Thursday, April 30, 2015

LIBERTY FOR ALL - By MileStanford


 Â "If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?" (Colossians 2:20.

 When it comes to spiritual growth and walk, any help from ourselves is a hindrance to us. The source is wrong. On the death side, we are to receive deliverance from sin's power through the Spirit from the Cross; on the life side, we are to receive growth through the Spirit from the Lord Jesus. It is a matter of receiving, not contributing. We are branches, not vines.

 "The old elementary legal rudiments of a legal age are for those 'living in the world' (having an earthly temple and worship). Believers are seated in the heavenlies in Christ, and are spiritual people with a sanctuary in Heaven. 'Touch not,' 'taste not,' 'handle not'; such commandments of men have no value. They perish with the using.

 "'Voluntary humility,' 'neglecting of the body,' 'fasting,' etc., have a show of wisdom. They gratify religious pride and self righteousness, they 'puff up the fleshly mind,' but they are 'not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.' The flesh is not subdued by fasting, nor pride by whipping, nor worldliness by neglect of the body. These are of 'no avail' though men glory in them. Only the Holy Spirit brings one into liberty - and that via the Cross. 'The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death' (Romans 8:2).

 "Stand fast, then, in the freedom which Christ has given us, and turn not back again to entangle yourselves in the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1.



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Conversation Peace - by Pastor Ricky Kurth



“Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians  1:27).

Interestingly, whenever Paul uses the phrase “stand fast,” it is always to challenge people to stand fast in an area in which they were not standing fast! For instance, he tells the Corinthians to “stand fast in the faith” (I Cor. 16:13), for they had lost their faith in one of the fundamentals of the faith, the resurrection (I Corinthians 15:12-50). He told the Galatians to “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1) because they were forsaking grace for the law. He told the Thessalonians to “stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught” (II Thessalonians 2:15), especially the “tradition” of working for a living (3:7-12). The Thessalonians had become so excited about the Rapture that many of them quit their jobs in anticipation of the Lord’s coming!

But here in Philippians 1:27, Paul tells the Philippians to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” This is because two ladies in the church were quarreling (4:2), and some in the church were siding with Euodias and some with Syntyche. “Striving together” is the Greek word sunathleo. The prefix sun means together with, and athleo is the word from which we get athlete and athletics. Athletes are often teammates who must strive together to achieve a common victory, and this is what Paul was calling on the Philippians to do for the cause of Christ.

Notice Paul isn’t talking about faith in the gospel. The faith of the gospel is our faithfulness or fidelity to maintaining the gospel as God gave it, just as old “high-fi” or “high-fidelity” records claimed to be highly faithful to the sound recorded in the studio. We are to strive together to maintain fidelity to the gospel God gave to Paul.

Finally, Paul does not say we should strive with one another for the faith of the gospel. He rather says we should be striving “together” as those who see the fellowship of the mystery with those who don’t. With all the talk about “peace on earth”, how refreshing it would be if we could enjoy the “conversation peace” Paul longed to see in Philippi! (Psalms 133:1; Ephesians 4:3



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Mystery - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The Mystery
Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

 In Ephesians 3:1-3 “the dispensation of the grace of God” is specifically called “the mystery” (i.e., secret). It is thus designated for two reasons:

1.  It had been “kept secret since the world began, but now,” through Paul, had been “made manifest” (Romans 16:25). “In other ages” it was “not made known” (Ephesians 3:5). Rather, “from the beginning of the world” it had been “hid in God” (Verse 9), “hid from ages and from generations, but now… made manifest to His saints” (Colossians 1:26).

2.  It was at the same time the explanation, the key, to all God’s good news, including that which had been proclaimed in ages past. It explained how it was that Abel could be declared righteous by bringing an animal sacrifice, “God testifying of his gifts” (Hebrews 11:4), how Noah could become “an heir of… righteousness” by building an ark (Hebrews 11:7), how anyone could be saved under the dispensation of the Law, and how it is that we can be saved today by grace through faith alone.

Thus we have in Paul’s epistles, not only the gospel [good news] of “the secret” (Ephesians 3:1-3), but at the same time, “the secret of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19,20).

This great secret, revealed to and through Paul, has rightly been called the capstone of divine revelation, for it concerns God’s eternal purpose in Christ. Through Paul, the chief of sinners saved by grace, God has now made this glorious secret known to us (Ephesians 1:9) that we, in turn, might make it known to others (Ephesians 3:9).

In Him All Things Created

 Jesus Christ is the One by (in) whom "all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16-17a). The word "all" means exactly that. Because He is God, everything that was created was created by (in) Christ. Who else but God has the wisdom and power to do so? John said of Him, "All things were made through Him, and without (apart from) Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). These verses are devastating to the blasphemous idea that Christ Himself was a created being. That is why the Jehovah's Witnesses, in their perversion of the Scriptures, add an extra word to Colossians 1:16 so that it reads: "For by him all [other] things were created." The word "other" is not found in any Greek text. Christ is "the Firstborn over all creation" because all things were created in Him (sphere), through Him (agency) and for Him (purpose).

He is Before All Things

 Jesus Christ is "before all things" (Colossians 1:17b). Being the eternal Word, Christ is before all things as to time. In the beginning, when the universe came into being, Christ already existed (John 1:1-2). Being Almighty God, the Creator of all things, and thus the "Firstborn," Christ is before all things as to position and authority.

In Him All Things Consist

 Not only did Jesus Christ create all things, bringing them into existence out of nothing, He is also the One by (in) whom "all things consist (hold together)" (Colossians 1:17c). Hebrews 1:3 says that Christ, "being the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person" upholds "all things by the word of His power."

Head of the Body, the Church

 Just as Jesus Christ is over all the created universe, He is over the new creation as well, being "the Head of the Body, the Church (Colossians 1:18a). After His death on Calvary, God raised Christ from the dead, exalted Him to His own right hand, "far above" all authority and rule and every name that is named, and gave Him to be "the Head over all things to the Church" (Ephesians 1:21-2

He is the Beginning

 Jesus Christ is Head over the Church, because "He is the beginning" (Colossians 1:18b). The word "beginning" is from the Greek word "arche" which speaks of that which holds the highest position. For example, Michael is called the archangel. "Beginning" carries the ideas of both originator and ruler. Christ says of Himself: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 1:8). He is the beginning of life, not just physical life, but spiritual life as well, for "in Him was life" (John 1:4).

Firstborn From the Dead

 Jesus Christ is not only the "firstborn over all creation," "He is the firstborn from the dead" (Colossians 1:18c). Jesus was not the first man to be raised from the dead, but He is the first to be raised unto eternal life, never to die again. Christ's resurrection ensures resurrection and eternal life to all who will trust in Him as Savior. Paul assures us of this truth from the negative standpoint in 1 Corinthians 15:17-18: "And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished;" Then from a positive standpoint in 1 Corinthians 15:20-23: "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming." Christ is, therefore, both "the Author and Finisher of our faith," having endured the cross for our sins and being raised from the dead (Hebrews 12:2). He is our risen and glorious Savior and Head.

That He May Be Preeminent

 Jesus Christ, simply because of who He is, is to "have the preeminence (first place)" in all things (Colossians 1:18d), for He truly is superior to all things. He is the eternal God; He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things; He is the Firstborn from the dead; He is the Alpha and Omega; He is the Head over all things to the Church, His Body. "In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" and, because of this fact, those who trust in Christ as Savior are "complete in Him" (Colossians 2:9-10). How important it is to acknowledge the superiority of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to give Him the preeminence in our hearts and lives.


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Our Great Commission - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Our Great Commission

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Much is said of the “great commission” which our Lord gave to His apostles just before His ascension. We wonder whether our readers have ever examined the various records of this commission carefully.

This “great commission” does not say one word about “the preaching of the cross” or “the gospel of the grace of God”. The “gospel” which they were sent to preach was very evidently the same “gospel” they had been preaching — the Gospel of the Kingdom — only they could now declare, as Peter did at Pentecost, that the King had risen from the dead and would still some day occupy the throne of David.

The “great commission” demanded faith and baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 16:15,16); it included the power to heal the sick and work miracles (16:17,18), but it did not include the glad message that “Christ died for our sins” (ICor.15:1-3). At Pentecost, when Peter began to carry out this commission, he rather blamed his hearers for the death of Christ and when, convicted of their sins, they asked: “What shall we do?” he did notsay: “Believe on Christ who died for your sins.” He rather commanded them to “repent and be baptized every one…for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

But after Christ and His Kingdom were again rejected, God interrupted the prophetic program and sent Paul forth to proclaim “the preaching of the cross” and “the gospel of the grace of God”. In II Corinthians 5: 14-21 this apostle proclaims “the love of Christ” who “died for all” and instructs us as to our“great commission”:
And all things are of [provided by] God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, AND HATH GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself… AND HATH COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION” (II Cor.5:18,19).


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Monday, April 27, 2015

Yet Not I, But Christ! - By John LaVier


Yet Not I, But Christ!

John LaVier


ce the Apostle Paul uses this phrase, "Yet not I, but ". In his epistle to the Galatians he wrote:

 "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

his testimony of the great apostle belongs to all who have been saved and made members of the Body of Christ, and identified with Him "who was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification." Each one can say, "I was crucified with Christ." This is clearly brought out in Romans 6:3-4:

 "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into His death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

 This applies to every believer, and the baptism mentioned has not one drop of water connected with it.

 When Christ died on the cross He not only died for our sins, but we died with Him. His death was our death. His resurrection our resurrection, and now His life is our life. We reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, and by faith we can say, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." This great truth is expressed in a separated life, a surrendered life, a life lived in the faith of the Son of God.

 Once more Paul used "Yet not I, but ..." when he wrote to the Corinthians:

 "But by the grace of God I am what I am; and the grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1 Corinthians 15: 10)

 He had mentioned himself as a witness of Christ risen from among the dead. He saw the Lord, and his whole life was changed. He was as one born out of due season, a type of Israel's regeneration yet future, when "They shall look on Him whom they pierced." That great vision on the road to Damascus made of Paul not only a believer in the Deity and Messiahship of the Lord Jesus Christ, but he became the faithful servant of the Lord. It made him humble. Though he was by the will of God the great Apostle to the Gentiles, the one to whom was made known the truth of the mystery and to whom was given an abundance of revelations, yet he called himself "the least of the apostles" and "less that the least of all saints." He boasted that he had labored more abundantly than the other apostles, but he added, "Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." He ascribed it all, not to himself, but to the grace of God.

 These two expressions, "yet not I, but Christ" and "yet not I, but the grace of God," describe the entire ministry of Paul. Two things he magnified and glorified, extolled and exalted: Christ, and the grace of God. In all things, in all his messages and personal testimony, an exaltation of Christ and complete effacement of self are the great leading marks. He made his boast in Christ. He magnified Him and the grace of God which had been bestowed upon him.

 How little of this self-effacement we see today. How many exalt themselves, boast of their attainments, their service, their ministry, their converts, instead of glorying in an all-sufficient Savior and the all-sufficient grace of God. The "Soli Deo Gloria," to God alone be the glory, is often forgotten. May the Lord help all of us in all our service for Him, of whatever nature it may be, to magnify Christ and the grace of God and to seek His glory only.

 Twice the Apostle Paul uses this phrase, "Yet not I, but ". In his epistle to the Galatians he wrote

 "I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

 This testimony of the great apostle belongs to all who have been saved and made members of the Body of Christ, and identified with Him "who was delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification." Each one can say, "I was crucified with Christ." This is clearly brought out in Romans 6:3-4:

 "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into His death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

 This applies to every believer, and the baptism mentioned has not one drop of water connected with it.

 When Christ died on the cross He not only died for our sins, but we died with Him. His death was our death. His resurrection our resurrection, and now His life is our life. We reckon ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God, and by faith we can say, "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." This great truth is expressed in a separated life, a surrendered life, a life lived in the faith of the Son of God.

 Once more Paul used "Yet not I, but ..." when he wrote to the Corinthians:

 "But by the grace of God I am what I am; and the grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (1 Corinthians 15: 10)

 He had mentioned himself as a witness of Christ risen from among the dead. He saw the Lord, and his whole life was changed. He was as one born out of due season, a type of Israel's regeneration yet future, when "They shall look on Him whom they pierced." That great vision on the road to Damascus made of Paul not only a believer in the Deity and Messiahship of the Lord Jesus Christ, but he became the faithful servant of the Lord. It made him humble. Though he was by the will of God the great Apostle to the Gentiles, the one to whom was made known the truth of the mystery and to whom was given an abundance of revelations, yet he called himself "the least of the apostles" and "less that the least of all saints." He boasted that he had labored more abundantly than the other apostles, but he added, "Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." He ascribed it all, not to himself, but to the grace of God.

 These two expressions, "yet not I, but Christ" and "yet not I, but the grace of God," describe the entire ministry of Paul. Two things he magnified and glorified, extolled and exalted: Christ, and the grace of God. In all things, in all his messages and personal testimony, an exaltation of Christ and complete effacement of self are the great leading marks. He made his boast in Christ. He magnified Him and the grace of God which had been bestowed upon him.

 How little of this self-effacement we see today. How many exalt themselves, boast of their attainments, their service, their ministry, their converts, instead of glorying in an all-sufficient Savior and the all-sufficient grace of God. The "Soli Deo Gloria," to God alone be the glory, is often forgotten. May the Lord help all of us in all our service for Him, of whatever nature it may be, to magnify Christ and the grace of God and to seek His glory only.


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What is Grace? - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

 “The father of lies” always hates the truth, but he does not always oppose it by the same methods. If he fails to succeed as a roaring lion he may appear as an angel of light, suggesting that surely a God of love will not condemn Christ-rejectors forever. Sinners, he will contend, are not responsible for their sins anyway, for does not Ephesians 1:11 teach that “[God] worketh all things after the counsel of His own will”? And thus God Himself is supposed to have conceived the idea of sin as “a gracious means to a glorious end,” and to have caused man to fall into sin so that He might finally save him from it!

Why an almighty, all-wise, all-loving God permitted sin to enter the universe must, for the time being, remain an impenetrable mystery to us, but one thing is certain: He is not the author of sin, and never accepts the responsibility for it — except that in grace and love He bore its penalty for man.

God calls sinners “children of disobedience” and “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:2,3), explaining in the clearest language that He hates sin and that His anger is kindled against it (Romans 1:18; Ephesians 5:6; John 3:36). But if God meant man to sin and caused him to sin, how was man disobedient and what cause could God have to be angry? Those who would shift the responsibility for sin from themselves to God should remember that He proclaimed His standards of righteousness in the Law “that every mouth may be stopped and that all the world may be brought in guilty before God” (Romans 3:19).

The contention that all will finally be saved may at first sound like wonderful grace, but actually there is not one particle of grace in it, for it is based on the theory that since God got us into sin it is only just that He save us from its penalty. But grace is God’s mercy and kindness to the undeserving. In Ephesians 2, after calling sinners “children of disobedience” and therefore “children of wrath,” the Apostle Paul goes on to say:

“BUT GOD, who is RICH IN MERCY, for His GREAT LOVE wherewith he loved us… hath quickened us… raised us up… and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; that in the ages to come He might show THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE IN HIS KINDNESS TOWARD US THROUGH CHRIST JESUS” (Ephesians 2:4-7). 




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Reflections on Ephesians - by Pastor C. R. Stam


   There is no epistle in which we find more about the grace of God than that great and wonderful epistle of Paul to the Ephesians! It is one of his prison epistles and, interestingly enough, he was actually and literally in jail for telling a secret, the secret of the mystery (Ephesians 6:19,20). Evidently he had a great deal of opposition in trying to make this secret known. That’s rather unusual, isn’t it?

 The Ephesian epistle was probably written about 64 A.D., and was evidently sent by the hand of a man named Tychicus (6:21,22), along with two other letters, one to the Colossians (Colossians 4:7-9), and that to Philemon (Colossians 4:7-9 cf. Philemon 10-12). Never, never were more valuable documents entrusted to human hands!

 Now, in the earlier epistles of Paul, we learn a great deal about dispensational change and development, but in Ephesians we have arrived,and find ourselves on the highest, broadest spiritual ground. Here the Holy Spirit reveals to us, in all their fullness, those blessed truths which distinguish this dispensation from others.

 For example, the mystery or the sacred secret is here revealed in all its fullness. He says that this secret is now made known(1:9) through him (3:1-3), but it is for all to see (3:9), for it concerns our close relationship to Christ (5:30,32). And since Satan will oppose the proclamation of this secret, boldness is needed to proclaim it (6:19,20).

 In this epistle, the one Body of Christ, the Church of this dispensation, is emphasized throughout. The whole body, he says, is the fulness, the complement, the fulness of Christ (1:23). He says God is making one new man today (2:15), reconciling Jews and Gentiles to Himself in one body (2:16), a joint body (3:6), in which we are to keep the unity of the Spirit (4:3,4). The Body, he says, must grow up, and it must build itself up in love (4:11-16). Christ is the Head of the Body, and its Savior (5:23), and we are the members (5:30).How close that brings all believers to each other! How close it brings us to Christ!

 Our position in the heavenlies is prominently brought out in this epistle. We read that, immediately upon conversion, we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies (1:3). We’re told that God’s power in raising Christ from the dead and exalting Him far above all is now extended to us-ward who believe (1:19-21). Positionally, he says, we’ve already been raised from the dead and seated in the heavenlies (2:6). Now,he says, it is ours to occupy this position by faith, as a witness to the principalities and powers in the heavenlies (3:10). Hence we must wrestle with the rulers of the darkness of this age, wicked spirits in the heavenlies (6:12). And for this, he says, we’re going to need the whole armor of God (6:10,11).

 In this epistle, all is grace. Read Ephesians and see how it is permeated with grace. Even the salutation speaks of grace and peace (1:2). Compare that with what we read about the second coming of Christ to this earth, where He will come to judge and make war(Revelation 19:11). Grace and peace is the exact opposite of judgment and war! Thank God He hasn’t declared war yet. He hasn’t visited this world in judgment yet. He still offers to sinners everywhere, and to saints, of course, in greater measure, grace and peace.

 Now the doxology—oh, what a doxology of grace! The doxology in the Ephesian epistle is the longest of all of Paul’s doxologies, and in the original it is his longest sentence. We’re blessed because we are chosen by God the Father to the praise of His glory (1:4-6).We’re made accepted in the Son to the praise of His glory.We’re sealed by the Spirit to the praise of His glory. Glory to the triune God! Glory for His grace!

 We read individual things, too, about the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All throughout this epistle, everything emanates from the Father. The Father is always the source. The Father has chosen us (1:3,4)according to the good pleasure of His will (v. 5), according to the riches of His grace (vv. 6,7), according to His good pleasure (v. 9), according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will(v. 11), according to the working of His mighty power (v. 19), and according to His eternal purpose (3:11). There’s more about that in the epistle, showing that everything finds its source in the will of God.

 Then we see how our salvation centers in the Son. He’s always the second person in the Trinity. His place is always in the midst. We read,for example, that we’re blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ(1:3), and have redemption through His blood (v. 7), in whom we are greatly enriched (v. 11), in whom also we are saved (v. 13), and sealed (v. 13). Think of that! We are in Christ, and because of His finished work, the believer is sealed until the day of redemption.

 Then we come to the Spirit. It all comes down to us through, or by the operation of, the Spirit. We’re sealed by the Spirit (1:13), and we have access to God the Father by the Spirit (2:18). We are an habitation of God through the Spirit (2:22), and we’re strengthened by the Spirit (3:16).We must not grieve the Spirit (4:30), but rather bear the fruit of the Spirit (5:9). We must be filled with the Spirit (5:18), use the sword of the Spirit (6:17), and we must pray in the Spirit (6:18).

 What a tremendous, tremendous epistle!



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

THE GOSPEL OF GOD - by Russell S. Mille



 This phrase, the gospel of God, found seven times in the New Testament, is mainly used by the Apostle Paul (Romans1:1; 15:16; Ii Corinthians11:7; I Thessalonians 2:2,8,9), though it is also found in I Peter 4:17. But the Apostle Paul says that the gospel of God was promised afore by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures. So the question, What is this gospel of God, is worthy of our inquiry and finds its answer in the fact that God has always had good news for Adam and his sinful, sorry, helpless sons and daughters in whatever the prophets and Moses did say should come. And this is now revealed in the Pauline revelation:
 That Christ should suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles? (Acts 26:22,23).
 This is why Paul tells us in Galatians 1:16 that God's Son is revealed IN him, NOT in the prophets, and this is confirmed in I Peter 1:12. Paul's gospel is therefore the revelation of Jesus Christ? in all that God had promised and in all that God kept secret regarding the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 It is, of course, blessedly true where the Lord Jesus Christ is concerned that all the types and shadows of the Mosaic sacrificial system (Hebrews10:1-4) mysteriously pointed forward to Christ and Calvary's cross. Thus we can see the importance of I Corinthians 15:3,4:
 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.
 Here Paul incorporates that which God had promised afore with that which he had received and delivered to the Corinthians, and to us. And this he calls the gospel which I preached unto you? (I Corinthians1:1-3). Isn't this the very key that unlocks our understanding here? It was not CONTRARY to the Scriptures that Christ died for our sins, but rather it is in ACCORDANCE with the Scriptures.
 IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE (Ephesians1:7).
 Now it becomes clear that the saints of old were not saved on the basis of the Mosaic Law. Rather their atonement awaited the merits of Christ's propitiatory sacrifice on Calvary's cross as revealed though Paul:
 NEITHER BY THE BLOOD OF GOATS AND CALVES, BUT BY HIS OWN BLOOD HE ENTERED IN ONCE INTO THE HOLY PLACE, HAVING OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION FOR US? (Hebrews9:12).
 BUT THIS MAN, AFTER HE HAD OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD (Hebrews 10:12).
 It is faith in the blood of Christ that saves us today. No longer does the Mosaic Law, or water baptism, nor Peter's call to repentance in Acts 2:38, have any merit, but faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ:
 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
 Even the righteousness of God which is BY [FAITHFULNESS] OF JESUS CHRIST unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference? (Romans3:21,22).
 And who, but the Apostle Paul, could write more appropriately concerning God's Son Jesus Christ our Lord and the Good News that awaits believers!
 Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
 To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth in Jesus (Romans3:24-26).



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

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The New Creation - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

The New Creation

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In Romans 5:12 God tells us how we are all related to the first man, Adam:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin… so death passed upon all men…”
This verse clearly indicates that every child born into the world since Adam has partaken of Adam’s sinful nature.

Parents sometimes wonder why their children act as they do. The answer is simple! Every child is related to rebellious Adam by physical birth, and soon rebels like Adam, whose offspring he is.
In Scripture we are told that God “commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

When you are in trouble and someone comes to your aid, are you not automatically drawn to that person? Should we not then be attracted to the One who cared so much for us that He “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phillipians 2:7,8)?

Through natural birth we partake of the sinful natures of our parents back to Adam, and frequently we even have the same physical features as our parents. How touching, then, to know that the Lord Jesus Christ took on Him “the likeness of men” (apart from sin) and, as the God-man, died for our sins upon the cross, where sinful men (people like us) nailed Him! As we recognize this and place our faith in Him, a spiritual birth takes place and we become the children of God (John 1:12). More than this, we become members of the Body of Christ, God’s new creation, for “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17). “created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).



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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Satan And The Truth - C. R. Stam


   “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation…” (II Corinthians 5:17).

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians2:10).

“And ye are complete in Him…” (Colossians 2:10).

“In Christ!” What a glorious truth! What a high and holy position! No religious ceremony, neither circumcision nor baptism, needed to make us spiritually complete. God only asks now: “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1).

Many Christians are satisfied with salvation through the blood of Christ, but God wants us to have much more than this. He wants us to have “the full assurance of understanding” (Col. 2:2), to know the security, the blessedness, the glory of a position in Christ. He wants us to know “the exceeding riches of His grace” (Ephesians 2:7), and to enjoy “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

But Satan does not!

For proclaiming these glorious truths the Apostle Paul was bitterly opposed on every hand, even by some saved religious leaders of his day.

And Satan has not changed!

GProclaim this message today and “your adversary the devil” will soon be roused to action. He hates this message of grace which the glorified Lord revealed through Paul (Ephesians 3:1-3) and let us not be asleep to the fact that, as in Paul’s day, he will again seek to use even saved religious leaders, evangelical “big guns,” if he can, to oppose it, thus robbing Christ of His glory and believers of their blessings.

 

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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

God's Sovereignty In Soteriology - by Pastor E. R. Campbell




 It appears that the Devil is working overtime in these last days to destroy the Truth of the Gospel of God's Grace.

 First, he is viciously attacking the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. To this we have responded with an article: THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. This first appeared in Canyon view Bible Expositors, volume 11, number 1-2. This will be published in booklet form.

 Second, the Devil is subtly attacking the Biblical fact that we believers have two natures. He is using individuals in so-called evangelical and fundamental circles to promote this erroneous teaching. Our response to this has been an article entitled: TWO NATURES and TRUE BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY. This is now available in booklet form.

 Third, the Devil is attacking the key issue of the Reformation, salvation by Grace apart from works. We recognize that many evangelicals and fundamentalists have been hazy on this issue, and have never fully grasped Martin Luther's position, but we are shocked by the way it is being promoted today. Our response is to write this article in defense of the Biblical fact that salvation is by Grace, and as such, works contribute nothing to it (Romans 11:6).

 According to our information, the majority of those who hold this faith/works position, and who consider themselves evangelicals or fundamentalists, would say that they believe that salvation is by grace through faith. At the same time, however, they affirm that faith is inseparable from overt works.

 In our judgment the following statements accurately portray their position. First, works must coexist with faith as essential for salvation. Second, faith is dead unless works are an integral part of it. They fail to recognize the legal setting of James (Acts 21:17-24; Galatians. 2:12; 4:21-25). Third, they emphasize that faith in Jesus Christ as Savior cannot be disjoined from obedience to Him as Lord; i.e., if He is Savior, He is also Lord. This means that both faith and obedience are necessary ingredients for salvation.

 It appears to us that the general position these people hold speaks so loud that it refutes their claim that salvation is by grace. If our salvation relationship with God is by grace, why do we have to add anything to it, unless it is because we feel that it is inadequate? At best, these people certainly present a confusing message to sinners. It seems to me that the average sinner, after listening to them, would conclude that salvation is by grace plus works. This adds up to a very serious distortion of the Gospel of Grace - a life and death issue!

 Those who hold this position are commonly referred to as believing in Lordship Salvation. Identifying them according to their teaching, a fitting designation would be grace/works people.

WHY DO THEY CONFUSE GRACE AND WORKS?

 First, because they do not distinguish between what is said in the Mosaic Law, the Synoptic Gospels, and the Book of James from what is said in the other New Testament epistles, the core of which are the Pauline Epistles (Romans 10:5; Matthew 19:16-17; Acts 16:31).

 Second, they do not acknowledge the totally depraved condition of men, spiritually dead. That which is dead is insensible, unresponsive and lifeless, incapable of even. the slightest movement toward God. Failure to recognize this deadness, and consequently harbor the thought that a sinner can do something to save himself, naturally leads to a grace/works position (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2: 1; Colossians 2:13).

 Third, they confuse grace and works because they do not believe what God has said in His Word, namely, that HE initiates and perfects our salvation. God chose us in Christ unto salvation before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). God has taken the initiative in foreknowing, predestining, calling and justifying us apart from works (Romans 8:29-30). God's purpose in saving us is according to His elective good will, and as His elect, we are the objects of His mercy (Romans 9:11,16,23). What God does is perfect. We should not offend Him by adding our menial works!

 Fourth, they confuse grace and works because they do not understand that God is the one who makes us alive in Christ, apart from human interaction. John says, "And this is the testimony, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one having the Son has life" (1 John 5:11-12). Paul says that "While we were dead in trespasses God made us alive together with Christ" (Ephesians 2:5). According to Colossians 3:3, our "life has been hidden with Christ in God." We who have been sovereignly identified with Christ have life in Him apart from works.

 Fifth, they confuse grace and works because they do not recognize that human responsibility is a consequence and not a part of salvation. When God sovereignly puts us in Christ, we are participants of His wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. As a consequence and result of what we are in Christ, we are to be the same in our daily living. Paul says that we who have been freed from sin are to have our fruit unto sanctification and moral purity (Romans 6:22). Believers, who are light, are to have fruit "in all goodness and righteousness and truth" (Ephesians 5:9). Salvation precedes and results in a God-pleasing lifestyle.

HOW ARE MEN SAVED ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE?


 God's salvation-purpose operates according to election. In Romans 8:28-30, Paul explains to those who are called some details regarding God's purpose in salvation. First, He foreknows the persons He is going to save. Second, He predestines them. Third, He calls them. Fourth, He justifies them. Fifth, He glorifies them. If sinners were left to themselves not a single one would be saved, but according to His love and mercy, God is calling out a people for His Name (Romans 9:11-16, 23; Acts' 13:48; Ephesians 1:4-5, 11; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2:10).

 God's purpose in saving men is based on love and mercy. Love prompted God to give up His Son to death, that we might have eternal life (John 3:16; 15: 13; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 4: 10). God's great love for us is expressed in His mercy toward us (Ephesians 2:4; Romans 9: 15-16, 23; 1 Timothy 1:13, 16; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3). The love and mercy of God, which have provided a Savior, are the basis for our salvation.

 The Cross makes it possible for God to save men. God the Father set forth Jesus Christ the Son as a propitiation to point out His righteousness "unto the end that He might be just and the one justifying a person out of the faithfulness of Christ Jesus." The God of the moral universe, which He Himself created, is bound by the integrity of His own person. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23; 5:12, 21; 1 Corinthians 15:56; 1 John 5: 16). The only way God could forgive sin, and maintain His just status, was for the sinless Person of Jesus Christ to die as a substitute for sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 Salvation is received through the exercise of Divinely-given faith. Ephesians 4:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not out of you, it is the gift of God; not out of works, that no one might boast." The statement, "this is not out of you," refers to both the grace and the faith by which we are saved. The two ingredients essential for salvation, grace and faith, are a joint gift of God. God sovereignly gives faith to those whom He has chosen in Christ; as a gift it belongs to them, and the Holy Spirit enables them to exercise it in the Savior, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4, 15; Titus 3:5-6). If we ourselves generate the faith by which we think that we are saved, we are actually involved in a kind of grace/works salvation.

GOOD WORKS NATURALLY FOLLOW SALVATION

 Having declared that salvation is a gift of God, and not out of works, Paul adds: "For we are His doing, having been created in Christ Jesus on the basis of good works, which God previously prepared, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2: 10). The reason God has saved us by grace through faith, and has made us new creatures in Christ, is on the basis of good works, i.e., that our lifestyle might be based on good works.

 It is important to observe that God prepared and appointed beforehand these good works. The best way to learn what the good works are, for us who are members of the Body of Christ, is by systematically studying the New Testament epistles in a verse by verse manner. The more we bathe our minds and hearts in the Truth in these epistles, two things will take place, we will come to better know and love the Person of Jesus Christ, and as a result, we will more fervently fulfill His good works. To know Him through the Word of God is to love Him and obey Him in accordance with what the Word,an, says (John 17:17).

 Tese are days when reious humanism is fiercely attacking the Gospel of God's Grace. It is a time when we need to be awake, alert and obedient to the Word of God, and "fight the good fight of the faith" (1 Timothy 6:12)



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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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Small Change and a Free Gift - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

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Has the cashier at the restaurant or the check-out girl at the supermart been asking you: “Do you have the two cents?” or “You don’t have the change, do you?” If so, it’s because there is a coin shortage all over the U.S. and will be for some time.

All kinds of coin-using machines have created a shortage of coins for other purposes. Isn’t it strange: a penny is hardly worth picking up these days, and President Eisenhower called our dollars “dollarettes,” yet people seem to be spending more money in small amounts.

You can make more and more purchases with coins these days. Some people say that you can buy anything with money, but they’re wrong — very wrong.

The things we need most cannot be bought with any amount of money. The air we breathe, the water we drink (we pay only for the service), love of family and friends. These things can’t be bought. And the most precious treasure of all: salvation, eternal life, can’t be bought at any price.

God doesn’t want our money. He calls it “filthy lucre.” He’s not going into business, selling houses and lots in heaven, much less will He pervert justice and pronounce us innocent for a consideration. But He does pity and love us and He can and will give us eternal life if we trust in the merits of the One who died to pay the penalty for our sins.

    “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

    “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Our Lord said to the Samaritan woman:

    “If thou knewest the gift of God… thou wouldest have asked…” (John 4:10).

Have you asked?



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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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Hope of Glory - Pastor C. R. Stam




We are taught in Romans 5 that the believer in Christ receives justification, peace with God, access to God and the “hope,” or anticipation, of sharing His glory some day. God wants His children to enjoy this coming glory by faith, to live in eager anticipation of it.

How much there is to humiliate us in this life! God created man in His own image and likeness, but man sinned and fell from his exalted position. To Adam God said:

    “Cursed is the ground because of thee; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

Since that dreadful day man’s life has been a constant struggle. Everything tends to go wrong rather than right. Each has his share of trouble, sorrow, sickness and then — death, the greatest humiliation of all, when in sickness and pain, or at best in utter weakness, he must give up this life itself.

Sin and the fall! This is what modern science and philosophy fail to face up to. Most popular scientists and philosophers today hold that man has come up from the slime pit and the ape to modern man; that man is improving all the time. But the truth of God’s Word is that man has fallen through sin and is growing worse morally and spiritually until now he can kill more of his fellowmen faster than he ever could before.

But it is this fact, this fact of sin and the fall that God has so graciously provided for. He took all the suffering and shame, paid all the penalty for our sins, and then rose from the dead so that we might rejoice in the hope, the eager anticipation, of glory to come!

As St. Peter puts it in I Peter 1:3:

    “[He] hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”





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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, April 19, 2015

WHICH GOSPEL - by C. R. Stam



A friend asks: "Have you heard the good news?" and you reply: "What good news?" Naturally! All good news is not the same. Yet few people follow this procedure when they read in the Bible the phrase "the gospel" -- which simply means "the good news." They have been taught that "the gospel is the gospel" and "there is only one gospel," but this is simply not so in the light of the Bible itself.

God has not proclaimed only one gospel, one item of good news, down through the ages, but many. He has qualified the word "gospel" by distinctive titles, just as a woman labels her preserves to distinguish the different goodies she has put up for the winter.

The "gospel of the kingdom" and the "gospel of the grace of God" are not the same, and certainly the "gospel of the circumcision" and the "gospel of the un-circumcision" are not the same.

When we come upon the phrase "the gospel" without any qualifying title, we should immediately ask: "Which gospel?" and invariably the context will provide the answer. Luke 9:6, for example, simply states that the twelve disciples went about "preaching the gospel," but Verse 2 of the same chapter explains how the Lord had sent them "to preach the kingdom of God" -- not the cross, but the kingdom, since He, the King, was in their midst. These disciples could not have engaged in "the preaching of the cross," as Paul later did, for it was not until at least two years later that the Lord "began" to tell them how He must suffer and die (Matthew 16:21) and Peter "began to rebuke Him" (Ver. 22)and none of the twelve even understood what He was talking about (Luke 18:34).

But whereas "the gospel of the kingdom" had been committed to the twelve while Christ was on earth, "the preaching of the cross" (as good news) and "the gospel of the grace of God" was later committed to the Apostle Paul and to us (1 Corinthians 1:18; Acts 20:24).

Today we do not proclaim the kingdom rights of Christ. Rather we proclaim "redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7).



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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