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The Wednesday Word: Ten Short Questions

The following questions are for believers who doubt their beliefs and believe their doubts. They worry about whether or not they are saved. But here´s the truth, we all, at times, doubt our salvation. I identify with one old-time preacher who said “When I look at myself, I think it impossible that I may be saved. But when I look at Jesus, I know it´s impossible that I could be lost.”

It´s one thing to doubt our salvation, but quite another to doubt our Saviour.

As we grow in grace and the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18), at times the Holy Spirit demolishes our pride and self-righteousness by withdrawing His sensible presence from us. In these seasons, we get an opportunity to see how hard our hearts remain against God. We get shocked to see how much of the rebel still loiters within us. The good news is, however, the ensuing feelings of self-doubt and despair combine to cause us to realise that the ultimate foundation of our safety and security is the Lord Jesus Himself.

Here are a few questions concerning assurance and safety.

1. Can you give your hearty and enthusiastic ascent to the following declaration? “There is no other name given under heaven among men whereby we must be saved, but that of Jesus only.”

You can?

Then that´s a proof of salvation.

2. Do you believe in the fullness and freeness of His salvation?

You do!

That´s proof of salvation.

3. For redemption, does anything need to either be added to or subtracted from Christ´s Finished Work?

You reply, “No indeed.”

That´s proof of salvation.

4. Have you been persuaded that you will try no other remedy, nor look to any other source for salvation than Christ crucified? You reply that yes, you have been persuaded?

Then, that´s proof of salvation.

5. Can you listen with indifference and unconcern if you hear derogatory things spoken against the Person and work of Jesus?

You can´t?

That´s proof of salvation.

6. When you hear Christ Jesus being blasphemed, does something stir within you that causes you to feel a measure of disgust? You are ready to declare “I neither can nor will hear the name of Jesus disparaged. It offends me to hear His lovely saving name being dragged through the mud like this.”

Are you ready to stand up for Jesus?

You are?

That´s proof of salvation.

7. Would anything give you more delight and satisfaction as Jesus walking into the room, smiling at you and saying, “I am your salvation”?

You reply that there´s nothing would delight you more!

That´s proof of salvation.

8. Are there ever at least some moments when listening to a sermon, or some testimony, or the singing of a hymn, or some Scripture being read and applied that there comes the thought … Yes, Lord Jesus, you are precious?

You reply that this has in fact happened.

That´s a proof of salvation.

9. Do you enjoy the company and fellowship of those who love the Lord Jesus, or do you despise and look down on those who gather in His lovely name?

You reply that, yes indeed, you love and appreciate the company of the Lord´s people.

That´s a proof of salvation.

10. Do you hesitate to use the word “wretch”, to define yourself, or can you adopt it as the word that best describes you? You reply, “Amazing grace that saved a wretch like me.”

That´s a proof of salvation.

These ten short questions give assurance of salvation. They point to things that accompany salvation. However, splendid and vital as they are, these proofs of salvation do not provide ultimate safety for the believer. Our shelter goes beyond these questions. Our resting place is Christ alone. It is in Him we are totally safe. If we, by faith, see and embrace the sufficiency of salvation in the Lord Jesus, we may be sure our election is of God (2 Peter 1:10).

Feelings are subjective; they neither save nor damn anyone. The truth is, no one can live before God with any measure of security based on emotions. But the Holy Spirit comes to us in the gospel and enables us to see Christ’s person and experience for us as the foundation and fulness of all our hope and safety.

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: Did Jesus put God First?

Jesus loved God’s Law with a passion and upheld it at every turnaround. When asked about the greatest commandment, He affirmed that it was to love God with all the heart and mind (Matthew 22:36-39; Luke 10:26-28). According to Christ, there could be no competition and no rivals when it came to following and loving the Father.

But then Jesus loses the plot … or does He? He begins to teach that we should follow Him with the same kind of loyalty we give to God. Listen to Him and consider if these are the words of a good, moral man:

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37).

“Whosoever of you that forsakes not all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33).

According to Jesus, if we love our families more than we love Him, we are not worthy of Him, and if anything claims our affection and keeps us from following Him, we are disqualified as disciples.

This is strange, for remember, it was prophesied in Isaiah 42:21 that Christ would magnify God’s Law and make it honourable. However, it sounds like He is doing the very opposite. In fact, it seems He’s setting Himself up as a rival to God for He’s demanding first place. A good man would encourage people to love and follow God first and foremost! Jesus, however, by requiring absolute loyalty to Himself blocks the way for us to keep the great commandment. He’s demanding the same type of loyalty and love that only God should have.

Then He dares to say,

“If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

But what about God’s commandment to love Him with all? Christ is now demanding we keep His law as a sign of love. This surely is strange, for Christ said,

“Think not that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets; I have come not to destroy (them) but to fulfil (them)¨(Matthew 5:17).

How can Christ claim that He is there to fulfil God’s Law, and yet show such apparent disregard for it? If He loved the Law, then he would want to establish it and not take people away from it!

Furthermore, He says,

“He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father¨(John 14:22).

What? Can this be right? We know that Jesus believed the great commandment about loving God with all, but now He implies that we should love Himself above all.

Furthermore, God, according to Jesus, approves of this double-mindedness, for, He says, if we love Him, the Father will love us! Has the Father changed? Is the great commandment to ‘love God with all’ still in force? It certainly looks as if Jesus has overthrown it and usurped the position that only God should hold. Can these be the actions of a good religious teacher? Could a good moral man set himself up to rival God for the love He receives from mankind? Of course not! Any mere man who taught like that should be rejected and denounced as an evil worker.

So was Jesus an evil worker? The only conclusion is that —yes indeed He was … if indeed he wasn’t God. But rather than show He was evil, these passages actually demonstrate that He was God in human flesh. We should love God with all, and that’s why it’s perfectly fine to love Jesus with everything. Our complete loyalty belongs to God, so it’s perfectly fine to be totally loyal to Jesus. We have no other God but Yahweh, so when we put Christ Jesus first we are on good gospel ground for Christ is Yahweh in human flesh appearing!

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

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The Wednesday Word: A Question for us All

He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? John 21:17.

This ancient question from the Master – ´Do you love Me?´ can be directed at us all. Do we love the Lord Jesus? It’s a simple but profound question … Do we love Him?

Peter had denied the Master three times. Awful! But notice what Jesus didn’t ask Peter. He didn’t inquire,

“Peter are you fond of me?”

“Peter, do you believe in Me?”

“Peter, will you try harder in future?”

No! He asked him, “Do you love Me?”.

Notice again how our gracious Master doesn’t say,

“Peter, how much have you wept over your failure?”

“How often have you beaten yourself up because of your great sin?”

“Peter, how often have you been on your knees seeking mercy?”

“Peter, I’m waiting for you to say sorry.”

“Peter, I want you to make a resolution to improve.”

Here´s the Gospel Truth, Grace does not require us to do something to get back into the Lord’s favour. Grace doesn’t demand a promise to improve! The law does that! But Grace will cause us to follow Him!

Love for Jesus is more important than promises and pledges to do better. Peter’s failure can be traced to one thing … a lack of love for Jesus. That’s what caused His crisis. It wasn’t a lack of zeal or commitment but a cataclysmic deficiency in his love that caused his fiasco of denial.

“Do you love me?” Ah! That’s the query for us today. It’s a challenging question but it’s also a comforting one? It’s reassuring to know that we may have failed the Lord miserably as Peter did, and yet be entrusted with that which is precious to Him. He loves us despite our failures.

And that’s the question Jesus is asking us today—“Do we love Him?” Can we say with the Hymn-writer?

“The dearest idol I have known,

Whate’er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from thy throne,

And worship only thee.”

Do we love Jesus? Real Christianity is all about Him! Do we love Him? The Lord is not asking do we love serving Him. Nor is He asking do we love working for Him? Jesus is asking, ‘Do we love Him?’

There’s an old story of the elderly lady who was dying. During her long life, she had memorized many Bible verses, and her favorite was from the Apostle Peter, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Peter 1:8) As she grew older she forgot most of the texts she had learned, but she held onto that one, ““Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:..” ———-Then near the end of her days she forgot the first part of the text and all that she remembered was, “ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,” and she kept repeating that. And finally, at the end, the only thing she could remember was one word “him” “him” “him” which she kept saying. She’d lost the whole Bible except for one word, but she had the whole Bible in that one word, “Him,” the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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We Must Persevere in the Work of the Lord

We must persevere in the work of the Lord to the end. When Israel came out of Egypt, I suppose they all intended to go forward, and to possess the land: but when difficulties arose, the great body of them fainted, and were for going back. When an undertaking is new and plausible, many come forward to engage in it: but a time comes when the first flush of spirits subsides, when great and seemingly insurmountable difficulties present themselves, and when success appears to be much farther off than at the beginning: this is the time for the trial of faith. A few such seasons will commonly thin the ranks of Christian professors; but blessed are they that endure temptation. Those who followed the Lord fully were brought into the land. It is possible that our motives may be pure at the outset, and yet, through the strength of temptation, we may be turned aside. The Lord speaks well of the church of Ephesus, as having, for a time, borne, and had patience, and for his names sake had laboured, and not fainted: yet it follows, Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast justify thy first love. This is an example for us to shun. Another follows, namely, the church at Thyatira, for our imitation: I know thy works, and thy charity, and service and faith, and thy patience, and thy works, AND THE LAST TO BE MORE THAN THE FIRST.

Rev. Andrew Fuller-God’s Approbation of our Labours Necessary to the Hope of Success-Preached