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What Doth the Scriptures Say About Salvation?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-211I’m in a book study with several other women, and one of the ladies shared a conversation she had with another lady friend of hers — she said to her that she wanted truth no matter how much it hurt, if her doctrines were wrong she wanted truth more than anything. I hope this too is your desire – that you desire truth no matter what, and that you want to follow Christ and His Holy Word.

 

Tuesday in class one of the teenage students asked me some questions starting with “Lynn our pastor preached about choices – he said that when it comes to our Salvation it can’t be a work –there is nothing that we can do, because God has done everything for our Salvation to be complete. And if I have to make a choice then it is a work because it is something I did. – Lynn I have been really thinking about what he said and I think I understand it and yet I am not sure.”  We spoke back and forth for a while and soon she said “I got it – you mean that I don’t even have to accept it because God gave it to me and if I think I have to accept it – then it is a work – something that I had to do to get my salvation, in other words God did it all?” I said “Yes.” 

 

Then all of a sudden she said “Then when am I saved?” I asked her what does the Bible say about that?” As she was thinking about it, another student looked at me as if she was thinking very hard and said very softly, “You are saved when you believe” I said “You’ve got it” then the first student said “Oh I understand now, believing comes before I can pray, it comes before I could even ask God into my heart, but how can I ask Him into my heart if He had already given me the new heart to believe, so really asking Him into my heart isn’t scriptural then is it?” I told her that I have never found a scripture anywhere where it tells us to ask God into our hearts. I know of Jeremiah 24:7 where it says God gives us a new heart so that we can know Him as our God – so we will be His people, but nowhere have I found that we are to ask Him to come into our hearts.

 

The next day in class another student and I were talking about this too and I used the example by giving her my Bible and she reached out to accept it. I asked her “What are you doing?” Her reply was “I have to accept it”. I said “Wrong,” I then just dropped the Bible on her lap so quickly that she didn’t have time to even reach for it. She sat there and just looked at me and said “Lynn I understand it, God gives salvation to us before we even know it and it causes us to believe and at that moment we are saved – right?” I told her that was correct. Salvation is the act of God upon the remnant out of a creation of all kinds of people – He God chose – called – elected and predestinated them to be His own. God has showed us over and over in the Scriptures, that He has always had a remnant – all through the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and all the way to the end of the world – that this remnant was a chosen group and that He is the one who did the choosing. Jeremiah 24:7.

 

In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God’s word says: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

 

Let’s examine what this verse is saying – A new heart also will I give you – first off you don’t and didn’t ask for it or for God to come into your old heart. God gives it – All the action is done by and initiated by Godit’s that simple. And a new spirit will I put within you – those of you who know about salvation know that if the Spirit of the living God lives within you – you are already SAVED! He puts the new spirit in you – tell me where does it say you need to ask Him to come into your heart, or that you have to say a certain prayer or that you have any part in your salvation? And I will take away a stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. Don’t you wonder why God did this? It is so that you can know Him and be His child. The action again was and is all God’s. And I will put my spirit within you – for what purpose does God give us His Spirit? = Salvation = and causes you to walk in my statues – notice HE does the CAUSING you are to walk in His ways, (Causes = makes to happen, brings about – triggers you to do – produces His will in you – He initiates your actions – God is the cause of your walking in Him)

 

And you shall keep my judgments and do them. Again God is causing us to keep His judgments and to do them; we can do nothing outside of Christ!

 

Please think about what God’s Word says, not what I am saying but by taking the whole counsel of God together we will find truth and the truth will set us free, and if free – free indeed.

Boast not in ourselves but only in the Lord.

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn

God Is Sovereign Not Us

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-151Is our will stronger than the Lords, are we all powerful, are we Master over God’s creation, like the wind and the weather, where lightening strikes or over the migration of birds etc., or over our own souls? Of course not, if we were, there would not be a Sovereign God.

Christ was born for a purpose, which was to die for the ones the Father gave Him; He hung on the cross, bled, and died for His own. He rose from the grave and ascended on high and is seated on the right hand of God the Father, Jesus is our federal headship. Never did an angel sit on the throne by the Father, because Jesus is higher than the angels.

 

Remember the mission for which He came and then you will rejoice, that Jesus imputed righteousness to His children’s account, so that when the Heavenly Father looks at His own, He sees the Holiness of Christ and we do not stand guilty before Him.

 

(Imputed = Christ righteousness paid on our account) What a celebration!
Lynn

Whose Work Is Our Salvation Anyway?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-161If it takes our efforts to make sure of our salvation, why would God say it is by His Grace? Why would He say in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it?” If God did not or could not do every aspect of our salvation, then He would not be the Strongest, Strong God, the Faithful Covenant Keeping God would he? God is not weak, nor does He need man to do anything for his salvation. If God grants us grace then it is a done deal!! Every facet, portion, part, and piece of our salvation is the gracious work of a Sovereign God, the Creator of this universe, and of all humankind. He has taken care of every aspect of the work of salvation and He will present us to Himself holy.

The scriptures say that “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrew 12:2) Tell me where in our Bible does it say, that we took the shame of the cross Jesus bore? If He is the author and finisher, where does it say He needs our work in between author and finisher? Why in the world would God need His creatures that He created, to help Him in our salvation? Moreover, why in the world would we say we have to accept His gift and take the glory away from Him? He gives it like dropping it in our laps. That’s grace!

Our having to accept His gift is such a large error being taught in the churches of our day and what it does is it takes away God’s glory. The creatures in control of his salvation and God having to wait on the sideline with His hands tied waiting on man’s decision. What happen to the more than 200 years of teaching, that it is grace through faith and it is the work of Christ on the cross, that saves a sinner elected before the foundation of the world to be saved? (Ephesians 2:8 – 9) I really get on a bandwagon here because this is so important in the doctrines of Christianity and so many people of our day are willing to be taught rotten, dreadful, appalling and outrageous error. It makes a person wonder if those who believe they must do something to have salvation, if they are saved or not. It is not the work of man because all credit will go to Christ and not one person will be able to stand in His presence and say “It was my choice” that will be a sure fire ticket to Hell!

Let us put on our thinking caps people and when you grasp the doctrine of election you won’t let others talk you out of the truth to believe their lies again. Because that is what happens to so many people, in our day and age. Stand firm on the TRUTH of God!
Lynn

Our Will Verses God’s Will

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-171Humans make salvation an issue of our will, but salvation is a matter of the heart. Not the heart that pumps blood to our bodies, but the mind – the thinking part of man is what God changes. Remember Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

How do we know God? Is it not through our thinking minds? What will we know with our minds? Is it not That God is LORD, and that we shall be His people, and He shall be our God? When we know this in our minds, we shall return to Him with our whole mind. Not with head knowledge but with a knowledge that believes unto salvation.

If we are God’s children (who are God’s elect) then 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 applies to us. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it.”

Stay close to the Lord and have a good day, remember His goodness and mercy is with you each and every step you take today and for all your tomorrows.
Lynn

Who Is God? Part 2

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-181Jesus tells the world who He is: John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” The Bible tells us that Jesus is God and that it is He who gave Himself for His own. Titus 2:13-14, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

In John 8:58, Jesus Himself says, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am”

Verily, Verily means Amen, Amen, which means – And so be it, and so be it. In other words, it is settled and it will be. I am – is telling us that Jesus is God and always was, He had no beginning, but always was, and is Jesus, and He will always be, and that He has no end.

In Revelations 1:8 Jesus tells us who He is, “I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Jesus tells us that He is The Almighty – and here in Revelations Jesus is plainly telling us that He is God Almighty of the Old Testament.

My hope is that all of you, who visit this blog, will come to know and grow in God our Lord and Saviour, and to Him give all glory, honor and love.
Lynn

Who Is God? Part 1

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-19To God be the glory in all that we learn of Him.

Who is God? There is One God as we have learned in our last Searching for Truth “What is God,” we also saw that there is only one true God, yet three persons which make up the Godhead. All of one substance, equal in power, and glory, (eternity). In the Godhead, there is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That the Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost is eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. We know that God is Spirit, with no body parts and this part of God is the Father, he is the thought part of God. Jesus Christ is known as God the Son and He is the Logos (Word) of God, this part of God was made flesh and dwelt among humankind. The Holy Spirit is the Third person in the Godhead, He draws (drags), teaches and is a comforter for all believers.

John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (also see Psalm 100:3) – The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not….That was the true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made my Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Notice, Jesus is the Word of God, not a god as other false religions would like you to believe. Jesus is God and you must receive Him as so!!
Lynn

What Is God?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-201Taken from the Westminster Confession of Faith written in 1646 pgs 25 -

There is but one only, living, and true God: who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, and withal, most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto Himself all sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which He hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting His own glory in, by, unto, and upon them: He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever Himself pleaseth. In His sight all things are open and manifest; His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain. He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father: the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Psalms 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God”
1 Timothy 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen?”
Psalms 145:3 “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable”
Revelations 4:8 “And the four beasts …..rested not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is , and is to come.”
Psalm 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.”
Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
John 5:26 “for as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.
Acts 17:24-25 “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; V. 25. Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
Romans 11:33-34 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! V. 34. For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor?
Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding infinite

Does God need our help in anything which He has created or ordained to come to pass? I was raised in a church that taught me that God was my Father, Saviour and that He is Holy. I have learned over the years that He is all Powerful, Mighty in strength and that the righteous run to Him in good times and times of need. That He is my Lord and Master and that He guides and directs my path. That He has ordained the end from the beginning and no one can stay His hand or say -Why doest thou? I know He loves His children to the point of His own death to save them. What love! I know that He hates sin and will show His wrath upon those who are not His. I know that He is coming again to take His own dear children home to be with Him forever. (The ones the Father gave Him) and I know that He is sovereign of which I am so glad!
Lynn

Doctrine

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-211Let’s talk about doctrine, doctrine is what you believe about something, everyone has a doctrine about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. But does everyone in the world have the same doctrines about God? Of course NOT! Some believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, some believe He is a good man and others a prophet, then there are those who believe God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are one and others say they are three God’s. Someone has to be wrong on these issues – because they all can’t be right.

We will be looking during this series, of verses that are taken out of context to bring forth a meaning that God did not intend for them to say. If we follow after Scriptures that have been twisted by man then our beliefs are build on a shaky foundation and it will collapse and crumble. This could mean the difference between Heaven and Hell as a destination for some, it is so important that our foundation is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness.

Taking verses like John 3:16 and others out of context changing them to say things like Jesus died for all men, or that anyone can be saved, or that we have to do anything to secure our salvation then verses like Jeremiah 24:7 – Ezekiel 36:26-27 – and all the verses which speak about God predestining, electing, choosing, don’t fit with their theology. As well as verses that they don’t like, which tells us that God keeps the believers and they will never loose their salvation and that no man, not even themselves can take them out of God’s hands. If their doctrines are not built on the Word of God they will fall for a lie – which makes many wonder if they are in Christ or maybe they just don’t have the knowledge of the Scriptures.

With my husband and I it has been a road of learning a little here and a little there, line upon line and precept upon precept, just like God says will happen with His dear children. God didn’t give us the knowledge 36 years ago that we now have in Christ, He just keeps on giving. We might read something many times and then say “Oh I never saw that before.” That is because He wasn’t’ ready for us to digest it until then. He opened our hearts and minds at those precious moments to understand and to grow more in Him. He is still teaching us and will continue tell the day He takes us home. To God be the glory!

People who are willing to follow a pastor or teacher into false doctrine are responsible be-fore God themselves. If they reject the whole counsel of God which we are commanded to study and accept. These people might as well tear out verses and chapters out of their Bibles – the trouble with that method is before long their Bible is filled will holes – taking away from God’s Word which He clearly teaches is not an option with Him, several places in the Scriptures He warns us not to do this because those who do will feel His wrath. In reality they have created another gospel. They might as well shred their Bibles to pieces because actually they already have. Do you see how easy it is to fall into false doctrine?

What is doctrine? Doctrine is what you believe about Christ. Mormons, Catholics, Muslins etc. all have a different doctrine than Christians although they believe in a Jesus it is not the same Jesus we believe in.

It is so very important that your beliefs are based upon the Word of God and in context, and that you compared Scriptures with Scriptures to search out and find the truths in God’s word. Some times it is finding out which tense it is written, or to check the Greek or Hebrew to see how it was really said. But God says we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God.

I want you to think and ponder over this – chew on it all day and see what God is telling you about doctrine and who you choose to follow. If you are following after Scriptures which are taken out of context you are following after false doctrine and false doctrines are another gospel than that of Jesus Christ. God warns dreadful things will fall upon those who do not follow His truth.

I hope Dear Ones that your desire is for the things of God and not of man – I hope you hunger for truth about our Blessed Saviour and are so concerned with right doctrine that you are willing to follow God in His teaching and run from false doctrines and lies of men. This, as I said earlier could mean the difference between Heaven and Hell. It is a very serious matter – and it should make you shake if your foundation is built on anything less that Scriptural truth.

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder
Lynn

Total Depravity Part Two

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-24In Jeremiah 17: 9 it says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” When a person’s heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things it is inclined to do evil (because that is its nature) and mankind cannot seek God. The persons whole being is corrupted with sin. I really want you to grasp this, as it is so important to your understanding the condition of mankind.

 

Loraine Boettner in his book The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination wrote: “This doctrine of Total Inability, which declares that men are dead in sin, does not mean that all men are equally bad, nor that any man is as bad as he could be, nor that anyone is entirely destitute of virtue, nor that human nature is evil in itself, nor that man’s spirit is inactive, and much less does it mean that the body is dead. What it does mean is that since the fall man rests under the curse of sin, that he is actuated (motivated – put into action –set in motion) by wrong principles, and that he is wholly unable to love God or to do anything meriting salvation. I hope you noticed Mr. Boettner’s comment that man is wholly unable to love God or to do anything meriting salvation.  This is so important to how you build your foundation about the things of God.

 

I think Satan thought that if he could get Adam to sin, he had secured his soul, and the souls of all mankind, because he knew that mankind would be spiritually dead to the things of God. But God had other plans already set in place before the foundation of the world – He knew man would fall into sin, He knew what Satan would do – See nothing surprises God because He ordains all things to come to pass – God had planned for the cross of Christ long before Adam sinned. See His plan is to bring glory to the Son, and He has, and He will.

 

Man is totally ruined, he is unable to release himself from the power which holds him as a slave – he cannot rescue himself, nor can he do anything to save or liberate himself from this terrible power of sin. So total depravity means that the entire human race is dead toward the things of God, and in reality it means he cannot respond to God in anyway or manner. So we could say that humans are walking dead men. We see then, that the sinner is alive in the body to wickedness but dead to the things of God. Verse to look up: Genesis 6:5 – Genesis 8:21 – Romans 1:18, 21-24, 28-32 – Romans 3:10-18 – Mark 7:14-21 – Psalms 36:1-4 Jeremiah 17:9-10 – Ephesians 4:17-24. Now that we have seen what the fall of Adam has done to the whole human race lets look forward to the HOPE that comes in Christ.

 

In this series Searching for Truth  we will look at many verses that people have taken out of context and used them to mean something other than the true gospel of Christ.         

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

 

Blessings,

Lynn

Total Depravity Part One

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

bible-251I have so much on my mind and heart that I want to share with you today, in doing so I have decided to start a new series on “Searching for Truth.” It is really cold outside and the sky is that cold grayish color. I needed to leave the room for a minute and while I was in the other room I found myself praying that God would direct me and guide me in His truth – when I came back into the room I notice the sun light through my window shinning so brightly on my desk – I hope what is shared through this series does that in your life – I hope the SON – the real LIGHT will shine upon you and that the truth of His word will warm your hearts and souls.Maybe the best place to start is with what is called Total Depravity, by that I mean that because of Adam’s sin – his sin nature passed to every living human being in the world, which means we were all conceived in sin. Yes even that little baby in the womb had or has a sin nature. Psalm 51:5 – 58:3
Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

The dictionary says that iniquity is wickedness or evil, this is the nature Adam passed on to all mankind. What an inheritance! So when people say that babies are without sin that is not a true biblical doctrine, even babies are created with that sin nature, and that is the nature which separates us from God. Don’t think I am saying that all babies go to hell because I am not saying that at all. We will tackle this later.

When Adam sinned it placed the whole human race at odds with a Holy and Righteous God. It broke our fellowship with Him. And we became spiritually dead. There was nothing in us good any longer. Total Depravity means Spiritually Dead; take a look at Genesis 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest therefore thou shalt surely die.”

God made Adam and Eve leave the beautiful Garden of Eden. And yet they lived many years after they fell into sin; as well as having children and grandchildren. Instead of living forever their bodies died. Not only that – but they died spiritually. They were spiritually dead to the things of God. That is what Total Depravity means. We know that all men are not as evil as they could be – the reason for that is because God restrains evil in this world.

To be continued in part two of Total Depravity but in the meantime Think and Ponder.

May this series be a blessing as we search for truths.
In Him and loving it!
Lynn

Irresistible Grace

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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In 1618 the Canons of Dort met for one year, and state in Chapters III-IV, Article 11, “But when God accomplishes His good pleasure in the elect, or works in them true conversion, He not only causes the gospel to be externally preached to them, and powerfully illuminates their minds by His Holy Spirit, that they may rightly understand and discern the things of the Spirit of God; but by the efficacy of the same regenerating Spirit He pervades the inmost recesses of the man; He opens the closed and softens the hardened heart, and circumcises that which was uncircumcised: infuses new qualities into the will, which, though heretofore dead, He quickens; from being evil, disobedient, and refractory, He renders it good, obedient, and pliable; actuates and strengthens it, that like a good tree, it may bring forth the fruits of good actions”.

 

Today we will start by looking at the word Irresistible, which I am sure we all know means – that something is impossible to successfully resist.

 

Grace is a free gift from God though we don’t deserve it. It means unmerited favor which is given to God’s elect who are completely undeserving of it.

 

Taken from Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:

1 : unmerited help given to people by God (as in overcoming temptation)

2 : freedom from sin through divine grace

3 : a virtue coming from God

 

It is said that grace means = (G-R-A-C-E) God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. It is said God has given everything – that He did all the work for our salvation, while we contributed absolutely nothing to our salvation.

 

Grace is given as a free gift from God to His children though they didn’t and don’t deserve it. Our faith is a gift of God’s grace toward us.

 

I have heard it said that Christ accomplished everything for our salvation – while we only accumulated sin upon sin and more guilt and debt on a daily basis before a Holy God.

 

If God’s grace was irresistible no one would ever be saved because we were all dead in trespasses and sins, it is called “Total Depravity” and we would refuse Him at every turn. But by the grace of God He has made His grace irresistible for His Dear Children. Not one child, women or man would or could ever be saved a part form God’s irresistible grace.

 

Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they hid from the presence of God – our hearts (old nature) are that way. This is why it took God to intervene on our behalf. (Jeremiah 24:7 Ezekiel 36:24-27) God had to quicken our souls and He had to make our hearts desire Him and turn to seek Him. Which is the cause of us believing in Him.

 

So Irresistible Grace is God’s grace to the elect which they cannot resist. In other words we would all be condemned if it was not for the irresistible grace of a Sovereign God.

 

Ephesians 1:3-8 — Ephesians 2:1-9 – Romans 3:20-24, 5:12-21, 11:1-6, John 1:16-17, Acts 18:27-27. What is a human’s natural condition? What does God’s wrath mean to you? Is there any place in these Scriptures where it says we deserve salvation on our merits? Can we boast that we helped, or it was our decision that we are saved? Who should get all the glory in this world and in the world to come for the elects salvation, man or God? Who would get the glory if we had any part in our salvation? Who is the recipient of salvation? Who is the primary person in accomplishing our salvation? Is there anything in these passages which indicates we are capable of helping God with our salvation? Is it at all possible to be right before God without perfectly keeping and fulfilling the law? By what means are the saved justified?

 

I think most people believe they good enough – maybe just by the hair on their chinnie chin – chin to be saved. That on Judgment day they will have their deeds weighted and just by a hair will be granted Heaven. What does that say about the work of Jesus Christ when on the cross He said to the Father “It is finished”? We know that without the work of Christ no man will be saved.

 

It is only by God’s irresistible Grace are any of us saved, as He has turned our wicked hearts from continuous sin, quickening our minds causing us to seek Him and to repent. He is the one who turns us to saving faith.

 

In 1646 the Westminster Confession of Faith pg 53 wrote: “All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time effectually to call, by His Word and Spirit, out of the state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand that  things, of God; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and by His almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.

 

This effectual call is God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, who is altogether passive therein, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit, he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.

 

Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ through the Spirit, who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth: so also. Are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.”

 

Questions:

Why do so many churches now a day’s preach contraire to what was preached for almost 2,000 years ago?

 

Can’t we see what is and has been going on for years now?

 

Is there a dumbing down of American’s in more ways that one, and are they being given a delusion to believe a lie?

 

To believe what is not the true Words of God by taking it, changing it, and making it say things which it was never intended to say. — I ask this one question?

 

Who will stand guilty before God – for not believing the Holy Word of God which was given to His dear children?

 

Seeking Truth, Think and Ponder

 

If this was not a serious matter I would not pursue it. To God be all the glory!

Lynn

Glorification

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

websters-dictionary-of-1828Many of us can remember going to a special event when we were young. We went out and bought new clothes, and shoes’, just preparing for the big event was something special in it’s self. When that day came we cleaned up and put on our new clothes as the excitement just bubbled in our minds. We were ready for the big event, and yet that is nothing like the day when we shall be glorified and stand before God our Saviour, praising Him and Him alone, as well as loving Him with all of our hearts.

Whose work is it that glorifies the believer anyway? Is it not once again, not of our- selves but entirely of the Lord? I hope you are seeing that EVERY aspect of our Salvation has and is being taken care of by Almighty God Himself! We don’t ask Him to justify us, or to glorify us anymore that we can ask Him to come into our hearts and save us.

Noah Webster’s Dictionary of 1828

Glorification = the act of giving glory or of ascribing honors to.

Exaltation to honor and dignity, – Elevation to glory as the glorification of Christ after His resurrection.

 

Romans 8:28- 30 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow (foreloved) He also did predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

 

A glorified body will be fit for everlasting life in Heaven and on the new earth. Many Christians believe that it will be like Christ’s body which He had after He rose from the dead. We as Christians believe that we will receive resurrected bodies at the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, which will last for eternity, never-ending.

Not only will those who are alive in Christ when He returns receive this glorified body, but all the saints of all times who have passed from this world already into the next will also receive this wonderful sinless pure body when our Lord comes to get His own. 

From Adam to the last elected child of God. This new body will not be made of flesh and blood but will be a spiritual body, ready for Heaven and the new earth. But if it is like Christ’s body after His resurrection it was a body that could be fed, touched and seen. Some think this body will be like that of Adam and Eve which they had before their fall from grace into sin. This would be a perfect body.

 

Our bodies will be set free from this curse which sin put upon us and which was passed down to us by our earthly father Adam. The affects of the fall will be gone!! Can you just imagine being faultless before our God -standing there righteous and totally flawless? Not to mention having no pain, or sorrow, healthy bodies, restored arms and legs, perfect eyes, not old, but a body which is glorious and perfect. What a day that will be.

 

I have heard it said that there are two events that occur when we are glorified, one is we will be made perfect and the other is that we will receive our new bodies. We will have been made whole then, and then the process will be totally complete from being justified, sanctified and finally glorified. Glorification will be the final stage of our salvation.  (Rom. 8:28-30)

 

Oh what a day that will be when our Jesus we shall see!

 

Question: Whose work is it that glorifies the believer? Is it not once again all of the Lord and not of us?

 

 Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder 

Lynn

Blessed Assurance

    Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1873:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Refrain

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Refrain

“My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, com­posed a mel­o­dy and played it over to me two or three times on the pi­a­no. She then asked what it said. I re­plied, “Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus   is mine!” Fanny Crosby”

Foreknowledge

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

bible-16Vines Expository pg. 119: Foreknowledge is to know before, is used of Divine         knowledge,  concerning Christ – foreknown, foreordained…the foreknowledge of God is the basis of His foreordaining counsels of human knowledge..of person.

 

Vincent Word Studies in the New Testament: pg 95: It is God’s being aware in His plan, by means of which, before the subjects are destined by Him to salvation, He knows whom He has to destine thereto.

 

Vincent Word Studies in the New Testament: pg 96: God’s foreknowledge and His decree are alike aimed at holy character and final salvation.

 

I have heard that to foreknow really means “foreloved” and the ones God foreloved is His very own children!

 

This is a word that is taken differently by different groups of people:

 

Reformers say that the word Foreknowledge means that God knows the end from the beginning and that He ordained all things no matter what they are or will in time be. This goes along with all of the above.

 

Arminians say it means that God looked forward in time and that He was able to predict the future, and that He saw all the people of all times who would choose Him and who had a good heart, so He elected and chose them to be His child. They make several mistakes, one of which is man is totally depraved – and separated form God.

 

In The Reformed Faith by Loraine Boettner chapter 4 – pg. 17-18 Mr. Boettner makes some very good points. 

 

  1. “But if God foreknows any future event, then that event is as fixed and certain as if foreordained. For foreknowledge implies certainty, and certainty implies foreordination”
  2. Arminians cannot deny that the word election or elect is in the word of God. (which occurs 25 times in the New Testament) But they say that God looked forward into the future and sees those who will respond to His gracious offer and so elects them.”
  3. Boettner says that when the Arminians acknowledge foreknowledge, they are making a fatal mistake. He says they actually cut off their own heads. Because he states if God foresees those who will be save, He also sees those who will be lost. He then asked “Why then does God create those who He foresees will be lost?”
  4. He also says that “if God wanted all men to be saved and is earnestly trying to save all men, He could at least refrain from creating those who, if created, certainly will be lost.”
  5. “It would be mere foolishness for Him (God) to wish to save or try to save those who He knows will be lost. “
  6. He (God) would be working against Himself.

7.                  “If election is based on foreknowledge – that makes it so meaningless that it becomes more confusing that enlightening. For even as regards to the elect, what sense is there for God to elect those who He knows are going to elect themselves? That would be just plain nonsense.

 

If God loves all mankind why would He ever create those He knows will be lost, and if God sent Jesus to die for all mankind whom the Arminians say He loves - and just one is lost then Jesus sacrifice on the cross was of no value, and He couldn’t be God. If God has to struggle to save all men or even the elect – then how does He hold the title of Almighty God, All Powerful, and Sovereign God?

 

In the Westminster Confession pg 33: “God the Great Creator of all things doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, form the greatest even to the least, by His most wise and holy providence, according to His infallible foreknowledge.”

 

He knows the end form the beginning because He created it for His purpose and what ever He has said will come to pass – then why do we argue and say He doesn’t have the right to do what ever He wants to do. What is in mankind that we even want to take God’s Word and twist it and change it to mean something that it isn’t. Why on earth would mankind desire to change the hope of our salvation into a lie and lead millions to and through the gates of hell?

 

Again mankind is taking a word like Foreknowledge and making it mean something it doesn’t and again mere humans are trying to say they are the deciding factor in their salvation, can you not see that your salvation is only a work of God in every aspect of it. If our salvation depends on us we better be very scared because that is a work and no man will stand in the presents of God and say “I chose, I decided”– no not one will stand and say that!

 

I have been hearing comments like “God is struggling to save everyone” how blasphemous!

Blasphemous =     1: the act of expressing lack of reverence for God

2: irreverence toward something considered sacred

 

Soon you will see how each of the “Searching for Truth Devotions” depends on one doctrine and if you don’t believe in this one doctrine all your theology falls apart.

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn

Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

bible-231Turn your heart upon Jesus and come to the realization of Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria – Christ Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scriptures alone, To God be the Glory!!

 

In Dr. Roberts L. Reymond’s book A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith pg 470 Reymond states:

 

“Because Pelagianism, in whatever form it takes, it is a threat to the Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide principle, claiming as it does that man deserves at least some measure of credit for effecting his salvation, if not in its initiation, at least in his cooperation with initiating grace, the church must ever be on guard to insure that this of Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide principle of Holy Scripture remains the sole ultimate ground of salvation.”

 

In Reymond’s book above pg. 466 states:

“Even if God had elected men on the basis of their foreseen faith and /or good works, as Arminians contend, since faith in Jesus Christ is not native to the human heart but is a gift from God not given to everyone (Eph. 2:8-9) and since good works are the product of God working in men both to will and to act according to His good purpose (Phil. 2:13), salvation would still be all of God and men would make no decision contribution to their salvation.””

 

Reymond’s book above pg 470 states that Catholic’s believe that by taking the sacraments it causes grace to flow to their recipients by the mere administration of them….. Rome holds that through the foundational sacraments of baptism the sinner is delivered from the liability of original sin (Aquinas had declared that baptism “opens the gate of heaven”), and through the sacraments of the Mass and of penance the liabilities of post-baptismal sins are removed. The institutional church becomes then through its sacramental ministrations the source and conveyer of saving grace to men, or as John Murray says, “The church is the depository of salvation and the sacraments the media of conveyance.” Can you see how opposed to the truth of Scripture this is?

 

            Then Reymond goes on to say on pg. 470 …Carried through consistently, the sacerdotal vision urges that where the church works, there the Spirit works, and also that apart form the church’s sacramental ministrations of grace there is no salvation. I ask you were is God in all of this? It all sounds like a work to me, which is something man is doing and in this case is not a work of God at all.

 

            If God is to receive all the glory in the works of salvation then tell me where it is in Arminians circles. Remember that Pelagianism is Arminianism. Works under any name is not God glorifying – no – not at all.

 

            The words semi-Pelagianism means the decisive point in man’s salvation is because it is man’s part that actually determines who is saved and who is not.

 

            Is it not disgusting that we could believe that the sin sick totally depraved man could usurp a righteous and Holy God and His will and His decrees? Have people forgotten that our God is all powerful and no one can stay His hand?

 

The Reformed Calvinistic (fundamentally protestant teaching of the Scriptures) stress that the reason all men are not saved is because God is not doing a work in their hearts and that God works in individuals, one by one in His elected children. They also believe to God be the glory in every aspect of our salvation as it is the work of God alone. 

 

Sola Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn

Faith

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

bible-25More people have faith that a chair will hold them up, or that they can get into a moving vehicle and it will accomplish the means it was made for, getting you from one destination to another, than having faith to believe that God can do what He says He will do.

 

What I want you to see here is that faith is not of yourself either, it is a gift of God, and you don’t and didn’t do anything to get it.

 

In the Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary copy write of 1969 states that faith is allegiance to duty or a person – loyalty, fidelity to one’s promises – belief and trust in and loyalty to God – belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion – firm belief in something for which there is no proof – complete confidence – something that is believed esp. with strong convictions; esp. a system of religious beliefs

 

In the Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 before the dictionaries changed their meanings of many word, it say that faith means to trust, to persuade, to draw toward something to conciliate – (the word conciliate means to make peace – appease – pacify – reconcile) to believe, to obey. Like a rope which makes fast.

 

1.       Belief: the assent (assent means to agree) of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment of what another states or testifies is the truth.

 

2.       The assent (to agree) of the mind to the truth of a proposition advanced by another; belief, on probable evidence of any kind.

 

3.       In theology, the assent (to agree) of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simply belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of he sacred writers.

 

4.       Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith, is the assent (to agree) of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of God’s testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent (to agree) of the will or approbation of the heart; and entire confidence or trust in God’s character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that firm belief of God’s testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.

 

Think and ponder this – Where did you get the faith to believe, did it not come with the grace which God gave you? So if grace is through faith then faith is the instrument by which we believe and when we believe we are save.   

 

Ephesians 2:8 & 9 For by grace are you saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Now notice God is saying this grace and this faith to believe is not of yourself and it comes to you as a gift from God. You don’t get it from anything you do or say or ask for, and the reason is so that you will glorify God and give Him all the credit for your Salvation, to God be the glory!! 

 

Remember anything you have to do, say or pray to obtain your salvation is a work – but God says not by works! How plain can God make it? If God has given you eyes to see and ears to hear you will understand this fact that is your salvation had nothing to do with you other than you were the receiver of God’s gift of grace! And give God the glory!

 

As you go through your day say this to yourself – “Salvation is not of myself” Salvation is not of any work that I can do.”  Think about it often during the day – think and ponder those words because in reality they are the words of God. That is what He is telling you in Ephesians 2:8 & 9.

 

I hope you are all being blessed by this series “Searching for Truths” in God’s Word and that He is molding you more and more into His image and that you are realizing how much He loves His children. – Even unto His death!

 

Seeking Truth – Think and Ponder

Lynn