Simple As Can Be

This is a piece illustrating the importance of properly understanding the scriptures.  Many may ask, what is the point of teaching all this doctrine about “rightly dividing the word of truth.”  We can also begin to understand why if the correct path is not followed, confusion is the inevitable result.  This piece by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam shows the importance of  understanding what God is doing today and not confusing the “preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery” with God’s dealings with men in other ages.  If evangelism is the most important thing that we can do, it is of utmost importance that we get it right and not leave the unsaved that we are evangelizing more lost than ever.


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Have you ever heard some preacher say, “There are many things in the Bible which are hard to understand but, thank God, the plan of salvation is as simple as can be?”

Well, it is simple IF…

For the rest you will have to read this article.

Yes, the plan of salvation is simple IF the Scriptures are rightly divided. Otherwise it is far from simple. Hence the grave responsibility upon those engaged in the work of the Lord to obey II Timothy 2:15:

“STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.”

Let us illustrate:

Here in the heart of Indianapolis, let us say, stands a man who has been convicted of his sin. He is miserable as, at last, he sees himself as he really is—a guilty, condemned sinner.

As he stands there brooding, Mr. Average Fundamentalist comes walking down the street. In his lapel he has a button which reads “Jesus Saves.” Seeing this our unsaved friend thinks, “Here is the man for me,” and approaching him says, “I wonder if you can help me. I’m in trouble. What must I do to be saved?”

“Why!” exclaims Mr. Average Fundamentalist, “I’m so glad you ask me. There are some things in the Bible which are hard to understand but, thank God, the way of salvation is as simple as can be.

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Christ and His Body

stamBy Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/part-5-christ-and-his-body/

(This is the fifth and last of a series of articles that first appeared in 1950 in Truth magazine, published by Milwaukee Bible Institute/Worldwide Grace Testimony, now the Grace Gospel Fellowship. These articles have never before appeared in the Searchlight.)

“Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular” (I Cor. 12:27).

The most wonderful truth in all the Word of God is that which concerns the relationship between Christ and the Church of this dispensation, called “His Body.”

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David and the Kingdom

stamBy Pastor Cornelius R. Stam, founder of Berean Bible Society

https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/part-4-david-and-the-kingdom/
(This is the fourth of a series of articles that first appeared in 1950 in Truth magazine, published by Milwaukee Bible Institute/Worldwide Grace Testimony, now the Grace Gospel Fellowship. These articles have never before appeared in the Searchlight.) Continue reading “David and the Kingdom”

The Person of Christ

This portion of Pastor C.R. Stam’s commentary on Colossians is very relevant to the study that we are continuing in Colossians, as well as the recent response to criticism that I recently posted.

Do We Belittle Christ

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

colossians-new-2015-250x358Again, as with the crucifixion and resurrection, the Old Testament presents Christ, the Son of God, only in veiled phraseology and in types.  The Trinity is only hinted at.  This is one reason why the Jew insists there is but one God and that He did not, and will not, have a Son.  True, Psalm 40:7 says:  “In the volume of the book it is written of Me” but, again, who is the “ME”?  We do not find out until some time after the Son of God has appeared incarnate.

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Bethlehem and Calvary

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

“Sweet Name come down from Heav’n above,
To win our heart’s deep tender love;
As Bethlehem and Calv’ry prove:
My Jesus.”

How true this old hymn is! Bethlehem and Calvary do indeed prove that the Lord Jesus Christ came from heaven to win us to himself.

St. Paul’s declaration that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (ITim.1:15) takes in both Bethlehem and Calvary. At Bethlehem Christ showed His love for man, not merely by coming to be with us, but by becoming one of us.

Luke, “the beloved physician,” wrote the famous “Gospel According to St. Luke” to show how truly man the Lord Jesus Christ was. Apart from sin, our Lord experienced all the emotions, the sorrows, the joys, the pains, the pleasures that we do. The Son of God actually became the Son of Man that the sons of men might become the sons of God.

But His life alone could not save us. His holiness would only expose our sin and condemn us. This is why the Apostle Paul declares that “Christ DIED for our sins” (ICor.15:3), and that “WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE”(Eph.1:7).

Those who believe this and trust Christ as their personal Saviour rejoice in the truth of the above poem. Their hearts have been won to the Blessed One who came from heaven to Bethlehem and Calvary because HE loved them.

From Berean Bible Society
www.bereanbiblesociety.org