Sunday, September 17, 2017

We Have A Living Savior -31-

We have a living Savior.  He is not in Joseph's tomb; He is risen from the dead and has ascended on high as a Substitute and Surety for every believing soul.  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).  The sinner is justified through the merits of Jesus, and this is God's acknowledgement  of the perfection of the ransom paid for man.  That Christ was obedient even unto the death of the cross is a pledge of the repenting sinner's acceptance with the Father.  Then shall we permit ourselves to have a vascillating experience of doubting and believing, believing and doubting?  Jesus is the pledge of our acceptance with God.  We stand in favor before God, not because of any merit in ourselves, but because of our faith in 'the Lord our righteousness."

Jesus stands in the holy of holies, now to appear in the presence of God for us.  There He ceases not to present His people moment by moment, complete in Himself. But because we are thus represented before the Father, we are not to imagine that we are to presume upon His mercy and become careless, indifferent, and self-indulgent.  Christ is not the minister of sin.  We are complete in Him, accepted in the Beloved, only as we abide in Him by faith.

Perfection through our own good works we can never attain.  The soul who sees Jesus by faith, repudiates his own righteousness.  He sees himself as incomplete, his repentance insufficient, his strongest faith but feebleness, his most costly sacrifice as meager, and he sinks in humility at the foot of the cross.  But a voice speaks to him from the oracles of God's Word.  In amazement he hears the message, 'Ye are complete in Him.'  Now all is at rest in his soul.  No longer must he strive to find some worthiness in himself, some meritorious deed by which to gain the favor of God."

Jesus is busy trying to impress all of us with His love for us.  He is pleading with His Father to accept His sacrifice for us when we repent of our sins and want to live His life and abide with Him day by day.  What a wonderful Savior we have who was willing to give us His life on the cross to save us. Grandma Joan

Friday, September 15, 2017

What Is Justification By Faith -30-

"As the repentant sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ's atonement in his behalf and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future life, his sins are pardoned.  This is justification by faith.  Every believing soul is to conform his will entirely to God's will and keep in a state of repentance and contrition, exercising faith in the atoning merits of the Redeemer and advancing from strength to strength from glory to glory.

Pardon and justification are one and the same thing.  Through faith, the believer passes from the position of a rebel, a child of sin and Satan; to the position of a royal subject of Christ Jesus, not because of any inherent goodness, but because Christ receives him as His child by adoption.  The sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, because these sins are borne by his Substitute and Surety.  The Lord speaks to his heavenly Father, saying: 'This is My child, I reprieve him from the condemnation of death, giving him My life insurance policy--eternal life--because I have taken his place and have suffered for his sins.  He is even My beloved son.'  Thus man, pardoned, and clothed with the beautiful garments of Christ's righteousness, stands faultless before God.

The sinner may err but he is not cast off without mercy.  His only hope, however, is repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the Father's prerogative to forgive our transgressions and sins, because Christ has taken upon Himself our guilt and reprieved us, imputing to us His own righteousness.  His sacrifice satisfies fully the demands of justice.

Justification is the opposite of condemnation.  God's boundless mercy is exercised toward those who are wholly undeserving.  He forgives transgressions and sins for the sake of Jesus, who has become the propitiation for out sins.  Through faith in Christ, the guilty transgressor is brought into favor with God and into the strong hope of life eternal.

This little study is amazing and is our hope from a sinful life to a life eternally with Jesus who paid for our salvation with His life.  Do you love Him?  I love Him but probably not like I should, I want to love Him so much that I wouldn't think of doing anything to harm my salvation.  You can pray for me and I will certainly pray for you.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Faith The Condition of Promise -28-

"Without the grace of Christ, the sinner is in a hopeless condition; nothing can be done for him; but through divine grace, supernatural power is imparted to the man and works in mind and heart and character.  It is through the impartation of the grace of Christ that sin is discerned in its hateful nature and finally driven from the soul temple.  It is through grace that we are brought into fellowship with Christ, to be associated with Him in the work of salvation.  Faith is the condition upon which God has see fit to promise pardon to sinners; not that there is any virtue in faith whereby salvation is merited, but because faith can lay hold of the merits of Christ, the remedy provided for sin.  Faith can present Christ's perfect obedience instead of the sinner's transgression and defection.  When the sinner believes that Christ is his personal Savior, then according to His unfailing promises, God pardons his sin and justifies him freely.  The repentant soul realizes that his justification comes because Christ, as his Substitute and Surety, has died for him, is his atonement and righteousness.

"Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness'  (Romans 4:3-5).  Righteousness is obedience to the law.  The law demands righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of rendering it.  The only way in which he can attain to righteousness is through faith.  By faith he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lord places the obedience of His Son to the sinner's account.  Christ's righteousness is accepted in place of man's failure, and God receives, pardons, justifies, the repentant, believing soul, treats him as though he were righteous, and loves him as He loves His Son.  This is how faith is accounted righteousness; and the pardoned soul goes on from grace to grace, from light to a greater light.  He can say with rejoicing, 'not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life' (Titus 3:5-7).

Again it is written, 'But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God' (John 1:12,13).  Jesus said, 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God' (John 3:3).  Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,  he cannot enter into the kingdom of God' (verse5).

Christ looks at the spirit, and when He sees us carrying our burden with faith, His perfect holiness atones for our short comings. When we do our best, He becomes our righteousness.  It takes every ray of light that God sends to us to make us the light of the world."

I want to be a light to the world, don't you?  It's such good news that when we surrender our all He does the righteousness in us and our character and life completely changes for our good and for the good of those we share this precious message with.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Doctrine Full Of Deception -27-

"Self-righteousness is the danger of this age; it separates the soul from Christ.  Those who trust in their own righteousness cannot understand how salvation comes from Christ.  They call sin righteous-ness and righteousness sin.  They have no appreciation of the evil of transgression, no understanding of the terror of the law; for they do not respect God's moral standard of righteousness, men have erected a standard of their own by which to measure character.  They see through a glass darkly and present false ideas of sanctification to the people, thus encouraging egotism, pride, and self-righteousness.  The doctrine of sanctification advocated by many is full of deception because it is flattering to the heart; but the kindest thing that can be preached to the sinner is the truth of the binding claims of the law of God.  Faith and Works must go hand in hand; for faith without works is dead, being alone.

The prophet declares a truth by which we may test all doctrine.  He says, 'To the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.' (Isaiah 8:20.  Although error abounds in the world, there is no reason why men and women need to remain in deception.  The truth is plain and when it is contrasted with error, its character may be discerned.  All the subjects of God's grace may understand what is required of them.  By faith, we may conform our lives to the standard of righteousness, because we can appropriate to ourselves the righteousness of Christ.

In the Word of God, the honest seeker for truth will find the rule for genuine sanctification.  The Apostle says: 'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit....For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannaot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.'  (Romans 8:1-9).  F&W 96 & 97

God bless every seeker of truth, and may you find the real truth, not a deceptive truth, as you study God's Word.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Talk Faith, Live Faith and Act Faith -26-

"Now, Friends,  you have educated yourselves so much in doubts and questionings that you have to educate your souls in the line of faith.  You have to talk faith, you have to live faith, you have to act faith, that you may have an increase of faith.  Exercising that living faith, you will grow to strong men and women in Christ Jesus.

You can be just what Christ said His disciples should be--'the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14).  You should diffuse that light, hope, and faith to others.  You are not to go groaning your way onward in His service, as though He were a hard taskmaster, laying upon you burdens that you cannot carry. This is not the case.  He wants you to be filled with joy, to be filled with the blessing of God, to know the length and breadth and height and depth of the love of God, which passes knowledge.  When His name is mentioned He wants it to strike the keynote, and there will be a response in your hearts.  Then you can offer up thanksgiving and glory and honor and praise to Him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb.

You should learn to sing that song here; and when you are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, you will know just where to strike the song of triumph with heavenly angels and with the redeemed saints.  We shall make heaven's arches ring with praise and glory.  Now, let the arches ring here.  Let this place waken praise in your hearts.  While you are upon this ground look at the lofty trees, the green velvet carpet, and let praise awaken in your hearts.  Praise God that we are privileged to be in this world, as beautiful as it is.  We are going to a better place.  This earth is going to be purified, melted over, and made without sin.

Have we not everything to make us heavenly minded?  Have we not everything to bring us up from this earthliness and sensuality, this cheap and nonsensical talk this jesting and joking, this false reporting, babbling, and evil surmising? Put it all away!  It is a disgrace to the church!  Ut enfeebles and weakens the church.

Let our conversation be holy.  As God is holy in His sphere, let us be holy in ours.  Let us rejoice in the precious Savior, who has died to redeem us, and reflect glory back to God.  Let us join with
heaven in our praises here and unite with the songs of the heavenly angels in the city of our God."
F & W 78 & 79
I hope and pray that this will be your desire and hope.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Believe it Because God says it -25-

"Believe it because it is the truth, because God says it, and lay hold upon the meritorious blood of a crucified and risen Savior.  He is your only hope.  He is your righteousness, your substitute, your surety, your all in all.  When you realize that, you can bring to Him only an offering of praise.  But when you are not willing to come to Christ and acknowledge that He does it all, when you feel that you must first take a few steps, and come so far and then God will meet you; that is just exactly like Cain's offering.  He did not know Jesus , and he did not know that the blood of Jesus could cleanse his sins and make his offering acceptable to God.

The Bible is to be your standard, the living oracles of Jehovah are to be your guide.  You are to dig for the truth as for hidden treasures.  You are to find where the treasure is, and then you are to plow every inch of the field to get the jewels.  You are to work the mines of truth for new gems, for new diamonds, and you will find them.

God help us to be Bible students.  Until you can see the reason for it yourself and a 'thus saith the Lord' in the Scriptures, don't trust any living man to interpret the Bible for you.  And you can see this, you know it for yourself, and know it to be the truth of God.  You will say, 'I have read it, I have seen it, and my own heart takes hold upon it, and it is the truth, God has spoken to me from His Word.'  Now this is what we are to be--individual Christians.  We need to have an individual, personal experience.  We need to be converted, as did the Jews.  If you see a little light, you are not to stand back and say, 'I will wait until my brethren have seen it.  'If you do, you will go out in darkness.

God help us to have a knowledge of the truth, and if you have seen the truth of God, press right to the light and put up the bars behind you.  Make not flesh your arm; but have a living experience for yourselves, and then your countenance will shine with the glory of God.  You have walked with Him, and He has upheld you.  You have wrestled with Him and pleaded with Him, and He has let His light shine upon you."

I don't think I can add a thing to this study.  Take hold of God's truth and let no one deter you.  It is a matter of eternal life or eternal death.  Grandma Joan

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Overcomers Portion -24-

"Did not our Savior have something to overcome?  Did not He keep up the battle with the prince of darkness until He was a victor on every point?  Then He left the work in the hands of His followers.  We have something to do.  Have we not the overcomers portion, to work out and gain the victory?  Have we not to follow on step by step to know the Lord until we shall know His goings forth are prepared as the morning?  Their light will shine forth until we come to the brighter light.  You will grasp it and go on and gather brighter light from the oracles of God as you supplicate the God of heaven.

Jacob was ensnared.  He defrauded his brother of his birthright.  As he wrestled with Christ, his sins came up before him.  And the angel wrestled with Christ, his sins came up before him.  And the angel wrestled with him and said, 'Let Me go,' and Jacob said, 'I will not let Thee god, except Thou bless me' (Genesis 32:26).

Will you do that?  Will you wrestle with God at this time until you know that He reveals Himself to you?  There are sins that afflict your souls; your sins grieve you.  Will you say; 'Now, Lord, I must have pardon written opposite my name,' and wrestle and plead with God, laying hold upon the righteousness of Christ, 'He must save; I believe in Him; I take Him at His word, 'Now, friends, what shall we do?'

Jacob obtained the victory, and his name was changed that day.  It was when he prevailed with God.  I am  so thankful that God has made a way that we may have full and free salvation.  We need not look at the shadows that Satan casts on our path.  He would eclipse heaven and Jesus and the light and power of heaven to us, and we keep talking of the power of Satan.  but we need not talk of that.  Isaiah presents it this way: 'unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace' (Isaiah 9:6).  Does not that say that I and My Father are one?

God help us, friends, to wake up and stir ourselves now to do as much as the paralytic did to do as much as the impotent man did and as much as the one with the palsied arm did.  They did just as they were told.  God help us to believe on the Son of God and that He can save us to the utmost, and we shall have everlasting life.

Talk of Christ's love, talk of His power, praise Him.  If you have a voice to say anything, talk of God, talk of heaven, talk of eternal life. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"  (Romans 10:10).  F&W 75 & 76

I want to share something spiritual with you.  You can never, never reason out God's mind, or why He does what He does, or says what He does.  You can't reason out the plan of Salvation.  You can't reason out 'Christ in you the hope of glory', it is all impossible for us to reason out all that God does and says with our meager minds compared to His all-knowing mind.  If you try you will only become discouraged.  If you accept His promises because He made them then you will have peace of mind and be content in your beliefs, as long as they are in accordance with the Bible.  I pray that you will have the wisdom and understanding as you read these posts.  Grandma Joan