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Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation

Saved Without A Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation by John MacArthur

Free Kindle Book until 6/14/13

Am I really saved? Am I going to heaven? How can I know for sure? Every believer has wrestled with these questions at some point in their journey. Saved Without A Doubt, examines Scripture to uncover the truth of salvation, while addressing tough questions that can hinder our faith. Readers will develop a Bible-based theology of salvation and be encouraged to securely rest in their personal relationship with Christ.


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Paul Washer – Penal Substitution – The Core of God’s Saving Plan

I know men who can barely read their own language who have planted more churches than we have.

Study, Preach but most important: Rest in Christ.

Be strengthened.

I’m gonna talk about Christ but it is like putting the ocean in a cup.

You don’t need anything else but Christ. You don’t need relevance, you don’t need to add other things.

Intercessory prayer

Nothing will cause the dead, very, dry bones to rise except the gospel.

Stand to preach, kneel before God.

Grow a church and write a book about it, then it wasn’t God.

Exodus 34:5-7

5 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty,

We have a God who forgives all types of sin.

Yet on the other hand we have a God who will not let any sin go unpunished.

Psalms 32:1-2

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

God is good. But you are not. Don’t call for judgement on others.

Romans 3:23-26

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The Accuser stands before God calling for judgment for Adam, for Noah, for Abraham who lied, for David who murdered, and for me. How can God not judge us? Because Christ paid the price.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

He knew no sin. As a man walking here, He knew no sin.

We have never for a moment loved God with all our heart, soul and mind.

Jesus never for a moment did not love God perfectly.

Jesus was tempted in all things, yet He did not sin.

If others are impressed with your expository preaching, let it be damned! They should be impressed with Christ, not your preaching.

Christ was made sin on our behalf.

Our sins were imputed to the Son. He was legally declared guilty. He was treated as guilty.

Galatians 3:10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

The trees of the field will clap their hands because God has judged you guilty.

We belong in the Mount Ebal camp. Deuteronomy 27

Christ received all the curses from the law.

Cursed beyond measure.

How then can God bless Israel?

Numbers 6:24

24 The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

You are blessed because Christ was cursed!

Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was not worried about the crucifixion but about the cup – the cup of the wrath of God.

John Flavel – A DISPLAY OF CHRIST HIS ESSENTIAL AND MEDITORIAL GLORY


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Effectual Calling and Regeneration by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is one of the clearest explanations I’ve read for effectual calling, regeneration and conversion.

Effectual Calling and Regeneration
by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

So, then, what is this effectual, internal call that we are speaking about? Well, the most we can say about it is — and this must of necessity be true in the light of these scriptures — that it is the exercise of the power of the Holy Spirit in the soul. It is a direct operation of the Holy Spirit within us. It is immediate, it is spiritual, it is supernatural, miraculous. And what it does is to make a new mode of spiritual activity possible within us. Without this operation we are incapable of any true spiritual activity but as the result of this operation of the Holy Spirit upon us, we are rendered capable, for the first time, of spiritual activity and that is how this call now becomes effectual, that is what enables us to receive it.

So as we consider what we mean by regeneration, the one important thing, it seems to me, is that we must differentiate it from conversion. And yet how frequently they are confused. But regeneration is not conversion and for this reason: conversion is something that we do whereas regeneration, as I shall show you, is something that is done to us by God. Conversion means a turning away from one thing to another in practice, but that is not the meaning of regeneration. We can put it like this: when people convert themselves or turn, they are giving proof of the fact that they are regenerate. Conversion is something that follows upon regeneration. The change takes place in the outward life and living of men and women because this great change has first of all taken place within them.


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Are You Frustrated with the Blind?

Do you ever get frustrated because an unbeliever just doesn’t ever seem to understand what you tell them? Everything you say and offer them to read just doesn’t seem to have any effect. Almost like you are both speaking different languages. Technically you are. Unbelievers are blinded to the truth.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4

3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing.
4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

We should never become frustrated or irritated with unbelievers because the Lord is very clear that He gives understanding to those who understand. Until the Lord gives unbelievers understanding then Satan is allowed to blind them to the truth. But that doesn’t mean we don’t warn them.

No one understands upon their own but only through the working of the Lord and the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 2:14 (ESV) The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

But notice in 1 Corinthians 4:3 that they are perishing. Oh, shouldn’t we have mercy and love for those who are perishing and yet are blinded to that fact?

How much sense would it make for someone to get angry with a blind man because he just refused to see where he was going? It wouldn’t make sense would it. How foolish would it be if we saw a blind man heading to a cliff and yet we refused to warn him about it because he just wouldn’t be able to see it anyway. Why bother? But what if he was to turn from his destruction?

Ezekiel 3:18-19

18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

Warn away for some might turn from perishing and the Lord might grant them sight.


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Insensibility to Salvation of Others – Payson

“We all deserve damnation, a thousand times, for our stupid insensibility to the situation of those, who are perishing around us.  We profess to believe the word of God; but can you prove that you believe it?  Do you act, as if you believed it?  Do you believe that many of your acquaintances, your children, are in danger of the fate, which has been so vividly described in the bible?

Dare you go to God, and say, Lord, I believe thy word, I believe that all your warnings and threats will be fulfilled… and then, as if I believed nothing… turn away, and coolly pursue my worldly business, without uttering one agonizing cry for those, who are exposed to this danger?  Dare you go and claim relationship to Christ, and profess to have his Spirit, and then make no effort, or only a few faint efforts, to save those, for whom he shed not tears only, but blood?”

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Edward Payson


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Man’s Free Will – Choosing A Seat

Funny how often a person will insist that man has free will.   For some reason many, many people feel that man must have the free will to choose to “accept” Christ as Savior.  Predestination and election are such offensive ideas that often angry arguments ensue. (Yes, you can have non-angry arguments.)  How do you reconcile man’s choosing and election for those who have problems understanding?

One explanation I have is how you go about choosing a seat somewhere.  Imagine if you would a huge orchestra hall – center row seating, side rows, several balconies,  behind the orchestra seating.  What if you walk in early and no one is there.  How do you choose a seat?  No assigned seats.  You are free to use your free will to choose any seat.  How do you decide?  Granted some hardly think about the issue and just grab a seat with seemingly little to no thought.  Others, like me, think about it.

How many others will be sitting with me?  If I have 9 people with me a row with six seats won’t work well.  If it is just me maybe taking the end seat and making everyone in the middle climb over me would be rude.

What is my purpose for being there? If I’m there to hear Itzhak Perlman I would want to be able to view the front left center where a typical violin soloist would stand in front of an orchestra.  If I’m there to see my daughter play then I would consider her seating.  Last chair second violin would mean the balcony would be best.  First chair first violin would mean front and center would be good seating.  But what if the “baby” wants to watch the orchestra percussion section?  Then behind the orchestra seating would be best.

Who is sitting with us?  Is a moma with a baby sitting with us?  If so then she might need an aisle seat for a quick exit.  Is grandma with her walker or wheelchair sitting with us?  If so we might need a wheelchair accessible seat or at least need to avoid the balcony and its tiered seating.  What if a newly pregnant moma is sitting with us who is still struggling with “morning” sickness?  Quick access to a bathroom might be desired.

Where did I sit last time? After a few visits to an orchestra hall you can make a better judgment of where to sit.  In this seat all you see is the back of the conductor and he blocks the best view.  Too close and the sound is too loud and you don’t hear the full orchestra.

Habit.  Some of us are creatures of habit we sit in the same seat regularly.  At our church folks sit in the same seats so much that we can leave items in the seat for certain people.

So a decision that seems to be free will really is not.  That one decision is acted upon by a multitude of outside forces to sway your decision.  See no one lives in a vacuum.  Everything in their life affects their decisions whether they realize it or not.

Free will does not really exist.  Does it?

 


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Session 3 – The God Who Saves (Mohler)

Session 3 – The God Who Saves (Mohler)

Text: Hebrews 9:11-28

Hebrews 9:11-28

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)

12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

13 For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh,

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

16 For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established.

17 For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive.

18 Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.

19 For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,

20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.”

21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship.

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own,

26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (ESV)

 

Is talking about the blood atonement crude? Is it offensive? Is singing about the blood appropriate? Should the entire Bible be read to children? Why did God choose the need for blood for atonement?

We not only under-preach the person of Christ we also under-preach the work of Christ.

The children of Israel did not fully understand the meaning of the sacrificial system of which they were a part. It required the divine revelation of the Son to fully understand the meaning of the Old Testament sacrifices. Jesus Christ is the great high priest, the final high priest, the one who is greater than all other priests. The old things could not save, the new things, that is Jesus Christ, can save. That is the good things that have come.

Understanding this passage from Hebrews requires an understanding of the tabernacle and the temple. We must know about the sacrifices and the priesthood. We must understand that there was no forgiveness of sins performed by the Old Testament sacrifices. There was outward purification. There was also a delay of divine wrath. See verse 23.

The things God commanded to be constructed and performed on earth are copies of those things which already existed in heaven. These copies on earth had to be sprinkled with blood. But no earthly priest could do anything about the originals, which are in heaven. But Jesus Christ is infinitely better:

1. He entered once for all. Not repeatedly, as the earthly priests. There is no altar any more on earth. There was one final altar, and that was the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ only had to suffer once, not repeatedly.

a. The essence of the Roman Catholic mass denies this fact. The mass is seen as a repeated sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

2. He entered not in the earthly tabernacle (the copy), but into the tabernacle in heaven (the original).

3. He entered by means of His own blood, not the blood of goats and bulls. The priests carried blood from outside. Christ went into the tabernacle in heaven and there shed His own blood. Christ is both the great high priest and the sacrifice.

4. The remission was not good for a year, but forever.

5. The purification by the blood of bulls and goats was sufficient for the purification of the flesh. The blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient for the purification of the soul.

6. The sacrifice of one atoned for the sins of many.

7. Jesus is not only the great high priest, He is the Mediator, and He is also the King of kings.

Our salvation is purchased for us by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. We will never have confessed all our sins and will never have repented of all our sins.

We must discard the worldly definition of mediator in favor for the Biblical definition. We bring nothing of worth to the table. We bring a debt of sin to the table. Jesus Christ as mediator makes up all our deficit.

In verse 16-17, the writer of Hebrews changes word pictures momentarily. He changes to a picture of an heir and a will.

Beginning in verse 18, we see the need for the visible display of blood. This goes all the way back to the Passover.  The display of blood was frequent. It was copious. It was promiscuous. It was repeated. It was extensive to the point of being offensive. This should characterize our preaching. To be ashamed of the blood is to be ashamed of Jesus Christ.

The ages are behind us. Jesus Christ initiated a time beyond the ages by his sacrifice. A time with no end. And in a place made not by human hands. Christ put an end to the need to deal with sin at His sacrifice. The next time He returns is to gather His own unto Himself and to judge the condemned. But not to deal with sin.


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Fruit Bearing Children

Evidence of a Christian life is the fruit we bear.  That isn’t an option but a given.  A Christian bears fruit.

Matt 3:8 (ESV) Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Everyone bears fruit, that isn’t the question.  But as believers we should bear fruit for life, for God, for righteousness and the fruit of light.

Rom 7:4-6 (ESV)

4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.

Phil 1:9-11 (ESV)

9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Eph 5:7-12 (ESV)

7 Therefore do not associate with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Rom 6:20-23 (ESV)

20  When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

According to Galatians 5 there are some other fruits all Christians should bear.

Gal 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

No option is given. All Christians should bear the following fruits for God:

  • Righteousness
  • Light
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Believe me, as a parent, teaching children to bear those fruits can be difficult and encompass all your time, partly because we as parents are still learning to bear the same fruits.

Sometimes the Lord blesses us with children who have fewer struggles bearing some of the fruit than others do.  There are babies who are born who naturally are more loving and more joyful while another child in the same family may struggle with being loving and joyful. That doesn’t mean that we as parents can allow that struggling child to get by with less because they display that sin nature more so than another.  We, and they, might have to work harder to produce fruit.  But the fruit will be more cherished when it comes because it required such hard work.

There may be a long time before a child bears fruit on their own.  Just as we don’t expect a real fruit tree to bear an abundance of fruit the first year we plant it.  However, there is a lot we as parents can do to help encourage our children to bear good and lasting fruit.  Just as we would water, fertilize and train a tree, we are doing similar for our children. Those trees that do not eventually bear good and lasting fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matt 3:10 (ESV) Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

While we as parents can only encourage, disciple and train our children to bear righteous fruit, it is the Holy Spirit who will enable our children to bear true Christian fruit.  Prayerfully at some point the Holy Spirit will come along side and convict and guide our children, taking over for us, as they strive to bear fruit in keeping with righteousness.  If your older child who claims to be a Christian is not showing fruit or at least showing buds of fruit you may need to question them and have them consider if they are truly a Christian.

 


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Justification and Regeneration – Charles Leiter

The book Justification and Regeneration by Charles Leiter is also available as a pdf download.

What does the Bible mean when it says that Christians have died to sin? How is it possible for a just God to justify the ungodly without becoming unjust Himself? What is regeneration? What is justification? Why do all men desperately need to be justified? If I have died to sin, why am I still affected by it? As a Christian, am I the new man or he old man or both? What does the Bible mean when it says that Christians have died to the Law? Are Christians still slaves to sin?

The answers to these and many other questions become clear once we gain a Biblical understanding of justification and regeneration. These two great miracles lie at the very heart of the gospel, yet even among genuine Christians they are surrounded by confusion and ignorance. This book attempts to set forth in clear Biblical light the nature and characteristics of justification and regeneration that God may be glorified and His children brought to know more fully the liberty that is theirs in Christ.

The nice thing about pdf’s is that they can be emailed to a kindle for reading.  So no having to sit at the computer to read a hundred page book.

Justification and Regeneration by Charles Leiter pdf


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Do You Have An Eternal View?

Do you have a long term, eternal view when praying for others?

Do you have a long term view when sharing the gospel?

Seems like because we life in an instant society, with fast food, high speed Internet and drive up cleaners.  Instant oatmeal, microwaves and prepared meals have taken much of the work out of meal preparation.  But what effect has that had on our Christian life?  Do we expect microwave conversions? Instant acceptance of the Gospel?

I was reminded of this recently when I was discouraged about some fervent prayers I have been praying for years.  Seems there has been no change in the situations. 🙁  But then I was convicted that I had the wrong time frame view.  I wanted answers right away, I mean honestly I’ve waited years isn’t that enough?  But then these prayers aren’t the sort that have a definite deadline to them.  It isn’t like I was praying for a certain amount of money by the end of the month for a large bill.  These were more along the salvation for others line.  But that is an eternal goal!

See while it might make things easier for me and definitely would make them happier and improve their lives, the real goal is salvation.  Not just a commitment card but true lasting, eternal salvation.



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