Sunday, August 31, 2014

Who Is This Man Who Says He’s God?- Cecil Spivey

 
Who Is This Man Who Says He’s God?
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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Jesus is Jehovah-God - Cecil Spivey



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Peace With God, Access To God And The Hope Of Glory by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam




Peace With God, Access To God And The Hope Of Glory 
  by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

According to Romans 4:25, Christ was delivered to death for our sins and then raised from the dead because He had fully settled our debt. The results of this mighty work of redemption are marvelous indeed to ponder over.

First, it means for every believer in Christ, that “being justified by faith we have peace with God” (Romans 5:1). If Christ has paid for our sins and the barrier between God and us has been removed, why should we not enjoy peace with God? Why should we not rise in the morning, go about our work during the day and retire at night with complete confidence that all is well; that we are at peace with God and that He loves us as His very own?

But more: Verse 2 goes on to say that by Christ we also have “access by faith into this grace wherein we stand.” If the barrier of sin has been removed and we are at peace with God, what is there to keep us out of His presence, especially when He Himself bids us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”? (Hebrews 4:16). How wonderful to have a standing before God in grace! to be at peace with Him and to enjoy free access into His presence by faith!

But there is still more. Not only does the believer in Christ enjoy peace with God and access to God, but, as this same verse says: “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” “Hope” in the Bible is, of course, more than a wish. It is an eager anticipation of wonderful things to come. Hebrews 6:19 says: “Which hope we have as an anchor to the soul, both sure and stedfast.” Man has always been afraid of the glory of God. When the glory of the Lord shone round about the Judaean shepherds “they were sore afraid.” This was because “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But the simplest believer in Christ may rejoice in the anticipation of sharing God’s glory some day.


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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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GODLY LIVING IN CHRIST -By Pastor John McKay


Scripture Reading: II Timothy 3:12


A Greek proverb states, "He who does not get thrashed, does not get educated." Depending on the student's attitude, of course, discipline is vitally important in any achieving or learning process.

The Lord teaches us how to live. He first gives us the warning, " ....let none of you suffer as ... an evildoer ... " and " ... what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God" (I Peter 4:15 and 2:19-20). It is evident that the Christian exercised by discipline from God's Hand, has profit, holiness, and the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Being "thrashed" by the Lord's gracious and tender Hand is proof that we are His children. It is definitely a part of the Christian life ("godly living"). See Hebrews 12:6-11.

Our own passage, II Timothy 3:12, has a second consideration. " ... all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Each believer will have a differing degree of suffering or trouble according to the will of God. To know who we are "in Christ" and what we have in Him, will not only bring us to conflict with evil (the spiritual warfare), but will enable us to "abide under the will of God" and not try to get out from under what He appoints. We must hold up in a courageous manner when suffering to obtain the benefit that Christ wants us to have. "If we suffer ('go through suffering' patiently'), we shall also reign with Him ... " (II Timothy 2:12). Don't thrash yourself, but accept God's thrashing. It will teach us godly living, and provide more reward for God's glory. See I Peter 3:17.

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men 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




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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Four Kinds Of Men - by Pastor C. R. Stam


According to St. Paul’s inspired epistles, the human race is divided into four categories:

    The natural man, i.e., the fallen son of Adam, as he is, without God. Of him the Apostle says: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” ( I Corinthians 2:14).

    The babe in Christ.  When a person sees himself as a sinner and trusts Christ as his Saviour, he is “born again” and becomes a “babe in Christ”. But babes can and should grow, so these are exhorted: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere [pure] milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).

    The carnal Christian is one who, though perhaps a Christian for years, has not grown, due to indifference and neglect of the Word of God. He still has to be treated as a babe in Christ. The Corinthian believers were examples of this. Paul had to write them: “I…could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear [digest] it, neither yet now are ye able” (I Corinthians 3:1,2). Everybody loves a baby, but the joy that fills the hearts of loving parents turns to bitterest sorrow if their baby fails to grow.

    The spiritual Christian is one who, through prayerful study of the Word of God, has grown to spiritual maturity. He is no longer merely a child of God; he is a “man of God”. We should all “desire the sincere [pure] milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” (IPet.2:2) — “THAT WE HENCEFORTH BE NO MORE CHILDREN, TOSSED TO AND FRO, AND CARRIED ABOUT WITH EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE” (Eph.4:14). Let us then heed St. Peter’s inspired exhortation: “BUT GROW IN GRACE, AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST” (II Peter 3:18).



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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WHAT CHRIST WAS MADE - by Pastor J. C. O'Hair



“But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE of a woman, MADE under the law. Galatians 4:4.

“And the Word was MADE flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth:” John 1:14.

“But we see Jesus, Who was MADE a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.

“Who is MADE, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” Hebrews 7:16.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be MADE like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation, for the sins of the people:’ Hebrews 2:17.

“Concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh:” Romans 1:3.

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

“But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE of a woman, MADE under the law. Galatians 4:4.

“And the Word was MADE flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth:” John 1:14.

“But we see Jesus, Who was MADE a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.

“Who is MADE, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” Hebrews 7:16.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be MADE like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation, for the sins of the people:’ Hebrews 2:17.

“Concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh:” Romans 1:3.

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

“But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE of a woman, MADE under the law. Galatians 4:4.

“And the Word was MADE flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth:” John 1:14.

“But we see Jesus, Who was MADE a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.

“Who is MADE, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” Hebrews 7:16.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be MADE like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation, for the sins of the people:’ Hebrews 2:17.

“Concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh:” Romans 1:3.

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

“But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, MADE of a woman, MADE under the law. Galatians 4:4.

“And the Word was MADE flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth:” John 1:14.

“But we see Jesus, Who was MADE a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9.

“Who is MADE, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.” Hebrews 7:16.

“Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be MADE like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation, for the sins of the people:’ Hebrews 2:17.

“Concerning His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, which was MADE of the seed of David according to the flesh:” Romans 1:3.

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

WHAT BELIEVERS ARE MADE IN CHRIST

“For He hath MADE Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be MADE righteous.” Romans 5:19.

“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is MADE unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” I Corinthians 1:30.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath MADE me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are MADE nigh by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, Which hath MADE us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints.” Colossians 1:12.

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath MADE us acceptable in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6.

“For now being MADE free from sin, and become servants of God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22.

“And hath raised us up together, and MADE us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6.



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Lord’s Prayer Dispensationally - Considered


scripture Reading:

    “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.”

    – Matthew 6:7,8

Religious leaders love to have their people recite the Lord’s Prayer. It’s been the religious thing to do for centuries. The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most beautiful, meaningful, and touching prayers in the Prophetic Scriptures, but those who recite it today are committing two major blunders. First, the Lord warned the disciples that they were not to pray this prayer, or any prayer for that matter, repetitiously (Matthew 6:5-7). Prayer is not a religious exercise, but rather communication with God; therefore, it should always be spoken from the heart. Second, the Disciples Prayer, which is the correct connotation for this prayer, was given as a model for those who would be called upon to endure the Tribulation. Since the Body of Christ is delivered from the wrath to come, this prayer does not apply to us in this dispensation (I Thessalonian 5:9).

The Disciples’ Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.The reference here to “our Father” is to the God and Father of Israel — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In prophecy, heaven was His throne and earth His footstool. His name was so holy that the Jews feared they might inadvertently speak it in vain, consequently they changed it from Yahweh to Adonai — Master, Ruler (Deuteronomy 5:11; Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 15:31; Luke 1:68).

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.The hope of every Israelite was the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom. God’s will for the earth is to overthrow the kingdoms of this world and establish the millennial kingdom of His dear Son (II Samiul 7:8-17; Luke 1:68-72; Revelation 11:15; 20:6).

Give us this day our daily bread.In the future Tribulation, God will set a table in the wilderness for His people, as He did in time past. The saints in that day will find it necessary to pray for their daily provision of food, since they will be unable to buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast. Subsequently, God will supernaturally nourish the chosen nation (Revelation 12:14 cf. Revelation 13:13-18).

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.Today we are to forgive others, even as God for Christs sake has forgiven us, but under the kingdom gospel, forgiveness was based upon a like-spirit (Matthew 18:21-35 cf. Ephesians 4:32).

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil [Gr. noun: evil one]. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. The sense here is, “Lord lead us not into the Great Tribulation, but deliver us from Satan, who brings death and destruction in his wake” (Revelation 6:7-11; 12:12; 13:1-10).




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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Just Being Here - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



When you sigh for heaven, remember:

    “…Christ…loved the Church, and gave Himself for it…That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25,26).

Too readily we forget that Christ loves us infinitely more than we love Him; that He paid the penalty for our sins on cruel Calvary and shed His life’s blood that one day He might have us for Himself to share His glory with Him forever.

Surely, then, He would rather have us at His side in heaven than here in this scene of sin and sorrow, and sickness and death. We should bear this in mind when we long that we might leave this world and go to be with Him.

But there is more: The Saviour, who was exiled from this earth, and is, even now, rejected by men, has not yet rejected them. Rather, He has left us here as His ambassadors on hostile territory, to plead with his enemies, praying them “in His stead” to be reconciled to God, assuring them that He has done all that is necessary to effect a reconciliation (II Corinthians 5: 20,21).

And this is His attitude toward mankind now, though the prophetic Scriptures declare so emphatically that man’s rejection of Christ was to be — and will be — visited with the severest judgment (Psalms 2:4-9; Acts 2:16-20).

But not yet! Though man had declared war on Christ (Acts 4:26,27), He did not yet make a counter-declaration, but interrupted the prophetic program to save Saul of Tarsus, the leader of the rebellion and sent him forth to usher in the present “dispensation of the grace of God” (Ephesians 3:1-3).

This is why, in His love and compassion, He leaves us here still to plead with His enemies: “Be ye reconciled to God”. And what about His special love for us? Entirely apart from rewards earned by service or suffering for Him, God will richly reward us (II Corinthians 4:17) just for being here as “ambassadors for Christ”.



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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PAUL TELLS OTHERS ABOUT HIS GOSPEL by C. R. Stam



 
    It is true that now there is but one gospel and God's anathema is pronounced upon any who would presume to proclaim any other (Gal.1:8,9), but those who suppose that Paul proclaimed the same good news which the twelve before him had proclaimed, should carefully read Galatians 2:1-9.

The twelve had been proclaiming our Lord's kingdom rights in "the gospel of the kingdom". The kingdom having been rejected, however, God raised up Paul to proclaim "the Gospel of the Grace of God" (Acts 20:24). In Galatians 1:11,12, this apostle declares:

"But 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."

This is only one of many passages in which he declares that he was commissioned to proclaim a special message by the glorified Lord Himself (Ephesians 3:1-4; Romans 16:25; etc.).

Now in Galatians 2:2, the apostle states: "I went up by revelation [God sent him] and communicated unto them [the apostles and elders at Jerusalem] that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles...." But was he not merely checking to make sure that he and they were preaching the same good news? No, for he goes on to say: "But [I went] privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain".

Verses 7 and 9 then go on to tell how "they saw" and "perceived" the grace that had been given to Paul, so that they publicly and officially gave him "the right hands of fellowship", acknowledging him as the apostle of grace, sent to the world with a message of grace:

"Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DENIALS OF CULTS - by Ed Stevens




  DENIALS OF CULTS  
by Ed Stevens


            Does God's Word predict that in the last days, prior to Christ's second coming there will be great revival with greatly increased numbers of souls desiring the truth and walking in it? To the contrary, it predicts that men "shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables." "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; homing their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats (Roman Catholicism!) which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be . . . (among other things) blasphemers . . . having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof; from such turn away. So do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." (II Timothy 4:4; I Timothy 4:1-3; II Timothy 3:1-5,8). See also II Thessalonian 2:3.

            It is characteristic of humans to "follow the crowd". This is tragically true also in religion.

            Christians believe, indeed, all men sense that the last days are at hand. As to virtually all the fast growing religious organizations today, biblical investigation proves that "having a form (semblance or profession) of godliness" (true Christianity) there is denial of "the power thereof". Briefly stated, this is (1) disbelief of Christ's dying words on the cross, "It is finished". That all the necessary work for man's redemption was fully accomplished in the life and death of man's great Substitute, God's heaven-sent last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ. (2) Denial of the full truth of regeneration either as to its necessity ("Ye must be born again", John 3:7), or of there being thus "a new creature" or "new man" spiritually formed (II Corinthians 5 :17; Galatiansatians 6 :15; Ephesians 2 :15;4:24 ), which new man "sinneth not" and "cannot sin because he is born of God" (I John 3:9). (3) That salvation is "everlasting life", "eternal redemption" and perfection, there being no possibility of any future condemnation whatsoever after death or of ever being lost again (John 3:16,36;5:24;10:28; Hebrews 9 :12 ;10 :14 ; Co1ossians 2 :10 ; Romans 8 :1,30,38,39 ) . Many other references could be added.

            All the above truth is denied by the following large and growing religious institutions: Seventh Day Adventism, Roman Catholicism, so-called "Jehovah's Witnesses", Mormonism, Christian (?) Science, and Pentecostalism. It is note worthy that in each of these, except the "Witnesses", there is belief in visions and in revelations additional to God's completed holy Word. Also, behold the number of women founders. Perilous times indeed! Let God's Word explain and warn!

Warnings!

            Dire warning to all who deny the deity of Jesus Christ is given in John 8:21, 24, " ... whither I go ye cannot come . . . if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins". Christ here identified himself as being "Immanuel" — God with us, "the Mighty God", the One "from everlasting", foretold in Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 and Micah 5:2. Bold denial of this truth so essential to salvation is made by the false "Jehovah's Witnesses", "Christian Science", Mormons, Christadelphians, Theosophists, Unitarians, "Unity" cultists and all modernist preachers.

            The Word of God was completed by Christ's apostles "that the man of God might be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy3:17). Then beware of later — much later "revelations" and "visions", which clash with Proverbs 30:5,6: — "Every word of God is pure . . . Add thou not unto His words lest He reprove thee and thou be found a liar". Colossiansossians 2:18 warns against and describes vision seers, having "a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things he has seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head . . . " (Christ, R.V.), Compare Weymouth's translation:  . . .  "taking his stand on the visions he has seen and idly puffed up by his unspiritual thoughts ... "

            Warning against women teachers is found in I Timothy 2:11-14 and I Corinthians 14:34:—" Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach. nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence . . . " "Let .your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak (Le., as teachers): but they are commanded to he under obedience as also saith the law." Observe, however, the list of women leaders and teacher-founders: — Mrs. E. G. White of Seventh Day Adventism, Mrs. McPherson of Pentecostalism, Mrs. Mary Baker F. G. P. Eddy of Christian Science (so-called), the Fox sisters of Spiritism, and Madame Blavatsky with Annie Besant of Theosophy. These all rebelled against the law of God.

            Finally, God's Word warns against those who preach "another gospel" or "a different gospel", (R.V.). "There be some that trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed . . . " (Galatians 1:6-9). "This false "gospel" voices the necessity of works in addition to faith in order to finally receive salvation. It is keep the commandments (some stress the Saturday Sabbath), keep up confessions of sin, do penance, etc. To preach thus is to acquire God's curse!

            "To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this Word (the Bible) it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

Faith Manifested By Works

            James 2:14-26, much used by the above named and described folk, does not teach faith plus works for salvation. Here is taught the difference between dead (so-called) faith which has no "works" and the true living faith with its identifying good works. By his "works a man is justified (this word does not mean 'to get saved' but, to be declared right or just) and not by (professed) faith only" (v.24). The words in v.14, "can faith save him" is properly rendered, "can such faith save him" in the Revised Version. James does not contradict Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Romans3:20-30; 4:1-6; Galatians .2:16,21;3:1-3,21. Here we read that only faith in Christ, i.e., faith in HIS finished work for man's redemption, His perfect law keeping and His vicarious (in our place) suffering the penalty for all men's sin on the cross when He cried, "My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken me?" can save anyone.

            To prove error's ever-present inconsistency as found with false gospel preachers this writer has asked several Adventist preachers, for example, who professed to agree perfectly that salvation by grace through faith without works was God's plan of salvation both before and after the cross, whether one would be forever lost if he did not keep the Saturday Sabbath. In each case the answer was, Yes! Plainly, in their particular organized system of religion they must bow to the authority (?) of their founder-prophetess, the vision seeing Mrs. Ellen G. White. The same inconsistency and devil-inspired deception is found in these other systems mentioned above. Roman Catholicism, for instance, increasingly exalts Mary, the human mother of Christ as a goddess, "the queen of heaven" as being the only mediator between God and man. ("There is one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus", I Timothy2:5) The one system is no more wicked and damning than the other.

God's Clarion Call

            Reader, if unsaved, why not heed and accept the gospel of the grace of God as proclaimed in I Corinthians 15:1-6: —"I declare unto you the gospel . . . wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved .. . how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and rose again the third day according to the scriptures and that He was seen . . . " of witnesses — the apostles and others.

            "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my Word and believeth him that sent me HATH everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation (judgment); but is passed from death unto life". "He that believeth on the son HATH everlasting life, and he that believeth not on the Son shall not see life but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 5:24;3:36).

Salvation is instantaneous!

            Thank God, though our walk may be imperfect, our standing — our life (as a "new creature", or "new man"), our righteousness, our eternal salvation is in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto (not by our) good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

            "Wherefore, come out from among them and be ye (believers) separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you" (II Corinthians6:17). "And the Lord added to the Church daily such as were being saved" (Acts 2:47, R.V. See also 5:14; 11:24). "So we (believers) being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another" (Romans 12:5). No other membership is authorized in God's Word.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

God, Who Cannot Lie, Promised - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “In hope of eternal life, which GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED…” (Titus 1:2).

In the Mediterranean Sea there lies an island which in Paul’s day had a very bad reputation. It’s name is Crete. To Titus, a pastor sent to evangelize the inhabitants, the Apostle Paul wrote: “One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said. The Cretians are always liars…” (Titus 1:12), and he added: “This witness is true” (Ver. 13). Paul knew this to be a fact, for he had labored among them. Indeed, even secular history bears witness to this trait of the Cretians, for we are told that in ancient times to call a man a Cretian was to call him a liar.

How wonderful that St. Paul had succeeded in establishing a few small Christian assemblies on this island and that Titus was now laboring there as his successor! And how reassuring that to Titus and these few believers, surrounded on every hand by people who could not be trusted, Paul could write about “eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised”!

    “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

Thank God, millions have trusted His Word, especially about salvation through the all-sufficient and finished work of redemption wrought by Christ at Calvary, and they have found it to be blessedly true.

In dozens of passages of Scripture God has promised eternal life to those who trust in Christ and His payment for sin. “Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). “[He] was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:36). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Take Him at His Word; His promise is good. “GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED.


 How God Saves Men
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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Does God Save By Election? - by Ed Stevens




Does God Save By Election? 
  by Ed Stevens  


            By what process does a person get saved—what does he do to get saved, what does God do to save him and why? These are the most important questions that have ever confronted man for they vitally affect his peace of mind and heart and they have to do with his eternal destiny. Though the Bible furnishes plain answers there has been continuous disagreement between theologians to this day. We find professing Christianity largely divided under two doctrinal viewpoints such as were championed in the 16th century by two theologians named John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius. The latter's views predominate in religious belief today. Briefly, these two viewpoints are as follows:

            (l ) That man can do absolutely nothing on his part to obtain salvation since he is "dead in trespasses and sins" and needs therefore to be "quickened"—made spiritually alive before he can believe the gospel. That God quickens only certain ones whom He chooses or "elects" to eternal salvation and sonship, leaving the rest of mankind to proceed without His intervention towards the lake of fire and eternal torment. That Christ died only for "the elect." This is Calvinism, so-called.

            (2) Opposed to this is the teaching upheld by Arminius that man possesses ability to accept or to reject God's gift of salvation, offered to all, but that permanent possession thereof is conditioned upon good behavior—being "faithful to the end" of his life, there being constant danger of forfeiture through backsliding or failing to obey God's commands. We repeat, this teaching is definitely the most widely promulgated today, although there are many who do believe in eternal security.

            Thank God, we can by humble study find in His precious Word, comparing Scripture with Scripture, beyond doubt or contradiction a true and transparent answer as to the process and duration of one's salvation. Erroneous doctrine will always be found to be not only inconsistent and contradictory but to be founded on only a portion of God's Word. The whole Word, and that rightly divided (II Timothy 2:15) will definitely expose and, annihilate all false doctrine. As a member of Christ's "one body" only (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 4:4), this writer is "outside the camp" of man-made religious organizations and their Calvinist and Arminian dogmas.

            Yes, man is truly "dead in trespasses and sins" as Ephesians 2:1 tells us. All saved people were quickened "when we were dead in sins" (v. 5), but in what sense? This word "dead" has reference, of course, to a spiritual deadness but not like that of a corpse, as Calvinism interprets it; neither is the quickening like that of a corpse coming to life. Adam died spiritually when he fell through disobedience, and so "death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12). But how "dead" was Adam after the fall which brought total depravity upon him and his posterity? Could he not hear God's call? Was he not guilt-conscious, feeling his need of covering, hiding also from God? Could he not come to God? Could he not arrogantly try to justify himself? Could he not understand God's message containing the good news, or gospel of redemption through the woman's promised "Seed" (Christ) ? Genesis 3:10, 11, 15, plainly answers, Yes! "And he said I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself. The woman whom thou gayest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat." Certainly, we see man portrayed here as a capable free moral agent after the fall. Before the fall it was: "eat" and "eat not after the fall it was: "And now lest he take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever . . ."

            We know man was created in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) as a tripartite being, having body, soul, and spirit (I Thes. 5:23). Before the fall, Adam was united to the life of God through spiritual fellowship, living in full harmony with God's will. After the fall his spirit could have no fellow-snip with God, being "alienated (estranged away) from the life of God" (Ephesians 4:18), but 114 spirit was not as lifeless as a corpse any more than was his soul or body, for all three did not and do not now in unsaved men cease to function. Electionists themselves admit that "by the fall man did not cease to be a creature endowed with understanding and will though spiritually dead," but they rub it all out in their contradictory statement that "only through the grace of regeneration is freedom of the will restored and only then are they given a hearing ear and ability to believe." They arbitrarily teach that man has free will enough to reject salvation but possesses no free will to accept it!

            God's Word teaches that none are too dead to feel (some are "past feeling"---Ephesians 4:18, 19), or to hear (John 5:24; Romans.10:13-17), or to receive, take, or accept (Luke 18:17; Revelation 22:17; John 1:11, 12), or to be convicted and to believe (John 16:8-10), or to repent and come to "the obedience of faith" (Acts 17:30; Romans 16:26).

            Since being "dead" in sin is to be estranged away from the life of God, therefore, being "quickened" or regenerated—being "born again" is to be brought back into union with God's life, and, more than that, according to the apostle Paul's God-given revelation, we are positionally placed "in Christ." being made a "new creature" in Him (Ti Corinthians 5:17). Just when one is quickened is now the question before us. Is it before and apart from believing the gospel of the grace of God as Calvinism teaches? God's Word declares it takes place the moment one believes, as seen for instance in John 5:24, "Verily, verily, I say unto you he that heareth my Word and believeth Him that sent me hath eternal life and cometh not into judgment but hath passed out of death into life" (R. V.). So also in Ephesians 1:13, ". . . in whom having believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise."

God Moves First

            What does a man do and what does God do that a man might be saved? Scripturally, the order of action is not man doing something first, for it is God who moves first for the salvation of every man. as seen in Romans 2:4, ". . . knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee TO repentance." Such repentance (having another mind) is of course associated with acquiescent, or willing response to God's goodness. Otherwise, as stated in verses 4 and 5, His goodness is spurned: "Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God." God commands "all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17: 30). The word "longsuffering" in Romans 2:4 and 9:22 certainly implies free will in man does it not?

            The Spirit of God strives with all men, though "not always", or without cessation (Genesis 6:3), to lead them to repentance and salvation. Let Electionists who glibly quote Isaiah 45:9 and Romans 9:20, assuming that man as inanimate clay in the hands of the Lord is made by Him into vessels of "honour" or "dishonour," wrath or mercy, only by His sovereign choice (or whim)—let them remember that in Isaiah 45:9 we also read: "Woe to him that striveth with his Maker." Man can respond one way or another towards God's actions towards him!

            God very definitely acts in the life of every human being for his possible salvation. He is "long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9). "Who would have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (I Timothy 2:4). "The grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men" (Titus 2:11, R. V.). Christ "was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9). Why, we ask, is light given man (John 3:19, 20) ? The Calvinists' lame explanation of this verse (difficult for them) is that while here is seen one of God's "common graces" to mankind, this verse only shows man to be in the position of being totally unable. Accordingly, thus, this is as far as this "grace" ( ?) goes for they further teach that the natural man is incapable of seeing spiritual light. That this is quite unscriptural is proved from the following texts:

            "While ye have light believe in the light, that ye may be children of the light"—John 12:36.

            "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened . . . if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance ... "—Hebrews 6:4-6. See also 10:26 and II Peter 2:20; Romans 1:18,21,28.

            We ask, How about God's nation Israel, were they not much enlightened, but very many died unsaved? God enlightens "every man" because He knows response is possible on man's part for either his salvation or his damnation (Mark 16:16; John 3:18; 12: 46-48). This answers the question, What chance have the heathen without missionaries ?

Salvation Or Faith The "Gift"?

            One of Calvinism's primary arguments is that accepting Christ is "good works". They then pose the question, Can man act outside the bounds of his nature which is only evil as pictured in Psalm 53:1-3; Romans 1:29-32; 3:10-18? Thus, they argue, if the natural man can accept Chris', with some help from the Holy Spirit, then man can do spiritual good and is not totally unable and depraved. This seemingly indisputable argument is easily broken down. What saith the Scriptures?

            The word "act" does not necessarily imply only works of the flesh which we know are utterly useless for salvation. God does, however, require one act on man's part to be "born of the Spirit" in regeneration. As recorded in John 3:14-16 our Lord pointed out this act in the typology of Israel's experience with the brazen serpent which Moses "lifted up". He

            made the looking on the serpent to obtain physical healing to be a clear-cut parallel to believing on Him for spiritual healing or receiving "everlasting life". And that such life is available for all men is abundantly testified in the twice repeated words, "WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH in Him". Thus also, God spake by Isaiah, "LOOK unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth ... " (Isaiah 45:22). Yes, man can "act" in a look of faith in Jesus Christ, the only act that can and will save him.

            Though lost, man exists in the created "likeness" of God (Genesis 1:26), (though in a sadly fallen state) having God consciousness, with ability to love, hate, despise, learn, choose, repent, fear, desire, "call on the name of the Lord" (see Acts 2:21, 40), reject or accept spiritual light (John 12:36), yield to or resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). Please ponder Proverbs 1:20-33 as an outstanding passage confirming all this. Man with free will can be persuaded, as was Abraham (Romans 4:21,29). See also II Corinthians 5:11 — "we persuade men", and Luke 16:31 — "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead".

            Ephesians 2:8,9 touches the very heart of the question as to how a man is saved. Does its construction teach us that faith is the gift or salvation only? The Electionists stoutly maintain that faith is the gift first and foremost, connecting this with "and that not of yourselves". They ask us, "Is faith inherent in man ?" We reply that if it is not, why should "the God of the spirits of all flesh" command "all men everywhere to repent"; why exhort, yea, plead with men with outstretched triads

            (Romans10:21) to believe His message of free salvation for all? There are hundreds of such verses.

            Men constantly believe or disbelieve whether it be things temporal or things spiritual. Men believe in idols as they bow to them. The Athenians believed in an "unknown God" and were told by Paul that this God whom they ignorantly worshipped would have them "seek the Lord if haply they might feel after Him and find Him though He be not far from every one of us" who are "the offspring of God" (Acts 17:27,29).

            The wording of Ephesians 2:8,9 points to salvation as being "the gift", as a result of faith. Rotterdam's clarifying translation here is supported by the entire Word: "For by His favor have ye been saved through means of faith, and this hath come to pass not from you, of God the free gift! Not from works lest any many should boast". Never is faith said to be a "free gift"! Salvation and not faith is referred to as being "not of works", or, "not by works of righteousness which we have done" (Titus 3:5). In v.8 the words "it is" are interpolated—"not of yourselves: the, gift of God" is the correct reading. "The, gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our lord" (Romans 6:23)

            A gift is not a gift hen works enter in; neither is it offered without, knowing it can he accepted, or refused as a person's inclination (free will) may manifest itself. The humble accept God's gift of salvation; the proud reject it (Matthew 18:3; I Timothy 6:3,4).

            "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure", we read in Philippians 2:13. Calvinists use this text to teach that God's Spirit must first enter a man in order to make him willing and able to spiritually see and believe the gospel. This is doing violence to God's Word and "handling it deceitfully" (see II Corinthians 4:2). Please note that this is addressed "to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi" (1:1) and that "in you" God worketh — present tense.

            Some will even use Galatians 5:22—"the fruit of the Spirit is . . . faith", as though faith is not possible without first being indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

            God's Word plainly teaches that the moment one believes with the heart on Christ, he is quickened and entered by the Holy Spirit, who then wills, performs and produces "fruit". For proof see John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13 and John 7:39 — "But this spake He of the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive".

            Christ is not said in Hebrews 12:2 to be the originator of "our faith" — "our" is interpolated. It should read, "the captain and perfecter of faith" (see R.V. margin). In view of the heroes of faith of chapter 11 Christ was supreme as a leader in what He "endured".

            Let those who insist on believing that God must first make (coerce) men to want to get saved, reflect on these inspired words as they appear in Matthew 23:37; Isaiah 30:15; Nehemiah 9:30; Proverbs 1:24-33: "I would, but ye would not." Just as men sin because they want to sin, so no man is saved unless he WANTS to be saved. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness (who want it) for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). According .to Hebrews 10:26-29 unbelievers will come under the "judgment and fiery indignation" of God because they sinned "WILFULLY" in NOT BELIEVING on God's Son who died for them and gave them "the knowledge of the truth."

            All of man's triple, interrelated being co-operates in his becoming saved. In body, the physical ear or sight of the eyes; in soul, the emotions, volition, desires, etc.; in spirit, God consciousness, conviction, reasoning—"Come let us reason together, saith the Lord" (Isaiah 1:18; 43:26). "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching the innermost parts" or the entire man (Proverbs 20:27, R. V.). Compare I Corinthians 2:11: "for what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man which is in him?" Man's spirit can have intimate relationship with God. The Spirit of God convicts the world of sin because they "believe not" on Christ, we read, in John 16:9. Man's accountability is declared in that all unbelievers are termed "children of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2; 5:6).

"Covenant Child" Doctrine

            In their dogma that "infants are to be baptized as heirs of the kingdom of God and of his covenant" Calvinists teach that salvation comes by "covenant" and by the WORKS of water baptism. This is contrary to God's Word (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-10). Episcopalians more brazenly teach that baptized infants are "made a member of Christ, a child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of God"! Lutherans hold similar teaching. Plainly, here is a carry-over from Roman Catholicism. The Lord only knows how many souls have' gone to a Christless eternity through trusting in such false unfounded doctrines.

            In Acts 16:30, 31, we find a jailor asking, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (if they likewise believe individually, for no one is ever saved because he, as born of saved parents is a so-called "covenant child"). One of the great errors of Calvinism is the unwarranted spiritualizing and appropriation of the temporal portion of God's covenant with Abraham as connected with his physical seed and the land which his physical seed would possess. Please read here Genesis 17:7-10. Their horrible doctrine that babies of unsaved, parents dying in infancy will be lost in eternal torment is refuted by John 1:29, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world". Thus all dying as unaccountables are redeemed in Christ. John 1:9 shows all others to be accountable.

            All know that infant baptism is nowhere taught in God's Word. Electionists say it took the place of infant circumcision which was imposed on Abraham's physical seed as "a token of the covenant" between God and Abraham. Thus was formed the dogma that a child who is born of saved parents is an elect "covenant child" and is to be baptized as such. Salvation is in this way inherited, if you please, as though God makes a "covenant" with believers "and their seed in their generations," according to Genesis 17:7-10 (??). To this questionable theology is likewise added the misappropriated and misunderstood promise God made to Israel in the third commandment: ". . . showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments"—as though this reads, "unto thousands of generations."

            God also promised Abraham a future Seed, Christ, and all who "walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham", i.e., having personal faith in Christ, thus being "in Him", become the spiritual seed of Abraham and are "blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places" (Romans 4:12; Galatians 3:6, 7, 16, 29; Ephesians 1:3). Christ "came unto His own (Israel) and His own received Him not; but as many as received Him, to them gave He power (or the privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name", we read in John 1:11, 12. The 13th verse does not describe the new birth as coming to pass oppositely from the natural birth, as Electionists read into it: "Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." it simply declares that sonship with God has no connection with the natural birth—the only birth "His own" had experienced. Contrast is pointed out. So also in John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit".

            Again, in James 1:18, the words "of His own will begat He us" must not be taken to mean man has no exercise of will at all in his conversion. The meaning is: God willed it that we who are begotten of Him "with the Word of truth", "should be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures".

            All the unsaved are "without excuse" in time and eternity. "Because that when they knew God (through enlightenment) they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful" for His kind and conciliatory attitude towards them. "Wherefore God also gave them up . . . " (Romans 1:20,21,24). We can add to this John 1:9; 12:32; 16:8-11; Hebrews 6:4. In foreknowing who would accept His testimony and who would not, God quickened accordingly. "The Son quickeneth whom He will", we read in John 5:21. The rejecters of His testimony God could not "will" to save, otherwise He would be a respecter of persons which He is not — see Romans 2:11; Acts 10:34.

            Through enlightening man's darkness (Psalms 107: 8-10; Isaiah 42:7,8; John 12:46) the door is opened for saving faith in the conviction and apprehension of that light. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word" — Romans 10:17. When light is rejected man's "lamp" is "put out" — Proverbs 20:27; 13:9; II Peter 2:15,17. Only those who "believe not", please notice, are "blinded" by Satan thereafter, "lest the light of the glory of Christ should dawn upon them" II Corinthians 4:4, R.V.).

FREE WILL IN THE GOSPELS

            Electionists will quote various passages from the gospels in trying to prove that the Lord Jesus caught personal election to salvation and that man has no free will in this matter. In each case the context as well as the entire Word refutes this theory. Here are six of their favorite passages:

            1. John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you and ordained you . . ." Who was here addressed and to what were they chosen? The Lord's twelve disciples, whom He had chosen and ordained to be apostles apart from their choice in the matter. In John 6:70, it is: ". . . have not I chosen you twelve and one of you is a devil?" The choosing is not to salvation, you see, for Judas "went to his own place" as a lost soul.

            2. John 5:21, "For as the Father raiseth up the dead and quickeneth them, even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.' Do not verses 25, 28, 29 reveal that it "now is" the Son's will that ALL "the (spiritually) dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear (i.e., hearken submissively) shall live", and also that in a future time "all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth (quickened physically) ; they that have done good (in a saved life) unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil (in an unsaved life) unto the resurrection of damnation"?  Revelation 20:4,5 shows 1,000 years intervene between these two resurrections.

            3. Matthew 11:27, "All things are delivered unto me of my Father and no man knoweth the Son but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father save the Son and to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." From verse 23 and 18:3 we learn that the Father is not revealed to "the wise and prudent" but to "babes," or the humble minded who are willing to become "as little children."

            4. Matthew 13:10, 11, 13, "And the disciples said, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? And He answered, It is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven but unto them it is not given . . . because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." But why was it "given" to the disciples to know and not to the multitude? Because the disciples believed on Him (Matthew 16:16; John 1:49; 6:68) and our Lord in His foreknowledge knew the multitude would yet clamour for His death (Matthew 26:47; John 19:15). Verse 15 explains why they could not hear, see, nor understand: "This people's heart is waxed gross (through neglecting light received) and their eyes have THEY closed, (like the masses today) lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand and be converted (turned) and I should heal them." As foretold in Isaiah 28:9-14, these "scornful men would not hear" — they would not come unto me." Therefore our Lord wept over Jerusalem saying, "How oft would I have gathered thy children together as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wing and ye would not" (Matthew 23:37). "I am the door; by me if ANY man enter in he shall be saved . . ." (John 10:9).

            5. John 3:27, "A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven." According to the context (v. 32-34), John the Baptist here referred to the heaven-approved ministry of Christ: "And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth ... for He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God." We read in John 7:17, concerning all mankind, "If ANY man willeth to do His will he shall know the doctrine . . ."

            6. John 6:37, "All that the Father giveth unto me shall come unto me and he that cometh, unto me I will in no wise cast out. No man can come unto me except the Father which hath sent me draw him." But notice, please, who the Father gives to the Son and how He draws men to Him. Verse 44 states, "They shall ALL be taught of God (enlightened). Every man therefore that hath heard (submissively) and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." These are given to the Son. See John 5:40, "Ye (unbelievers) will not come unto me that ye might have life." It is not "ye cannot come" but "will not come", showing condemnation is not because of divine prohibition but of human rebellion. "He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God"—John 3:18.

            The word "draw" of John 5:44 is again used in John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth (on the cross) will draw (same Greek word) ALL MEN unto me." Why ignore this verse as well as John 1:9, "That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world"? We praise the Lord that He said, "I am come a light into the world that WHOSOEVER believeth on me should not abide in darkness" (John 12:46).

            God's Word is beautifully harmonious and void of contradiction. We can be all of "one mind and one discernment" (I Corinthians 1:10) if we will allow the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Word, to lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13).

PREDESTINATION - TO WHAT?

            Are some people predestined to be lost and others to be saved? Does the Bible teach such fatalism? No text can be found to teach that any one is predestinated or elected either to be saved or lost! It should be noted that all texts dealing with predestination refer in each case to a being predestined to some particular blessing or position coming as a result of being saved. Take for example, Ephesians 1:4, 5, 11, 12:

            "According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world that we (saved people) should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestinated us unto adoption of children . . . In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things according to the counsel of His own will: that we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ." All who come by faith through the Door, Christ, into God's house will there receive dignity, and honor predestined for them.

            As for II Thessalonian 2:13, 14: . . God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation (notice now what follows) through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, whereunto He called you by our gospel . . ." It is through "belief of the truth" that men are saved and sanctified, or set apart as God's chosen people.

            We learn from Romans 8:29 that God foreknew those whom He did "predestinate to be (again, `to be') conformed to the image of His Son." What was it He foreknew? Was it that which He Himself planned to do or was it foreknowledge of how each person would respond to His call—His command for "all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). The latter, of course. Only those who respond and are saved are effectually called. These He corporately terms "the elect" (Romans 8:28; I Peter 1:2; Romans 11:7—"the election", or remnant).

            In the light of the above, the expression in Acts 13:48: "as many as were ordained (not 'foreordained') to eternal life believed", is not hard to understand, for whom God foreknew would believe, these were ordained, or assigned to eternal life when they believed. Notice free will also in v. 46.

ROMANS NINE

            While those who hold the fatalist view of election independent of human volition think they have much proof for their doctrine in the ninth chapter of Romans, others find it a difficult chapter. If one comes to see that chapters nine to eleven, inclusive, form a parenthesis in Paul's writing, in which he with a burdened heart speaks of the condition and destiny of Israel, his "kinsmen according to the flesh," one will be helped towards seeing in this chapter how election is associated with only two people as individuals, and with two groups of people. In neither case is personal election to salvation the theme.

            It is plain that only one of Isaac's two sons, Jacob and Esau, could be the forefather of the nation Israel and of the coming promised Seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. One of the two must be elected to that position through the sovereign choice of God. The Great Potter elected Jacob to be the "vessel unto (this) honor", it being not at all a question of salvation, you see, for Esau could be saved just as well as his brother —"For God so loved the world (including Esau) that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".

            It was concerning the choice of Jacob as a forefather that "the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him that calleth" (v. 11). It is blasphemy to set forth that God hardens some hearts (as Pharaoh's) so that they cannot believe (just to make His power known) and that through deciding to withhold so-called "regenerating grace" from some, He turns out "vessels of wrath" (just as a human potter handles inanimate clay), and that such vessels are fitted to destruction because God wills not to have mercy upon them! Electionists will immediately answer this accusation by quoting v. 20: "But nay, O man, who art thou that repliest against God . . ." We reply not against God but against all false doctrine, desiring only to honor Him and to uphold His Word of truth.

            After stating the case concerning Jacob and Esau. the apostle Paul explains a parallel case of election touching two groups of people taken from the "lump" of fallen humanity, how God elected one group to become "vessels of wrath" and the other, "vessels of mercy." From verse 22 we learn that Israel as a nation constituted "the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction," whom God "endured with much longsuffering" up to the very time Paul wrote this epistle to the Romans. Verses 23 and 24 designate all effectually called believers. "not of the Jews only but also of the Gentiles" as being made collectively "the vessels of mercy." "Who bath resisted His will" in His choosing thus to cast away His people Israel, collectively, though not individually nor permanently (see Romans 11:15-27) and forming a collective Body, the Church, composed of Jew and Gentile, as being the vessels of mercy? Neither of these two groups may say, "Why hast thou made me thus?" (v.21). Incidentally, please notice how the last verse of Romans nine refutes personal election to salvation: "WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH on Him shall not be ashamed".

            The 16th verse of Romans nine is a difficult verse for many. The key here is to know what the word "it" refers to: "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy". The word 'it" can only refer to God's overall unmeritable grace to humanity, as the context instructs us. In v.15 we are referred to God's pure grace and mercy displayed to the nation Israel after their sinful calf worship. In pure grace He went on with them to Canaan (Exodus 33). This was not of Israel's willingness or her running but of God's mercy.

            Thus it is by God's great grace apart from willingness or behavior on the part of mankind, men could be "justified freely (literally, 'without a cause' in them) by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus"—Romans 5:24. At the same time He is said to be the justifier only "of him which BELIEVETH in Jesus"—v.26.

            The words "it is not of him that willeth", in Romans 9:16, can not possibly have reference to whether or not one is willing to believe on or to receive Jesus Christ to be saved, for this very chapter informs us that the reason Israel "stumbled" and did "not attain to the law of righteousness" was "because they sought it not BY FAITH" — v.31,32. Note also v.8: "the children of the promise" refers to the promise made in grace to the human race, concerning Christ, the "Seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15; Galatians 3:14-18; Romans 2:28,29; 4:20,24). Only believers in Christ are said to be such children (Galatians 3:26).

            What is meant in v.18 by "whom He will He hardeneth"? We know that Pharaoh's heart was hardened by hearing God through Moses and then seeing God's actions in punishment and mercy. When Israel was hardened it was because "they harkened not unto me nor inclined their ear but hardened their neck" (Jeremiah 7:26; 19:15). See also Hebrews 3:8,15. So in general, if men will not heed and respond believingly to God's enlightenment (John 1:9) they are thereby hardened (Proverbs 29:1). That this hardening progresses without change in eternity can be seen by reading Revelation 22:11, R.V. margin.

            That the words, "He hath mercy on whom He will have mercy and whom He will He hardeneth" (Romans 9:18) apply also to the two groups above mentioned is plain, for we read in Romans 11:32 that God will yet "have mercy upon all". As to Israel, "all Israel shall be saved" (the one third left alive—Zech. 13 :8-9) after "the fulness of the Gentiles be come in" (11 :25-2 7 ) , i.e., after the Church is completed and caught up. Because of Israel's "unbelief" God elected that she be broken off from "the root and fatness of the olive tree," i.e., from God's extended favor and mercy (11:17, 20) and that for an indefinite time He would show mercy to those who "in times past have not believed God. yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief" (11:30). Small wonder that those who deny the restoration of Israel (as does Calvinism) are so muddled as to the teaching of Romans nine.

            It is quite true that the Calvinists in holding that some hearts are hardened simply because God wills it so, places God in a preposterous position, for there are four texts in His Word which tell us that God will "laugh" at the calamities of hardened unbelievers (Psalms 2:4; 37:13; 59:8; Proverbs 1:26). Can you, dear reader, picture a God that hardens hearts so that later He can laugh at them, or a God who elects comparatively few to be saved but consigns most of the human race in wrath to eternal punishment because it is not His "sovereign will" to save them? May God help the blind to see who hold this error!


No "Limited Atonement"

            When asked, "Why does God save a man?" we just quote John 3:16 as God's own reply: "For God so loved the world . . " Electionists tell us the word "world" here means the world of the "elect", for this word, they say, like the words, "all men", "every man", etc., has "different usages in Scripture". Furthermore, they teach "particular redemption", or a "limited atonement" -- that Christ died only for "the elect", not for all men. This is damnable heresy for it denies the full scope of Christ's vicarious suffering on the cross for all men.

            The entire Word teaches that Christ was in our place—in the place of ALL MANKIND—forsaken of God on the cross when He cried, "My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken ME?" His was a substitutionary experience for all mankind that He "by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (Hebrews 2:9). Only because men will not personally believe on Christ will they be eternally forsaken of God in the lake of fire! Christ was the only one who was ever damned of God for sin—He was "made sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21). "He that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16). Christ as "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of THE WORLD" is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but for the sins of THE WHOLE WORLD" (John 1:29; I John 2:2). Jesus Christ "gave His life a ransom FOR ALL" (I Timothy 2:6). "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life" (Romans 5:18).

            According to Hebrews 10:29, all men are "SANCTIFIED" or set apart by "THE BLOOD of the covenant". Sore punishment awaits those who count it profane, sinning "willfully" in treading "under foot the Son of God" and insulting "the Spirit of Grace".

            A final mouth-stopping text for deniers of the precious truths is II Peter 2:1 —"But there were false teachers also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even' denying the Lord that BOUGHT THEM and bring upon themselves swift destruction". We do not say this verse applies to the Calvinists but it very definitely shows them to be false teachers as to their "partial atonement" dogma. We are acquainted with their dilemma here and their vain efforts to nullify the plain teaching, in harmony with all the Word — that Christ, our Sovereign God manifest-in-the-flesh Redeemer bought all mankind with His precious blood. If resorting to "the Greek" falls them some will say in desperation what no honest reader will see in this verse, that these men professed they were bought by Christ!

            We can thank God for the blessing and comfort of His plainly revealed Word for all humble readers, with no need to resort to "Greek scholars" or to learn all the complications of that borrowed language. To this millions since Pentecost could say, Amen!

            The logical course of the doctrine of personal election to salvation when pressed far enough will lead on to the false doctrine of the final reconciliation of all, for is it not stated in I Timothy 2:4 that God "will (`would', A.R.V.) have ALL MEN to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth," and in II Peter 3:9 that the Lord is "not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance"?

The Final Reconciliationists use I Timothy 4:10

            .. we trust in the living God who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe," to bolster their teaching that all mankind will eventually be saved, if not "specially" before death by election, then after an age or two of purgatorial correction. Since the doctrine of personal election to salvation is one of their mainstays, their whole -fabrication of error breaks down when such doctrine is shown to be without Scriptural support.

            Praise God, He is righteously reconciled now to all men, "not imputing (charging) their trespasses unto them" (II Corinthians 5:19) and He now invites all men to receive His freely offered salvation. "Behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). Hear His gracious invitation as found on the last page of His written Word, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And WHOSOEVER WILL, let him take of the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:1?). "Make your calling and election sure" by believing "on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know ye have eternal life" (I John 5:13). God made it possible, it is our responsibility to make it actual — to be numbered with the elect body of believers.

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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