Sunday, September 25, 2016

He Gave Thanks - By by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

  He Gave Thanks

Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

At the institution of the Lord’s Supper, as He took the bread and the wine, we read that he “gave thanks” (Matt.26: 26,27; Luke 22:19,20).

Surely on this occasion He did not give thanks for food supplied! He was handling the symbols of His broken body and His shed blood. How we would like to know just what He said at this solemn moment; just what He gave thanks for!

This we shall never know in this life, but there are some basic facts we do know.
It was for love for sinful men that He was to die. He was to pay their debt of sin, and He looked forward to the time when, not only redeemed Israel, but the redeemed of every nation and dispensation will rejoice in sins forgiven and all that this entails for them. As He “gave thanks” in view of Calvary, He will then rejoice at the results of Calvary. The overflowing joy that will be the portion of the redeemed will be a greater joy to Him.

Thus Paul’s words in Hebrews 12:2 give us cause to rejoice in true thanksgiving of our Lord’s finished work of redemption on Calvary cross:
“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.”

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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MAKE NO PROVISION - Donald W. Weffald


Scripture Reading: Romans 13:14

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not  provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof' (Romans  13:14). Those who are saved by grace should live holy lives. In  our text, it is stated in two ways-in the positive and in the  negative. The positive side is to "put on the Lord Jesus  Christ," and the negative side is to "make not provision for the  flesh."

The oriental garments covered the whole man. It  illustrates here that the Christian is to be completely clothed  with the character of Christ. Upon believing the gospel, the  Christian puts on Christ in a mystical union (Galatians 3:27).  Here, it is the putting on of Christ in daily experience- to live  in Christlikeness.

The negative side is to deny the flesh even a foothold.  "Provision" is pronoia in the Greek. It means "foresight" or  "forethought." The meaning here is that the believer is not to  plan to sin. He is to say no to the flesh. The best place to start  is in the mind-in the thinking. The "flesh" is what is  inherited from Adam. It is that tendency to sin that is the  result of the Fall. It is manifested in the life through the body,  hence the term "flesh."

God has dealt with the power of sin in us. Therefore, we  "are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh" (Romans  8:12). It is now possible to walk in the Spirit and not in the  flesh. Salvation by grace does not lower the standards for holy  living. Sin's dominion has been broken because we are under  grace (Romans 6:14). Through grace, God's enablement, we can live for God. 


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

SEPARATED BY THE SPIRIT - By Jon Bekemeyer



Scripture Reading: Acts 13:2-4

Acts 13:2-4 records the details of the separation of Paul  and Barnabus unto a particular ministry. It is interesting to  note that the Holy Spirit designated this by special revelation,  that is, God spoke audibly and definitively regarding this  ministry. There is no more such special revelation today (I  Corinthians 13:8). When one hears stories of God "telling" so-  and-so to do such-and-such, he may wish to inquire as to  exactly how this special revelation was made manifest. Were  there voices echoing in the plumbing? Perhaps the typewriter  suddenly began to mysteriously record a message. Maybe  there was handwriting on the wall. All too often people give  credit (or blame) to the Lord for their own wishes and  aspirations.

God has fulfilled His Word (Colossians 1:25), and now He  speaks only through it (I Corinthians 13:9, 10). Nevertheless,  God is still involved in placing people in specific capacities of  service. When one believes the Gospel, he is placed into the  Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13). The individual has a  special place in the Body (I Corinthians 12:18) and a distinct  capacity for service (Ephesians 4:16). The gifts in the Body  differ, because God has designed it that way (Romans 12:6).

How can one know his specific calling when there is no  more special revelation? He can know it as he studies God's  Word and understands God's program for today. As he does  so, he will read of different capacities of service. He will then  go on to discover a burden and ability toward certain areas of  ministry in the local assembly. He then, by faith, will serve in  those areas with boldness and confidence, believing that he  has found God's special calling for his life.

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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THE MYSTERY OF GRACE - By Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: Galatians 1:10-12

" ... Neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, WHICH I HAVE RECEIVED OFTHE LORD JESUS, to testify the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24). The apostle Paul consistently reminded his hearers that his preaching was "according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God WHICH WAS COMMITTED TO MY TRUST" 1 Timothy 1:11). That his message was one of distinct and exclusive personal revelation from the risen Christ to Paul, is of the utmost significance to the student of Scripture in this present age.

Paul describes the experience thus, "I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man [himself, Paul] in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven .... He was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (II Corinthians 12:1, 2, 4). In writing to the Galatians, Paul affirms, "I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but BY THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST."

The apostle wrote to young Timothy, "Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL" (II Timothy 2:8). To the Roman church, "God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL" (Romans 2:16). Paul is the sole revelator.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE- By Robert E. Hanna



Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-9

Paul's Ephesians letter explains, defines, expounds and  affirms that which the apostle was commissioned to reveal  and establish: "The Dispensation of the Grace of God, which  is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation He made  known unto me the mystery ... Which in other ages was not  made known unto the sons of men ... THAT THE GENTILES  SHOULD BE FELLOWHEIRS AND OF THE SAME BODY  AND PARTAKERS OF HIS PROMISE IN CHRIST BY THE  GOSPEL: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the  gift of the grace of God .... Unto me, who am the least of all  saints is this grace given."

" ... That I should preach among the Gentiles the  unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make alI...see what is the  fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the  world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus  Christ." More detailed description of the Church which is His  Body-the Church of the dispensation of the grace of God-is  presented by the apostle in these verses:

"For He is our peace, Who hath made both one, and hath  broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having  abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of  commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in  Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that He  might reconcile both unto God in one Body by the cross,  having slain the enmity thereby" (Ephesians 2:14-16). God  has always dispensed His grace as it pleased Him and.  according to His plan and purpose, but the Dispensation of  the Grace of God transcends all.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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IN BUT NOT OF THE WORLD - Donald A. Webb


Scripture Reading: John 17:14-16

How very opposed to God's Word of truth is the world  system! Even here in John, where the Jewish kingdom saints  are referred to, we find a principle that is sown throughout the  Scriptures. Those whoobey God's Word will come under the  attack of the world! The Apostle Paul in II Timothy 3:12 says,  ''Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer  persecution." So we see that even in this dispensation of grace  in which we live today, the cost of living for Christ is still the  world's disdain. The world persecuted Christ, and it will treat  those who have believed in Him no better.

As the Lord prayed in John, so it is today. He does not  take us out of the world to do God's service, but rather He  sends us in amongst the people of the world and commands us  to be separated from the world's sins. However, the Lord has  more than equipped us for our sojourn here. The Lord prayed  in John that they would be kept from [the] evil [one], and that  through the Word of truth they would be sanctified. Even so  today, it is the Word of truth rightly divided that will give us  clear instruction in sanctification.

One added dimension, however, in this age of grace is  that members of the Body of Christ have the indwelling of the  Holy Spirit to empower and enlighten. How great should be  our sanctification seeing the spiritual blessings we have in  Christ! All that remains is for us to yield our hearts to the  Saviour Who redeemed us, and obey. In his letter to the  Ephesians, Paul says in this regard, "For ye were once  darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of  light ... and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of  darkness but, rather reprove them .... See then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise" (5:8, 11, 15).

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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SEPARATION BRINGS JOY - By Dick Ware


Scripture Reading: Ezra 6:19-20

The book of Ezra records the return of a Jewish remnant  from Babylon to Jerusalem in two phases-One under  Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple (chapters 1-6) and the other  under Ezra to rebuild the people spiritually (chapters 7-10).  In chapter 6, we see the completion and dedication of the  temple, and we see God giving the "joy of salvation" to those  Israelites who "separated themselves from the filth  [uncleanness] ofthe nations of the land in order to seek the  LORD Goof Israel," The LORD made them joyful!

The negative side of separation is "out of," and the  positive side is "unto." When God gave Abraham the  covenant of circumcision in Genesis 17, God set him and his  nation apart from the rest of the world and unto Himself.  When the Mosaic Law was given to the nation Israel, it made  them separate from the world, and unto God (Exodus 19:3-6).  In Ezra 6:21, a Jewish remnant separated themselves from the  nations, to seek the LORD God ofIsrael. The result was "they  kept the Feast of the Unleavened Bread seven days WITH  JOY; for the LORD made them joyful" (verse 22)!

The majority of the nation Israel remained in Babylon  and Assyria, where it seemed they were prospering; but only  those who were participating in Godly separation, understood  "the joy of the LORD is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). I'm  afraid the majority of the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ  today are fitting in with this "present evil world." They want  to be accepted by men and busy in the religious systems, even  when they know these systems are not compatible with the  Gospel of Grace committed unto the Apostle Paul. They don't  want to offend anyone, nor make any enemies. They don't  know anything about Godly separation, nor "the joy of the  LORD." My friend, Godly separation brings God's joy!

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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