We cannot keep our eye too exclusively or too intently fixed upon Jesus. All salvation is in Him. All salvation proceeds from Him. All salvation leads to Him. And for the assurance and comfort of our salvation we are to repose believingly and entirely on Him. Christ must be all! Christ the beginning – Christ the center – Christ the end.
Oh, sweet truth to you who are sensible of your poverty, vileness, and insufficiency, and of the ten thousand flaws and failures of which, perhaps, no one is cognizant but God and your own soul! Oh, to turn and rest in Christ – a full Christ – a loving Christ – a tender Christ, whose heart’s love never chills, from whose eyes dart no reproof, from whose lips breathes no sentence of condemnation! Christ must be all!
-- Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
If our acceptance with God depended on anything in ourselves, we would have to believe we might be children of God today and children of the devil tomorrow! What, then, is to keep us from sinking altogether into despair, without hope or help? Why, a knowledge of our acceptance “In the Beloved,” independent of everything in us – good or bad! “And ye are complete in Him” (Colossians 2:10). – J. C. Philpot
In His death for the sins of His people, Jesus Christ brought forth an everlasting righteousness enabling God to be both a just God and a Savior, a righteous Judge as well as a merciful, loving Father. His righteousness is given by God to His people in the same way that their sins were made to be His – by imputation (2 Cor. 5:21). This is a legal accounting of the merits of Christ’s righteousness to the elect and their sins to Christ. All the agony and suffering unto death Jesus Christ experienced on the cross was due to the sins of His people imputed to Him. All blessings of salvation, spiritual life, and final glory God’s elect gain and experience are due to the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to them. The sins of His people imputed to Him and the suffering He experienced were all necessary for the salvation of His people. The righteousness of Christ imputed to His people and the blessings of spiritual life in the new birth and glory in heaven are all necessary for the salvation of His people.
– Pastor Bill Parker
THE MAIN RULE FOR INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE
A sister in Christ asked, “What are the rules for interpreting scripture? I have heard this mentioned in passing, and have heard ‘the law of first mention’ used a couple of times and explained, but I'm sure there are more that I should be aware of and using. Correct info and guidance would be appreciated.” Many of you may have the same question, and there are several rules people should go by when studying the Word of God. There are rules language, context, comparison, and the rule of first mention, but the main rule for Scriptural interpretation is the truth of JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED, AND THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S GRACE IN THE SALVATION OF SINNERS BASED EXCLUSIVELY UPON CHRIST’S SHED BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IMPUTED. This was stated by our Lord – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).
Not all verses in the Bible state the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus (His glorious Person and His effectual finished work of redemption) explicitly. But every passage, even every verse, is to be read, interpreted, and understood in light of the truth of Jesus Christ, crucified, and risen from the dead to establish righteousness by which God is just to justify the ungodly (Luke 24:27, 44-48). Until the Holy Spirit brings us to see this grand and glorious truth, the Bible is a closed book to us. Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning unbelieving Israel under the Old Covenant law –
“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament; WHICH VAIL IS DONE AWAY IN CHRIST. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. NEVERTHELESS WHEN IT SHALL TURN TO THE LORD, THE VAIL SHALL BE TAKEN AWAY.” (2 Corinthians 3:12-16)
FEBRUARY 22, 2015CALL TO WORSHIP Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;Redeemed through His infinite mercy,His child and forever I am. REFRAIN: Redeemed, redeemed,Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;Redeemed, how I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Join us beginning this Sunday morning, Feb. 15th. at 10am. as we add an additional time to our Live Webcasting. In our bible study at 10am, Pastor Parker is teaching through the book of Galations. We will also still have our live Webcasting at our...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FEBRUARY 15, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” – p. 15)Words by Pastor Jim Byrd Hallelujah praise the Savior,Son of God a Man became;He is worthy of all glory,Sing His wonders, spread His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
February 8, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Depth of Mercy” p. 233) Sons of God redeemed by blood,Raise your songs to Zions’s God.Made from condemnation free,Grace triumphant sing with me. Calvary’s wonders let us trace,Justice...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
FEBRUARY 1, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: O For A Thousand Tongues – p. 46)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) O what a good and perfect Gift,The Father gave in love;To save our souls, His Son He sent,Down from His throne above. What other good and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 25, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “Jesus Calls Us” – p. 374) Precious Saviour, friend of sinnersWe, as such, to Thee draw nearLet Thy Spirit dwell within usWith that love that casts out fear. Matchless Saviour, let us know...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 18, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “O Worship the King” – p. 1) Oh what shall we do our Saviour to praiseSo faithful and true, abounding in graceSo strong to deliver, so good to redeemThe weakest believers who rest upon...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 11, 2015 CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: Doxology)(Words by Pastor Jim Byrd) Adore the God of endless days,Lift up your heart to Him in praise;O magnify His sovereign grace,And to the Lord salvation trace. The Father long ago decreed,Salvation...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
JANUARY 4, 2015CALL TO WORSHIP(Tune: “How Firm a Foundation” – p. 268) Thy mercy, My God, is the theme of my songThe joy of my heart, the boast of my tongueThy free grace alone, from the first to the lastHath won my affection and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]