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An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 12

12. Though there be no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, yet are they taught, and that effectually, to be ashamed of their sins Rom. 6:21; and to be sorry for them after a godly sort, 2 Cor. 7:9, 10, 11; yea to loath themselves for them; Ezek. 36:31. Because that sin is an evil and a filthy thing, and in its own nature tends to the provoking and dishonoring of God, being disobedience against God, and a thing which the most holy GOD declares Himself to loath and abhor; so that nothing but the blood of Christ could purge us from our sins, and reconcile us to God, Whom by sin we had offended. Therefore, the Saints both are, and must be grieved, and must judge themselves, because they have sinned against their holy and glorious God, and merciful and loving Father, I Cor. 11:31.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

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A sinner’s faith is true faith when he believes as a sinner

November 9, 2015 1 comment

Spurgeon 3“Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.” I like what Luther says “I would run into Christ’s arms if he had a drawn sword in his hands.” That is called venturesome believing, but as an old divine says, there is no such thing as venturesome believing, we cannot venture on Christ, it is no venture at all, there is no hap-hazard in the least degree. It is a holy and heavenly experience, when we can go to Christ, amid the storm, and say, “Oh! Jesus, I believe I am covered by thy blood,” when we can feel ourselves to be all over rags, and yet can say, “Lord, I believe that through Christ Jesus, ragged though I am, I am fully absolved.” A saint’s faith is little faith when he believes as a saint, but a sinner’s faith is true faith when he believes as a sinner. The faith, not of a sinless being but the faith of a sinful creature — that is the faith which delights God. Go, then Christian; ask that this may be thy experience, to learn each day, “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- God Alone the Salvation of His People-A Sermon Delivered On Sabbath Morning, May 18, 1856

The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by the Blood: Part 3

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

We are sanctified (set apart) by the blood. We were bought and paid for by the blood. We were then seated in heaven, in Christ, having been totally delivered by the One who created us. It is finished!

In the Old Testament, however, nothing was finished. Back then, animal sacrifices were burned outside the camp of Israel (Leviticus 16:27). In like manner, Jesus suffered outside the gate of Jerusalem in order that He might sanctify the people of God. His blood has entirely sanctified and cleansed us before the Father. Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). He is our peace offering, our burnt offering, our meal offering, and our sin offering. There’s nothing in Christ’s sacrifice that should be out of it and nothing out of it that should be in it. It is complete, and we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).

Furthermore, Leviticus 4:4 addresses the sinner saying; “And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock’s head, and kill the bullock before the LORD.”

Notice, this verse does not tell the fallen sinner to do penance and be miserable for 40 days to atone for his sin. He is not told to go away and be depressed for four weeks in order to pay his debt. He is not given any sanctification techniques. He is not told to bang His head against the wall and then to go fast, pray and whip his back for another month to pay for what he did. No, the sinner is simply told to bring the “bullock without blemish” before the Lord.

Now to New Testamentize this. The Father does not endorse penance programs; He endorses the gospel. As believers, no matter who or what we are, or what we have done, when we sin, fall and fail, we don’t enter into self-punishment mode. No amount of self-flagellation will help. We are already sanctified and set apart by that one great work which happened outside of us 2000 years ago. We simply, by faith, on the basis of Calvary, bring Christ to the Father and discover instant restoration before God.

In the New Testament, we have a better mediator than they had in the Old (Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 8:6). His name is Christ Jesus and He is sufficient. It is, therefore, a shame to take Him for granted. It’s a shame to think that He is anything less than all and in all (Colossians 3:11). No matter how badly you feel about your sin, present Christ to the Father.

Let me ask, as a sinner, when you get on your knees, do you present yourself? No! If you are schooled in the gospel, you present Christ. We come to the Father in Jesus’ name. By the way, “In Jesus’ name” is not merely a little formula that we attach to our prayers. No indeed! When we pray in Jesus name, we are pleading the merits of the Son and all that His shed blood has gained and guaranteed for us. We are declaring that He, Jesus, is our only and sufficient qualification for being there before the Father.

We read; “By one offering He has perfected for ever those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). Jesus did what the Old Testament sacrifices could never do. He perfected us! Everything essential to the salvation of the individual is included in this one great gift of Christ, which the believing sinner receives, by faith in Christ. Every believer fits the category of, “Those that are sanctified.” To lessen Christ’s accomplishments on our behalf and to insist on a certain level of personal piety to qualify us to talk to the Father is to go back to the Law.

Leviticus 4:6 says the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord. This points towards the perfection of the New Covenant. Jesus Christ has finished and perfected the work for us. He has sanctified and set us apart unto God by His blood. Every one of our sins has been purged by His blood and taken away. We are His sanctified possession.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by The Blood Part 2

July 23, 2014 1 comment

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

Usually, when non-gospel centred people hear me, or people like me, talk about the blood, they say we are teaching that anyone can sin and get away with it. I am not teaching that at all. What I am saying, however, is because of grace alone, we are in Christ and in Christ there is a superabundance of grace to cover us when we fall. We are sanctified, redeemed, purchased and legally set apart unto God by the blood and neither we nor Satan can destroy that which God has accomplished. Since believers are the recipients of eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12), we will neither be re-sold into the slavery of sin nor prised away, nor fall from the loving, powerful hands of the Master.

Listen to Hebrews 10:14; “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” We are sanctified, forever, because of gospel grace. We are part of the New Covenant. The blood has made us perfect and has set us apart in the sight of God. Isn’t it time to believe this from our hearts?

Adolph Saphir states; “The Holy Ghost Himself witnessed by the prophet Jeremiah that the New Covenant was connected with complete and eternal forgiveness of sin. …The characteristic of the New Testament standing of believers is that they are free from sin in the sight of God, and that always and forever. “No more remembrance of sin;” because Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

This is our sanctification; this is our standing before God.”

Adolph Saphir: The Epistle to the Hebrews: Kregel Publications: Page 645.

If a priest of Israel sinned (Leviticus 4:2-5), he did not begin working harder. He did not say, “Now, wait a minute, I am not sanctified enough. I need to do more.” He did not look back, he didn’t look inside himself, —he almost didn’t do a thing. He instead brought a bullock to the Lord. But, even that required a little work. Bullocks are heavy beasts. A little, just a little, work was needed to bring the sacrifice … this shows one of the flaws in the Old Covenant!

In the New Covenant, however, when a person sins, they only need by faith to bring the offering. And what is the offering? The offering is Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 10:10 we read; “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” The sinner, by faith, brings the offering that has been presented 2000 years ago by Christ. Christ offered Himself—and He is the offering we bring. We don’t have to carry him, or lead Him, we simply, by faith, present Christ and His shed blood.

Someone asks, “How long do I have to wait to be restored after I sin?” The answer is simple, there is no waiting time. While there may be time given in the church assembly, decreed for healing and restoration to service after a serious fall, there is no fellowship probation in Heaven’s courtroom. Bring the blood and enjoy instant communion with the Father. We have already been purchased forever. He does not cast us off and spurn us.

Jesus was numbered among the transgressors and publicly displayed on the accursed cross. As He became our sin offering, He was reckoned as being sin. To the unbelieving Jews, He was a curse. Indeed, multitudes of people yet find no beauty in Him. The Hymn writer speaks well of His passion saying;

 

“O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;

How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn!

J.W. Alexander 1830

 

However, this same, despised and rejected Saviour, who poured out His blood and died, rose from the dead, entered the most holy place with His own blood, ascended to His throne and has sanctified and perfected us forever. We look to Him and not ourselves. He is our only hope. He is our certain hope. He is our assured hope!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: Sanctified by the Blood: Part 1

Hebrews 13:12: Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without (outside) the gate.

The blood of Christ is so powerful that it has purged every one of our sins and set us apart unto God. The all-seeing, all-piercing eye of Yahweh could discover no flaw in the blood for it contained no tinge of sin. It was and is the blood of the Lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19). The Lamb’s blood was pure, untainted and clean and, therefore, it alone was exclusively suitable to sanctify us.

When Jesus Christ went to heaven in the ascension, He took us with Him, and positionally seated us there with Him as ransomed, redeemed and sanctified believers (Ephesians 2:6). From that point forward, the Father could never again see us in sin or see sin in us. Our growth in grace and the knowledge of God will be greatly accelerated as we grasp this truth. It is a finished work. Now the big question that occupies our mind is, not what we can do, but what He has done (Colossians 3:1). Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). He will never reckon sin or sins to us. We are washed and sanctified by the blood.

If we sin, and to our shame we say we will, we have the privilege of instantly bringing our wretchedness to our High Priest. Our sins may cause us to cower in alarm as we think of God’s great displeasure, but it is the blood that tells us what God really thinks of us. He sees us as set apart and sanctified unto him. Because of the blood, we cannot be taken from Him. Spurgeon tells us;

“The apostle says that we who are the priests of God have a right as priests to go to God’s mercy-seat that is within the Vail; but it were to our death to go there unless we were perfect. But we are perfect, for the blood of Christ has been sprinkled on us, and, therefore, our standing before God is the standing of perfection.”

CHS: New Park Street Pulpit: Sermon No. 232: Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 2nd, 1859.

If, however, we insist on remaining in wilful sin, then, although our standing before God is un-altered, we reap what the sin produces and what the Holy Spirit of God must do to chastise us —to bring us away from the love of our sin. This does not mean, however, that we are legally separated from the One to whom the blood has already attached us. The Apostle Paul instructs us that; “Neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any Creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Does this give us a license to sin? God forbid (Romans 6:2; Romans 6:15)! The true believer wants to continually fellowship with the Father through the Son. But, if we sin and grieve the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can enjoy fellowship in the plan of God. Therefore, as we grow in grace, the Spirit of God begins to teach us a holy hatred of sin. However, this holy hatred does not separate us unto God any more than the blood has already done. We, as sanctified believers, have continual access with boldness to the throne of grace, and we may come in all our time of need. Because of the blood, we are always perfect and always qualified to come to the His throne, whatever our doubts, whatever our sins.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: Noah, the Big Boat and the Blood!

Just about everyone knows the story of Noah and the Big Boat! There’s an endearing little children’s song about it that goes; “The animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah! The elephant and the kangaroo, hurrah, hurrah! They all went in just to get in out of the rain.” But of course, the song, cute as it is, is nonsense. They didn’t go in two by two, only the unclean animals went in two by two —-the clean animals went in by 7s.

Why 7s? Simply this; when Noah got off the boat and placed his feet on dry land he planned to build an altar and offer blood sacrifices. And that’s exactly what he did! I like this man Noah; He built his altar before he built his home.

So let’s consider Noah’s blood sacrifice! He took animal number 7 out of the various ranks of the clean animals and sacrificed them. But why animal number 7? Because, number 7 is the number of spiritual perfection, and spiritual perfection points towards Christ.

For example, there were 7 days in the beginning of creation. The seventh day of rest declared that God’s creation works were finished and perfect.

There were 7 covenants mentioned in Scripture, the final one, the New Covenant, being the perfect one.
Joshua marched around Jericho 7 times.

7 priests with 7 trumpets also marched around Jericho and on the 7th day they marched around 7 times.

Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan.

Elijah prayed 7 times.

Every 7th day was a Sabbath.

Every 7th year was a Sabbath year.

Every 7 times 7 years was a year of Jubilee.

Three of the feasts of Israel lasted 7 days.

Between the first and second feasts there were 7 days.

The term “First and the Last” is used 7 times.

There are 7 seals in the Book of Revelation.

There were 7 churches,

7 candlesticks,

7 stars,

7 spirits before the throne of God.

The Lamb had 7 eyes.

Before His crucifixion, Christ passed through 7 trials.

Christ gives seven petitions to His people in the Disciple’s Prayer

There were 7 accusations against Christ.

There were 7 testimonies to the innocence of Christ.

There were 7 questions from Pilate to Christ.

There were 7 sayings from the cross.

 

Here, at Noah’s blood sacrifice, it was the seventh animal that was sacrificed. This points to the perfection of Christ’s offering. We further see that after Noah’s blood sacrifice, the Lord promised blessing to mankind (Genesis 8:20-22). The nations of the world are, likewise, blessed because of Christ and the cross (Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:14; 3:18). In Genesis 8:21, we also read that Noah’s sacrifice was ‘a sweet savour’ unto the Lord. It is no wonder then that we read in the New Testament that; “Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour;” (Ephesians 5:2).

On a very practical note, Noah’s sacrifice shows that Noah knew he still must approach God through shed blood. Noah didn’t get off the boat prideful that he and his family had been the ones chosen by God to be saved. Nor did he now presume on some new privileged relationship with God: Noah still knew himself to be a sinner, and thus he offered a blood sacrifice because it was the only appointed way he could approach the all- holy God.

In the same way, God has chosen us, not because we were better than our neighbours, but because of grace and grace alone. Even so, we will do well to remember that as we approach Him, we should do so exclusively through the blood of Christ. He alone is our perfect approach and acceptance before God.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

http://www.milesmckee.com

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The Wednesday Word: He Became Like Us

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

The Eternal Word became one of us in order to redeem us. Indeed, our verse says, “He was made like unto his brethren.” He took our nature and paid for us with His blood. If ever we were to have been saved, there was an absolute necessity for Christ to have become one of us. Consider our predicament: we were on earth and God was in heaven. We were polluted, but God was pure. We were unrighteous, but God was just. How then could He look upon us and grant us grace?

We were without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:12). We needed someone to span the immense divide between God and us and rescue us. But to do this, this rescuer would have to become low enough to reach the bottom of our pit (Genesis 18:27). He would also have to be high enough to reach the exalted glory of Yahweh (1 Timothy 6:16). But, where could we find someone low enough and high enough all at the same time? The answer was and is in Christ alone, our Great High Priest. He was and is the exclusive hope of sinners for He alone established the bridge between man and God.

He is now our great high priest and is according to our text both merciful and faithful! Mercy is an interesting word which is inseparably linked to the concept of misery. The objects of mercy are those who were in misery. Indeed, it is only the miserable who sue for mercy! In his misery, for example, Blind Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus son of David have mercy on me” (Mark 10:47). In His mercy, our priest, the Lord Jesus destroyed the eternal misery of death and the grave for us! In mercy, He destroyed the misery of Satan’s authority over us. In mercy, He took away our sin and misery and reckoned us with His righteousness. He is our champion. Because of mercy, no believer need ever be destroyed by the misery of sin.

But not only is our high priest merciful, He is also faithful. In His faithfulness He finished His work (John 17:4). In His faithfulness, He is our present help in time of trouble! In His faithfulness, He brings all needed gifts and blessings of God to us. In His faithfulness, He understands and sympathizes with us. In His faithfulness, He helps and strengthens us. Because He is faithful, He can be trusted (1 Peter 2:6).

Don’t be mistaken, there is no access to God without a priest and there is no priest qualified to act on behalf of sinners but Jesus Christ. Unlike human priests, Jesus is perfectly holy. Unlike other priests, He understands all our temptations and struggles. Unlike other priests, He Himself is that one, perfect non-repeatable and finished offering for sin. Unlike other priests, in Him we encounter God. Unlike other priests, He will never die, for unlike other priests, He ever lives to make intercession for us. Unlike other priests, mercy and faithfulness meet together in Him. On this point, William Gouge says, “His mercifulness was the ground of His faithfulness and His faithfulness was the evidence of His mercy.

 

A Man there is, a real man,

With wounds still gaping wide,

(From which rich streams of blood once ran),

In hands and feet and side.

(Tis no wild fancy of our brains,

No metaphor we speak;

The same dear Man in heaven now reigns,

That suffered for our sake).

This wondrous Man of whom we tell

Is true Almighty God;

He bought our souls from death and hell;

The price, His own heart’s blood.

Joseph Hart

 

Jesus by His suffering and death has become our merciful and faithful high priest. He has ascended and has presented us to the Father and declared us unblameable and perfect. We are saved by His sacrifice for us, not by our sacrifice for Him. We are saved by His faithfulness to us, not by our strivings to be faithful to Him. We are saved by His merciful and faithful commitment to us, not by our failed efforts of total commitment to Him.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com 

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