The Word For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
Coming to Christ
We read that Jesus said–“Him that comes to me I will never cast out.”
What does “coming to Christ” mean? It means that movement of the soul which takes place when a man, feeling his sins, and finding out that he cannot save himself, hears of Christ, applies to Christ, trusts in Christ, lays hold on Christ, and leans all his weight on Christ for salvation. When this happens, a man is said, in Scripture language, to “come” to Christ.
What did our Lord mean by saying–“I will never cast him out”? He meant that He will not refuse to save any one who comes to Him, no matter what he may have been. His past sins may have been very great. His present weakness and infirmity may be very great. But does he come to Christ by faith? Then Christ will receive him graciously, pardon him freely, place him in the number of His dear children, and give him everlasting life.
“…by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:2
The message of the Gospel is effectual upon the hearts of the elect, vessels of honor foreknown to the Father from the beginning, drawing them to faith in Christ and conforming them to His image. Justification and sanctification are two sides of the same spiritual coin and cannot be separated, both are indicative of the supernatural transformative power of grace upon the heart; both are necessary and inseparably wedded together.
One cannot realize a state of sanctification without first benefiting from justification; likewise, one cannot be justified and not be in Christ (positional sanctification), and those in Christ cannot be utterly void of spiritual fruit to the glory of God, “even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive [Continue reading…]
1 Peter 1:13-15 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
Hebrews 1:1-3 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Nerves in the skin were given by God to alert a person that damage is inflicting the body. Physical pain is unpleasant and its intended end is the body recoiling from the source of pain/damage.
God supplies the conscience to alert the mind when damage is occurring as a result of breaking or potentially breaking his moral Law. The human soul is hardwired with the imprint of Gods moral law and is intended to prevent damage to the soul.
But, like a man who willfully places his hand on a hot stove and suffers scaring that diminishes sensitivity to physical pain, so too the man who willfully live hypocritically eventually deadens the emotional sensation of guilt, for hypocrisy is to the soul as a hot iron is to the skin.
The result of that wrongdoing becomes increasingly easy, and that is dangerous. “By means ofthe hypocrisy [Continue reading…]
Psalms Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.