Sunday, April 19, 2015

If not a Sinner Saved By Grace then what?

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God Matthew 22:29

Yesterday NEAG had a men’s breakfast. This was not a conference or an event held for the purpose of teaching, but was the upright application of Hebrews 10:25 as it relates to men in general within the body of Christ. 

We talked about men stuff, important men stuff that we would not have spoken in the present of women, and even some things which we would not have spoken years or months ago among ourselves.  Now this wasn’t about hunting, or sports, though it hard for men to come together and those things don’t arise. What we did without coming to any conclusion, was massage those important issues that men have concerning life and salvation.

I had a wonderful time, I met new brothers to fellowship with and met brothers with whom I could fellowship with anew!. Then as I was leaving out the corner of my eye I saw a small group of men gather around another man as he spoke with authority on the subject of our status in Christ. “Don’t let the Devil fool you, We are not sinners saved by Grace!)  Being a man of doctrine that sent chills up and down my spine, it was as if someone had pierced my side with the spear that pierced Christ while he hung His lifeless body on the cross.

So the question that must be addressed is “after I have given my life to Christ, Or after God has made know His election on me”, am I still a sinner saved by Grace? I will give you something to think about. If I am not a sinner saved by Grace then what am I?  A sinner not saved by Grace (I don’t like that one) Maybe I’m saint. But what is a saint? It is simply a sinner that has been saved by Grace! Oh man I’m right back to where I started. 

The Biblical word for saint is hagios which is translated as holy, so as a saint am I saying have I become holy and without sin?  The only problem with that is that those that are holy have no need for Christ, they can get salvation on their own merit.  But the Bible tell us that only one could get salvation on His own merit that is Christ. (Romans 3:28) If I am holy I have no need for Grace. Is that what I am proclaiming? Of course not. 

As a saint I’m claiming to be justified. I am saying that God has legally declared me innocent of my crimes of sin.   But isn’t it true that only a sinner needs justification? Here I am again right back where I started, If I need justification am I not a sinner saved by Grace?

Lets dig a little deeper so that we do not be lead astray by those that are in error themselves, in Matthews 22:29 Jesus warns the Sadducees of their misunderstanding because of their lack of knowledge of scripture. “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” I this is the thing, completely all we hear must hinge on the scriptures. Acts 17:11 tells us to be like the Berean Jews
These (Berean Jews) were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so

1.      A sinner is anyone having an ancestry of Adam. And since we all have Adam as our father we are all sinners. Because of the fall of Adam we are all sinners, imputed on us is the sin nature. Without ever committing a sin we are all sinners. This is the condition of all humans, bar-none! Consider what scripture says of our sin nature.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: the working word here is “All”

2.      A sinner is someone that sins, which of us does not sin? When Jesus said to the crown intent on stoning the women caught in adultery “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7) He knew the impossibility of anyone ever casting a stone. The very nature of man is sinful.  As long as we live in this corrupt body we will sin. 

Romans 3:10  there is none righteous, no not one!”
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me
1 John 1:10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Matthew 15:19 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:," 
Jerimiah 17:9,
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

The only way to stop being a sinner is to leave the family of Adam and to sin no more.  But how do we that are human, be not human. The makes a liar of the law of non-contradiction. Something cannot be, and not be at the same time in the same way, so then none of us can leave the family of Adam. So even if we could stop sinning which none of can (Romans7:7-10) we would still be sinners. Nothing can stop us from being sinners. The Bible is clear about that! But the saint is justified

What is Justification?
Justification is part of the Grace of God, where God declare the sinner righteous, this is a legal term. It is not that the sinner is now sinless but that he is "declared" sinless. The sinner is not made righteous in that his soul is changed. Instead, justification is a legal act of imputing the righteousness of Christ to the believer So that God no longer see the sinner as guilty.

He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as wellRoman 4:11(ESV)

“and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faithPhilippians 3:9 (ESV)

In justification, the justice of God fell upon Himself--in the form of the God-Man Jesus Christ. We who are sinners are given mercy, because we are not judge because of our sins. Solely on our faith in Jesus Christ. who alone was justified having broken none of the deeds of the law He bored our guilt for us.

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12

There are some that will tell you that saying that you are sinners saved by grace is degrading, but the Bible clearly teaches that we are sinners, and will always be. Therefore, as long as we are on this side of eternity this is who we are!  But isn’t is wonderful that by Grace Alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, that we are justified and our sins are not counted against us?

This is the boast I have in Christ Jesus,,  These words which the prideful hate are  my testimony, they speaks of God's love and Grace toward me for which I would die and spend for ever in hell if I were to deny that I am.

"A Sinner Saved by Grace!”


Saturday, February 14, 2015

When Men Hate You

"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." -Luke 6:22,23

9 Investigates: Dad protests Islamic lessons at school

Yet no school teaches Christianity. We live in a country that proclaims
freedom of religion but that only if you are not a christian. For
example Harvard and Georgetown have a seat of Islam in there curriculum
as mandatory for religious studies. But here in the united States we
they refuse a seat a Christianity. As Christians we have to wake up to
the facts the World hates us! John 15:18-19

Here is a link on by David J Steward on the subject

leave a comment let me know what you think!
Sola Deo Gloria

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Are the Promises of God really Yes and Amen?

 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Cor 1:20 NASB

I was asked in Bible study does God ever answer prayers “NO” and though this may seem contrary to what you’ve been told, the answer is no. To the question. But God’s answer is always yes.  To proper prayer.

So what is proper prayer?  Simply it is praying according to His promises and His will. There are two ways we identify God’s promises, first through reading the Bible, and second when God speaks to us individually concerning some event or desire. But on many occasions we confuse that desire that we have with God’s promise for our Life. So there are two passages that helps us to discern the difference between His promises with my desires as it concern my prayers 

  1. Isaiah 42:8I am Yahweh; that is my name; my glory I give to no other,    nor my praise idols.” 

  2. James 4:3 You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires.

So many people see God as their servant that they may ask of Him all they desire; or they set ultimatums on God to fulfill their desire; or they put timestamps on when God should get this done. Pastor James MacDonald says “I have found God very unresponsive to my ultimatums. God doesn’t respond to blustering, bluffing, or threats.”
All of these are about our desires, and it clear that God is not answering “no” to our prayers, He is saying “We’ve got your motives all wrong.” To get our motives right we must ask ourselves “Does what I am asking bring Glory to God? Or does what I’m asking fulfill my lust or bring glory to me?”  When we get that right we can move to the next reason we think God answers no to our prayers.

The final reason that we think God answers no is doubt. More than any other I suffer with this! I know that what I’m asking will bring God Glory, I know that what I’m asking is in line with His will, I know that what I’m asking is altruistic as I can possibly get yet doubt take the fervency of my prayer. The Bible clearly speak of asking in confidence, read what James says about doubt.
James 1:6-8 says But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Any time we allow what we can perceive as impossible to overshadow our faith in God, we fall into doubt. The Bible tells us that doubt destroys our life, it gets us out of line with God. So staying in doubt is not an option for our prayers. And because we need to get rid of doubt as soon as possible God has given us a cure for doubt, it called faith, and the Bible teaches us to get more faith we must become more engulfed in the word of God.

Romans 10:17 says  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

So if we want to kill that doubt we need to know God’s word;  
-and we need to speak God’s word;
-so that we can hear God’s word;
-and when we hear God’s word;
-we develop a doubt destroying faith.

Now don't get me wrong that does not mean that someone that prays and receive has more faith than someone that prays and does not. our prayers do not twist the arm of God. If there is glory to healing you, but my healing does not glorify God then you will receive and I wont.  This is hard for us to comprihend but remember Even Jesus prayed that the cup of God's wrath would be taken away. But if the Father had saved the Son they there would have been no salvation for us. Isiah 53:10 says "It pleased the Father to crush Him! To make Him a sin offering for our guilt" 
So we have to understand that it is not our faith, it is not our desires, but it is when our desire and inline with God's glory that prayers are answers, and they always yes! (
2 Cor 1:20)

And God’s Word says “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:  God’s Word says “ All God’s promises are yes”   
God’s Word says “ though we are faithless, God remains faithful,  cannot deny himself.
So when our prayers are not being answered we need to get inline with God, we need to ask ourselves how will this bring God glory. ? and fall down on our knees and pry according to his will and purposes.

Let us pray;
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for reminding me that You are faithful, that your timing is perfect, Your ways are right, and Your plans are always the best plans. Forgive me if I have set ultimatums, and timestamps, on my prayers because of my impatience. Forgive me Father, if I have come to you in doubt, but thought I would receive what I ask even in my unstable ways. Help my unbelief, and doubt, give me patience that I may learn to wait on you. But more importantly Father strengthen me so that when I come before You in prayer I will know, I will believe, I will live the truth that all Your promises are Yes and Amen.
In Jesus’ mighty name Amen.