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B. McCausland wrote:
Interesting John.
However Ephesians 3:24 brings a different Greek word for grace, than Ephesians 2:8.
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As for the preaching of the gospel being a *means of grace* is another misconception rooted from the same cistern of Rome.
Thanks Sister B, I did wonder about the word grace in that verse, thank you.

Regarding God's chosen method of saving the lost, I think we have that spelled out for us here:

1 Corinthians 1:21 KJV
(21)  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

Now God saves people who believe the preached word, and they believe because of God's grace towards them. So is it not correct to say that the preached word is a "means of grace" if anyone is edified through it? I don't quite see how that equates to hanging on to a RCC false teaching.

For example, if a man ceases reading and studying his Bible, ceases attending a gathering of saints, and neglects the prayer meeting, do you believe he will still receive grace upon grace from their Lord? And will he then be as godly as he could have been?

Bro Frank/NeedHim, yes indeed and thanks.


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Matthew 16:15-17 KJV
(15)  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
(16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
(17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

v17 Jesus answered Simon Peter's confession that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God. Not with a mere, "Correct!" Or a "Why do you think that?" But rather, the Lord informs him (because he didn't realise this yet) that the reason Peter believed that, is because Jehovah had revealed it unto him by his Spirit.

Note, a Bible teacher or preacher can expound the word of God all day long to an unregenerate man, and do this every day for months on end. But unless God raises that sinner from his spiritual death, and open his understanding, his eyes and his ears, he will never understand and turn, and be converted. This is because the sinner is in a terrible condition by nature: he is in Adam, blind, deaf, dead.

A man like Judas Iscariot can be with Jesus for three years and see all the miracles he did, and yet still not believe. Similarly, men can hang around with saints and never get saved.


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Let me remind folks that context is crucial; do not take verses out of context, but see them *within* their context.

Note,

Matthew 16:13-14 KJV
(13)  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
(14)  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

These Jews that the disciples were talking about, some claimed him to be John Baptist, some of them Elijah, some of them Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

So clearly, these Jews were unbelievers, even though they had the same privileges as every other Jew of the day. But they did not have the blessing Peter had. They had no revelation, no understanding, did not see Jesus as their Messiah. God the Father had revealed nothing to them.

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Other Jews such as Simeon, full of the Holy Ghost, recognised Jesus as the Messiah even when Jesus was a newborn baby (Luke 2:26). To be filled with the Spirit is to have the revelation of God, it is God indwelling the soul.

Simon Peter was not the only Jew to be blessed by God and to see that Jesus was Messiah. God does this for all his elect, and those not chosen he leaves in their sins.


News Item10/20/19 9:32 AM
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Sister B, I'm just trying to get my head around this, so please bear with me.

Acts 18:27-28 KJV
(27)  And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had *believed through grace*:
(28)  For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.

Romans 10:17 KJV
(17)  So then *faith cometh by hearing*, and hearing by the word of God.

Combining these two texts, we have a joyous event of souls coming to faith, through the faithful and convincing preaching of the word of God, and all by the grace of God.

Now I have always been taught that the preaching of the gospel was a *means of grace* because God ordinarily made use of such in order to apply his grace and bring sinners to faith in his Son.

It is quite usual that where there is no preaching of the gospel, there are no converts.

I take it that you agree with me in saying that, so is it the expression *means of grace* and its association with the RCC that you have a problem with? And if so, do you agree that God's grace often comes through men and women like us? As in Ephesians 4:29? Thank you.


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Matthew 16:17 KJV
(17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

This text is worthy of extra care. Let us look at it carefully.

1. Jesus is speaking, and he is referring to Peter's confession, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God."

2. Jesus says that Peter has been blessed, inferring that the other Jews had not been blessed. [note, it is only God's elect who are blessed.]

3. Jesus talks about "flesh and blood" not being the source of the revelatory blessing. Meaning? It is not a man who had revealed to him who Jesus was. After all, the other Jews had the prophets just the same, and yet they believed Jesus was John Baptist or one of the prophets. Thusly, it must have been a spiritual revelation, deep, inward, in the soul. Every man needs this, or he will perish in his sins.

4. Jesus tells him it was his own Father who had revealed this unto him - from heaven. Note that, FROM HEAVEN.

This is basic Bible teaching, really quite self-explanatory. But without revelation, there is no understanding it nor believing it. The unregenerate man hates God's sovereignty, and so he will rebel against God.


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Matthew 16:13-17 KJV
(13)  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
(14)  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
(15)  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
(16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
(17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus asks his disciples an unusual question. He asks them what others think of him, as to who he is.

They reply that some men think he is John the Baptist. Some men think he is either Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.

How darkened is the mind of man!

Is Simon Peter a man just the same? Yes. Are you? Yes. Am I? Yes.

But Simon Peter makes a bold confession, that Jesus of Nazareth is The Christ, the Son of the Living God.

Now according to Jesus, Peter was *blessed*, unlike those other men. Jesus says that it was his Father who revealed that unto Peter.

Now check John 6:45, which shows that this revelation to God's elect was prophesied in the OT.


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"Never neglect the means of grace; God may bless us when we are not in His house, but we have the greater reason to hope that He will when we are in communion with His saints." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

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Adriel wrote:
Christians believe baptism is a means of grace...
In a church setting, and even at home, there are many things which could also be described as a means of grace.

In a church gathering, God usually ministers his grace through preaching and teaching.

At home, God ministers his grace as his people read their Bible or pray.

At a funeral, God might minister his grace to the bereaved during the service.

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace shall lead me home

Amazing grace. Ignore the means and never get any.

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

And so on.

And I would like to know how on earth you posted a comment in bold text?


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B. McCausland wrote:
This is becoming as the endless argument..

Of course you can endlessly go on debating..

Greetings Sister B. From my side, I am neither arguing nor debating. I am simply expounding some scriptures for J4, to assist him.

NeedHim wrote:

"As Jesus wasn’t knocking on his heart door saying let me in!"

Very good point concerning Lazarus, who was dead (the ideal picture of a spiritually dead sinner) and who needed the resurrecting power of the sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, who chose to raise him up from physical death, and who chooses to raise sinners (as Lurker has already mentioned, whom Father God had given to God the Son), from their spiritual death, which thing is detailed in Ephesians 2 and extremely clear to regenerate believers, but a total mystery to the unconverted.


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Romans 4:3-7 KJV
(3)  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
(4)  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
(5)  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
(6)  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
(7)  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

v5 what does "worketh not" mean? It means that works are not involved in all of this. The keeping of commandments have nothing to do with justification.

v5 what does "believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly" mean? It means that when an ungodly man truly believes, God "justifies" him, that is, declares him righteous.

v5 what does "his faith is counted for righteousness" mean? It means that righteousness is *counted*, or *credited to* or *imputed to* the ungodly man who believes.

So, we can see that the ungodly man believed *before* he was credited with the righteousness of Christ. And besides, this imputation has no effect whatever on the man's character; it is for God, not for the man.


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Romans 3:9-12 KJV
(9)  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
(10)  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
(11)  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
(12)  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

v9 are we any better? No, all are under sin.

v10 is anyone righteous at all? No, there is none righteous, no, not one.

v11 does anyone understand, or seek after God? No, there is no-one who understands, none who seek after God.

v12 is there anyone who does good? No, there is none who do good, no, not one.

How then can a man who is *under sin*, who is *not righteous*, who *does not understand* nor does he *seek after God*, who does *nothing that is good*, how can he possibly be saved?

Mark 10:27 says it is impossible with man, but not with God.

If a sinner is ungodly, and he will not seek after God, how can that man possibly get saved?

Oh, by the grace of God. This is undeserved by definition. It is by grace that God saves, through faith...

And who is the author of *faith*? It is the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Romans 4:3-7 KJV
(3)  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
(4)  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
(5)  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
(6)  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
(7)  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

This doctrine of *imputed righteousness* is most wonderful to the true believer.

Does it involve a man's own righteousness? No, it does not affect his righteousness at all. But don't forget, he has no righteousness anyway: "There are none that doeth good, no, not one."

So the man is a sinner, has no righteousness, and is perishing in his sins. What does such a man need? He needs to have righteousness *credited* to him, and God is willing to *credit* the man with a perfect righteousness, the righteousness of his Son; and he is willing to do this by *grace* and it arrives through *faith*.

Imputed righteousness is credited upon faith in Jesus Christ, otherwise known as *JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE*. Aye Aye.


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Someone said:

"I never said my claim of what Calvinism teaches is biblically supported. I don’t believe it is and that’s why I don’t believe what they teach. It is taught that the reason why “Bobby” believes and “Johnny” doesn’t is because “Bobby” is more righteous. Bobby is saved because he had faith and Johnny didn’t, so Bobby is saved by what he did. The caveat to this is that God first made Bobby righteous enough to believe, so all of the glory goes to God. However, that doesn’t really erase the fact that Bobby was saved because of something he did, which was to believe and we all know if you do something which results in your salvation, it is a work."

Folks will have to make their own minds up whether this is a genuine ignorance or a feigned troll-like ignorance.

One thing is certain, it is incorrect, and would be laughed out of court.


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Frank wrote:
Good afternoon Pilgrim!
Thanks for your comments and thoughts on this subject. I don't normally write on this, but the terror the unsaved will experience when they see their fate is something that is incomprehensible.
Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Frank, it is a good word incomprehensible, for those things which are coming on this world because of sin. We can glimpse them in scripture, but the just wrath of an omnipotent God will never be understood fully until it is seen and felt.

I will praise God daily for his most remarkable and amazing grace, and for his deliverance from the wrath to come.

A penalty was paid and pardon bought
And sinners lost at last to him were brought


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Frank wrote:
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But, unless they repent and trust solely in the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, they are going to experience the wrath of almighty God.
Psalms 14:14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
I love to read anything "gospel" bro. Thank you. The wrath of God is a dreadful thing, frightening, eternal to the unrepentant. Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth, "tormented in this flame". Luke 16:24. It will all happen one day, after the great day of judgment.

Meantime, the gospel bells are sounding, as you mentioned, "the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour" who is "not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance".


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The Quiet Christian wrote:
So good to see you back, John UK.
The same thing you are witnessing in Wales is happening in the US via the "megachurch movement." I'm sure some are better than others on a relative scale, but there is no real corporate worship and can have very iffy, therapeutic preaching. Many have a tie to the charismatic movement as well so it seems.
It is gracious of you brother to say so. And yes, if there is any sort of church which may remain open for the foreseeable future here in Wales, it will be the charismatic churches, because they are made up primarily of young people. Most other churches are very elderly congregations and will naturally die away and close the doors.

Therefore, if any Christian here wishes to meet together with other believers and serve the Lord with a whole heart, but who do not wish to fellowship with charismatics, they have to make do as best they can.


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YIA, to show what I mean by the complexity of the work of the Spirit, here is another NT text which shows something of his work subsequent to believing the good news of the gospel.

Ephesians 1:11-14 KJV
(11)  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(12)  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
(13)  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
(14)  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

This is where you will need to decide if there are many different works of the Spirit, surrounding the conversion experience. Such as we have here, the sealing of the Spirit; in other places the baptism with the Spirit, in other places conviction of the Spirit, regeneration of the Spirit, the indwelling of the Spirit, the promise of the Spirit, and so on.


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Dr. Tim wrote:
In America, John, if you “say” you’re a Christian, you’re a Christian. (I’m sure it’s the same in the UK.) That’s why we have so many “Christians” like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton actively promoting sodomy and infanticide. That’s why we have a “Christian” queer running for president. That’s why we have “Christians” like Jim who abhor Christian involvement in politics and yet spend all their time talking about politics. That’s why we have “Christians” by the millions who will welcome the Antichrist with open arms. And the reason we have so many “Christians” like that is because so many of our churches have a come-as-you-are, leave-as-you-were mentality. Do you hear that retching sound? That’s Jesus spewing them out of His mouth.
Thank you brother, that makes a lot of sense. I suppose the survey also includes every shade of christendom, even Catholicism and Episcopalian.

Wales has been steadily following Europe into secularism, and becoming more and more liberal. Nonconformist chapels are closing down every week, and people of "vision", so-called, are seeking to pander to the wants of outsiders, making churches which are no churches. "Christian Hedonist Church". Jesus left.


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Galatians 3:1-3 KJV
(1)  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
(2)  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
(3)  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Paul obviously is calling the believers in Galatia foolish. Why? Because although they had been soundly converted through the preaching of the cross, some folks had come in and were beginning to add other things to "faith" as a means of justification; namely, the keeping of the commandments.

Paul remonstrates with them, asking them if they received the Holy Ghost through "faith" or through the "works of the law". Obviously he expects them to answer, "Through faith."

He then tells them, "Look, you began your Christian life by faith in Jesus Christ, and are justified. Do you now imagine you can be sanctified by keeping the law?"

YIA, this will always be the way of false teachers, to add one single thing to the work of Christ crucified and resurrected. You stick with faith in Jesus and you will be all right.


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