PRESENTING THE DOCTRINES OF SOVEREIGN GRACE TO BABES IN CHRIST

PRESENTING THE DOCTRINES OF SOVEREIGN GRACE TO BABES IN CHRIST

 Michael Jeshurun

 With regards to our family and friends accepting the Doctrines of Grace, I truly understand how frustrating it can be at times. But we must bear in mind that if anyone is truly regenerated (saved) they will by and by be led into ALL TRUTH. ‘The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day’. [Prov 4:18].

“The doctrine of Predestination is a doctrine for genuine Christians. Considerable caution should be exercised in preaching it to the unconverted. It is almost impossible to convince a non-Christian of its truthfulness, and in fact the heart of the unregenerate man usually revolts against it. If it is stressed before the SIMPLER TRUTHS of the Christian system are mastered, it will likely be misunderstood and in that case it may only drive the person into deeper despair. In preaching to the unconverted or to those who are just beginning the Christian life, our part consists mainly in presenting and stressing MAN’S PART in the work of salvation, faith, repentance, moral reform, etc. These are the ELEMENTARY STEPS so far as man’s consciousness extends. At that early stage little need be said about the deeper truths which relate to GOD’S PART.

As in the study of Mathematics we do not begin with algebra and calculus but with the simple problems of arithmetic, so here the better way is to first present the more elementary truths. Then after the Person is saved and has traveled some distance in the Christian way he comes to see that in his salvation God’s work was primary and his was only secondary, that he was saved through grace and not by his own works. As Calvin himself put it, the doctrine of Predestination is “not a matter for children to think much about”; and Strong says, “This doctrine is one of those advanced teachings of Scripture which requires for its understanding A MATURE MIND AND A DEEP EXPERIENCE. The beginner in the Christian life may not see its value or even its truth, but with INCREASING YEARS it will become a staff to lean upon.” [Systematic Theology, p. 368.] But while it is true that this doctrine cannot be adequately appreciated by the unconverted nor by those who are just beginning the Christian life, IT SHOULD BE THE COMMON PROPERTY OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TRAVELED SOME DISTANCE IN THAT WAY”. [Loraine Boettner]

It is worthy of notice that in developing his “Institutes” Calvin DID NOT treat the doctrine of Predestination in the early chapters. He first developed the other doctrines of the Christian system and DELIBERATELY passed over this even in several cases where we might naturally have expected to find it. Then in the LAST PART of his theological discussion it is developed fully and is made the crown and glory of the entire system.

And this is in line with the teaching method that our Lord exhibited. “And with many such parables spake He the word unto them, AS THEY WERE ABLE TO HEAR IT [Mark 4:33]. Now here’s something for us ‘Calvinists’ to consider – “as they were able to hear it!” He didn’t try to shove the whole truth down somebody’s throat thinking that that was WHAT WAS REQUIRED TO ‘SAVE’ THEM!  And again on another occasion He said – “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them NOW!  [Jn 16:12].

Milk for babes and strong meat to those who are of full age! [Hebrews 5:13,14] “And the servant of the Lord must not STRIVE; but be GENTLE unto all men, apt to teach, PATIENT . . . “ [2Tim 2:24]. WE CANNOT convince anyone of these ‘hard sayings’! IT HAS TO BE GIVEN FROM ABOVE! Like with Lydia, it is THE LORD who opens the heart OF His sheep to receive the Doctrines of Sovereign grace and rejoice in them! [Acts 16:14]

We should not make the mistake that many of us are often prone to make in our zeal for the truth, i.e. cram all the Five Points of Calvinism in one-sitting. As we said above we must imitate the Lord’s way in teaching – “I have yet MANY THINGS to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them NOW”. And again, “with many such parables spake He the word unto them, AS THEY WERE ABLE TO HEAR IT” [Mk4:33]. But no matter how long it takes we must make sure that the one we are teaching fully receives and understands what Jonah understood in the belly of the whale. i.e. “SALVATION IS OF THE LORD![Jonah 2:9].

So let us be patient brethren, and trust me if men are truly saved they will sooner or later see the truths of Sovereign Grace, and receive our testimony concerning this. “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error! [1John 4:6]

Arminians mock God all right!

Arminians mock God all right!

Michael Jeshurun

God says – “(Salvation) is “not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy!” [Rom 9:16]

The Arminian says, “sorry, Salvation IS of him that willeth of his own ‘free-will’ and of him that runneth with his determination!”

God says, “No man can come to Me except the Father which hath sent Me draw him!” [John 6:44]
The Arminian says, “sorry, that’s YOUR interpretation! A man though fallen and depraved CAN come to Christ if he so wills!”

God says, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.” [John 10:28]
The Arminian says, “sorry, the child of God CAN and will perish if he doesn’t ‘behave’, and though no man may be able to pluck them out of God’s hand, the child of God can himself jump out and run away!”

God says, “I lay down My life for the sheep!” [John 10:15]
The Arminian asserts “No! Christ shed His blood for Judas equally with Peter, and for Pilate as truly as for Paul, and for those burning in hell as well as for those in glory!”

God says, “the redeemed of the LORD SHALL RETURN, and COME with singing unto Zion” [Isaiah 51:11]
The Arminian says, “No! they can CHOOSE not to return or come!”

Finally God says, “And I will make an Everlasting Covenant with them, that I WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM THEM, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that THEY SHALL NOT DEPART FROM ME.” [Jer 32:40]

The Arminian says, “Sorry, God WILL depart from His covenant children if they don’t behave and His children too will depart from Him if they aren’t faithful.”

Ultimately, Salvation according to the Arminian is NOT “of the Lord!” [Jonah 2:9] it is of “the Lord AND man!” Salvation is NOT by grace ALONE but by grace PLUS WORKS! In the final analysis man hath whereof to glory (Rom 4:2) for without HIS ‘cooperation’ Christ died in vain!

“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, BUT OF DEBT!
But to him that WORKETH NOT, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, HIS FAITH is counted for righteousness.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness WITHOUT WORKS,
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” [Rom 4:4-8]

“Not UNTO US, O LORD, not Unto Us, but UNTO THY NAME give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake!” [Psalm 115:1]

CHRIST SEEKS NOT FOR GOATS BUT HIS OWN SHEEP!

CHRIST SEEKS NOT FOR GOATS BUT HIS OWN SHEEP!

Michael Jeshurun

One of the important facts which many miss out when studying the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Lost Son is that in all three cases the ‘seekers’ sought for that which was ALREADY THEIRS! [Luke 15:4-32]

The Shepherd HAD a hundred sheep, and the woman HAD ten coins and the father was looking out and patiently waiting, not for a stranger but for HIS OWN SON!

God’s elect do not start out as goats and later become sheep by accepting Jesus! The sheep are sheep from ETERNITY! They are KNOWN and loved by the Father from BEFORE TIME BEGAN!

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, WHICH WAS GIVEN US IN CHRIST JESUS BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN!” [2Tim 1:9]

God does not say I will search for GOATS and make them My sheep, but rather I will search for MY SHEEP!

“For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both SEARCH MY SHEEP, and seek them out.

As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I SEEK OUT MY SHEEP, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day!” [Ezk 34;11,12]

In the mind of God, the elect are viewed as His children from ETERNITY. “No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost”! [1Cor 12:3] And God sends the Holy Spirit into the hearts of His Elect BECAUSE he views them as His children.

“And BECAUSE YE ARE SONS, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father”. [Gal 4:6]

The Elect are said to be the object of the Father’s love! As to WHEN this love ‘originated’ in the heart of God, the Scripture leaves us with no doubts when it declares – “Yea, I have loved thee with AN EVERLASTING LOVE: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee”. [Jer 31:3]. This love had no beginning and is eternal as Jehovah Himself! One of the greatest comforts for the tried child of God!

The Master declared that the elect BELONGED TO THE FATHER long before they came to the Son! “Thine they WERE, and Thou gavest them Me”! [John 17:6] This should be said of all the elect, not just the Apostles.

Notice, “And other sheep I HAVE, which are not of this fold: THEM ALSO I must bring, and they SHALL hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd!” [John 10:16]

“Other sheep, I HAVE” not “WILL HAVE . . . if they accept me!” Note the definitive grammar – “they SHALL hear My voice” not “they may or may not hear” but “SHALL HEAR!”

In fact the prophecy concerning the Atonement was – “For the transgression of MY PEOPLE was He stricken”! [Isaiah 53:8] And in fact this alone should settle once and for all whether Christ died for the whole world or only for the Elect! . . . “I lay down My life FOR THE SHEEP”! [John 10:15]

Christ shed His blood and laid down His life for HIS SHEEP who were lost in Adam through the fall!

“This said Caiaphas not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one THE CHILDREN OF GOD THAT WERE SCATTERED ABROAD!” [John 11:51,52]

The ‘Children of God scattered abroad’ are NOT GOATS who transform into sheep by accepting Christ, but SHEEP who hear HIS voice and follow! [John 10:27] Though at that time they were “scattered abroad,” nevertheless, they Spirit denominates them as “the children of God”!

Those who cannot hear Christ’s voice speaking through the gospel are NOT HIS SHEEP, BUT GOATS!

Christ’s sheep hear His voice because they ‘BELONG TO THE TRUTH’!!

Please read once again and ponder the Master’s words to Pilate . . . “Every one that is OF THE TRUTH heareth My voice”! [John 18:37]

i.e. Everyone who ‘BELONGS TO THE TRUTH’!

Those who are ‘OF GOD’, ‘BELONG TO GOD’ or are ‘GOD’S SHEEP’ hear our words and believe them no matter how harsh or ‘unacceptable’ it may be!

“He that is OF GOD heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, BECAUSE ye are not of God!” [John 8:47]

When the Master preached some harsh truths, ALL the GOATS LEFT HIM AND WALKED WITH HIM NO MORE!

But the sheep stayed back saying – “To whom shall WE go? THOU hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God!” [John 6:68,69]

Oh what an unspeakable blessing to be one of His sheep whom He came to save. And because we are His sheep we can confidently affirm – “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want”! And because we are one of His sheep, ‘goodness and mercy shall follow us ALL the days of our life and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever’! [Psalm 23]

Thank you Jesus! Praise the Lord!

MEN BELIEVE IN CHRIST BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY HIS SHEEP!

MEN BELIEVE IN CHRIST BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY HIS SHEEP!

Michael Jeshurun

Arminian ‘soul-winners’ always ask us, “If you believe in Election and Predestination etc, HOW can you preach to all men and win ‘the lost’?

We answer, the Master said go ye and preach to ‘every creature’! So we do! Whether that creature is a sheep or a goat or in some cases a wolf or a pig, we know not!

this we are convinced of, that His Sheep WILL hear His voice through our preaching and follow! [John 10:27]

A sheep CANNOT become a goat and neither can a goat become a sheep!

THEY’RE BORN THAT WAY!

He that hath ears to ear let hear!

NO MAN will thirst for Christ unless he is one of God’s sheep! Jesus said unto the unbelieving Jews – “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”. And He tells them why – “But ye believe not, BECAUSE YE ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP”! [John 5:40 & 10:26]

“The Lord did not say “Ye are not of My sheep because ye believe not,” but, “Ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep.” Man always turns the things of God upside down. When he comes to something in the Word which is peculiarly distasteful, instead of meekly submitting to it and receiving it in simple faith because God says it, he resorts to every imaginable device to make it mean something else.

Here Christ is not only charging these Jews with unbelief, but He also explains WHY faith had not been granted to them — they were not “of His sheep”: they were not among the favored number of God’s elect.

So when WE go forth and preach, we preach not with a confidence in either our eloquence or convincing skills, but in the Word of the Lord Jesus who said – “Everyone that is OF THE TRUTH heareth My voice”! [John 18:37] i.e. EVERYONE who BELONGS TO THE TRUTH, who are the sheep!

These ‘sheep’ and only these will hear, understand, repent and believe!
The rest can only hear, despise, wonder and perish! [Acts 13:41] For they are goats to whom it is not divinely and sovereignly ‘given’ to believe! [Mark 4:11,12]

These sheep are the same ones spoken of in Acts 13:48. There we read –

“As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed”!

The following is A.W. Pink’s commentary on this verse –

Every artifice of human ingenuity has been employed to blunt the sharp edge of this Scripture and to explain away the obvious meaning of these words, but it has been employed in vain, though nothing will ever be able to reconcile this and similar passages to the mind of the natural man. “As many as were ordained to eternal life, believed.”

Here we learn four things:

First, that believing is the consequence AND NOT THE CAUSE of God’s decree.

Second, that a LIMITED NUMBER only are “ordained to eternal life,” for if all men without exception were thus ordained by God, then the words “as many as are a meaningless qualification.

Third, that this “ordination” of God is not to mere external privileges but to “eternal life,” not to service but to SALVATION ITSELF.

Fourth, that ALL—”as many as,” NOT ONE LESS—who are thus ordained by God to eternal life WILL most certainly believe.

The comments of the beloved Spurgeon on the above passage are well worthy of our notice. Said he –

“Attempts have been made to prove that these words do not teach predestination, but these attempts so clearly do violence to language that I shall not waste time in answering them. I read: ‘As many as were ordained to eternal life believed’, and I shall not twist the text but shall glorify the grace of God by ascribing to that grace the faith of every man.

Is it not God who gives the disposition to believe? If men are disposed to have eternal life, does not He—in every case—dispose them? Is it wrong for God to give grace? If it be right for Him to give it, is it wrong for Him to PURPOSE to give it? Would you have Him give it by accident? If it is right for Him to purpose to give grace today, it was right for Him to purpose it before today—and, since He changes not—from eternity.”

WERE YOU WORTH SAVING?

WERE YOU WORTH SAVING?

Michael Jeshurun

There is a story shared in Arminian circles about a drowning man being saved. And when the man who was saved from drowning starts to thank the one who saved him, the savior replies – “Just make sure you were worth saving’!

And many an Arminian preacher following the error of Wesley’s doctrine of ‘sinless-perfection’ uses this illustration and tells his congregation – “Now that Christ has saved you, make sure you live your life in a manner to show God that you were worth saving”!

Now while all this tickles our emotions and may even challenge us to shoot for ‘sinless-perfection’, who among the saints can truly lay his hand on his heart and say that he was “worth saving”?!

If anything, every true child of God knows through bitter experience that he was not worth saving BEFORE Christ saved him, nor has he made himself in anywise worthy AFTERWARD!

Here is a short meditation from Spurgeon on the saint’s unworthiness –

What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? [2 Samuel 9:8]

If Mephibosheth was thus humbled by David’s kindness, what shall WE be in the presence of our gracious Lord? The more grace we have, the less we shall think of ourselves, for grace, like light, reveals our impurity. Eminent saints have scarcely known to what to compare themselves, their sense of unworthiness has been so clear and keen. “I am,” says holy Rutherford, “a dry and withered branch, a piece of dead carcass, dry bones, and not able to step over a straw.” In another place he writes, “Except as to open out-breakings, I want (lack) nothing of what Judas and Cain had.” The meanest objects in nature appear to the humbled mind to have a preference above itself, because they have never contracted sin: a dog may be greedy, fierce, or filthy, but it has no conscience to violate, no Holy Spirit to resist. A dog may be a worthless animal, and yet by a little kindness it is soon won to love its master, and is faithful unto death; but we forget the goodness of the Lord, and follow not at His call.

The term “dead dog” is the most expressive of all terms of contempt, but it is none too strong to express the self-abhorrence of instructed believers. They do not affect mock modesty, they mean what they say, they have weighed themselves in the balances of the sanctuary, and found out the vanity of their nature. At best, we are but clay, animated dust, mere walking hillocks; but viewed as sinners, we are monsters indeed. Let it be published in heaven as a wonder, that the Lord Jesus should set His heart’s love upon such as we are. Dust and ashes though we be, we must and will “magnify the exceeding greatness of His grace.” Could not His heart find rest in heaven? Must He needs come to these tents of Kedar for a spouse, and choose a bride upon whom the sun had looked? O heavens and earth, break forth into a song, and give all glory to our sweet Lord Jesus”. Hallelujah!

JESUS WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS THAT HIS SHEEP MIGHT BE NUMBERED AMONGST THE CHILDREN OF GOD!

JESUS WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS THAT HIS SHEEP MIGHT BE NUMBERED AMONGST THE CHILDREN OF GOD!

Michael Jeshurun

“But I said, HOW SHALL I PUT THEE AMONG THE CHILDREN, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? And I said, Thou shalt call Me, my Father; and shalt not turn away from Me.” [Jer 3:19]

Back in 1985 Michael Jackson and his cohorts got on stage and yelled out a song titled – “We are the World” which was top of the charts for a long time. And part of the lyrics to that song read – “We’re all a part of God’s great big family!”

THAT’S A LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL!

ALL men and women are NOT a part of God’s great big family! Only those whom He has chosen to be His children comprise this ‘great big family’! Our Lord told the unbelieving Jews of His day plainly that IF they were Abraham’s seed then they would love Him. But now they sought to kill Him, the One who had told them the truth – clearly manifesting that they were NOT the seed of Abraham but THE SEED OF THE SERPENT! Our Lord didn’t mince words either, but put it quite bluntly when He said – “Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him!” [John 8:44]

And whether men will receive it or not, truth is: that the human race is divided into but TWO GROUPS – the Children of God and the Children of the Devil, the Children of Light and the Children of Darkness, the Children of the Day and the Children of the Night!

Ain’t no such thing as ‘the brotherhood of man’!

“But Jesus answered and said, WHO is My mother? And WHO are My brethren? And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said, BEHOLD My mother and My brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother!” [Matt 12:48-50]

“He says, “How shall I put thee among the children and give thee a pleasant land and a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations?” This has been your very enquiry? How should Jehovah put such a vile sinner amongst his children? Why, I should disgrace the whole family, and be only a by-word amongst them. Such are your thoughts, but let us hear what the Father of the family says on the matter; “And I said, thou shalt call Me my Father; and shalt not turn away from Me.”

What, not make me a little better, and more fit for the company of the saints ? No, no! our God will have you just as you are, that He may teach you, and instruct you, and show you what love He has got for His little children, and how He can bear with their manners in the wilderness.” [J.C. Philpot]

“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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!” [John 1:12,13]

Hallelujah!

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not!” [1John 3:1]

 

CAN’T STOP PREACHING JESUS!

CAN’T STOP PREACHING JESUS!

Someone’s gotta shoot me dead before I stop preaching God’s Absolute Sovereignty in all things and man’s Total Depravity!

Michael Jeshurun

Then I said, I will not make mention of HIM, nor speak any more in HIS name. But HIS word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay . [Jer 20:9]

And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. [Acts 4:18-20]

“The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach today, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.”— C. H. Spurgeon

 

THE MOST HATED DOCTRINE

THE MOST HATED DOCTRINE

Michael Jeshurun

If there ever was a truth where faith in the naked word of God is required as opposed to our feelings, reasoning and logic it is that men (including BABIES) are ALREADY JUDGED AND CONDEMNED IN ADAM. Man comes into the world not as an ‘INNOCENT’ baby until the ‘AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY’ but he COMES INTO THE WORLD AS A CONDEMNED SINNER.

This is another subject where great faith is required to believe God when he says – “The LORD seeth NOT AS MAN SEETH; for man looketh on the OUTWARD APPEARANCE, but the LORD looketh on the HEART”. [1Sam 16:7]

We see a cute baby smiling in the cradle and say, “how innocent”! But God sees it differently.

Even the most outspoken preachers shy away from speaking on this subject because nothing stirs and provokes the ire of fallen men and even some saints than setting forth this truth. Simply said, preaching this truth is not the way to win friends and influence people!

Weigh the following very prayerfully, The Scriptures tell us that, “By one man’s disobedience the MANY WERE MADE SINNERS,” Romans 5:19. “Through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that ALL SINNED,” Romans 5:12.

Abraham pleaded – “Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure TEN (righteous) shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for TEN’S sake”. [Gen 18:32]

Are you going to tell me that there were not at even ten babies in Sodom for the Lord to spare it? People may reason that those of Sodom were homosexuals so obviously they were no babies. But what about all the babies in Noah’s day?

Suffering and death are declared to be the consequence of sin; and the reason that all die is that “all sinned.” Now we know that many suffer and die in infancy, before they have committed any sin themselves. It follows that either God is unjust in punishing the innocent, or that those infants are in some way guilty creatures. And if guilty, how have they sinned? It is impossible to explain it on any other supposition than that they sinned in Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12, 18); and they could not have sinned in him in any other way than by representation.

ALL babies are born guilty of the Original Sin! Fallen man beholds and judges babies to be innocent and angelic. But God seeth not see as man seeth! AS FAR AS GOD IS CONCERNED THERE IS NO SO CALLED ‘AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY’! According to Him the children of Adam are estranged from the WOMB! They go astray AS SOON AS THEY BE BORN SPEAKING LIES! [ Psa 58:3]

If babies are innocent as many suppose, then the Lord would not have required Saul to slay both infant and suckling when He sent him to destroy the Amalekites!

Neither would it be written concerning God – “Happy shall He be, that taketh and dasheth THY LITTLE ONES against the stones”! [Psa 137:9]

I fully understand that this is a hard saying and not all will receive it. But it is Scriptural truth that babies are not born innocent! They are born GUILTY OF THE ORIGINAL SIN! And THIS IS WHY many babies are born with deformities and many die in infancy.

Beloved, bear in mind, that death hath no power over the INNOCENT, but the sinner! It is the wages of SIN which is death!

IF AN INFANT BECOMES GUILTY ONLY AT THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY, THEN NO INFANT SHOULD DIE BEFORE THAT AGE! FAIR ENOUGH?!

“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”! [Rom 5:12]
Do all babies who die in childbirth or infancy ‘go to Heaven’?

If Christ has atoned for a particular baby then that baby will ‘go to Heaven’! So where do the rest of the babies go? The Bible is silent on it! And so should we!

Before closing let us briefly set forth the ‘Reformed’ position on Soteriology (the Doctrine of Salvation). A man repents and believes the Gospel BECAUSE he has been supernaturally regenerated. EXCEPT a man be born-again, he cannot even see the Kingdom of God much less the heinousness of his own sin. FIRST the New-Birth and THEN repentance and faith – and mind you, both these are the fruits of regeneration; in other words THE GIFT OF GOD!

A man believes the ‘Gospel’ BECAUSE he is saved, and not the other way round! “Who hath (first) saved us, and (then) called us (by the Gospel) with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace etc” [2Tim 1:9].

All that to say that God can and does save his elect in the case of babies and others who are otherwise mentally challenged, though they have died before they were capable of obeying the Gospel to repent and believe! Salvation is WHOLLY OF GRACE and not dependant on what the creature does! But this is the EXCEPTION not the RULE!

The rule is – “Go ye into all the world, and PREACH the gospel to every creature. He that BELIEVETH and is BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”! [Mark 16:15]

SALVATION – THE WORK OF GOD 100%

SALVATION – THE WORK OF GOD 100%

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent!” [John 6:29]

NOTICE the connection or you will miss the meaning of the words, for, at first sight it looks as if our Savior taught us that it is the work of God for us to believe on Him. Now, that would be quite true and it is VERY PLAINLY TAUGHT in other parts of Scripture that FAITH IS THE WORK OF GOD, but that is NOT the teaching in this particular instance, as will be very plain if you look at the context. First, our Savior said to the people, “See how you labor after the bread of your bodies. You have been running all round the coast to find Me in order that I might feed you again with loaves and fishes. Now,” He says, “let your labor run after something better. Labor not for the meat that perishes, but for that which endures to life eternal.”

They immediately answered, “You tell us to labor after the bread that does not perish. What shall we do that we might work the work of God and so obtain it?”

It is a faulty question—it is a question very much shaped by their ignorance and error. They suppose that there are works to be done, and merit to be earned by doing and obeying a law. And so they put it in that shape—“What shall we do? What shall we work that we may work the work of God?” The Savior did not chide them for the shape of the question. It was not the time to expect accuracy, but He gave them such Truth as they could understand and He replied, “You want to know what work you must do that shall be ‘the work of God,’ or a work pleasing to God? THIS, then, is ‘the work of God,’ the work most pleasing to God of all the works that can be done by men, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent!” – [C.H. Spurgeon]

It is appropriate to quote here that immortal quote of Augustine – “Grant what Thou commandest, and command what Thou dost desire!”

“This is the work of God” means, this is what GOD REQUIRES. It is not the works of the law, nor the bringing of an offering to His temple altar; but faith in Christ. Christ is the Savior appointed by God, and FAITH IN HIM is that which God approves, and without which nothing else can be acceptable in His sight. Paul answered the question of the Philippian jailer as the Lord before him had done—”What must I do to be saved?”: “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!” was the reply (Acts 16:31).

But again we say, Man had rather do than “believe.” And why is this? Because it panders to his pride: because it repudiates his utter ruin, inasmuch as it is a denial that he is “without strength” (Rom. 5:6): because it provides for him a platform on which he can boast and glory. Nevertheless, the one and only “work” which God will accept is faith in His Son.

But you will not believe till you are thoroughly convinced that all your doings are faulty, that all your efforts fall far short of God’s demands, that all your own righteousness is tarnished with sin, yea, is as “filthy rags.”

What man will renounce his own work in order to trust to that of another, unless he be first convinced that his own is worthless? What man will repose for safety in another till he be convinced that there is no safety in trusting to himself? It is impossible.” [A.W. Pink]

Man cannot do this of himself: it takes the WORK OF GOD!

“But OF HIM are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!” [1Cor 1:30]

If you do not remember anything else beloved, remember THIS: that the reason the gospel means something to you and you have an interest in the Son of God is because GOD has quickened you, and given you an understanding, repentance and faith!

THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD! OR MORE PRECISELY THE GIFT OF GOD . . . NOT OF WORKS LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST! [Eph 2:8,9]

It is the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, and THAT ALONE, which brings the sinner to RENOUNCE his OWN WORKS and lay hold on the Lord Jesus for salvation!”

Salvation IS OF THE LORD! [Jonah 2:9]

THE TWO BOOKS OF LIFE

THE TWO BOOKS OF LIFE

 Michael Jeshurun

 The names in the ‘Lamb’s Book of Life’ were written before the foundation of the world by the finger of God! No further names are either added or deleted in time! And because in a sense those names are written with the very blood of Jesus, THEY CAN NEVER BE BLOTTED OUT!

To the question – “Is your name written in the Book of Life”? all kinds of answers are given, such as – “I am working on it”, “I hope so”, “I will know only when I die” etc.

But the Scripture testifies that whosoever’s names are written in the ‘Book of Life’ were written there BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD!

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”. [Rev 13:8]

What I may do or not do in time does not determine whether my name will be written in that book! The names of those who are written in the Lambs Book of Life are not written there because God either foresaw or knew that they would someday ‘choose Him’ as ‘personal saviour’!

A MAN BELIEVES IN CHRIST IN TIME BECAUSE HIS NAME WAS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE BEFORE TIME BEGAN!

If your name is written in this ‘Book of Life’, then you are among the chosen or the elect of God. And that is the reason you believed the gospel when you heard it – i.e. because you were ordained to eternal life! “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and AS MANY as were ordained to eternal life believed”. [Acts 13:48] Notice, not any more or any less, but AS MANY as were ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE – BELIEVED!

These whose names are written in this “Book of Life” become true believers and followers of Christ by and by not by their ‘own free-will’ but because GOD has chosen them to be His own! As the Lord said- “ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you”! [John 15:16]. And the Apostle reiterates this when he says, “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath FROM THE BEGINNING CHOSEN YOU TO SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth”! [2Thes 2:13]

All that to say, if God has written your name in the ‘Lamb’s book of Life’ then you are ETERNALLY SECURE and will be preserved and kept faithful till the end! The Lord Jesus is the author of your faith and He is the ‘finisher’ too! (Heb 12:2). It is He who began a good work in you, and it is He who will finish it, and to Him shall be ALL the glory! (Phil 1:6)

But there are objectors to the doctrine of eternal security who often ask “Do not the words of our Lord in Rev 3:5 imply the possibility of our names being blotted out of the Book of Life?” For there the Lord says, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels”.

Does the above verse imply that one’s name CAN be blotted out of the “Book of Life”? We answer certainly not! When we study the Bible carefully we discover that God maintains many books and among these are TWO BOOKS OF LIFE. One from the CREATION vantage point and the other from the vantage point of the NEW CREATION. The former is the Book of Life containing all the names of every one whom God created and brought into the world. This is the book that is in view in Exodus 32: 31-33. And again this is the book in view when David said “Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Ps 139: 16.

Praying against his enemies, David said “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.” Ps 69:28. Here again the book in view is the Book of Life from the creation vantage point. Surely those whom the Father has not chosen to eternal life, those for whom Christ has not died and those whom the Holy Spirit has not made alive shall indeed have their names blotted out of this Book of Life.

But those whose names are written in the LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE are those who are loved of the Father with an everlasting love and ransomed by Christ who has paid their debt in full and made alive by the Holy Spirit with an everlasting life. These shall NEVER have their names blotted out of the Book of Life but are eternally secure in Him who has said “Rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN!” [Lk 10: 20]. Hallelujah!