Sinners Reconciled to God By Christ Alone!

Martin Luther, who used to preach this doctrine very vehemently and forcibly, yet declared that he felt as if he could knock the Bible about the peoples heads if he could by any means get this doctrine into them; for so soon after they had learnt it did they forget it. Over and over, and over again must the Christian minister continue to insist upon this truth, that God was, in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. And for ever and ever, as long as the world standeth, must he continue to repeat the truth, that we are justified through the righteousness of our Redeemer, and not by any righteousness of our own.

-Milton Howard

Free, Eternal, Distinguishing, Sovereign Grace

It is true, “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10: 34). What could a sinful man do to win the respect of the holy God? God has no respect for anything man is, does, or gains, by which he sets himself apart from other men. But God does have his favorites, whom he has, from eternity singled out from the rest of Adam’s race, to whom he will be gracious.

He distinguishes them from all others by–eternal election (II Thess. 2:13), sovereign predestination (Rom. 8:29), effectual redemption (Tit. 2:10), and regenerating grace (Eph. 2:1-5).

Nothing so riles man’s hatred of God as the declaration that his grace is eternal, free, sovereign, and distinguishing. This message of grace is abasing to human pride, gives no merit to human righteousness, and makes man utterly dependent upon the goodness of God for salvation.
Proud men hate it.
Saved men love it.

-Don Fortner, Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Daville, KY U.S.A.

God’s Earthly Pilgrims Have Him As Their Safe Home

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:1-2

The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He himself may be rich today—and poor tomorrow, he may be sickly today—and well tomorrow, he may be in happiness today—tomorrow he may be distressed;  but there is never any change with regard to his relationship to God. If He loved me yesterday—then He loves me today. My unmoving mansion of rest, is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be ruined, let hopes be blasted, let joy be withered, let mildews destroy everything—I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is “my strong habitation where unto I can continually resort.” I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.

-C. H Spurgeon

Do We Accept Or Receive Jesus Christ?

Preachers of free-willism constantly exhort their hearers to “accept Jesus Christ.”  This phrase is never found in Scriptures.  Rather, Scriptures emphasize receiving, not accepting Christ.  For example, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:11f).

There is an important difference between receiving and accepting.  To receive means “to take in: act as a receptacle or container for” (Webster).  To accept means “to receive with consent” (ibid.).  When we say we have received Christ, we emphasize the sovereign bestowal of Him by God.  “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27).  But when we say we have accepted Christ, we emphasize the power of our own will to either receive or refuse Him.  We cannot accept Christ of our own will (John 6:44,65), unless we have been made willing by God to do so (vv.37,45).

Therefore, in order to be consistent with the Scriptures, we preach that God in His sovereign predestination accepts whom He will (Ephesians 1:3-6) and then graciously makes them willing to receive Christ.

-Daniel Parks, minister to Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Fall Overruled By God’s Grace

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. (Psalms 9:1-2)

“Ye shall not go empty” (Exodus 3:21b)

It is God primarily who has been wronged in all his
rights by sin. Yet, man too has been wronged. But the Lord God has, in infinite
wisdom, fixed it, so that both he and his people shall be made the gainers by
the injury done. As the children of Israel were enriched by their bondage in
Egypt, as the fall of Israel has been overruled by our heavenly Father for the
riches of the world and the glory of God, so the fall of Satan and the entrance
of sin into the world by the fall of our father Adam has been, is being, and
shall yet be made to redound to the everlasting riches of God’s elect and the
glory of his great name.

Yes, the God of glory works all things together for
the good of his people and the everlasting glory of his own great name. Satan
will gain nothing by the havoc he has wrought in the world. He will achieve
absolutely nothing! And God’s elect will lose nothing, absolutely nothing! I
have chosen my words deliberately. This is the great glory of the cross. —
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound!” Both God and
his people have gained more by the forgiveness of sin through the blood of
Christ than was lost by the sin and fall of our father Adam and the long years
of our Egyptian bondage.

The Lord God has arranged all things, even the sin and fall of our father Adam, for the everlasting good and happiness of his people.

I repeat myself deliberately — We shall lose nothing, but only gain by what happened in the garden, gainers not by sin but by redemption! Indeed, the sin and fall of Adam was itself, by divine purpose, a picture of redemption by Christ (Romans 5:12-20). Martin Luther understood what I am trying to preach to you. He said, with regard to Adam’s sin in the Garden,

blessed fall!” Had there been no fall, no sin, no condemnation, we could
never have known the wonders of redemption. Had there been no fall, no sin, no
condemnation, we could never have known the glories of grace. Grace not only
cuts up sin by the roots and ultimately destroys it, — grace makes chosen sinners
to be eternal beneficiaries of Satan’s work!

– Don Fortner, Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Danville, KY USA

Today’s So-Called Church

Church membership has become the best place to hide from God.  Religious beliefs and experiences serve as refuges to shield them from the arrows of conviction and the message of real redemption in Christ. Everybody in this super church is “saved” and are insulted if the question of their interest in Christ is raised or ever suggested.  There is no possible way to confront these “know-so Salvationists” with the gospel of God’s glory!  The so-called church of today exists as a social power, a political power and as a powerful body in the community; but it has lost its true nature as the body of Christ.  They have sold their birthright for respectability, social and intellectual acceptance.

-Rolfe Barnard

Salvation Is In A Glorious Christ, Not A Doctrine

The subtlety of Satan is
such that there are those in our day who so vehemently stress and emphasize
Christ’s imputed righteousness as the sinner’s only ground of justification
before God, that they fail to preach CHRIST HIMSELF who is our righteousness,
CHRIST, “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification,
and redemption.”  Consequently, they may be leading men and women to trust
in a system of theology, rather than in CHRIST, who is the sum and substance of
all theology. 

We worship that gloriously unique God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Mary.  He is our Sacrifice.  He is the very sum and substance of our theology, that divine truth we know and love.  What we call “Calvinism” or “The Doctrines of Grace” are embodied in Him.  One may be familiar with those doctrines and not know Him, but one cannot know Him and have a lasting problem with those doctrines, because . . . they emanate from Him, being of the very essence of His glorious Person and Work.  True faith (the gift of God wrought through His Word, Ephesians 2:810; Romans 10:17) cannot conceive of Him as being anything less than absolutely sovereign, nor of His work, for and in the sinner, as being anything other than absolutely free and totally effectual.  Thus, praise His Name!  He is a real and sure hope for real, helpless, “dead dog” sinners! 

Jesus Christ, in the totality of His glorious person and His efficacious work, is the sum and substance of all that we hold dearest, and of all that we are and have in our relationship with the Father. 

-Maurice Montgomery

It Is All Of Grace!

I am not one of God’s elect because of something good God saw in me. There never was, is not now, and never will be any good in our flesh.  “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing.” Paul said he knew it. The problem with most religious folks is they don’t know it, and until they do, they will continue to brag and boast of what they have done for God.

I am not one of God’s elect because of something God saw I would do. Left to my own will, I would have continued in darkness and even now would depart from God.  I am not one of God’s elect because God needed me. It bothers me when we leave the impression with anyone that God or the church of the Lord Jesus can profit any way from our presence, influence, or gifts. When will we ever learn that we are receivers and beggars? There is not one ounce of goodness in any son of Adam that could be used to commend one’s self to God. “What has thou that thou did not receive?”

By the grace of God, I am what I am. It was grace that set me apart before time was. It was His Grace that made me an object of His love. It was His grace that laid hold of me when I was in the pit and brought me to the Lord Jesus. And if it be my lot to continue in the faith, and grow in faith and love, to die in hope, and be raised in Glory, it will be all of grace. Thanks be unto Him who alone is worthy of glory and honor. 

-Donnie Bell, Pastor of Latana Grace Church, Crossville, TN U.S.A.

The Saint Is Forever Fully Pardoned!

 “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” Song of Songs 4:7

Although a poor tried child of God may feel the force of his inbred sin and have to continually struggle with it — and though he may, from day to day, be conscious of his many imperfections — yet before those eyes which see everything, there is no flaw to be seen upon the believer in Christ. I mean no flaw in this respect — that he can never be condemned or punished for his sin. His sin is finally and fully and forever pardoned!

Oh, what a glorious truth is this!

-C. H. Spurgeon

What Do You Treasure?

What is the ONE thing that you desire the most? If you would be honest with yourself this morning — and be honest before God who knows your heart — what is the ONE THING that you want more than anything? Is your desire to have the perfect family? Is it to have perfect children, a perfect husband, a perfect wife, or is it to live a trouble free life? Is it to be rich with all the pleasures of this life? Is it to fulfill all your lusts and passions? Whatever your heart desires the most — THAT is your treasure. Jesus Christ warns us concerning this treasure of the heart:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

If your ONE desire — the ONE thing that you want the most — is of this world, then know that it is fleeting. All the things of this life are empty and cannot give you any lasting satisfaction.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities;
all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2

There is no new thing under the sun! All that the men of this generation desire now they have desired in all the past generations — and have not been satisfied with them.

There is only One that can give lasting joy, peace, and satisfaction to guilty sinners, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ alone has fulfilled the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ alone has satisfied the justice of God by His one offering for sins. Jesus Christ alone has risen from the dead and is seated on the right hand of God, ruling all things after the counsel of His own will.

Oh sinners, flee to Jesus Christ by faith! May God the Holy Spirit quicken your dead soul to life so that you may know Him and the power of His resurrection. May God reveal to your soul that Jesus is the ONE that saves, gives life and peace with God and forgives sinners.