Romans

Two Sides of Grace

John Newton, the author of the well known hymn, Amazing Grace, was born in London in 1725. During his early years his mother filled his mind with the Scriptures; however, his mother died when he was seven and John was taken by distant relatives who had no fear of God. Later in life, after deserting the British Navy he joined himself with an unscrupulous slave trader in Africa. During the years that followed John had no interest in the things of God, but God miraculously preserved him th...

The Spiritual Order of Paul's Epistles

We believe that the order of arrangement of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches was Divinely established; and that there is a progress of spiritual experience from Romans to 2 Thessalonians. ROMANS: RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHOUT WORKS. In Romans man is shown without righteousness: "There is none righteous, no, not one." This involves man’s fundamental relation to God. Christ is set forth a propitiation, meeting all Divine claims, and by His death releasing man from the necessit...

One Point

The Bible tells us "whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." (James 2:10) The world would see nine out of ten as excellent, God sees it as unacceptable. This shows us the difference between a Holy God, and fallen man. To man almost perfect is good enough, but not so with a Holy God. With Him anything less than perfection is unacceptable. Isn't it a wonderful to know that a Holy God who expects absolute perfection accepted the work of His So...

NT Church - There is liberty for the exercise of gifts by the Holy Spirit.

And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11,12). Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exho...

Dangers in Leadership

The following was first given as a message at the May, 1999 Elders and Workers Conference in Markham, Ontario. In my travels among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation. ...

God's Thesaurus

People love a good mystery. Throughout the millennia, man has been captivated by seemingly inexplicable puzzles. Whether it is natural phenomena like gravity or electricity, or strange occurrences such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, it is clear that people are fascinated by the unexplained. Interest in uncanny happenings is not limited, however, to the rank and file of humanity. Rather, thoughtful sages and scholars have always pondered the deep issues of life and the u...

NT Church - Its gatherings are surrounded by prayer.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together.........(Acts 4:31). Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him......Peter came to the house of Mary the mother of John, where many were gathered together praying (Acts 12:5,12). Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). If prayer indicates our dependency on God, the Father, as His children, and if the church is depen...

Final Perseverance: What is it?

Final Perseverance: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Dear Friend, The question of final perseverance, though, in our judgment, a very simple one, has perplexed a great many; and the questions which you introduce to our notice, and the passages of scripture which you adduce, furnish abundant proof that your own mind is not quite clear or settled on the point. It may be, however, that the object of your communication is rather to superinduce such a discussion of the doctrine, in the light of hol...

God For Us

"God for us." C. H. Mackintosh. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8: 31. How much is wrapped up in these few words, “God for us" They form one of those marvellous chains of three links so frequently found in scripture. We have “God" linked on to “us" by that precious little word "for." This secures everything, for time and eternity. There is not a single thing within the entire range of a creature's necessities that is n...

Our Living Lord

The earliest Christian churches were like tiny islands surrounded by a sea of pagan religion. Yet these believers made a spectacular claim: Jesus of Nazareth, who had died on a Roman cross, was alive--and He was Lord of all! Obviously, in a world where there were "many gods and many lords" (1Co 8:5), this was a bold confession to make. But this truth brought courage and power to those who had found eternal life through faith. Very simply it meant that the Jesus they trusted for God's f...
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