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The Wednesday Word: Jesus The Baptiser!

Matthew 3:11-12

I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

How is it possible that a mere carpenter from Nazareth will baptise people with the Holy Ghost and fire? Only God can pour Himself out and baptise with the Holy Ghost! The Holy Spirit is God, not an influence of God. Isaiah 44:3 makes this clear. In that verse, Yahweh says, “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”

In the light of this scripture, how does anyone sincerely believe that Jesus was merely a man? For Him to be the Baptiser in the Holy Ghost, the giver of salvation, means that He is God! Furthermore, in this instance, it should also be noted that Jesus is not making this claim for Himself. Rather, it is John the Baptist who is declaring the divine authority of Christ. Did John get it wrong? Was he in error? No indeed! Consider these words, “Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: and “all things that John spoke of this man (Jesus) were true” John 10:28-31. QED.

According to our scripture, Jesus is also to baptise with fire, this is in sharp contrast to being baptised with the Holy Ghost. While the saved are described as being baptised with the Holy Ghost, the damned will be, by contrast, baptised with the fire of the wrath of God. And who is responsible for both these baptisms? A carpenter? A good man? A moral teacher? No! Only God can take responsibility for this kind of action and for John to say of Jesus, He will baptise with the Holy Ghost and fire is to say that Jesus is God.

Notice also that Christ will thoroughly purge his floor. It is His floor! Notice also that He will gather His wheat, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. These words cannot be misunderstood. They contain a recognition of Christ’s deity, power, ownership and lordship. The floor, the wheat, the garner and the chaff are all His own property. This is no mere man that John is talking about. According to the commentator Barnes,

“By the floor, here, is represented the Jewish people. By the wheat, the righteous, or the people of God. By the chaff, the wicked. They are often represented as being driven away like chaff before the wind, Job 21:18; Psalms 1:4; Isaiah 17:13; Hosea 13:13. They are also represented as chaff which the fire consumes, Isaiah 5:24. This image is often used to express judgments. Isaiah 41:15, “Thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.”

Albert Barnes: Commentary on the New Testament

In our passage, (Matthew 3:11-12), John the Baptist clearly gives us an acknowledgement of Christ’s deity. To watch Jesus at work is to watch God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: The Shepherd and the Sword

December 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Awake O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man that is My Fellow” Zechariah 13:7.

The Lord Jesus came here to be the effective, substitute for sinners. As such, it pleased the Father to bruise Him. The decree went out from Yahweh Himself, “Smite the Shepherd.” That´s why we also read, “He spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all” (Romans 8:32).

Although Jesus went to the cross, He was under no compulsion to do so. No man took His life, He laid it down voluntarily (John 10:18). The Father decreed that the Shepherd would die and Jesus willingly fulfilled those wishes. Men, it seems, were the unwitting accomplices in carrying out the great, eternal purposes of redeeming grace.

But why did Jesus die? Is there anyone reading this who can answer? Is there a prophet or a son of a prophet who can shed some light on this matter? But wait, who is that long bearded man coming towards us. It is a seer. It´s Isaiah!

Let´s ask Isaiah. “Isaiah, we need some help here…why did Jesus, our Shepherd, die? “…and Isaiah without hesitation answers, “He was wounded. for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him … The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Thanks Isaiah! That shed much light on this question for us. (see Isaiah 53).

When Jesus died, He accepted the just penalty of His people’s sins. The sword was turned against the Shepherd. He died for our iniquities. He bore our sins. Who then can condemn us?

“Complete atonement Thou hast made,

And to the utmost farthing paid

Whate’er Thy people owed;

Nor can Thy wrath on me take place,

If sheltered in Thy righteousness,

And sprinkled with Thy blood.

“For my discharge Thou hast procured,

And freely in my room endured

The whole of Wrath Divine:

Payment God cannot twice demand,

First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,

And then again at mine”?

Augustus Toplady

Who then, is he that condemns? No one is qualified to do so. Christ has been convicted and punished in our place. This is the excellent ground of our assurance. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). Being redeemed, we are delivered from condemnation (Romans 8:1). The Father does not condemn those whom He, by the Spirit, has brought into Christ Jesus.

Another reason why none of the redeemed can be condemned is that Christ, not only died but is risen again. His resurrection proves that He has forever exhausted the entire penalty due to the sins of believers. He was raised again because He had secured our justification.

Bishop Pearson (1877) well said,

“By His death, we know that He suffered for sin,

By His resurrection, we are assured that the sins for which He suffered were not His own.

Had no man been a sinner, He would not have died;

Had He been a sinner, He would not have risen again.”

Because Christ is at the place of cosmic authority, no one can condemn us. He has entered heaven as the forerunner of His people (Hebrews 6:20). He is the advance guard, and we will follow.

Eternity with Jesus! …Just the thought of this is heaven. It´s no wonder the Hymn writer wrote;

“How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer´s ear

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds

And drives away His fears.”

Right now, this very moment, Christ Jesus is representing us. We cannot, therefore, be condemned. We are dear to Him, He is our Priest and Advocate. He is the Shepherd who was smitten with the sword. He appears for us and intends to bring us to where He lives. There is no condemnation for us. We are eternally secure.

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com   

An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 2

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

2. We believe that the eternity of the punishment of the vessels of wrath, is an absolute eternity, knowing no end; as well as the eternity of the life of the Saints: Mat. 25.46. This we maintain against those that affirm that all men shall be saved at the last.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

Law and Grace are complementary, instead of contradictory

Arthur PinkInstead of law and grace being contradictory, they are complementary. Both of them appeared in Eden before the Fall. What was it but grace which made a grant unto our first parents: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat”? And it was law which said, “But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” Both of them are seen at the time of the great deluge, for we are told that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), as His subsequent dealings with him clearly demonstrated; while His righteousness brought in a flood upon the world of the ungodly. Both of them operated side by side at Sinai, for while the majesty and righteousness of Jehovah were expressed in the Decalogue, His mercy and grace were plainly evinced in the provisions He made in the whole Levitical system (with its priesthood and sacrifices) for the putting away of their sins. Both shone forth in their meridian glory at Calvary, for whereas on the one hand the abounding grace of God appeared in giving His own dear Son to be the Saviour of sinners, His justice called for the curse of the Law to be inflicted upon Him while bearing their guilt.

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism

China has admitted to aborting 336 million children in barely 4 decades

March 25, 2013 4 comments

This is very sad to hear that nations will legally kill babies. Here is part of the article:

 

“WASHINGTON (BP) — China has aborted 336 million unborn children, many of them forcibly, during slightly more than four decades, the government has announced.

The staggering number of abortions should prompt mourning for the victims, but it should not be shocking, said pro-life observers of China’s policy, because the Communist government has enforced a coercive, “one-child” policy for more than 30 years.

On March 14, the Chinese Health Ministry reported the following statistics for its family planning practices since 1971, according to the Financial Times:

 

— 336 million abortions performed;

— 196 sterilizations conducted;

— 403 million intrauterine devices inserted.”

 

Read the rest at Baptistpress.

God shall surely judge these murders and judge those who sat back in comfort while these atrocious crimes take place.

This is the Gospel

March 18, 2013 1 comment

fullerCommenting on Acts 16:30 Andrew Fuller said:

Let me deal freely with you. Yours is a most serious situation. The Gospel-rest is before you; and if you enter not in, it will be because of unbelief. You know the answer given to the jailer; and this is the only answer that can with safety be given to you. Consider, and beware, as you regard your eternal salvation, that you take up your rest in nothing short of it. But, in the first place, let me declare unto you the Gospel of God, which you are directed to believe. If this meet your case; if, rightly understood, it approve itself not only to your conscience, but your whole soul; if it accord with your desires, as it undoubtedly does with your necessities, all is well, and well forever. I shall not trouble you with the opinions of men as to what the Gospel is, nor even with my own, but direct you to the account given of it by its Author. The New Testament informs us what it is, in such plain and pointed language, that he who runs may read: “God so loved he world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you, first of all, that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” “This is a faithful saying,”–a truth of such importance as to have become a kind of Christian proverb–“and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.” “WE PREACH Christ crucified.” “I determined NOT TO KNOW ANY THING among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.” ” THIS IS THE RECORD, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

It is not meant, by these brief descriptions of the Gospel, that there is no other truth necessary to be believed but that the doctrine of the cross, properly embraced, includes all others, or draws after it, the belief of them.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

He that worketh, rejects the way of salvation

March 11, 2013 1 comment

fullerCommenting on Acts 16:30 Andrew Fuller said:

If these or such like exercises, occupy your mind, the question of the Philipian jailer is yours; and to you let me address a few DIRECTIONS included or implied in the answer.

If by this question you mean, What can you do to appease the wrath of God, or recommend yourself as a fit object of his mercy? What can you do as a good deed, or the beginning of a course of good deeds, in reward of which he may bestow upon you an interest in the Saviour? I answer, Nothing. An interest in Christ, and eternal life, are indeed given as a reward; but not of any thing we have done, or can do, even with divine assistance; it is the reward of the obedience of Christ unto death. To us it is of mere grace, and as such must be received, Though faith is in itself a holy exercise of the mind, yet, as that by which we are justified, it is directly opposed to doing. “To him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt; but to him, that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” He that worketh, seeks to obtain life and the favor of God, in some way or other, as a reward; but he that believeth, receives it as a free gift to the unworthy. And let me apprize you, that this is the state of mind you must be brought to, or you must perish forever. So far as you think of doing anything, call it what you may, with a hope of being pardoned and justified for its sake, so far you reject the only way of salvation, and have reason to expect your portion with unbelievers.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

Reason to fear that God has given you up

January 7, 2013 2 comments

fullerIf, after having heard these truths, and lived in a country where they are fully declared, you do not feel interested by them, you have reason to fear that God has given you up to hardness of heart and that the language of the prophet is fulfilled in you: “Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear and not understand; and seeing, ye shall see, and not perceive: for the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed, lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Remember that, in Old-Testament times, when God blessed his people Israel with singular temporal blessings, he punished their transgressions mostly with temporal judgments; but now that we are favored with singular spiritual privileges, the neglect of them is commonly punished with spiritual judgments.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

Confession statement 7

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

VII AND this is life eternal, that we might know Him the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. And on the contrary, the Lord will render vengeance, in flaming fire, to them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

John 17:3; Heb.5:9; 2 Thess.1:8; John 6:36.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46

Sinners cannot endure God’s displeasure

December 31, 2012 10 comments

fullerThe only question that remains is, whether thou canst endure his displeasure. And this must surely be a forlorn hope! Can thine heart endure, and thine hands be strong, in the day that he shall deal with thee? Think of the wrath to come. If it were founded in caprice or injustice, supported by conscious innocence, you might possibly bear it; but, should you perish, you will be destitute of this resource. Conscience will eternally say Amen to the justice of your sufferings. If you had mere justice done you, unmixed with mercy, your sufferings would be more tolerable than they will be; but if you perish, you must have your portion with Bethsaida and Chorazin. Goodness gives an edge to justice. The displeasure of a kind and merciful being– and such is the wrath of the Lamb–is insupportable.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered