Friday, September 30, 2016

The Hope of Glory - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

The Hope of Glory

by Pastor Cornelius 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 Pet. 1:3:
“[He] hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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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SO MAKING PEACE - By Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:14-16

The humanist teaches that man, in his own strength and  by his own determination, can do anything he desires to  do-even to the extent of accomplishing a "do-it-yourself'  salvation. Yet the Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples, "With  men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible"  (Matthew 19:26). The Apostle Paul declared, "I know that in  me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is  present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find  not" (Romans 7:18).

Man has always failed God. In all ages and generations,  God has provided explicit instructions and requirements  whereby unity may be restored between Himself and the  wayward sons of Adam. The flesh, however, has resisted; and  God's gracious pleas have failed to pierce its hardened shield.  Always, man has been without excuse in his refusal to yield to  the terms of peace with His Creator. But today, in this  marvelous Dispensation of the Grace of God, this is more true  than ever. Jew and Gentile alike are invited to enter into glory  by one simple avenue: "For BY GRACE are ye saved  THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE  GIFT OF GOD; NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast"  (Ephesians 2:8-9).




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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NEITHER GODS OF GOLD - By Robert E. Hanna



Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:23

"Neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold." How  clear-how plain! The children of Israel were not hearing-  impaired. The Lord their God was a jealous God Who would    other God before Him. God was establishing the  law in unmistakably specific terms. With these words fresh in  their minds, they proceeded to defy the Supreme Authority of '  the Source of their deliverance.

"And all the people brake off the golden earrings which  were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he  received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving  tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, THESE  BE THY GODS, 0 ISRAEL, which brought thee up out of the  land of Egypt" (Exodus 32:3-4).

God's purpose has ever been to establish a bond oflove  and peace between Himself and his people. In dealing with  Israel, He gave them law as a means to this end; and they  spurned it. What a reception for a God of such loving  patience! David prayed, "Thou, 0 Lord, art a God full of  compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in  mercy and truth" (Psalms 86:15). What irony that God was  moved to say to Israel, "All day long have I stretched forth my  hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people" (Romans  1O:21)!

Man has nothing to offer God other than compliance with  His will. It is God that gives; man is the recipient. "Do not  err, my beloved brethren. Every good [act of giving] and every    gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father  of lights" (James 1:16-17a). Compliance? Not in the  Dispensation of Law!


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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UNCLAIMED PROMISE - By Robert E. Hanna



UNCLAIMED PROMISE
By Robert E. Hanna



Scripture Reading: Hebrews 3:19

"For ever, 0 Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven. Thy  faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the  earth, and it abideth" (Psalm 119:89-90). "The Lord is not  slack concerning His promise" (II Peter 3:9).

Any barrier between God and His children is invariably  erected by them-never by Him. A consistent symbol of  disobedience, God's chosen people Israel have imposed their '  own limitations upon the fulfillment of His promises from the  very outset of their relationship. God's promise to Abraham  and his seed was absolute. The stated initial conditions were  perfectly clear and simple: "Get thee out of thy country AND  FROM THY KINDRED, and from thy (ather's house, unto a  land [Canaan] that! will show thee." (Genesis 12: 1). But what  did Abraham [then called Abram] do in response to these  instructions? Instead of leaving his kindred, he left his  country with them; and instead of entering Canaan, he  stopped en route and established residence for the next  twenty-five years.

As for Israel, their performance was true to the example  of their ancestor. They were given the glad news by Moses:  "Behold, the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee: go up  and possess it, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto  thee; fear not, neither be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 1:21).  What was their response? Unanimous agreement! But again,  Moses speaks: "Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but  rebelled against the commandment of the Lord your God"  (Deuteronomy 1:26). So much for unity in the Dispensation  of Promise!

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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New Wine and the Dispensation of Grace - by Pastor Ricky Kurth



    “Is the new wine in Mark 2:22 the dispensation of grace?”

No, the dispensation of grace was a mystery that was not revealed until Paul (Eph. 3:1-3). That means it cannot be found hidden in the Lord’s parables, for it was still “hid in God” at that time (Eph. 3:1-9).

Wine is a type of the Holy Spirit, for both are associated with joy (Zech. 10:7; I Thes. 1:6), and new wine is a type of the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. You’ll remember that when the apostles were “filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:4), men thought that they were “full of new wine” (2:13).

With the parable of the bottles, the Lord was saying that the new wine of the Holy Ghost could not be put into the “old bottles” of Israel’s religious leaders; it must rather be put in the “new bottles” of His “little flock” (Luke 12:32).

 New wine is first mentioned in the Bible when Israel was gathered back into her land after her captivity (Neh. 10:39; 13:5,12), a type of Israel’s future gathering back into her land for the kingdom, and so it is associated with the kingdom that was taken from Israel’s apostate leaders and given to the little flock (Matt. 21:43). New wine was withheld from Israel when she rebelled against God (Isa. 24:7; Hos. 9:2; Joel 1:5,10; Hag. 1:11) and was given when she was obedient (Prov. 3:5-10), and so it will be given in the kingdom (Joel 3:18; Zech. 9:17; Matt. 26:29) when God’s Spirit will “cause” them to walk in His ways (Ezek. 36:27).

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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Thursday, September 29, 2016

THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST - By Pastor Floyd Baker



THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST 
 By Pastor Floyd Baker



Scripture Reading: Romans 8:39

In our pre-marital counseling we spend a great deal of time in Ephesians chapter five looking at the responsibility of the wife and the husband to each other in the marriage. One of the most difficult instructions we find is when the wife is told “submit yourself unto your own husband, as unto the Lord.” What we point out to the husband to be, is that the wife “needs” the security of his love. That is why we see that the husband is “to love his wife as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it.” There is security in love!

What blessed security the child of God has in God’s love. This is why Paul could write, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD which is IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD” (Romans 8:38, 39). How needful it is for us to realize that God has our welfare in mind in all that He does and allows in our lives. This is the reality of Romans 8:28.

We have the confidence that in death, absent from the body is at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). But what about life, when things appear to go wrong? Yes, Paul declares that not even life with all of its problems and difficulties will remove us out of God’s love. This love as we note is “in Christ Jesus,” and we are in Him for time and eternity. How wonderful for us to rest in that love, and to enjoy it each day. May we too be “persuaded” of the wonderful love of God.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.
-Oswald Chambers.

 Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.


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 Faith Of Jesus Christ- by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



The Faith Of Jesus Christ

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

“…the righteousness of God… by [the] faith of Jesus Christ, unto all and upon all them that believe” (Rom. 3:22).
Note, the Apostle Paul here does not refer to faith in Christ, but the faith of Christ. Nor does he refer to what Christ believed, but rather to His worthiness to be believed, His fidelity, His trustworthiness.
We must not forget that faith is a reciprocal matter; it is two-sided. One side is objective; it believes in another. The other is subjective; it is a trustworthy character. One refers to what a person does; the other to what he is. If I have faith in you, you should keep faith with me; you should be trustworthy.
Seven times in St. Paul’s epistles he refers to “the faith of Christ” and each time his purpose is to emphasize our Lord’s worthiness of our complete confidence. That he does not refer to our faith in Christ is evident on the surface in each case. In the passage above he declares that the righteousness of God, which is “by the faith of Christ,” is conferred “upon all them that believe” (Here’s your faith in Him).

Similarly, in Gal. 3:22 he states that “the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to “them that believe.” Here again, we believe because He is worthy of our confidence.

Again in Phil. 3:9, the Apostle expresses his desire for a righteousness not of his own, “but that which is through the faith of Christ” — and then adds: “the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Here’s man’s faith again! He has faith in Christ because Christ is completely faithful, completely worthy to be believed in. He paid the full penalty for our sins and is now in heaven dispensing the merits of Calvary — riches of grace, mercy and forgiveness.

But remember, “the faith of Christ” always precedes our faith in Christ. What good would it do us to believe in Him for salvation if He were not wholly to be relied upon for this? But He can be trusted “to save… to the uttermost [all] who come unto God by Him” (Heb. 7:25). This is why Paul could say to the terrified jailor at Philippi:
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).




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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IMPERFECTION BY APPOINTMENT - By Robert E. Hanna



Scripture Reading: Genesis 9:1-6

Perfection on earth having been tainted by the iniquity of  our faithless forefather, man became subject to the authority  of man. God committed to Noah responsibility of headship  over the social structure of his time. Stern conditions were  clearly defined and enumerated. "And the fear of you and the  dread of you shall be upon all that moveth upon the earth, and  upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they  delivered ... And surely your blood of your lives will I require;  at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of  man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life  of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood  be shed: for in the image of God made He man."

Capital punishment is hereby instituted. The necessity  for such an administration is purely the result of man's  infidelity. Had there been no humanly-incurred breach of  fellowship with the perfect Creator, there would be no need for  punishment. The rendering of justice, now entrusted to the  fallible judgment of mortal man, cannot be flawlessly  accomplished yet.

The God of perfection originally enjoyed total unity with  His perfect creatures. That unity is now broken, and we must  await the restoration, which will be the culmination of His  plan.

The wonder of it all is that God's total will and purpose  will be accomplished despite man's ineptitude in the  Dispensation of Human Government.

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, September 28, 2016

DESTRUCTION BY DISOBEDIENCE - By Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:8-12

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit  before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). From the beginning, God has  instructed man in the ways of righteousness; and from the  beginning, man has been free to comply with or to rebel  against God's expressed will. Between the first two sons of  father Adam, there existed a clear contrast. Abel elected to be  willingly obedient; Cain chose to "do it his way."

"Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the  ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain  brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord [a  boastful show of pride in his personal accomplishment]. And  Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof [an obedient act of humble submission to the specific  conditions set forth by God regarding sacrificial offering].

"And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering.  But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect" (Genesis  4:2b-sa).

Failure to comply with God's specific will is in itself  unacceptable; but Cain compounded his offense with an act of  open rebellion-the wanton murder of his own brother as an  expression of resentment toward the very righteousness which  he had already openly defied.

With the knowledge of good and evil comes the ever-  deepening fracture marring the perfection of unity which  preexisted the Dispensation of Conscience, under which the  foregoing tragic drama was shamefully enacted.

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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UNITY IN CREATION - By Robert E. Hanna



Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:18, 21-24

Human reason and philosophy claim conviction of the  value of unity. "In unity there is strength." "We hang  together, or we'll hang separately." "United, we stand;  divided, we fall." All these are axioms authored and embraced  by humankind. But it seems that attainment of this idealistic  and commendable goal remains ever beyond reach.

God, on the other hand, is able to engender and preserve  perfect unification under His own plan and on His own terms.  He created a perfect environment. He then created an  occupant to dwell within that environment-a guileless being  destined to live an idyllic existence in a sylvan climate. Then  the finaltouch: "I will make him an help meet for him." This  conjunction epitomized all that is significant of a perfect  union. "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and  flesh of my flesh."

But there was a condition involved. The two innocents  who were as one, were endowed with the ability to choose  between right and wrong; and therein lies a tale! One  stipulation , and one only, God set down: "Of the tree of the  knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the  day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis  2:17)·

The rest is history! Adam did the one thing that could  displease God; he ate the forbidden fruit and destroyed the  perfection of the man-God relationship under the  Dispensation of Innocence. The flawless unity was marred by  separation, and man's futile struggles had begun to form a  continuous history of self-defeat.

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 Bible - by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

by Pastor Paul M. Sadler
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Earlier this year, my wife and I had an opportunity to visit the “Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible” exhibit at the Milwaukee Museum. When we entered the exhibit, we were given a small hand-held recorder about the size of a cell phone. As we made our way through the exhibit, we simply punched in the number of the display and were given an explanation of the scroll, book, or artifact and its significance.

In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls there were numerous biblical artifacts that took you back in time to the days of our Lord. For example, there was a display of the coinage of the period that was embossed with an image of Caesar. This would have been the same type of coin the Lord pointed to when He answered the question of the Pharisees and the Herodians about paying tribute to Caesar (Mark 12:13-17). There was also an exhibit of oil lamps, one of which would have been the type used in the Parable of the Ten Virgins. It was interesting to see how the five wise virgins would have trimmed their lamps (Matt. 25:1-10).

The most fascinating part of the exhibit was the Dead Sea Scrolls, which incorporated the development of the English Versions of the Scriptures, as well as the Guttenberg Bible, the first Bible ever produced on a printing press. I personally accept by faith that we have the Word of God today. But for the skeptic or critic who questions the Word of God, the Dead Sea Scrolls clearly show the providential care of God.

For example, the oldest copy of the Torah prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls would have been about the 10th Century. The Torah is the first 5 Books of the Hebrew Bible ascribed to Moses. Archeologists date the Dead Sea Scrolls between the 1st Century B.C. and the first half of the 1st Century A.D. They were discovered in caves on the sheer rock face of the northwest shore of the Dead Sea by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947. Despite the vast period of time between these two sets of manuscripts there is an amazing continuity, especially in regard to sense. For example:

The English translation of Deuteronomy 8:19 from the 10th Century (Hebrew Masoretic Text) states:
“I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.”
When the Scholars translated this same passage from the Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts it came out as follows in English:
“I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.”
Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to visit this exhibition which is touring the country; it is well worth your time.


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, September 27, 2016

THE PROMISE OF TRIUMPH - By Ivan L. Burgener






  THE PROMISE OF TRIUMPH 
By  Ivan L. Burgener


Scripture Reading: Romans 8:31

"If God be for us, who can be against us?" This is an  answer, a question, and a promise.

The answer to the preceding question is of exclamation,  "What shall we say to these things?" (verse 31). These  things to which Paul is responding are the glorious truths in  the preceding verse: "whom He did predestinate, them He  also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and  whom He justified, them He also glorified" (verse 30). God,  who "calleth those things that be not as though they were"  (4:17), here considers the believer not only predestinated,  but also glorified! Paul's answer to this question is stated in  question form, "If God be for us (and of course He isl), who  can be against us (and succeed)?"

Now all this turns out to be a wonderful promise of the  constant, keeping, eternal care of God over all of us who  believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; but this is not all. For Paul  continues to rhetorically ask, "How shall He [God] not with  Him [Christ] freely give us all things?" As Paul goes on to  enumerate some of the glories that are included in "all  things," I often think and ponder how anyone today could  go beyond the Scriptures to the Body of Christ, and claim  Israel's place or blessings. With all the blessings lavished  upon us in this dispensation of the grace of God, there just  is no need nor excuse to lower our position in the heavenlies  in Christ and claim something which God has reserved for  others. Without doubt, God is more glorified when we by  faith appropriate what He has bestowed upon us and give'  Him the thanks!




 



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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