Birthdays: Timothy Pannell – March 6th ,Winston Pannell – March 12th
ALWAYS SOME MYSTERY
The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is said to be the revelation of a "mystery." Paul said, "pray for me that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel." It is that which has been the mystery of the ages from before the foundation of the world. Paul told the Romans that God was able to save them from their sin and "to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:" (Rom. 16:25,26) It is the revelation that God has saved those who believe on Him by His grace based on the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross, the righteousness of God in Christ. Yet, while the gospel is a manifestation and revelation, a making known of this mystery, it still has, as far as we are concerned, an element of mystery remaining. Why is this? Because God is infinite and we are finite! Although He has condescended and revealed Himself to His people, there are some "secret things" that belong to God which we shall never be able to define, measure or explain. He shall always be above us although He has made us to be in Him. There is the "mystery of godliness." God was manifest in the flesh! How can the eternal God who is Spirit, omnipresent and which the heavens cannot contain, be in a human body? There is the mystery of regeneration, the mystery of Christ and the church, the mystery of resurrection & glorification and much more. God can be known! He must and does reveal Himself by His gospel and Spirit. But He cannot be explained! The knowledge God gives us and the revelation that we receive takes us out to a point where we see and know something of the unspeakable gift of God and the unsearchable riches of His grace. We are never to let what we can't know become the enemy of what we do know. God reveals Himself through the knowledge of His gospel truth and brings us to know Him who is eternal life. Learning more, we still find an element of mystery in what we do not know. What do we do? Fall down and worship Him whose thoughts and ways are far above us! A holy awe becomes all who worship Him!
The Lord Jesus Christ is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," in His power and ability. He possessed power and ability to create the heavens and the earth, to speak them out of nothing into existence. He possessed power enough to bring Israel out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm. He had power and ability to cause the Red Sea to flee before them: "The sea saw him, and fled; Jordan was driven back." He had power and ability enough to supply the wants of Israel in the wilderness; power and ability enough to bring down the walls of Jericho; power and ability enough to deliver the various idolatrous nations into their hands. In more personal circumstances, see the display of His power in the case of Daniel, and in the case of the three Hebrew children; see His power in providing for the prophet in the wilderness, in increasing the poor woman's meal, and providing for her and her son. Innumerable instances might be adduced from the book of God expressive of the greatness of the power of our blessed and glorious Lord Jesus. Now, the same Jesus that appeared as the Captain of the Lord's host upon the walls of Jericho, in the days of Joshua, is our Captain; the same blessed Son of God that appeared in Nebuchadnezzer's fiery furnace is our Jesus; and, bless His precious name, he will be the same powerful, helping Jesus to the end.
--- John Kershaw
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” (Romans 11:6)
Always know that in the matter of the ground of salvation and its security, grace and works can never mix. One will always cancel out the other. Grace is justification before God based on the imputed righteousness of Christ alone. Works is justification by what men do or think they are enabled to do with the help of God. Grace is forgiveness of all sins totally and exclusively by the blood of Christ. Works is forgiveness in whole or in part by the repentance and good works of men. Grace is salvation conditioned on CHRIST ALONE. Works is salvation conditioned in some way on the sinner.