Friday, April 29, 2016

Grace, And How This Affects Us - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



Ask the average believer what the Bible word “grace” means, and he will doubtless reply, “unmerited favor”.

Actually, however, grace is much more than this.

Subjectively, it is that loving attitude, or disposition, on God’s part, from which all His kindness toward us flows.

Objectively, it is all the kindness that flows from His love toward us.

Thus we read in Ephesians 2:2-6 that we were “the children of disobedience” and therefore “by nature the children of wrath, even as others”.

    “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Note: This passage begins with those who were “children of disobedience” and “children of wrath” and, saving them “by grace,” gives them a position in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus!

God’s grace to us as sinners was great indeed, for:

    “In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS [God’s] GRACE.”

But now, having given us a position in His beloved Son, God’s grace goes out to us in still greater measure.

Ephesians 1:6 declares that God has “made us accepted [Lit., ‘engraced us’] in the Beloved”.

Beholding us in Christ, God loves us and delights in us more than any father ever delighted in his son, or any grandfather in that precious grandchild.

Thus, while in Ephesians 1:7 we read that we have “redemption… the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”, in Ephesians 2:7 we see these riches of grace increased to us “exceedingly”, now that we occupy a position “in the Beloved”:

    “That in the ages to come He might show THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS GRACE…”

How?

    “…in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus”!

What a prospect! Through the ages of eternity God will lavish His loving kindness upon us to demonstrate to all the universe “the exceeding riches of His grace”!

    “What a prospect, child of glory,
    Doth the future hold in store!
    By the wildest flights of fancy
    Thou couldst never ask for more.

    Heir of God; joint heir forever
    With His own beloved Son
    God could not to you have promised
    More of bliss than He has done!”

    -Author Unknown

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A Ransom For All by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



    “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (I Timothy 2:5,6).

Man, in his present condition is not fit to stand in the presence of a holy God. If we are honest with ourselves we will feel the need of a mediator — a go-between — who can represent us in the presence of God. Job felt this when, realizing this need, he cried:

    “There is no daysman who can lay his hand upon us both” (Job 9:33).

Thank God, a “daysman” or “mediator” has been provided for sinful men — a go-between, who can act as an intermediary between sinful men and a holy God. This Mediator is Christ, Son of God and Son of man.

What a blessing to know that the Son of God became the Son of man that the sons of men might become the sons of God! Though perfect and sinless, He died upon Calvary’s cross, disgraced as a malefactor, so that His payment for sin might be credited to our account and we might stand before God without one sin to our charge.

Though Christ’s death for sin was credited to all believers, even of past ages, it was not proclaimed until sometime after the cross, when God in grace saved Saul of Tarsus, the chief of sinners (I Tim. 1:15). This is why the Apostle declares that Christ “gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

It was when Saul, the chief of sinners, was saved on the road to Damascus, that God began to show to him that Christ had died as “a ransom for all,” and God sent him forth to proclaim this glorious message.

This is why Paul’s epistles are so filled with references to salvation through the cross, the death, the blood of Christ. And it is on this basis that the Apostle offers to all salvation by grace, through faith in the finished work of Christ, and proclaims to all the simple offer of salvation: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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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


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THE INFINITE WORTH OF GOD'S AMAZING LOVE By Pastor Robert Roosendaal


THE INFINITE WORTH OF GOD'S AMAZING LOVE
Pastor Robert Roosendaal

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:7

The love scene takes on a total transformation as we examine God's love as given in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. From the heart of God flows the riches of His love, expressed by the Greek word "agape"----shining forth with eternal splendor and glory. Think of its surpassing beauty, purity and holiness. Our wonderful Lord who never changes is also constant in exercising this divine quality of love. It is expressed in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son ... " This love is the basis for Paul's declaration: "Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it" (Eph. 5:25). This fabulous love overwhelms God's family as told in Romans 8:35--- Who shall separate us from the love of Chris!...?" There is only one answer---Absolutely nothing! What marvelous details of assurance: In verse one there is "no more condemnation" and verse 29 guarantees "no more separation" and through it all the promise that "all things work together for good". Yes, Romans 8 is a gold mine of riches. What kindness and comfort for God's child. This wonderful story of love goes on and on as told in God's Word. How thankful we should be for God's boundless provisions, praising God for all that has been done for us in the Person of Christ His Son at Calvary where we behold the greatest exhibition of love ever displayed.

John's lovely Gospel closes with the re-commissioning of Peter. As the Lord tenderly probes the nature of Peter's love we detect Peter's honesty, confessing that his love for the Christ was limited--- a "phileo" love, a tender affection. It was Christ's amazing love and compassion that reached out to a troubled and faltering Peter, restoring him into fellowship and service. The Holy Spirit here draws our attention to the wondrous love of God---man's love is a different story. Let us be honest about it as Peter was! When David sinned by numbering the children of Israel, God gave him three choices, and you will recall that he very wisely chose to fall into the hands of God, for His mercy is far greater than men. Christ was better at restoring preachers than we would ever be.

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

SAFELY IN By Miles Stanford


Dispensational


"You are made partakers of His resurrection, through the faith wrought in you by God, who raised Him from the dead" (Colossians 2:12).

All true believers are gratefully aware that they are not going to hell, but few realize that they are already in heaven.

"There is no question about there being a beautiful new position for the believer, but people limit it to its being theirs when they die. Scripture shows that it is ours now! People say, 'You get to heaven when you die.' No such thing. You have it now. It is not your death that entitles you to it, but the Lord Jesus' death. There is not a single shade that was between us and the Father, but the Lord Jesus has removed in His death."

"The great work of the Lord Jesus was wrought on the Cross to bring us to the Father; His death and His Blood, His ascension and sitting on the Throne; all mean one thing - our being brought nigh to dwell in the Father's presence. And with what object? That the Father may have us, to mature us, to work in us that which is well-pleasing in His sight. Let no one think that the entrance into the Holiest is the end; it is only the beginning. It brings us into the right position, in which the Father in His divine power can work out His will and purpose in us conforming us to the image of His Son."

"The Lord Jesus stood where I was, and now I stand where He is, and that is the only place I have before my Father. We may fail and grieve the Holy Spirit, but that is where we are set." -

"If there be progress upward there must be progress in life and ways down here; you cannot see the need for a change in your ways here until you are transformed by the influence of nearness to Him there. You thus gradually find things here are not suitable for the order and nature of the things which are so attractive to the renewed heart up there." -

"Your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). 


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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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Why I Cannot Practice Water Baptism! By’ PASTOR CLARENCE E. KRAMER




Why I Cannot Practice Water Baptism!
A Sermon Delivered November 15, 1959
By’ PASTOR CLARENCE E. KRAMER
 At Berean Church Holland, Michigan
 and over WJBL, 1260 K.C.



Whenever someone teaches a doctrine that is contrary to popular opinion, most people automatically reject it without thinking it through. This is especially true in the matter of water baptism. Christendom has always practiced water baptism, though in many differing modes and for many different reasons” Some teach that water baptism actually contributes to one’s salvation while others teach that baptism is only a witness of some inward transformation. But though most baptizes differ among themselves as to the significance of the ceremony, yet they all band together to reject the sufficiency of the one divine baptism by which the Holy Spirit places the believing sinner Into Jesus Christ.

A remark often heard is: “How can you say that the whole Church has been wrong all these centuries and now only you have the truth about baptism.” Let us first remember that we do not know if all believers practiced water baptism even though. the church as a whole did; and don’t forget there Is a difference between all believers. and the religious hierarchy  of Christendom. But further, is it so strange that most have been misled regarding this truth? it will not be so strange to the one who knows the tragic history of Israel And Martin Luther must have been faced with the same problem when he, a mere ‘monk, challenged the entire church of Rome on the question of Justification by faith. Truth has never been popular, and spirituality is not usually found with the majority. Rather than look around us to see what others believe, lest we be found different, we should stand for God’s truth in spite of its unpopularity and the church’s indifference to it.

Now, we believe that the one basis of fellowship among all believers is the blood of Jesus Christ witch saved us from our sins. Our relationship with the blessed Son of God is what relates us to each other. I love every Christian not because they all agree with me doctrinally but because they all love my Lord, and we are brethren in Him. Water baptism should never be made a basis of Christian fellowship, unless, of course, water baptism makes us children of God, which no true evangelical, Bible believing Christian teaches or believes.

As for me, I cannot practice water baptism because: 1. WATER BAPTISM IS AN OLD TESTAMENT ORDINANCE (Hebrews. 9:10).

In Hebrews 9:10 we read, regarding Israel’s worship under the law:

“W1Iich stood only in meats and drinks, and divert washings and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”

The Greek Word for “washings” in this verse is baptism  or baptisms. This incidentally shows that water baptism in the Bible is a ceremonial purification aid not a symbol of death and burial. There were no immersions under the old covenant or law. John the Baptist’s disciples had a dispute with the Jews In  John 3:25 about purifying, not burying.

This first covenant (now the old covenant)”had also ordinances of divine service and a worldly  sanctuary” (Hebrews 9:1). The religious worship of Israel under the law consisted in “meats and drinks and divers baptisms.” So water baptism was a part of the law worship and not a “New Testament” ordinance as so many try to make it. One need only read Exodus and Leviticus to find there the numerous ablutions and purification ceremonies. In Leviticus alone there are some twenty references to washings or baptisms. The laver, an important piece in the Tabernacle furniture, was used to wash or baptize the hands and feet of the officiating priest.

Then we read, in Hebrews 9:10, that the various regulations of the law, including baptisms, were “carnal ordinances” (the “and” after “washings” is not in the original). Water baptism as a ceremonial cleansing was a physical ceremony, a shadow of good things to come (Hebrews 10:1) which never could “make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the con­science” (Hebrews 9:9). It would be interesting to contrast this passage with First Peter 3:21 where the baptism which “doth also now save us” is a baptism that does meet the demand of “a good conscience toward God,” something which a water ceremony could never do. This baptism is the antitype of Noah’s baptism and must surely refer to the death baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ who experienced God’s wrath for us on Calvary. We are safe from God’s wrath being in Christ the same way that Noah was safe from God’s wrath while’ in the ark.

We also read in Hebrews 9:10 that water baptism was “imposed on them until …. “Here was law. it was not left up to the believer’s conscience; nothing was ever’ said about it not being absolutely necessary. It was “imposed,” but only temporarily. Like the law covenant itself which was “added because of transgressions, till the seed should come” (Galatians 3:18) water bap­tism was a temporary institution.

Many fine Bible believing  Christians who are sure that believers today are not under the law, still insist that believers ought to be under the water. But the water is part of the law. Whatever we do with the law we must do with the water, and since the believer is not under the law he should not be under the water!

Further, I cannot practice water baptism because:

II. WATER BAPTISM IS NOT A PART OF THE PAULINE REVELATION (First Corinthians 1:14-17

The important question regarding water baptism is not whether or not it is taught in Scripture. It very plainly is, and for that reason I believe in water baptism. But is water baptism to be practiced today? ­This is the vital issue. Though God’s Word does teach water baptism, it also teaches the need for blood sacrifices, circumcision and speaking in tongues. I believe in these things too. But are they to be practiced today?

How can we know what is to be practiced today and what is not? By what principle of Bible study can we rule out some things that do not seem to fit, and hold on to others? The key to this important problem is in the Word itself. God has dealt with men in various ways under differing programs. God is now dealing with men in grace, and this dispensation of grace under which we live was first revealed to the Apostle Paul who made it known to us in his epistles (see Ephesians 3:1-9; Colossians 1:24-27; Romans 16:25), This is why we must be “Pauline.” Some things once commanded by God are now strictly forbidden (compare Genesis 17:9-14 and Galatians 5:2-3). The Word of God which is specifically addressed to us today is that revelation committed by the glorified Lord to the Apostle Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles (Romans 11:13). Pauline truth is our guide, and all truth must be taught in the light of this revelation

Now what does Paul command in regard to water baptism? Absolutely nothing! There is not one command in the Pauline epistles to the effect that members of the Body of Christ should practice water baptism. Paul himself says he was not sent to baptize (Read First Corinthians 1:17 again). True, he did baptize some, as he also spoke in tongues, but water baptism was not a part of that particular revelation he received from the Lord for us. He was not sent to baptize and neither are we.

Now if Paul was working under the same commission as Peter (and the one most believers today are trying to obey) he could never have said: “Christ sent  me not to baptize.”. Peter was sent out under the commission of Mathew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15-17. Under that commission, Peter and the circumcision apostles were told to baptize all nations and he that believed and was baptized would be saved. Furthermore, miraculous signs would follow those who believed. Read the commission in Matthew and Mark again and see all it commands. This “great” commission’ definitely required water baptism.

But Paul was not sent to baptize and hence could not have been working under that commission. What was his commission? It was a new commission for the new dispensation of grace which he received from the Lord in glory (Galatians 1:11-12: Ephesians 3:1-3). Water bap­tism is not included in this commission or in the program for this d1spensatlon. (see Second Corinthians 5:18-20)

Finally, I cannot practice water baptism because:

III. THE “ONE BAPTISM” IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT MAKES US ONE WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  Ephesians and first Corinthians

Paul does say a great deal about baptism but it is not water baptism. In Ephesians as part of the unity of the Spirit the one baptism. The following verses w1l1 show what this one baptism is:

Romans 6:4-4  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 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.

First Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles.

Galatians  3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Colossians 2:11-12  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

It is Quite obvious a simple reading of these important passages that the one baptism that is common to every believer, irrespective of denomination, is the baptism into Christ and His Body. This baptism occurs the very moment one believes the gospel. If this baptism is by water then water baptism saves, for it is a baptism into Christ.

But it is only God who can save and only the Holy Spirit who can put anyone into Christ. In Romans 6:3-4 we are told that those who have been baptized into Christ (by the Holy Spirit) have been baptized into His death. It is in His death that we died to sin (Verse 2). Since we died with Him we were also buried with Him by means of that baptism into His death; buried, not in water but in His tomb. And when He arose we arose with Him to new life.

This is not symbolic language for water could never symbolize crucifixion, burial in a rock tomb or resurrection to new life.  This is all a spiritual reality which we are to reckon true by faith. This baptism into Christ transforms the life and breaks the power of the sin nature. Could water ever do this? Only God can, and God did, by making us one with Christ through this divine baptism.

This divine baptism, then, presents a spiritual obligation. Because we have been baptized into Christ and thus have died to sin and are now alive unto God, we are commanded to “reckon” ourselves “to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans. 6:11). Our baptism into Christ is the only true basis for Christian living. We died to sin only in Him and are alive spiritually only in Him. Put water here and we miss the whole lesson God would teach us. Yea, we miss the power to live pleasing to Him!

Thanks be unto God for His wonderful gift:
 Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God
 is the object of the faith; the only faith
 that saves is His faith.

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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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Friday, April 22, 2016

A Symphony of Praise - By John D. LaVier



(Written in September 1953)

God wrote a symphony of praise in eternity past. In this symphony there are three great movements. In the first movement, God the Son is presented as the Creator, and there is the great chorus of Creation. But sin and Satan entered in and caused a great discord. Hence, the second movement, which, as I once heard said, "began to be played on the strings of a Tree, and amidst the cries of agony." But the cry of agony becomes the shout of victory, for the mighty work is done, and the chorus of Redemption will echo and re-echo throughout all the ages. The blood shed on the cross by Jesus Christ the Divine Redeemer is what gives Him the title deed to all things. Soon there will be the final movement in God's symphony, the Grand Finale, when Christ returns to claim the inheritance, and when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord of all.

God is a God of wise design. It may appear at times that His purpose is thwarted, defeated or stayed, but not so. Our God is working steadily toward the desired goal, and His purposes shall never fail. His will shall triumph, and in His own time and way He will bring the desired results to pass.

Shortly after the creation, sin reared its ugly head in the Garden of Eden. Man became alienated from God, the curse came in, and sin, death and the devil have held sway for nearly six thousand years. But is this to last forever? No! The curse will be lifted, the devil dethroned, Christ enthroned, and the symphony of praise that was lost in Eden will be heard again in paradise restored.

Out of the wreck and ruin of the fall, God chose Abraham, and the Nation Israel was born. Israel was highly favored of God, but in spite of many privileges the sons of Abraham proved themselves no better than any of the sons of Adam. Israel's history was one of failure, and now for long years this nation has been "a people scattered and peeled." But will they continue so? A thousand times no! God will be true to His promises and will again delight in Israel. They will yet be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of God. There shall again be heard in Zion the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, and Israel once again shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.

After Israel's failure and fall, God made known His purposes concerning the Church, the Body of Christ. This was no afterthought with God, but rather a forethought, for it was that which had been purposed from before the foundation of the world. But even in the Church there has been dismal failure also, as evidenced by one look around us today. The Church is to be to the praise of the glory of His grace, but instead of producing beautiful music that will bring praise and glory to Him, we hear many sour sounds, and many are playing out of tune and out of time. The Church has a high and holy calling, but the members of that Church do not always manifest a high and holy conduct. Where there should be unity there is strife and division. Instead of love there is bickering and bitterness. Instead of spirituality there is carnality. But blessed be God, a better day is coming. Some day He will present the Church to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish before Him. Now there are many spots and wrinkles and blemishes, but then not one. Then what a symphony of praise there will be, when in the ages to come He will show forth in the Church the exceeding riches of His grace and kindness and love.

Thank God, the time is coming when every discordant note will be silenced, and when both Israel and the Church will be blessedly attuned to sound forth a perfect symphony of praise to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Then with the millions of His saints
We will in one song unite;
And each the bliss of all will view
With infinite delight. 
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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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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LIBERTY IN CHRIST By JOHN McKAY, Pastor




LIBERTY IN CHRIST

 JOHN McKAY, Pastor


 Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:4

What does it mean to be "in Christ"? Certainly there is a sense that it means to be a believer in Him. There were many who believed in Christ when He came to be the King of Israel. Paul refers to relatives being "in Christ" before he was. This obviously must relate to the Kingdom program when Christ (having come to minister only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel), was trusted as the Anointed One. It is perfectly clear that no one could be "in Christ" in the Pauline sense until after the Apostle for this age was saved and given light in the Gospel of the Grace of God.

What does it mean to be "in Christ" in the Pauline sense of that term? It involves all of the truth of our Oneness with Christ, beginning with the Baptism by the Holy Spirit into the One Body. This great spiritual truth of the only Baptism for this age (Ephesians 4:5), reveals that We are united with the Lord Jesus in His death, resurrection, and life in a way too wonderful for us to fully comprehend now!

Our "Liberty in Christ" should be seen as a truly precious freedom from sin, the Law, condemnation, and the bondage of other men's opinions. Not only has the believer escaped these terrible things by trusting Christ, he also has the unimaginable freedom of access into the presence of God and the blessings of living by faith in His holy written Word. Did you know you had such liberty? (See II Corinthians 3:17-18).

Although some legalists were trying to take away the Apostle's liberty and bring him into bondage, they were condemned as "false" brethren (Galatians 2:4). "Stand fast" (Galatians 5: I) in the "glorious liberty" (Romans 8:21; I Corinthians 10:2).


THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM – By Les Feldick





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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The Bible and Its Author - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



Back on the shelf she placed the book with a sigh. It was too dull and uninteresting to wade through. She didn’t feel like reading anyway; in fact, she was utterly bored, and didn’t feel like doing anything.

The next night was different — very different. At a party she had met the kind of man she could really go for. He seemed interested in her too, and in the weeks that followed they saw more and more of each other, until she was sure she loved him.

One night he mentioned something about a book he had written, and somehow the title rang a bell with her. Where had she seen it? It bothered her that she couldn’t remember. When she reached home, however, it dawned on her all of a sudden. This was the book she had found so boring. She hadn’t even noticed the name of the author.

Taking the book down from the shelf again, she began reading. As she read page after page, she asked herself:  “Why did I think this book was dry? Say, this is some book! I had no idea he could write — and so well!” And thus, avidly, she continued reading far into the night.

Yes, it makes a great deal of difference if you know the Author — and especially if you love him! How many believers in Christ there are whose most precious hours are spent in reading and studying the Bible — a Book which once seemed dull and uninteresting to them!  The reason? They have come to know and love the Author!

Our Lord said: “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3). But how do we obtain the “life eternal” with which this knowledge is bound up? Our Lord said: “He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47). Salvation is, after all, a love story to be believed, and by which we come to know Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.



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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 17, 2016

Different Gospels by Pastor J. C. O'Hair


No intelligent student of the Scriptures believes, or teaches, that there is only one gospel in the Scriptures; but all such students should agree that there is only one gospel by which sinners are saved in this day of grace, the gospel of the grace of God, which is called in Ephesians 1:13, “the gospel of your salvation.” No one has ever been saved except on the grounds of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But now let us compare I Corinthians 15:1 to 4 with two other portions of Scripture, namely, Luke 9:1 to 6 and Luke 18:31 to 34.
I CORINTHIANS 15:1 to 4
“MOREOVER, BRETHREN, I DECLARE UNTO YOU THE GOSPEL WHICH I PREACHED UNTO YOU, WHICH ALSO YE HAVE RECEIVED, AND WHEREIN YE STAND; BY WHICH ALSO YE ARE SAVED, IF YOU KEEP IN MEMORY WHAT 1. PREACHED UNTO YOU, UNLESS YE HAVE BELIEVED IN VAIN. 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.”
LUKE 9:1 to 6
“Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And He said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”
LUKE 18:31 to 34
“Then He took unto Him the Twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge Him, and put Him to death: and the third day He shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.”
Here we learn that the gospel by which we are saved is the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins, that He was buried and that He was raised again. We learn that all of this was “according to the Scriptures.”
Note how this is stated in Acts 13:29 and 30: “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a sepulchre. But God raised Him from the dead.”
This is the gospel by which we are saved. Presently we shall consider Ephesians 6:19 and 20:
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known “THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.’
Here we learn that Paul was in prison at Rome for “THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL.” We know that when Paul mentions “the mystery” he specifically tells us that it is called “the mystery” because the truth was not “according to the Scriptures,” not a spiritual message or program that was in fulfillment of prophecy. At once then we see that there is a difference between, “the gospel by which we are saved,” in I Corinthians 15:1 to 4, and “the mystery of the gospel”. Paul was not in prison for preaching I Corinthians 15:1 to 4, but for. “the mystery” of the gospel.
But now let us look into Luke 18:31 to 34 and Luke 9:1 to 6. We learn in Luke 18 that when the Lord Jesus told the twelve apostles in advance the truth of I Corinthians 15:1 to 4, “the gospel by which we are saved”, they understood none of those things. That truth was hid from them. Peter even said “Be it far from Thee, Lord, this shall not be unto Thee.” Matthew 16:22. Most assuredly, if this Divine Truth was hid from them and they did not understand,they were not preaching it to others. They were not preaching the gospel by which we are saved. This we can learn by studying every line in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But note Luke 9:6:
“And they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing every where.”
For two or three years the Twelve preached the gospel, while they companied together all the time that the Lord Jesus Christ went in and out among them. Acts 1:21. What gospel did they preach? They preached, “Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”; the Kingdom gospel.” Matthew 3:2— Matthew 4:17— Matthew 10:7— Matthew 4:23. Note Matthew 9:35:
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. “
Let us always keep in mind that while the Lord Jesus was on earth, God was carrying on a two-fold program, in that Christ was offering salvation to individual Israelites and presenting the prophesied Kingdom to the Nation Israel. Therefore, in “the gospel of the Kingdom”, the nation Israel was always in view, as was David’s throne.

PAUL’S MY GOSPEL

Now by way of comparison, note Romans 16:25 and 26:
“Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith.”
To these Romans the Apostle Paul wrote:
“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the Apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.” Romans 11:13. When the Lord Jesus told His twelve messengers to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, He specifically instructed them, “go not into the way of the Gentiles;” “go to Israel;” Matthew 10:5 to 8. Paul also wrote to the Romans:
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office, So we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and all members one of another.” Romans 12:4 and 5. He wrote in Romans 10:12 and in I Corinthians 12:13 that things had been very much changed since Christ was on earth; that there was now no difference between Israel and the Gentiles, but that all Jews and Gentiles who believed the gospel were baptized into one Body and were joined thus to Christ and to one another. Then in Romans 16:25 and 26 he wrote that these Gentile members of the Body were to be established “ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL”; “according to the revelation of the mystery.” They were not to be established by “the gospel of the Kingdom”, although every member of the Body of Christ should be informed concerning “the gospel of the Kingdom” and know when and how this gospel fits into the plan and program of God.
Was Paul presumptuous or conceited or. deluded when he called the gospel “MY GOSPEL?” Romans 16:25— Romans 2:16—II Timothy 2:8. Why did he not call it “our gospel?” Perhaps Galatians 2:6 and 7 will help us to answer this question. We quote Galatians 2:7:
“But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel OF the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel OF the circumcision was unto Peter.”
Then note I Timothy 1:11:
“The glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to MY TRUST.” Then note again II Timothy 1:9 to 11:
“ 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. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: WHEREUNTO I AM APPOINTED A PREACHER, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. “
This grace was given in Christ before Adam was created and made efficacious by the death and resurrection of Christ. Then Paul adds:
“WHEREUNTO I (PAUL) AM APPOINTED A PREACHER, AND AN APOSTLE, AND A TEACHER OF THE GENTILES.” (II Timothy 1:11.)

THE GOSPEL FOR SAINTS

The Greek word translated “gospel” means “good news”. There are different aspects of the gospel. We have quoted from I Corinthians 15:1 to 4 the good news by which believing, sinners are saved from the penalty of sin, from the wrath to come. Surely every unsaved person should. hurry with all speed to Calvary, receive Christ, the forgiveness of sins. Divine righteousness and eternal life, and be at peace with God.
Then when we learn that more than ninety per cent of the instructions in the Epistles of Peter, John, James and Paul, instruct the saints how to appreciate the blessings of the Lord, how to enjoy salvation, and how to live to please the Lord, we should know that all of these messages contain the gospel, or good news, for the saints. Note Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ.” The redeemed sinner is blessed with all spiritual blessings. Every single spiritual blessing and benefit that is available in Christ for the believer in Christ, is a part of the gospel. So let us not be foolish enough to say that there is only one gospel and only one aspect of that gospel.

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL

Now note Paul’s words in II Timothy 2:8 and 9 and in II Timothy 1:8:
“REMEMBER THAT JESUS CHRIST OF THE SEED OF DAVID WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL: WHEREIN I SUFFER TROUBLE, AS AN EVIL DOER, EVEN UNTO BONDS; BUT THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT BOUND.”
“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.”
Read Ephesians 6:19 and 20:
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL, For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Note Colossians 4:3 and 4:
“Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”
Why did Paul suffer as an evildoer? For the gospel. For what gospel? He said, “MY GOSPEL”. All of the apostles were preaching I Corinthians 15:1 to 4.Paul was not referring to that. When Paul wrote Timothy to be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, he was not referring to “the gospel of the kingdom”, or merely to the gospel of salvation of Ephesians 1:13. No, Paul was referring to the Divine truth designated “the mystery.” This truth was not revealed by Christ to the twelve apostles. What they knew of the mystery they first learned from Paul.
If you will refer to the Greek in II Timothy 1:12, you will learn that Paul called it “MY DEPOSIT.” God had kept this glorious secret hid from all of Israel’s servants and prophets. Christ had kept it hid from the Twelve. But later on He revealed it to Paul to complete the Word of God. Note Colossians 1:24 to 26:
“Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His Body’s sake, which is the Church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, TO FULFIL THE WORD OF GOD: Even THE MYSTERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID FROM AGES AND FROM GENERATIONS, but now is made manifest to His saints.”
Always keep in mind that “the mystery” is peculiarly Gentilish truth.
From the Roman jail Paul urged his fellow Body-members to pray for an open mouth and for open doors for the proclamation of this glorious truth. The Lord is still waiting for open mouths and open doors. How about your mouth? “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.” “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:9, 17 and 18.
God also wants us to pray that saints may receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation to understand the mystery of His will: “And to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ.” “According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:9 and 11.
Let us remember that the truth of Ephesians and Colossians concerning members of the Joint-Body (Ephesians 3:6) seated and blessed in the heavenlies, is truth that was predestinated, given us in Christ before the foundation of the world, truth which God held as His own secret and that it is therefore called, “God’s eternal purpose”, “the dispensation of the, Mystery”, “the Secret of His will.
Now read carefully the prayers of Ephesians 1:17 to 23 and Ephesians 3:14 to 21.

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