Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 23, 2007

What’s Wrong with “Christ Knocking at the Door of Your Heart”?

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by Michael Spencer 

“If you aren’t familiar with this illustration, let me give up a step by step version of the recipe.

First ingredient, Revelation 3:20.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Other Biblical passages speak of Christ “in” you, such as Colossians 1:27 and Galatians 2:20.”

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 23, 2007

The “Sinner’s Prayer” Problem

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by Bob Hayton 

Now I lay my fears to sleep
I prayed, now the Lord must keep.
Nothing to lose, everything to win
I prayed the prayer, now I’m in.

The above prayer is patently absurd. Yet many actually do think that praying the sinner’s prayer is what guarantees they will be saved. God’s hand is forced. Rom. 10:13 obligates Him to keep His promise. They have “called upon the name of the Lord”, and He must save them.

Often people are encouraged to give Jesus a try. Commit yourself to Jesus and you will enter a brand new and exciting life! It only takes a few minutes, don’t you want to know that you will spend eternity in Heaven? Just pray this prayer and mean it, and on the authority of the Bible I guarantee you will be saved! Come on, what have you got to lose?…

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 22, 2007

1 Timothy 4:10

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posted by John Samson 

“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” – 1 Timothy 4:10

This verse has had many interpretations. Here are a few of them:

(1) The idea that “God is the Savior of all men” means that all who have ever lived will be saved. This of course is contrary to all sound doctrine. If this was true, the rest of the verse would have no meaning when it says “especially of believers.”…

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 19, 2007

*Is Individual Election to Salvation Taught in Romans Nine?

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by Matt Perman

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Are you unsure about what to believe about predestination? Do you believe in predestination, but are looking for a greater defense of your beliefs? Or do you think that predestination is unbiblical? If one of these questions describes your thinking, I have written this article for you. To be more accurate, I have written this article to glorify God by helping all Christians to confidently acknowledge the reality of His sovereign grace. Romans 9 is a gold mine on this very important truth. And this truth is important. Jesus said that we are to live by every word that God speaks (Matthew 4:4). Paul said that all Scripture is profitable for teaching (2 Timothy 3:16). And the fact that God has devoted a whole chapter to the truth of predestination (in addition to many other passages) seems to indicate that He thinks it is especially important. As we study this chapter, we will see that it very clearly teaches that God determines who is saved (predestination, often called “unconditional election”), and that God determines who isn’t saved. Please read this article with an open Bible and an open mind. It is in-depth at places and might take some time to read and ponder, so it might be very profitable to use for one of your devotional times. That should give you the freedom and time to think deeply through this article and the biblical text, in prayer before God….

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 17, 2007

Human Desire and Divine Election

 

by C.H. Spurgeon

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“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Thessalonians 2:13-14).

If there were no other text in the sacred word except this one, I think we should all be bound to receive and acknowledge the truthfulness of the great and glorious doctrine of God’s ancient choice of His family. But there seems to be an ongoing 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. . . .

 

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 16, 2007

Woo Him Not

by Isle of Hope

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Praying for the unsaved. We can invite the Holy Spirit to work in a person’s life so as to make them more receptive and responsive to the Gospel.” ~ Elmer Towns

“There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival: the one to influence God, the other to influence men.” ~ Charles G. Finney

I was horrified when I read these two quotes in the same article by Elmer Towns. The implications of these quotes are stating that we serve a God who needs man’s support, influence, invitation, wooing, and free will in order for Him to act…

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by Alex Jordan

Excerpt from the article:

“Why is one’s understanding of election important?
Why is it important to understand that election is unconditional and individual? If we believe, as Arminians propose, that election is the result of God looking ahead via His omniscient foreknowledge to see who will choose Him and persevere in Him, we make God’s choice of particular people contingent upon their choice/faith in Him. This makes election a reward or an obligation that is given in response to foreseen faith. This is not the gospel of grace. Election in this view is not God independently choosing us; rather, we are choosing Him and He is merely ratifying the choice by calling “elect” those who have chosen Him. Again, this makes man, not God, sovereign in election, and dishonors God by diminishing His sovereignty.”

 

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 9, 2007

Christ Will Reign Forever

by Mike Ratliff

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 “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.’” (1 Chronicles 17:13-14 ESV)

God is Sovereign. He is at no one’s beck and call. He is not subject to anyone. Men may indeed insist that God must follow their ideas of who He is and what He will or won’t do, but these things come from flawed Human reason. Men are arrogant creatures who have been trying to usurp God’s place on His throne since the fall in Genesis 3. Most people do not correctly understand God’s revelation of Himself that we find in the Bible, therefore, their doctrines are more man based than God centered.

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 2, 2007

God’s Foreknowledge – A Stirring Thought

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by Lorraine Boettner

4. God’s Foreknowledge

The evangelical Arminian acknowledges that God has foreknowledge and is able to predict future events. But if God foreknows any future event, that event is as fixed and certain as if foreordained. Foreknowledge implies certainty, and certainty implies foreordination. The evangelical Arminian does not deny that there is such a thing as election to salvation, for he cannot get rid of the words “elect” and “election,” which occur some twenty-five times in the New Testament. But he tries to destroy the force of these words by saying that election is based on foreknowledge: that God looks down the broad avenue of the future and sees those who will respond to His gracious offer, and so elects them.

But in acknowledging foreknowledge, the Arminian makes a fatal concession; figuratively speaking, he cuts his own throat. Why? For the simple reason that as God foresees those who will be saved, He also sees those who will be lost! Why, then, does He create those who will be lost?…

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Posted by: jonathan.chambers | August 2, 2007

God, who works all things according to the counsel of his own will

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Morning
“Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”
– Eph_1:11
Our belief in God’s wisdom supposes and necessitates that he has a settled purpose and plan in the work of salvation. What would creation have been without his design? Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance for its formation? Nay, in every bone, joint, and muscle, sinew, gland, and blood-vessel, you mark the presence of a God working everything according to the design of infinite wisdom. And shall God be present in creation, ruling over all, and not in grace? Shall the new creation have the fickle genius of free will to preside over it when divine counsel rules the old creation? Look at Providence! Who knoweth not that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father? Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. God weighs the mountains of our grief in scales, and the hills of our tribulation in balances. And shall there be a God in providence and not in grace? Shall the shell be ordained by wisdom and the kernel be left to blind chance? No; he knows the end from the beginning. He sees in its appointed place, not merely the corner-stone which he has laid in fair colours, in the blood of his dear Son, but he beholds in their ordained position each of the chosen stones taken out of the quarry of nature, and polished by his grace; he sees the whole from corner to cornice, from base to roof, from foundation to pinnacle. He hath in his mind a clear knowledge of every stone which shall be laid in its prepared space, and how vast the edifice shall be, and when the top-stone shall be brought forth with shoutings of “Grace! Grace! unto it.” At the last it shall be clearly seen that in every chosen vessel of mercy, Jehovah did as he willed with his own; and that in every part of the work of grace he accomplished his purpose, and glorified his own name.

Taken from e-Sword Devotions – Morning & Evening by Spurgeon…

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