Psalm 115:3 | Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
“Here the psalmist David plainly declares the great supremacy and glorious sovereignty of our God. Our God is supreme over all gods of the world. He who truly is God, is God who rules over all things, at all times, in all places, absolutely. He is the absolute, unrivalled Sovereign of the universe, who always does his will in heaven, earth, and hell. ‘He has his way in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him – What doest thou?’ The God I worship, trust, and love is in total control of the universe!”
(Don Fortner – Basic Bible Doctrines, 446)
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast | Ephesians 2:8-9.
In God’s Word alone –
Salvation is by grace alone –
Salvation is through faith alone –
Salvation is in Christ alone –
All to the glory of God alone.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. | John 10:27-28
The Word of God teaches the preservation of the saints just as plainly, just as fully, just as forcibly as it teaches the perseverance of the saints. … Perseverance is the believer holding Christ by the hand of faith. Preservation Is Christ holding the believer by the hand of grace.
Jesus is our God and Saviour,
Guide, and Counselor, and Friend:
He will never, never, leave us,
Nor will let us quite leave him.
Don Fortner, “Basic Bible Doctrine”, 427 (adapted)
We love him because he first loved us | 1 John 3:19.
‘Tis not that I did choose Thee,
For, Lord, that could not be.
This heart would still refuse Thee,
Hadst Thou not chosen me.
My heart owns none before Thee,
For Thy rich grace I thirst,
This knowing – If I love Thee
Thou must have loved me first!
(poem – Josiah Conder, as quoted by Don Fortner: “Basic Bible Doctrine”, 405 – adapted)
Behold – I declare to you the gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
What is it to preach the gospel?
1) It is to simply declare it.
2) It is to simply declare it as God’s message.
3) It is to simply declare it as God’s message for everyone.
4) It is to simply declare it as God’s message embraced by self.
5) It is to simply declare it with a genuine desire that all who hear it may believe.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief | 1 Timothy 1:15.
(Adapted – Don Fortner [quoting: Henry Mahan], Basic Bible Doctrine)
Election! – what a blessed word! What a glorious doctrine! Who does not rejoice to know that he has been chosen to some great blessing? Election is unto salvation – the greatest of all blessings. And strange to say, this is a neglected truth even by many who profess to believe it, and others have a feeling of repulsion at the very mention of this Bible-revealed, God-honoring, and man-humbling truth.
There seems to be an inveterate prejudice in the human mind against this doctrine, and although most other doctrines will be received by professing Christians, some with caution, others with pleasure, yet this one seems to be most frequently disregarded and discarded.
If such were true in Spurgeon’s day how much more so in this our day. Concerning this doctrine there is an alarming departure from the faith of our Baptist fathers. Touching this article of our faith Baptists have come to a day when they have a Calvinistic creed and an Arminian clergy.
But there are some who love the doctrine of Election. To them election is the foundation dug deep for the other doctrines of human redemption to rest upon. They love it enough to preach it in the face of criticism and persecution. They will surrender their pulpits rather than be silenced on this precious tenet of the once delivered faith. But all who love the doctrine were once haters of it, therefore, they have nothing in which to take pride. Every man by nature is an Arminian. It takes the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, taught by the Holy Spirit, to cause a man to love the doctrine of Election.
“The Bible Doctrine of Election” by C. D. [Claude Duval] Cole.
Marvelous – Infinite Grace | In preaching the gospel we proclaim to guilty souls full pardon by the blood of Christ, perfect justification by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, complete cleansing from all sin, eternal life in Christ, immutable acceptance in the Beloved, infallible security in his grace, and peace, peace, blessed peace with God!
Whosoever will, let him come! – If any man thirst, let him come! – Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! – He that believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life! – Come unto [Jesus], all you that labor and are heavy laden, and [He] will give you rest! | (adapted – Don Fortner, Basic Bible Doc.)
So what hinders you today from receiving God’s Wonderful Grace? Come …