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Receive Not The Grace of God in Vain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00

"We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." - 2 Corinthians 6:1

"But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." - 1 Corinthians 15:10

The grace of God brings eternal salvation (Titus 2:11). Eternal salvation cannot be lost, hence the word "eternal". It is a sovereign act of Divine power. However, you can receive this grace "in vain." How so? By living a life guided by the flesh after being born again.

This saving grace bestowed upon the Apostle Paul was not in vain because he LABORED for Christ. God saved you because He loves you. At the same time, He changed you so you can serve Him! Your former master, sin, has been destroyed. Why serve a dead master? Serve Christ!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:05
 
Has Delivered, Doth Deliver, Will Deliver PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 08:59

 

"[God] Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us..." 2 Corinthians 1:10

 

God has delivered (past tense) us from a great death in depravity, referring to the New Birth. He also 'doth' deliver us (present tense), referring to daily deliverance from many ills such as error and sinfulness while we live here. And yet, we trust that one day He will deliver us (future tense) from the presence sin and death itself in Heaven.

 

A study note, the word 'Deliver' is a synonym for the word 'Save." Deliverance is salvation. (Compare Joel 2:32 with Acts 2:21 in a KJV.)

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:04
 
Ye Have Not So Learned Christ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 08:59

 

"But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt..." - Ephesians 4:20-22

 

Notice the Biblical order of things. First, a sinner has 'heard Him' and has been 'taught by Him.' This language pertains to the new birth which is a call to life by the very 'voice' of Christ (See John 5:25). During this instantaneous call, the laws of God are written upon the very heart of the sinner, in essence being 'taught by Him' (See Hebrews 8:10). After this, it is the job of the ministry to exhort the changed sinner to a life of conformity to God's word, in essence putting off the 'old man' (former behavior) and putting on the 'new man' (behavior in accord with the new nature now given). The first was accomplished solely by Christ. The second is an act of obedience - a choice made by a living sinner - through the power of Christ. That this is the correct order of things is summed as 'the truth in Christ.' This is reality.

 

If you mourn your sins and believe in Christ, you are spiritually alive. Your duty now is to forsake your former lifestyle and pursue a life reflecting the life of your Savior.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:04
 
Born Again By The Word PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 18 March 2013 00:00
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23

'Word' in these two scriptures refer to the command of God Himself. As God, in the beginning, spake and the universe was divinely created, so He speaks and His children come to eternal life in Christ. We are 'His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.'
Rather than being a spiritual evolutionist as is common today (believing that a man affects his Spiritual condition from death to life through his own volition and metamorphosis), I implore you to consider the Biblical model, Spiritual Creation! Sinners are not born again by the words of men or even the words of the Bible, but by the very Word, command, of Almighty God. Amen.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 14:05
 
Recommended Reading: Look Upon Zion by Harold Hunt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 23 November 2012 10:45

 

Elder Harold Hunt operates an Old Baptist publishing endeavor in Maryville Tennessee and frequently publishes both books and essays in paperback form. I am very thankful that he sends these to me free of charge as they are published.

Last week, I received 28 page paperback entitled Look Upon Zion. The booklet is an essay on Zion, the Church of the Lord, from both Old and New Testament scriptures.

He first compares popular movements such as Messianic Judaism with Dispensationalism and notes how both groups erroneously downplay the church as a "stop gap" measure of the Lord when His initial goal of setting up a worldly kingdom failed (again, erroneously so). He then shares verses pertaining to the Lord's Church as a place of worship, a place of solemnities, a place of safety, a quiet habitation, and a tabernacle that shall not be taken down. Christ came to establish His Church, a Kingdom not of this world, and according to John chapter 17 He finished this work.

It was a very encouraging read and also could assist in clarifying truth from popular, contemporary notions. If you would like a copy of this or any other of the works he currently has available, you can write Elder Hunt at the following address:

Elder Harold Hunt
PO Box 5352
Maryville, TN 37802

Again, the booklet is entitled Look Upon Zion.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 November 2012 10:49
 
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