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Why we Can Trust in the Lord

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We are definitely living in the days of right being wrong and wrong being right. The evil ones are having the biggest hissy Jesus rose from the dead, because their evil, crooked candidate lost the Presidential election. We are seeing those who are deceived and seem to belong to God’s enemy wreaking violence and havoc in our streets, because they are losing. But, we have God’s promises from His Word that we need not be discouraged nor down-trodden. We know Who is in control and how this story ends. Psalm 37 is one of the greatest reminders we have to keep hope in and take comfort from

Christian Soldiers unite! Go to God in prayer and actually take a stand for what is right instead of sticking your heads in the sand and then wonder how we got where we are!

Think on these things!

Psalm 37

1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

When we look abroad we see the world full of evil-doers, that flourish and live in ease. So it was seen of old, therefore let us not marvel at the matter. We are tempted to fret at this, to think them the only happy people, and so we are prone to do like them: but this we are warned against. Outward prosperity is fading. When we look forward, with an eye of faith, we shall see no reason to envy the wicked. Their weeping and wailing will be everlasting. The life of religion is a believing trust in the Lord, and diligent care to serve him according to his will. It is not trusting God, but tempting him, if we do not make conscience of our duty to him. A man’s life consists not in abundance, but, Thou shalt have food convenient for thee. This is more than we deserve, and it is enough for one that is going to heaven. To delight in God is as much a privilege as a duty. He has not promised to gratify the appetites of the body, and the humours of the fancy, but the desires of the renewed, sanctified soul. What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and serve God. Commit thy way unto the Lord; roll thy way upon the Lord, so the margin reads it. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. We must roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselves with thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. By prayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, and trust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event with God. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou has committed to him. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

13 The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows the believer’s days. Not one day’s work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds. (Matthew Henry)

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

The Lord our God requires that we do justly, and render to all their due. It is a great sin for those that are able, to deny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to be able to pay them. He that is truly merciful, will be ever merciful. We must leave our sins; learn to do well, and cleave to it. This is true religion. The blessing of God is the spring, sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we are sure of this, we are sure not to want any thing good for us in this world. By his grace and Holy Spirit, he directs the thoughts, affections, and designs of good men. By his providence he overrules events, so as to make their way plain. He does not always show them his way for a distance, but leads them step by step, as children are led. God will keep them from being ruined by their falls, either into sin or into trouble, though such as fall into sin will be sorely hurt. Few, if any, have known the consistent believer, or his children, reduced to abject, friendless want. God forsakes not his saints in affliction; and in heaven only the righteous shall dwell for ever; that will be their everlasting habitation. A good man may fall into the hands of a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God will not leave him in his enemy’s hands. (Matthew Henry)

34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God’s, we must refer the disposal of them to him. What a striking But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperous wicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves, but believers are so in Christ Jesus. If all the saint’s days continue dark and cloudy, his dying day may prove comfortable, and his sun set bright; or, if it should set under a cloud, yet his future state will be everlasting peace. The salvation of the righteous will be the Lord’s doing. He will help them to do their duties, to bear their burdens; help them to bear their troubles well, and get good by them, and, in due time, will deliver them out of their troubles. Let sinners then depart from evil, and do good; repent of and forsake sin, and trust in the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. Let them take his yoke upon them, and learn of him, that they may dwell for evermore in heaven. Let us mark the closing scenes of different characters, and always depend on God’s mercy. (Matthew Henry)

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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What is Believer’s Baptism?

The Truth From God’s Word of Believer’s Baptism

The Biblical reason for Baptism is so that all who have trusted Christ as Saviour may promptly make public our profession of Christ. Each new Christian should follow the Lord’s command for believer’s baptism, and this Scriptural baptism is always by immersion (after salvation). Baptism itself does not save, it is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify ourselves with Him in open confession, and it is a symbolic representation, a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It also aids to keep us accountable to our commitment to henceforth let Jesus be the Lord of our lives.

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Acts 16:29-34 “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”

Matthew 10:32-33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Anything other than this is simply some humans’ deceived, twisting of God’s Word to meet their own opinion.

If you are unsure that you are truly saved by the blood of the Lamb Jesus, please click here or the link “The Only Way” at the top of the page.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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My Identity in Christ

Who Am I In Christ? The best way to know who I am in Christ is to read what it says in His Word. I am to be more concerned with where I am in my walk with Him, than to fret over what ‘those of this world’ think of me.

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I am chosen by God. Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:”

I am adopted by God. Ephesians 1:5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

I am a child of God in His family. 1 John 3:1 “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.”

I am forgiven by God for all my sins. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

I am reconciled to God, in harmony with Him. Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

I am seen by God as holy, blameless, above reproach. Colossians 1:21,22 “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”

I am sealed with God’s Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”

I am called to accomplish God’s purpose. Romans 8:28,30 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

I am a full citizen among God’s people. Ephesians 2:19 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

I am justified–declared right in God’s sight. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

I am sanctified–set apart by God’s Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

I am redeemed–bought with Christ’s blood. Ephesians 1:7 ” In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

I am cleansed by Christ’s blood for all my sin. 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

I am an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ. Romans 8:16,17 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

I am complete in Christ. Colossians 2:10 “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”

I am an ambassador for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

I am being conformed to the character of Christ. Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

If you have been born again through the blood of Jesus Christ, you can claim all these same promises for yourself, and I am glad to call you my sister/brother in Christ.

THANK YOU, LORD, FOR GIVING ME WORTH AND LETTING ME SEE THAT I HAVE PURPOSE!

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in God's Love

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 8

V. Sanctification

A. Sanctification means “to set apart” or to separate from evil to a dedicated life of service to God.

B. Sanctification in the believer is three-fold.

1. At the moment of Salvation, we are sanctified positionally, by the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Hebrews 13:12 “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

At Salvation we are immediately set apart for service. Ephesians 2:8-10 “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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

2. During the believers’ walk on earth, we are sanctified progressively by the Holy Spirit and the Word of Truth.

2 Timothy 2:21 “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Hebrews 12:23 “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

1 Corinthians 15:44-46 “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” The word “saint” means “sanctified one.”

3. In Heaven we will be sanctified permanently.

Concerning our resurrection body: 1 Corinthians 15:44-49 says, “It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 5

II. Justification takes place during our divine moment of Salvation

A. What is Justification – the judicial act of God’s grace whereby He declares the believing sinner “not guilty.” To be declared innocent. To be acquitted. God not only forgives us of the sin and lifts the penalty from us, but He forgets the crime and sees us as though we had never committed it.

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”

Psalm 79:9 “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.”

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

2 Samuel 12:13 “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”

Mark 2:5-11 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.”

Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”

Our Preacher is always sharing this layman’s definition of Justification: “Just as if I’d never sinned.” It brings it to reality in my mind.

B. How justification works – it works by imputing (putting to another’s account) – the believer’s sin to Christ and Christ’s righteousness to the believer.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

C. How we are justified:

1. By Faith – Romans 3:24-28 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Acts 13:39 “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

2. By the Blood of Jesus Christ – Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

3. By a Free Gift – (See Romans 3:24-28 above) – Romans 5:16-18 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 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.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

4. By the Name of the Lord Jesus – 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

5. By His Grace – Titus 3:7 “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in God's Love, God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Salvation – Part 2

While on the cross, Jesus shed His blood to:

1. Satisfy the wrath and judgment of God against us for our sins – Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” 1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

2. Cleanse us from all of our sins, past, present, and future – Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Acts 13:38 “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” 2 Corinthians 1:10 “Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

3. Justify us before God – Romans 3:24-25 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;” Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

4. Make atonement for our souls – Romans 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

5. Purge our conscience from dead works – Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Many people have their consciences dangerously salved by dead works. These works are called “dead” because they cannot give life. Many think the more they do, the better chance they will have to earn eternal life. This is a deception.

The problem with our efforts is the way God sees them. Isaiah the prophet said, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) David said, “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.” (Psalms 39:5)

Paul said in Romans 3:10-20: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

Dead works could include: Baptism, Communion, Sacraments, mission work, charity, giving money or time, learning a catechism, saying prayers, attending church, being in a ministry, reading the Bible, lent, fasting, etc. If these dead works could save us, why did Jesus have to die on the Cross? Why did His blood have to be shed? The blood of Jesus Christ purges our consciences from dead works. It makes us realize how silly it is to trust in ourselves, and what we can do, rather than trusting in Christ and what He has done.

Illustration: If you committed 10,000 crimes, and you had to stand before a judge, would you tell him how good you are? So, if a person sins just 3 times a day (over 1000 times a year), and is 40 years old, that is over 40,000 sins (crimes against God’s law) – 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

No amount of “good” works can erase one sin. That is why what we call “good” works, God calls “dead” works and He expects us to repent of them. Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,” The foundation is the first thing built. The first thing to having a relationship with God, is to repent of the dead works you are trusting in.

This Salvation is entirely and wholly a work of God’s grace–without any works of man. Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.” God’s grace (undeserved and unmerited favor) draws us to Himself (John 6:44), gives us repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10), and faith to believe (Romans 10:8-17).

The agent by which this is done is the person of the Holy Ghost – John 16:7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

No works, however good, can make Salvation more secure. Consider this truth in the following verses:

Romans 4:2-5 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 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.”

Romans 4:16 “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,”

2 Timothy 1:9-10 “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, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”

Romans 11:6 “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

It is a free gift, not a reward! Romans 5:15 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”

Romans 5:16, 18 “And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification…Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “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.”

 
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Doctrine of Man – Part 6

The Being of Man – Part 2

B. Man is a Spirit

Job 32:8, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.”

1. The human spirit is given to man by God. Isaiah 42:5, “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” Zechariah 12:1, “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.” Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

2. Having a spirit is principle to all animal and human life. Ecclesiastes 3:21, “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?” (See also Ezekiel 1:20, 10:17)

3. The Lord is God over all spirits. Numbers 16:22, “And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?” Numbers 27:16, “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,”

4. No human has any power to retain their spirit when the day of death comes. Ecclesiastes 8:8a, “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death:…” Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” The Father even knows when the sparrow falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29). Death comes to the body when the spirit departs from it. James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

5. When Stephen died, he gave up his spirit. Acts 7:59, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

6. The little maid who died revived when her spirit came back into her. Luke 8:53-55, “And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.”

7. The “spirit” is also called the “ghost.” These two words come from the same Greek word. When Jesus died, he yielded up the ghost (Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37-39; John 19:30). This was right after He said in Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” So, the spirit and the ghost are the same. Thus, the spirit is a very real invisible man or a ghost. Luke 24:37, “But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.” The following also gave up the ghost when they died: Ananias in Acts 5:5; Sapphira in Acts 5:10; Herod in Acts 12:23.

8. The spirit is distinctly different from the soul. Hebrews 4:12a, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,…” We will study the soul later. An animal is never said to have a soul in the Bible. Only humans have souls.

9. A spirit is a person, but without flesh and bones. Luke 24:39, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”

10. The spirit of man is the seat of the mind, emotions and will. The mind pertains mainly to the spirit. Ephesians 4:23, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” The conscience pertains to the mind. The processes of the mind and conscience affect a person’s emotions and will.

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11. We may never completely understand the human spirit in this life. Ecclesiastes 11:5a declares, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit,…”

12. The Lord examines us by watching our inner person. The human spirit is the candle of the Lord. A candle is used for searching. By examining our spirit, the Lord knows what we are made of Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.”

13. Even though we cannot completely understand the human spirit, nor the ways of God, yet we are to take heed to our spirit. It is not to be neglected. Just as we are to take care of our body, so we should tend to our spirit. Malachi 2:15-16, “And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.”

14. We are supposed to rule our spirit. Proverbs 16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 25:28, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

15. A person who is born again is saved. Whereas, salvation has mostly to do with our souls, the spirit is also said to be saved and secured of a place in Heaven. 1 Corinthians 5:5, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” Hebrews 12:23, “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

16. The spirit can be cleaned up in a person who desires to be sanctified. 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 1 Corinthians 7:34 tells us that the spirit can be made holy, “There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

17. The Lord Jesus can be with our spirit. Galatians 6:18, “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:22, “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” Philemon 1:25, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” The Lord’s visitation of our spirit preserves a right spirit in us. Job 10:12, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.”

18. The Lord can make the human spirit new. Ezekiel 18:31, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

19. He can also renew a right spirit within us when it goes bad. Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

Let us look further into the spirit of man by studying these 3 general statements:

1. The mind (and conscience) affect the spirit of man. Thoughts and understanding have an impact on the human spirit.

  • “The spirit of my understanding” Job 20:3
  • “My spirit made diligent search” Psalm 77:6
  • “A man of understanding is of an excellent spirit” Proverbs 17:27
  • “Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel…” Daniel 5:12 (6:3)
  • “They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding…” Isaiah 29:24
  • “And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit…” Mark 2:8
  • “The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit…” Romans 8:16
  • “What man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him?” 1 Corinthians 2:11
  • “My spirit prayeth” 1 Corinthians 14:14-15
  • “I will sing with the spirit” 1 Corinthians 14:15
  • “The spirit of your mind” Ephesians 4:23

2. The human spirit effects the will.

  • “Everyone whom his spirit made willing” Exodus 35:21
  • “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and followed me fully” Numbers 14:24
  • “hardened his spirit” Deuteronomy 2:30
  • “Neither was their spirit in them anymore” Joshua 5:1; 1 Kings 10:5; 2 Chronicles 9:4; Psalm 143:7
  • “That thou turnest they spirit against God” Job 15:13
  • “The spirit within me constraineth me” Job 32:18
  • “He that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” Proverbs 11:13
  • “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity” Proverbs 18:14
  • “The proud in spirit” Ecclesiastes 7:8
  • “With my spirit within me will I seek thee early” Isaiah 26:9
  • “And every spirit shall faint” Ezekiel 21:7
  • “The spirit indeed is willing” Matthew 26:41
  • “The spirit truly is ready” Mark 14:38
  • “The child grew, and waxed strong in the spirit” Luke 1:80, 2:40
  • “The wisdom and spirit by which he spake” Acts 6:10
  • “Paul purposed in the spirit” Acts 19:21
  • “Whom I serve with my spirit” Romans 1:9
  • “We should serve in newness of spirit” Romans 7:6
  • “Stand fast in one spirit” Philippians 1:27
  • “Be thou an example…in spirit” 1 Timothy 4:12

3. The human spirit affects the emotions/feelings.

  • troubled spirit – Genesis 41:8; Job 21:4; Daniel 2:13; John 13:21 (Note: Even Jesus was troubled in spirit, but never in heart.)
  • revived spirit – Genesis 45:27; Judges 15:19; 1 Samuel 30:12
  • anguish of spirit – Exodus 6:9; Job 7:11
  • sorrowful spirit – 1 Samuel 1:15
  • sad spirit – 1 Kings 21:5
  • stirred up spirit – 2 Chronicles 36:22; Ezra 1:1; Haggai 1:14; Acts 17:16
  • dried up spirit – Job 6:4; Isaiah 57:16
  • affected spirit – Job 26:4 (someone else’s spirit affects ours, rather than us doing our own thinking or feeling)
  • contrite spirit – Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 57:15, 66:2
  • broken spirit – Psalm 51:17; Proverbs 17:22
  • overwhelmed spirit – Psalm 77:3, 142:3, 143:4
  • provoked spirit – Psalm 106:33
  • hasty spirit – Proverbs 14:29; Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • breached spirit – Proverbs 15:4 (In Hebrew means “a fracture.”)
  • broken spirit – Proverbs 15:13
  • haughty spirit – Proverbs 16:18
  • humble spirit – Proverbs 16:19, 29:23; Isaiah 57:15
  • wounded spirit – Proverbs 18:14
  • vexed spirit – Ecclesiastes 1:17, 2:11,17,26,  3:26, 4:4,6,16, 6:9; Isaiah 65:14 (A vexed spirit is depression. It was Solomon’s pursuit of worldly happiness that led to his depression.)
  • patient spirit – Ecclesiastes 7:8
  • perverse spirit – Isaiah 19:14
  • grieved spirit – Isaiah 54:6; Daniel 7:15
  • heavy spirit – Isaiah 61:3
  • poor in spirit – Isaiah 66:2; Matthew 5:3
  • heated spirit – Ezekiel 3:14 (To be righteously angered or indignant.)
  • quieted spirit – Zechariah 6:8
  • rejoicing spirit – Luke 10:21
  • worshiping spirit – John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3 (There must be feeling and emotion put into true worship of God.)
  • groaning in spirit – John 11:33
  • pressed in spirit – Acts 18:5
  • fervent in spirit – Acts 18:25
  • a present spirit – 1 Corinthians 5:3-4; Colossians 2:5 (Though absent in body, a person can be attached to a person or a situation emotionally.)
  • glorifying spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:20 (to glorify God that is)
  • refreshed spirit – 1 Corinthians 16:18; 2 Corinthians 7:13
  • restless spirit – 2 Corinthians 2:13
  • filthy spirit – 2 Corinthians 7:1
  • meek and quiet spirit – 1 Peter 3:4 (an ornament of great price in the sight of God, especially for a woman to have.)

All in all, there are about 98 references to the human spirit in the Old Testament, and about 52 references in the New Testament. It would do us well to take heed to our spirit and be aware of what affects it and how it affects us. May the Lord help us to keep our minds and consciences pure in His sight, and thus have a right spirit within us.

 
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