Things New & Old

Ancient truths revealed in the Scriptures are often forgotten, disbelieved or distorted, and therefore lost in the passage of time. Such ancient truths when rediscovered and relearned are 'new' additions to the treasury of ancient truths. Christ showed many new things to the disciples, things prophesied by the prophets of old but hijacked and perverted by the elders and their traditions, but which Christ reclaimed and returned to His people.

There are things both new and old here. "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things"
2Ti 2:7.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Put Christ back into your Christmas, you say!

This is a feast to the LORD who brought us out of Egypt! 

Aaron sincerely put the LORD God into his idolatry of the golden calf, and the people happily declared, "These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt... To morrow is a feast to the LORD."

Like so many are clamouring to put Christ back into Christmas (they realized there was no Christ in the pagan Christmas); they sincerely dedicate a festival of pagan origin to Christ Jesus, claiming that it is all for His glory and honour.

Exodus 32
2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

It was a feast dedicated to the LORD, unto His honour and glory; they sincerely intended that. How pious of! But what was the LORD's response?

Ecc 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sonship and Discipleship...

Enjoying a picnic dinner by the FTZ coastal park.
Picture was taken by Brother Ban YS.

Here are two questions.
"What must I do to be born again?"
"What must I do to be saved?"

Do you know the difference? Many don't have a clue! They see them as synonymous!

"What must I do to be born again?" - Before having been born again, a man is dead in trespasses and sins... such a man is actively in enmity and rebellion against God, and loves wallowing in this state of sin and death. There is nothing he can or will do to be born again. It is absolutely a nonsensical question. It is like a dead man asking what he must do in order to be raised from the dead!

"What must I do to be saved?" - ONLY an elect whom the Lord God has bestowed eternal salvation through the effectual call [whereby a man is called out of his native state of sin and condemnation to that of grace and salvation in Christ Jesus] is able to ask a question like that. And the salvation such a person is inquiring is the temporal salvation... there are lots of things a child of God must do, in obedience to God's will for him, in order to work out HIS OWN salvation with fear and trembling.

Our four children were conceived and born without them making any decision or doing anything. That's begetting and sonship.

They were nurtured and trained to grow up (with the help and involvement of not a few others); these require their active obedience. That's parenting and discipleship.

Get it?

Great Mama so often prepared picnic dinners and got the family out to the beach along the FTZ. She makes the "bestest of the worlderest" pizzas and garlic bread. With roast chicking, steamed corn cobs, and cucumber, what great time we so often had along that stretch, with nice cycling path for children.
Blessed be the Lord for all His great kindness and mercies.

(Photo was taken by Brother BYS who was visiting us then. We thank the Lord for every remembrance of that kind Brother.)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

By Grace Alone - is this what you mean?

The LONE bird perches on a branch ALONE

God ALONE purposed eternal redemption for all the elect.

Christ ALONE accomplished the eternal redemption for all the elect.

The Spirit ALONE applied that eternal redemption to each individual elect personally.

All these are the free and sovereign acts of God... without man playing any part whatsoever.

When the eternal redemption has been applied to each elect, he is perfectly and completely fitted for eternal glory.

Nothing further is needed for their entrance unto their eternal glory.

God ALONE will consummate that eternal redemption for all His children at the return of Christ for His redeemed.

And ALONE means ALONE... not alone plus some effort or contribution of man.

This is the truth of salvation by God's free grace alone.

The ministry of the gospel is ordained for the well-being of God's children as they journey through this world unto their eternal glory.

The gospel ministry does not add anything to their BEING as God's children immutably destined for eternal glory.

The gospel ministry has been ordained for the spiritual well-being of God's redeemed elect; for their instruction, to make them wise concerning eternal their salvation by the free and sovereign grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Titus 2
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD.

"Come now, and let us reason together, 
saith the LORD...." Isa 1:18a

"Produce your cause, saith the LORD; 
bring forth your strong reasons, 
saith the King of Jacob." Isa 41:21

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 
1Th 5:21

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: 
and be ready always to give an answer 
to every man that asketh you
 a reason of the hope that is in you 
with meekness and fear."1Pet 3:15

Go to link and download this 138-slide on the subject:
The Logic of Faith.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

"As many as..."

Can you count as many as 10?

'As many as...' the exact number, not one more and not one less.
John 1:12 "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

This popular passage is misunderstood by many. They understand 'received' Christ' as referring to new birth, instead of conversion to the gospel of Christ. This is obviously an error.
It is very clear that three distinct and specific things are mentioned in the two verses:
- 'received him' : man's act of believing and receiving Christ...
- 'given the power to become the sons of God'...
- 'born of God' the new birth.

And the logical and chronological order of these three actions are obvious: 
- new birth : 'born of God', 
- conversion : 'received Him', 
- experiencing the right and authority to claim divine sonship - given 'power to become the sons of God.'

A man who believes in Jesus Christ gives evidence that he has eternal life, for 'whosoever believes have eternal life.' Whosoever believes is born of God, and has the right and authority to claim divine sonship. It is obvious that one must be born of God first, which enables him to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in believing he is given the power to become, to claim himself as a son of God.

It is a common error to equate being given power to become the sons of God as the new birth! It is the new birth by the sovereign activity of God that enables a man to believe. And it is believing the gospel truth that enables a man to experience the power to become a son of God.

Believing that the unregenerate sinner, i,e, dead in trespasses and sins, can so 'receive Christ' to be born again, is so contrary to Christ's own declaration, 'Except a man be born again, he CANNOT...' This common notion repudiates the declaration of Christ, and that is no light matter!

John 1:11 'as many as' has also be perverted in another way, that is, that God has effectually and irresistibly predestinated that all the elect shall so receive Christ (through hearing the gospel, and believing it). This is plainly contrary to Scriptures, as well as historical facts. Such notion also erroneously conditioned regeneration on the preaching and the hearing and believing of the gospel.

It is typical of even the Calvinists to confuse the preacher's gospel call blessed to the conversion of God's children as the divine effectual call, calling an elect OUT of his native state of sin and death to that of grace and salvation in Christ Jesus. But the effectual call is God's direct and immediate activity in calling an elect out of his native state of sin and death to that of righteousness and eternal life in Christ.

Such understanding of salvation is no longer by God's free grace alone, but tainted and adulterated with man's activities, both the preachers' and the hearers' activities. It is based on the fable that the activities of life can precede that life itself.

Life must precede any activity of that life! The difference is fundamental!

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