Monday, April 23, 2018

Gospel Report of Encouragement


"...the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble." -Psalm 37:39 

Times of trouble try the saint of God, and they are meant to do so; that is the very purpose why they are sent, for "the LORD trieth the righteous" (Psalm 11:5). Still the promise holds good: "He is their strength in the time of trouble." When He breaks up the fountains of the great deep of sin and iniquity, He strengthens His people that they may not be carried away by the flood. When He hides His face, He strengthens them to say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him" (Job 13:15). When temptation besets them sore, when they are put into the furnace, the Lord is with them there, as He was with the three men whom Nebuchadnezzar cast in. 


The Son of God is there with them, so that not a hair of their head is singed, nor does the smell of fire pass upon them (Daniel 3:27). In all their afflictions He is afflicted, and by sharing it with them supports them under it. He is thus their strength; for He strengthens them with strength in their soul. He enables them to bear the weighty cross—to sustain the heavy load of trial and affliction—to put their mouth in the dust as needing and deserving His chastising strokes, and submit to His righteous dispensations and dealings as plainly sent by a gracious and loving hand.
 

And ever and anon He drops in a sustaining word, gives an encouraging look, bestows a soft and healing touch, and thus helps them to wait in faith and hope until in due time He sends full deliverance. Thus He helps and delivers, and will do so in every time of trouble down to their dying-bed, when He will give them their full and final deliverance from the body of sin and death and a world full of iniquity and sorrow.

 

-preacher J.C. Philpot, 1802 – 1869 A.D.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Gospel Report of Encouragement!

Heads-Up --- Please find enclosed encouragement in "SO GREAT SALVATION" by the perfect and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving poor, needy and wretched sinners by His unmerited favor (-God's sovereign free grace) from their sins and from Hell. For your serious and prayerful consideration:


"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c [KJV]

"The gospel, my dear sir, is a salvation appointed for those who are ready to perish, and is not designed to put them in a way to save themselves by their own works. It speaks to us as condemned already, and calls upon to believe in a crucified Savior, that we may receive redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. And the Spirit of God, by the Gospel, first convinces us of unbelief, sin and misery; and then, by revealing the things of Christ to our minds, enables us, as helpless sinners, to come to Christ, to receive Him, to behold Him, or, in other words, to believe in Him."

-preacher John Newton - former slave ship captain and author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace'

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Grace of Our LORD JESUS!



“And the Word was made flesh…full of grace and truth” -John 1:14

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”  -John 1:17

God’s revelation of Himself is a marvel. The scriptures record His self-disclosure. The pinnacle of revelation is found in Christ. The apostle exulted: Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3)! From the verses for our consideration, John declared the union of “grace” and “truth”. 
 

...What did John mean by “full of grace and truth”? Grace is God’s unearned, undeserved, unmerited and unsought saving favor. Truth is the definition of God’s eternal thought concerning Himself, His creation and His deeds. Grace opposes works; Truth opposes falsehoods. Grace is exclusively conditioned on Christ. Truth is exclusively fulfilled in Christ. Together they picture the gospel of Christ in contrast with the Law of Moses. Together they are the key-notes of the scriptures (read Psalm 89). 

Until the incarnation of Christ, grace was a promise; by His Person and Work, grace became a fulfillment in truth. Grace and truth were veiled in shadowy Old Testament types; in Christ they took everlasting possession in human flesh. The doctrine of grace is called the truth of the gospel (Galatians 2:5). Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen (Galatians 6:18).

 -excerpt from a Gospel Report by preacher David Simpson

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SINNERS NEED A MIRACLE

 "...when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto His disciples, How is it that He eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When JESUS heard it, He saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." ---Gospel of Mark 2:16-17 [KJV] 

If a man is near-sighted, he only needs corrective glasses; but if he is blind, he needs a miracle only God can give– SIGHT! If a man is sick, he only needs medicinal aid; but if he is dead, he needs a miracle only God can give– LIFE! If a man has a weak heart, perhaps changing his diet and habits will improve his condition; but if he has a stony heart, a deceitful, desperately wicked heart, he needs this miracle-"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" (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

Knowing these things to be true and knowing the desperate, depraved condition in which Adam's fall has plunged all mankind, I believe, preach, and insist upon one solemn certain fact– "SALVATION IS OF THE LORD." Let every son of Adam who reads these words come (like the leper in Matthew ch. 8) to Christ and worship Him, saying, "LORD, IF THOU WILT, THOU CANST MAKE ME WHOLE" – AND HE WILL!  


 ---Gospel Report by preacher Henry Mahan

Monday, April 9, 2018

"Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near" -Isaiah 55:6 [KJV]

Heads-up neighbors  --- Please find enclosed Encouragement in "SO GREAT SALVATION" by the perfect and finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving poor, needy and wretched sinners by His sovereign free grace (God's unmerited favor) from their sins and from Hell. For your serious and prayerful consideration:
 
"When a man is soundly killed to all his sins, to all his righteousness, to all his comforts whatsoever; and sees that there is no way but the devil must have him, but he must be damned in Hell, if he be not clothed with Jesus Christ; "O! then, (says he) give me Christ on any terms, whatsoever He cost; though He cost me friends, though He cost me comforts, though He cost me all that ever I have!" Like the wise merchant in the Gospel, they will sell all to get that pearl (Matthew 13:46). I tell you, when a soul is brought to see its want of Christ aright, it will not be kept back; father, mother, husband, wife, lands, livings, nay life and all shall go, rather than the soul will miss of Christ...  

"Now, Lord, GIVE ME CHRIST, upon any terms, whatsoever He cost; for I am a dead man, a damned man, a castaway, IF I HAVE NOT CHRIST." What say you, O wounded sinners? Is not this true, as I have said? Would you not give ten thousand worlds, if you had so many, so you might be well assured that your sins shall be pardoned, and your souls and bodies justified and glorified, at the coming of Jesus Christ?"

 -preacher John Bunyan, 1628 - 1688 A.D.
author of 'Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners' & "The Pilgrim's Progress'


Study References: Jonah 2:9c ; Psalm 118:8-9 & John 5:24

Monday, July 2, 2012

Successful Hostage Rescue Mission: Jesus Christ the righteous!


SAVED BY SOVEREIGN GRACE  
1. By the Lord’s determination, I was chosen to salvation; What a wondrous proclamation, Saved by sovereign grace. 

2. With His blood the Savior bought me, Lovingly the Shepherd sought me, And His Spirit now has taught me, Jesus saves from sin. 

3. Member of a holy nation, Saved from endless condemnation; By the Spirit’s generation, I have life in Him. 

4. Lost in sin, the Savior found me, Broke the chains of sin that bound me; O what love and grace surround me, I am safe in Him. 

5. What a Refuge of salvation, Christ the Rock is my Foundation; This my joyful contemplation, Saved forevermore.


-TUNE:  "PRAISE THE SAVIOR" 8.8.8.5. Words by Jim Byrd



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 "Salvation is wholly of grace, not only undeserved but undesired by us until God is pleased to awaken us to a sense of our need of it. And then we find everything prepared that our wants require or our wishes conceive; yea, that He has done exceedingly beyond what we could either ask or think. Salvation is wholly of the Lord and bears those signatures of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness which distinguish all His works from the puny imitations of men. It is every way worthy of Himself, a great, a free, a full, a sure salvation. It is great whether we consider the objects (miserable, hell-deserving sinners), the end (the restoration of such alienated creatures to His image and favor, to immortal life and happiness) or the means (the incarnation, humiliation, sufferings and death of His beloved Son). It is free, without exception of persons or cases, without any conditions or qualifications, but such as He, Himself, performs in them and bestows upon them."

-John Newton (author of the hymn, Amazing Grace)


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"Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9c), entirely so, from beginning to end. It is God's "great salvation," in its origination, in its effectuation, in its application and in its consummation. Man contributes nothing to it whatsoever. All the Trinity are concerned and engaged in it. The Father is the Author of salvation from sin, Christ the Purchaser, the Spirit the Conveyor. It is the Father who begets the elect (James 1:17, 18); yet they are declared to be the "seed" of Christ (Is. 53:10), while they are "born" of the Spirit (Jn. 3:6)."

-The Satisfaction of Christ, ch. xii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The gospel is no other than a pure promise, a free declaration of peace and pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation to poor sinners by Jesus Christ. The sum and substance of it is, that this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15)."

-The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Without Works, by John Gill


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“Christ died for the UNGODLY” (Rom. 5:6). God’s righteous grace comes to us through the law-honouring, justice-satisfying, sin-atoning Work of the Lord Jesus! Here, then, is the very essence of the Gospel: the proclamation of God’s amazing grace, the declaration of Divine bounty, altogether irrespective of human worth or merit. In the great Satisfaction of His Son, God has “brought near HIS righteousness” (Isa. 46:13). 

-The Doctrine of Justification, ch. vii, by Arthur W. Pink


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"The miracle announced by the Gospel is that God comes to the ungodly with a mercy that is righteous, and in spite of all their depravity and rebellion, enables them through faith (on the ground of Christ’s righteousness) to enter into a new and blessed relation with Himself."
-ibid.


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"In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD  OUR  RIGHTEOUSNESS." -Jeremiah 23:6"...the righteousness of God without the law is manifested... 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." -Romans 3:21-26 

"I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." -Isaiah 43:25 

"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." -II Corinthians 5:21 

"Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?" -Micah 7:18a 

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” ...Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"  
-Romans 8:1, 33-35


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"From whence this fear and unbelief?
Hast Thou, O Father, put to grief
Thy spotless Son for me?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Which, Lord, was laid on Thee?

If Thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my place endured
The whole of wrath Divine;
Payment God cannot twice demand
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine.

Complete atonement Thou hast made,
And to the utmost farthing paid,
What e’er Thy people owed;
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness,
And sprinkled with Thy blood?

Turn, then, my soul, unto thy rest,
The merits of thy great High Priest
Speak peace and liberty.
Trust in His efficacious blood,
Nor fear thy banishment from God,
Since Jesus died for thee."
-Augustus Toplady 


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"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c [AV]


"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."-John 5:24 [AV]


---Jesus Christ the LORD, sent by the Father to effectually and fully SAVE poor,needy, wretched sinners by His own sovereign free grace and by His perfect righteousness charged to our accounts!






Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Call



Behold, the day of the LORD cometh” -Isaiah 13:9


"Prepare to meet thy God" -Amos 4:12


"...it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" -Hebrews 9:27


"As it is written, THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE. ...for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" -Romans 3:10, 23


"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" -I John 3:4


"How can ye escape the damnation of hell?" -asks Jesus Christ (see Matthew 23:33)


"Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." -Isaiah 55:6, 7


"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." -says Jesus Christ (see Mark 1:15)


"And *He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKEN-HEARTED, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED, TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." ---* The Lord Jesus Christ (see Luke 4:16-19)


"...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures..." -I Corinthians 15:3-4


"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c


"...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." -says the Lord Jesus (see Luke 13:3)


This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” -I Timothy 1:15


"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." -Acts 4:12


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


"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." -John 1:12-13


The Lord Jesus Christ is
"the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." -see Hebrews 5:9


"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifteth up the meek: He casteth the wicked down to the ground. ...He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.” -Psalm 147:3-6 & 10-11


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ...He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." -John 3:16 & 36


"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man." -Psalm 118:8