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FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES -4 BY PUGH CURTIS

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES #4

            Here is test #4: Read the Scriptures below, then try to remember the last time you heard a sermon on this text.  Probably you never have because these verses are among those which contradict the beliefs of most people.  Most preachers have never preached on such verses.  Often they have never dealt with them except to try to explain them away, assuring their hearers that they do not really mean what they say.  So, take the test.  Read these verses and decide if you and your preacher and your church really do believe all that the Bible says.  Perhaps you will decide that some changes need to be made – not in the Bible – but in your thinking and understanding.  Here is another of the “Forbidden Scriptures.”

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it” (Luke 16:16).

In this verses Jesus said that something ended with John the Baptist and something began with him.  The Old Testament legal system ended with John.  Many people have the idea that the Old Testament age ended either when Jesus was nailed to the tree on Calvary or on the famous Day of Pentecost that followed.  Nothing could be farther from the truth!  It ended with the ministry of John the Baptist!  Jesus said so!  But something also began with the Baptist.  It was the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom.  The Bible says, “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1, 2).  This is God’s message to man – repent!  After John the Baptist was imprisoned, we learn that the Lord Jesus Christ began to preach the same message – the message at first preached by the first Baptist.The Bible says, “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee… From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:12,16). Jesus took up preaching John’s message. True repentance is brought about only by broken heartedness or what the Bible calls “godly sorrow” (See 2 Corinthians 7:10).  This is not a popular subject and few really preach it.  Do not let anyone fool you: repentance is not just making a decision!  If all that is required is making a decision, would not God have plainly said so?  God requires more than a decision in the matter of salvation!

Some try to say that John the Baptist’s message and his baptismended and have been replaced by another gospel andsomething they call “Christian baptism.”  How can this be?  John’s baptism is the only baptism that Christ’s Church had because all His disciples were baptized by the Baptist. John´s was the only baptism that Jesus had.  Are we to believe that Christ and His Church did not have Christian baptism?  We would be happy if someone could show us in the Scriptures where this new gospel and this “Christian baptism” began and who was sent by God to initiate them.  (The Baptist said that it was God that “sent me to baptize” in John 1:33.)  The Bible makes it clear that Jesus and His apostles continued both John’s message and John’s baptism for no other is known in the Scriptures to be valid.Remember, you cannot give what you do not have!  John’s baptism is still valid today!  But back to John’s gospel: When Paul was nearing the end of his ministry he said that his message (gospel) to both Jews and Gentiles was the same.  He went everywhere, “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).  His was a message requiring real repentance!  Repentance which changes lives!  Paul wrote these words: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).These last two texts prove that Paul preached the same message of repentance as a requirement for inheriting the kingdom as did both Christ and the Baptist before Him.  Do you not see that in order to be saved you must repent of your sins?  Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).  Do not be deceived!  Neither praying a magical prayer nor making a decision nor any other religious experience will save you!  May God be pleased to show you your awful depravity, work godly sorrow in your heart, and grant you repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus.

 

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FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES-3 BY PUGH CURTIS

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES#3

            Here is test #3: Read the Scriptures below, then try to remember the last time you heard a sermon on this text.  Probably you never have.  That is because these verses are among those which contradict the beliefs of most people.  Most preachers have never preached on such verses.  Often they have never dealt with them except to try to explain them away, assuring their hearers that they do not really mean what they say.  So, take the test.  Read these verses and decide if you and your preacher and your church really do believe all that the Bible says.  Perhaps you will decide that some changes need to be made – not in the Bible – but in your thinking and understanding.  Here is another of the “Forbidden Scriptures.”

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke these wordsto religious people.  He spoke about a future day.  He says that not everyone who calls Him “Lord” will enter the kingdom of Heaven!  Then Christ startles His hearers even more by saying that when people stand before Him in “that day” there will be “many” who think their religious experiences and spiritual power will get them into Heaven.  He lists prophesying, casting out demons and the working of awe inspiring miracles as things they think are proof they are saved.  Interestingly, Jesus does not deny that they have done these supernatural works.  He does not deny that they have called Him “Lord, Lord.”  Christ does not deny any of their claims.  But their claims are irrelevant!

Such people are all around us today.  Often they are regarded as “successful Christians.”  They are full of religious zeal.  Their churches may be large and filled with activities for young and old alike.  Their worship services are often lively and well attended.  Perhaps they claim to work healing miracles and claim to have supernatural or spiritual gifts.  They claim to know Christ and make much of His being “Lord.”“Jesus is Lord” they often say. Because these things are irrelevant Christ prophesied that He will say to them in that day, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”Living in a man-centered world, they have a man-centered religion.  Christ said their religion was “iniquity” – just plain old religious sin!  Their faith is in some religious work they did that they think will cause God to look favorably upon them.  But Christ will say to them all “I never knew you…”Your eternal salvation does not depend upon your religious activities!  The question is this: Does Christ know you?  The question is not whether or not you think you know Christ, but does He know you? Jesus said of His people, “…I know them…” (John 10:27).  Jesus knows His sheep!  Paul wrote, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).  God not only knows about those that are His, He knows them!He knows all about everyone, but He has established an intimate personal relationship with those that are His.

When that judgment day for lost men and women comes, will you be among those who will think they have a right to Heaven because of their religious experiences?  Will you list all of your supernatural experiences thinking these things prove you are saved?  Will you cite healings, tongues, interpretation of tongues, great evangelistic meetings, or the great numbers of people whom you have gotten to repeat the magical sinner’s prayer?  What is your reason for thinking you have a place in Heaven?  Spiritual power, real or imagined, does not prove that Christ knows you!  In the Bible we learn that lost people can work miracles!  Whether or not you spend eternity with God or in the eternal Lake of Fire depends on whether Christ knows you or not.  Will Christ say to you on that day, “…depart from me, ye that work iniquity”?   All the religious “stuff” that you do is just plain old sin unless Christ knows you!  Jesus said, “…Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish”(Luke 13:3, 5).  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

 

Contact: Curtis Pugh, 505 NanihWaiya Ln., Poteau, OK 74953 – Telephone (918) 647-7322

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Have You Truly Come To Christ? By Arthur W. Pink

Have You Truly Come To Christ?

By  Arthur W. Pink

 

By the way of introduction let us bring before the reader the following Scriptures:

1.   „Ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” (John 5:40).

2.    „Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

3.    „No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him” (John 6:44).

4.    „All that the Father givethMe shall come to Me: and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37).

5.    „If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26,27).

6.    „To whom coming, as unto a living Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious.” (1 Peter 2:4).

7.    „Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25).

The first of these passages applies to every unregenerate man and woman on this earth. While he is in a state of nature, no man can come to Christ. Though all excellencies both Divine and human, are found in the Lord Jesus, though „He is altogether lovely” (Song of Solomon 5:16), yet the fallen sons of Adam see in Him no beauty that they should desire Him. They may be well instructed in „the doctrine of Christ,” they may believe unhesitatingly all that Scripture affirms concerning Him, they may frequently take His name upon their lips, profess to be resting on His finished work, sing His praises, yet their hearts are far from Him. The things of this world have the first place in their affections. The gratifying of self is their dominant concern. They surrender not their lives to Him. He is too holy to suit their love of sin; His claims are too exacting to suit their selfish hearts; His terms of discipleship are too severe to suit their fleshly ways. They will not yield to His Lordship – true alike with each one of us till God performs a miracle of grace upon our hearts.

The second of these passages contains a gracious invitation, made by the compassionate Saviour to a particular class of sinners. The „all” is at once qualified, clearly and definitely, by the words which immediately follow it. The character of those to whom this loving word belongs is clearly defined: It is those who „labour” and are „heavy laden.”Most clearly then it applies not to the vast majority of our light-headed, gay-hearted, pleasure-seeking fellows who have no regard for God’s glory and no concern about their eternal welfare. No, the word for such poor creatures is rather, „Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee to judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9). But to those who have „laboured” hard to keep the law and please God, who are „heavy laden” with a felt sense of their utter inability to meet His requirements, and who long to be delivered from the power and pollution of sin, Christ says: „Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.”

The third passage quoted above at once tells us that „coming to Christ” is not the easy matter so many imagine it, nor so simple a thing as most preachers represent it to be. Instead of its so being, the incarnate Son of God positively declares that such an act is utterly impossible to a fallen and depraved creature unless and until Divine power is brought to bear upon him.A most pride-humbling, flesh-withering, man-abasing word is this. „Coming to Christ” is a far, far different thing from raising your hand to be prayed for by some Protestant „priest,” coming forward and taking some cheap-jack evangelist’s hand, signing some „decision” card, uniting with some „church,” or any other of the „many inventions”of man (Ecclesiastes 7:29). Before anyone can or will „come to Christ” the understanding must be supernaturally enlightened, the heart must be supernaturally changed, the stubborn will must be supernaturally broken.

The fourth passage is also one that is unpalatable to the carnal mind, yet is it a precious portion unto the Spirit-taught children of God. It sets forth the blessed truth of unconditional election, or the discriminating grace of God. It speaks of a favoured people whom the Father giveth to His Son. It declares that every one of that blessed company shall come to Christ. Neither the effects of their fall in Adam, the power of indwelling sin, the hatred and untiring efforts of Satan, nor the deceptive delusions of blind preachers, will be able to finally hinder them – when God’s appointed hour arrives, each of His elect is delivered from the power of darkness and is translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. It announces no matter how unworthy and vile he be in himself, no matter how black and long the awful catalogue of his sins, He will by no means despise or fail to welcome him, and under no circumstances will He ever cast him off.

The fifth passage is one that makes known the terms on which alone Christ is willing to receive sinners. Here the uncompromising claims of His holiness are set out. He must be crowned Lord of all, or He will not be Lord at all. There must be the complete heart-renunciation of all that stands in competition with Him. He will brook no rival. All that pertains to „the flesh,” whether found in a loved one or in self, has to be hated. The „cross” is the badge of Christian discipleship: not a golden one worn on the body, but the principle of self-denial and self-sacrifice ruling the heart. How evident is it, then, that a mighty, supernatural, Divine work of grace must be wrought in the human heart, if any man will even desire to meet such terms!

The sixth passage tells us the Christian is to continue as he began. We are to „come to Christ” not once and for all, but frequently, daily. He is the only One who can minister unto our needs, and to Him we must constantly turn for the supply of them. In our felt emptiness, we must draw from His „fulness” (John 1:16). In our weakness, we must turn to him for strength. In our ignorance we must apply to Him for wisdom. In our falls into sin, we must seek afresh His cleansing. All that we need for time and eternity is stored up in Him: refreshment when we are weary (Isa 40:31), healing of body when we are sick (Exo 15:26), comfort when we are sad (I Pet 5:7), deliverance when we are tempted (Heb 2:18). If we have wandered away from Him, left our first love, then the remedy is to „repent and do the first works” (Rev 2:5), that is, cast ourselves upon Him anew, come just as we did the first time we came to Him – as unworthy, self-confessed sinners, seeking His mercy and forgiveness.

The seventh passage assures us of the eternal security of those who do come. Christ saves „unto the uttermost” or „for ever more” those who come unto God by Him. He is not of one mind today and of another tomorrow. No, He is „the same yesterday, and today, and for ever (Hebrews 13:8). „Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end” (John 13:1), and blessedly does He give proof of this, for „He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Inasmuch as His prayers are effectual, for He declares that the Father hears Him „always” (John 11:42), none whose name is indelibly stamped on the heart of our great High Priest can ever perish. Hallelujah!

 

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES-2

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES #2

Here is test #2: Read the verses below, then try to remember the last time you heard a sermon taken from this text.  Probably you never have.  That is because these verses are among those which contradict the beliefs of most people.  Because of this most preachers have never preached on these verses.  Probably they have never dealt with them except to try to explain them away, assuring their hearers that they do not really mean what they say.  Think of it!  Modern professing Christians who refuse to believe all that the Bible teaches while claiming to believe that the Bible is God’s Word!  So, take the test.  Read these verses and decide if you and your preacher and your church really do believe all that the Bible says.  Perhaps you will decide that some changes need to be made – not in the Bible – but in your thinking and understanding.  Here is another of the “Forbidden Scriptures.”

“But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:26-29)

Jesus says that His Father gave Him some people whom He calls sheep.  Thus He divides mankind: some are “sheep” and some are not.  Some people have been given to Christ by the Father and some have not. Those who are not sheep do not follow Christ. But the sheep do hear the voice of Jesus and theydo follow Him and He gives them eternal life.  These shall never perish!Now either they follow Christ or they do not!  Jesus said they do!  But today most “evangelical Christians” do not believe this.  They believe in something they call “carnal Christians.”  Most of Christendom in America says that if you will pray a prayer “asking Jesus into your heart” (or some such unscriptural idea) then you are saved.  They take Paul’s words in 1st Corinthians 3 completely out of context and have promoted the idea that you can be truly saved and still live like the world.  They say that Christians can dope, be drunken, dress immodestly, curse and tell dirty jokes, live immoral lives and otherwise live just as they did before they prayed the magical sinner’s prayer.  They say such people are just “carnal Christians.” But Jesus said His sheep follow Him!  Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”Remember this verse: it says that without holiness no man shall see the Lord!  If you claim to have been saved and your life has not radically changed, you did not experience the broken heartedness that brings about a lifetime of true repentance (turning from) sin and which results in salvation.  Paul wrote: “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Do not think you are saved because you once prayed a prayer asking for salvation.  The Bible says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)  Does the Bible really teach that a person can have Jesus Christ in them and still live like the enemies of Christ?  Does not the Bible say that “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature?”(2 Corinthians 5:17)  Many who are still “reprobates” think themselves to be children of God because they prayed a prayer one time and someone told them they were saved because they prayed.  Do not be deceived!  “Examine yourselves.”

Neither you nor I nor anyone is saved because they “did something.”  Salvation is by grace alone, “Not of works lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians. 2:9)  If you are saved it is because you are one of Christ’s sheep and He died for you.  Jesus said in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” And again in John 10:15 He said, “…I lay down my life for the sheep.” The Bible does not say that Christ died for thosewho are not His sheep.  You have no right to presume that Christ died for you and that you are saved if you are not a spiritual sheep.  And the evidence that you are a “sheep” is that you hear Christ’s voice and you follow Him.Are you really saved? “Examine yourselves!”Remember: “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3, 5)

 

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES

FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES

Try this test: Read the verses below from the Bible and then think back and try to remember the last time you heard a sermon taken from this text.  Probably you never have.  That is because these verses are among a good number which contradict the beliefs of most modern preachers and churches.  Because of this most preachers have never preached on these verses.  Probably they have never dealt with them except to try to explain them away, assuring their hearers that they do not mean what they say.  Think of it!  Modern professing Christians who refuse to believe all that the Bible teaches while claiming to believe that the Bible is God’s Word.   So, take the test.  Read these verses and decide if you and your preacher and your church really do believe all that the Bible says.  Perhaps you will decide that some changes need to be made – not in the Bible – but in your thinking and understanding.  Here are some of the “Forbidden Scriptures” about salvation that only a few people believe.

“As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  For hesaith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.   So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.”

These words are quoted from Paul’s Letter to the Romans chapter 9, verses 13 through 18.  Those who believe that salvation is offered to all men universally and that whether or not a person is saved is entirely up to him or her find their theory devastated by these verses. God saves whom He will when He wills to do so.  Your eternal destiny is not a matter of your making a decision or exercising your will.  Your destiny is completely in the hands of God!  Will you believe God’s Word or will you follow the theories and ideas of men?

Will you humble yourself before the Sovereign God or do you dare to think that your deeds (believing, praying, going forward in a religious meeting, being immersed, speaking in tongues, etc.) will cause God to save you?  Do you really believe that you can initiate you own salvation – that you can do something (works) that will result in your salvation?

Think about it: You cannot break your own heart over your sin and yet it is this broken heartedness (called in the Bible “godly sorrow”) that works repentance.  The Bible says exactly that in 2Corinthians 7:10.  There we read:“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”Have you repented to salvation?  Let no one (including yourself) give you a false assurance of salvation.  Without the kind of repentance brought about by godly sorrow you have not experienced “repentance to salvation”regardless of your religious experiences.  Jesus said, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” May God be pleased to grant you repentance!

 

ARE YOU REALLYSAVED? Curtis Pugh of Poteau, Oklahoma

ARE YOU REALLYSAVED?

Curtis Pugh

of Poteau, Oklahoma

 

It is very likely that you have been asked, “Are you saved?”  Most people who consider themselves Christians answer that question in the affirmative.  We ought to ask that question of ourselves often.  But we ought not to answer that question about ourselves thoughtlessly or in haste.  Paul instructed Church members: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).  Let us, then, ask ourselves these questions: “Are you in the faith?” or stated another way, “Is Christ in you?”  These are serious questions.

Most people think salvation only has to do with being saved from a place they call Hell.  Obviously, nobody wants to be cast into the lake of fire for eternity!  Everybody wants to be saved from that place of eternal punishment.  And Christ does indeed save His people from that place.  But, in God’s plan of salvation, first He saves us from the pleasure of sin.  Have you been saved from the pleasure of sin?It is this salvation from the pleasure of sin that is often overlooked and even denied by most of our religious contemporaries. Today mostpreachersignore this aspect of salvation because they want to be popular.  In fact, you may have attended religious meetings all your life and never heard that in God’s order of salvation He first saves lost people from the pleasure of sin.  But it is most certainly a Scriptural concept.  When God regenerates a person that individual is saved from the pleasure of sin.  I do not mean that truly saved people do not sin nor that they do not battle with the old nature that yet resides within them.  Alas! It is a part of the life of every true child of God to do battle daily with sin: to strive against it and seek to live above it.

But how does it come about that lost sinners come to hate sin?  It is in this way.  When the Holy Spirit regenerates a person He moves in, if I may say it that way.  That new nature that is sovereignly implanted within at the instant of the new birth is nothing more or less than the work of the Holy Spirit who becomes resident within us.  Paul makes this great truth clear in 1 Corinthians 6:19 where he writes: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”Lost people are not temples of the Holy Spirit!  Saved people are!  A Christian is not someone who has done something.  A Christian is someone for whom and to whom God has done something.  A Christian is someone in whom God dwells!Not only does the Holy Spirit dwell in truly saved people, but so also does the Father and the Son.  This is the teaching of Christ on the matter for He said, “…If a man love mehe will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).  God has nothing to do with sin and is “of purer eyes than to behold evil” (Habakkuk 1:13).   It is impossible that one who is indwelt by the oly Holy One, the Holy God Himself, should take pleasure in sin.

I do not mean that a saved person does not sin.  It is not the will of God to totally eradicate sin in His children who yet live upon the earth.  Their lot is to be greatly exercised in striving against sin.  But the attitude of one in whom Christ dwells is far different than that of lost persons.  The natural man – another name for a lost person – is nothing more than a pleasure-seeking animal.  Individuals may take pleasure in different things.  One person may take pleasure in the sin of drunkenness.  Another may take pleasure in illicit sex or drugs.  But all children of the devil seek pleasure.  Pleasure-seeking consumes them.  This can be seen in how they spend their time and money.  They ignore spiritual things for the sake of the pleasures of their choice. That their pleasure-seeking involves sins and causes them to walk contrary to the revealed will of God means little if anything to them.  Their thinking is “I’m OK, you’re OK.”

But to the born again person things are different!  God has, in salvation, saved him or her from the pleasure of sin.  The Psalmist in Psalm 119 verse 104 says, “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” and again in verse 128 he wrote: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”The saved individual is alive to the Word of God and coming to understand it more and more in his ongoing experience with the Lord.  The Word of God causes each saved person to hate sin in general.  He sees its evil consequences, true, but he also recognizes the great offence sin is to the holy God to whom he belongs and whom he loves.

But there is another hatred that exists in the true child of God.  He hates both the sin nature and the acts of sins that he sees only too well in himself.  Job 42:5, 6 says, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”It is one thing to learn of God in preaching or reading, but when God saves a person they are enlightened by Him.   A saved person begins to look at things as God does.  All truly saved people abhor themselves.  Abhor means to hate or loathe.  Paul wrote about this in another way.  He wrote, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing…” (Romans 7:18).  He also wrote that one of the marks of truly saved people is that they “…have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).

While the lost man may wish to escape the consequences of his sins, he lacks the ability to abhor himself.  He has all kinds of excuses for himself.  He sees himself as the product of his environment, his genetic makeup, his poverty, society around him, his own inherent weakness, etc., etc., but he compares himself with others and does not see himself correctly.  But the one born of the Spirit has been saved from the pleasure of sin.  He hates sin in general when he sees it in society around him. That is true.  But more than that, he abhors himself and that awful thing called sin that plagues him, causing him at times to fall into evil thoughts and actions.

What a great difference there is between the child of God and the lost person!  And so it is we come back to our original question: Are you saved?  Is Christ in you?  Do you hate every false way?  Do you abhor yourself?  Do you agree with the apostle that there is nothing good in you? “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).  Has God made Himself known to you so that you “see” Him and therefore you say with Job, “…I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes?” If this is not true in your life, you are yet in your sins.  Cast yourself upon the Lord Jesus Christ and cease from trusting in yourself, your prayer, your faith, your decision, your goodness and anything else.  Jesus said, “…Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).  That is the only remedy for your need!

 

 

 

 

LET THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK!

LET THE SCRIPTURES SPEAK!

MANKIND IS TOTALLY DEPRAVED

Romans 1:21-32…

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 3:10-19…

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

SIN & DEPRAVITY BRING DEATH AND THE JUDGMENT AND
ETERNAL WRATH OF GOD

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Revelation 20:11-15…

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9…

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

SINNERS ARE INVITED TO COME TO JESUS CHRIST BY FAITH
FOR SALVATION

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

ALL SINNERS ARE COMMANDED TO REPENT AND BELIEVE IN JESUS

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Mark 1:14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

ONLY THE ELECT WILL REPENT AND COME TO JESUS BY FAITH

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN IN SALVATION

Romans 9…

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

GOD ELECTED SOME TO BE SAVED

Ephesians 1:3-14…

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…

JESUS CAME TO DIE
FOR THE ELECT

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Isaiah 53

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

THE HOLY SPIRIT EFFECTUALLY CALLS THE ELECT TO SALVATION

Psalms 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an 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,

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14…

13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:28 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.

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
THE ELECT ARE ETERNALLY SAVED

John 10…

26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30 I and my Father are one.

John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

THE ELECT ARE KEPT
SAFE AND SECURE

Romans 8:28-39…

28 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.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

SALVATION IS BY GRACE
THROUGH FAITH ALONE

Ephesians 2:1-10…

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

SALVATION IS NOT OF WORKS

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:27-28 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Romans 4:1-5…

1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31…

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

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