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 on: December 06, 2017, 04:24:37 PM 
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The All-Sufficient Much More Over-Abounding Grace of the God of All Grace
by Pastor J. C. O'Hair


For about fifteen centuries God kept His religious nation under the LAW, shut up unto the faith that should afterward be revealed. (Galatians 3:23). At Sinai Israel received a yoke which no Israelite was able to bear. (Acts 15:10). They could not endure that which was spoken when God said, “Thou shalt, and thou shalt not.” (Hebrews 12:20).

We are told in Psalm 14:2 and 3 that, during the reign of LAW, God looked down from heaven to see if there was on earth a just man who did not sin. (Ecclesiastes 7:20). He found not one. Some years later He looked down from heaven upon His holy, sinless, Son, saying, “this is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 17:5). This Beloved Son truly said, “I do always the things which please My Father.” (John 8:29). “Which one of you convinceth Me of sin?” (John 8:46).

This Son, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners. (Hebrews 7:26).

On the cross of Calvary this sinless Son was made sin, that believing sinners might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (II Corinthians 5:21).

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST

What does an unrighteous sinner have to do to be ‘in Christ’ and receive the righteousness of God? Receive Christ and God’s righteousness and eternal life by faith.

Salvation, righteousness, and eternal life are all the gifts of God; “not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8 and 9 and Romans 6:23 and Romans 5:17 to 21). Only the ‘righteousness of God’ will admit a human being into heaven. Any and every human being may have the ‘righteousness of God’, by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect work of redemption.

Let us prayerfully and seriously consider Romans 4:4 and 5, and then Romans 3:24 to 28 and Ephesians 1:6 and 7:

    “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

    “Being justified freely (with. out a cause) by God’s 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 God’s righteousness for the remission of sins that are past . . . that God might be just and the ‘JUSTIFIER’ of him which believeth in Jesus.” . . . “Therefore, we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

    “To the praise of the glory of God’s grace, wherein He hath ‘GRACED’ us in the ‘BELOVED’, in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’s grace.”

As we consider and prayerfully analyze these wonderful statements, let us consider with them Romans 5:17:

    “For if by one man’s sin death reigned by one, ‘much more’ they which receive ‘abundance of grace’ and ‘the gift of righteousness’ shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ.”

In these ‘grace’ and ‘justification’ (‘righteousness’) Scriptures, which we have quoted, the Holy Spirit has presented the most wonderful truth that has ever been proclaimed to condemned, ruined, lost sinners, all of whom are absolutely helpless and hopeless without justification by grace through faith in God’s beloved Son and His perfect redemptive work.

GOD DESIRES, ACCEPTS, SANCTIONS AND REWARDS THE GOOD WORKS OF JUSTIFIED BELIEVERS

God kept His religious Nation (Israel) shut up under the law for about fifteen centuries to teach them and the rest of the human race that the Law was added that sin might abound (Romans 5:20); that the Law was Israel’s schoolmaster to bring Israel to Christ that they might be justified by faith in Christ (Galatians 3:24); that Christ died on the cross to deliver Israel from the curse of the Law. (Galatians 3:13 ).

It behooves every person, who really desires to please God, to reach the conclusion recorded in Romans 3:28: “therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” In Romans 4:4 we have learned that no person, however religious or conscientious and sincere, can work his way into God’s grace or attain unto righteousness by good works. We are told in Romans 10:10, “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” . . . “It is God that justifieth” . . . “It Christ that died, yea that is rise again.” (Romans 8:33 and 34) We read in Romans 4:6 of the blessedness (happiness) of the man to whom the Lord imputeth righteousness without works.

“To him that worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5). In Romans 5:6 and 9 we read that Christ died for the ungodly; that the ungodly, who believe, are justified by Christ’s blood.

In Ephesians 1:6 and 7 we learned that the ungodly, who believe are ‘graced’ in Christ, in Whom they have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of God’ grace. In Romans 3:24 to 28 we learned that believers are justifies freely by God’s grace through faith in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus, Who, on the cross, became the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:2 ).

The justified believer is God’s; workmanship, created in Chris Jesus. (Ephesians 2:10). “Whom God called, them He also justified And whom He justified them He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30). The justified believer, who is justified by God’s grace and by faith it the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s workmanship, is created in Christ Jesus ‘UNTO GOOD WORKS’. (Ephesians 2:10).

We are told in I Corinthian 3:13 and 14, “the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is, If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon (Christ the foundation), he shall receive a reward.”

But keep in mind Galatians 2:21: “if righteousness come by the law, Christ has died in vain.”

We are told in Titus 2:11; “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” By the grace of God the Lord Jesus tasted death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9). When the Lord Jesus, on the cross, gave Himself a ransom for all (I Timothy 2:4 to 6), He was made sin that believing sinners might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. (II Corinthians 5:21). “The righteousness of God in Christ.”

The believer’s faith is counted for righteousness. The righteousness of God is imputed to the believing sinner who meets God at Calvary and by faith receives Christ as his Saviour and his righteousness. Christ is the believer’s righteousness. (I Corinthians 1:30). The sinner, who does not receive the righteousness of God before he leaves this world, will not be rewarded for his good deeds, but will be eternally lost because of his evil deeds and his unbelief. (Ezekiel 33:13, Revelation 20:13 to 15, John 3:36, John 3:16 to 19). (Romans 2:3 to 11). Read Revelation 21:8.

JUSTIFIED BELIEVERS ARE ALIVE FROM THE DEAD

In the fifth chapter of Romans, the alienated, unrighteous, dead children of Adam, are told that they can be reconciled and justified by God’s grace, and receive life: “they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by Jesus Christ.” Justified, reconciled believers are instructed, in Romans 6:13; “yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

    “Sin hath reigned unto death.” “Even so grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:21).

God does not approve or reward the good works of any person who is not alive from the dead. The self-righteous, moral, conscientious religious, Christ-rejecting, unbeliever, abounding in good works, is just as dead in God’s sight as is the wicked unbeliever who abounds in evil works. There is a great difference between being moral and religious, and being righteous and spiritual. Apart from God’s grace and Christ’s work on the cross, “there is none righteous; not one” and no child of Adam is alive from the dead.

To believers, who are alive from the dead, reconciled by the death of Christ (Romans 5:9 to 11), justified freely by God’s grace (Romans 3:24), this is God’s instruction concerning good works: “Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always ‘ABOUNDING’ in the work of the Lord; for as much as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58.).

In this same fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians the apostle Paul testified; “the grace of God was not bestowed upon me in vain. I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I Corinthians 15:10).

GOD’S ABOUNDING GRACE FOR ABOUNDING SIN AND FOR ABOUNDING WORKS

Surely every rational, thinking person knows that sin is abounding. To be ever conscious of this truth, God would have every member of the human race think of Romans 5:20, and measure the faults and failures of the children of Adam by the commands of God in the ten commandments, knowing that sin is the transgression of the law. The law was given at Sinai, that the sin that entered by Adam in Eden might abound. “By the law is the knowledge of sin” and all the world is guilty before God. (Romans 3:19 and 20).

But again hear the good news in the last part of Romans 5:20: “Where sin abounded, grace did ‘MUCH MORE’ ‘OVERABOUND’. The guiltiest, vilest sinner can find God’s saving, redeeming, abounding grace altogether sufficient to save him, to justify him and to keep him. The moral, upright, sincere, religious unsaved Church-member needs this same grace.

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The All-Sufficient Much More Over-Abounding Grace of the God of All Grace
by Pastor J. C. O'Hair


According to I Peter 5:10, the God of the Bible is called “THE GOD OF ALL GRACE.” According to II Corinthians 9:8, “God is able to make ‘ALL GRACE’ abound toward you (saints), that ye always having ‘ALL SUFFICIENCY’ in all things, may abound to every good work.” God’s saints are expected to do good works, to be steadfast, unmovable, ‘ALWAYS ABOUNDING’ in the work of the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:58.). The apostle Paul, who was directed by the Holy Spirit to say so much about the ‘all sufficient’, ‘abounding’ grace of the God of all grace, said something that no living saint will say at this time: “The ‘GRACE’ which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I Corinthians 15:10).

Well might we ask, “how much grace is all grace?” God is the God of all grace; and all grace is available for each and every saint. Every person, who is a saint, is a saint by God’s grace. This means that every saved person on this earth is “saved by grace through faith, and that not of yourselves; the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8 and 9). No unsaved person is required by God to work for His grace or for eternal salvation during this present age and dispensation of grace. “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11).

Note when the eternal omniscient God of all grace purposed this universal grace (but not universal salvation), and just how it appeared: “God, Who hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began; but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (II Timothy 1:9 and 10).

ABOUNDING SIN ABOUNDING GRACE

Concerning LAW and GRACE, we read in John 1:17 and Romans 5:20 and 21: “The LAW was given by Moses; GRACE and truth came by Jesus Christ”. “Moreover the LAW entered that sin might abound: But where sin abounded GRACE did ‘much more’ ‘overabound’; that as sin hath reigned unto death, so might ‘GRACE’ reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” With John 1:17 we should read also John 1:16: “Of His (Christ’s) fulness have all we received and ‘GRACE UPON GRACE’.” Grace upon grace is grace a plenty.

If you were given supernatural power for a short while to behold and perceive all of the wicked thoughts, words and deeds of the more than two billion people living now in so-called Christendom and in all the heathen countries, you would know more of the meaning of ‘abounding sin’. But where sin abounded grace did, and doth, ‘much more’ ‘over-abound’.

This means that the vilest of the vile, the most wicked person on is earth, and all other members of the human race, ranging from he most moral, benevolent, sincere, conscientious, zealous, religious person to the most wicked, can find God’s saving grace altogether sufficient to transform either the self-righteous, respectable sinner or the wicked unrighteous criminal into a saint, without any good works or religious doings on the part of any of them. Salvation is the gift of God. “The free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Righteousness is the gift of God’s grace.

GOD’S ANSWER TO JOB’S QUESTION

Inasmuch as the Infallible Word of the Infallible God plainly states that no unrighteous person can enter the kingdom of God or get into heaven (I Corinthians 6:9), and further states in no uncertain language, “there is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10) , every sane, rational person on this earth should join with Job in not only asking with him the question of Job 25:4, but he should never, never let a day or an hour go by without searching diligently until the question is answered. Then he should not lose one moment in deciding to receive the cleansing and the justification which concerned Job when he asked this question: “How then can man be justified with God?, or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?”

How can a child of Adam be cleansed of his sins? How can he become a righteous person? The religions of the world have offered thousands of substitute speculations and false hopes; have been led by Satan, the god of this age, to invent a multitude of futile religious schemes to atone for sin and make the sinner fit for some kind of existence after death.

It is ever and always true, as written in Proverbs 16:25 and in Luke 16:15 (the words of the Lord Jesus), “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death” . . . “that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

Satan delights to corrupt the minds of even the church-members in so-called Christian lands from the simplicity that is in Christ. (II Corinthians 11:1 to 3). Satan, transformed into an angel of light, has thousands upon thousands of deluded religious men and women, to help him succeed in bringing in the damnable heresy, and removing religious church-members from the grace of God. He causes them to trust in another gospel. (II Corinthians 11:1 to 3 and II Corinthians 11:13 to 15 . . . II Peter 2:1 and 2 and Galatians 1:6 to 9). We are told in Acts 15:24 that the souls of the victims of the religious messengers, who pervert the gospel of grace and frustrate the grace of God, are subvert

JOB’S QUESTION ANSWERED IN GALATIANS

As we read Galatians 2:11 to 15 and see how Peter was caused by religious brethren to compromise, we should listen attentively to Paul’s words to Peter in Galatians 2:16, which is indeed the answer to a part of Job’s question, “How can a man be just with God?” Until we know the truth of Galatians 2:16, we cannot expect to understand the truth about ‘all’ grace in Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.

Hear Galatians 2:16:

“Knowing that a man is not ‘justified’ by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Surely Peter had known this great truth. Had he forgotten it? Did religious brethren put so much pressure on him that he forgot the truth which once he knew? This is wonderful news, good news for the human race. Accept it at full face value. Believe it with all your heart. The foolish Galatians turned against Paul when he tried to keep them from falling from grace. (Galatians 5:1 to 4). If you proclaim God’s ‘all grace’ message today, you may get into trouble with religious church-members, but you will stand well with the Lord.

The Epistle to the Galatians should have been addressed, “To the FOOLISH GALATIANS.” (Galatians 3:1). ‘TROUBLERS’ had made them ‘foolish’. (Galatians 5:12 . . . Acts 15:24). They troubled them by perverting the grace message which Paul received by revelation from Christ. (Galatians 1:11 to 13). The God of all grace will judge every religious messenger who frustrates the grace of God and perverts the gospel of grace by bringing over Israel’s Old Testament sacraments and religious doings into this present age and dispensation of grace. Paul was directed to write: “I would that they were even cut off who trouble you.” (Galatians 5:12). Christians are not under the law, but under grace. (Galatians 3:25 . . . Romans 6:14).

The religious, self-righteous, law-keepers of Paul’s day hated him for preaching Acts 13:39: “by Jesus Christ all who believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” When he said, “Lo, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46), and preached to them justification by grace through faith in the perfect redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the religious law-keepers stoned him until they thought he was dead. (Acts 14:19 to 21).

Several years later the Lord directed Paul to write concerning the ‘elect’ and the ‘rest’ of the religious self-righteous law-keepers. The ‘elect’ found the righteousness they sought; but the rest were blinded. Thus God divided Israel in Paul’s day into two groups.

“The Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, the righteousness which is of faith.” “Israel did not attain; because they sought it not by faith.” “They stumbled.” (Romans 9:29 to 33).

Then Paul added, about 60 A. D.:

    “There is a remnant according to the election of grace. If it is by grace, it is no more of works.” (Romans 11:5 and 6).

ACCEPTING GOD’S GRACE BY FAITH

The God of all grace will most gladly bestow His infinite, saving grace upon any child of Adam who is willing to receive that grace from God. It is abounding grace, allsufficient grace. But it is grace that no human being can earn by good works or religious deeds. The very best news that all of Adam’s race can hear is recorded in the first eight verses of the fourth chapter of Romans. One of these verses reads, “happy is the man to whom the Lord imputeth righteousness without works.”

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Does Misery Love Company?
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


We have all heard the statement: “Misery loves company.” It is true that when one is sick or in trouble he does not feel quite so sorry for himself when he realizes that others are as unfortunate, and perhaps more so, than he.

However, some have used this phrase: “Misery loves company,” in speaking lightly of hell. Perhaps you have heard someone say: “Well, if I go to hell, at least I’ll have lots of company.” This is true, but the company the lost will have when cast out of God’s presence will hardly afford them comfort.

The Bible story of the rich man and Lazarus brings this fact out with great force. The rich man, you will remember, “fared sumptuously every day,” while Lazarus “was laid at his gate, full of sores, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.”

In the process of time both died, and the rich man, having felt no need of salvation, suddenly was made to experience God’s wrath upon sin, for the sacred record says: “In hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke 16:23). From his place of torment the rich man saw Lazarus with Abraham “afar off,” but this surely afforded little comfort, while we do read that “Lazarus was comforted.” The rich man, then, still with haughty superiority, asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers, “lest they come into this place of torment.” He did not wish his brothers to join him in hell. “Misery” among those cast out of God’s presence, then, does not “love company.”

The story is brought to a close as Abraham refuses the rich man’s request, explaining that if his brothers would not hear the Word of God “neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31).

The way to avoid the lot of the rich man, then, is to believe the Word of God, particularly that part of the Word which tells how Christ died for our sins that we might be justified by grace through faith. Don’t be deceived by the old adage: “Misery loves company.” Receive Christ as your Savior today.

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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Legitimate Prayer
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Prayer, in Old Testament times, was based upon a covenant relationship with God, or it was an appeal to His revealed nature as merciful, gracious, etc. Today it is based upon the redemptive work of Christ, whose death opened the way for us into the Father’s presence. This is why acceptable prayer today is offered “in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ”. With our Lord’s departure from this world in view, He said to His disciples:

    “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6).

    “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name…At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you, for the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me…” (John 16:24-27).

Thus today we pray directly to the Father in the name of the Son.

Our prayers, however, are often faltering and sometimes the way is so dark before us that we do not even know what to ask for. Thus Paul declared: “We know not what we should pray for as we ought”(Rom. 8:26). But he was quick to follow this with the declaration:

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28.).

This is why the Apostle Paul encourages God’s people:

    “Be careful [anxious] for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God:

    “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7).

    “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

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The Mighty Power Of God
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In 1866 Alfred Nobel invented an explosive made of nitroglycerin absorbed in a porous material. It was by far the most powerful explosive that had so far been invented.

When Nobel and his friends saw what his invention could do, and had to decide on a name, they sought for the strongest possible word for power — in any language. The word they finally chose was the Greek word dunamis, from which our word dynamite is derived.

This word, in Greek also the strongest word for power, is used again and again in the New Testament and is generally translated simply “power”.

When our Lord wrought miracles, for example, St. Luke testifies that “the POWER [dunamis] of the Lord was present to heal” (Luke 5:17). In promising His apostles that they too would work miracles, He said: “Ye [shall] be endued with POWER [dunamis] from on high”(Luke 24:49).

When the Sadducees questioned the resurrection, Jesus answered: “Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the POWER [dunamis] of God” (Matt.22:29), and St. Paul declares that Christ was “declared to be the Son of God with POWER [dunamis]…by the resurrection from the dead”(Rom. 1:4).

Using this same word, Paul, by inspiration, declares that “the gospel of Christ…is THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION, to every one that believeth…” (Rom. 1:16). This is because, according to this gospel, or good news, “CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS”, and “THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS”, he says, is to believers “THE POWER OF GOD”(I Cor. 1:18.).

But not only are believers saved by the power of God; they are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD” (I Pet. 1:5). Indeed, the adjective of this same word “dunamis” is used in Hebrews 7:25, where we read that the Lord Jesus Christ is “ABLE…TO SAVE…TO THE UTTERMOST [THOSE] THAT COME UNTO GOD BY HIM”. Thus the Bible uses the very strongest word for power to show how secure is the salvation of those who trust in Christ.

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 on: December 06, 2017, 10:10:44 AM 
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Get Your Mind Ready

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13)
 
We have been born again (1 Peter 1:3), Peter tells us, to an incorruptible inheritance in heaven (v. 4), which is secure (v. 5) even though the intervening time is difficult (vv. 6-7). Such a salvation as we have is both mysterious and hard to understand, pondered by both the saints of old (v. 10) and angels (v. 12). Yet, we have it with more complete understanding and fulfillment than even the prophets ever dreamed possible.
 
Our rightful response to this knowledge and experience is given in today’s verse. We are to “gird up the loins of [our] mind.” Just as the flowing robes worn by the men of New Testament times had to be bundled up and tied at the waist to allow for rapid, unencumbered movement, so the Christian is expected to be ready to be on the move, to discipline his or her mind by the renouncing of all sinful and/or confining habits and attitudes.
 
To do so we must “be sober,” be clear-headed, calm, and in control. We must “hope to the end,” or more explicitly, “hope to the utmost degree” in our ultimate glorification at the return of Christ. The construction of “hope” implies a command to “fix our hope” on Him, a sure hope, not a wishful hope. This is the “grace that is brought [present tense] to the believer.”
 
Furthermore, we must renounce “the former lusts in [our] ignorance” (v. 14), being “obedient children” of our Father.
 
It is not enough simply to eliminate sinful patterns from our lives. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy” (v. 15).
 
A mind that is disciplined and purified is ready for action and victory. JDM

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 on: December 05, 2017, 09:31:24 AM 
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Forget Not His Commandments

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.” (Proverbs 3:1)
 
It is vitally important that even though we are saved by grace and not by the works of the law, we never forget that God’s law is essentially a statement of God’s holiness. We should desire to know and follow God’s commandments simply because they are “holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12), not because we seek salvation through them.
 
It is noteworthy that the anonymous writer of the longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119), in which practically every verse refers to the Scriptures, stressed seven times that he would never forget the laws and commandments of his Lord. May the Lord teach us to share the same determination. Note:
 
“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word” (v. 16).
 
“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes” (v. 83).
 
“I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me” (v. 93).
 
“My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law” (v. 109).
 
“I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts” (v. 141).
 
“Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law” (v. 153).
 
“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments” (v. 176).
 
This seventh reference is actually the closing verse of this remarkable 119th Psalm. It beautifully points up the urgency of not forgetting the commandments of God. He will seek us when we stray and bring us back home to Him, for we remember and love His law. HMM

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 on: December 04, 2017, 09:08:05 AM 
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Believing God

“Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:25)
 
Most people believe in God—some kind of god—but it’s a different thing altogether to believe God! And our text makes it clear that believing God simply means believing what He says, “that it shall be even as it was told me.” Paul spoke these words at the height of a terrible storm at sea, when it appeared certain that “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away” (v. 20). But God had spoken otherwise, and Paul believed God rather than adopting the fears of those around him. Abraham, “the father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:11), had set the example. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20-21).
 
God does not speak to us audibly today as He did to Abraham and Paul, but He does speak far more comprehensively to us through His written Word, and we have even less excuse for unbelief than they might have had. It is a terrible offense against our Creator to question His Word. This, indeed, was the very sin of pride that led to Satan’s fall and then to the fall of Adam and Eve. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God [literally, ‘is God-breathed’]” (2 Timothy 3:16) and thus should be fully believed and explicitly obeyed, for “he that believeth not God hath made him a liar” (1 John 5:10).
 
But what about those Scriptures that modern scientists claim to be wrong? “Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:3-4). “For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4). HMM

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The Other Sheep
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


Scripture Reading:

    “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” — John 10:16

A short time ago I made a passing reference to the “other sheep” which generated a lot of interest among our readers. Some were under the impression that this phrase had to do with the reunification of the divided kingdom. Others had been taught that the “other sheep” is the Church, the Body of Christ. Having been in the ministry for many years, it has been my experience that when someone has a question such as this, there are normally twenty standing in the wings wondering the same thing. So, with God’s help I shall do my best to shed additional light on the matter.

Those who are Acts 2 dispensationalists normally hold the position that the ones who “are not of this fold” are the members of the Body of Christ. This is an unfortunate dispensational oversight, but it is understandable since they do not consistently rightly divide the Word of truth. Once again, we must ask ourselves the question: To whom was our Lord speaking, and at what time? The discourse on the Good Shepherd was delivered by Christ when He was on the earth at least two years before the Apostle Paul was given his special revelation.

Inasmuch as Paul was the first to receive the truth of the One Body, the “other sheep” in the above context could in no way be the Body of Christ.

But there’s more. None of the Apostle Paul’s Gentile epistles contain a reference to the members of Christ’s Body being sheep, much less a sheepfold. However, these metaphors are found throughout the pages of prophecy, which serves as another distinguishing factor between the two programs of God.

THE HOUSES OF ISRAEL

    “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah” (Jer. 31:31).

Under the reign of Rehoboam the kingdom was divided in Israel. The division proved to be devastating as the ten northern tribes, which came to be called the house of Israel, appointed Jeroboam as their King. He, of course, destroyed the religious unity of the nation when he erected altars at Dan and Bethel and caused the children of Israel to offer sacrifices unto the gods of Egypt (I Kings 12:16-31).

On the other hand, the house of Judah (tribes of Judah and Benjamin) followed in the ways of the Lord and continued to offer their sacrifices in Jerusalem, thus obeying the Law and the prophets. They remained in the Lord’s favor in spite of the fact that He allowed them to be carried off into the Babylonian captivity for their lapse of faith. These two tribes were by far the more spiritual tribes in Israel, not to mention that it was in Bethlehem of Judaea where the Prince of Peace chose to be born.

Consequently, some believe that the “other sheep” are the ten northern tribes who will be brought back into the fold at the Second Coming of Christ. Hence, there will be one fold and one Shepherd. We surely concur that there will be a reunification of the tribes of Israel as represented by the binding of the two sticks in Ezekiel 37:15-28.

This, however, must not be confused with the sheepfold. Israel is the sheep of God, whether they were of the northern or southern tribes. The Lord would have never called His chosen people the “other sheep.” They are the sheep and therefore the primary fold.

If we say that the ten northern tribes are the “other sheep,” then what about the kingdom Gentiles — where do they fit into the picture?

It is often overlooked, but God had made a provision in prophecy for the Gentiles to be saved through Israel. Thus, they are also said to be joined to the Lord. And Isaiah goes on to add, “Even them [the Gentiles] will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…” (Isa. 56:6,7). Insofar as the Gentiles are the last non-Jewish converts to be reached under the Great Commission, the classification “other sheep” fits them perfectly. But some are sure to inquire: “Are the Gentiles ever called sheep in prophecy?” Indeed they are, please read prayerfully Matthew 25:31-46.

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Sentenced to Hell by this one Scripture!

(John Flavel)

"I will place My Spirit within you, and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances." Ezekiel 36:27

The design and end of God in the infusion of the Spirit of grace, is practical holiness and obedience. The indwelling Spirit of God . . .
  elevates their minds,
  sets their affections upon heavenly things,
  purges their hearts from earthly dross, and
  fits them for a life of holiness and obedience.

None are more forward to claim the privileges of religion--than those who reject the duties of it. Multitudes hope to be saved by Christ--who yet refuse to be governed by Him. But such hopes have no Scripture warrant to support them--yes, they have many Scripture testimonies against them!

"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

O how many thousand vain hopes are laid in the dust, and how many thousands of souls are sentenced to Hell by this one Scripture!

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