Thursday, December 31, 2015

FITLY JOINED TOGETHER - By Ivan Burgener




    "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up unto Him in all things, Which is the Head, even Christ, from Whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love" (Ephesians 4:15,16).

    "Speaking the truth"! What a contrast with the "cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive." The one seeks to edify and build up whereas the other seeks to destroy and tear down. But the desired progress is our "growing up unto Him in all things: We read of faith, full knowledge, a perfect man, the stature of the fulness of Christ and then the opposing "systematic deception."  But this is counteracted by being true or truthful in everything and growing up unto Christ."

    In Ephesians, spiritual growth is pictured in both Temple and Body:

 TEMPLE  Built on foundation of apostles and prophets (Ephesians 2:20) fitly framed together (2:21) Christ the Chief Cornerstone (2:20)

 Grows into holy temple in the Lord (2:21) in Whom you are builded (2:22)

 [Body. mentioned six times in Ephesians chapters 4 & 5] fitly joined together (4: 16) Christ is Head (4:15)

 Grows unto Christ (4:15) out of Whom...makes increase of the body unto building up in love (4:15)

 No amount of activity, or meetings or advertisement or energy will produce growth. Spiritual growth requires life, health, suitable environment, sound food and walking in the light. But growth can be stunted or retarded by an environment lacking essentials of light, water or air. Of these, walking in the light is preeminent!

    Leagues, unions, societies, associations, and even fellowships cannot substitute for growth of the body being "knit together in love" which is the "bond of perfectness." Unity of the Spirit had the "bond of peace" (4:3). Unity of the body has the "bond of love" so fitly joined.

 


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD - by C. R. Stam


          Man, by nature, is afraid of God. When Adam first sinned, he should have gone immediately to God to beg for mercy and forgiveness. Instead he did just what millions are doing today: he ran and hid from God so that God had to come and look for Him, as it were, calling: "Adam... where art thou?" (Genesis 3:9).

 Many people who consider themselves as good, morally, as those about them, or even better, nevertheless feel utterly ill-at-ease in a place of worship, where believers pray and praise God together. This is because in their heart of hearts they know that they have "sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

 Such, however, may come to know, love and enjoy God through faith in Christ. He was Himself God manifested in the flesh, come to earth in love to pay for our sins on Calvary's cross, so that we might have "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7).

 Concerning those who respond in grateful faith and trust in the crucified, risen, glorified Lord for salvation, the Apostle Paul says:

 "Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2).

 Peace with God, and the fellowship which naturally results from this is the most precious treasure the human heart can contain. Yet our fellowship with Him here on earth is but the beginning. Read carefully Ephesians 5:25-27 and see how He took upon Him human form, and died, that He might have us for Himself forever:

 "...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."




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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Monday, December 28, 2015

GRIEVE NOT THE SPIRIT - by C. R. Stam



 The first lesson each believer in Christ should learn is that immediately upon believing he is given everlasting life. Referring to this fact Ephesians 1:13,14 says:

 "In whom ye also trusted, having heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also having believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise."

 Mark well, the believer is not sealed by the Holy Spirit, but "with" the Holy Spirit. The Spirit Himself is the seal. Every sincere believer in Christ, then, should rejoice in an accomplished redemption and rest in the fact that the Holy Spirit will keep him eternally safe.

 But while we cannot lose the Holy Spirit we can, and often do, grieve the Holy Spirit, as we read in Ephesians  4:30. This is why we are told in Romans 8:26 that the Spirit "helpeth our infirmities" and makes intercession for us, that we might live lives which please and honor God.

 The wonderful fact is, however, that "nothing," not even an aggrieved Spirit shall "separate us from the love of God" (Romans 8:38,39). Thus in the same breath with which the Apostle exhorts us not to grieve the Spirit he again reassures us that this same Spirit keeps us eternally safe:

 "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Ephesians  4:30).

 Does this encourage careless living? Those who think so have missed the whole point of Paul’s appeal. The Apostle does not warn the believer that if he grieves the Spirit he will be lost. Rather, in grace he exhorts:

 "Do not grieve the very Spirit who in mercy and love has sealed.




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Saturday, December 26, 2015

AVOID AMBUSH - By Miles Stanford


 "I find therefore the law of my nature to be that when I desire to do what is right, evil is lying in ambush for me" (Romans 7:21, Wey.).

 Struggle in yourself, and be trapped; rest in Him, and be free!

 "Many Christians keep themselves in a perpetual foment through hoping they will get into a situation where they can enjoy a better (and easier) Christian life. They feel enclosed in a net of circumstances from which they cannot escape. They are so wearied and baffled and beaten by the continuous pressure about them that they wish and itch for things to be different, quite sure that if they were only different Christ would be more real. It has not dawned upon them that at the heart of these very circumstances they are to find the Lord Jesus, find His grace sufficient, find the life more abundant." -L.E.M.

 "You might be secretly attempting to correct and improve yourself, and suffering a good deal of private vexation and disappointment on account of the futility of your struggles. It was at a moment when I was utterly discouraged, and ready to give up the whole thing in complete despair, that the Father showed me how I was attempting to work upon the old material which He could only condemn, and had, and that my disgust and despair as to myself were only a feeble echo of His.

 "My Father was not looking for any good in me, and had the Lord Jesus Christ before Him, the perfect and infinitely acceptable Object of His heart. And I, in my nothingness, had ceased to look for good in myself, and began tasting the deep joy of being in Christ, and free to have Him as my Object; while as to life, I entered in some degree into the blessedness of knowing that it was 'not I, but Christ liveth in me.'" -C.A.C.

 "For to me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Boldness Today - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



Boldness Today
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Some may suppose that it would require little boldness today to proclaim grace in all its purity. Who is ever persecuted now, at least in free, enlightened lands, for preaching God’s grace? Ah, but do not be deceived. Satan was no less active in his opposition to the truth when Constantine exalted the professing Church to prominence than when his predecessors persecuted the Church and sent its members to death by fire and sword. Indeed, the devil was doubtless more successful in Constantine’s day than he had been when persecution raged.

Does any believer in the Word of God suppose that Satan has relented in his opposition to the truth today, just because men, at least in this land, are not burned at the stake or thrown to the lions? Do not be misled. Satan’s enmity against God and against His Word continues undiminished. His hatred of “the gospel of the grace of God,” is as bitter, and his opposition to it as determined as it ever was. But well does he know that the constant discouragements connected with being in the minority often succeed in silencing those who would stand against physical persecution.

Today Satan uses the new evangelicalism with its highly- organized, highly-financed campaigns — and its woeful lack of doctrinal and dispensational teaching of the Word — to neutralize the saints. Multitudes are attracted to these neo-evangelical extravaganzas, at which the participants are for the most part performers, and those who stand for the truth often feel very small as compared to the vast unthinking majority. But let us never forget that God uses “things that are not” to accomplish His work (See I Corinthians 1: 26-29).

Let us, who know and love the truth, then, determine by God’s grace that nothing shall make us unfaithful to our glorious commission; that, whatever the cost, we shall faithfully and boldly proclaim to others the unadulterated gospel of the grace of God, “the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation.




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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

God's Eternal Purpose - By CORNELIUS R. STAM



What is the "eternal purpose" of God, spoken of in Ephesians 3:11? How is the "Body of Christ" related to it? Is the Messianic kingdom related to it in any way?

It is evident from the epistles of Paul that while there are many details to God's great plan for the universe, all revolves around one central, eternal purpose. It should be our sincere desire to understand that purpose and how we fit into it.


WHAT IT IS

In examining the Scriptures as to this important subject we should be careful to observe that God's eternal purpose concerns Christ first of all. "The Church which is His Body," is, of course, involved in it, but our Lord Himself stands at the center of the "eternal purpose." Ephesians 1 :9,10 makes this abundantly clear. There the apostle describes "the secret of His will ... which He hath purposed in Himself:

"THAT IN THE DISPENSATION OF THE FULNESS OF TIMES  HE MICHT CATHER TOGETHER IN ONE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, BOTH WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN, AND WHICH ARE ON EARTH; EVEN IN HIM."

God's great plan for the future, then, is to unify all things in heaven and on earth in Christ;  to center all in Him.

How much, in heaven and earth, is now out of center; alienated from God and His Christ. This includes not only the majority of mankind,  under their princes and potentates, but a great  host of heavently angels under the rulership of  Satan, their "prince" (Ephesians 2:2). Indeed, we  believers wrestle "against principalities, against  powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this  world, against wicked spirits in the heavenlies" (Ephesians 6:12).

This is only a temporary situation, however,  for some day the heavens and the earth will  be occupied only by those who love and adore  Christ, including sinners reconciled to God  through Christ. In Colossians 1 :20 the apostle tells us  that "having made peace through the blood of  His cross," it pleased the Father "BY HIM to  reconcile all things unto Himself; BY HIM, I say,  whether they be. things in earth, or things in  heaven." This agrees with his premise in Verse 19:

"FOR IT PLEASED THE FATHER THAT IN HIM SHOULD  ALL FULLNESS DWELL."

In contemplating this glorious scene, how  ever, it should be carefully noted that a recon-  ciled heaven and earth does not spell universal reconciliation. The celestial and terrestrial are  here included, but the infernal is carefully ex  cluded. God has exalted His Son, indeed, "that  at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow," this subjugation of all will include those "in heaven, and ... in earth, and ... under the earth" (Philippians 2:10) but the reconciled throng will be found only in heaven and on earth.


HOW IT WAS CONCEIVED

The eternal purpose was conceived in the heart and mind of God alone, in eternity past.

Concerning our part in it, the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy:

"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to THE POWER OF GOD"WHO HATH SAVED US, AND CALLED US WITH AN 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 :8,9l.

How often, in the Pauline epistles, we find this emphasis upon the sovereignty of God! "All things are of God"; this is the very essence of grace. It is blessedly true that the election of believers was "according to the foreknowledge" of God" (I Peter 1:2; Romans 8:29) but we must not of His sovereign purposes, as though He merely knew in advance who would be saved. Concern ing the latter we read that "the purpose of God according to election" will "stand; not of works, but of Him that calleth" (Romans 9:11).

Perhaps no passage of Scripture emphasizes knowing all of the factol'l Involved. He could elect just1y, this with such definite clarity as Ephesians 1:3-12.

As we quote it below, note how such words as  "will," "counsel," "pleasure," "purpose," "chosen," "elect" and "predestinated" predominate.

"Blessed be Cod and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who h~lh blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ;  "According as He hath CHOSEN us in Him BEFORE THEFOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, that we should be holy and without  blame before Him;  "In love'" having PREDESTINATED us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS WILL.

"To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein HE HATH  MADE US ACCEPTED in the Beloved Onel.

"Having made known unto us the mystery of HIS WILL, according to HIS GOOD PLEASURE WHICH HE HATH PURPOSED IN HIMSELF:

"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might  gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:

"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being PREDESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF HIM WHO WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL: "THAT WE SHOULD BE TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY,  WHO FIRST TRUSTED IN CHRIST."

All that has so far been fulfilled of the will of God, as revealed in the Scriptures, should give believers complete confidence that His purposes will find their culmination in the open exaltation.

We believe the two worda belong with Verse 5. Therefore  of Christ, not only as King of Israel and the

world, but as the Head over all, with a reconciled heaven and earth finding their all in Him.

HOW IT WAS REVEALED

The means which God used to reveal His eternal purpose are wonderful to contemplate.

 The long-promised King appears and is rejected. His forerunner is beheaded; He Himself is nailed to a cross. Those who testify of His resurrection from the dead are beaten and imprisoned, and Stephen is stoned to death. A great persecution is waged against the disciples of Christ with Saul of Tarsus as its flaming lead er. He scourges believers in their synagogues to compel them to blaspheme Christ. He drags men and women to trial and execution for professing Christ-and all with "authority and commission" from the rulers.

The favored nation has proved itself no better than the Gentiles, whom God gave up cen turies before, and, giving Israel up too, He now concludes them all in unbelief "that He might have mercy upon all "( Romans 11: 32) .

But what about His promises regarding the kingdom? These He will fulfil in due time (Romans 11 :25-27) but first He must demonstrate that man needs Christ; is hopeless without Christ, whether Jew or Gentile; that in his utter depravity he must be saved by grace, through Christ's merits, or he will not be saved at all. Thus, setting the program of prophecy and the kingdom aside for a time, he sends an offer of reconciliation by . free grace, through faith, to both Jews and Gentiles, on the basis of Christ's redemptive work at Calvary, and thus apart from sacrifices, circum- cision or water baptism. And He does this--

"THAT HE MIGHT RECONCILE BOTH UNTO GOD IN ONE BODY BY THE CROSS, HAVING SLAIN THE ENMITY THEREBY" Ephesians 2:16l.

What more appropriate vessel could God have chosen to demonstrate and proclaim these "riches of His grace" than Saul of Tarsus, the former blasphemer and persecutor? Thus it is this Saul, now saved and appointed an apostle, to whom and through whom God now reveals the secret of His will concerning the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles into one body in Christ -an earnest of the glorious future unity of all heaven and earth in Christ.

In short, God is now demonstrating in the Body of Christ, what will one day be experienced in all heaven and earth: that man's only hope is in Christ and that unity and blessing can be found only in Him.

The apostle writes of this in Ephesians 3:1-11, a passage which we should ponder over prayerfully if we would see the relation of believers today to "the eternal purpose":

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, "If ye have heard of THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD which is given me to you-ward:

"How that BY REVELATION HE MADE KNOWN UNTO ME THE MYSTERY; (as I wrote afore in few words, "Whereby, when ye read. ye may understand my knowledge in  the   mystery of Christ) "WHICH IN OTHER AGES WAS NOT MADE KNOWN UNTO THE SONS OF MEN, as it is now  revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; "THAT THEY WHO ARE OF THE NATIONS SHOULD BE JOINT HEIRS, AND A JOINT BODY, AND JOINT PARTAKERS OF HIS PROMISE IN CHRIST JESUS BY THE GLAD TIDINGS [New. Tr.]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of Cod, given unto me by the effectual working of His power.

"UNTO ME, WHO AM LESS THAN THE LEAST OF ALL SAINTS, IS THIS GRACE GIVEN, THAT I SHOULD PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST;

"And to make all men see what is THE FELLOWSHIP [DISPENSATION] OF THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY JESUS CHRIST.

"TO THE INTENT THAT NOW UNTO THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS IN HEAVENLY PLACES MIGHT BE KNOWN BY THE CHURCH THE MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD.

"ACCORDING TO THE ETERNAL PURPOSE WHICH HE PURPOSED IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD."

This is how God revealed, and now demonstrates, His eternal purpose to gather all in heaven and earth t.ogether in one in Christ.

Blessed revelation! Joyful anticipation! Glorious consummation!


MEANTIME

As God now conducts this divine demonstra tion of His eternal purpose, we believers may enjoy a threefold blessing.

1. We may rejoice that we have been "PRE DESTINATED ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE OF HIM WHO WORKETH ALL THINGS AFTER THE COUNSEL OF HIS OWN WILL." Read 11 Timothy 1: 9 and Ephesians 1: 1-12 again, thought fully, and see how blessedly and eternally secure is the simplest believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

2. We may rejoice that, whatever the circumstances, "ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER [Lit., ARE BEING WORKED TOGETHER] FOR GOOD, TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD, TO THEM WHO ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING HIS PURPOSE" (Romans 8:28).

3. We may rejoice in the reality and practice of our oneness in Christ, "ENDEAVORING TO KEEp· THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE ..... TILL WE ALL COME IN THE UNITY OF THE FAITH, AND OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, UNTO THE MEAS- URE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULNESS  OF CHRIST" (Ephesians 4:3-13),




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A Grace Bible Study - By Robert E. Hanna



"There is none righteous, no, not one. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:10,23). Most believers think of these statements in the sense that because we have committed many sins, we must confess them and repent of them in order to attain salvation. In actuality, however, even if it were possible for one never to have sinned at all (which it is not) he would nevertheless be guilty and under condemnation, separated from God and in need of salvation. Most evangelical teaching is geared to pleading with God to forgive us for sins that we have committed. But the most important factor is either misunderstood or overlooked. The fact is that our condemnation is inherited from Adam.

 "Wherefore as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For until the law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come" (Romans 5:12-14). King David had knowledge of this condition. He said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me" (Psalm 51:5). As for the plea for forgiveness, this too is misunderstood by the majority of teachers, pastors and evangelists. To beg God for forgiveness is in fact a denial of His finished work of redemption on Calvary's cross. He has already forgiven; we have but to thank Him for it in order to claim it for ourselves.

 Our apostle's message is clear: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians1:12-14). "For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many" (Romans 5:15). "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" ( II Corinthians 9:5). 






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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Why God Waits - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



Why God Waits
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

St. Peter was not wrong when he declared at Pentecost that the last days had begun (Acts 2:16,17). They had indeed begun, but God had a secret plan to give the world a period of grace before putting down its rebellion and sending Christ to reign.

This secret purpose concerning “the dispensation of the grace of God” is the subject of Paul’s epistles. However, it is interesting to see how Peter’s last message explains the reason for this interruption in God’s prophesied program and the delay in Christ’s return to reign. First, he says in II Peter 3:8:

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years years as one day.”

Mark well, this is not our feeble explanation now as to the delay in Christ’s return. This statement was made at the beginning of this time of waiting, at the dawn of the age of grace. But let us go on with Peter’s declaration:

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise… but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (Ver. 9).

So the delay in Christ’s return to judge and reign should not be counted “slackness” or laxness, but longsuffering. Thus the Apostle goes on to say

“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…”

Where did Peter get this information? How did he know about “the dispensation of the grace of God”? Verse 15 explains:

“Even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you.”

To Paul particularly was committed “the gospel of the grace of God” which we proclaim today (Acts 20:24). Peter recognized this (Galatians 2:2,7,9), and closed his second epistle with the exhortation:

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Petter 3:18).



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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NOW NO CONDEMNATION - By M. Stanford


 "Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God" (Romans 7:4).

 Romans Six reveals our position as having died unto the principle of sin; Romans Seven teaches us our position as having died unto the principle of law. Both must be counted upon if we are to abide in Christ, and walk in the Spirit, as set forth in Romans Eight.

 "We have to look at ourselves and see how far we are devotedly following the Lord Jesus, with full purpose of heart - how we can say, 'This one thing I do'; but we must take care at the same time not to get into legal bondage by this standard. If I say, 'Here is a rule of conduct: follow it,' this cannot reach the heart, the affections. The ministration of the letter brings only failure, and condemnation; for it prescribes a rule which man, being a sinner, can never follow. It does not change a man; it proves him 'ungodly and without strength.'

 "We may turn even Christ into that letter of condemnation; we may take His life, for instance. and make it our law. Nay, we may turn even the love of Christ into our law; we may say, 'He has loved me, and done all this for me, and I ought to love Him, and do so much for Him, in return for this love,' etc. Thus if we turn His love into a rule of life, it becomes the ministration of condemnation."

 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).

 "Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God" (Romans 7:4).

 Romans Six reveals our position as having died unto the principle of sin; Romans Seven teaches us our position as having died unto the principle of law. Both must be counted upon if we are to abide in Christ, and walk in the Spirit, as set forth in Romans Eight.

 "We have to look at ourselves and see how far we are devotedly following the Lord Jesus, with full purpose of heart - how we can say, 'This one thing I do'; but we must take care at the same time not to get into legal bondage by this standard. If I say, 'Here is a rule of conduct: follow it,' this cannot reach the heart, the affections. The ministration of the letter brings only failure, and condemnation; for it prescribes a rule which man, being a sinner, can never follow. It does not change a man; it proves him 'ungodly and without strength.'

 "We may turn even Christ into that letter of condemnation; we may take His life, for instance. and make it our law. Nay, we may turn even the love of Christ into our law; we may say, 'He has loved me, and done all this for me, and I ought to love Him, and do so much for Him, in return for this love,' etc. Thus if we turn His love into a rule of life, it becomes the ministration of condemnation."

 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).

 
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Monday, December 21, 2015

LET IT GET YOU DOWN - by C. R. Stam




 "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 3: 14).

 When adversity strikes, the world keeps telling us: "Don’t let it get you down," but believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have learned that it is good to let troubles and difficulties get them down -- down on their knees.

 A native evangelist in Africa sat outside his hut discouraged and unhappy. Trouble and disappointment had brought "great coldness" into his heart and he seemed ready to give up. The Lord, he felt, had utterly forsaken him. As he sat there, though, his little girl kept nudging him and saying: "Daddy, go inside and pray ." Finally it worked! The evangelist went inside, poured his heart out to God and arose feeling sure that the Lord would see him through.

 It is good for us to get down on our knees before God. There is no attitude more appropriate to the redeemed sinner. And as we pray, often falteringly....

 "The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 "And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:26-28).

 "Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding. shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6,7). 

 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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Sunday, December 20, 2015

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 Bible: King James Version
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 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

(A 10 Minute Video)

Posted By Cecil  and Connie Spivey 

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