The Doctrines of Grace and the Gospel - Message 3 - Particular Redemption - John 10:15-16. In remembering the Protestant Reformation we examine the Five Solas, the Five Points, and examine how the doctrine of the definite atonement gives us confidence in our evangelism as we call the sheep to come to their Shepherd.
Paul opened the chapter with a black backdrop. He provided five ways man is in absolute bondage: death, the world, the spirit of darkness, the flesh, and to God's wrath. This set the stage for the effulgent brightness of what follows: Mercy, Love and Grace. This message dwells upon God's incomparable mercy. Man in his natural state is in poverty. God dwells in the riches of mercy. Paul pointed out that mercy is a sovereign gift (Ro 9:20-23).
At this hour, I want to open up for you, the truth that every true believer in Christ is sealed with the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? Well, very simply, it means that when you believe in the Lord Jesus, you are once and for all given the Holy Spirit to be with you forever. But there are some particulars of this sealing that I want to set forth to you so that you will understand this better. 1st of all – You must hear and believe the word of truth before you can be sealed with the Holy Spirit. 2nd – You will have a certain assurance of salvation which will be brought to you by God's sealing you with the Holy Spirit. And 3rd – This sealing with the Spirit is the real guarantee of your inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession takes place in your life. Let us pray that as we enter into this subject that the Lord will broaden and deepen our understanding of this great salvation which has been given to us by our Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We read here in these verses that all that Christ purchased for us by His redemption, is conveyed to His saints as an inheritance. And we see further that we have been predestined to this inheritance by God the Father. I want to open up this truth in greater detail by giving you 3 truths which will be of great value for each of us to understand. 1st of all – The particular nature of the inheritance mentioned here. It is a spiritual inheritance. 2nd – The particular working of God's will in relation to this inheritance. That it is according to His counsel. And 3rd – God's particular purpose in relation to this inheritance. That we who trust in Him should be to the praise of His glory. May each of us pray to receive all that God has for us here.
In this message I would like you to think together with me of the importance of your coming to better understand, and your freely choosing to believe, in the doctrine of election. That every true believer is one of God's elect, is a very precious truth. It is very wonderful to think of God's having such mercy upon us as sinners. It is what every believer should be able to see and to believe, spiritually, as the Lord enables you to see it. If I can convince you from the Scriptures, here today, I will.
We find no let up in Paul giving reasons to praise God. After naming two causes, "chosen...predestined", he referred to God's adoption. Let it be understood, there are no natural children, all God's children are adopted. The Jews, Grecians and Romans had a process for adoption. This precious doctrine reinforces the definite nature of God's election.
This stuff is relevant to us because we have such a high priest. He has His hands full, because He's got the whole world in His hands. He is busy consecrating all of it to His Father, making it holy, bringing about the day when Eden will cover the earth and it will be full of the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. His hands are full, but He knows our name, feeds us, and continually reveals the Father to us as our prophet even while interceding for us as our priest and reigning over us as our king.
There is no ordination without call to a definite work. The son of David has been called to the work of saving the world. See Him and know that the Father is all about saving the world, and that's why He's put His Son on it. It will happen; the kingdom will come.
We take another look at this Proverb to note a couple of nuances that might be overlooked by a careless reading of the text. And we also discuss the growing apostasy among professing Christians who reject the Biblical truth about THE Way that is actually right and is the way of Life.
NOTE: A previous version of this audio recording was incomplete. This edition, finished in 2022, is the complete sermon.
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Today we want to look at the extent of the atonement of Christ. This is the most contentious point in the five points of Calvinism. It is also the one that seems to have some scriptural support on both sides. Join us as we look at this doctrine, in the context of God's plan for our salvation and in the scriptures that are understood as both for and against it.
The heart of the gospel is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The ground of your hope is Christ crucified. Your assurance and your exultation in God is absolutely dependent upon the work of Christ on the cross. It is essential that the cross work of Jesus not be vacated of its Biblical meaning!