Archive for May 2010

Inexhaustible Grace

May 15, 2010

Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.

Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664)
A Letter (1646)
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The Gift of Life Cannot Be Refused

May 15, 2010

Sometimes it is objected that a man can always refuse a gift. He has this much freedom at least. But there is one gift which he cannot refuse: and that is the gift of life. He will not be offered it because he is dead. It can only be conferred upon him and it is not within his power to refuse it …

The initiative must always be with God. Nor can he hinder the grace of God. The dead cannot refuse resurrection any more than the dead can ask for it. Divine Election and Sovereign Grace, not human inclination, are what account for man’s salvation.

Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985)
The Sovereignty of God, Part I, Chapter 2

Gloriously Subdued

May 15, 2010

Only when Christ has subdued all things unto Himself, will the successions of time pass away, and God be “All” in all beings and things, every shadow of evil being swept out of the universe, that the everlasting blessedness of the eternal world may be without spot or stain.

Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
Salvator Mundi, chapter 5

Faith by Him

May 14, 2010

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It is not even our own faith but a faith given to us from the Father, channeled through the Son, and made effective through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is “by Him” (Jesus Christ) that we believe in God (I Peter 1:21), a truth perceived by Peter from the very beginning of his ministry: “The faith which is by Him” (Acts 3:16). …

Saving faith is not the human contribution of a sinner seeking salvation, but the divine contribution of the gracious God seeking a sinner (Acts 18:27). We are saved “by grace … through faith; and that not of ourselves” (Ephesians 2:8). It is through faith as a channel that we are saved and not because of a faith of our own which is taken as a kind of guarantee of our earnestness. So also in I Corinthians 3:5, where Paul speaks of himself and Apollos as those by whom the Corinthians had believed. He does not speak of either of them as the originators of their faith but as the channels of it. … As Paul said to the Philippians (1:29), it had been given them to exercise saving faith. It was a gift. …

The Lord Jesus Christ is truly the “author of faith” … Thus it is really His salvation (Psalm 8:9; Luke 2:30; 3:6); it becomes our own only after we have received it as a gift (Philippians 2:12).

custance1Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985)
The Sovereignty of Grace, chapter 6
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Christ’s Complete Victory

May 14, 2010

God is able to turn the wickedness of men into the greatest good … For, when wicked men crucified the Lord, little did they know “that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (II Corinthians 5:19). Little did they know, that this event in history – the crucifixion of Christ – would bring “to nought” all this world’s wisdom. Little did they know that God had a secret eternal purpose in Christ:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (I Corinthians 2:8).

Study God’s Word, especially the Epistles of Paul, and discover that Christ is the great Victor over sin, death, the grave and hell. You will also be rejoicing in all that He accomplished on Calvary’s cross – “the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (II Timothy 2:10), and His “more excellent sacrifice,” to which all the types and shadows pointed.

Russell S. Miller
Two Minutes with the Bible

In His Own Order

May 14, 2010

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father (I Corinthians15:22-24).

“As in Adam … so in Christ.” It is to be noted that this little word “in” comes from the Greek word en, which has been translated quite equally by the words “in, with, by.” That it was “by” the first Adam that all were brought under the sentence of death is acknowledged by all Christendom, and verified by Romans 5:12-17. In this same passage it is equally affirmed that it is “by” Jesus Christ that life is to be ministered to all.

Whatever the coverage of sin and death, “much more” shall be the abundance of grace and righteousness and life. It is utter folly to magnify the sin of Adam and yet diminish the effect of Christ’s triumph.

He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2).

It is the “much more” of His super abounding grace.

“By Adam all die, even so by Christ shall all be made alive.” There is no difference in the word “all” used in both cases. To argue otherwise is to err from the truth, and leads into the delusion which has plagued Christendom for these many centuries. The final triumph does not belong to sin and evil, it belongs to the realm of righteousness, and thus the Son must reign until all enemies have been subdued under His feet, including the last enemy, which is death. When all have been subdued, it is self-evident that none remain. The coverage of His triumph is glorious, total and complete.

But the process is wrought out, “every man in his own order.” Jesus clearly taught that “No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him,” giving indication that the initiative is God’s, as He causes us to come in His time, to be in that order, that rank that He determined for us. But He also made it clear, regardless of the timing of our call, that “they shall all be taught of God” (John 6:44-45).

Ray Prinzing (1927-2005)
Daily Overcoming

The Tradition of Hell

May 12, 2010

Christians … have lost their way because they couldn’t reconcile a Bible that declares that “God is Love” while simultaneously teaching that the fate of the sinner is eternal damnation …

From the guilt-ridden psyche of Augustine to the tormented fantasies of Dante, the Church has been victimized by the terrors of pagan nonsense. It has been “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3) …

The tradition that an all-knowing, all-loving, and all-powerful God would create a world where the majority of His human creatures are destined to spend eternity in suffering is incomprehensible. What greater horror has the world ever known?

Grady Brown
Hope Beyond Hell: The Righteous Purpose of God’s Judgment (2007), page 4

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