Saturday, May 19, 2018

Good News!


SALVATION IS ALL OF GRACE - SO WHY NOT ME?  

God does not save any man because there is anything in that man that deserves salvation. He saves sinners because He delights to show mercy. The reason for redemption is found in Him, not in us. His mercy planned salvation, His grace chose us, His love gave Christ to redeem us, and His power keeps us. "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy" (Romans 9:16).

If you have been looking for some reason in yourself why God should show mercy to you, you look in vain! If you have weighed your works and considered your contributions to the kingdom in order to merit God's favor, you'll only be disappointed in the end! The Lord saves whomsoever He will. His own declaration to Moses is, "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion" (Romans 9:15).

Now then, if it be God's will to save sinners who have no good in them, who do not merit or deserve His love; if He delights to show mercy to all who call upon Him, why should He not save me and you? I certainly qualify as the chief of sinners. If God is pleased to provide a full Savior, I can provide an empty sinner. If Christ died for the ungodly then He certainly died for me! If Christ is the Friend of sinners, I lay claim to His friendship. This religion that requires merit and personal righteousness offers me no hope; but God's free grace to the undeserving, God's sovereign mercy to the ill-deserving, and Christ's effectual atonement for the helpless bring me to His Throne of Grace crying, "God be merciful to me, the sinner." All the fitness He requires is to feel your need of Him. WHY NOT ME?


-preacher Henry Mahan

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Substitue Found!


There is an ancient saying, "The Judge is condemned when the guilty is acquitted." Alas, guilty people are sometimes set free in our judicial system, but this never happens in God’s Courtroom. If a person is justified (acquitted, found not guilty), it is because God is just (Deuteronomy 32:4). God has declared the person not guilty and has done so in strict harmony with His rule of Law and Justice.

But, how, is this possible?

How can a sinful person be accepted in the sight of a God who will by no means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7)?

 Man is a sinner and the penalty upon sin, as announced by God, is death (Romans 6:23). And that will be his lot unless a sinless substitute can be found to die in his place.

A certain man on the Malabar Coast of Southern India had enquired of various Hindu Holy men how he might make atonement for his sins. He was directed to drive iron spikes, sufficiently blunted, through his sandals and walk about 480 miles to a place of pilgrimage wearing the spiked shoes. He undertook the journey but found no peace ... just painful feet. One day, resting beside a large banyan tree, he heard a Christian preach that the blood of the sinner’s substitute, Jesus Christ, cleanses from all sin. He got up, threw off the torturing sandals, and cried aloud, `That is what I want .. that’s what I need!' There is substance in that’. From that day forward he became a dedicated follower of the Lord Christ.

Every sinner needs a substitute.  But there is only One Substitute and He is none other than God manifest in the flesh. He went to Calvary's cross as a substitute for His people.  The Indian gentleman in our story discovered that self-torture could not take away sins. It is sad to say that there are many today who, like those Hindu priests, are deceitfully offering false hope. For example, Spiritualism says; "Man becomes his own savior. He is made better in this life by intercourse with spirits."

Theosophy says: "An ordinary being must pass through hundreds of incarnations before he can complete his purification from sin."

 Mormonism says; "To get rid of our sins, we must work out our own salvation through the teachings and forms of the Mormon church."

Roman Catholicism says; "The instrumental cause of justification is the sacrament of baptism and the grace purchased by Christ's death can flow only through the hands of the Catholic priests."

Nonsense! Baloney! Balderdash! Twaddle!

In the Gospel, we have the One true Substitute, Jesus Christ. "He bore our sins in His own body on the tree"  (1 Peter 2:24).  Since He is our substitute, we are secure.  If  Jesus has been condemned in our place, how then can we be condemned? To claim that the believer can be eventually lost is to say that Jesus was an unacceptable substitute. Away with such drivel.

"O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner’s stead,
Didst bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was shed;
Now there’s no load for me.

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Jehovah lifted up His rod;
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There’s not one stroke for me.
Thy tears, Thy blood, beneath it flowed;
Thy bruising healeth me.

The tempest’s awful voice was heard,
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward,
It braved the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me."

And that’s the Gospel Truth!
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-message by preacher Miles McKee

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Great Encouragement in Christ: Substitution & Satisfaction

Two Vital Truths
 
The everlasting salvation and present joy of those who believe Christ are wedded to two glorious, vital truths: Substitution and Satisfaction. By the substitutionary death of Christ, He made full satisfaction to divine justice meeting every condition, stipulation and requirement for the redemption, justification and salvation of those whose place He took. These are two cardinal doctrines of the Gospel. Christ the good Shepherd took the place of His sheep, suffered, bled, died and arose in our stead. God Almighty, Who is a just God, justifies the ungodly upon the basis of the cross-death of His Son. In the person and redemptive work of Christ, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other" (Psalm 85:10). The sins of His fallen people were imputed (charged to, reckoned to the account of) the Lord Jesus Christ, and He, by His death, brought in everlasting righteousness which is imputed to His people. The joy, assurance and peace of every sinner who trusts Christ are forever tied to these precious gospel truths. He was my Substitute, God is satisfied with my Savior and His work, and I am joyful!

–preacher Jim Byrd
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

SAVED BY CHRIST ALONE!

"Salvation is of the LORD." -Jonah 2:9c [KJV]
 
If salvation depends upon our being or doing anything, we shall inevitably be lost. Thank God, it does not; for the great fundamental principle of the gospel is that Christ is all: man is nothing. It is not a mixture of Christ and man---it is all of Christ. The peace of the gospel does not rest in part on Christ's work and in part on man's work; it rests wholly on Christ's work, because that work is perfect, perfect forever; and it renders all who put their trust in Him as perfect as Himself! 

Christ must either be a whole Saviour or no Saviour at all. The moment a man says, 'Except you be this or that, you cannot be saved,' he totally subverts the gospel; for in the gospel I find Christ coming down to me, just as I am--a lost, guilty, self-destroyed sinner; and coming, moreover, with a full remission of all my sins, and A FULL SALVATION from my lost estate, all perfectly wrought by Himself on the cross.

-preacher C. H. Mackintosh

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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