The Gospel declares all that God has done to deliver His chosen people from imputed damnation and their native darkness. The Gospel concerns the elect looking to their Substitute on the cross where God delivered them from the law’s penalties and where God discharged sin and imputed righteousness.
The Gospel reveals how God delivered His elect from the darkness of disbelieving and misbelieving. By sovereign Spiritual awakening, the Spirit of God enters the soul and enlightens the elect regarding what He has done for them in the LORD Jesus. With the mind illuminated and the affections fired, the will obeys and follows God’s sovereign call of Grace. They turn from false notions of God to the Way of Light. The Gospel affirms God’s unconditional election of sinners before the foundation of the world, justification by Christ at the cross and the Holy Spirit awakening them in time. This is not alternate doctrine or higher doctrine; it is the only Doctrine. And this Gospel must be heard: Eph. 1:13; understood: Rom. 15:20-21 and believed: Rom. 10:14-16.
Until it is a settled matter in the mind of an individual as to WHEN the imputation of righteousness occurred, confusion will reign. There was only one imputation of righteousness. It exclusively occurred at the cross of the LORD Jesus Christ. It was strictly a judicial act. The result was God declaring all the elect of all time, righteous in His sight: Rom. 4:25; Rom. 5:1. God ratified this one-time declaration of righteousness by raising Christ from the dead. The resurrection of Christ was the objective proof positive, to the elect, of the finished justification of all those in Christ. Until Christ came, God did forbear with and did pass-over the sins of all the Old Testament saints, including Abraham: Rom. 3:25. For without the shedding of blood there is no remission. Likewise, His attribute of forbearance also granted a reckoning of the Faith by Promise, in which ‘Faith’ was the objective contents of Faith meaning Christ Himself and His future coming to bring in that everlasting righteousness that God would at long last impute to the elect upon the establishment of it: Rom. 4:3-13; Gal. 3:18. Like Abraham, all Old Testament saints believed the promise of that one true righteousness TO BE established by the LORD Jesus Christ on their behalf: John 8:56. New Testament saints look back to that one time declared righteousness. What God did by PROMISE for OT saints was actually accomplished and declared to be so upon the death of Christ: Rom. 4:25. This is precisely what the resurrection signified: righteousness imputed and sin not imputed resulting in finished justification at the cross of Christ.
The Testimony of Faith “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away: blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21) All of the LORD’s elect, whether in the Old Testament or since the cross, have the same testimony of Faith...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A Vessel of Mercy These sins of mine that I saw when the LORD opened my eyes, did deserve the damnation of hell and I wondered at the infinite forbearance of God in allowing me to live so long out of hell when I was such fit fuel for...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Righteousness that Faith Eyes Adam’s righteousness was but the righteousness of a creature but the righteousness about which faith is exercised is the righteousness of God, [Romans 3:21; Romans 10:3]. Adam’s righteousness was a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jesus Which Was Crucified “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” (Matthew 28:5) When the women went to the sepulcher looking for the body of our LORD Jesus,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
God’s Promise Fulfilled In the resurrection of Christ, all the redeemed were declared justified. They died and rose in Him and none can now lay anything to their charge. If it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Why Glory in the Cross? Why is glorying in the cross the opposite to glorying in the flesh? Because the cross, far from being the work of man, is the work of God. Far from demanding merit from man, righteousness is accounted to men. Far from...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Appointed Unto Death “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many...” (Hebrews 9:27-28) So often we have quoted Hebrews 9:27 in connection with...[ abbreviated | read entire ]