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The Wednesday Word: Invasion of the ‘List Men’

February 20, 2019 Leave a comment

‘List-Men’ is another term for legalizers… so-called because they come armed with lists of things for us to do (and not to do) so that we may gain acceptance from the Father in Heaven.

Their gospel (which is no Gospel at all) teaches Christ plus something else. They always add to the Finished Work teaching that, for salvation, we need more than Christ alone.

They accuse true Gospel Believers of being Antinomian, … (an odd term by which they charge that our preaching and believing is against the law). Regardless of their charges, Grace Believers strenuously oppose any law being put in the place of the Gospel. Only the doing, dying and rising again of the Lord Jesus gives us eternal life. Our salvation is found entirely and utterly in His obedience on our behalf.

However, we take encouragement from Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, the great expository preacher of the last century, who said, “The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge (Antinomianism) being brought against it.

(Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans 6).

The List -Men came in all shapes and sizes. When I was growing up, the List-Men had us persuaded that men could only wear dark clothes. They ruled that no one was allowed to go to the cinema. Theirfavourite line was “what would Jesus say if He came back and found you standing in the line to purchase a ticket for the movies.” Many and varied were their demands…which must be adhered to if ever there was to be a hope of being saved.

This was the kind of thing that was happening to the Galatians. The List-Men of their generation taught that the Gospel wasn’t enough. They insisted that circumcision needed to be added. As a result, the Galatians had left the Gospel and were following hard after these wretched List-Men. They were in an anti-Gospel spiral.

Paul, moved by the Holy Spirit, felt so strongly about this that he wrote in Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”

Then in verse 8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Paul was talking about two different gospels, not two different interpretations of the same gospel.

There are two gospels. One is false the other true.

In one,man stands before God on the basis of human merit.

In the other, he stands before God on the merits of Jesus Christ alone.

In one, man stands before God in the righteousness of what he has accomplished.

In the other, man stands before God recognizing that there is nothing he can do to satisfy God’s just demands. He knows he cannot do anything to satisfy God but that Christ has met all needed requirements on his behalf.

One teaches ‘Do.’

The other teaches ‘Done’

If you are a List-Man you should consider these words of Jesus, “It is Finished”(John 19:30). By this, Christ meant all of the types, symbols, emblems, and the institutions of the Old Testament—the priesthood, the temple, the altar, the sacrifice, all of it—was finished. No rules and regulations are now needed for salvation, just Christ alone!

Furthermore, Christ’s finished work was confirmed by the torn veil in the Temple (Matthew 27:51). The torn veil cries out, “It is Finished.” That 60 feet long, embroidered curtain was torn from the top to the bottom. What an act of God to demonstrate that the Old economy was gone.

So away with your lists. Who do you think you are to presume to add to The Finished Work of the young Prince of Glory?

“A curse upon you if you do” (Galatians 1:8).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

http://www.milesmckee.com

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The Wednesday Word: Blessed in Christ!

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment

When God looked from heaven to earth He saw disasters, wars, murders, envying, faithlessness, lying and wickedness and more. The evil-doing had begun when our first parents Adam and Eve sinned and ran away to hide. Humans have been busy hiding ever since.

Here’s something worth considering. As God from eternity observed the mess of humanity, He did not ask us to do something about it. He didn’t look to humanity for solutions for the chaos. No indeed! He had already, before time, chosen to rescue a people for Himself and at just the right time He came to save and deliver them (Romans 5:6-8).

And how did He do that? Did He demand that we do something?

No! Nothing!

But surely there was something He required us to do in order to save ourselves?

No! When Jesus arrived on earth, He did not come bearing a list of demands. Not at all! When Christ came, He was blessing and grace incarnate. He came to seek and to save, not to demand and damn.

He came to bless His people with His salvation.

‘Ah no, brother,’ you say ‘He did demand that we repent and believe. True, but both repentance and faith are gifts and if gifts they are all of grace (Romans 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9). And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it is of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6).

In Christ, we are immeasurably blessed. In Him, amongst other things, we are Blessed with Eternal life (John 3:15-16).

Blessed with Eternal security (John 10:27-28; Romans 8:37-39).

Blessed with Forgiveness of sin (Colossians 1:14).

Blessed with Acquittal (Romans 5:1).

Blessed with No Condemnation from God (Romans 8:1, 33-34; 5:16).

Blessed with Rest (Matthew 11:28-30).

Blessed with Redemption (Ephesians 1:7).

Blessed with Reconciliation to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

Blessed with Adoption into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:14-17).

Blessed with Deliverance from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15; John 11:25-26).

Blessed with a Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14).

We are Blessed Indeed!

A new convert came in deep distress to see a Chinese preacher of a past generation saying, “No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I’m losing my salvation.” The preacher said, “Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen, I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir.”

Likewise, in spite of our many fallings we remain heirs of God and joint heirs of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). He lived, died and rose again for us. Without a doubt, we will mess up and fail but we remain heirs of God, not through our perfection but by His grace. That’s what I call blessed.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: HE IS PRECIOUS!

(1 Peter 2:7 .)

To every believer, the Lord Jesus is precious.

But, why is He “precious”?

He is precious for what He is in Himself …The God/Man (Hebrews 2:14)

God became a member of the human race to fully identify with us. He could not in His absolute deity bear our sorrows and die for our sins but he could do so as a man. Octavius Winslow, a great preacher of another generation said it like this, “As God merely, He could not endure suffering, nor weep, nor die; as man only, He could not have sustained the weight of our sin, grief, nor sorrow. There must be a union of the two natures to accomplish the two objects in one person. The Godhead must be united to the manhood; the one to obey, the other to die; the one to satisfy Divine justice, the other to sympathize with the people in whose behalf the satisfaction was made.”

He became one of us.

He is precious.

He is precious for what He has done for us in the past (Romans 3:25-26).

The more we understand of the Finished Work the more precious Jesus will become to us. We should perhaps pause and ask ourselves, is Jesus precious? Is He precious to me?

‘Rabbi’ Duncan a great old teacher in New College, Edinburgh, in the 1800s knew something of the preciousness of Christ.

In one of his famous sidebars to his class, he moved from the Hebrew he was teaching, and threw out the following question:

“Do you know what Calvary was? What? What? What? Do you know what Calvary was?”

Then, having waited for a little and having walked up and down in front of the students in silence, he looked at them again and said,

“I’ll tell you what Calvary was. It was damnation, and he took it lovingly.”

The students in his class reported that there were tears on his face as he said this. And well there might be. “Damnation, and he took it lovingly.”

What a Saviour we have. He is precious!

He is also precious for what He is doing now (Romans 8:34)

He is interceding for us.

It is staggering to know that He identifies with us in this manner. His intercession consists of Him being in Heaven and appearing on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24). How can this Great High Priest lose any of His own? He is totally identified with us and we with Him. He is in the place of cosmic authority (The Right Hand). Who will, therefore, rob Him of his sheep? Furthermore, His intercession is steeped in blood, precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19). He intervened for us at the cross and now intercedes for us at the Throne. He will ensure that all His purchased possession are brought to where He is.

He is precious!

He is Precious for what He will do in the Future

Philippians 3:21 tells us that at the future Resurrection, Jesus ‘shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.’

Jesus is the only one who has conquered death. No one has ever come back to authoritatively tell us about the life beyond the grave except the Lord Christ. Friends of Harry Houdini, the world-famous magician, used to gather around his grave, once a year because Mr Houdini had said that after he died he was going to make contact on his birthday. So, each year, on Houdini’s birthday they gathered around his grave, and called out, “Oh Houdini, speak to us, oh Houdini speak to us.” Alas, poor old Houdini, he couldn’t speak, for he was dead.

The only one who made an appointment beyond the grave and kept it was the Lord Jesus. He outlived all his pallbearers. And here’s more good news. He is coming back for us (John 14:3). He promised He would and He keeps His word.

He is precious.

“Jesus, the very thought of Thee

With sweetness fills my breast,

But sweeter far Thyself to see,

And in Thy presence rest.”.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: He Suffered Once!

January 30, 2019 2 comments

1 Peter 3:18; “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.”

A missionary was speaking to a remote tribe of people who had never heard about Jesus. Seated in the front row, listening intently to all the missionary had to say, was the chief of the tribe.

As the story of Christ came to its climax and the chief heard how our Saviour was cruelly crucified, he could restrain himself no longer. He jumped up and cried, “Stop! Take Him down from the cross! I belong there, not Him!”

He had grasped the meaning of the Gospel; he understood that he was a sinner and that Christ was the sinless One who died in his place.

The greatest truth in the universe is that Jesus, our Saviour, suffered and died for our sins in order to bring us to God. Spurgeon said of this truth, “It is meat to my soul. I can feed on it every day and all the day.”

Our sins were so hideous and horrible there was nothing God could do but put us in hell unless a sin-bearing substitute could be found. But where could He find a sinless substitute? All had sinned and fallen short of His glory (1 Kings 8:46, Job 15:6). All deserved eternal death. So in love, grace and mercy, the Sovereign God came here Himself in the person of His Son. He was and is the God/Man. He is not a mixture of both man and God. He is the full perfection of both. He was not a demi-God who was less than God and more than man. He was fully God yet fully man. Great is the mystery of Godliness (1 Timothy3:16).

He came down from heaven to become one of us. What a demonstration of love! What a parade of condescension. Yet not condescension, for there was no destain in His attitude towards us. He came alongside us … no, no, wait a minute … not alongside but below us. Philippians 2:7 says, He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men”

Then, He took our place and died instead of us. Can you affirm this for yourself?

Our sins had sprung from deep within us and seeped through our being like a toxic pollutant. Our sins, past, present and future, had to be purged by precious blood, saving blood (Hebrew 1:3).

So, let’s read our text again; “Christ also hath once suffered for sins.”

Once! What a great Gospel word. When Christ died for our sins it was a unique event that has never needed to be repeated.

The priestly sacrifices for sin in the Old Testament Temple had to be repeated daily but Christ made the perfect sacrifice once and for all time when He offered Himself (Hebrews 7:27).

Christ was once and for all time offered to bear the sin of many (Hebrews 9:28).

We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once and for all (Hebrews 10:10).

When Christ died, He died once and for all (Romans 6:10)

What a saviour! Our guilt brought suffering upon Christ, but His suffering brought us to God.

Christ’s sufferings were;

1. Unique, “Once for all.”

2. Vicarious. “The just for the unjust”

3. Entirely Effective. “That He might bring us to God.”

No condemnation now I dread:

Jesus and all in Him is mine!

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Is Jesus Enough When We Sin?

January 23, 2019 3 comments

God has never forced us to sin. To our shame, we sin willingly and gladly. If the truth were known, there’s a part of us that quietly loves depravity. We may hate its consequences, but if left to our own devices we gravitate away from God. All of us have been smitten with the sin virus (Romans 6:6); it is, so to speak, lurking in our blood, continually spawning its foul children (sins) (Romans 5:12).

The awful problem with sin, however, is that it brings separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). God is holy and because He is holy, He hates sins and hates all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5). It may seem like a foreign concept to our ears to associate ‘hatred’ with the God of love but before objecting to this picture, let me warn against the subtle sin of idolatry.

Idolatry?

Yes, idolatry! When we reject God’s self-declaration and substitute Him for the God we’d like Him to be, we have become idolaters (see Romans 1:21,25). Much as we would like God to be simply the God of love who is never angry at sin or sinners, we must not project this false picture onto Him.

Here’s a word of warning that comes from antiquity; “If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you dislike, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself” (Augustine).

God refuses to fit our concept of who we want Him to be, … in fact, He won’t even try. He’s got better things to do! As for us, the best thing we can do is bow before, worship and enjoy Him as He is and for who He is.

God is Holy, and we are not. This knowledge is where false religion finds a natural breeding ground as it germinates in the fears and guilt of sinful man. We really are laughable; we cannot create ourselves but think that by practicing some religion or other, we can save ourselves. Yet, no matter how involved we become in our religion, no matter how zealous we are, we are impotent to stop the tendency towards sinning … and sins separate us from God.

Religion cannot remove the virus of sin. Although for the follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will limit and restrain the production of sins, we remain sinners until the day we die. Remember this, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).

The good news for sinners (us), however, is that God is not only holy, He is also just. But how is this Good News? I can take some comfort knowing that He is loving, but surely there is no comfort in knowing that, in His unswerving justice, He will punish us and our sins?  A just God will surely mete out punishment. This is far from good news. So then, how can God be just, and yet save me a ruined sinner?

Which brings us back to the Gospel, the best news, the old news and the ever-new news—Jesus!

Only in Jesus is God discovered to be both loving and just. Between the all-holy God and sin-filled believer, there stands the remarkable sinless person of the God/Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is enough for both the sinner, and the Father. God punished our sins on Him, the beloved son (Isaiah 53:10). In grace, He became accountable for us and poured out His blood for our redemption (Ephesians 1:7).

Jesus, the Lord of glory, became a surety (Hebrews7:22) and substitute for His people (1 Peter 2:24). He took our place in his doing, dying and rising again.  He then ascended to the right hand of the Father (the place of cosmic authority) for us. And now, because of Jesus and His accomplishments, not only love but also justice endorses our acquittal.

Jesus is Enough.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!
Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Jesus, the Unabridged Version of God

One of the reasons God became a man was to destroy Satan and open the way to eternal life. Nobody but God was qualified for this task because none but the Almighty was strong or wise enough to accomplish such a feat.

The Mighty God, our Redeemer, came to undo and destroy the shocking distress that Satan had exacted upon us … and did so by becoming human.

Why human? Why did He not become a super angel?

He became human because it was the human race that Satan had destroyed in the Fall. It was thus, as a true human, the eternal Word was born. In His doing and dying, He received the full onslaught of Satan and put him away by His great sacrifice at Calvary (Colossians 2:15).

To paraphrase Anselm (AD 1033-AD 1109),

“And so also was it proper that the devil, who was man’s tempter, and had conquered him when he ate of the tree, should be conquered by another man as he suffered on the tree.”

Anselm: Cur Deus Homo: Chapter 3

May we always be thrilled the boundless Gospel truth of the incarnation.

‘He left His heavenly crown,

His glory laid aside.

On wings of love came down,

And wept, and bled, and died.

What He endured no tongue can tell,

To save our souls from death and hell’.

As true believers we hold, defend and propagate the truth of the full revelation of the Almighty God in Christ alone.

From all eternity the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternally, self-existent One who was and is and is to come. He is Yahweh, the great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega, the Word made flesh. He was and is God. His divine nature was unborrowed, underived, andunconferred.

It is Jesus, the Lord from heaven, who is above all (John 3:31).

He has the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).

He has and is both the wisdom and the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:24)

In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).

As Gospel-centered believers, it is our privilege to propagate the message that the Lord Jesus possesses all that God is. If we want to know how God acts, then we study Jesus and see what He has done. Jesus is the unabridged version of God: He is the very mystery of God! Jesus is the full and accurate interpretation of the mind of God. To meet Him is to meet God. To be saved by Him is to be saved by God. He is the final word from God to man (Hebrews 1:1-3).

It should be of no surprise, therefore, that Christ is still despised and rejected by men.

The radical Muslims, as they vie for world domination,witness against His deity.

The radical Hindus think nothing of attacking Christ’s followers in India, Nepal and other places.

The Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses deny that He is the Mighty God.

Even, in many Christian circles, Christ’s true identity has become blurred.

Who then will stand up for Jesus in this generation?

Will we?

Will you?

As for me and my house, we intend to make more than much of Jesus. We appreciate what John Newton stated; He said,

“I am well satisfied it will not be a burden to me at the hour of death, nor be laid to my charge at the day of judgment, that I have thought too highly of Jesus, expected too much from him myself, or labored too much in commending and setting him forth to others, as the Alpha and Omega, the true God and eternal life.

– John Newton (1725-1807), English minister & author of the hymn “Amazing Grace”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Jesus Himself

The Bible is a book about Jesus.

He is everywhere in the Scriptures

He is;

The Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8)

The Anointed One (Psalm 2:2)

The Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16)

The Author of Life (Acts 3:15)

The Mighty God (Isaiah 9:6)

The Branch (Zechariah 6:12)

The Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16)

The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

The Christ (Matthew 1:16)

The Teacher (John 1:38)

Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6)

The Door (John 10:9)

The Good Shepherd (John 10:14)

Holy and Righteous One (Acts 3:14)

The I Am (John 8:58)

The True Vine (John 15:1)

Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)

The King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

The Eternal Word (John 1:1)

The Word of God (Revelation 19:13)

The Lamb of God (John 1:29).

Jesus by Himself created everything. We read, “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16).

Not only did He create everything, Jesus by Himself upholds everything by the Word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Sometimes, I confess, I find it hard to stomach the ignorance of some of the God haters I’ve talked to. They arrogantly deny Christ and disparage His work. Pompous to the last, little do they realize they are dependant upon the Christ they hate for their every breath. But, thankfully, He is God and I’m not. He is much, much more gracious and merciful than am I.

Not only did Jesus create all and also sustains all, Jesus Himself is our salvation. Again, we read, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The Gospel begins and ends with Christ Jesus. It is a declaration of who He is and His saving work for us. The Gospel itself is not an offer or even a free offer nor indeed a well-meant offer. The Gospel itself is not any kind of offer. It is instead a declaration of who Christ is and of what He has done, in history, in His accomplished redemption for us. His work is Finished!

Through the Gospel, we discover that Christ has already obtained redemption, (Hebrews 9:12) and that He has already put away our sin (Hebrews 1:3). The Gospel brings glad tidings of great joy telling us that Christ was born, Christ lived, and Christ was crucified, Christ was buried and that Christ rose again and has accomplished redemption.

In the light of the Finished Work, therefore, it is stunning to discover just how many people have claimed or are claiming to be Jesus. There’s A.J. Miller, for example, a former Jehovah’s Witness elder and current leader of the Australia-based Divine Truth movement. Miller claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated

There’s David Shaylor (1965–) a former MI5 agent and whistleblower who, in the summer of 2007, proclaimed himself to be the Messiah.

There’s Apollo Quiboly, the founder and leader of a Philippines-based Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. He has made claims that he is the “Appointed Son of God”

We, however, must ask these self-appointed deities, if they are in fact Christ Jesus, can they do what He did?”

Can they create universes?

Can they sustain all things by the word of their power?

Can they forgive sins?

Can they walk on water?

Can they raise the dead?

Can they raise themselves from the dead?

Can they grant eternal life?

Can they give life to whom they will?

Absolutely not! They are fakes, frauds and fruitcakes!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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