This perseverance of the saints depends not upon their own free will, but upon the immutability of the decree of election, flowing from the free and unchangeable love of God the Father, upon the efficacy of the merit and intercession of Jesus Christ and union with Him, the oath of God, the abiding of His Spirit, and the seed of God within them, and the nature of the covenant of grace; from all which ariseth also the certainty and infallibility thereof.
The apostles often wrote to remind the early churches of the character and nature of the gospel of grace. And they did so because the gospel of grace is so counter-intuitive to the natural mind that we are always tempted to return to a merit-based system of self-salvation. In this series, we examine closely the what and why it was the apostles exercised the ministry of remembrance, and thereby remind ourselves also.
How Can He Do it?
How can God grant any at anytime undeserved blessings and favor?
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…
(Romans 8:28-32; Romans 3:25)
Trouble walking in?
A few answers for the daily needs of the family of God.
A good understanding… have they that do or live out His principal ways.
How often do we frequent (study) the wondrous works of God?
The life (Jesus) and power (His word) of faith — extend — through the believer to touch those — who hear Him and see what He sees. Faith doesn't extend to others, from us, it's the same life and power of faith that feeds and powers our faith that reaches those that will trust and believe. For the life (Jesus) and power (His word) of faith are what's needed for them to believe and trust. They need Jesus and His message to believe and trust.
We often give the wrong impression and idea of grace when we tell people that God accepts us — as though He approves of us — as we are. It would be best when we explain it, to explain it correctly. How then? God accepts and welcomes us — despite the way we are — because He receives us — when He saves us — because of His redeeming grace through Christ. We are adopted, accepted, and approved only in Christ — on the merit of Christ's righteous life and love and not our own. He accepts Christ and because we trust Jesus, God credits His righteous life and love for ours. So what we are, what we've done and will ever do was adequately judged and condemned through the substitutionary life and death of Jesus. And this He does (accept us) with the eternal intent to transform us into the likeness of Jesus. He has gone as far as predestining it to be — our
We cannot, by our best works, merit pardon of sin or eternal life at the hand of God because of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins. But when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty and are unprofitable servants; and because they are good, they proceed from His Spirit; and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God's punishment.
An evangelistic message buidling on Labor Day. What't he most important of all work? And WHY is this work critically important - even eternally important. This message calls a world with upside down views of work to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 96 - That's Not Fair! - Matthew 20:1-16. Our immediate reaction to Matthew 20:15-16 is typically, "That's not fair!" But remember, when we are talking about salvation and from a human perspective or based on human qualification, salvation is impossible. Only God's grace can make it a possibility. God and His grace are NOT fair, and we should be glad about that!
A centurion who recognized his unworthiness requested healing for his servant, and Jesus healed the servant. The text reminds us that God graciously interacts with people, rather than responding to merit.
POINT 1 – WORKS IDENTIFY WHO THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE
POINT 2 – WORKS ARE NON-MERITORIOUS EVIDENCE OF SALVATION
POINT 3 – WORKS PROVE THE GENUINE NATURE OF FAITH
POINT 4 - THE ANTINOMIES OF SCRIPTURE FORCE US TO TRUST GOD
Do we need to clean up our lives before we come to God? Can we live a lift so well or so good that God will forgive and save us? What about after we are saved, can we earn God's blessing on ourselves, or are we still under His Grace?
Jesus came into the world as the Light and John the Baptist was sent to testify of Christ. In this section of the prologue of John, we learn about the importance of witnessing of Christ, believing in Christ, and receiving Christ. But, we also learn about how to become a child of God. This is an incredibly encouraging text that helps give us perspective in life!