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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Merry Christmas Everyone!

2006/12/26
And to all!
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Author: tartanarmy (9:21 pm)
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

"MY HEART'S DESIRE"

2006/12/22
"MY HEART'S DESIRE"
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Author: tartanarmy (5:31 am)



"MY HEART'S DESIRE"
Romans 10:1

Sometimes I hear men preach who do not appear to have any real burden upon their hearts. Their doctrine is orthodox. They are well prepared. And they have unquestionable ability. But they do not seem to really care whether people believe or do not believe, whether their hearers are saved or damned.

They just come before men and lay out the facts. The apostle Paul was not such a man! He had a message from the heart of God, which he had experienced in his own heart. And he delivered his message to the hearts of men, as one who could not endure the thought of men and women perishing without Christ. Knowing the terror of the Lord, he persuaded sinners to flee to Christ (II Cor. 5:10-11).

He reveals his heart's emotions in his epistle to the Romans. "I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

For I could wish myself accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh" (9:1-3). Paul the apostle was moved to record those words by the same Spirit who moved Moses the prophet to say to the Lord, If thou wilt not forgive their sin, "blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written" (Ex. 32:32). Most of the commentators I have read try very hard to make these passages say what they do not say.

They cannot understand orthodox men making such statements. I am confident that both Moses and Paul meant exactly what they said! They loved the people to whom they preached. Yes, they spoke extravagantly. But love speaks extravagantly! Love does not speak in calculated terms, without feeling. Love, when it is bursting to make itself known, will often speak beyond pure rationality.

Of course, in more sober moments, no man would give up Christ for another, or exchange his own soul's salvation for another's. And any believer knows that such a ransom could never be accepted by God. But a genuine love for the souls of men and an earnest desire for their salvation, for the glory of Christ, compelled these men of God to speak beyond mere rationality. They spoke as dying men to dying men! God make me such a preacher. Men with aching hearts are likely to hear men whose hearts ache for them.

Effectual Atonement

2006/12/22
Effectual Atonement
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Author: tartanarmy (5:24 am)



Effectual Atonement
Isaiah 53:10-12

What happened at Calvary? Did the Lord Jesus Christ redeem us from all iniquity; or did he merely make us redeemable? Did he actually put away our sins; or did he merely make it possible for our sins to be put away? Did the Lamb of God reconcile us to God; or did he merely make us reconcilable? Did he justify his people; or did he simply make it possible for them to be justified?

Did he effectually secure the salvation of those for whom he died; or did he only make salvation a possibility for them? Did the incarnate Son of God actually make atonement for sin by the shedding of his blood; or did he just make a stab at it? Hear the Word of God as it was spoken by the mouth of his prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 53:10-12 is a true, divinely inspired description of the sin-atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and its results. Read every word with thoughtful reverence, and learn the Bible doctrine of the atonement

Did you catch the phrase, "He shall be satisfied"? How I love this word of promise! Let me state it as emphatically as I possibly can. "He," the Son of God, our glorious Substitute, our great Sin Offering, our divine Savior, the one who died in our place at Calvary, "shall," without a doubt, without the possibility of hindrance, most assuredly, "be satisfied," fully, completely, eternally satisfied!

He was satisfied with the terms of redemption proposed to him as our Surety in the covenant of grace before the world was made. He is satisfied with his purchased possession, his bride the Church. He is satisfied with himself as a ransom price for the satisfaction of justice. He shall be satisfied with us, his redeemed ones.

This is an inspired declaration of complete, effectual redemption accomplished by Jehovah’s Righteous Servant, our Substitute and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. "He shall not fail!" The Son of God can never be frustrated in his purpose, defeated in his design, or hindered in his work. Christ was not conquered at Calvary.

He conquered! "He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied!" The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ shall never be discovered a miscarriage. The Lion of the tribe of Judah must prevail. Isaiah prophesied of, and the Word of God universally teaches, the infallible efficacy of Christ’s atonement. I want you to see from the Word of God the glorious, absolute, saving efficacy of Christ’s atonement.

The subject matter before us is a matter of utmost concern. The one thing that characterizes every messenger of Satan is a denial of the efficacy of Christ’s atonement. The one point of doctrine upon which all false prophets are agreed is this – They all deny that every soul for whom Christ died shall be saved.

They may give lip service to Bible doctrine and Bible terms; but they deny the very foundation of the gospel, which is substitution. The modern day prophets of Baal preach a redemption that redeems no one, an atonement that atones for nothing, and a salvation that saves no one. They preach possibility redemption, possibility atonement, possibility grace, and possibility salvation. The Word Of God teaches that every sinner for whom Christ died shall, upon the grounds of justice satisfied, be saved.

FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?

2006/12/22
FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?
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Author: tartanarmy (5:12 am)



FOR WHOM DID CHRIST DIE?

HIS PEOPLE

Isaiah 53:8

The objects of redemption are described by such words and characteristics as show them to be a special and distinct people. Particularly, those who are the objects of redemption are called, the people of God our Savior. "For the transgressions of my people", says the Lord our God, "was he stricken", stricken by the rod of divine justice to make satisfaction for our sins and to redeem us from them.

When he was about to come and redeem us, Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, at his birth said, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people". Thus he prophesied that God would redeem and save his elect by sending Christ, the dayspring from on high, as he called him. He visited his people in the flesh and redeemed them by his blood (Luke 1:68, 78).

Therefore, the angel that appeared to Joseph, and instructed him to call the Son who was to be born of his wife, Mary, by the name of Jesus, gave this reason, "for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matt. 1:21).

Someone may say, "All men are the people of God." In a sense that is true, inasmuch as they are his creatures. Yet, the Scriptures expressly tell us that they are not all his redeemed people. Those who are redeemed by Christ are redeemed "out of every people"(Rev. 5:9). The redeemed are God's covenant people; of whom he says, "They shall be my people, and I will be their God."

We are his portion and his inheritance, a people near and dear unto him, a people given to Christ to be redeemed and saved by him; of whom it is said, "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power".

Redemption is not universal. By the precious blood of Christ atonement has been effectually accomplished and redemption has been obtained for God's elect. Christ is not the Redeemer of all men, but of many. If the redeemed are those who are the objects of God's special love and favor, then not all men are redeemed.

There are some of whom it is said, "He that made them, will not have mercy on them; and he that formed them, will show them no favour" (Isa. 27:11). To say that Christ died and made atonement, that he redeemed those people, is to declare that his death, his blood, and his redemption is the work, gift, and good favor of God!

If, as the Scriptures teach, the redeemed are the elect of God, and them only, then not all men are redeemed; for all are not chosen. "The election hath obtained it, and the rest are blinded" (Rom. 11:7). If only those are redeemed for whom Christ became a Surety, then not all men are redeemed. Christ did not engage to pay the debts of all men.

If the redeemed are the people of God and Christ, then not all are redeemed. There are some on whom God writes a "Loammi", saying, "Ye are not my people; and I will not be your God" (Hos. 1:9). If the redeemed are the sheep of Christ to whom he gives eternal life, then the goats, who will go into everlasting punishment, are not redeemed. If the redeemed are the children of God and the church and spouse of Christ to whom he gives the gift of faith, then not all men are redeemed, "For all men have not faith!"

PROPITIATION

2006/12/22
PROPITIATION
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Author: tartanarmy (5:06 am)



PROPITIATION
Romans 3:25

Propitiation is the appeasement of God’s wrath by the blood of Christ. The word "propitiation" is used three times in the New Testament. In all three places, we are told that Christ is our propitiation. The very same Greek word translated "propitiation" in the New Testament is translated "mercy seat" in the Greek version of Exodus 25:21 and in Hebrews 9:5. The mercy seat which covered the ark of the covenant and covered God’s broken law, upon which the cherubim were fixed, upon which they constantly looked, was the place where the atonement blood of the paschal lamb was sprinkled.

The mercy seat was the seat of Divine Majesty where God promised to meet his people in mercy. To the mercy seat men were bidden look in the hope of obtaining mercy from and communing with God through the blood-stained mercy seat, just as we are bidden to come to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need, because there Christ has sprinkled his blood.

The publican mentioned by our Lord in Luke’s gospel had a glimpse of Christ as the one represented in the mercy seat. He cried, God be merciful (be propitious) to me a sinner" (Lk. 18:13). He sought mercy through the propitiatory sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Let me show you how this word propitiation is used in reference to Christ and his sacrifice for sin.

ROMANS 3:25 –"Whom God hat set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." The Lord Jesus Christ was set forth by God the Father to be our propitiation. He is the One who has made propitiation for us, the One in whom propitiation is found, the One for whose sake God is propitious to sinners, and the One who is himself our Propitiation. Christ is our Mercy Seat.

He alone is the place where God meets with sinners, receives us, and blesses us. He is the One by whom justice has been appeased. He is the One who is our Peace. He is the propitiatory Sacrifice for our sins. Just as God, in the Old Testament types smelled the sweet savor of the typical, legal sacrifices, and was ceremonially content with them, so Christ’s precious blood is a sweet smelling savor to him. John Gill wrote, "His sacrifice was an offering of a sweet smelling savour to (the Father). He was well pleased with it. It gave him contentment and satisfaction, because his justice was appeased by it and the demands of his law were answered. Yea, it was magnified and made honorable."

How has God the Father set forth his dear Son as our Mediator to be the propitiation for our sins? Obviously, Paul does not suggest that the Son was compelled to be subservient to the Father. Not at all. This thing was agreed upon by both the Father and the Son.

The Son was just as willing to be our Propitiation as the Father is willing to receive his propitiatory sacrifice. Yet, the Holy Spirit here tells us that it was God the Father who set forth his Son to be a propitiation. How has he done this? Christ was set forth to be the propitiation for our sins in the eternal purposes and decrees of God. He is the Lamb of God who, verily, was foreordained, before the foundation of the world, to be slain as the ransom price and propitiatory sacrifice for his people.

His sufferings and death as such were according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (1 Pet. 1:19; Acts 2:23; 4:28). He was set forth to be our Propitiation in all the promises, prophecies, and pictures of the Old Testament Scriptures. He is the Seed of the woman promised to Adam and Eve in the Garden who must come to crush the serpent’s head. He is the paschal lamb, the brazen serpent, the morning and evening sacrifice, and the promised Substitute of whom the prophets wrote.

In the fulness of time, the Son of God was set forth as our Propitiation in human flesh. He was actually made of a woman, made under the law, that he might redeem his people who were under the law. Christ is still set forth in the gospel to be the Propitiation for our sins, and shall be until time shall be no more. As God’s servants faithfully expound the Book of God, preaching the gospel in the power of his Spirit, Christ is set forth as the only and all-sufficient, effectual Propitiation for our sins.

1 JOHN 2:2 – "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." He is the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of Gods elect, Jews and Gentiles, throughout all the world, the sacrifice upon which God is merciful to us, being pacified towards us for all that we have done (Heb. 8:12; Ezek. 16:6).

1 JOHN 4:10 – "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." Because of his great love for us, God the Father sent his darling Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins by offering up his soul and body as a sacrifice to Divine justice to make atonement for us.(Don Fortner)

Friday, December 22, 2006

ARE YOU ONE OF GOD'S ELECT?

2006/12/22
ARE YOU ONE OF GOD'S ELECT?
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Author: tartanarmy (4:54 am)



When Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica, he spoke confidently to God's saints there about the indisputable fact of their election.

He gave thanks to God for them, their faith in Christ, their love to one another, and the other blessings of God's grace upon them, because he knew that all these things were to be traced to their election unto salvation by God. I know that many have never even heard of God's electing love and grace; and many are terribly confused about it. Here are three practical statements, which may help to clarify some things regarding this soul-cheering, God honoring, gospel doctrine.

Listen carefully.

1. ELECTION IS NOT THE FIRST THING TO BE LEARNED.

Precious, delightful, important as this doctrine is, it is not the first thing to be learned. We preach this doctrine without apology.

I preach it everywhere I go. We teach it in our Sunday School classes, beginning with the toddlers. We are not, in the least, bashful about proclaiming God's electing love. However, it is not our mission in this world to convince people that the doctrine of election is true.

A person can go to hell believing election as well as he can go to hell denying it. Our mission is to get sinners to believe, trust, and come to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Any sinner who bows to Christ as Lord will have no problem with the doctrine of election.

Yet, the first question to be settled in your heart and mind is not, "Am I one of the elect?"

It is impossible for you, me, or anyone else to determine that until the matter of first importance is settled. "Do I trust the Lord Jesus Christ?" "Am I a believer?" That is the matter of first importance.

If you trust the Son of God, your faith in him is the proof of your election. The first thing to be learned is faith in Christ. Where faith is found in the heart, election is believed and loved.

2. God's sovereign election of some to salvation and eternal life in Christ is in no way inconsistent with the promises of God in the gospel.

All the promises of God in Christ Jesus are yea and amen.

You may not be able to see how election can be true and the promises of the gospel to sinners are also true; but they are! Hear the promises God makes to sinners in the gospel.

Come to Christ, whoever you are, believe on Christ, whatever you have done, trust the Son of God and these promises are yours! (Read Matt. 11:28-30; Mk. 16:15-16; John 3:36; 6:37; 7:37-38; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:8-13; Rev. 22:16-17).

3. God's election, this gospel doctrine of sovereign electing grace, does not, to any degree or in any way, remove or destroy your responsibility to obey the gospel.

God commands all men, everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).

Our responsibility is not derived from the decree of God, but from the Word of God.

We are not responsible for what God has purposed; but we are responsible for what he has commanded.

We are all responsible to be perfectly holy, but we can't!

We are responsible to make complete atonement for our sins, but we can't!

We are responsible to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as our only righteousness and our only redemption, but we cannot even do that!

We are therefore shut up to God's sovereign grace in Christ! When all things are finished, it shall be said, as we read in Romans 11:7, "The election hath obtained it." And all those elect ones, all who obtain God's salvation say,

AMEN!--Grace Baptist Church of Danville--




AMEN

Sunday, December 17, 2006

True message of Christmas.

2006/12/16
True message of Christmas.
Category: Tartan Talk :
Author: tartanarmy (1:22 pm)


The Message of Matthew 1:21

"And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins."

This angelic proclamation to Joseph is possibly one of the most culturally incorrect statements within the Gospel birth narratives. In this one sentence, the angel sent from God delivers to Joseph a message that runs contrary to most popular Christmas messages you are likely to hear on TV, radio, and from many pulpits. It also runs contrary to the worldly understanding of the message of Christmas, and what the birth of Christ means for the world.

She Will Bear a Son

The angel informed Joseph that his betrothed was to become supernaturally pregnant. In verse 23, Matthew says that this startling revelation is a fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy (Is. 7:14). It has never ceased to amaze me how some try to wiggle around the idea that this was, indeed, a real virgin birth. Yes, the Greek term parthenos can be used to refer to a young maiden.

However, in the context of the passage, the Lord was encouraging Ahaz to ask for a sign, something remarkable that would indicate to him God's hand at work. "Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep," God says to Ahaz; but Ahaz does not want to be presumptuous, so the Lord offers the sign in 7:14. If all the Lord meant was "a young maiden will become pregnant and bear a son," that hardly seems a remarkable sign.

Many young maidens became pregnant. Where is the "deep sign" demonstrating an act of God?

Furthermore, this child was to be a son (huios), not a divine principle: a real, tangible, human being. But not just a mere human being. This was to be Emmanuel, "God with us." Was he just supposed to be a symbol of God's presence among His people, like the ancient Tabernacle? Not according to the gospel accounts. The angel spoke of a real child; Mary carried true flesh and blood in her womb for nine months. But this flesh and blood was more than merely a man. He was born "of a virgin" by supernatural intervention. This child was was God with us--literally. The baby that lay in the manger was fully man and fully God: God incarnate.

He Shall Save His People from Their Sins

Now the angel tells Joseph the purpose of God becoming incarnate. The child's name was to be Jesus, which is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Yeshua meaning "God saves." Who is God going to save? According to the angel, "His people." For those interested in textual variants, there is a variant at this point. The Curetonian Syriac text actually reads ton kosmon here, making the angel say that Jesus will save "the world." There are two things to note about this.

First, this is the only text that says this; all other manuscripts, including the Byzantine manuscripts read ton laon autou, "His people." Second, this maverick reading in the Curetonian Syriac more than likely came about due to scribal error since the Syriac for "people" (`ama), is very similar to the Syriac word for "world" (`alma). (If you want to see this for yourself, take a look at this blog entry in Evangelical Textual Criticism.

I am indebted to this entry by P. J. Williams for this information.) Christ did not come into the world to save every man. If He did, then you can be assured that everyone, from the most pious saint to the worst reprobate will be in Heaven when they die. Whatever God plans to do comes to pass (Psalm 33:11), so if God planned to save every person in the world, He surely would. Yet, we know He hasn't (John 6:44; Acts 13:48).

So, God is coming into the world as a man to save a particular group of people that He will call His own. But what is God going to save them from? Sickness? Famine? Disease? Oppression and poverty? Every year, we are told by the secular media that the point of Christmas is peace, and that the birth of Jesus symbolizes God's love, so we need to share that love and peace in order to end all the evils to which we are subjected every day.

That's what Christmas is all about, we are told. But that is not what the angel says. The angel says that Jesus Christ came into the world with one objective in mind: to save His people from their sins. If Christ came to do anything other than this, then there is no hope for us.

The evil in the world is not caused by wrong thinking, mismanagement, poverty, abuse by authority, or bad upbringing. Evil exists in the hearts of men because man is at enmity with God. Until sin is dealt with, man can never be at peace with God. And men cannot hope to have true, lasting peace with one another without first having peace with God. World peace does not begin at the UN; it begins with proclamation of the Gospel: "You shall call his name Jesus; for He will save His people from their sins."

God has made provision for the sins of men. Peace on earth is now possible, because Christ has come to reconcile God and man. God's perfect justice that demands payment for sin has been satisfied in Christ on behalf of His people.

This is the message of Matthew 1:21, and the true message of Christmas. As our world becomes increasingly secular, and the images of Christmas--and even the word "Christmas"--become replaced with warm feelings and empty platitudes, it becomes more important for us not to forget this. May the Lord be pleased to ignite our hearts with love and gratitude to Him for His awesome grace!

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Benny and the Jets.

2006/12/01
Benny and the Jets.
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Author: tartanarmy (1:55 am)



Calling out evil for that is what it is.

Your name will be placed prominently in a special area of Dove One where I study and pray during my travels, where I will also pray for you and your family as I go around the world preaching the Gospel. Everywhere I fly, your name will travel with me, millions of miles and for years to come, reminding me that you have made it possible for me to go and preach as God has called me to do.
(Benny Hinn)




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