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The Wednesday Word: ‘Until’ (Part 2)

September 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Do you remember those dreaded words your Mother would say when you were a child? “Wait until your Father gets home!” It was a long, anxious, uneasy wait, wasn’t it?

We, likewise, are waiting, waiting for Jesus to come back. But, for us, there is no dread or fear. Jesus is coming back … to unite His family with Himself … forever! We don’t know just WHEN He will return but we know that He WILL.

Concerning the return of Jesus, Acts 3:21 gives us another precious UNTIL. It reads, ‘Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.’

This ‘until’ will herald the consummation of Salvation to His people but at the same time will announce the destruction of Christ- rejecters.

The destruction of Christ-rejecters?

Yes! But don’t get mad at me, I didn’t write it! Speaking of this last day’s ‘until’, Acts 3:23 declares; ‘And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.’

Oh but the redeemed of the Lord have no need to fret and worry about this. Those whom the Savior has rescued can never be lost again. Concerning people who believe that we can be saved and lost, Spurgeon said, and I paraphrase, ‘those who hold this view need to go up to heaven and set the angels straight on this matter. They need to tell them not to rejoice until the sinner dies and goes to heaven, because they may be rejoicing too soon. What if he repents but later falls away and is lost? The angels shouldn’t be so fast with their joy!’ (see Luke 15:10).

Salvation is the gift of God, and God’s gifts are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).

The redeemed of the Lord cannot be unpurchased.

The blood can never lose its authority.

Eternal life cannot be temporary if it’s eternal.

It’s not provisional life, it’s everlasting life.

Remember, we are not secure in our salvation because of our grip on the Saviour, but rather because of His grip on us. He loved us before time began. He came here Himself in the person of His Son to secure our redemption with His blood. He sought us until He found us. Do you think that He will now let us go back into our sins and be lost again? Away with such nonsense! If a child of God ends in Hell, Jesus, the One who claimed to be the Truth, is made a liar because He has promised His sheep they will never perish (John 10:28).

May we learn patiently to wait for this next great ‘until’ that will bring the resurrection of our bodies and the consummation of His glorious salvation.

We have been justified, reconciled and set apart unto Him. And now we wait, resting on the exceeding great and precious promises of His Word (2 Peter 1:4).

Until He comes, we are Worshippers. We show His death (1 Cor. 11:26).

Until He comes, we are Warriors. We hold fast his truth, (Revelation 2:25).

Until He comes, we are Workers. We are occupied in His service (Luke 19:13).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: ‘Until’

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Lk 15:4; “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he finds it?

Perhaps you know the story of an ad that appeared in the “Lost and Found” section of a local paper. It read, “Lost Dog: Crippled in front paw, blind in left eye, mange on back and neck, tail missing. Answers to the name ‘Lucky.’

Funny!

Actually, Lucky was a blessed dog because, in spite of all that was wrong with him, somebody loved him and was searching for him.

In point of fact, we’re a bit like old Lucky. God loves us, not for any quality about us or in us, but loves us because He loves us with the love of grace and the grace of love.

Wonder of wonders! God came to seek and to save that which was lost and He kept seeking UNTIL He found us. He has found and rescued us. He will never leave or lose us.

Let’s say it again, we were lost and Jesus found us. And what part did we play in this drama? Did we help to find ourselves? No indeed! Our part was to stray and we did it with excellence. My friend Keith Lamb says it like this, ‘The only thing God expected from us was sin and He was never disappointed.’

The just and holy Law of God had come rightly demanding that we love God with all. According to this Law, we ought to have Him as our first priority. But we went astray. None of us sought God with our whole hearts (Romans 3:11).

Nevertheless, all hope had not vanished, for Grace said, I will come and seek until I find! “But Brother,” you say, “What about our free will?” Listen to me, our wills are free only to wander farther and farther from the Love and Mercy of the Saviour. We by nature are lost sinners. Many people generally admit to being sinners but precious few admit to being lost sinners and nothing else.

Nonetheless, our Shepherd seeks us ‘Until’ He finds. What determination and persistence…..Until!!! None of the barricades we erected got in His way. Not the barricade of Self -righteousness, not that of indifference, neither the enmity towards our Saviour nor the hatred of men…none of these things deterred Him in His search, for He seeks UNTIL He finds.

‘I sought the Lord, and afterwards I knew

He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.

It was not I who found, O Saviour true,

No, I was found by Thee.’

Here’s a beautiful truth bathed in Gospel understanding. When we find Christ, we discover that we were the ones who were lost and it was He who did all the finding.

There is no other faith like this. Gospel Christianity stands apart from all other ways of approaching God. Religion demands that we make every effort to get to God…but the God who seeks the lost and seeks until He finds is a revolutionary idea birthed in Heaven.

Only the lost can be found by Jesus,

In much the same way, only the sick need a Doctor

And only the self-satisfied cannot receive grace.

Only the poor in Spirit can receive the riches of Grace.

And it’s only the naked who can be clothed.

It’s all of Grace!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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Whatever happened to the Law and the Gospel?

By Fred Malone

When one looks at the New Testament teachings of Jesus and the writings of the Apostles, one would think that a confession of faith ought to have some explanation of the law of God as well as the gospel of Christ. You cannot read the Sermon on the Mount, Romans, Galatians, James, or 1 John without seeing many references to the law of God or the commandments of God. Yet in the progression of Baptist confessions from England into America we see a decided and obvious reduction of any serious reference to the law of God or the commandments of God.

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The Wednesday Word – Grace and Truth

“The law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” John 1:17.

Moses gave the Law, but the Law it did not come by Moses. Moses, for all his moral rectitude, was not the originator of Law. He gave the Law, but he didn’t invent it.

Moses had to receive the Law. It was not his own. It was not a part of his being. He was not Law incarnate. The Law was delivered to him and he, in turn, gave it to others.

Grace and truth, on the other hand, were not “given” to Christ, they came by Christ for grace and truth were His essence. He was grace and truth incarnate. It is interesting to note that Christ could have come as Law incarnate for, indeed, He was the quintessence of the Law. But when He came to us, He came as the embodiment of grace and truth.

The Law was given to, among other reasons, expose our inability to please God. Our hearts towards God had been frozen in a glacier of self-will and destruction. God, therefore, did not hope that we would keep the Law, He knew we couldn’t. Rather, He gave it so that every mouth would be stopped and all the world become guilty before Him (Romans 3:19).

But there’s good news! Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. When Christ appeared, grace and truth appeared in all its fullness. Grace and truth descended to earth in the person of Jesus the God/Man. He alone is our Gospel. We dare not add to or subtract from Him.

There are no two things in the Bible more different than Law and Gospel. Either we obtain salvation in all its facets by contributing our works, or we freely receive salvation by faith alone in the doing, dying and rising again of our Lord Jesus …plus nothing!

For a moment then, let’s consider some of the differences and contrasts between Law and Gospel!

The Law demands righteousness; the Gospel gives it.

The Law requires good works; the Gospel provides them.

Under the Law, the source of our blessings is from our obedience. But under the Gospel, blessings are a gift based upon Christ’s obedience.

“The Law threatens, the Gospel heals.

The Law shows us our wretchedness. The Gospel takes our misery away.

The Law was not given to save us but to damn us.

The Gospel, on the other hand, was given, not to damn us but to save us.

The Law was not given to bless us, but to curse us.

The gospel was given to set us free from the curse .

The Law puts on its black cap of damnation and sentences men to death. The Gospel, by contrast, put on the white cap of mercy and brings dead men to life.”

The Law tells us what we must do to get right with God. Grace, on the other hand, tells us what God has done for us to get us right with Himself.

When Moses gave the Law, his face shone. But when grace and truth came, the full light of the knowledge of the glory of God was revealed in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 10

10. Though we be not now sent to the Law as it was in the hand of Moses, to be commanded thereby, yet Christ in His Gospel teacheth and commandeth us to walk in the same way of righteousness and holiness that God by Moses did command the Israelites to walk in, all the Commandments of the second Table being still delivered unto us by Christ, and all the Commandments of the first Table also (as touching the life and spirit of them) in this epitome or brief sum, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, &c. Matt. 22: 37, 38, 39, 40.. Rom. 13:8, 9, 10.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith- Appendix Point 9

9. Though we that believe in Christ, be not under the law, but under grace; Rom. 6:14; yet we know that we are not lawless, or left to live without a rule; not without law to God, but under law to Christ, I Cor. 9:21. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a law, or commanding rule unto us; whereby, and in obedience where unto, we are taught to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; Titus 2: 11, 12; the directions of Christ in his Evangelical word guiding us unto, and in this sober, righteous, and godly walking, I Tim. 1:10,11.

Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith

The Division of Old Testament Law

February 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Tom Hicks

Are believers in Christ required to obey any part of Old Testament law? Both Dispensationalists and proponents of New Covenant Theology, or Progressive Covenantalism, as one version of it has come to be called, simply say “no.” In their view, the laws of the Old Testament are fulfilled and abrogated in Christ. Believers are only required to obey the “law of Christ,” which is taught in the commands of the New Testament alone. That’s a simple hermeneutic that draws a sharp line between the testaments and tells believers they don’t have to obey any Old Testament law. One of the major problems with this perspective is that New Testament authors seem to assume the authority of the Old Testament in matters of certain kinds of law. Another problem is that in spite of objections to the contrary, the Old Testament doesn’t treat all of its laws the same way either. We often hear that “the Law” is a unit, that all of it is moral, and that if any of it is abrogated, then all of it must be. While the issues involved in this dispute among sincere brothers in Christ certainly require more than a simple blog post, I offer the following short critique of those views which teach that Old Testament law is monolithic and without any divisions.

 

 

 

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