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May 25, 2010

Jesus Christ – Our All

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[Jesus Christ – our all]

O blessed Lord! Upon my first believing and closing with Jesus Christ, Thou didst justify me in the court of glory from all my sins, both to guilt and punishment. Upon my first act of believing, Thou didst pardon all my sins; Thou didst forgive all my iniquities; Thou didst blot out all my transgression; and as upon my first believing Thou didst give me remission of all my sins, so upon my first believing Thou didst free me from a state of condemnation and interest me in the great salvation. Upon my first believing, I was united to Jesus Christ, and I was clothed with the righteousness of Christ, which covered all my sins and discharged me from all my transgressions. Remember, O Lord, that at the very moment of my dissolution Thou didst really, perfectly, universally, and finally forgive all my sins.

Thomas Brooks – Puritan (1608-1680)

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May 21, 2010

The Ominscience of God

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“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:5)

Consider the great rhetorical question asked by the apostle Paul: “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:34). The most learned scholars of every age are mere infants in knowledge compared to Him. “There is no searching of his understanding” (Isaiah 40:28).

Everyone who believes in God acknowledges that God, by definition, is omniscient. He created all things and upholds all things, and thus understands all things. He even knows all the future, for He is “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15), and He created time itself.

Now, while every believer acknowledges this, few really live as if they believe it. Most of the time, we live and speak and choose just as though God neither knows nor cares what we do. But He does know! “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, . . . and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether” (Psalm 139:2-4).

Furthermore, as our text reminds us, He is not only omniscient, but omnipotent. He is “of great power.” He has created all things, and because “he is strong in power; not one faileth” (Isaiah 40:26). Because He is omniscient, He knew how all things should be made, and because He is omnipotent, He made them that way. There would, obviously, be no thought whatever of a trial-and-error, random-mutation, survival-of-the-fittest, extinction-and-redevelopment sort of creative process with such a God.

Just as He made His creation “very good” (Genesis 1:31), so we, also, as believers saved by His grace, are “his workmanship” (Ephesians 2:10). He does know, and does care, and does work, in all our ways. HMM


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May 13, 2010

Righteous Friends

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Righteous Friends

by Henry Morris III, D.Min.

“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

The phrase “a man is known by the company he keeps” has been used in English-speaking countries since the 1500s.

Not only is the saying biblically based, but it is easily observable in everyday life.

Friends Shape Friends: “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17). In our text above, James notes that the world’s friendship so contrasts with the heart and mind of God that such a friendship turns our relationship with God into enmity. The apostle John gives the clear reason: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).

Friends Love Each Other: “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you…. I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you…. These things I command you, that ye love one another” (John 15:14-17). This is pretty simple. If I love the Lord Jesus, and you love the Lord Jesus, then we will love each other—because we have a common friend!

Friends Stick Together: Because of our common love for the Lord Jesus, we do not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” (Hebrews 10:25). Neither do we follow the “counsel of the ungodly,” or hang around “in the way of sinners,” or feel at home with “the scornful” (Psalm 1:1), because there is no fellowship in “righteousness with unrighteousness” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Godly people will have godly friends. HMM III

This article was originally published May, 2010. Righteous Friends”, Institute for Creation Research, http://www.icr.org/article/righteous-friends (accessed May 13, 2010).

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May 1, 2010

Justice, Mercy, and Grace

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Justice, Mercy, and Grace

December 9, 2009

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

The first word of our text sets up a great contrast between what we were and deserved as dead sinners, and what we are, due to God’s mercy and grace. In the preceding verses, the picture of man’s state is very dark; we “were dead in trespasses and sins” (v. 1). We were cut off from the things of light and “walked . . . according to the prince of the power of the air” (v. 2), controlled by Satan. Our lives were characterized by the “lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” (v. 3). Everything about us was abhorrent to God, not only our sinful, fleshly actions, but the perversion of our minds, and we deserved His “wrath” (v. 3).

It is not likely that mere man could have conceived the concepts expressed in the following verses. Scarcely would a human mind have proposed that the very God, whose justice demanded punishment, would take that punishment upon Himself in order to lavish upon us His incomparable grace. “But God . . . is rich in mercy” (v. 4). He had compassion on us, which with “his great love” compelled Him to act strongly on our behalf. He devised a masterful plan to “quicken,” or make alive, those who were dead “together with Christ,” for “by grace ye are |literally completely| saved.” Just as certainly as Christ is alive, we are “made alive” through His grace.

This plan of grace defies understanding and description. Through it, we have been “saved” (vv. 5, 8), we have a present home “in heavenly places” (v. 6), and we will experience its “exceeding riches” throughout the ages (v. 7). Even the faith to accept it is “the gift of God” (v. 8). God’s gracious plan fully overwhelms our wickedness and worthlessness; it exceeds all our desperate need. JDM

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