YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

C.H. Spurgeon

Salvation is the work of God. It is HE ALONE who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who MAINTAINS THE SOUL in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is OF THE LORD.” If I am prayerful, GOD makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because HE upholds me with His hand.

I DO NOTHING WHATEVER TOWARDS MY OWN PRESERVATION, EXCEPT WHAT GOD HIMSELF FIRST DOES IN ME.

WHATEVER I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, THAT IS MY OWN; but wherein I act rightly, THAT is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but CHRIST who liveth in me.

Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I FIND IN MYSELF NOTHING BUT SIN AND MISERY. “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: WITHOUT JESUS I CAN DO NOTHING.

As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet:

“Salvation is of the Lord!” Hallelujah!

THE MEANING OF THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS 

THE MEANING OF THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

Michael Jeshurun

Eternal Security does not mean that all those who were baptized in infancy, all those who responded to an ‘altar call’ or all those who prayed a little prayer to accept Jesus as their ‘personal saviour’ are ‘eternally secure’!

But what it does mean is that all those who were loved and elected by the Father in eternity (Eph 1:4), all those for whom the Son shed His precious blood (John 10:15), and all those whom the Holy Spirit has sovereignly regenerated (John 3:8) are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time!” (1Pet 1:5)

Salvation is something which in all honesty WE never desired, prayed for nor sought after! It was something which was given to us FREELY without any regard to either our merit or demerit! “I was found of them THAT SOUGHT ME NOT; I was made manifest unto them that ASKED NOT AFTER ME.” (Rom 10:20)

All the children of Adam are born as sworn enemies of the Mighty Jehovah. They “are ESTRANGED FROM THE WOMB: and go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3) They may worship a ‘god’ of their own imagination, embrace an orthodox religion and have a head full of doctrine, but they can neither perceive nor love the Sovereign Discriminating God of the Scriptures!

This GOD can only be known by REVELATION! And He has chosen to reveal Himself to a FEW as opposed to the MANY who live and die in darkness! These ‘FEW’ He calls ‘Sheep” as opposed to the “Goats”. To the sheep it is GRANTED (Luke 8:10) to hear His voice and follow Him, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow!

And as is common with sheep in the natural world these spiritual sheep go astray many a time, but they NEVER CAN BE ‘LOST’ FOREVER, for they are under the care and oversight of the Master Shepherd of whom it is written – “Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none!” (John 18:9)

The salvation of God’s elect is at times likened to the building of a temple, and God as the Master builder! While men may at times undertake the building of a project and later leave it undone for a lack of foresight or the power and resource to finish thereof; not so God!

It shall NEVER be said of God, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish!” Oh No! “Being CONFIDENT of this very thing, that He which HATH BEGUN a good work in you WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Phil 1:6)

“The hands of Zerubbabel (picture of Christ) have LAID THE FOUNDATION of this house; his hands shall also FINISH IT; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it! (Zech 4:6-8)

Yes, the elect of God are eternally secure, not because of anything in them or performed by them, but because of Him who promised –

“And I GIVE UNTO THEM eternal life; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND!” (John 10:28,29)

Say Hallelujah!

THE WORDS – “I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH” ARE NOT IDLE WORDS, BUT WORDS THAT ARE AS FIRMLY AND FOREVER SETTLED AS THE THRONE OF GOD!

THE WORDS – “I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH” ARE NOT IDLE WORDS, BUT WORDS THAT ARE AS FIRMLY AND FOREVER SETTLED AS THE THRONE OF GOD!

Lorraine Boettner

Jesus declared, “I give unto them (the true followers, or ‘sheep’) eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand,” John 10:28. Here we find that our security and God’s omnipotence are equal; for the former is founded on the latter. God is mightier than the whole world, and neither men nor Devil can rob Him of one of His precious jewels. It would be as easy to pluck a star out of the heavens as to pluck a saint out of the Father’s hand.

Their salvation stands in His invincible might and they are placed beyond the peril of destruction. We have Christ’s promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church; yet if the Devil could snatch one here and another there and large numbers in some congregations, the gates of hell would to a great extent prevail against it. In principle, if one could be lost, all might be lost, and thus Christ’s assurance would be reduced to idle words.

When we are told that “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, If possible, even the elect,” Matt. 24:24, the unprejudiced believing mind readily understands that it is impossible to lead astray the elect.

The mystic union which exists between Christ and believers is a guarantee that they shall continue steadfast. “Because I live, ye shall live also,” John 14:19. The effect of this union is that believers participate in His life. Christ is in us, Romans 8:10. It is not we that live, but Christ that liveth in us, Gal. 2:20. Christ and the believers have a common life such as that which exists in the vine and the branches. The Holy Spirit so dwells in the redeemed that every Christian is supplied with an inexhaustible reservoir of strength.

Paul warned the Ephesians, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption,” Eph. 4:30. He had no fear of apostasy for he could confidently say, “Thanks be to God who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ,” II Cor. 2:14. The Lord, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love,” 31:3, — one of the best proofs that God’s love shall have no end is that it has no beginning, but is eternal. In the parable of the two houses, the very point stressed was that the house which was founded on the rock (Christ) did not fall when the storms of life came. Arminianism sets up another system in which some of those who are founded on the rock do fall. In the twenty-third Psalm we read, “And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The true Christian is no temporary visitor, but a permanent dweller in the house of the Lord. How those rob this psalm of its deeper and richer meaning who teach that the grace of God is a temporary thing!

Christ makes intercession for His people (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25), and we are told that the Father hears Him always (John 11:42). Hence the Arminian, holding that Christians may fall away, must deny either the passages which declare that Christ does make intercession for His people, or he must deny those which declare that His prayers are always heard. Let us consider here how well protected we are: Christ is at the right hand of God pleading for us, and in addition to that, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered, Rom. 8:26.

In the wonderful promise of Jer. 32:40, God has promised to preserve believers from their own backslidings:

“And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, AND I WILL NOT TURN AWAY FROM FOLLOWING THEM, TO DO THEM GOOD; and I will put my fear in their hearts, that THEY MAY NOT DEPART FROM ME.” And in Ezek. 11:19, 20,

He promises to take from them the “stony heart,” and to give them a “heart of flesh,” so that they shall walk in his statutes and keep his ordinances, and so that they shall be His people and He their God. Peter tells us that Christians cannot fall away, for they “by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time,” I Peter 1:5. Paul says, “God is able to make all grace to abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work,” II Cor. 9:8. He declares that the Lord’s servant “shall be made to stand; for the Lord hath power to make him stand,” Rom. 14:4.

And Christians have the further promise, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, and will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it,” I Cor. 10:13. Their removal from certain temptations which would be too strong for them is an absolute and free gift from God, since it is entirely an arrangement of His providence as to what temptations they encounter in the course of their lives, and what ones they escape. “The Lord is faithful and will establish you and guard you from the evil one,” II Thess. 3:3. And again, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him and delivereth them,” Ps. 34:7. Amid all his trials and hardships Paul could say, ‘We are pressed on every side, yet not straightened; perplexed, yet not unto despair; pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed; . . . knowing that He that raised up the Lord Jesus Christ shall raise us also with Jesus,” II Cor. 4:8,9,14.

The saints, even in this world, are compared to a tree that does not wither, Ps. 1:3; to the cedars which flourish on Mount Lebanon, Ps. 92:12; to Mount Zion which cannot be moved, but which abideth forever, Ps. 125:1; and to a house built on a rock. Matt. 7:24. The Lord is with them in their old age, Is. 46:4, and is their guide even unto death, Ps 48:14, so that they cannot be totally and finally lost.

Another strong argument is to be noticed concerning the Lamb’s book of life. The disciples were told to rejoice, not so much over the fact that the demons were subject to them, but that their names were written in the Lamb’s book of life. This book is a catalogue of the elect, determined by the unalterable counsel of God, and can neither be increased nor diminished. The names of the righteous are found there; but the names of those who perish have never been written there from the foundation of the world.

God does not make the mistake of writing in the book of life a name which He will later have to blot out. Hence none of the Lord’s own ever perish. Jesus told His disciples to find their chief joy in the fact that their names were written in heaven, Luke 10:20; yet there would have been small grounds for joy in this respect if their names written in heaven one day could have been blotted out the next. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Our citizenship is in heaven,” 3:20; and to Timothy he wrote, “The Lord knoweth them that are His,” II Tim. 2:19. For the Scripture teaching concerning the book of life, see Luke 10:20; Phil 4:3; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12-15; 21:27.

Here, then, are very simple and plain statements that the Christian shall continue in grace, the reason being that the Lord takes it upon Himself to preserve him in that state. In these promises the elect are secured on both sides. Not only will God not depart from them, but He will so put His fear into their hearts that they shall not depart from him. Surely no Spirit-taught Christian can doubt that this doctrine is taught in the Bible. It seems that man, poor, wretched and impotent as he is, would welcome a doctrine which secures for him the possessions of eternal happiness despite all attacks from without and all evil tendencies from within. But it is not so. He refuses it, and argues against it. And the causes are not far to seek.

In the first place he has more confidence in himself than he has any right to have. Secondly, the scheme is so contrary to what he is used to in the natural world that he persuades himself that it cannot be true. Thirdly, he perceives that if this doctrine be admitted, the other doctrines of free grace will logically follow. Hence he twists and explains away the Scripture passages which teach it, and clings to some which appear on the surface to favor his preconceived views. In fact, a system of salvation by grace is so utterly at variance with his everyday experience, in which he sees every thing and person treated according to works and merits, that he has great difficulty in bringing himself to believe that it can be true. He wishes to earn his own salvation, though certainly he expects very high wanes for very sorry work.

 

GOD’S  SHEEP CAN NEVER FALL FROM GRACE

GOD’S  SHEEP CAN NEVER FALL FROM GRACE

Michael Jeshurun

“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE.” [Gal 5:4]

God’s Elect are taught by the Spirit that they CANNOT be ‘justified by the law’. For they know full well that by the law is only the knowledge of sin! [Rom 3:20] They like the Apostle delight in the law of God after the inward man: But they see another law in their members, warring against the law of their mind, and bringing them into captivity to the law of sin which is in their members. And their often cry is – “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” [Rom 7:22-25]
And they know the answer too – “I thank God through Jesus Christ my Lord!” [Rom 7:25]These Elect are the true circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH! [Phil 3:3] They have NOT trusted in themselves but in Christ Jesus for their salvation and have come to believe that HE is the both the Author and the Finisher of their faith! [Heb 12;2] And they are confident of this very thing, that HE which hath begun a good work in them WILL PERFORM IT until the Day of Jesus Christ!” [Phil 1:6] Hallelujah!

The ‘grace’ bestowed and continually given to God’s Elect is not a measly paltry handful of grace from a reluctant God but an ‘abundance of grace’ from a benevolent Father; and the righteousness which they possess is not a righteousness based on their own works but ‘the gift of God’ which is irrevocable! [Rom 11:29]

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive ABUNDANCE OF GRACE and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ!” [Romans 5:17]

Zerubbabel – a picture of Christ in the Old Testament has laid the foundation of His great temple made without hands with GRACE and He shall also bring in the headstone and finally crown it with that SAME GRACE!

“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it . . . . and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying , GRACE, GRACE unto it. . . . for it is not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts!” [Zech 4:6-9]

EXCERPT FROM J.K. POPHAM’S “IMPERISHABLE GRACE” –

“The Arminians conclude from this text (Gal 5:4), and other passages of Scripture, that grace is destructible, that a child of God may finally, eternally perish; but, if they considered the NATURE of grace for a moment, they would never again teach such an error, but would, with Dr. Gill, believe that the falling away my text speaks of is a falling away from, not the PRINCIPLE, but the PROFESSION of the doctrines of grace.

O what wonders love has done! The boundless grace of God is seen in the covenant of grace. Boston very truly observes that “as man’s ruin was originally owing to the breaking of the covenant of works, so his recovery, from the first to the last step thereof, is owing purely to the fulfilling (by a Surety) of the covenant of grace.” “I have made a covenant with My chosen.” The Lord says this shall not be like the first covenant, “which My covenant they brake, saith the Lord.” The blessed substance of this is: I will, they shall. “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” “I will make them willing in the day of My power, and they shall not turn away from Me” (Ezk 37:27; Jer 3:19; 31:31-34).

Now these everlasting hills can never move. The promises of good in the first covenant depended upon the character of the person to whom they were made, but the promises of the second covenant all depend upon the Person making them. The goodness of the man interested in them cannot merit them, neither shall sin rob him of them, for they depend upon a divine shall and will, not upon the poor, fickle will of a creature. It is called the new and better covenant, established upon better promises. It contains in itself pardon for all the sins and iniquities of the election of grace, [Jer. 31:34]; it has a word for backsliders; and it says, “Mercy is built up forever” [Psa. 89:2].

The Lord has promised to put away, to forgive the sins of His people, and He is not a man that He should lie; He has given grace to His people in Christ Jesus before the world began and He is not the son of man that He should repent. His gifts are “without repentance.” He calls His people to His feet, and says they shall not depart from Him, and His callings as well as His gifts are without repentance. “He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? and what His soul desireth, even that He doeth.” “For whatsoever it pleased the Lord, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and in all deep places.”

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Poor dear child of God, what do you say to these things? To the precious doctrine of the eternal choice, the everlasting love, and the gracious determination of His will to save you, as you have at times been sweetly made to hope? What could you do if these things were taken away? “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

Fall from this grace? Why God must first cease to be; His Name, glory, and honour are all at stake, if I may so say, in this matter. Fall from this grace? God’s choice become reprobation? His love be turned into hatred, and His determination to save you cease to exist? Of all impossibilities these are the greatest, if there are any degrees in impossibilities.

God’s love is seen in, and manifested by, the gracious promises He has made to His poor doubting saints. “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” All His gracious words, His precious sayings, and even His reproofs, flow from the love of His heart. Is, then, this the grace from which the apostle says the Galatians would or could fall? Surely he would never so detract from the honour of that glorious Person who had been so revealed in him, and of whom he knew so much, the efficacy of whose righteousness, and the stability of whose covenant he had so written of throughout this epistle! No, no, the apostle had not so learned Christ. Nay, even to these same Galatians he writes, “I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded.”

Fall from that grace, lose all interest in that grace, which prompted the dear and blessed Redeemer to become Surety for His people, which made Him delight to do the will of God, though that will was, to Him, as Toplady says, “a will of suffering,” which was such a mighty flame it could not be quenched by all the waves and billows that rolled over it, which still burns, and which makes Him feel a deeper sympathy with His poor afflicted people, each one in his particular sorrows, than they can feel for one another, [Isa 31:9],– Fall from this grace? O, blessed be God, never, never! Poor tempest-tossed and not comforted, His blood could as soon lose its efficacy as you lose your interest in it.

If any one of His people could fall from grace, how should He see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied? [Isa 53:11]You may feel as if your hope and your strength had perished from the Lord; you may complain, as the psalmist did, “As for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me,” but the mighty God of Jacob, even Jesus, stands at the right hand of the poor to save him, and the light of Israel will again and again shine upon your soul, for it is not quenched. Blessed be God, even Jehovah Jesus, His grace is sufficient to bring every one of His many sons to glory, and when they are all there with Him, He will say, “Behold, here am I, and the children which God hath given Me.”
– J.K. Popham

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Hallelujah!

ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS – WHAT IT MEANS

ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE SAINTS – WHAT IT MEANS

Michael Jeshurun

Eternal Security does not mean that all those who were baptized in infancy, all those who responded to an ‘altar call’ or all those who prayed a little prayer to accept Jesus as their ‘personal saviour’ are ‘eternally secure’!

But what it does mean is that all those who were loved and elected by the Father in eternity (Eph 1:4), all those for whom the Son shed His precious blood (John 10:15), and all those whom the Holy Spirit has sovereignly regenerated (John 3:8) are “KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time!” (1Pet 1:5)

Salvation is something which in all honesty WE never desired, prayed for nor sought after! It was something which was given to us FREELY without any regard to either our merit or demerit! “I was found of them THAT SOUGHT ME NOT; I was made manifest unto them that ASKED NOT AFTER ME.” (Rom 10:20)

All the children of Adam are born as sworn enemies of the Mighty Jehovah. They “are ESTRANGED FROM THE WOMB: and go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3) They may worship a ‘god’ of their own imagination, embrace an orthodox religion and have a head full of doctrine, but they can neither perceive nor love the Sovereign Discriminating God of the Scriptures!

This GOD can only be known by REVELATION! And He has chosen to reveal Himself to a FEW as opposed to the MANY who live and die in darkness! These ‘FEW’ He calls ‘Sheep” as opposed to the “Goats”. To the sheep it is GRANTED (Luke 8:10) to hear His voice and follow Him, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow!

And as is common with sheep in the natural world these spiritual sheep go astray many a time, but they NEVER CAN BE ‘LOST’ FOREVER, for they are under the care and oversight of the Master Shepherd of whom it is written – “Of them which Thou gavest Me have I lost none!” (John 18:9)

The salvation of God’s elect is at times likened to the building of a temple, and God as the Master builder! While men may at times undertake the building of a project and later leave it undone for a lack of foresight or the power and resource to finish thereof; not so God!

It shall NEVER be said of God, “This man began to build, and was not able to finish!” Oh No! “Being CONFIDENT of this very thing, that He which HATH BEGUN a good work in you WILL PERFORM IT until the day of Jesus Christ!” (Phil 1:6)

“The hands of Zerubbabel (picture of Christ) have LAID THE FOUNDATION of this house; his hands shall also FINISH IT; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it! (Zech 4:6-8)

Yes, the elect of God are eternally secure, not because of anything in them or performed by them, but because of Him who promised –

“And I GIVE UNTO THEM eternal life; and they shall NEVER PERISH, neither shall any man PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and NO MAN IS ABLE TO PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY FATHER’S HAND!” (John 10:28,29)

Say Hallelujah!

NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST JESUS!

NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST JESUS!

A.W. Pink

Regeneration is a radical and supernatural change of the inner nature, through which the soul is made spiritually alive, and the new life which is implanted is immortal. And since it is a change in the inner nature, it is in a sphere in which man does not have control. No creature is at liberty to change the fundamental principles of its nature, for that is the prerogative of God as creator. Hence nothing short of another supernatural act of God could reverse this change and cause the new life to be lost. The born-again Christian can no more lose his sonship to the heavenly Father than an earthly son can lose his sonship to an earthly father. The idea that a Christian may fall away and perish arises from a wrong conception of the principle of spiritual life, which is imparted to the soul in regeneration.

So far as the believer is concerned, the penal side of the sin question has been settled once and for all. His case has been tried in the supreme court, and God has justified him: in consequence thereof the Divine decision is “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). Once those very persons were under condemnation—”condemned already” (John 3:18); but now that their faith has united them to Christ there is no condemnation. The debt of their sin has been paid by their great Surety; the record thereof has been “blotted out” by His cleansing blood. “It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth” (Rom. 8:33, 34). Who will reverse His decision! Where is that superior tribunal to which this cause can be carried? Eternal justice has pronounced her fiat; immutable judgment has recorded her sentence.

It is utterly and absolutely impossible that the sentence of the Divine Judge should ever be revoked or reversed. His sentence of justification results from and rests upon a complete satisfaction having been offered to His Law, and that in the fulfillment of a covenant engagement. Thus is effectually precluded the recall of the verdict. The Father stipulated to release His elect from the curse of the law provided the Son would meet the claims of justice against them. The Son freely complied with His Father’s will: “Lo, I come.” He was now made under the law, fulfilled the law, and suffered the full penalty of the law; therefore shall He see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied. Sooner shall the lightnings of omnipotence shiver the Rock of Ages than those sheltering in Him again be brought under condemnation.

Not only is there “now no condemnation” resting upon the believer, but there never again shall be, for “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin” (Rom. 4:8).

The dread sentence of the law, “Thou shalt surely die,” cannot in justice be executed upon the sinner’s Surety and also upon himself. Hence by a necessity existing in the very nature of moral government, it must follow that the believing sinner be freed from all condemnation, that is, so cleared of the same that he is raised above all liability to punishment. So declared our blessed Saviour Himself, in words too plain and emphatic to admit of any misunderstanding: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). He, the habitation of whose throne is “justice and judgment,” has sealed up this declaration forever, by affirming “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Sooner shall the sword of justice cleave the helmet of the Almighty than any Divinely pardoned soul perish.

But not only are the sins of all who truly come to Christ eternally remitted, but the very righteousness of the Redeemer passes over to them, is placed upon them, so that a perfect obedience to the law is imputed to their account. It is theirs, not by promise, but by gift (Rom. 5:17), by actual bestowment. It is not simply that God treats them as if they were righteous, they ARE righteous and so pronounced by Him. And therefore may each believing soul exclaim, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isa. 61:10). O that each Christian reader may be enabled to clearly and strongly grasp hold of this glorious fact: that he is now truly righteous in the sight of God, is in actual possession of an obedience which answers every demand of the law.

This unspeakable blessing is bestowed not only by the amazing grace of God, but it is actually required by His inexorable justice. This too was stipulated and agreed upon in the covenant into which the Father entered with the Son. That is why the Redeemer lived here on earth for upwards of thirty years before He went to the cross to suffer the penalty of our sins: He assumed and discharged our responsibilities; as a child, as a youth, as a man, He rendered unto God that perfect obedience which we owed Him. He “fulfilled all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15) for His people, and just as He who knew no sin was made sin for them, so they are now made “the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21). And therefore does Jehovah declare, “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee” (Isa. 54:10).

By actually believing with a justifying faith the sinner doth receive Christ Himself, is joined to Him, and becomes immediately an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ. This gives him a right unto and an interest in the benefits of His mediation. By faith in Christ he received not only the forgiveness of sins, but an inheritance among all them that are sanctified (Acts 26:18), the Holy Spirit (given to him) being “the earnest of our inheritance” (Eph. 1:13, 14). The believing sinner may now say “in the LORD have I righteousness” (Isa. 45:24). He is “complete in Him” (Col. 2:10), for by “one offering” the Saviour hath “perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:14). The believer has been “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6), and stands before the throne of God arrayed in a garment more excellent than that which is worn by the holy angels.

How infinitely does the glorious Gospel of God transcend the impoverished thoughts and schemes of men! How immeasurably superior is that “everlasting righteousness” which Christ has brought in (Dan. 9:24) from that miserable thing which multitudes are seeking to produce by their own efforts. Greater far is the difference between the shining light of the midday sun and the blackness of the darkest night, than between that “best robe” (Luke 15:22) which Christ has wrought out for each of His people and that wretched covering which zealous religionists are attempting to weave out of the filthy rags of their own righteousness. Equally great is the difference between the truth of God concerning the present and immutable standing of His saints in all the acceptability of Christ, and the horrible perversion of Arminians who make acceptance with God contingent upon the believer’s faithfulness and perseverance, who suppose that Heaven can be purchased by the creature’s deeds and doings.

Let it be said in conclusion that the justification of the Christian is complete the moment he truly believes in Christ, and hence there are no degrees in justification. The Apostle Paul was as truly a justified man at the hour of his conversion as he was at the close of his life. The feeblest babe in Christ is just as completely justified as is the most mature saint. Let theologians note the following distinctions. Christians were decretively justified from all eternity: efficaciously so when Christ rose again from the dead; actually so when they believed; sensibly so when the Spirit bestows joyous assurance; manifestly so when they tread the path of obedience; finally so at the Day of Judgment, when God shall sententiously, and in the presence of all created things, pronounce them so.

SAY UNTO MY SOUL “I AM THY SALVATION!”

SAY UNTO MY SOUL “I AM THY SALVATION!”

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to MAKE YOUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ..” [2 Peter 1:10-11]

I believe many of God’s people, if not most, have much ado to “make their calling and election sure.” They are not a people to take things for granted; they cannot sit at ease and say, “I have no doubt that I am a child of God;” they need something powerful, something applied, something spoken by the mouth of God himself; and short of that, they must be exercised with doubts and fears as to their state before him.

Now let conscience speak; let us turn over the leaves of conscience. What says that faithful witness? Has God spoken with power to your soul? Has he pardoned your sins? Has he given you a sweet testimony of your saving interest in the Son of his love? Say you, “Why, I do not know that I can say all that, I do not know that God has pardoned my sins.”

Well, we will come a little lower then; if you cannot say that, we will take a little lower ground; can you say that you are sighing and groaning and crying at times, not always, but as the Lord works in you, for the sweet manifestations of Jesus’ love to your souls? Here is a door open for you, the door of hope in the valley of Achor. Can you come in here? Well, these are marks of being one of God’s peculiar people.

But you cannot be satisfied, short of God himself making it known to you; you need an immediate testimony from His blessed mouth, and nothing but that can satisfy you, and when He sheds abroad His love in your soul, it will give you peace and comfort, and nothing short of that can.” – [J.C. Philpot]

“Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation!” [Psa 35:3]

“What does this sweet prayer teach me? It shall be my evening’s petition; but first let it yield me an instructive meditation. The text informs me first of all that David had his doubts; for why should he pray, “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation,” if he were not sometimes exercised with doubts and fears? Let me, then, be of good cheer, for I am not the only saint who has to complain of weakness of faith.

If David doubted, I need not conclude that I am no Christian because I have doubts. The text reminds me that David was not content while he had doubts and fears, but he repaired at once to the mercy-seat to pray for assurance; for he valued it as much fine gold. I too must labour after an abiding sense of my acceptance in the Beloved, and must have no joy when His love is not shed abroad in my soul. When my Bridegroom is gone from me, my soul must and will fast.

I learn also that David knew where to obtain full assurance. He went to his God in prayer, crying, “Say unto my soul I am thy salvation.” I must be much alone with God if I would have a clear sense of Jesus’ love. Let my prayers cease, and my eye of faith will grow dim. Much in prayer, much in heaven; slow in prayer, slow in progress. I notice that David would not be satisfied unless his assurance had a divine source. “Say unto my soul.” Lord, do Thou say it ! Nothing short of a divine testimony in the soul will ever content the true Christian.

Moreover, David could not rest unless his assurance had a vivid personality about it. “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Lord, if Thou shouldst say this to all the saints, it were nothing, unless Thou shouldst say it to ME. Lord, I have sinned; I deserve not Thy smile; I scarcely dare to ask it; but oh! say to my soul, even to my soul, “I am thy salvation.” Let me have a present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am Thine, and that Thou art mine.” – C.H. Spurgeon

WHO SHALL UNCLASP THE HANDS OF JEHOVAH?

WHO SHALL UNCLASP THE HANDS OF JEHOVAH?

Robert Hawker (1753 – 1827 A.D.)

“No man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

Think, my soul, how eternally safe and secure must the church of Jesus be, thus kept by the mighty power of God, through faith, unto salvation! What shall unclasp the hands of Jehovah? Who shall wrest the weakest, the humblest, the poorest of Christ’s little ones from the holding of His Omnipotency?

Why then art thou, my soul, so frequently exercised with fears, and doubts, and misgivings? It is the Lord’s love that is the foundation of thy assurance, and not the strength of thy graces! His own free mercy, and not thy merit were the first causes of thy calling; and what is it now, in thy present preservation, but the same which holds thee up and carries thee through every difficulty?

“Yea, He loved the people; all His saints are in Thy hands” (Deut 33:3). Precious Lord Jesus! It is enough. How shall a child of Thine perish when secured by such almighty support? Oh to hear Thy voice, in the soft whispers of Thy love, comforting my soul as Thou didst the church of old. “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget; yet, will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:15-16).

IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S SHEEP THEN YOUR SALVATION CANNOT BE FORFEITED

 

IF YOU ARE CHRIST’S SHEEP THEN YOUR SALVATION CANNOT BE FORFEITED

compiled by Michael Jeshurun

“Forfeitures are the woes of sinful men, but salvation is the work of Christ, Who has most willingly become Surety for His people’s debts (Heb.7:22), and to say that salvation can be forfeited is to say that this blessed surety has defaulted in his work as surety, which is nothing short of blasphemy. A “forfeit” is something that is taken from a man because of his failure to meet his obligations in the arrangements by which he acquired that particular thing. In normal conditions, if we forfeit something, it is because it was never ours to start with. The man may be driving the car, but is it his? If it is, then forfeiture is impossible.” – Matthew Pacifico

In my unregenerate days every once in a while I would run into one of my buddies who had just bought a flashy new motorbike, and when I would congratulate them for the purchase, sometimes their response would be – “Well, it’s not yet mine buddy! I’m still paying the installments!”

And rightly so! A thing is not thine own until you have purchased it having paid for it in full and it has become your ‘possession’ in the legal sense of the word! Oh what a word is that concerning the Church of God – “until the redemption of THE PURCHASED POSSESSION!” [Eph 1:14]

All the sheep that Christ owns in time He owned from eternity. No one ‘becomes’ a sheep in time and joins Christ’s fold. Those who join His fold in time were always a part of His flock from eternity, but in the wisdom of God were lost through the fall. All that the Great Shepherd does is seek and save that which originally belonged to Him by divine decree!

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]

But to return, Christ cannot ‘forfeit’ the Church which He hath purchased, for He purchased it having paid THE FULL COST that it required to purchase her! And therefore it is now His rightful ‘possession’ or property if you will. The Apostle says in three simple words – “Ye are Christ’s!” [1Cor 3:23] It would indeed take many volumes to set forth all that is implied by those three simple words. But please allow me to quote below what the well instructed J.C. Philpot said concerning these words –

“The words are very full, large, and comprehensive, so that I feel I can scarcely grasp them; but they clearly mean that the saints of God are Christ’s property, his possession, his inheritance; that they belong to him and are his, as a man’s estate or wife and children are his. If you can find any other word, or figure to convey the idea of full, entire, and absolute right, possession, and enjoyment, do so. No words, no figure, can be too strong to express Christ’s property in his people.

But they are His in three different ways:

FIRST, THEY ARE HIS BY GIFT. God, in his infinite wisdom and in the boundless depths of his love and grace, chose from all eternity a vast number, yea, an innumerable multitude of the human race unto eternal life. But though he chose them individually, he did not choose them distinct from the Son of his love, for we are expressly told that, “he chose them in Christ before the foundation of the world.” (Eph. 1:4.) Having chosen them, he gave them to his only begotten Son, that they might be his kingdom, his inheritance, his everlasting possession.

Thus, Jesus loved his people as the gift of the Father, besides loving them himself as a Person in the Godhead, as there is but one mind and one will; for as there is but one God, there can be but one love. But what a security does this give to the church of Christ! Can any one of his sheep, then, be lost? When at the great, day he will say to his Father, “Behold I and the children which thou hast given me,” can anyone be missing? No, not more than he himself. Will he not be able to say, “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none?” (John 18:9.)

BUT THEY ARE HIS ALSO BY PURCHASE. As the apostle says, “Ye are bought with a price.” And what price was this? The apostle Peter shall tell us:–“Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18, 19.) The church fell in Adam; she sank into the depths of all his guilty crime; for he being her federal head, she was in his loins, and thus partook of his sin and shared in the same penalty. Thus she became a prisoner under the law, amenable to its curse and condemned by its sentence. But it was provided by the Mosaic law that a captive Israelite might be redeemed by one of his brethren. (Levit. 25:48.) This was typical of the redemption of his captive brethren by Christ their elder brother. But he must pay a price for him, for without that there was no redemption. So Jesus redeemed the Church with his own blood, and she became his by actual redemption price.

When we pay a price down for a thing, it is ours; and generally speaking, the more we pay for it, the more valuable it is and the more highly we prize it. But what can be compared in value to the suffering and sorrows of the Son of God? What can be put upon a level with his precious blood? This was the ransom price he paid for the church. The Scripture is very express here:–“Feed the church of God which He hath purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:20.) “In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:14.) As thus redeemed, the church is Christ’s own property, and it is therefore called His “purchased possession.” (Eph. 1:14), and His people “a purchased people.” (1 Pet. 2:9, margin.)

BUT THEY ARE CHRIST’S ALSO BY POSSESSION. A person may purchase a house, and it may be in very bad condition. The walls may be covered with filth; the paper-hangings all dropping to pieces; the boards all broken; from every corner may be hanging the spider’s web, and the whole place a scene of dirt and confusion. But the buyer, for his own ends and purposes, has fixed his eyes upon that house, and he therefore purchases it and pays down the money for it. Now no sooner is the key put into his hand than he takes possession of the house, and begins to put it into repair that he may live in it.

But taking possession is the first step after paying down the purchase money. So it is in grace. What are we by nature and practice but like this old, dirty, miserable house, bearing all the stains and marks of sin, dilapidated from cellar to roof, and fit only for tramps and gypsies! But directly does the gracious owner take the key in his hand–for “He hath the key of David” (Rev. 3:7) – and puts it into the wards of the lock, the heart melts and moves at the sound (Cant. 5:4), for it knows that He has “the right of redemption,” and is come to take possession.

The owner of the house will not live in it until he has made it a fit abode for his own permanent residence. But much must be done before this can be. It is with the soul as with the leprous house spoken of in Leviticus. The plague is in the walls; the hollow streaks, greenish or reddish, manifest how deep seated is the plague of leprosy. The worst stones must be taken out and cast into an unclean place, and new ones put in; the walls thoroughly scraped and plastered. (Lev. 14:40, 42.) This is done by that work of grace on the soul whereby the Lord prepares it for his own habitation; for he has graciously said–“I will dwell in them and walk in them.” (2 Cor. 6:16.)

When, then, Christ visits the soul with his presence and sheds abroad his love therein, he takes full possession of the heart and affections and makes the body the temple of the Holy Ghost. But remember that there is a taking an initial, and a taking a full possession of a house. The initial, or first possession, is when the key is put into the lock before the walls are scraped; the full possession is when the house is furnished for the owner to live in. Thus the Lord may havebegun the work upon your soul, and so taken initial possession. He may have planted his fear in your heart, given you a spirit of prayer, separated you from the world, and brought soft feelings into your conscience. He may have with the hammer of the law knocked away the leprous stones and scraped the walls from their filthy as well as Pharisaic mortar; but there is something yet lacking.

You have not received the desired manifestation: the furniture of His grace, the bed of His love (Cant. 3:7) is not yet in the house; and above all the Master is not there. This causes you doubts and fears and misgivings, and you are often sunk into trouble and distress of mind because Christ does not manifest himself. “O, when wilt Thou come unto me?” (Psa. 101:2) is often your cry. But He will surely come, “for yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” (Heb. 10:37.)

Wherever there is a beginning of a work of grace upon the soul, there will be a carrying on; and where there is a carrying on, there will be a completion. The Lord will never suffer his children to rest short of himself. This is what they are sighing for – what they inwardly desire; and unless they are enabled to realize this, they can neither happily live nor comfortably die.

But our text gives a reason as to WHY the saints are Christ’s. They are Christ’s because – “Christ is God’s.” [1Cor 3:23] These are remarkable words, and need to be fully and reverently opened up. The fullness of the mystery is beyond our grasp. Look, then, once more at these glorious truths. “Ye are Christ’s” because by donation, purchase, and possession ye are members of his body. “Christ is God’s” as Son, as Servant, as Mediator, as Head of the church. Then ye too are God’s, because ye are Christ’s; for the members are always one with their covenant Head.”

Praise the Lord!

THE IRRESISTIBLE AND IRREVERSIBLE NEW-BIRTH!

THE IRRESISTIBLE AND IRREVERSIBLE NEW-BIRTH!

Michael Jeshurun

Salvation is not a REWARD given to those who have ‘PERFORMED’, but a FREE GIFT given to those who CANNOT PERFORM! It is something that you have RIGHT NOW, not something you will receive LATER, based on your performance! May the good Lord burn the truth of this verse into our hearts – “For BY GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT OF GOD: Not OF WORKS, lest any man should boast!” [Eph 2:8,9].

“Regeneration is a radical and supernatural change of the inner nature, through which the soul is made spiritually alive, and the new life which is implanted is immortal. And since it is a change in the inner nature, it is in a sphere in which man does not have control. No creature is at liberty to change the fundamental principles of its nature, for that is the prerogative of God as creator. Hence nothing short of another supernatural act of God could REVERSE this change and cause the new life to be lost!

The born-again Christian can no more lose his sonship to the heavenly Father than an earthly son can lose his sonship to an earthly father. The idea that a Christian may fall away and perish arises from a wrong conception of the principle of spiritual life, which is imparted to the soul in regeneration.” – A.W. Pink

If Christ had gone to the cross just to give us life, conceivably we could commit a sin and lose that life; but because He has given us ETERNAL LIFE, by the very nature of that which is eternal, it must be forever and ever. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” [Jn. 3:36]. Not WILL have or MAY have (IF he behaves), but HATH RIGHT NOW! [see also 1 Jn 5:13].

The ‘new birth’ is a spiritual resurrection, a passing from death unto life [Jn 5:24]. Writing to the saints in Ephesus the apostle Paul said, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; [Eph. 2:4-6; see also Col. 2:12]. This is the resurrection that Jesus spoke of to Martha before He raised Lazarus from the dead. He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die [Jn. 11:25,26].

According to these verses, those whom God hath made alive, have experienced the resurrection of their souls. The Bible calls this the ‘First Resurrection’ [Rev. 20:5]. Upon those who have experienced the First Resurrection the ‘Second Death’ has no power [Rev. 20:6]. The second death being eternal damnation in Hell [Rev. 20:14].