Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
The simplicity of the Gospel. People and false teachers have complicated what God made so easy a child could understand. When you finally understand Gods grace and that understanding goes from your head to your heart, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Unknowingly I was carrying a burden of a type of works salvation. Some of it came from my lack of understanding and some came from other Christians who would constantly criticize people and how they lived, or how they thought people ‘ought’ to live according to them.
When people don’t look like you, talk like you, pray as you do, read the bible as you do, serve their community, attend church like you do…etc. etc. when you start placing those “ought too” onto people you are now (even inadvertently) a stumbling block and pushing a works salvation.
Understanding justification and sanctification. Because I have repented (changed my mind) and trusted in Jesus Christs work for salvation; I am justified. That (justification) is a one time and only one time eternal position. I no longer stand condemned before God because of what Christ has done and completed fully for anyone who will appropriate His sacrifice.
What you do with the life God gives you each day, you have a choice in that as well. His will is that you will serve Him, but even if you do not, that does not change the truth that you have been justified and Christ paid the debt you owed; He alone and not any merit of our own is what saves us.
When your son or daughter is rebellious and does not do what you would like them too it doesn’t change the (positional) truth that they are still your children. Likewise, once a person has believed Christ alone for their salvation, and you are now a child of God, you can run away and have all the temper tantrums you want, it still doesn’t change the positional truth that you are a child of God.
Many false teachings promote a works salvation (performance based) and I was wrapped up in those teachings and it’s exhausting. Any flaws, misteps, and sin I have each day is just another reminder to me just how much I need Christ. I hope you will take the time to watch the video and be set free from burdens you may be carrying and if you haven’t trusted Christ for your eternity, that you would do that today.
“Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image” “Hospitals are lying to their workers and saying that simple masks are sufficient and nurses are getting sick and not allowed to self quarantine, they are forced to continue working.” “Our oath is to do no harm,” Lin said. “I […]
Originally posted on Pastor Bill Randles Blog: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning,…
Anti is a Greek prefix that not only means “opposed to” but “in the place of.” Antichrist will indeed oppose Christ but in the most diabolically clever way possible: by pretending to be Christ. For the world to follow and worship him, a false Christianity must become the world religion—a “Christianity” that all religions can […]
“Today, a growing number of churches, ministries, and Christian colleges are promoting Calvinism. While Calvinist scholars claim that Calvinism is complex (and they have indeed created a complex system), the rudiments of it are very basic, and it can be readily understood.
To call something heresy is clearly a strong accusation and should never be done flippantly. For something to be heresy, it must deviate from the fundamental teachings of the Bible. And nothing can be more serious than a deviation from the Gospel itself. Calvinism does present “another gospel.”
John Calvin taught that God will be glorified by bringing billions of people into this world for no other purpose than having them burn in Hell for eternity. This alone depicts a view of God found nowhere in Scripture; in essence, this misrepresents God but also creates a platform upon which “another gospel” has been built that is both fatalistic and makes the sacrifice of Christ no longer freely available to “whosoever may come.” Salvation is no longer a matter of choice. Furthermore, the Calvinist can never actually know if he or she is one of “the elect” thereby placing the Calvinist “Gospel” on a foundation of doubt rather than true biblical belief in the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. If that is not heresy, then what is?” Full book here
Someone does not become a Calvinist by reading the Bible; they become a Calvinist by reading Calvinist materials and that becomes their worldview in which they then interpret the Bible
Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints
T for Total Depravity: The Calvinist asks the question, “In light of the scriptures that declare man’s true nature as being utterly lost and incapable, how is it possible for anyone to choose or desire God?” The answer is, “He cannot. Therefore God must predestine.” Calvinism also maintains that because of our fallen nature we are born again not by our own will but God’s will. Calvinism says God forces Himself on whomever He pleases and then doesn’t force Himself on others; and so they are predestined for hell already, including some babies that are aborted and even miscarriages.
The “god” of Calvinism IS a different God. If a person is a “good” Calvinist; that is to say what’s called a “Consistent Calvinist” they will maintain that ALL babies who die were never elect and were predestined to hell before eternity past.
Calvinism’s greatest deception is truly found under “T” in TULIP because their doctrine claims the actual power of God’s messages, any of His messages or communications, is not a reality.
They are saying that Paul lied in Romans 1:16, because they claim no one can hear and believe because they are so totally depraved, when scripture says in Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
If you’re scratching your head saying what kind of “god” is this, I’ve asked the same thing; because it’s certainly not the One I read about in scripture.
Tackling the “T” in TULIP 🌷👇🏻
U for Unconditional Election: Calvinism says, God does not base His election on anything He sees in the individual. He chooses ‘the elect’ according to the kind intention of His will without any consideration of merit within the individual. Nor does God look into the future to see who would pick Him. Also, according to Calvinism only some are elected into salvation, others are not.
So, basically (according to Calvinism & either Calvinism is right or God is a liar) God is showing partiality even though in scripture we are told He is no respecter of persons; it rains on the just and on the unjust. Acts 10:34 “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” And according to Calvinism; you may have been predestined to hell before you were ever born, so God created you, you were born in transgression and sin, you had no part in that, and God has not provided a way out.
According to Calvinism, if you’re not elect God just created you to then just send you to hell. 🧐 🤨
Even though Scripture says Christ died for all (2 Corinthians 5:15 all means all… ) In Matthew 7:13-14 is a picture of conditional election. There is a wide gate opening on to a broad and easy way which leads to destruction.There is a narrow gate opening on to a difficult way that leads to life!
It appears that one may “CHOOSE” which gate to enter. Jesus counsels us to enter by the narrow gate and to walk the difficult road because of where it leads. “CHOOSE this day whom ye will serve …” Joshua 24:15
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 … JESUS didn’t say forbid Joey, Susie and Bob, but allow Jane, Mike, and Greg. Why would Jesus beckon ALL who labor and are heavy laden to come unto Him (Matthew:11:28) if those who are not of the elect cannot?
Below are more passages that refute the teaching that only unconditionally elected people can repent and be saved.
Calvinism would have to include: Israel’s circumstances under the conditional law (a righteousness for them, see Deuteronomy 6:24-25) in the Old Testament, and the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) in the New Testament; Israel being still under the law until the murder of Christ (God’s sacrificial lamb), and the new covenant is then established thereafter, through His blood.
But many Calvinists teach replacement theology; and some don’t even realize it; which is another heresy to believe the church has replaced Israel.
These passages, though, primarily concern mankind as a whole. Calvinism does seem to forget to look at the whole of mankind as Paul explains in his letters, which give opportunity to EVERY individual therein. Romans 1-3 and Revelation covers every period of time – Genesis to Revelation (Adam having dominion over the garden to the last Adam having dominion over the whole sinless earth).
1) Ezekiel 33:11 – reasoning with unregenerate people, Israel, that they need to repent “why will you die, people of Israel?”
2) Acts 17:22-31, note verse 30 This statement is concerning mankind and includes EVERY individual member therein.
3) 1 Timothy 2:3-6 – This statement concerns the same mankind and EVERY individual therein as above.
4) 2 Peter 3:9 – This statement also concerns ALL of mankind. (The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance.)
5) Titus 2:11 – This statement is the grace of God offered to mankind as a whole after Jesus’ death, including EVERY individual.
Once again this is a sadistic “god” that Calvinism has created; and sadly so many people are entangled with this strange god.
Undoing the “U” in TULIP 🌷👇🏻
“L” for Limited Atonement : Calvinism asserts God purposely chose only ‘certain’ persons for glory or eternal life (salvation/heaven) and chose others purposely for sin and destruction damned to hell; remember, they teach that under God’s sovereignty God causes every sin if they are to be considered consistent calvinists.
They also assert that Jesus only actually died for those who were unconditionally chosen or elected. Their argument includes the idea that if Jesus died for all mankind then some of His blood was, in fact, wasted. They do not seem to understand that Jesus shed His blood for Adam (mankind); his kin and Jesus’ blood paid a price for mankind as a WHOLE. Read Romans 3:21-5:18 and 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
But what does God say:
1 Timothy 4:10, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the savior of ALL people, and especially of those who believe.”
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me.” (All means all and Calvinists hate this scripture they can not reconcile it to their twisted theology.)
Calvinists will use John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. “ which they use out of context. Remember God has not forgotten Israel; but Calvinism has.
The context is Jesus is speaking to a JEWISH audience not Gentiles (read the whole thing) and in John 6 they (Jews) should have believed Moses and recognized Christ and believed him. Just preceding John 6:44 that Calvinism uses out of context-He (Jesus) was telling His Jewish audience WHO HE WAS “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: and he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (Jhn 6:35).
Once again the Bible emphatically declares “And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours ONLY, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world.” 1 John 2:2
👆🏻And this is not teaching universalism or any form of pantheism; every person must decide (consciously and prior to their physical deaths) to appropriate for themselves Christs sacrifice or not.
Calvinism has created a strange god that cannot save you.
Losing the “L” in TULIP 🌷👇🏻
“I” for Irresistible Grace: (also sometimes known as effectual call)
Calvinism declares that every person intentionally chosen for salvation (while others are intentionally chosen for hell) is brought to Sovereign, Almighty God by His grace that is irresistible. No one chosen will be able to resist God’s grace. There is no Scripture for this idea or teaching.
The document that defines Calvinisms teaching of “Irresistible grace” is found not in the Bible but in The Westminster Confession which states (X,I) “God renews people’s wills, and then goes on to state “yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.”
Huh? How can I come ‘most freely’ and be ‘made willing’ … which is it?
❓Freely <—> made willing❓
Calvinist author David Steel states in his book The Five Points of Calvinism (pp 48-49) “This special call (speaking of irresistible grace) is not made to all sinners but is issued to the elect only.”
But The Bible says: 1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the WHOLE world.”
Romans 10:13 “For WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
I will stop ✋🏻 here to say when you are engaged in conversation with a Calvinist; at some point you will be told (quite condescendingly) “oh you don’t understand, you need to read scripture, you don’t understand scripture, you need to read more about Calvin, you need to read Luthers books, you need to read Augustines writings, you don’t understand the doctrines of grace… you don’t understand the sovereignty of God, etc etc” …this “special understanding” that only the ‘elect’ have, runs perilously close to Rome’s teaching that only “certain” people can understand and read scripture. This is a mixture of pride and gnosticizing tendencies.
What does God say? Scriptures that demonstrate groups and individual members of mankind do, in fact, resist God such as:
Hosea 4:6 Acts 7:51 Acts 13:46 Romans 10:21 Isaiah 65:2 And just follow the Israelites journey out of Egypt and for 40 years; they chose over and over again to resist God; yet God clearly in that shows us His perfect attributes of love, mercy, long suffering, and above all His Holiness.
The ineffectual “I” in TULIP 🌷 👇🏻
“P” for Perseverance of the Saints:
Calvinism postulates that a person cannot lose salvation. If Calvinism stopped there, this would be true however there is more. Like every false teaching, Calvinism preaches a conditional salvation based on works and ‘evidence’ of obedience.
Calvinist John Piper stated “These works of faith, and this obedience of faith, these fruits of the Spirit that come by faith, are necessary for our final salvation. No holiness, no heaven. So, we should not speak of getting to heaven by faith alone in the same way we are justified by faith alone. Essential to the Christian life and necessary for final salvation is the killing of sin (Romans 8:13) and the pursuit of holiness (Hebrews 12:14).” Desiring God
Piper also stated “…no Christian can be sure he is a true believer; hence there is an ongoing need to be dedicated to the Lord and deny ourselves so that we might make it…” Ligoneer National Conference 2000
Another prominent Calvinist RC Sproul in his book, Essential Truths of Christian Faith, RC Sproul argues that believers grow in faith by keeping God’s law.
“We are justified by faith alone apart from works. However, all believers grow in faith by keeping God’s holy commands – not to gain God’s favor, but out of loving gratitude for the grace already bestowed on them through the work of Christ.” – pg. 254
In the very same book, he argues that some people are saved but do not know they are saved, because they have not assured themselves of their election by ridding themselves of sins that trouble their conscience.
“There are people who are saved but do not know they are saved. These people are actually in a state of grace but are uncertain of it. Perhaps they are wrestling with sin in their lives and doubt their own salvation because of a troubled conscience. In this group are those who have not yet made certain that they are among the elect.” – pg. 201
They will also use Matthew 24:13 out of context saying once must ‘endure’ as a salvific statement; when the context of that verse is persecution and martyrdomism in the end times.
What is being said here is the same as all works salvation gospels, this is the typical modern day Judaizers we read about in the book of Galatians that Paul addressed. And then in usual works salvation fashion people will spout out “But faith without works is dead!!!!” Paul condemns works added to faith, while James commends works produced by faith. We must be discerning here because our salvation does not rest on what we do; rather it rests entirely in what Christ has done FOR us. James asks the question in verse 14, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?” This is the issue James is confronting. If someone says he has faith but does not have works, then he is a liar and the truth is not in him. He is a false convert, a hypocrite who is self-deceived.
This works salvation is in fact unbiblical and destroys Calvinism’s other four points of doctrine (TULIP) plus their definition of sovereignty. Calvinists claim no one can believe the gospel unless God’s grace was given to them, as one was unconditionally elected and atoned for. As already mentioned, there are mysteries that only God knows but one thing consistent throughout God’s Word is, He does not contradict His own truths.
Calvinism cannot, under TULIP, account for Perseverance of the Saints because no one under their definition of sovereignty of God and the first four letters could still be described as “may not be saved” or not of the “elect”. They seem to feign ignorance about the fact that our bodies have not changed and we can, and do in fact, still sin even though we do not practice it as a way of life.
1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Calvinists deceive undiscerning Christians by using Jesus’ words to the Jews (this is another heresy of replacement theology) in John to show that no one can come to God unless God draws them and only those are given to Christ. They fail to mention that Jesus says in John 12:32 that when He is lifted up (crucified) He will draw all men to Himself. Draw does not mean they will be willing to believe. They believe and teach everyone God draws is to belong to Christ, but only retort sarcastically to John 12:32 saying “you think all people are going to be saved” which is not taught anywhere in Scripture.
Many people in every generation since Adam, are unwilling to believe God, but that does not change the biblical truth that God desires ALL men to believe and not perish.
1 Timothy 2:4 “This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires ALL men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that ALL should come to repentance.”
Repentance? What does that word even mean? It means: Strong’s Concordance metanoia: change of mind, repentance Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ �Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine �Transliteration: metanoia �Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah) �Definition: change of mind, repentance �Usage: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.
But according to calvinism I am too totally depraved (See the T in TULIP) to even have a mind at all, or the ability to change my non existent mind. Why would Jesus Christ tell us to repent (and believe the Gospel) if we are too depraved to be able too? See how utterly twisted this theology is?
What “god” IS this?
Lastly The Word of God says: “Now to HIM who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,” Jude 1:24
“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13
“Being confident of this very thing, that HE who has begun a good work in you WILL complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and NONE of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” John 17:12
Parting with the “P” in TULIP 🌷👇🏻
“For God so loved 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, that he gave his only begotten Son, that 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The false gospel of Calvinism (TULIP) is sadly resurfacing and appealing more and more to the younger generation.
God has not “damned” or “chosen” (predestined) certain people to go to hell as Calvinism teaches; among many other false teachings.
Some popular Calvinists / Reformed Theologians today
John Piper Paul Washer Todd Friel (Wretched Radio) Jeff Durbin (Apologia Studios/Church) RC Sproul Matt Chandler C.J. Mahaney Dr. James White Justin Peters J I Packer John McArthur Allister Begg Kevin DeYoung Tim Keller Erwin Lutzer Al Mohler John Neufeld ( Back to the Bible Canada ) Ray Ortlund Mike Gendron Richard Bennett
“No one was ever predestinated to be damned. Predestination is a precious truth of inestimable value and comfort when rightly understood. Will you not turn to your Bible and read for yourself in the only two chapters in which this word “predestinate” or “predestinated” is found? The first is Romans 8:29-30….” Read full article here
In Deuteronomy 18:10-11 we read: There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. We can read similar warnings […]
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. (Acts 13:38-39)
Justification! It is a big word, and very often people miss its true meaning. What is it to be justified? It is to be cleared of all blame, to be freed from every charge. It is the sentence of the court in favor of the prisoner. The prisoner stands there, charged with certain things; the evidence is all heard, and the jury brings in a verdict of “Not guilty.” The man is justified.
Notice a most remarkable thing in these two verses. We have two things here, which God does for the believing sinner that no man could do for anyone else. You could not both forgive a man and justify him at the same time. If you forgive him, he cannot be justified. He must be guilty, and therefore, there is something to forgive. On the other hand, if you justify him, then you do not need to forgive him. Suppose, for instance, one had been charged with a certain crime, and after everything had been heard, the jury says, “Not guilty,” and the judge pronounces him free. As that man comes out of the courtroom, a friend says to him, “It was kind of the judge to forgive you, wasn’t it?”
The man replies, “He did not forgive me; I did not require his forgiveness. I was justified; I was proven not guilty and did not need to be forgiven.”
OUR RIGHTEOUS GOD IS INCAPABLE OF ERROR
Of course, human judges may sometimes make a mistake. You have heard the story of the man who was arrested, charged with stealing a gold watch and chain. After all the evidence of the complaining witness had been heard, the judge looked down at the prisoner and announced, “The sentence of this court is acquittal.”
The man leaned forward and said, “What was that you said, judge?”
“I said, the sentence of the court is acquittal.”
The man looked puzzled and said to the judge, “Judge, I just don’t understand what that means.”
“Well,” the judge explained, “I mean you are acquitted.”
“Well, judge, does that mean I gotta give the watch back?”
You see, the man was guilty, and the judge himself had been deceived.
But God will never be deceived. Nobody can ever put anything over on Him. He knows every sin that you and I have ever been guilty of—sins in thought, sins in word, and sins in deed; and then in addition to all of these, failure to do the things we know we ought to do can be just as truly sin as to commit overt acts of evil. And God knows all about it, and “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
But God undertakes both to forgive the sin and to justify the sinner—to clear him of every charge when he puts his trust in His blessed Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. You could not do that for anyone, but God can, and He does it because the Lord Jesus Christ in infinite grace condescended to take our place, to bear the judgment that our sins deserved, so that when we come to God, confessing our sins, over against all that sin and over against all that wickedness stands the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. And on the basis of that, God says, “I forgive this man and accept him before My presence as though he had never sinned at all. I count him as righteous and justify him fully and completely.” That is the meaning of justification.
JUSTIFICATION OFFERS A NEW STANDING
You who have just recently come to trust the Savior, I wonder if you have entered into that. I wonder if you realize that the moment you trusted the Savior, that instant God gave you a new standing before Him. You stand before Him now as if you had never sinned at all. You say, “Well, I can’t forget my sins. They come up before me when I lie down at night; they come before me when I kneel to pray; and they are before me even in the daytime. There are so many things that I wish had never happened, and I sometimes wonder, since they come crowding in upon my mind as they do, whether they are really forgiven.”
Let me assure you, if you have really trusted Christ, they are not only forgiven, but forgotten. God says, “Your sins and iniquities will I remember no more,” and if God has forgotten them, then you and I may well say, “I too will seek to forget, and say with Paul, ‘Forgetting those things which are behind . . . I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’” (Philippians 3:13-14).
God Himself is the author of our justification. We read in the Epistle to the Romans, chapter 8, and really in one sense I am beginning at the wrong end; I am beginning where God leaves off here in the Epistle to the Romans, but I am beginning where I think you and I as sinners need to begin. In Romans 8, we read that it is God Himself who justifies. Take verse 33:
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
We are justified by God, the source of it. It is He who has taken up this question, who has gone into it fully and completely, and He says, “Now I am satisfied to acknowledge as righteous the man who trusts My blessed Son.”
A TRULY WICKED AND VILE SINNER
Some years ago a friend of mine was preaching in a certain place, and somebody came to him one day and said, “Could you come and see a woman who is very sick? We are afraid she is dying. She is troubled about her soul and doesn’t seem to understand the way.” Of course he gladly went as any of us would under such circumstances. As he entered the room and sat down beside the bed, the woman said, “Tell me what is necessary in order that my soul may be saved and my sins forgiven.” He told her the old, old story, the story of the Cross. He told her how “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He told her how, hanging on that cross in those awful hours of darkness, our blessed Lord Jesus, as the substitute for sinners, drank the cup of wrath that we deserved and made full satisfaction for iniquity; and now God can justify everyone who believes in Him, whom He raised from the dead.
When he finished, she said, “Oh yes, I know, I understand all that, but I don’t see how I can know that my sins are forgiven.” So again, very patiently, he went over the same story, but tried to present it in a little different light. He told her that the Lord Jesus was the one great sacrifice for sin, that He offered Himself for our sins, that He was made sin for us, He who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. And when he finished, she said, “Yes, I understand that, but is that all that is required?”
The evangelist sprang from his seat. He was a very fiery man by nature, and sometimes the fire came out even after he became a Christian. He said in a tone that shook the room, “You wicked woman!”
And she, lying there so sick, was almost terrified and said to him, “Oh, sir, why do you talk to me like that?”
“You wicked woman, you vile woman! You ask me what is necessary in order that you may be saved. I tell you how God has bankrupted Heaven to save your guilty soul. I tell you how He has sent His own blessed Son to give His life for you. I tell you how He was forsaken of God upon that Tree, and you have the insolence to look up into the very face of God and say, ‘Is that all?’ What more would you want? It is all that God Himself could do.”
She burst into tears and exclaimed, “Oh, sir, I understand. I did not realize what I was saying. Oh, I thank God for what He has done. It is enough! If it is enough for God, it surely is enough for me!”
EVEN THE WICKED MAY BE JUSTIFIED
Oh, that is it! The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself. He loved me, and gave Himself for me.
God sent Him. God saw you and me in our deep, deep need, and He sent Him to die for us, and now it is God who justifies the ungodly. God justifies the godly, the good, the pure, the true, and the noble! No, God justifies poor, lost, guilty sinners when they “believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:24-25). It is our faith in the Word of God and the work of Christ that is counted for righteousness. Read Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” The basis of it all is given in Romans 5:9, where we read, beginning with verse 8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
We who believe are now justified. It is not that we may, as some people put it, have a good hope of salvation, that we may hope that we shall be justified at last, that we may hope that in the day of judgment everything will be all right; but we are now justified—every believer in Christ.
Oh, so many of our hymns were written by people who hadn’t full assurance of salvation, and they express so often the desire that they may be cleansed and justified. How many real believers sing, “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow!” And yet everyone who has truly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ is already washed, made white by the blood of the Lord Jesus, justified by God.
WHAT IS THE BASIS FOR JUSTIFICATION?
His blood! It is because of what He did. It is because of the blood He shed—the shedding of His precious blood; it is the giving up of His life. It is His life for ours—His holy, spotless life over against our sinful, wicked lives. The Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me.
Somebody might say, “Well, I just do not understand what you mean. You talk about being justified by blood. In what sense could one be justified or cleansed by blood?” Let me give you an illustration. Out in the state of Washington, at the time of the first World War, four or five convicts in some way or another got over the wall of the penitentiary and escaped. After several weeks, they were all captured except one who was never located, at least not until the circumstances which I am going to mention.
He was able to get away, and eventually under an assumed name he joined the Army. After a period of training, he was sent across to France. One day, however, some other soldiers were added to the number, and one of them looked at this man and said, “I remember him. I knew him back in the state of Washington years ago. That’s so-and-so. He is not going by his right name. I remember when he was condemned to the penitentiary for burglary.”
He went to the officer in charge and told him what he knew about the man. The officer in turn wrote to the War department and asked, “What am I to do with this man? He is an escaped convict.” Washington sent word back to arrest him and return him to America as a prisoner. But in the meantime something had happened which made that impossible.
THE VALUE OF A MAN’S BLOOD
One night a number of men were wanted for a very, very dangerous duty, and the Captain said, “I am not going to ask any man to do the thing that I am going to tell you about, but I hope some of you will volunteer. I want some men to crawl out in the dark across No Man’s Land and find out what the foe is planning to do. It is a very dangerous undertaking—you may not get back—so I am not going to appoint anyone, but will ask for volunteers.”
Four men stepped right out, and among them was this convict. Under cover of darkness, they crawled out over No Man’s Land. There were shells falling all around them, but three of them got through safely. The fourth man, the convict, apparently had got clear through to the enemy and secured the information and was coming back, when a shell fell and burst so near him that he was killed. They brought his mangled body in, and when the officer received the word from Washington to return that man a prisoner to this country, the officer wrote back, “He has washed out his crimes in his own blood.” He had given himself, he had given his life, and the giving of his life had washed out his crime against the government, though of course this did not touch the question of his sin against God.
JUSTIFICATION IS FREELY GIVEN
The Lord Jesus Christ was absolutely without offense. He was the holy Son of God, but He looked upon us poor sinners in our deep need, and He took our place in judgment. He went to the Cross, and He bore what our sins deserved. He poured out His life in the shedding of His precious blood, and when we receive Him, we can say that He has washed out our sins in His precious blood. He had no sins of His own for which to die. He was there for our sins.
Oh, why was He there as the Bearer of sin,
If on Jesus thy guilt was not laid?
Oh, why from His side flowed the sin-cleansing blood,
If His dying thy debt has not paid?
He took your place. Have you trusted Him? Do you believe God’s sure promise? If you have, you are justified by His blood.
“Well,” you say, “on what principle does God thus justify? The Epistle to the Romans, chapter 3 and verse 24, tells us:
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
God justifies men by grace, not because of merit. You and I had no merit. Everything was against us. Demerit was ours, and no merit did we have to plead. But now God says in grace, “I am ready to take up that man and save him, if he will but receive and confess My Son as his Lord.” It is so hard for people to understand this. Men always seem to get the idea that they must do something in order to merit God’s favor. It would not be grace if it were merited. Grace is unmerited favor, and it is favor to those who have merited the very opposite. That is grace.
GRACE TO THE UNDESERVING
Suppose, just to use a very hackneyed illustration, that my sons were still school boys and there is a rowdy, regular bully in the neighborhood, and he falls upon one or the other of them and knocks him down and steals his books and his lunch basket, and then when I go out to talk to him, this bully turns on me and strikes me and stones my house, breaking my best plate-glass window. I have every reason to be thoroughly provoked with him. I would have a perfect right, you know, to go to the police and have him arrested and charged with assault and battery, and one thing or another. But suppose, instead of that, I wait, and on some cold winter day, I happen to see that young rowdy, and, as I am watching, I see him fall in the snow, and I run out after him. I learn that he has had no one to care for him. He is an orphan and has no father or mother to look after him, and I find he staggered and fell because of lack of food, he was so weak. When he sees me coming, he staggers to his feet and tries to run away. But he cannot get away because I have hold of his arm. He looks up at me and pleads, “I’ll never do it again, if you will let me go.”
But I say, “You won’t get away.” I bring him into my own home, warm him up, feed him, and give him a suit of clothes belonging to one of my sons. I take care of him and show him every kindness. He can’t understand it, but his heart is won. This is grace. He merited the very opposite, did he not?
Grace is favor shown to the undeserving. If people deserved it, it would not be favor; and so you cannot deserve God’s salvation. Often when I say to somebody, “I hope you are on your way to Heaven,” I receive the reply, “Well, I am doing my best to get there.” It is not a question of doing your best. It is a question of receiving the grace of God as manifested in Christ Jesus.
HOW DO YOU MAKE IT YOUR OWN?
In what way is salvation applied to you individually? We read in Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Justified by faith!
Faith is believing God and asking no questions. It is taking God at His Word. God says, “I am satisfied with the work which My Son has done. Because of that work, I raised Him from the dead and now offer to justify any poor sinner who comes to Me in My Son’s name and trusts in Him.” If you have come, you have a right to say: “Being justified by faith, I have peace with God [everything settled between me and God] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Have you said it? If not, say it now. “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” (Romans 10:8).
The resurrection of Christ, you know, is the declaration, the seal of it all. In the previous verses, at the end of the fourth chapter of Romans, we read, beginning with verse 22: “And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” That is, when Abraham believed God, it [his faith] was imputed to him for righteousness. And then we read:
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:23-25)
That is justification by His resurrection. Why? Because His resurrection tells of God’s satisfaction in the work that His Son has done. When He hung upon that Cross, He was bearing our sins, He was taking our place, dying there in the sinner’s stead. Now, if He had never come out of that tomb, it would show that redemption was never accomplished. If that tomb remained sealed and the body of Jesus remained in it, then it would show that it was all a farce, and I would not dare to trust Him as my Savior at all. But see, it is the third day, and His resurrection is the divine declaration that all who believe on Him and rely on Him are justified from all things.
ISN’T THERE ANOTHER SIDE OF ALL THIS?
But I know that some of you have been saying in your hearts, or thinking subconsciously at least, “Yes, but there is another side to it. Doesn’t the Bible say somewhere that faith without works is dead?” Yes, it does, for we read, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only” (James 2:24).
“Well,” someone asks, “does not that contradict what you have been telling us?”
Not at all. You need to see exactly what it is that various writers of the Epistles are dwelling on. The apostle Paul (and practically all of our references have been from his writings), is telling how poor sinners may be justified before God. But now we turn over to the Epistle of James to find out how we who have professed to believe in Christ may be justified before men.
Suppose I say to my companions in the world, “I have just come to Christ, and I am justified from all things.” They have a right to look at me, at my life, to see for themselves whether there is any change in my life. You see, in order to be justified before them, in order to be justified before men, I have to manifest by my good works the fact that I have received a new and a divine nature. Let me read it to you.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (James 2:14)
That is, what kind of faith? A faith that has no works? Where there is real faith in Christ, one’s work will be different. His life will never again be what it used to be. Everything will be changed.
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (James 2:15-17)
REAL FAITH IS MANIFESTED BY YOUR WORKS
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18)
I cannot show my faith without works, but I can show my faith by my works. If I put my faith in Christ and have trusted Him as my Savior, I have been justified before God, justified freely, justified for nothing, justified without cost, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Now as I live for the One who has justified me, as I devote my redeemed life to the glory of the One who has saved me, my confession is justified before men. Men who get to know me will say, “That man is real; that man is genuine; he lives what he professes.” Do they say that of you? Does your life testify to the reality of the faith that you profess? If you have trusted Christ, you are complete in Him, you are justified freely by His grace. Now by a life devoted to His interests, you are to prove to those around you the reality of that faith of which you speak. ~ by Harry Ironside
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