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Has Delivered, Doth Deliver, Will Deliver
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.)

 

 
Ye Have Not So Learned Christ
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.

 

 
Born Again By The Word
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.
 
What does Romans 11:25 and 28 mean?
Written by Josh Winslett   
Monday, 04 March 2013 17:49

These passages are two beautiful verses showing God’s judgment, mercy, and preserving grace. Before we can fully understand what these verses are teaching, we have to understand who they are talking about.

Paul starts the context in Romans 9. Paul prays for his “kinsmen according to the flesh: Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came.” Paul’s prayer was for his fellow Israelites, his family. Yet Paul’s description does not stop there. He further clarifies that he is praying for those Israelites who God’s sovereign grace had chosen in election.

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Is a formal Bible study an ‘addition’ to the church? If it is wrong, what makes it so?
Written by Josh Winslett   
Saturday, 29 December 2012 00:00

Revised 5-23-13

 

The term “bible study” can be very nebulous. Like any term or phrase in the English language, there can be many definitions associated with the phrase. By “formal Bible study” I take that to mean a question and answer session during a typical organized worship service.

In many places in scripture we can find people asking questions to ministers. In Acts 8:29-39 we see that the Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized after a dialog with Phillip. In Acts 10 the entire household of Cornelius was converted to the knowledge of the truth through an in dept biblical discussion.

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Recommended Reading: Look Upon Zion by Harold Hunt
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.

 

 
Discretion Shall Preserve Thee
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:37

 

"Discretion shall preserve* thee, understanding shall keep thee..." - Proverbs 2:11

To be discrete or to have discretion is to know when to speak. Knowing when to speak is possibly one of the hardest parts of the Christian life. Some of us are very talkative (myself included). When I was young, a dear friend shared this verse during a time of adversity in my own personal life and it has been an invaluable proverb to continually keep in mind as I interact with folks. Sometimes I forget this wisdom, but I do try to live by it.

Solomon reminds us often in the Proverbs of the dangers of being the proverbial "loose cannon."

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Salvation: A Summary Of The Usage Of The Word "Save" In Scripture
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:37

 

The concept of Salvation is one often over simplified and therefore misunderstood in our present day. Generally, when one reads scripture and comes across a derivative of the word "save," the concept of spending eternity in Heaven comes to mind. While there are many occasions in the Bible where this word does indicate salvation from sin, the word was more general in its original usage. Sometimes this word has reference to being delivered from an enemy while other times it refers to being delivered from the influence of the wicked. Thus, it has been the practice of Baptists for hundreds of years to differentiate between eternal salvation (salvation from the penalty of sin) and temporal salvation (a deliverance we experience in our lives on earth which does not have eternal ramifications).

It is the intended purpose of this article to give examples of each type of salvation as found in scripture.

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