Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Christian and the Sabbath! - By - John LaVier

The Christian and the Sabbath! 
John LaVier

If Jesus observed the seventh-day Sabbath, and if Paul, many years later, also seemed to observe it, then why do we gather for worship on the first day of the week? When was the Sabbath changed from the seventh day, Saturday, to the first day, Sunday?

These are interesting questions, the answers to which can only be found in the Word of God. In Exodus 31:13,17 we learn that the seventh-day Sabbath was a sign between Jehovah and the children of Israel. It was a part of the Mosaic law, and when Jesus Christ was here on earth, as a minister of the circumcision, He did not in any way interfere with Israel's law program. He was made under the law, He lived under the law, and He died under the law. As one with His nation, He kept the law and observed the seventh-day Sabbath (Luke 4:16). Christ did not come to bring an end to Israel's law regime. He said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill" (Matt. 5:17).

Remember, the law was given to Israel. The nation and the law stood together. When Israel rejected and crucified Christ and then continued in their rejection, God cast the nation away, temporarily (Rom. 11:1-5). Paul writes in Romans 11:25, "That blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in." Surely those today who claim to be Israel, or who confuse Israel with the body of Christ, are also blinded. When Israel was thus set aside, the law, and all religion, including Sabbath-keeping, was set aside as well. When Paul was called out and sent to the Gentiles with the gospel of the grace of God, he resisted every attempt to put the Gentiles under the law. The council at Jerusalem was convened for that very reason, for some had said, "That it was needful to circumcise the Gentiles, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." Even Peter saw the folly of trying to force the law upon the Gentile believers who had been saved by grace, without the deeds of the law or any religious works. He said, "Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" (Acts 15:10). The decision of the council was, "As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing" (Acts 21:25).

Some time after this, Paul wrote to the Gentiles, "For ye are not under the law, but under grace" (Rom. 6:14), and that "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth" (Rom. 10:4). He also wrote that Christ had "blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross," and that therefore no man should judge us "in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days" (Col. 2:14-16). The word "Sabbath" means "rest" and the believer, in this dispensation, does not rest in a day, but in a Person, and that Person is the Blessed Son of God Himself.

While it is true, as stated in our question, that Paul seemingly did observe the Sabbath, let us note that during the early part of Paul's ministry the gospel was to the Jew first. He said, "It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you." Naturally, in endeavoring to preach to the Jews, the best time and place to contact them would be in their synagogue on the Sabbath day. See Acts 9:20; 13:14; 14:1; 18:4; 19:8.

When Paul thus gathered with the Jews, it was simply that he might reach them. He was becoming a Jew to the Jews, that he might gain the Jews, but nowhere did he ever tell a single Gentile to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. In fact, it would seem that the Gentiles were accustomed to fellowship and worship on the first day of the week, as for instance at Philippi, "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them" (Acts 20:7). That this was the usual procedure seems to be indicated by 1 Corinthians 16:2, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him." Nowhere, though, is the first day of the week referred to in Scripture as the "Christian Sabbath," nor even as the "Lord's Day."

During this age of grace God does not want man to be religious, but righteous. Those who turn away from the grace of God to religion, or to the weak and beggarly elements of the law, with its observance of days, are called "foolish" and "bewitched" and the inspired apostle said that he was afraid of all such. See Galatians 2:21; 3:1-3; 4:9-11.

However, even though we do not observe Sunday or any other day of the week because of commandment or legal constraint, and while we recognize the fact that every moment of every day should be dedicated to the Lord, yet we do praise Him that we live in a land where we are permitted on one day of the week to lay aside our secular tasks and to come together for the worship and service of the Lord. Surely this is pleasing in God's sight, and He will hold us accountable for our use or abuse of this great privilege. It is a sad commentary on our times to note that America is fast changing Sunday into "Fun-day." It only proves that we are living in days when men are "lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God."

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The One True God! - Is Jevovah

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J. C. O'Hair

John 3:3

"Except a man be born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God."

Galatians 6:1

"Brethren if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyse.n. lest thon also he tempted,"

In the first of these two verses the Lord speaks to and concerning a sinning sinner. To such an one God' 5 one imperative is. "You must be born anew." In the other verse the reference is to a sinning saint. Do not be startled by the statement, for saints do sin. Every regenerated sinner is a saint. All saints do not behave as becometh saints, but it is not behavior that makes a saint out of a sinner. It is the Holy Spirit, the grace of God, and the hlood of Him who suffered without the gate that He might sanctify the people with His own blood. Many saints are overtaken in a fault or a sin, that is, they side-step into sin. n is the duty of spiritual saints to restore their fellow-saints who have slipped into sin. But we should know the difference between the regeneration of a sinner and the restoration of a saint.

There are many saints today in mental distress, in anguish of soul, because in a moment of weakness they have stumbled into sin and they are ignorant of God's way back to fellowship and peace. In many such cases spiritual saints are somewhat responsible for shirking or neglecting. their part in the restoration of the stumbling and ignorant saints. One of the important principles in "rightly dividing the word of truth" is to know which Scriptures are to he applied in the case of an unsaved sinner and which in the case of a sinning saint. A very common mistake among believers is the application to sinners of the first chapter of the First Epistle of John. This Epistle is addressed to those who believe on the Name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13.

In this First Epistle of John we find recorded the blessed message of the Lord to and for the saint who has been overtaken in a sin: "If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9. These words are not addressed to a sinning sinner, but to a sinning saint. God's message for the sinner is nOmaDS lO:9---"Confess that Jesus is Lord, thou shalt be saved." Doubtless you have observed that most saints quote 1 John 1:9 in dealing with sinners. but remember, these words are addressed to those who believe on the Name of the Son of God. as are also the other verses of this first chapter. Christian preachers are sometimes to blame for the state of utter despair to which some of God's children have come because of their erroneous teaching.

Here is a most important and heart-searching question:
"How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein?" Romans 6:2. We understand by this question that those who have been born again should not live in sin. God does not grant unto any saint the liberty to sin, "These things are written unto you that ye sin not," 1 John 2:1. "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves. and the truth is not in us," 1 John 1:8. "And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." 1 John 2:1. "And He is the Propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:2. Notice the difference. Jesus Christ an Advocate for the sins of the saint. Jesus Christ the Propitiation for the sins of the whole world. The sinner must come to the Propitiation for regeneration. The saint must come to the Advocate for restoration. Christ on the cross died for the sins of the world, so that sinners might be declared righteous, without a cause. through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus Whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through faith in His blood. Romans 3:24 to 26. All thus declared righteous hy this Propitiation immediately become saints. No unrighteous sinner has an advocate with the Father, But every saint has an Advocate, the Lord Jesus at the right hand of God, the One who is able to save to the uttermost, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for all who come unto God through HIM.

What kind of sinner can come to the Propitiation and find forgiveness of sins, salvation, redemption and righteousness? Is there any limit or exception because of the degree or quality of sin? Hear the answer. "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.I' Romans 5:20. The answer is Much More Grace." So any kind of a sinner can become a saint by coming to Calvary. Then if it is true that any kind of a sinner dead in trespasses and sins can find "Much More Grace" in and by the one offering of the Son of God on the Cross, what about that same "Much More Grace" for the saint who side-steps into sin? Romans 5:9 and 10 and 17.

When the Lord Jesus was washing the feet of His disciples, He said to Peter: "What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter." John 13:7. The second verb "know" differs from the first and suggests that this Apostle would know after the resurrection of Christ from the dead; that the Holy Spirit would lead him into the truth of the significance of the washing of the feet of the disciples by the Lord Jesus Christ. In this same connection the Lord likewise used two different Greek verbs, translated "wash," in the tenth verse. "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet." The thought here is, that a disciple has been washed all over once for all and after this once-for-all washing, he needs only the washing of the feet. In this same connection the Lord also said, "Ye also ought to wash one another's feet." In as much as the Lord plainly declared that washing feet had a far deeper meaning than simply the application of water and drying with a towel, every saint should study the significance of washing the feet of other saints in order that the Word of the Lord might be obeyed.

Then by the use of the two different verbs, translated "wash," the Lord wanted to teach the truth that a sinner can be washed all over but once, the act and experience of being born again, of being regenerated; which act can be experienced but once. It would be as impossible for any man to experience two regenerations, that is, to be born twice of God, as it would be for a child to enter the second time into its mother's womb for a second physical birth. A man can be born when he is old. but regeneration can never be repeated .

Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for Her; that He might sanctify and cleanse Her with the washing of water by the Word." Ephesians 5:25 and 26. How did and does the Lord wash the Church with water? By the Word. This is first of all. a once-fof-all washing, and then a con4 tinua! washing. But read carefully these words: U According to His mercy He saved us by the washing of regeneration." Titus 3:5. This is the way the Lord makes a saint out of a sinner. The washing of regeneration. A sinner can never become a saint but once; he can never receive the washing of regeneration but once. He can and should be washed for sanctification. for cleansing after he experiences the once-forall washing, through faith in the once-far-all sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, who appeared once in the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26. When the sinner receives Christ. he is born of God. John 1:11 to 13. Then and there he receives the Holy Spirit. whereby he cries "Abba Father."

Is it reasonable or sensible or scriptural to believe that the great love wherewith God hath loved us would be any less for the erring saint than for the sinner dead in treaspasses and sins? Your answer may be. "No but God expects both to repent to turn to Him for forgiveness!' But the fact is. that the sinner turns to God through Christ on the cross and the erring saint turns to God through Christ in Heaven. And Christ now appearing in the presence of God. according to Hebrews 9:24, is there for saints only. "But God, who is rich in mercy, for the great love wherewith He hath loved us, Even when we were dead in faults (the same Greek verb translated fault in Galatians 6:1), hath made us alive together with Christ," Ephesians 2:5. Because of His great love and matchless mercy God is ever willing to make a living saint out of a dead sinner. This is a Supernatural task and accomplishment. Salvation is of the Lord. Every sinner is dead in faults. Every saint is potentially dead to faults or sins. Every saint does not always do what every saint should always do or can always do by the grace and power of God. that is, walk in newness of life, putting off the old man and putting on the new man. A saint overtaken in a fault is a different person ilian a sinner dead in sins. The sinner needs to be regenerated; he needs to be washed all over. The sidestepping saint needs restoration; he needs to have his feet washed. Christ does this. "Ye that are spiritual" should also wash one another's feet. Yes, Christ and His spiritual saints are to work in partnership in the matter of restoration. The disciple cannot do the work of Divine forgiveness and restoration. Neither can Christ do the work that the disciple should do in giving forth the Word, in praying and in dealing with the stumbling saint in the spirit of meekness, thus washing his feet. Just as spiritual saints have the responsibility in the matter of regeneration of a sinning sinner, in giving forth the message of salvation, they have an equal responsibility to their brother in the Lord who has sidestepped into sin. How many spiritual wrecks can you think of thai mighl have heen saved for the Lord, had spiritual Christians obeyed the Word of the Lord, and inslead of having criticized, condemned and slandered some saint who had erred, washed his feel in the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Chrisl? There is too much washing of feet with scalding water.

In Galatins 5:4 we read of certain men who are "fallen from grace," These religious sinners are not to be confused with the man of Galatians 6:1 who is overtaken in a fault. The religious sinner is one who seeks to be justified by the Law of Moses; that is, he mixes religion with the Gospel of Grace as a means of establishing righteousness with God. He is fallen from grace. There is not the slightest suggestion that he has gone back to his former evil or sinful habits such as drunkenness, adultery, lying, stealing or any kind of worldliness. It does not mean that he is backslidden into immoral habits or that he has lost his zeal for God and His service. Neither is there the assertion that all such religious sinners have lost their salvation. But the point is, that so many Christians have the idea that "falling from grace" means going back into sin and losing one's salvation. There is no Scriptural authority for such an idea. Neither is there any Scriptural authority for teaching that the saint who slips aside into sin loses his relation to God. He will most certainly lose the joy of his salvation, will lose close conununion and fellowship wiili ilie Lord. Such a saint can be restored, but restoration is not being saved over. A sinner can never become the child of God but once. Perhaps, in your own heart and mind you can see no difference between a sinner dead in sins and a child of God living in sin. You have not ilie mind and heart of God. All who profess the name of ilie Lord have not been born again, but we have this assurance iliat ilie Lord knoweili iliem iliat are His. It is a fact iliat many a born-again person has side-stepped into sin. And it is your business and my business, if we can qualify for the task, to restore such an one, considering ourselves lest we also be tempted.

We might again ask the question, "what is the difference between ilie blind man in 2 Peter 1: 9 and ilie blind man in John 3:31" The first man refers to a saint, while the second man refers to a sinner. Surely there are many saints who are near-sighted Christians, they are blind and cannot see afar off. The sinner is blind and needs regeneration. He needs to be born from above before he can see spiritual things. The saint needs to add to his faiili so iliat he will not be blind. Let us carefully study these several verses in Peter's Second Epistle; beginning with the fifth verse:

"And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; And to ~dliness. brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make yDU that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that laeketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."

When a saint abounds in virtue, knowledge, temperance. patience. godliness and love, he is certainly a spiritual saint and he is most fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian life should be one of addition. Many sinners are trying to add these things to their unbelief to please God. "Without faith it is impossible to please God." A sinner is saved by grace through faith. It is faith that saves him; rather than what he adds. His faith makes him a saint. Adding these things makes him a fruitful saint. He is purged from his old sins the very moment he receives Christ, the very moment he believes that Christ took his place in judgment on the Cross and was raised again for his justification. Every justified sinner is forever freed from the penalty or wages of sin. which is death. He has passed. out of death into life. All believers are justified from all things in this respect. and therefore all believers have the same standing in the matter of salvation from the penalty of sin. But they differ very much as to their walk in the Spirit, as to their state.

We must admit that it is a sad case when a saint has failed to add to his faith and has come to the place where he has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Such a believer knows nothing of the joy of salvation. Inwardly he is a miserable creature, although he is blind and cannot see afar off. He is seeing the things that are temporal. They are blinding him. He is barren and unfruitful; saved so as by lire. He is missing the blessed peace of God that passeth understanding. He will miss rewards hereafter. He is nol the man of the First Psalm. for he is not meditating in the Word of God night and day. He has failed to add virtue, knowledge, temperance, godliness and love. The very next verse in this first chapter of Second Peter declares: "If ye do these things, ye shall never fall." verse 10. God does not tell his child that he must do something to keep from losing his salvation. We are kept by the power of God through faith. The Word does not S~y, "if ye do these things, ye shall never fall away from regeneration Of salvation"" "Ye shall never stumble." It is one thing for a regenerated man to return to a lost stale. It is quite a different thing for him to sidestep inlo sin Of stumble. But those who think that such an one is again eternally lost after having been saved. should carefully read Hebrews 6:6, and note that it would be im. possible to renew such an one unlo repentance. However they should be all the more eager to restore such an one.

Dear friend. you should know just where you are today. right now. Have you been born from above and added to your faith so that you are a spiritual saint? Or having been born again, have you failed to add these things or perhaps side-stepped into sin? You need to be restored? The risen Lord will forgive you and fully restore you. Do you not know some spiritual saint to whom you can turn, in case some spiritual saint does not hunt you up? Or perhaps you belong to the largest class, the great multitude of sinners. You need not restoration. It is not a matter of adding. For you. there is one imperative ... "Ye must be born anew." Your need is regeneration. This is available for you at any time. All that is required is faith in the rledemptive Work of Jesus Christ, God's Son. Now is the accepted time. Today is the day of salvation. Act now. Act quickly. Act wisely. Act.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013


Pastor J. C. O'Hair

Satan is the god of this age. (II Corinthians 4:4). Satan gathers the seed that falls by the wayside. (Mark 4:15). The lake of fire is prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41). The devil is accused of deceiving the whole world. (Revelation 12:9). Christ declared that no man could take the strong man’s house until first he had bound the strong man. (Matthew 12:29). Note the mission on which the Lord Jesus sent the apostle Paul: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.” Satan as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8 - Acts 26:18).

God will have all men to be saved. (I Timothy 2:4). God has one way by which believing sinners are saved in this age and dispensation of grace. That way is the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24). “By grace through faith”; “brought nigh to God by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:8 and 9 and Ephesians 2:13).

In Romans 1:16 we read that the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation unto every one that believeth.

 In I Corinthians 15:1 to 4 we read that the gospel by which the believing sinner is saved is the truth, that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, that He was raised from the dead.

Now let us compare I Timothy 1:11 with II Corinthians 4:3 and 4: “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my (Paul’s) trust.” “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Satan is always on the alert. He is every active with tricks and devices with both sinners and saints.

So we see that Satan, the god of this age, does not want any sinner to believe the gospel and be saved. There is no other way for the sinner to be delivered from Satan’s power.

Note how far Satan will go to keep sinners from being saved: “And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.” Just imagine the devil transformed into an angel of light to make religious people believe they are saved and on the way to glory when they are on the way to eternal perdition.

Satan is very tricky, a very dangerous deadly enemy.

What is the Christian’s part in this great redemptive work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Corinthians 4:5 to 7).

Christians are to preach Christ and live Christ, thus giving to sinners the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Sinners cannot be saved unless they believe. They cannot believe unless they hear. (Romans 10:12 to 15). Knowing the terror of the Lord, Christians persuade men. (II Corinthians 5:11). For it is a fearful thing for a “Christless” sinner to fall into God’s hands. (Hebrews 10:26 to 32).

Christians are not to handle the Word of God deceitfully: “but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (II Corinthians 4:1 and 2). We are told in Revelation 12:11, of saints who overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Pastor J. C. O'Haair

In I Corinthians 15:58 and Colossians 3:17 we read: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”

In Titus 3:8 and Titus 3:14 believers, saved by grace, without works, are exhorted to maintain good works. They are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works and God has ordained that believers should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10). Believers are to believe Hebrews 6:10 and Colossians 3:24 and 25: “For God is not unrighteous to forget your labor of love.” “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”

It is for these reasons that the Holy Spirit wrote in I Corinthians 15:58 for saints to be steadfast in good works and to know that no believer’s good works in Christ Jesus will be in vain.

There is a great difference between salvation by grace, “not by works” (Titus 3:5), “not according to our works,” (II Timothy 1:9), “not of works” (Ephesians 2:9), “to him that worketh not” (Romans 4:5), and “God’s workmanship, unto good works.”

This is why, in rightly dividing the Word or truth, believers should study the “strive” of Luke 13:24; the “endure” of Matthew 24:13 and 14; the “baptized” of Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38; the “worketh righteousness” of Acts 10:34 and 35 and many other mixed messages in the light of the later truth which Christ revealed to Paul. Note II Timothy 1:9, “God Who hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (II Timothy 1:9).
Note what the grace of God teaches saints in Titus 2:12: “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”

In the third chapter of Colossians the believer is told just how to live such a life by the grace of God. Salvation is by the grace of God. Good works are by the grace of God. (I Corinthians 15:10).

But first let us get this truth of John 6:29 and Romans 4:5: “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom God hath sent.” “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” The first all-important work is the work of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ unto the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:39)

When we have the right start, and know “that they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” that there is no good in the flesh, (Romans 8:8 and Romans 7:18 to 20), “that other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ,” (I Corinthians 3:11), that we are redeemed and forgiven on account of Christ’s shed blood and the riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 1:6 and 7), then we should always abound in the work of the Lord, and know the truth of Colossians 3:24 and 25 and I Corinthians 3:14: “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” “If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”

Let us be sure of our foundation before we begin to build for eternity, and for rewards. Let us even keep in mind that no flesh shall glory in God’s presence, (I Corinthians 1:30 and 31). We have been forgiven, for Christ’s sake. (Ephesians 4:32). Our salvation is in and by and through the Lord Jesus Christ and He must have all the glory for what we do, if our works are to abide.

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Pastor J. C. O’Hair

It is both interesting and profitable to compare the command and program of the Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 10:5 to 8 and 23, with the message and program of Titus 2:11 to 14, which the same Christ gave to and through the apostle Paul some years after the commission recorded in Matthew 10:5 to 8, some years after Christ had gone back to heaven by the way of the cross and the open sepulchre, after God raised Christ far above all heavens, far above principalities and powers. (Ephesians 4:7 to 13 . . . Ephesians 1:19 to 23).

Let us carefully and prayerfully read Titus 2:11 to 14:

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world: Looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing (the appearing in glory) of the great God, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

No more important spiritual truth is pressed into any other four verses of God’s holy Scriptures. “God will have all men to be saved.” (I Timothy 2:4 to 6). It is for that reason He gave Christ and Christ gave Himself on the cross as a ransom for all. God’s “grace” salvation is expressed in these words, “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.” (I Timothy 2:4 to 6 ... Ephesians 2:8 to 10).

Christ appeared once in the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9:26). While Christ was here on earth, before He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, He and His apostles were ministers of the circumcision. (Romans 15:8). All of them were under the law. (Galatians 4:4 and Matthew 23:1 to 3). It was then that Christ instructed His twelve apostles, “Go not in the way of the Gentiles . . . Go to Israel ... The Kingdom of heaven is at hand . . . Heal, cast out demons, raise the dead . . . Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of man be come.” (Matthew 10:5 to 8 . . . Matthew 10:23). Now compare all of this with Titus 2:11 to 14, quoted above.

What a contrast; what a difference in these two programs. There is a great difference between “not in the way of the Gentiles,” and “to all men,” including the heathen all over the world. There is a great difference between “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” for Israel, with signs, wonders and miracles; and “the grace of God” is at hand for Gentiles.

In Matthew 28:19 and 20 the resurrected Christ gave another command to His twelve apostles, “disciple all nations.” But they remained in Jerusalem and the land of the Jews, at least, until after the risen Christ sent Paul out with the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24 ... Acts 8:1 ... Acts 15:1 to 19 ... Galatians 2:1 to 12). There is no record, in the Book of Acts, that any of the twelve apostles preached “the gospel of grace” to Gentiles outside the land of the Jews. Peter had the “Kingdom Keys” and preached to a household of Gentiles in the land of the Jews. (Acts 15:7 . . . Acts 10:28 to 38). But after that even Peter refused to eat with saved Gentiles. (Galatians 2:10 to 13). He and his fellow-apostles went to Jews. (Galatians 2:9).

Christ said to Paul, “I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.” (Acts 22:21 . . . Romans 15:16 . . . Ephesians 3:8). Paul became “the apostle of the Gentiles.” (Romans 11:13). Then the Lord committed unto Paul “the dispensation of the grace of God for Gentiles.” (Ephesians 3:1 to 4).

Let us know that God’s grace enables and teaches saints. (II Corinthians 12:9 . . . II Corinthians 9:8 . . . Titus 2:12). The God of all grace (I Peter 5:10) is able to make all grace abound; no
t for the program of Matthew 10:5 to 10, which was for another dispensation, but for the program of Titus 2:11 to 14. This abounding grace is for the redeemed sinner, who is a saint, to enable him to submit himself unto God as one who is alive from the dead, and thus reckon himself dead unto sins. (Romans 6:9 to 15).

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
ead Acts 16L31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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Monday, August 26, 2013

SO GREAT SALVATION! Cecil Argetsinger

Cecil Argetsinger

THE TERM salvation means deliverance, rescue, and being saved. In the Bible it indicates a work of God for man, not something man must do for God. In this present dispensation of grace it applies to the individual believer, the one who is trusting Christ as his Savior. 

 Included in that salvation are various positions and blessings freely bestowed on "all who believe." No one word could fully describe those benefits; they are too abundant and wonderful. So God uses different words, each one given the assignment of revealing a different facet of the truths of "so great salvation." Justification, faith, redemption, forgive. ness, propitiation, reconciliation, grace and glorification are but some of the words thus used.

 Particular aspects of salvation will be dealt with in future articles. For now, some of its more general features will be considered. These will be viewed under three headings: the three-fold principle of salvation; a change of citizenship; salvation-past, present and future. 

A Three-Fold Principle

There is a three-fold principle in the salvation of the believer in Christ. Though these may not all be mentioned at the same time, salvation is represented as being given by the grace of God, based on the blood of Christ (that is, His death on the cross), and received through faith on the part of the individual. That three. divisioned rule is well set forth in Romans 3:23.25. It is by grace (verse 24), based on blood verse 25), and through foith verse 25).
1. By Grace

To say that salvation is by grace Is to say that salvation, in its entirety, is a work of God for man. It indicates man's helpless and hopeless condition, the fact that he has neither the ability nor the inclination to save himself. Even a casual examination of Scripture reveals that there was, and is, no merit or good in man that would obligate God to act in his behalf. Romans 3:10.18 is a merciless and damning indictment of all mankind. It, along with other Scriptures, reveals man's utterly corrupt and sinful condition (Genesis 6:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 7:18). If man is to be saved it must be from without himself. 

Just as the Bible clearly asserts that man has neither the means nor the desire to accomplish his own salvation, so does it clearly depict that, from start to finish, it is all of God. He is its Author and Finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "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).
2. By Christ's Blood

Here is something that fallen man refuses to accept, that is, ". . . without the shedding of blood is no remission" Hebrews 9:22). But the Scriptures are saturated with the teaching and statements that we are saved by the blood of Christ. The blood, of course, represents His life that was given on Calvary's cross - not the life that He lived on earth, much though that might mean to us. His death is the grounds of our redemption. (Examine closely Romans 3:24-25; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18, 2:24; II Corinthians 5:21.)

God does not forgive sin in our sense of the word, that of overlooking it. The Bible teaches that when Christ died on the cross the justice of God was satisfied as far as the sin-question was concerned. All the claims of His holy law against the sinner were settled in that death. He became the believer's substitute, One Who was provided by God Himself to take the sinner's place. In Christ's death God could vindicate .His righteousness and yet save the sinner.

Nor would any other sacrifice do. "The blood of bulls and goats (the Old Testament sacrifices) could never take away sin" (Hebrews 10:4). God did not arbitrarily appoint the death of Jesus Christ as the sole means of salvation. This would have been an unnecessary and exceedingly cruel act had there been any other way. Christ was sent; He came and died, because nothing else could solve the sin problem. Salvation is not just by blood; it must be by His blood.
3. By Faith

That salvation is by faith and faith alone is the clear teaching of the New Testament Scriptures. At least 135 times do they state that believe (have faith) is all that a sinner must or can do to be saved. "For by grace are ye saved through faith" (Ephesians 2:8-9) and "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved ... " (Acts 16:31) present this truth as plainly as words can. In addition to these are numerous other Scriptures which teach that no self. effort or good works can ever save. It is "not by deeds of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us ... (Titus 3:5); "For by grace are ye saved through faith ... not of works lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

However, faith is not some act or quality which makes its possessor worthy of salvation. Faith is simply the channel through which it comes, the hand that receives the gift. All too often an unwarranted emphasis is placed on believing or faith, making it seem some sort of work for God and thus marking out the one with faith as deserving of salvation.

But faith cannot save. Only Christ can do that. It is not our faith but the blood of Christ that forever settled the sinquestion. Faith Is resting in God, depending on what He has done for us, not what we do for Him.
A Change in Citizenship

Salvation is far more than just deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin. It means rescue from the power, the control and the government of Satan. It means being brought into relationship with God, coming under His control, and a transfer of citizenship into His Kingdom. All humanity dwells in one or the other of two camps, either God's or Satan's. There is no middle ground, no alternative. "We know that we (Christians-believers) are of God and the whole world (all others-unbelievers) lieth in the wicked one" (l John 5:19 NASV). This change in leadership and citizenship is no small thing, necessitating as it did the death of Christ for its accomplishment (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Two passages of Scripture relating to that remarkable change are here quoted. "Giving thanks unto the Father ... Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son" (Colossians 1:12.13). "And you hath He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world; according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan) ... Among whom we all had our manner of life in times past ... and were by nature the children of wrath ... But God. Who is rich in mercy ... hath made us alive together with Christ ... and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 2:1.6). And this is only part of it. Indeed the Christian can sing, "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought .
Three Time Periods

There are three time periods in the salvation of the believer-past, present and future. He has been saved, is being saved, and will be saved.
1. Salvation Past

Salvation past takes in all that God has done for His child when He saved him from the guilt and penalty of sin. That he has thus been saved there can be no doubt. "There is therefore now no condemnation judgment) to them that are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall never come into condemnation judgement); but is (already) passed from death into life" (John 5:24)
2. Salvation Present

In this aspect of salvation the keeping power of God is evidenced. Scriptures are clear to the effect that the one who has once been saved can never be lost. Once he has been justified (declared righteous) his glorification (entrance into heaven) irrevocably follows (Romans 8:30). The Holy Spirit of God has sealed (preserved) the believer until the day of his final redemption (Ephesians 4:30). "He shall never perish, neither shall any (one or thing) pluck him out of the Father's hand" (John 10:28) and there is absolutely nothing that can separate him from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39). The believer is "kept by the power of God" (! Peter 1:5), not by his own efforts or goodness.
3. Salvation Future 

  Under this heading would be included all the matchless and unfathomable blessings and positions which the child of God under grace will one day inherit and possess. When it is considered that the glorified Christ is the pattern to which the believer is ultimately to be conformed, the imagination is staggered and faith is taxed to its limit. But this is the sure Word of God. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (! John 3:2). "For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile (lowly) body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body . . ." (Philippians 3:20.21). 

It is no wonder that it is called "so great salvation."

 Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul.

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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