men. He did not intend to save all men or He would have done so. He certainly has enough power to do what He wants to do. Many have the perverted idea that there will be persons in everlasting hell whom God loves. Would you let someone you love suffer such a fate? Some say that God’s love changes to… Read More

Redemption from sin was accomplished by the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. This happened nearly two thousand years ago. Therefore, when we talk about redemption, we are talking about an accomplished historical fact. We are not talking about something that remains to be accomplished or completed, but something that was completely finished over nineteen hundred years ago. The book of John points this out as follows: “When Jesus therefore… Read More

We have already stated that the doctrine of Particular Redemption teaches that Christ died for the elect and the elect only. Christ did not die for any that would perish in hell. Let us examine this teaching and see how reasonable and consistent it is. All those for whom Christ gave His life as a ransom are either ransomed or they are not. It is very evident, from Scripture and from observation,… Read More

There are some Scriptures which seem at first glance to support the idea of universal redemption. But the Bible doesn’t contradict itself and teach particular redemption in some places and universal redemption in others. On closer study, each of the Scriptures which might seem to support the idea of universal redemption in fact teach that Christ died for the elect and for none other. One of the most commonly used Scriptures to… Read More

In the following lesson, we will continue to examine some Scriptures which are used by some to teach the doctrine of universal redemption. I. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:2) First we must examine the word “propitiation.” The idea of propitiating is that of appeasing one who has been offended. The offended one… Read More

There are some passages of Scripture where the use of the words “all,” “every man” etc. are thought by some to teach universal redemption. But as was the case with the word “world,” an examination of such Scriptures in their contexts and in the light of the teaching of the Bible as a whole, will show clearly that these Scriptures actually teach particular redemption. First, we will show that the word “all”… Read More

In our previous studies, we have examined some Scriptures which, at first glance and isolated from other Scriptures, seem to some people to teach universal redemption. In each case, we have seen that these and all other Scriptures teach that the redemption of Jesus Christ is limited to the elect people of God. In this study sheet we will consider several other Scriptures which some use erroneously to teach universal redemption. I…. Read More

In this study, we will examine one passage of Scripture which Arminians, Universalists, and others use to teach the doctrine of General or Universal Atonement. We have not studied all such Scriptures, but we have studied a sufficient number to give us some experience in the correct interpretation and application of Scripture. With diligent, prayerful, study the student of the Scriptures who cares enough to find out what the Bible really teaches,… Read More

In this study we will examine II Peter 3:9 and endeavor to obtain the correct meaning:“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” This scripture is commonly used to teach that God desires the whole human race to be saved. He does not will that any human being should… Read More

This will be our final study on the subject of Particular Redemption. Most of the studies have been devoted to a defense of this doctrine against those who advocate Universal Redemption (the doctrine that Christ died for all men indiscriminately–for those that will be damned in hell as well as for those that will be saved in heaven.) We will end our study of Particular Redemption on a positive note. This study… Read More

Having considered the subjects Man Dead in Sins, Unconditional Election, and Particular Redemption, we now come to study the subject of Irresistible Grace. Long before we reached this point, we parted ways with the Arminians. They deny that man is totally dead in trespasses and in sins and thereby totally unable to help save himself. They deny that before the world began God chose His people in Christ entirely unconditionally of works… Read More

It needs to be pointed out that if the truths that we have previously studied be true, then the truth of irresistible grace must necessarily follow. For example, one cannot maintain that man is truly dead in sin and yet deny the necessity of irresistible grace in his salvation. If the sinner is totally depraved, dead in sins, unable to do any good, then he needs far more than mere assistance. Give… Read More

The great majority of Christians believe in gospel regeneration. They believe that a person must hear and believe the gospel (or at least read the Word of God) in order to be born again. However, they have a problem with what to do with those who die in infancy or with those who are mentally incapable of hearing and understanding the gospel. Invariably they try to come up with two ways of… Read More

When we speak of irresistible grace, we mean that when God moves in power to bring salvation to a sinner, that this power cannot be resisted–it is always effectual. Those who don’t believe this always turn to Acts 7. Stephen is preaching here and in verse fifty-one he says, “ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” To… Read More

Our assignment this time is to read God’s Drawing Power by Zack Guess and to answer the following questions: 1. Give five examples from the New Testament of the use of the word translated “draw” in John 12:32. Confine those examples to usages concerning natural phenomena. 2. List four ways the word translated “draw” in John 12:32 is used in the Classical Greek. 3. Does God save a sinner against his will?… Read More

There is much misunderstanding in the religious world about “faith” or “belief.” Many preachers will say that salvation is by grace but that a person must “put his trust in Jesus Christ” or “believe in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior” or “have faith in Jesus Christ” before he can be saved. This act of faith, thus presented, is an act of the sinner’s free will. This conception of faith is not… Read More

In our last study sheet, we considered Scriptures which spoke of “faith,” “believe,” etc. In them we saw that faith is a gift of God, given in the new birth, and not a work of the creature to be performed in order to be born again. Let us now continue to consult the Scriptures. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not… Read More

In the last few study sheets, we have considered the subject of “saving faith.” In this sheet we will conclude our study of this subject with some very sound comments from the book, Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Hoeksema. “Faith is not another work on the part of man, by performing which he becomes worthy of salvation. All the work that makes us worthy of righteousness and eternal life and glory has been… Read More

We have studied the doctrine of “Irresistible Grace” for several study sheets now. We have seen that this means that God’s grace cannot be resisted when He operates by the Holy Spirit to bring the salvation treasured up in Jesus Christ to a sinner. There are several Scriptural terms that are used to describe God’s operations of grace. The reason, no doubt, that the Scriptures use several terms to describe this operation… Read More

We will consider now the question of the gospel. Many people who believe in the irresistible grace of God think this work is accomplished by the preaching of the gospel. In other words, they teach that the Holy Spirit uses the preached word or the written word to bring spiritual life to the sinner. This idea is sometimes referred to as “Gospel Regeneration.” The Primitive Baptists and some others do not believe… Read More

We have previously studied that regeneration is a direct work of the Holy Spirit while conversion is a work of the gospel (the preached or written word). Before we examine the Scriptures concerning these points let us note a few quotations from the book Regeneration and Conversion by W. E. Best: “The mission of the church is not to regenerate people; she is to preach the gospel whereby those whose hearts have… Read More

We come now to the final point in our study of the doctrine of the salvation of God’s people. We have studied the truths of Total Depravity (Mankind Dead in Sins), Unconditional Election, Particular Redemption (Limited Atonement), and Irresistible Grace. Now we conclude with the truth of the Preservation and Perseverance of all the saints unto eternal glory. Briefly stated, this truth means that all the elect will be preserved and will… Read More

In the last study sheet we examined article one of the chapter “Of Perseverance of the Saints” from the London Confession of Faith of 1689. In this study sheet we will consider the two remaining articles of this chapter: 2. “This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree (Rom. 8:30; Rom. 9:11,16) of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love… Read More

In the previous two study sheets we have examined the London Confession of Faith as it dealt with “Of the Perseverance of the Saints.” In this study sheet we will examine the London Confession section entitled “Of Assurance of Grace and Salvation.” This subject of assurance of salvation is intimately connected with the truth of perseverance. As a child of God perseveres in faith and holiness he becomes more and more assured… Read More

It is important to remember that the child of God will overcome the world by his God-given Faith: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4). This does not mean that the saint will never commit sin. It means that the Spirit of God in him will not suffer him to always live in sin but… Read More

In the last lesson in our little book I would like to further study the relationship between Preservation and Perseverance. To state again the doctrine of Preservation, we say that this means that of all for whom Christ died, none shall finally fall away and be lost. Nothing can pluck them out of the hands of God. None of them can ever lose his salvation. Some Scriptures which prove this are John… Read More

Preservation and Perseverance as Sung by the Saints Introductory note: it is a very interesting phenomenon that in religion the songs that people sing usually reflect their beliefs. This is as it should be. To believe one thing and to sing another would be inconsistent. The Baptist forefathers believed, taught and sang the truths contained in the doctrine of Preservation/Perseverance. Following are a few examples from several standard, widely-used hymnals: “Lone Pilgrim,”… Read More

“…Come hither, and I will show you the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.” (Revelation 21:9) We have presented the origin, characteristics, nature, and spirituality of the Bride, the Lamb’s wife. With each member of His body, a “spirit of adoption,” is given, and they each wait in hope for the resurrection of the dead, wherein they will fully realize the adoption, the redemption of their body. At some point in historical time, that… Read More

“And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) These words were directed from Jesus to the eleven apostles. Notice that this commission or command was given after Jesus had risen from the grave. (Judas had already hanged himself.) We have a prayer in our heart that God will bless us to rightly divide the word of truth. As the Lord… Read More

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) The righteousness intended here is not creature-righteousness. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field, which withereth and fadeth away when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” (Isaiah 40:6-7) But the righteousness the dear Lord has in view in this text, is that blessed righteousness… Read More

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) The righteousness intended here is not creature-righteousness. “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field, which withereth and fadeth away when the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” (Isaiah 40:6-7) But the righteousness the dear Lord has in view in this text, is that blessed righteousness… Read More

We have been called on for an expression of our views on the subject of washing the saints’ feet, but we confess our inability to do justice to the subject, especially when we find a discrepance in the views of those whom we have a right to esteem much better than ourself. Our brethren in the southern and south-western States, so far as we are informed, generally practice literally the service of… Read More

“But God hath called us to peace.” (I Corinthians 7:15) “And the way of peace have they not known.” (Romans 3:17) God has said of someone — I do not say He said it to me — that He “hath called us to peace.” There IS someone He has called to peace, and I do not say it was you. But, it is certain that God has called someone to peace. He… Read More

When we consider that, as David confessed, men are “shapened in iniquity; and in sin” did their “mother conceive” them (Psalm 51:5,) and that “the wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies” (Psalm 58:3,) it becomes certain that man is in no way able to save, or help to save, himself. He has always been depraved. Before the flood, God saw that… Read More

This, is a most precious doctrine! How great is the need for a feeling sinner to be at peace with God? And to ever be at peace with God, in some manner, he must be reconciled to Him. By nature he is born a rebel. In fact, his “natural mind,” or “carnal mind is enmity against God, it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Conditions of Prosperity” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2nd Chronicles 26:5 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Manifestation of Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 14:21 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Present Help” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Psalm 46:1 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Strange Doctrine” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Hebrews 13:9 and the audio is 53 minutes long.

“And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful (propitious) to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13) The word propitiation means to appease divine wrath, and render satisfaction. To be propitious, or to be merciful. Our dear Lord, two thousand years ago, actually did appease the frowning Justice of God, and render satisfaction for His elect…. Read More

Usually most people know what is meant by a ransom when reading about a kidnapping in a daily newspaper. However, when they hear the word in the context of the Christian faith, they are as blind as if they never heard the word at all! It means what it means in both settings! The ransom price is paid, and the captive goes free! That is the Gospel! Again, that price was paid… Read More

This aspect of the Gospel is the most familiar of all those listed, and yet strangely, so little truly believed by most people. “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture.” (I Corinthians 15:3) Some people recognize what that passage says, and yet do not want to receive the force of it. So they modify it… Read More

It is both reasonable and Biblical that anyone going to heaven must be without sin. “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) Since sin is the “transgression of the law” and the “wages of sin is death” (1 John 3:4 and Romans 6:23) and “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” a poor feeling sinner cannot help but think: “Who, Lord, then can be saved?” And… Read More

We use the term begetting, for the implantation of natural life in Adam’s offspring, and quickening for the implantation of spiritual life of Christ in an elect by the Holy Spirit. The term birth is limited to one being delivered from his mother’s womb, and the term new birth for conversion or deliverance to the light of the Gospel. As you will see, these terms cover a period of time in natural… Read More

“And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:30-31) Later, John would reference back to this most glorious event, saying, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” –… Read More