How Should a Man be Just with God?

Romans 3:21 – 26 — “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

A man with a record of his life that he was perfect and upright, that he feared God, and eschewed evil, had to ask the question, “How should a man be just with God?” (Job 9:2)

The precious words that the Apostle Paul said leading up to these life giving words were words of indictment against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of man.  All are guilty.  All are concluded under sin.  There is none righteous, no, not one. Continue reading “How Should a Man be Just with God?”

The Mercy Seat

Ark of the Covenant

Exodus 25:17–22 — “And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.  And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.  And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end:  even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.  And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”

Exodus 30:6 — “And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

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I AM the Resurrection

On this past Resurrection Sunday, I had the privilege to speak to Grace Bible Fellowship in Menomenee Falls, Wisconsin.  What you will see below is a written version of the message that I gave to the saints gathered together there.

John 11:1, 5, 11, 18 – 27 — “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

“These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

“Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

The Most Wonderful Fact — His Riches our Riches, Part 3

A Gospel Message by A. C. Gaebelein

3.  The Most Wonderful Fact

BY HIS POVERTY WE ARE MADE RICH.

“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).

What a most wonderful theme we have here for our contemplation.

The great, the deep, the unfathomable poverty of the Son of God on the cross has procured us riches, incredible riches.

How great these riches must be, riches that have been won for poor lost sinners, for whom Christ died, but who now believe Him and His Word.

We shall find indeed that while the Riches of Christ that He had with the Father before the world are wonderful, the fact that such a One became so poor brings something greatly wonderful before our hearts, and that is the most wonderful of all: Riches that God has given us in Christ. This is the fullness of the blessed Gospel, a fullness that is so little preached and less believed today. Some emphasize in Gospel preaching the fact of the forgiveness of sins and, how the believing sinner is freely justified from all things.

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A More Wonderful Fact — His Riches our Riches, Part 2

A gospel message from A. C. Gaebelein

2.  A More Wonderful Fact

HE BECAME POOR FOR OUR SAKES.

“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).

If we have wondered at His eternal Riches, how much greater must be our amazement that such a One, whose Riches are incomprehensible, became poor. Indeed it is more wonderful that He became poor and furthermore that He became poor for our sakes.

“Your sakes.” This precious Gospel text before us enlarges and expands and opens up the gracious, unfathomable depths of God’s Love. We shall find that He, Who was so rich, became so poor in that He was stripped of all He had. And it was for us, reader. It was for my sake and for your sake. Can we ever hear enough of it? Do we ever get tired of hearing that which is, the old, but ever new, the blessed account of His Love? There are too many who seem to have gotten beyond the facts of the precious Gospel.”We want something deeper than the Gospel,” some said to this writer some short time ago. It did not take us long to find out that they had never actually fully tasted nor received even the basics of the sweetness of “the old, old story of Jesus and His Love.” The one who knows the gospel and lives in fellowship with the Father and the Son can never hear it enough. The more we hear, the more we realize its preciousness and its marvelous depths. It is not possible to get beyond the Gospel of the grace of God. “Amazing Grace,” it is in every way!

But let us look at this more wonderful fact, that, “He became poor for your sakes.”

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Wonderful — His Riches our Riches, Part 1

A Gospel Message by Arno C. Gaebelein

“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor. 8:9

Wonderful

These beautiful words, which we find written in connection with Christian giving, contain the blessed Gospel in a most precious fullness. Like the great heart of the Gospel in John 3:16, it is so very simple and yet so very profound that its depths have yet to be fathomed.

The Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah, when announcing the birth of the Savior and the gift of the Son (Isa. 9:6), gives as one of His names “Wonderful.”

Even so He is.

He is wonderful in His Person and His Work.

He is wonderful in all He has done, in what He is doing and in all He will yet do.

His words, His acts, His Love, His Grace, His mercy, yes, all are wonderful.

Three wonderful facts are found in 2 Cor. 8:9.

Each fact becomes more wonderful than the previous one.

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The Word of Reconciliation

{This is a re-post of an article written last year.  I said this when I shared it before, that if I had one more Sunday School lesson to give, this would be it}

 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2 — “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

“We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Reconciliation is one of the great “theological” words of the scriptures.

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Grace

church-history-graphicThis is chapter 2 from The Gospel and its Ministry by Sir Robert Anderson.  This is a beautiful chapter extolling the greatness of God’s grace against the backdrop of man’s great wickedness.  I sat down and read this again.  Then I sat down and read it again and decided that it is certainly worth sharing.  I hope all of you enjoy it, and if you would like the book, it can be downloaded by clicking on the title in red at the beginning of this paragraph, or you can purchase a paper copy here.

“The Gospel of the glory of the blessed God!”¹

“Show me Thy glory, I beseech Thee,” was the prayer of Moses; and God answered, “I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of Jehovah before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Exodus 33:18, 19). God’s highest glory displays itself in sovereign grace, therefore it is that the gospel of His grace is the gospel of His glory.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

Here is a short Bible study on the contents of the gospel of the kingdom as John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Himself presented in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  I have decided to not comment until the end, and just leave God’s word to speak for itself.

According to Matthew

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is He that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. (Matthew 3:1–3) Continue reading “The Gospel of the Kingdom”

The “2 Gospels” of Galatians 2:7

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter… (Galatians 2:7)


This is another quick attempt to compare and contrast that which was given to Peter and the Twelve to that which was given to Paul to proclaim and evangelize.  Again, I have highlighted some text for emphasis, but really, the Scriptures can speak for themselves.  It is recognized that “the gospel” in “the gospel of the circumcision” is italicized to indicate that it is added by the translators, but if it were changed to “that of the circumcision” instead, it would make no difference in the meaning of the sentence.  Just look below at two representative passages to understand the differences and the similarities between them. Continue reading “The “2 Gospels” of Galatians 2:7″