Righteousness Without Works

Posted August 18, 2016 by SandreS
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If God announces the gift of righteousness apart from works, why do you keep mourning over your bad works, your failures? Do you not see that it is because you still have hopes in these works of yours that you are depressed and discouraged by their failure? If you truly saw and believed that God is reckoning righteous the ungodly who believe on Him, you would fairly hate your struggles to be “better”; for you would see that your dreams of good works have not at all commended you to God, and that your bad works do not at all hinder you from believing on Him – that justifieth the ungodly!

Therefore, on seeing your failures, you should say, I am nothing but a failure; but God is dealing with me on another principle altogether than my works, good or bad – a principle not involving my works, but based only on the work of Christ for me.

William R NewellWilliam R. Newell (1868-1956)
Professor, Moody Bible Institute
Romans, Verse By Verse
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Imprinting His Image on Us

Posted August 10, 2016 by SandreS
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That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death (Philippians 3:10).

If we look on suffering as something to be avoided at all costs we will take no more of it than is forced upon us by our circumstances. In that case we will miss everything that is best in life. But if we take it as one of God’s gifts, as one of the means by which He is imprinting His image on our characters, we can more readily understand how suffering may be working out His purpose for our good, and so join with the Apostle in the prayer that we might be brought into full the fellowship of the suffering of the Captain of our Salvation, Who was Himself made perfect through suffering.

W.T. Tunley
Climb the Heights (1956), page 34
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Forsaking Paul for Politics

Posted July 3, 2016 by SandreS
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The saints of God are aliens here on earth. Let that sink in. No believer, as such, can be a Republican, for in his heart he believes in and is related to a kingdom. Republicanism is merely political Arminianism – it believes in human ability in some form. How can a rejected king became a member of a rebellious republic? If Christ be the King, forget not that we are His body. Individually we may be ambassadors entreating the world to be conciliated to God, but does England’s ambassador to the United States vote? Can any ambassador legislate in the country to which he is sent? Of course not. …

Paul was no politician. Once, it is true, he claimed Roman citizenship, but see what happened thereafter. The events that followed after he claimed his “rights” quickly led to a conclusion of the preaching of the kingdom of God. If, as a Roman citizen, he received Roman protection for a season, it is also true that as a Roman citizen he was put into a Roman prison, and ultimately as a Roman citizen suffered from the stroke of a Roman sword.

Paul had no political program. The cross put an end to man in the flesh. It assessed the natural man and declared him bankrupt. Bankrupt politically, morally, spiritually, totally. Instead of being a citizen of the world he became a corpse in it: “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). As far as the world is concerned, the church of God is a cemetery full of nothing but dead men, and men with their names on tombstones do not run for political nominations.

The religious world of today prates much and often of the glories of “democracy;” yet the believer’s hope is centered not in democracy but in Theocracy, not in man-ocracy but God-ocracy. If the reader … has learned the truth of Paul’s epistles, he will not claim to be either a Republican, a Democrat or a Socialist; for God’s choice and not his, God’s vote and not his ballot has made him a member of the Theocratic party by the grace of God. “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Timothy 4:10) would correctly describe the modern religious political attitude toward Paul’s theocratic teaching.

Alan Burns (?-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 15, page 273 (1924)
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What Grace Is

Posted June 26, 2016 by SandreS
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There is nothing I can do to make God the Father love me any more. There is nothing I can do to make God the Father love me any less. His love for me is not based on my performance. This is what grace is.

Peter LordPeter M. Lord
Bless and Be Blessed (2004), page 93
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What Are You Occupied With?

Posted June 24, 2016 by SandreS
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How many Christians are taken up with something short of Christ! They are occupied with their holiness instead of with the Holy One; they are occupied with the promises instead of with the Promiser; they are occupied with the blessing instead of with the Blesser. And yet having Him we have everything.

The promises of God “in Him are yea, and in Him Amen.” His holiness is mine. His blessing is mine. The full occupation with a heavenly object will alone make us heavenly without an effort. We have not to try to be this or that: We “beholding … are changed” (II Corinthians 3:18).

EWB2E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
The Christian’s Standing, Object, and Hope
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Saint

Posted June 14, 2016 by SandreS
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Every believer is a saint. This word does not refer to any attainment whatsoever, but simply expresses that the believer is “holy,” “separated,” “set apart,” “sanctified” by the call of God (I Corinthians 1:2). Hence it is no assumption to take the name of “saint.”

Alfred T SchofieldAlfred T. Schofield (1846-1929)
A Dictionary of Some of the More Common Biblical Words and Phrases (1882)
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Just Being

Posted June 8, 2016 by SandreS
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Even to “yield more” is still a form of passive legalism. The truth is just “being” – recognizing that He and we are a unity – now forget and BE!!

We love to cover our central vacuum by some form of self-effort, and folks love it too, to give them a feeling of doing something to get where we can never get except by being!

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
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