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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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 the Redeemer

In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins…(Colossians 1:14)

Continuing this study in Colossians, we will look at the position of our Lord Jesus Christ as redeemer.  As we consider mankind’s greatest need, what could be greater than forgiveness of sins?  As we get to verse eighteen of chapter one, we see that the Father’s goal is that in all things, Christ would have the preeminence.  And how great is that preeminence in our redemption?  He is first in redemption because He is the Redeemer!

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Redeemed, Forgiven, Delivered, Translated, and Worthy

A Study of Colossians 1:12–14

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins… (Colossians 1:12–14)

As Paul continues writing to the Colossian assembly about his prayer for them, he lets them know again that he is thankful to God, the Father.  In verse 3 he speaks to the saints regarding his thanksgiving, and leads in to what he is thankful for about them.  Here, when he seems to be continuing his thought about what he prays for concerning them, he goes off on an “inspired tangent”, which really brings us to the object of this epistle:  HIS DEAR SON!

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The Word of Reconciliation

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, Continue reading “The Word of Reconciliation”

The Two Sons

Our Lord once told a beautiful story of a father’s love for his two sons.  The one son was selfish and had no concern for his father or any of his family.  He was concerned with getting his portion and living the high life.  This “high life” that he lived turned out to be a disaster for him.  The far country turned out a place of slavery and poverty, while he came to know the hard way that living as his father’s son was so much better that living the high life in the far country.  Continue reading “The Two Sons”

Grace, Mercy, Justice, and the Love of God

A Study of Titus 2:13-3:8

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Continue reading “Grace, Mercy, Justice, and the Love of God”

Settled Accounts

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. [Rom 4:3-8] Continue reading “Settled Accounts”

The Mercy Seat

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. Continue reading “The Mercy Seat”