Outstanding Sermon! This is one of the most thorough sermons covering all aspects of understanding the meaning of Christ Jesus, sin, redemption, salvation and what we should celebrate at Christmas -- the Truth of the day that the secular world has no understanding of it and has turned it into a selling/marketing ploy.
Great Sermon! This narrator has my highest respect for narrating the 2 volumes, 1200 pages of Stephen Charnock's Existence and Attributes. I believe he is the same person who narrated the entire volume 5 of the Puritan Morning Exercises for you. All of that just has to be good for his own soul. God bless that man... keep up the good work brother.
Soli Deo gloria wrote: .. Thus Absolutely Nothing is contributed by man.
delving into lapsarianism about which the Bible says nothing and it is therefore PURE speculation as to what order or if any decrees were made. You have no Biblical support.
Besides which you can't find any response anywhere in this thread that states that man responds to God by some self made faith (except for your straw man argument), everyone has unequivocally said it is initiated with God. The point that seems to go over your head and where you err, see my 12/14/14 10:24 PM post is that you deny the gospel is presented as an action to which the sinner must respond. Your argument there is with the Word of God, take it up with Him.
Michael Hranek wrote: Saint John UK Wales May God bless you in this last market now till Easter.
Saint Michael, thank you for your prayer. I was once again enabled to give my testimony to another stallholder, when we got talking about booze. I told her I hadn't had a drop since 1978, and she wanted to know why. So I went through the various steps God led me, with revelations of the Spirit concerning sin and its judgment, and later on hearing the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, through which I began seeking the Lord, asking him, "Lord, save me."
Now I was listening to her and her story, and she was listening to me and my story, and it was very amicable and friendly. Now I shall leave it with the Lord, praying for her that she too will have a visitation of God the Holy Ghost, who will hopefully take of my few words, and make them to be a powerful source of conviction and enlightenment in her heart. Only he can do that.
All you had to do was to sort of deny election and the total and complete sovereignty of God without really denying it and your comment would have been acceptable. In other words, it is okay to use the term God elects, but unless you do it in a way that denies what you just said, folks will disagree with you. You have to learn to say something without really believing what you are saying and saying it in a way that denies what you just said. You need to be more of a politician, in my opinion. But, you are trying to give all the glory to our Lord and Savior and that is clear to me. Others want to share in that glory and it won't work.
Oh, you are off ignore unless you disagree with me on an issue.
John UK, I disagree with the way you presented the gospel to that lady.
'Christians' know by faith that God is absolutely sovereign over everything. Salvation the precious gift of God to His elect equally finds God in absolute sovereignty over it. God elects from the foundation of the world. Obviously man had nothing to do with that since he did not exist at that point in time. God also predestinated His elect people unto salvation and eternal life. At this same time God reprobated those who were not elect. Thus the chosen by God at the foundation of the world are to be saved In Christ. These are the Remnant whom God sets apart to be holy as He is holy. Man has no influence or merit enabling him to be saved. This act is entirely God's and nothing else comes into it.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called ACCORDING to HIS PURPOSE. # Called according to GOD'S PURPOSE. # Man can do nothing to affect the purpose of God.
29 For WHOM HE did FOREKNOW, he ALSO did PREDESTINATE to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover WHOM HE DID predestinate, them HE ALSO called: and WHOM HE called, them HE ALSO JUSTIFIED: and whom he justified, THEM HE ALSO GLORIFIED.
Our Lord attended on the temple-service in general, and the festivals of the Jewish church in particular. The festival at which he was now present, was that of the feast of tabernacles, which the Jews observed according to God's appointment in commemoration of their living in tents. At the last day of this feast, it was customary for many pious people to fetch water from a certain place, and bring it on their heads, singing this anthem out of Isaiah, "And with joy shall they draw water out of the wells of salvation." Our Lord observing this, and it being his constant practice to spiritualize every thing he met with, cries out, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, (rather than unto that well) and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath spoken, (where it is said, God will make water to spring out of a dry rock, and such-like) out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." And that we might know what our Savior meant by this living water, the Evangelist immediately adds, "But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive." GW on John 7:37-39
Great Sermon! Pastor Gary. This is another great sermon which you have blessed us with and such depth of teaching which we love.
Thank you so much. May many hear it too.
Love in Christ, English Rose & George
Well, I'm glad we got that straight, UPS. We do seem to have a hard time defining what is Liberal or Conservative. Now, from what I see USA is definitely right of center, but be that is what it may, is considered a reputable news source. This is one reason I'll pay more attention to Fox News (which generally falls of the right side of the cliff, ) then I will the NewAmerican, which I wonder if it isn't borderline KKK, and many time just plain nuts. But whatever. Oh, can't help pass this along, While ABC radio strikes me as conservative, I will say the t.v. branch isn't, but they did have this interesting article, David Koch: â€˜A social liberalâ€™ But hey, what do you expect from a Catholic? Of course brother UPS, I certainly wish you the best and hope you will understand -- if you haven't already -- Notes on Reconstructionism and What is Dominion Theology? (PDF). "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." ---A. Lincoln
SteveR. The question is not so much, "How did such and such treat his slave/bondservant?" But how did God tell them to. Your question is ludicrous, as it implies that mankinds behavior is indicative of God's design. Free will and a sin nature assures us that man will pervert God's plan at every opportunity.