MEDITATIONS IN THE PSALMS [An outline of the Psalm, A good devotional study when using the scriptures indicated] Psalm 18:29-50, Part 6 Gaining the Victory and Confusing the Enemy
Our lives are full of bitter battles, one after another, and there is no better way to face them than in Christ: by faith in the strength and might of Godâs arm the victory is gained in His way, and His way is always perfect. David could write this from experience, I can testify to it from experience, âAs for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Himâ (v30). Perfectly just â perfectly wise â perfectly good â perfectly holy â perfectly honorable to Himself, and perfectly sure to prevail for us: âfor by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wallâ (v29). Observe again, âthe word of the Lord is triedâ, fire-tried, purified; most-pure, refined; and free from dregs. Never shall it fail, not one promise, nor one iota of its counsel. âForever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heavenâ (Ps.119:89); âFor verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.â; â a buckler to all those who trust in Himâ. âFor who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?â (31) The TRUE believer challenges heaven and earth to find another being worthy of honor, blessing, glory, adoration and worship. âWho is God save Jehovah?â Who else creates, sustains, foresees, and overrules? âIt is the Almighty that girded me with strengthâ (32). We need no other girdle; âAlmightinessâ can protect us in any circumstance. âHe maketh my way perfectâ (32). How else could it be? Without God there is not anything strong, or holy, or finished, or successful, or perfect. Our enemy is swift, we must be swifter, only through Christ, âHe maketh my feet like hindsâ feet, and setteth me upon my high placesâ (33). High places is literally âstrongholdsâ; spiritually Christ. âBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christâ (Eph1:3); âSit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstoolâ (Heb.1:13). He said to the Church at Rome, âAnd the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feetâ; confusing the enemy. âHe teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine armsâ (34). âEverything skillfully done in the arts of peace or war are ascribed to divine teachingâ. âNimrod was a mighty hunter BEFORE the Lordâ (Gen.10:9). âThou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation: thy right hand hath holden me up, Thy gentleness hath made me greatâ. What a gift! Godâs protection is unfailing. His omnipotence, His unlimited power can make a worm stronger than an angel! How strong is an angel? âAnd that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyriansâ (2 Kings 19:35). Another night an angel appears to shepherds with good news of the condescension of Christ (Luke 2:8-20), fulfilling the promise that none who are upheld by Godâs right hand shall fall, our victory is in Him! ~~WTW
How can one have true assurance of his salvation if he does not see himself justified by the blood of Christ? A proper understanding of justification inevitably leads to Biblical assurance of salvation. Biblical assurance unavoidably bestows peace and confident expectation concerning our glorification. He who has this expectation (hope) within his soul will walk in purity. According to this passage, âAnd everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pureâ (I John 3:3), it is impossible for an individual who understands the doctrine of justification to live in wickedness. Who will deny that Christ is pure? In like manner, a Bible believer can not deny that the man that has âthis hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.â In fact, John continues the argument in the verses that follow by showing that because God has implanted the divine seed in the soul at the new birth, that person cannot live in sin (I John 3:7-10). The work is of God. When God works, He is efficacious. The faith of justification overcomes the world (I John 4:4, 5:4-5). Therefore, the doctrine of justification (if correctly understood and believed) causes men to walk in holiness. He who denies this truth teaches contrary to the Scriptures and turns the grace of God into lasciviousness (Jude 4). Dear Reader, let us pause and honestly reflect upon what has been said. Let us sit before God and His word and survey our condition. We may fool each other, and ourselves but we cannot fool God. We cannot live as the world and claim to be born of God. We cannot believe that the blood of Christ justifies us and continue to live throughout our life without change. My intention is not to âguiltâ anyone into serving the living God. This will never work. Only the truth of God abiding in the soul will cause any to live unto the Lord. However, I do desire to be honest with you and myself as well. We do not have a right to claim God and His kingdom without a life of holiness. Therefore, from a heart of love and kindness I ask you, âHow is it with your soul?â âBLESSED IS THE MAN.â We draw your attention to the phrase in Psalm 32:2âŚâin whose spirit there is no guile.â The Psalmist described the blessedness of that individual who is justified before God. He also gives a description of the heart of the justifiedâŚâin whose spirit there is no guile.â Here it is clearly taught that those who have received the imputed righteousness of Christ by faith, also have a pure spirit (Matthew 5:8). Those who are justified from their sins are sanctified from a life of sinfulness. It is one thing to be forgiven, pardoned or declared not guilty of a crime but it is something else to be clean in the heart, the two are inseparable.
THE FRIENDS OF FREE WILL ARE ENEMIES OF FREE GRACE
THE CONTROVERSY in the fallen and corrupt mind of mankind from the inception of sin, when planted there by the serpent some six thousand years ago, has never diminished. Namely who is sovereign, God or man? Who is in control of matters, the creature or the Creator? The lie is stated in verse five of Genesis three, âFor God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.â The idea from the text is, âand you shall become gods,â (Elohim is the same Hebrew word translated âGodâ in the beginning of the verse) âdetermining for yourselves what is good and evil.â The first man Adam bought the lie, exercised his âfree willâ and we as mankind have been in a mess ever since. The following is by the late English pastor, Charles Haddon Spurgeon for you to consider. âAccording to the free will scheme, the Lord intends good, but He must wait like a servant on His own creature to know what his intention is; God wills good and would do it but He cannot because He has an unwilling man who will not have Godâs good thing carried into effect. âWhat do ye, sirs, but drag the Eternal from His throne and lift up into it that fallen creature, man; for man, according to that theory, nods and his nod is destiny. You must have a destiny somewhere; it must either be as God wills or as man wills. If it be as God will, then Jehovah sits as sovereign upon His throne of glory, and all hosts obey Him, and the world is safe. If not God, then you put man there to say, âI will,â or âI will not.â If I will it, I will enter heaven, if I will it, I will despise the grace of God; if I will it, I will conquer the Holy Spirit, for I am stronger than God and stronger than omnipotence. If I will it, I will make the blood of Christ of no effect, for I am mightier than the blood, mightier than the blood of the Son of God Himself. Though God make His purpose, yet will I laugh at His purpose; it shall be my purpose that shall make His purpose, stand or fall.â If this be not atheism, it is idolatry, it is putting man where God should be.â A gospel that attributes salvation to the free will of man glorifies man and not God. A gospel that does not attribute salvation to the free grace of God is not salvation, but a fatal deception. A gospel that does not glorify God in its entirety is not a gospel that God will recognize. In biblical reality, in the words of the Apostle Paul, is another gospel and not the gospel at all.
JUSTIFICATION In this article Iâd like to take a look at the word JUSTIFICATION and its meaning in Christian theology. It is Godâs act of declaring or making a sinner (like myself) righteous before God. God pardons, accepts and declares a sinner to be âjustâ on the basis of Christâs righteousness (Rom.3:24-26; 4:25; 5:15-21) which results in Godâs peace (Rom.5:1), His Spirit (Rom.8:4) and salvation. Justification is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, apart from all works and merit of the sinner (Rom.1:3: 28). The doctrine of justification by grace through faith in the merits of Christ is not something new. Men who were honest with the scriptures have taught it throughout history. This truth can be traced back to our Church Fathers throughout the first period of church history, and through them to the Apostle Paul. Ask Clemet of Rome and he replies; âWe also, being called through his (Godâs) will in Christ Jesus, are not justified through ourselves, neither through our own wisdom or understanding, or piety, or works which we have done in holiness of heart, but through faithâŚâ Letâs ask Polycarp (died AD155), âI know that through grace you are saved, not of works, but by the will of God, through Jesus Christ.â In a letter (written about AD150) addressed to a person called Diognetus, who seemed to be inquiring about Christianity, these are the following sentences: âGod gave His own Son the ransom for usâŚfor what, save His righteousness, could cover our sins? In whom was it possible that we, transgressors and ungodly as we were, could be justified, save in the Son of God alone?âŚO unexpected benefit, that the transgression of many should be hidden in one righteous Person and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors.â Augustine said, âGrace is given to you, not wages paid to youâŚit is called grace because it is given gratuitously. By no precedent (previous) merits did you buy what you have received. The sinner therefore received this grace first, that his sins should be forgiven himâŚgood works follow after a justified person; they do not go before in order that he may be justifiedâŚgood works, following after justification, show what a man has received.â Of Origen, a great Christian teacher, thinker and writer (died AD253) comes the following, âThrough faith, without the works of the law, the dying thief was justified; becauseâŚthe Lord inquired not what he had previously wrought, nor yet waited for his performance of some work after he should have believed; butâŚhe took him unto Himself for a companion, justified through his confession alone.â Jerome, the great translator of the Bible into Latin (died AD420), has written, âWhen an ungodly man is converted, God justifies him through faith alone, not on account of good works which he possessed not.â Reader if you desire pardon of your sin and forgiveness from guilt and punishment, an act of free grace which God will pardon you and accept you as righteous on account of the atonement of Christ Jesus His son. Study the scripture references Iâve given you. If you have an honest, seeking heart He can make you âjust,â just as if you had never sinned. The Scripture says, âHe heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.â
REPENTANCE Someone said, âMany persons who appear to repent are like sailors who throw their goods overboard in a storm, and wish for them in a calm.â I was sorry for my idols because my idols offended my God, but I have never been sorry that I offended my idols for the sake of my God. The motive of repentance is that men may not repent from the fear of hell, but they must repent of sin itself. Every thief is sorry when he has to go to prison, every murderer is sorry when the judge sentences him to death. The sinner must repent, not because of the punishment of sin, but because his sin is sin against a pardoning God, sin against a bleeding Savior, sin against a holy law, sin against a tender gospel. The true penitent repents of sin against God, and he would do so even if there were no punishment. When he is forgiven, he repents of sin more than ever, for he sees more clearly than ever the wickedness of offending so gracious a God. Old-fashioned repentance is described in a childâs verse, âRepentance is to leave The things we loved before, And show that we in earnest grieve By doing so no more.â A man measures his repentance by the measure of his sin, and it is humanly impossible to measure your sin. We need to understand we will never have remission of sin while we are in love with sin, and that if we abide in sin we cannot obtain the pardon of sin. There must be a hatred of sin, a loathing of it, and a turning from it, or it is not blotted out. Though it will not be popular, true gospel preachers must come back to preaching repentance as a duty if we ever see God work again. âThe times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.â âRepent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.â âAll have sinned and come short of the glory of God,â and he that has sinned is duty-bound to repent; it is the least that he can do. How can any one ask God for mercy while he abides in his sin? What a blessed thought, the full pardon of sin, that it is blotted out once for all; the free pardon of sin, that God forgives voluntarily of His own grace; free forgiveness for the very chief of sinners for all their sins, however black they may be; a final and irreversible remission, not a pardon which is given and taken back again, so that a man may have his sins forgiven and yet be punished for them. The pardon of God once given stands forever. If He has cast our sin into the depths of the sea it will never be washed up again. Repentance in the Gospel sense is the work of God. Like all the works of God, repentance is a perfect work, and its perfection will not be reached until we reach the end of the way. Thorough repentance is a present, continuing work. The sinner is ever turning from sin and the world of sin; and by Godâs grace will continue to turn from it until all is left behind.
William Tyndale (the English Reformer 1500-1536), in his burning zeal for the Holy Scriptures, reasoned with an ancient Roman Divine, âI defy the pope, and all his laws,â adding, âIf God spare my life ere many years I will cause the boy that drove the plough to know more of the Scripture than thou dost.â For the âcrimeâ of translating the Scriptures and embracing the doctrines of the Reformation, he suffered a voluntary exile on the Continent. He was imprisoned after being betrayed by a âfriendâ and finally martyred at Vilvorde, Belgium in 1536, by strangulation prior to his being burned. Tyndaleâs final words were in the form of a prayer, âOh Lord, open the king of Englandâs eyes.â A very short prayer with an enormous return. Within two years of Tyndaleâs death the kingâs proclamation to place a Bible in the English language in every parish church and available to the common people was proclaimed. Hallelujah! For God who answers prayer. I am sure that each of you reading this article has at least one Bible in your home or you would not be reading this. But how important is the Word of God to you? Consider the cost to our forefathers to have it readily available to you. To the Psalmist David it was his life and he writes in Psalm 119:1-8: Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law (or Word) of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies (or Word), who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways (or His Word). You have commanded us to keep Your precepts (or Word) diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes (or Word)! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments (or Word). I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments (or Word). I will keep Your statutes (or Word); oh, do not forsake me utterly! These eight verses are taken up with a contemplation of the blessedness which comes through keeping the statutes (or Word) of the Lord. Heart-fellowship with God is enjoyed through a love of that Word which is Godâs way of communing with the soul by His Holy Spirit. Prayer and praise and all sorts of devotional acts and feelings gleam through these verses like beams of sunlight through an open window. You are not only instructed, but also influenced to holy emotion, and helped to express the same. Lovers of Godâs Holy Word are blessed, because they are preserved from defilement, because they are made practically holy, and are led to follow after God sincerely and intensely. Beginning a New Year with a time set aside each day for a study of God through His Word is the most valuable time youâll invest yourself in.
HOW MAY I KNOW THAT I HAVE A SAVING INTEREST IN CHRIST?
Many are the times Iâve had this question asked me. I think we are off on the wrong foot if we try to assure ourselves by what or how much we know. Assurance of salvation cannot be known by how much we know about the Person and work of Christ, but how well we know Christ. There is a text in Romans eight that is vital to the question above, âThe Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.â This Spirit is the Spirit of adoption, the very Spirit of Godâs Son, called also the Spirit of Sonship. The Spirit of Sonship is joy and assurance in believing. There is a believing that does not bring with it the âjoyâ of believing. Some have a faith that is purely theoretical, a cold, intellectual, doctrinal faith. This faith can give nothing but a false assurance. The Holy Spirit is a teacher; Heâs the great teacher of the Fatherâs children. The Father begets us by His own will through the word of truth; Jesus Christ takes us into union with Himself, so that we become in a second sense the children of God. Then God the Holy Spirit breathes into us the âspirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.â After giving us the spirit of adoption, he trains us as earthly parents would train one that they adopt. He becomes our educator and works on our ignorance revealing one truth after another to us, until at last we comprehend with all saints what are the heights and depths and lengths and breadths, and know the love of Christ which passes all knowledge. Then the Spirit introduces the educated ones to âthe general assemblyâ and church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven. The knowledge of knowing that we have a saving interest in Christ becomes more apparent as the Holy Spirit teaches us to cry out to a loving Father. There are some things we can do naturally when we are children without any teaching. Who ever taught a child to cry? That is just natural. The first sign of its life is its shrill feeble cry of pain. You will not need to send it to school to teach it to cry the cry of its grief. But you and I as spiritual infants had to be taught to cry; for we could not even cry of ourselves till we had received âthe spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.â The Spirit of Adoption brings into the soul of the sinner a very peculiar faith, distinct from theoretical faith. This faith lays hold to the glory of God revealed in that Spirit. In this glory Jesus shines unto us as Lord, King, and Master. The revelation that humbles the heart in repentance and commits it to Him and causes it to say with the converted Saul of Tarsas, âLord what wilt Thou have me to do?â
Remember the woman who came into the house of Simon the Pharisee, where a banquet was being held in honor of Jesus (Luke 7:36 â 50)? Remember how she wept and washed His feet with the tears that fell from her eyes, and how she kissed them and dried them with her hair? How she also took an expensive box of ointment and anointed His precious feet? That my dear friend was a manifestation of a sinnerâs appreciation of grace. The forgiveness of sins, âwhich were manyâ said our Savior, caused her to âlove muchâ and show great appreciation. Legal forms and law restraint cannot produce that. As we observe in the Pharisee, law could only produce self-righteous complaint and criticism: âIf He were a prophet, He would have known what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him, for she is a sinner.â Jesus did know that she was a sinner; the blessed thing is He caused her to know that she was a sinner and grace brought her and the Savior together. The sad thing is that Simon knew not that he was sinner, and law-works kept him from the Savior. The law of God has one purpose and one only in the work of salvation and that is to work an overwhelming guilt in the heart. The law (âTen Commandmentsâ) and keeping it never ever saved the first sinner. If it is properly preached and applied, I believe that it will convict of sin and drive one to the Savior. The apostle Paul testifies to this in the letter to the Church at Rome in chapter seven of his epistle. âWhat then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said; âYou shall not covet.â But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. âŚ For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.â The question is, do you know that you are a sinner sold under sin and that you have hope alone in Christ? My encouragement to you if you find yourself in such a case cast yourself at the feet of Sovereign Mercy and plea for the blood He shed on Calvaryâs cross to wash your sins away.
Why should I, as a gospel preacher, contend so earnestly for the historical faith of the Christian Church? âYou should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.â The contention that Jude exhorts us to is an eminent and extraordinary one. The word contend means to strive, to fight, to labor fervently; it is a contention which requires all our strength and utmost force, we are to be as those who fought for their lives, nay, that which was dearer than life itself, even the life of their souls.
Hear the words of William Jenkyn, Jude 3--âThis imports a serious and weighty cause and ground for contention. It is for the Gospel that we must contend vigorously, fervently and with all our might. A lazy, slender, slight contention will not serve the turn. Luke warmness neither pleases our Captain nor prevails over our adversary. Holy fervor is never so fitting as in contending for a holy faith. Indifference better becomes our worldly contentions between man and man, than spiritual contentions between men and devils. We must contend for the faith of the Gospel against error universally and impartially.â âModeration is not always commendable.
Moderation that hinders a real earnest contending for the faith is no better than loathsome lukewarmness. I fear there is much neutrality, sinful halting and indifference gilded over with the name moderation. He who is not for Christ is against Him. There may be a sinful, damnable moderation. Following Christ far off in this world is no sign that we shall be near Him in the next. No man will be afraid of being too professed a Christian at the day of judgment, or will think he has lost too much for Christ when he is to presently lose all things by death.â The Apostle said that the mouths of deceivers are to be stopped, and gainsayers must be convinced. I know not how it comes to pass, but among many the opposing of seducers is either accounted bitter or needless; and it is still the policy of Satan not to permit a sword in Israel, [hence, do not unsheathe the sword of the Spirit, which is the pure Gospel of the grace of God]. Jenkyn, a mighty puritan divine, died in a London prison on January 19, 1685. We are told that when the news reached the court a nobleman in waiting had the courage to tell James II, âMay it please your majesty, Jenkyn has got his liberty.â Upon which he asked with surprise, âAye, who gave it him?â The nobleman replied, âA greater than your majesty, the King of Kings.â
I want to call attention to at least two passages of scripture that emphasize the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Number one, âIn whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto themâ (II Cor.4:4). And then, âAccording to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trustâ (I Tim.1:11). I give you seven scriptural reasons why the Gospel is a glorious message. The first is Romans 1:1 where we read, âPaul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God.â It is termed here âthe gospel of God,â denoting the origin. In its origin there are at least three things for consideration; since itâs Godâs Gospel we would consider its unquestionable power, âFor I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greekâ (Rom.1:16), next its undeniable purity and finally its unyielding preservation. The second passage that unfolds the glory of the Gospel is in Acts 20:24, where Paul said his âcourseâ and âministryâ was to âtestify the gospel of the Grace of God,â here giving us the source of the Gospel. Sinners are saved by the Gospel of Godâs grace and not apart from it. It is further affirmed that salvation is âby graceâ and grace alone, ââŚnot of works lest any man should boastâ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The third scripture passage which amplifies the Gospel of the Blessed Redeemer is Romans 15:19. Here the apostle refers to the Gospel as the Gospel of Christ,â unfolding the revelation of the Gospel, for the Gospel as revealed to a sinner is the unveiling of Jesus Christ, and His atoning work. The fourth passage is found in Romans 10:15, where the Gospel is termed âthe Gospel of peace,â teaching us that the Gospel brings comfort to guilty convicted sinners and establishes peace with an offended God. The fifth passage is Romans 16:25, âNow unto Him that is of power to stablish you according to My GospelâŚâ Here Paul terms the Gospel, âMy Gospel.â Showing the blessedness of the believerâs privilege of participation in the testimony of the Gospel. Sixthly, we find the Gospel termed âthe Gospel of the Kingdomâ in Matthew 4:23. I believe this sixth term relates to us the benefits reaped by the believer. According to scripture the believer has been translated into a âkingdom of lightâ and is a subject of King Jesus, serving as kingly priest in His Kingdom. The final term which enlarges upon the glory of the Gospel is found in Revelation 14:6. The Gospel is termed âthe everlasting gospelâ giving to believers its promised perpetuity; assuring them that âHe is able to save to the uttermost them that come to Him by Christ Jesus our Lord.â
The heading of this article is taken from Romans 3:4, âLet God be true but every man a liar.â The meaning is âlet the Word of God stand, donât tamper with it or wrest it.â Let me give an example or two. In Jonah 2:9, the old prophet makes a proclamation, âSalvation is of the LORD.â Jonah was in the belly of the whale, deep in the bottom of the sea, simply put, âIf I am to get out of this mess my only hope is divine deliverance.â He did not proclaim, âsalvation is partly of the LORD and the rest is up to me.â The second example is from Eph. 2:8-9, âFor by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourself: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.â The subject of salvation as to whom, and how it is effected can be made no clearer than what it is in this text. God says that salvation is by grace, not a mixture of His work and manâs work, but entirely His. Therefore, âLet God be true but every man a liar.â Concerning the issue of salvation the Word of God contradicts a vast number of modern religious ideas. Many believe that Christ died equally for all men. Jesus Christ Himself said in John 10:15, âI lay down my life for My sheep.â In Eph.5:25 we read that âChrist loved the Church and gave Himself for IT.â In Matt.1:21 we are told that Jesus âshall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins.â Therefore, âLet God be true but every man a liar.â Men say that all men can believe if they will, Jesus said, âBut they believe not, because they are not of My sheepâ (John 10:26). The inspired Word of God in Acts 13:48 says, âAs many as were ordained to eternal life believed.â Modern religion says all men could come to Christ if they would. Jesus said, âNo man can come to Me except My Father draw himâ (John 6:44). They say that men either come to God or refuse to come to God of their own will; but the Word of God says, âGodâs people shall be willing in the day of His powerâ (Ps.110:3). They say that men are rejected of God because they will not come to Christ, but Christ said, âAll that the Father giveth ME shall COME TO Meâ (John 6:37). Oh that men would âlet God be true but every man a liar.â Many have the idea that God âmust give all a chance to be saved.â Christ Jesus the LORD of ALL men said to His disciples, âTo you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom, but to them it is not givenâ (Matt.13:11). He also said, âMany are called,but few are chosen.â They say, many will die and go to hell for whom Christ died, but Jesus said, âOf all, which the Father hath given me, I should lose nothingâ (John 6:39). Many say that salvation depends on manâs willingness to believe on and receive Jesus as their Savior.â The Bible says, âBut as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Godâ (John 1:12-13). Some insist that Christ died for all men without exception, but Jesus insisted, âI am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheepâ (John 10:11). There are those who insist that a person may lose their salvation. Jesus Christ said concerning His people, âI give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My handâ (John 10:28). If you will observe the article with care you will note that throughout I have not said one word about what I believe or donât believe. I have stated only what men say and established what the Bible declares in opposition to their misguided statements. Always remember, âLet God be true but every man a liar.â
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WHO SHALL? Meditations in the Psalms (Psalm 15) The occasion for Psalm 15 was probably written when the ark was removed from the home of Obededomâ and brought to Mt. Zion. This is the second time: when David did it RIGHT. Spiritually Mr....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THE GODLESS FOOL, Part 2 Meditations in Psalms (Psalm 14) As we continue with Psalm 14 let us consider verses 4-6 and see the effects of sin and an anticipation of the coming judgment upon the impenitent wicked who have no shame or regret: âHave...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FROM MOURNING TO REJOICING Meditations in the Psalms (Psalm 13) Some call this the âHowling Psalmâ; more appropriately it could be titled the âHow Long Psalmâ. If you have not yet an occasion to use this term âhow longâ you will if you be one...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
âGOOD THOUGHTS IN BAD TIMESâ Meditations in the Psalms (Psalm 12) âGood Thoughts in Bad Times,â I borrow the title of our meditation from Mr. Spurgeon and he from Matthew Henry. âWe study this Psalm in light of His coming in that when He...[ abbreviated | read entire ]