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It Was Grace and Only Grace

 Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1

SpurgeonIn Gods case, if He had said in the infinite sovereignty of His absolute will, “I will have no substitute, but each man shall suffer for himself, he who sinneth shall die,” none could have murmured. It was grace, and only grace which led the divine mind to say, “I will accept of a substitute. There shall be a vicarious suffering; and My vengeance shall be content, and My mercy shall be gratified.”  (C.H. Spurgeon Expiation, Sermon 561)

It was grace, and only grace

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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What Grace Is and Isn’t

HisgraceWhen someone says “Where’s your grace”, what do they really mean? Are they suggesting that the Spirit of God is no longer in you? I mean what is grace and can you see it? To me grace is something that reflects someone else. I know the meaning of grace is unmerited favor and we’re saved by God’s free grace Ephesians 2:8, 9 and sanctified by God’s free grace. 1 Corinthians 6:11

I know there is God’s common grace which He bestows on all people as He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45.

To me grace has to be connected to the One who gave us life 2 Corinthians 5:17, who died so we can be saved by grace alone Ephesians 2:8, 9 and that is our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Corinthians 5:21. Grace is God’s sovereign plan before the foundation of the world to save sinners, the elect who deserves His wrath Ephesians 1:1-11.

Amazing GraceGrace is not something that we jump in and out of, Paul says we stand in grace Romans 5:2 and that grace reigns through righteousness Romans 5:21. To me grace is being clothed in Christ Galatians 3:27, To me grace is being made into the image of Christ 2 Corinthians 3:18 Romans 8:29.

Peter said grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18. Grace is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ, and making no provision for the flesh Romans 13:14. Grace comes from Christ!

Grace instructs us “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, Titus 2:11-12

Yes we do enjoy liberty from the bondage of sin because of this grace Romans 8:12, so What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:1-2 . Remember grace reigns through righteousness Romans 5:21. This grace is not a license to do and say whatever we want as believers, Paul says absolutely not!

What grace isn’t!

  • Grace is not the apologist for your sin! Spurgeon said it best. “Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness, and not the apologist of sin”
  • Grace is not fire insurance (from Hell) with no obedience to His word and to the One that saved you.
  • Grace does not enable or allow people to say and do anything they want contrary to the word of God for the sake of unity in the body of Christ.
  • Grace does not continually allow people to hover in mediocrity with their faith, with a steady diet of milk Hebrews 5:12, Peter says grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18.
  • Grace does not say to forgo truth for the sake of love. but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, Ephesians 4:15

Grace

Grace is the work of God that altered this mans life!

I am saved and sanctified by grace, His amazing grace!
Where’s your grace?
You’ll find it in Christ!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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New Life in Christ

I love this video posted by Phil Johnson on YouTube, its clear that the message of Jesus Christ and His saving power never changes over the years.

A 1979 film produced in and around Grace Community Church by Family Films. Vintage John MacArthur with long, open collars and teardrop glasses. Plus: special appearances by Jubilant Sykes. Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t. Then, as now, it was biblical, honest, gospel-centered, and clear.

“Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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The Heart of the Bible

The Heart of the Bible. The greatest paragraph in the the Word of God.

The greatest paragraph in the Word of God.

James Mongomery Boice writes in his commentary on Romans 3, Volume 1, Chapter 40, page 3 “But now things are different. There is hope because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished. The incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus have changed everything.”

Martin Lloyd-Jones calls them “the great turning point”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Picture Perfect Painting

I wanted to post this yesterday on my birthday, but didn’t want to seem self-promoting, hey everyone it’s my birthday! I wanted to share with you folks one of the gifts I received from a dear friend who has, I think a really great talent as a painter. You’re looking at it now saying “But It’s 5 Tulips” Yeah it is! But those 5 tulips represent Picture Perfect Historical Biblical Theology!

  • T — total depravity.
  • U — unconditional election.
  • L — limited atonement.
  • I — irresistible grace.
  • P — perseverance of the saints.

Click on Picture to make larger and use as wallpaper!

Picture Perfect Painting

 

To help you see that it’s all throughout the bible, here is a great free e-book (By Grace Alone)

By Grace Alone a doctrinal study by Jim McClarty

Below is a great explanation of The Doctrines of Grace.

Doctrines of grace tulip

TOTAL DEPRAVITY

Man’s depravity, as a result of the Fall, is total. All men are born into this world spiritually dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; the sinner’s heart is desperately corrupt. His will is not free; it is in bondage to his evil nature. Therefore, he has lost his ability to choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. It takes more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring the sinner to Christ -it takes regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not something man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God’s gift of salvation – it is God’s gift to the sinner, not the sinner’s gift to God.

Psalm 51:5, 58:3; Isaiah 53:6, 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:3, 8:44; Romans 3:10-12, 5:12; Ephesians 2:2-3; I Corinthians 2:14

UNCONDITIONAL ELECTION

God’s choice of certain individuals unto salvation before the foundation of the world rested solely in His own sovereign will. His choice of particular sinners was not based on any foreseen response or obedience on their part, such as faith, repentance, etc. On the contrary, God gives faith and repentance to each individual whom He selected. These acts are the result, not the cause, of God’s choice. Election, therefore, was not determined by or conditioned upon any virtuous quality or act foreseen in man. Those whom God sovereignly elected He brings through the power of the Spirit to a willing acceptance of Christ. Thus, God’s choice of the sinner, not the sinner’s choice of Christ, is the ultimate cause of salvation.

Deuteronomy 7:6-7; Isaiah 55:11; John 6:44, 15:16; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28; 9:11-13; II Timothy 1:9

LIMITED ATONEMENT

Christ’s death was a substitutionary endurance of the penalty of sin in the place of certain specified sinners. Christ’s redeeming work was intended to save only the elect (those whom the Father had given him) and actually secured salvation for them. Christ’s redemption secured everything necessary for the elect’s salvation, including faith which unites them to Him. The elect are the sole object of God’s saving grace.

Matthew 1:21, 20:28; John 10:14-18, 17:9; Acts 20:28; Romans 5:8-9; Titus 2:14; Revelation 5:9

IRRESISTIBLE GRACE

In addition to the outward general call to salvation which is made to everyone who hears the gospel, the Holy Spirit extends to the elect a special inward call that inevitably brings them to salvation. The external call (made without distinction) can be and is often rejected; whereas the internal call (made only to the elect) cannot be rejected; it always results in conversion. By means of this special call, the Spirit irresistibly draws sinners to Christ. He is not limited by man’s will or dependent upon man’s cooperation for success. The Spirit graciously causes the elect sinners to cooperate, to believe, to repent, and to come freely and willingly to Christ. God’s grace, therefore, is invincible; it never fails to result in the salvation of those to whom it is extended.

Ezekiel 11:19-20; John 6:37; Romans 8:30; Colossians 2:13; James 1:18; Titus 3:5

PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS

All who were chosen by God, redeemed by Christ, and given faith by the Spirit are eternally saved. They are kept in faith by the power of Almighty God and, thus, persevere to the end. Therefore, salvation is wholly dependent upon the God who has willed to save those whom He gave to His dear Son. Their salvation can never be lost. The elect are kept by God’s power through faith, and nothing can separate them from His love. They have been sealed with the Holy Spirit who has been given as the guarantee of their salvation, and they are thus assured of an eternal inheritance. This doctrine does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. Many who profess belief and then “fall away” do not fall from grace; they were never in grace. True believers fall into various temptations and commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.

Isaiah 43:1-3; Jeremiah 32:40; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 5:23-24; Jude 24-25

CONCLUSION

Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the Triune God. The Father chose a people, the Son died for them, and the Holy Spirit makes Christ’s death effective by bringing the elect to faith and repentance, thereby causing them to willingly obey the gospel. The entire process of election, redemption, and regeneration is the work of God and is by His grace alone. Thus God, not man, determines who will be the recipients of the gift of salvation

John 1:12-13; John 15:16; Romans 9:14-16; Ephesians 1:2-14

HT: Highway

The entire process of election,
redemption, and regeneration
is the work of God and is
by His grace alone.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Salvation by Grace

Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration presents a magisterial case that God’s grace is monergistic—that God acts alone, apart from human cooperation, to effectually call and sovereignly regenerate sinners. Thus effectual calling and regeneration logically precede conversion in the ordo salutis (order of salvation), thereby ensuring that all of the glory in salvation belongs to God, not to man. The author also evaluates Arminian and modified views of the nature of God’s grace in salvation, finding them unbiblical because they fail to do justice to the scriptural portrayal of God’s sovereignty and glory in salvation.

He Saved us

The relationship between saving faith and regeneration is vitally important in the biblical doctrine of salvation. It is a watershed issue in the debate between historic Calvinism and historic Arminianism. Although one can savingly believe the gospel without rightly understanding this relationship, the integrity of the biblical witness to the grace of God in that gospel cannot be consistently maintained without recognizing the priority of regeneration in the application of salvation. Dr. Barrett sees this truth clearly and argues persuasively for the monergistic—or Calvinistic—position. His arguments are exegetically careful, theologically rigorous, and historically informed. Monergists will welcome this book as a helpful guide to the issues at stake, and synergists will not be able to ignore its devastating critique of their strongest arguments.

Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration from credomag.com on Vimeo.

“Thus effectual calling and regeneration
logically precede conversion in the
ordo salutis (order of salvation),
thereby ensuring that all of the glory
in salvation belongs to God!”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

HT: Reformation Theology

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Do You Love Him?

LovingChristI was reading through  Ephesians the other day and read Paul closing up his letter to the believers at Ephesus with this verse Ephesians 6:24… Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love. Paul closes with a blessing to the saints just as he opened the letter to the Ephesians with a blessing.

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:1, 2…. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

I had to ask myself am I faithful in Christ Jesus and do I love Him with incorruptible love?  A love that is sincere!

One writer puts it this way “Your flame may flicker and grow low at times, but it is never extinguished”

Can I (we) say with Peter…  and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 1 Peter 1:8

Grace be with all those who love our
Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Calvinism Is The Gospel

SpurgeonI have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchanging, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. C.H. Spurgeon  A Defense of Calvinism

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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What Is Your Besetting Sin?

mr_bob-jenningsWhat is your besetting sin if you have one? Maybe it’s late to bed and late to rise. Maybe it’s prayerlessness Maybe it’s gluttony. Maybe it’s silly talk. Maybe it’s laziness. Or some other form of lust. I don’t know what it is, I don’t need to know by definition of a besetting sin you know, what it is. Whatever it is. There it stands before you like a Goliath. Defying the power of the living Christ! And are you going to let that thing blaspheme the name of the Lord? Why not rise up and take courage and like David hit it in the head. Bob Jennings

You have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Here, what is it that grace is teaching you? Titus 2:11 says that the Grace of God has appeared, teaching you, actively teaching you to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, to live soberly, honestly and godly in this present world. That’s what Grace does.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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He saved us!

He Saved us

He Saved us

But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7

I can’t seem to get this out of my mind, that God saved me, but just maybe there was a chance that I could have canceled out my salvation by exercising my free will and refusing His grace through the work of His Son.

No! The word says “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44

Look what Paul says in Titus…

  1. He saved us not on the basis of deeds done in righteousness.
  2. But according to His mercy He washed us by the renewing of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  4. So that being justified by His grace.
  5. We would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

This is all the work of God regenerating me by the Holy Spirit and giving me faith to believe.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

 

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