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Monthly Archives: July 2022

The Bible is the inspired word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2nd Timothy 3:16). There are people who believe that and would argue for it yet have no saving benefit from that knowledge. Why? They are ignorant of the one message of this book…. Jesus Christ and Him crucified. This is not the central theme of this book. Jesus Christ and Him crucified is the only theme… Read More

Acts 9:54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.  Acts 9:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  Acts 9:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Acts… Read More

“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” (2nd Timothy 2:7) No man has in himself an understanding in spiritual things (1st Corinthians 2:14). If we would have any understanding in the mysteries of the gospel it must be revealed (Matthew 11:25). However, let us never forget that God has been pleased to reveal Himself to us through the Word written (Hebrews 1:1-3), and the Word preached… Read More

“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 4:36-37) God the Holy Spirit identified one of the many who heard the word of God, the preaching of the gospel by the apostles and were given grace to believe (Acts 4:32;… Read More

“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) Man that is born of woman is but a few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1). Because we are born in sin, trouble naturally follows this flesh to the grave (Psalm 51:5) but those who are blessed with faith in Christ; in the day of their death and departure, no more… Read More

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2nd Corinthians 3:17) Paul encourages all believers to stand fast in the liberty and freedom we enjoy in the Lord Jesus Christ. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1) Consider these brief thoughts on the believer’s freedom in Christ… 1) Where… Read More

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28) What sweet comfort this precious promise of God gives to the heart of the believer. Our Lord shall return with glorious splendour to receive us to Himself forever (John 14:1-3). Now, and in that blessed day we shall have absolute and eternal confidence to stand before… Read More

“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height ” (Ephesians 3:17-18) When the apostle prayed for the believers at Ephesus, he prayed that they might be strengthened inwardly in the heart. He prays that they would continue to grow in faith and love toward Christ; to know… Read More

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) My friend, salvation is in “looking unto Jesus.” It is not in looking unto baptism, looking unto morality, looking unto “church membership”, looking unto keeping the commandments, looking unto living by the… Read More

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) The Scriptural cure for anxious care and worry for a child of God is a continual and constant realization of true peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The natural… Read More

“Thou art a God ready to pardon.” (Nehemiah 9:17) God, as He has revealed Himself to us in the scriptures delights to shew mercy and to pardon guilty sinners. He has not left us to guess about His character. David said of Him, “Thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:5) His readiness to pardon is seen in His… Read More

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”(Genesis 22:13) Abraham received a divine command to offer his son as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2). When all things were ready – the location reached, the altar built, the wood laid in… Read More

“Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) The dying thief that called upon the Lord Jesus Christ in his last moments exhibited that one evidence of the new birth – God-given faith – faith in Christ alone! He looked to a man who not only appeared outwardly as one like himself but who also in that hour was hanging on a cross, hands and feet nailed to it… Read More

“To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) Without a doubt it can be said that Christ died for all who truly believe. God is “just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” It is often easier and less offensive to state the extent of Christ’s death this way but is it the way… Read More

“And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good.” (1st Samuel 3:18) Eli sought to know what the LORD had said to Samuel, and the young lad held nothing back in setting before him those things God had spoken. He did not change the message, soften it or water it down. The LORD had disclosed to Samuel that… Read More

“Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain.” (Psalm 76:10) Let none think that things are as bad as they could be or that men do all the evil they want to do. Thankfully, “the remainder of wrath” the LORD restrains. Yes, sinners commit unspeakable crimes against God and men, but remember, wrath yet remains in their hearts. When the wicked have expressed their vileness,… Read More

“And killed the Prince of life whom God raised from the dead.”(Acts 3:15) Did they merely kill a great prophet, a good man or a kind miracle-worker? Jesus of Nazareth was infinitely more. Peter identified Him as being “the Prince of life.” Who died on that cross? Who was murdered? Who was killed? Who was nailed to a Roman cross to die in agony and blood? They “killed the Prince of life!” He died at… Read More

“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.” (Isaiah 40:6-7) Unless the LORD is pleased to teach us and reveal to us what we are by nature (Ephesians 2:1-3), we will never see our… Read More

True repentance has something to do with changing a man’s HEART! When his heart is broken toward God, his habits will conform to his state of heart. True repentance produces a proper ATTITUDE toward God, towards His commandments, and toward others; this, in turn, results in actions which adorn the gospel. True repentance works on the MIND and the MOTIVES of believers, thus resulting in manners becoming the grace of God. This… Read More

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) We are coming, not to a throne of law, nor to a throne of strict justice, but to a THRONE OF GRACE. The words throne, majesty, power, and omnipotence all leave me awed and frightened; but the soft, gentle word GRACE stirs my spirit and heart to… Read More

“And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?” (1st Samuel 17:29) “Is there not a cause?” This was David’s response to his older brother Eliab’s false accusation against him of pride, irresponsibility of keeping their father’s sheep and naughtiness of heart (1st Samuel 17:28). David came to the battlefield that day being sent by his father, Jesse. He was sent with provision for the three brothers that had… Read More

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24) What does it mean to be justified? It means to be eternally pardoned from all sin by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18). It means to be acquitted and vindicated of all charges before the holy justice of God (Jude 24). It means to be made and regarded righteous in God’s sight (Colossians… Read More

Without a due sense of predestination, we shall lack the surest and the most powerful inducement to patience, resignation and dependence on God under every spiritual and temporal affliction. How sweet must the following considerations be to a distressed believer! (1) There most certainly exists an almighty, all-wise and infinitely gracious God.  (2) He has given me in times past and is giving me at present (if I had eyes to see it), many… Read More

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1st Corinthians 13:8) Now this can be said of no other Christian grace, in the sense in which love is here spoken of. Hope will be done away, when the thing hoped for is enjoyed. Faith will be lost in sight, when the object, not seen, but believed in, is revealed in… Read More

There is not a preacher – living or dead – with whom you cannot find fault, either in what he says, what he writes, or what he does. Perfection is only found in our Lord Jesus. “I find no fault in HIM.” His ambassadors, however, are human and not only subject to mistakes, but prone to error, except they are kept, led, and taught by the Holy Spirit. Let us be patient with one… Read More

“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” (1st Peter 3:8-9) 1st Peter 3:8 says, “Love as brethren.” This would be to love all believers, to love as Christ loved us, to love without hypocrisy, to love, not in word only, but… Read More

“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.” (Luke 23:8) When Pilate tried to wash his guilty hands from his dealings with the Lord Jesus Christ, he sent the Lord to face judgment before Herod. Herod was a notorious guilty man. He had murdered John the Baptist to satisfy and please… Read More

Without a doubt a world-crisis is at hand, and everywhere men are alarmed. But God is not! He is never taken by surprise. It is no unexpected emergency which now confronts Him, for He is the One who “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11). Hence, though the world is panic-stricken, the word to the believer is, “Fear not”! “All things” are subject to His immediate control:… Read More

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) This “righteousness of God, revealed from faith to faith,” is revealed TO faith to show that it is not obtained BY faith. The whole and sole cause of justification is Christ! Faith is no more than the hand to receive it by. And faith does not give the least title (credit)… Read More

God cannot have a blemished priest at His altar or a blemished sacrifice thereon. Both the priest and the sacrifice must be perfect (Leviticus 21-22). Now we have both the perfect Priest and the perfect sacrifice in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, He having offered Himself without spot to God. In Him we have all that God requires, whether as the victim or the Priest. We have all that God… Read More

1) A NEED  Men and women come to Christ because they need Christ! “The well have NO NEED…” (Matthew 9:11-13) 2) THE WORD  Faith’s one foundation is the Word of God. We have no reason to believe anything except what God hath said. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) 3) CHRIST  The sole object of saving faith is Christ, (Isaiah 45:22; Hebrews 12:2) our LORD. He, of God, is made unto us all things… Read More

“He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify ME; for He shall receive of mine and show it unto you.” (John 16:14) The Holy Spirit does not reach after something novel, new, or spectacular in order to glorify Christ or to preach Christ to men. He does not need tongues, fleshly emotion, bodily healings, and creature fame and importance in order to bring glory to Christ and call out His sheep. He finds Christ’s glory in CHRIST… Read More

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:5) Some of you are having great trouble and are walking a rough way. It may seem to you right now that these sorrows are more than you can bear. Indeed, they ARE more than you can bear; but you do not have to bear them alone. David said, “Commit thy way unto the LORD”, and… Read More

John Newton was one of England’s greatest preachers. He is probably best known for his hymn, “Amazing Grace,” and for many other songs he wrote. He preached his last sermon on December 21st, 1807, at the age of 82. These were some of his last words; “I am a great sinner and Jesus Christ is a great Saviour.” Newton was buried beneath where he preached at the church of St. Mary Woolnoth, and a tablet… Read More

Much of what is called worship today has to do with touching stories, stirring appeals, or a thrilling oratory of a religious character. Beautiful anthems by a well-trained choir, rendered in such a way as to move to tears or to great joy—now this may stir the outward man, but it will not and cannot affect the inner man. “To worship in spirit and truth stands opposed to worshipping God with the… Read More

“I am what I am by the grace of God and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.” (1st Corinthians 15:10) I am one of God’s elect; my election is of grace. I am redeemed from the curse of the law; redemption is all of grace from beginning to end. I am kept and secure but He keeps me by His grace (1st Peter 1:5). If there is anything about… Read More

The power of God that quickened us and made us to live spiritually is, in the Scriptures, compared with that power which raised Christ from the dead. Christ died for our sins and was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25). We live because He lives; and we are free from sin because our Surety, who bore our sins, is now free from them. But there is a likeness between His resurrection and… Read More

In the last few weeks of his life, John Newton, author of the famous old hymn “Amazing Grace,” became so weak that he had to stop preaching and eventually was confined to his bed. His friends said that he never feared age nor death. To a close friend he wrote, “Through God’s grace I am perfectly well, yet labouring under a growing disorder for which there is no cure–old age. But I… Read More

“God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Submit yourself therefore to God.” (James 4:6-7) The way to overcome pride and defeat the spirit of envy, strife, and contention is to SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD. 1) To His will regarding gifts, natural or spiritual. 2) To leave it to God to make us what He would have us to be. 3) To leave it to God to prosper or empty us…. Read More

A friend of mine once asked a certain minister in London what he thought of the law as the believer’s only rule of life? He replied, “The believer must look with one eye to Christ, and with the other to the law.” But he brought no proof from the Word of God. My friend replied, “Then every believer must squint.” However, there is no call for squinting in this matter; Christ says, “Look unto me, and be… Read More

“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1st Peter 2:22) Here is a glorious personage set before us as sinless – a Sinless Saviour, in whose mouth there was no guile. How can we sufficiently admire such a character – God and Man, one Precious Christ, the Saviour of sinners, His humanity as perfect as His Godhead? I cannot use language too strong here because, if we were… Read More

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1) Men live on the earth and divide it into countries ruled over by kings. They divide it into states and territories and give them names. They divide the land among themselves into farms and ranches, and issue deeds of ownership. But the earth is not man’s; it is the LORD’s. He said, “Whatsoever is under the… Read More

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.” (Numbers 21:8) The wounded person had simply to look and live; to look not at himself, not at his wounds, not at others around him, but directly and exclusively to God’s remedy. He was called to… Read More

“His commandments are not grievous.” (1st John 5:3) It is more profitable and enjoyable to love than to hate, to forgive than to hold a grudge, to smile than to quarrel, to behave kindly than to act ugly. The way of the transgressor is hard, not the way of the believer. The life of faith and love is the good life. Henry Mahan – 1988

“He that is of God heareth God’s word.” (John 8:47) Sometimes we get so frustrated and depressed because men and women deny the truth which is so evident and reject the counsel of God so plainly declared in His Word. Well, I can tell you this; if a person belongs to God by eternal election, has been born of God by divine regeneration, and is truly indwelt by the Holy Spirit of… Read More

“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are.” (Luke 18:11) No person is less likely to be saved than the very religious professor. He wears an armor of presumption. You cannot tell him anything of grace and mercy, his head is helmeted with much religious knowledge and tradition. You cannot touch his heart for he wears the breastplate of self-righteousness…. Read More

Some of you may carry a feeling of guilt because you have not put more pressure on your neighbors, friends, and family to hear and believe the gospel of God’s grace, and receive Christ. I would not, for a second, excuse indifference nor justify those who are ashamed of the gospel, for the true believer has no greater joy than the joy of glorifying God and telling a sinner the good news… Read More

All healing of spiritual sickness or natural sickness is of God. The healing of natural sickness is never accomplished without the power of God. Vain are the skills of the most learned physician if God is not pleased to heal; and, if He is pleased to heal, He can do so with or without the medicine or the physician. Trials, trouble, and illnesses are a part of this flesh and this world!… Read More

Paul wrote that God afflicts us “for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). “It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I might learn thy statutes” (Psalm 119:71). Someone said, “The flowers smell sweetest after a shower, and trees bear more fruit if they are pruned.” Afflictions and trials are God’s furnace by which He PROVES OUR FAITH. The sturdy vessels of faith are able to… Read More

“LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” (Psalm 39:4) When we, by God’s grace, are wise enough to face death, judgement, and eternity, things are seen in their proper light. All these fine ideas of fame, fortune, and friends, and our so-called importance melts like frost in the sun. Death reveals the truth, blows away the chaff, shuts… Read More

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Brethren, give yourselves to meditate on these things of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul says in other scripture, “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1st Timothy 4:15). Take note of these eight words… Read More

Nothing changes God’s affection. Whom He loves and how He loves, He loves to the end. His love is like Himself…“the same yesterday, today and forever.” If you love Him as He is revealed in the face of Jesus Christ, it’s because He first loved you in Christ before the world began. We love Him because He first loved us. God saves sinners on purpose, not by accident or by man’s free… Read More

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8) When believers walk in truth and love, when they adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour with generous, gracious, and exemplary lives and behavior they glorify God. The fruit of righteousness, by the indwelling Spirit of Christ, displayed by a believer, not only glorifies the power, grace, and mercy of God in them, but causes… Read More

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 14:4) In Revelation 14:4, God’s elect are described as “These are they which follow the Lamb…” To follow the Lamb of God is to follow His Word. In this, we cannot fear men which is to be ensnared…. Read More

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:66-69) As it was with Peter and the rest of the disciples, so it… Read More

“Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity and in whose spirit there is no guile.” (Psalm 32:2) His thoughts toward them are thoughts of peace and not of evil. Their sins and iniquities He remembers no more. He does not charge them with their sins. He does not reckon them, or place them to their account, having imputed them to His Son.  “To wit, that God was in… Read More

Nothing reveals the true state of my heart, my relationship with God, and my understanding of the gospel quite like my daily, general ATTITUDE toward others, toward God’s providence, and toward my lot in life. It is one thing to be discouraged occasionally, to get upset, to disagree with someone, to feel neglected, or even to withdraw for a time to reflect on the matters at hand. But it is quite another… Read More

To follow godliness without sound doctrine will lead to wildfire and zeal without direction. But to follow doctrine without GRACE and GODLINESS will lead to dead orthodoxy. In trying to avoid one ditch, let us not forget that there is a ditch on the other side of the road; and sometimes the champions of “the cause of God and truth” fall into errors of SPIRIT and ATTITUDE! Let us contend for truth… Read More

“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.”(Psalm 95:1) O the everlasting salvation that we have in Jesus Christ! He is the same, and will be the same for ever and ever, and the righteousness He has wrought out for us is like Himself. It is an everlasting righteousness. It covered our first parents. It is true they sewed fig leaves… Read More

“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth…. Read More

“And I will fasten Him as a nail in a sure place; and He shall be for a glorious throne to His father’s house” (Isaiah 22:23) My soul! through grace, you have long been enabled to hang all your grand concerns for eternity upon the Lord Jesus; and will it not be a very refreshing subject for meditation to see how eternally firm and secure all rest, with an unshaken and unchangeable… Read More

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:33) He against whom sin is committed, the Lawgiver, and the righteous Judge, justifies them from every charge; not by teaching them the way of justification, nor by infusing righteousness into them, or on account of any works of righteousness done by them, but by pronouncing them righteous through the imputation of the righteousness of His… Read More

“For Israel hath forgotten his maker and buildeth temples.” (Hosea 8:14) The house of God has nothing to do with brick and mortar stacked together in ornate edifices or stately buildings. The house of God is where God meets with His people. The “ekklesia” of the living God, which is the assembly of the living God, is the assembly of Christ with His people. Our Lord Jesus prayed and preached in private… Read More

“And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.” (Genesis 24:58) See, my soul, with what readiness Rebekah determined to accompany the servant of Abraham to Isaac. And will you not arise and go forth at the invitation of the servants of Jesus, who sends them to call you to his arms? Has he not, by the sweet constraining influences of… Read More

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes.” (Matthew 11:25) God hides then the workings of spiritual fear from those who are “wise and prudent.” He does not condescend to manifest Himself to them; He does not show them light in His light; He does not… Read More

“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37) “All,” not one, or two, or ten, or a million only, but “all.” And observe wherefore? They are the Father’s gift to Jesus, and therefore they must come. He said elsewhere, “that I should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given me.” (John 17:2) Hence, therefore, there… Read More

“A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.” (Psalm 22:30-31) Our sins were crucified with Christ. They were put to death when He died, for He was our covenant head, and we were legally represented by Him. The law has no more right to condemn us than… Read More

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us.” (Ephesians 2:4) The love of God to His chosen people is very great, if it be considered Who it is that has loved them, God and not man, Who is an infinite, unchangeable, and sovereign Being. His love is like Himself, for God is love. It has heights and depths, and lengths and breadths immeasurable. It admits… Read More

“O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.”(Psalm 69:5) Many wonder how that Christ, as He is prophesied in Messianic psalms such as in Psalm 69:5, could honestly call the sins of His people His own sins. The answer is that as the Surety of His people the sinless and incorruptible Christ could truly call the sins of His people HIS because they were imputed to Him… Read More

“Strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14) The way of salvation is as broad as Christ and as narrow as Christ. It shuts the door of hope to everyone except those who are brought by God to seek Him based on the merits of the shed blood and imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel… Read More

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1st John 1:7) Walking in the light is walking by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and following Him as the one who redeemed us with His precious blood. False Christianity tells us that our walking in the light is… Read More

“For by one offering HE hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14) Think about the impact and glory of this statement from God’s Holy Word. The “one offering” of Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, was in and of itself enough to perfect “forever” the ones for whom He died. How could one single offering accomplish so much? The offering was Himself, the Son of God incarnate. Christ is God in human flesh without… Read More

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” (Luke 2:25) Simeon was an old man who lived in Palestine at the time of Christ’s birth. God’s word describes him as “just and devout waiting for THE CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL.” The Holy Spirit had revealed to Simeon that he would… Read More

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”                 (Hebrews 10:26) The workmongers of the religious world will always try to twist and obscure the scriptures in order to lay burdens of one type or another upon the free born sons of GOD. This particular scripture is often construed to mean that if a child of GOD is found… Read More

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” (Exodus 14:13) As the Israelites stand at the banks of the Red Sea, they are commanded by Moses to “stand still.” They picture every sinner who has some… Read More

“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”(2nd Corinthians 1:12) Religion usually lays heavy burdens upon men, encumbering them with laws to obey in order to live what they call “the Christian life,” but Paul declared that his rule for proper… Read More

“Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.” (Deuteronomy 11:16) Many are deceived in their worship of “other gods” rather than the Living God. Their deception includes their being fully convinced and totally satisfied that their god is the Living God. These individuals are Satan-deceived and self-deceived. This deception concerns Who Christ is and what He’s done. “For many… Read More

“Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) Our Lord Jesus Christ has fully accomplished His great work of redemption, substitution and sacrifice. He has already suffered, bled and died, “the Just for the unjust to bring us to God.” (1st Peter 3:17) Christ did not remain… Read More

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”(Romans 15:13) Is there any joy and peace for us as the children of God in the world? There are moments of joy and moments of peace in this world, but the reality of earthly joys and peace is this – THEY WILL NOT LAST. They… Read More

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) Are you a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, one who has come to the Saviour for salvation, forgiveness, righteousness and life? Have you repented of your dead works and idolatry and now worship the true God through Christ and His blood sacrifice? Do you see that sinners are justified (forgiven and declared… Read More

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20) Mysticism is forever being injected into the way we are to view the scriptures. It is a subtle error not easily distinguished. The idea is that the truth depends on how I see it subjectively rather than being an objective revelation from God. It follows that some… Read More

“There was a man sent from God whose name was John.” (John 1:6) John the Baptist was not a seminary-trained preacher; he had no formal education. He was not instructed in the schools of higher learning approved by the religious hierarchy of his day. He did not seek after nor did he have the backing of the ecclesiastical authorities. He did not minister in a synagogue and he was not invited to… Read More

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21) When Adam sinned, the LORD provided a sacrifice to die in the stead of the fallen man and his wife. The LORD killed and skinned animals in order to cloth our guilty, naked parents. The animals were innocent of any rebellion against God and thus was implemented a vital truth seen throughout… Read More

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57) The Christian soldier may, with the greatest propriety, be said to “war a good warfare” (1st Timothy 1:19). He is engaged in a good cause; he fights under the eye of the Captain of his salvation. Though he be weak in… Read More

“And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His salvation.” (Psalm 35:9) The very soul of the child of God rejoices in Christ Jesus. We rejoice in Him because He is the Christ, the sent One, the Messiah, the Son of God, the eternal Surety of His people. We rejoice in Him because He is Jesus our Brother Who stands in near relation to us. He is Emmanuel,… Read More

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4) Let us, as children of God, sinners saved and given all the blessings of eternal life by His grace in Christ, resolve to “seek after” Christ and the… Read More

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (1st Corinthians 3:19) The apostle Paul tells us that God has made foolish the wisdom of this world. All the world’s wisdom is but foolishness if it doesn’t answer the question or resolve the problem of how an infinitely holy and just God can justify sinners such as we are…. Read More

“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.” (Psalm 17:8) Is this not the prayer of all God’s children? Knowing something of our sinfulness, weaknesses, fickleness, unbelief and tendency to roam, we constantly pray, LORD keep me. “Keep” means watch over, preserve, guard and protect. Keep me at all times. Keep me when You lead me into the valley of trial lest I be filled… Read More

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24)  “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5) The Apostle Paul says that God freely justified the ungodly that believeth in Jesus. It is a great thing to be an ungodly person, NOT IN PRACTICE, but in feeling; an ungodly person at the throne… Read More

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) My friend, salvation is in “looking unto Jesus.” It is not in looking unto baptism, looking unto morality, looking unto “church membership”, looking unto keeping the commandments, looking unto living by the… Read More

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”(Genesis 22:13) Abraham received a divine command to offer his son as a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2). When all things were ready – the location reached, the altar built, the wood laid in… Read More

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14) Paul did not glory or boast in the abilities God had given him. He gloried only in the cross of Christ. Cross was a term which the Apostle used to set forth the successful, substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus. This is… Read More

“To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:1) What a mercy it is for God’s people that before they have a ‘vital union’ with Christ – before they are grafted into Him experimentally – they have an ‘eternal, immanent union’ with Him before all worlds. It is by virtue of this eternal union that they come into the world at such a time, at… Read More

We want grace, free grace; grace today, grace tomorrow, grace this moment, grace the next, grace all the day long; healing, reviving, restoring, saving, sanctifying; and all this multiplied by all our wants and woes, sins, slips and falls, unceasing and aggravated backslidings. We want grace to believe, grace to hope, grace to love, grace to fight, and grace to conquer; grace to stand, grace to live, and grace to die. Every… Read More

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) Think about the magnitude of this statement describing the blessings God has freely and unconditionally bestowed upon His people in and by the Lord Jesus Christ. And consider that none of us who are blessed in this way are deserving of the least of these blessings…. Read More

“Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up to glory.”(1st Timothy 3:16) There was absolute necessity for the Immortal Word to assume our nature without sin in the womb of the Virgin, that in that nature He might bear all our transgressions away, die for our iniquities, and… Read More

“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6) The Son of God is Yahweh Tsidkenu, “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6) He is the Author, the Worker and the Provider of righteousness. The righteousness which a sinner must have to stand acceptably before God must be equal to divine righteousness. The only righteousness that will qualify… Read More

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) The Scriptural cure for anxious care and worry for a child of God is a continual and constant realization of true peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. The natural… Read More

“My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.” (Jeremiah 50:6) Our first view of this peculiar people shall be in the place where God finds them. “My people,” He says, “hath been lost sheep.” They do not become sheep by being found, nor do they cease to be… Read More

“To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) Without a doubt it can be said that Christ died for all who truly believe. God is “just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” It is often easier and less offensive to state the extent of Christ’s death this way but is it the way… Read More

“But when the fullness 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, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:4-6) Christ Jesus was sent into this world to redeem His people who were… Read More

“And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matthew 27:39-40) My words a cause for scorn they make, The lip they curl, the head they shake, And, mocking, bid me trust the Lord. Till He salvation shall afford. Thus, centuries before the bloody… Read More

“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.” (Luke 18:9) Christ spoke the parable in Luke 18 to the Pharisees who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” What we say about others and how we treat them often reveals more about us than it does them. Sad as it is, all people, even believers, are by nature like… Read More

“And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good.” (1st Samuel 3:18) Eli sought to know what the LORD had said to Samuel, and the young lad held nothing back in setting before him those things God had spoken. He did not change the message, soften it or water it down. The LORD had disclosed to Samuel that… Read More

“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.” (Isaiah 53:6) Christ made satisfaction to divine justice for the iniquity of all His people enabling the Lord to a be just God and a Savior. Note five things. 1. The LORD’s people are called sheep. It was for these that the Saviour came… Read More

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) The freedom of the believer is just what it is declared to be – entire exemption from condemnation. From all which that word of significant and solemn import implies, he is, by his relation to Christ, delivered. Sin does not condemn him, the law does not condemn him,… Read More

There remaineth yet a Sabbath to the people of God; but this Sabbath is spiritual, known and enjoyed only by those who live in and after the Spirit. A Sabbath signifies a rest, and believers in Christ enter into this rest; the rest of the Jewish Sabbath, and of all the Jewish Sabbaths of the land of Canaan, &c., were typical, and presented us with the spiritual rest of the Gospel; therefore… Read More

“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) It is important for us to remember that God never changes! Though He speaks of His people as they are in Adam by nature, that does not change His relationship toward them in Christ by His grace. Also, what they show themselves to be toward Him does not change how He always is toward them…. Read More

“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” (Joshua 10:13) “Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.” (1st Chronicles 16:30) “The LORD reigneth,… Read More

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.”(Romans 7:6) When it comes to the godly walk of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious reality of God’s grace is this – Before we take the first step in the walk of faith, we are already completely justified, sanctified, fit, and… Read More