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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Feb 2012, 8:36 am

*DEATH AND RESURRECTION*
*PART 2 OF 2*
*By Ike T. Sidebottom*

When death overtook Joseph in the land of Egypt, his thoughts and his
hopes were set upon another land. It was the land which God had sworn to
his fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is why his parting words
unto his brethren are so significant. He said unto them: “I die: and God
will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land
which He sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an
oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you and ye
shall carry up my bones from hence” (Genesis 50:24-25). He did not say
ye shall carry up me, that is, the person that I am, from hence. Joseph,
himself, had been gathered with his people at death, the same as
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been gathered unto their people (Genesis
25:8; 35:29; and 49:33). Therefore his request pertained only to his
“bones,” the remains of the earthly house in which he had lived, and
which was to be resurrected and live again in “the land which He sware
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” We also have positive truth that
all of God’s children who have preceded us in death shall be raised to
life again.

It was the psalmist who said, “I shall be satisfied when I awake with
Thy likeness” (Psalms 17:15).

The prophet said, “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body
shall they arise” (Isaiah 26:19).

Daniel was used of the Holy Spirit to enlighten us concerning the time,
as well as the fact, of the resurrection of the righteous. He said: “And
at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standest for
the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such
as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at
that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found
written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the
earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and
everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the
brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as
the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:1-3).

Jesus, in His conversation with Mary concerning the death of her brother
Lazarus, said, “Thy brother shall rise again ... he that believeth on
Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:23, 25).

The apostle Paul stood before the Roman authorities and testified
concerning his belief in resurrection life. He said, “But this I confess
unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the
God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and
in the prophets: and have hope toward God, which they themselves also
allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just
and the unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a
conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:14-16).

Later the apostle was moved upon to write again, as an able minister of
the New Testament, saying, “Now if Christ be preached that He rose from
the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection Of the
dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not
risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God;
because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ: Whom He
raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise
not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith
is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep
in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we
are of all men most miserable.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

Even these few scriptures, quoted above, are sufficient to prove the
reality of death; and that we are, indeed, in the land of the dying.
These references also confirm our hope in the resurrection of dead
bodies of the saints of all ages.
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Post  Admin on Fri 10 Feb 2012, 10:07 pm

*DEATH AND RESURRECTION*
*PART 1 OF 2*
*By Ike T. Sidebottom*

*

Genesis, the book of beginnings, introduces us to God's revealed truth
concerning this timely subject. The book opens with the divine record of
the living man, Adam, in "the garden of Eden," and it closes with a dead
man, Joseph, in "a coffin in Egypt."

Adam was placed in "the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And
the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou
mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou
shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:15-17).

"He did eat" (Genesis 3:6). But death did not claim fallen Adam
immediately. He "lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in
his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: and the
days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he
begat sons and daughters: and all the days that Adam lived were nine
hundred and thirty years: and he died" (Genesis 5:3-5).

This same short clause, "and he died," can be written after the names of
all the sons of Adam who have made their departure from this life,
except two. Enoch, "the seventh from Adam" (Jude 14), "walked with God:
and he was not; for God took him" (Genesis 5:24). And "Elijah went up by
a whirlwind into heaven" (2 Kings 2:11).

Across the ages, death has claimed it's toll from all peoples.
Regardless of race, color, or nationality, whether they are men of high
estate or of low estate; learned or unlearned, rich or poor, all are
subject to the call of death at any moment. The reason for this is, that
by one man, Adam, "sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12). This
explains why the book of beginnings closes with a man in a coffin.
However, we must remember that Joseph, the man in the coffin did not go
down into death without hope of living again in his resurrection body.

*If you are blessed by this devotional, please *
*forward it to your friends*

*Wise people realize how little they know
and how much they need the great wisdom of God.
---Joe Stowell*
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Post  Admin on Thu 09 Feb 2012, 3:50 pm

*TOUCH NOT! *
*By Miles Stanford*
"I, through the law, am dead to the law" (Gal. 2:19).

The law will not touch us if we do not touch it.

"We were born in the first Adam. He was responsible before God to stand
in righteousness. He failed. We were responsible in him and we failed.
We sinned in Adam (Rom. 5:12,19). What did God do about it? He gathered
us up into the Last Adam, and we died in Him. God allowed His holy law
to condemn us utterly and the law, seeking to slay us, found us in
Christ on the Cross and set upon us and slew us." -W.R.N.

"Law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth" (Rom. 7:1), but when
it has cursed him and killed him the law has no more to say to him; and
we 'are become dead to the law by the body of Christ' (Rom. 7:4), for we
have died judicially with Christ on the Cross. The new life which we
have in Him comes to us from Him in heaven, the risen and glorified Man
before the Father." -H.F.W.

"There prevails a notion that the Lord Jesus was keeping the law for us
and establishing our righteousness when He was here below. Now His life
was necessary to vindicate the Father and His holy law, as well as to
manifest Himself and His love; but the righteousness that we are made in
Christ is another thought altogether - not the law fulfilled by Him, but
the justifying righteousness of the Father founded on the Lord Jesus'
death, displayed in His resurrection, and crowned by His glory in
heaven." -W.K.

"The Ten Commandments require no life of prayer, no Christian service,
no evangelism, no missionary outreach, no Gospel preaching, no life and
walk in the Spirit, no union with the Lord Jesus, no fellowship of
saints, no hope of salvation, and no hope of heaven." -L.S.C.

"Now we are delivered from the law" (Rom. 7:6).
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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Feb 2012, 10:01 pm

*~GRACE TODAY AND TOMORROW~*
*By C. R. Stam*
*
Paul learned what thousands upon thousands of God's saints have learned from his day to ours: that it is often more blessed to experience God's grace in suffering than to enjoy deliverance from suffering, for in the
former case we lean the harder and pray the more, and so are drawn
closer to Him. Moreover, we find that His strength is made perfect in
weakness and that when we are weak, then are we strong (II Cor. 12:9,10).

But even better things are in store for God's people: Someday, "in the
ages to come," God will display to all the universe "the exceeding
riches of His grace." How will He do this? "In His kindness toward us
through Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:7).

Dear reader, have you accepted the grace of God in Christ Jesus? Do you
believe that He loves you and that He "came into the world" to bear all
the blame and shame and punishment that was your due, so that you might
be "justified freely by His grace" (Rom. 3:24)?

If not, will you take Him at His Word now and come to
know the truth of II Cor. 4:15:

"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might
through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God."

Whatever your past; however great or many your sins, take God at His
Word. Believe that He loves you in spite of all. Believe that He has
already provided the payment for your sins in Christ:

"In whom we have redemption. through His blood, the forgiveness of sins
according to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:7).
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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Feb 2012, 11:08 pm

THE TRIUNITY OF GOD*
* by Russell S. Miller*
* *
* "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

Have you ever considered that God's image is stamped upon all creation?
The whole universe bears the image of God. Just ask yourself what the
universe is made of. It bears the image of its Creator.

The Universe is made of three elements: Time, Space, and Matter. And
each one of these is a triunity in itself:

Time is Past, Present, and Future.

Space is Length, Width, and Height.

Matter is Energy, Motion, and Phenomena.

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He
him; male and female created He them" (Gen.1:26,27) .

When God created man, He said: "Let us make man in our image, after our
likeness..." (Gen.1:26). Paul the Apostle tells us that man is
"...spirit, soul, and body..." yet one man (IThes.5:23) ! In John 1:1 the
Lord Jesus Christ is called, The Word. "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God" (John 1:1,2). In IJohn 5:7 we read most clearly
these words concerning the Trinity: "For there are three that bear
record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these
three are one."

It's a shame the New World translation leaves these verses out because,
not only does nature itself confirm the Triunity of God, but the Bible
also clearly declares that God--God the Father, God the Son, and God the
Holy Spirit, three Persons, yet one God--stamped His "image" and
"likeness" upon all creation. In Colossians 2:9 the Deity of "the Man
Christ Jesus" is confirmed: "For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the
Godhead bodily."

Much, much more could be said on a subject so involved as the Triunity
of God.

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and
we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by
Him" (ICor.8:6).

"...and no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost"
(ICor.12:3).
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Post  Admin on Mon 06 Feb 2012, 10:43 pm

*TRUE LIBERTY *
*by C. R. Stam *
*

As true Americans celebrate their liberty, true Christians should
rejoice in the even greater liberty which they have in Christ.

Our Lord said: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free" and "If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed" (John 8:32,36). Likewise St. Paul declares that believers in
Christ have been made "free from sin" and have become "servants to God,"
who deals with us in grace (Rom. 6:22).

It is strange that so many sincere religious people actually wish to be
in bondage to the Mosaic Law, which can only judge and condemn them for
their sins. Peter called the law: "a yoke... which neither our fathers
nor we were able to bear" (Acts 15:10). Paul called it "the handwriting
of decrees, that was against us, which was contrary to us" (Col. 2:14).
He called it "the ministration of death" and "the ministration of
condemnation" (II Cor. 3:7,9).

He challenged those who "desired" to be under the law:

"Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?"
(Gal. 4:21).

"For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it
is written. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which
are written in the book of the law, to do them" (Gal. 3:10).

Thank God, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us" (Gal. 3:13). Man always responds better to grace
than to law. The law was "added because of transgressions" (Gal. 3:19).
"By the law is the knowledge of sin" (Rom. 3:20). But Christ died for
our sins and now true believers serve God from gratitude and love. Hence
Rom. 6:14 says: "Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not
under the law but under grace." Since Christ has redeemed us from the
law (Gal. 4:5) God says to every true believer:

"Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 5:1).
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Post  Admin on Sun 05 Feb 2012, 9:13 pm

VICTORY ASSURED
By late Pastor Win Johnson

So often the Lord's people ask the question, "Why," when they are called upon to endure suffering, pain, heartache and sorrow. Some become bitter toward the Lord about it. Some lose their testimony. Some begin complaining instead of praising. Some allow hardness of heart rather than meekness of spirit to prevail.

Job is a good example for us all. He apparently never knew the reason for his great sufferings but in the midst of his deepest trials, he was able to say, "I know that my redeemer liveth," and, "though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." Job retained his testimony and his faith. He proved by experience that the Lord is tender and merciful and that I Corinthians 10:13 is true. "There hath no temptation (trial, testing) taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful Who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted (tried or tested) above that ye are able but will with the temptation (trial or testing) also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it."

However, while Job didn't know the reason for his sufferings, God has revealed to us in His Word that Job's patience in suffering vindicated God and shut Satan's mouth. Satan was proved to be a false accuser and a liar.
As we near the end of this age of Grace, those who are faithful to Christ must expect greater trials and more severe persecutions. They may often be called upon to suffer without knowing exactly why. Let us not forget, however, that, "If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him." The battle may be severe but the victory will be glorious. "Thanks be unto God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," (I Corinthians 15:57).


THOUGHT TO PONDER ON
There are many things that can trouble our lives, but none that can shake us loose from the grip of God's grace if our hearts remain pointed at Jesus as our Lord and our hope remains focused on the Lord's return. If Jesus is our Lord and Life, then all of life's greatest blessings lie ahead of us and he will let nothing rob us of this coming glory!


Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Don't trust to hold God's hand; let Him hold yours.
Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.
-- Hammer William Webb-Peploe
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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Feb 2012, 10:33 pm

*THE PRECIOUS DEPOSIT *
*By IVAN L. BURGENER *
*

Scripture Reading: II Timothy 1:12-14

"I. .. am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed
unto Him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou
hast heard of me ... That good thing which was committed unto the keep
by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us,"

It might not look like it, but "that good thing" Paul wrote about to
Timothy was the precious deposit. This deposit had first been committed
to Paul. The sense is somewhat the opposite of what you might think upon
reading verse 12. It was not something that Paul had committed to God,
but rather what God---the Risen Lord----had from glory committed to
Paul. This precious deposit refers to the great truth of the mystery,
God's sacred secret which He had kept in silence throughout the ages
past. Now, in this due time, God had deposited His secret with Paul. God
was the One who would guard it, in the primary sense. It was His. He had
kept it for ages. Now He had revealed it to Paul, and God was able to
keep or guard it!

Paul had referred to this same precious deposit in I Timothy 6:20
telling him to "keep that which is committed to thy trust .. ," Just as
these great truths about the mystery, Christ's one Body composed of
Himself as our risen Head in heaven and ourselves as members, the
Rapture of this Body to glory (1 Tim. 3:16) had been first committed to
Paul, they had also been committed to Timothy----thru Paul! Timothy was
to keep them or to guard them in the sense of being a trust agent. These
truths did not belong to Paul or to Timothy. But both were to act as
trustworthy "trust agents" and "make all men see what is the
dispensation" of these. What a deposit of precious truth!


*THOUGHT TO PONDER *

*Rest means to trust*
*Jesus Christ as our*
*Life-Source, *
*depending on Him to*
*empower *
*our actions with His *
*strength and direction.*

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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 6:47 pm

*READY MY PLACE TO FILL*
*By Pastor Paul Hume *
*
Scripture Reading: John 4:1-42; Acts 16:6-12

There is a hymn which we seldom sing, yet its words fit the spirit of
the suggested Scriptures for our meditation today:

"Ready to suffer grief or pain,
Ready to stand the test;
Ready to stay at home and send
Others, if He sees best.
Ready to go, ready to stay,
Ready my place to fill;
Ready for service, lowly or great,
Ready to do His will."

We observed yesterday that God the Holy Spirit under the Headship of the
Lord Jesus Christ sovereignly bestows His gifts. If you have read Acts
16:6-12 you will also notice that God sovereignly assigns the place of
service. It was not in the sovereign will of God for Paul and Silas to
enter into Bithynia and certain parts of Asia (Minor) to preach the
gospel. That was for "another" man" (see Rom. 15:20). But it was the
will of God for them to "go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the
Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them." What a ministry
they had in that part of Greece! Later on it became the will of God (I
am sure) for Paul to go to Rome by way of being a political prisoner!
Some argue that Paul was out of God's will in his journey to Jerusalem
(Acts 21:10-23;30) . 1 don't believe he was, else the words of the Lord--
"Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of Me in Jerusalem,
so must thou bear witness also in Rome"--actually commend him for
getting out of His will. No, Paul was in the will of God, for he had "a
place to fill" in Rome!

What about you? What about me? You may not be a preacher or a
missionary, but are you in God's place for you? You may be a "humble
housewife," yet God has that "place" for you to represent Christ in. You
may be a student at such and such a school, yet you are there not by
chance but by Divine choice to represent Christ there! You may be a
businessman or even an executive, yet God has you in this place so you
can represent Christ there! Are you in your "place?"
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Post  Admin on Thu 02 Feb 2012, 6:44 pm

*POWERS ORDAINED OF GOD *
*By Ivan Burgener*
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power
but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God· (Rom. 13:1). These
words are clear and shocking. Their clarity gives no room for
misunderstanding, yet some find it, impossible to esteem world leaders
as "ordained of God," and "the minister of God ......for good" (v. 4).
They feel it must refer to a pastor or spiritual leader. A pastor or
shepherd might wield a shepherd's staff, but could he bear "a sword .."
or be "a revenger to execute wrath "on the evil doer" (v. 4)?

The words, "Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God" might give pause to a Jewish believer, for God had
written, "thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, who is not thy
brother" (Dt. 17:15). But with the captivity of Judah, God commanded all
nations to obey His servant, Nebuchadnezzar! (See Jer. 27:6-8.) Thus the
times of the Gentiles began with Israel's captivity and servitude. Now
God warns us through Paul that "they that resist shall receive to
themselves damnation" (i.e., judgment by the ruler).

"For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou
then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt
have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the
sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute
wrath upon him that doeth evil" (v. 3-4). God forbids us to take
vengeance because He has established government as His representative,
"a revenger to execute [His] wrath" on evildoers.

"Wherefore we must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for
conscience sake," conscience because we know it is the right thing to
do. And we should fear the wrath of "the powers that be" as well.

This passage shows the grace of God given us for service; first toward
believing brethren, then toward the world, living peaceably as much as
possible without being overcome with the evil of taking vengeance, and
lastly to be subject to the government which God has placed in all
nations throughout the world. If government oversteps its bounds, our
path is clear, "We ought to obey God, rather than men" (Acts 5:29), even
when there may be dire consequences as in Daniel 3 when Jews were
commanded to worship an image of gold.

One observed long ago that the "times of the Gentiles" began with
government enforced idolatry, as in the case of Nebuchadnezzar, and that
it might very well end the same. May we ever look to God for grace and
courage.

"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:
whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them
that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers and for the praise
of them that do well.

"For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men: as free and not using your liberty for a
cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
"Honor all men.
"Love the brotherhood.
"Fear God.
"Honor the king." (1 Peter 2:13-17)
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*WASHED, SANCTIFIED AND JUSTIFIED*
*by C. R. Stam *

*

"And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified,
but ye are justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit
of our God" (I Cor. 6:11).

The preceding verses of I Cor. 6 contain a long list of vile sins and
vices into which men have fallen, and the Apostle adds:

"And such were some of you." God’s Church is not made up of "good
people" who have never fallen into sin. It is rather made up of sinners,
saved by grace, through the infinite payment made for sin by Christ on
Calvary’s cross.

"And such were some of you." Had the Apostle included the more "refined"
sins, such as pride, self-righteousness, etc., he would have had to say:
"And such were all of you."

Note further, however, that the Apostle says: "And such were some of
you." Thank God, he goes on to say of those who had been thus stained
with sin: "But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are
justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

How beautiful these three phrases: "But ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified"! The word "but" appearing before each
phrase indicates that each should be considered separately. Such vile
creatures were some of you, "but ye are washed," cleansed from the sins
that contaminated you. "But ye are sanctified." Having been cleansed you
are now set apart as sacred for His glory. "But ye are justified." When
God justifies us, who can condemn?

"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that
justifieth; who is he that condemneth?"

All this is done for the believing sinner, as our verse says, "in the
name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

*
O Lord of compassion and generosity, what bountiful grace You offer to
us, grace that justifies and grace that sanctifies. How foolish and
unnecessary have been my futile attempts to fulfill the lofty
requirements of Your holy law by my own feeble efforts. Father, how
thrilling and encouraging to see that You have provided a gracious and
effective way for me to grow in Christ likeness. This day I place my
hope for godly progress in the irreplaceable work of Your Holy Spirit in
me, in Jesus name, Amen.
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*THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD AND DEATH*
*By Paul Hume*

*

Scripture Reading: James 4:13-17; Psa.31:15; Job 14:5

"The clock of life is wound but once,
And no one has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour."

When will I die? When will you die? No one has answer to these questions
because our blessed, all-wise, sovereign Lord, who is "the God of the
spirits of all flesh" (Num. 16:.22; Heb. 12:9), holds the number of our
very months and days, as well as years, in His power. We are not born of
mere natural accident--even though many are born out of wedlock and the
like. We are born to fit into the purposes of God. Our time of birth as
well as I time of our death is in His counsels. Little wonder the devout
Psalmist could state, "My times are in thy hand" (Psa. 31:15).

Therefore, how pointed is the inspired advice James: "Come now, you who
say, 'Today or tomorrow we are going to such and such a city and stay a
year, go into, business and make money,' although you do not have the
slightest knowledge of tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? It is
really nothing but a mist which appears for a little while and then
disappears. Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord is willing, we shall
live and do this or that.' But, as it is, you boast of your proud
pretensions. All such boasting is wicked" (William Trans.).

"Unto God the Lord," declared the Psalmist, "belong the issues from
death" (68:20). Since HE "giveth and taketh away" (Job 1:21), what can
we do but live in holy, submission to His will, and live a day at a
time, seeking to be wise, "redeeming the time" for "the time is short"
(Eph. 5:15,16, 1 Cor. 7:29)? Are YOU ready should the Lord be pleased to
remove YOU by way of death TODAY?


*God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. *
*Have you used one*
*to say 'thank you?'*

*-- William A. Ward*
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*THE CROWN OF CREATION *
*By Dr. William Hallman*

*

Scripture Reading: Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7; Psalm 8

Whence came man on the earth? Did he develop, through untold billions of
years, from a simple form of one-celled life? Science can prove no such
thing. If evolution were true it would be in continuous operation, and
there would be forms of life half-way from the ape to man. How good to
turn to this record, and find that this original creation presents both
animals and man as coming by direct creative fiat or decree by God.

Man was created, first of all, by God's Sovereign Power. "And God said,
Let us make man," ... "And the Lord God formed man. " It is Elohim, the
triune God, Who in consultation, acted to create man. Here is unity of
purpose, a unanimous decision made in Heaven by the Trinity to create
man. What a noble thing it is to have our beginning in a direct creation
from above, rather than from the scum of the pond below!

Man was also created through God's Sovereign Process. "Let us make man
in our image, after our Iikeness, .... male and female created He them.
"The Image Dei, the image of God, is the chief possession of man which
relates him to God. It is man alone, who like God, is self-conscious,
with ability to rationalize, to create, and to make moral judgments. The
"image" establishes relationship; while the "likeness" establishes
similarity of character. God takes from the ground and forms a body;
then breathes into this body His breath of lives. Man then comes forth
as a living soul. Here he stands the crown of God's creation.

Man is created in the third place by God's Sovereign Purpose.
Physically, "God made man upright" (Eccl. 7:29). The actual form that
sinful man still bears (Gen. 9:6; I Cor. 11:7) was the form that God the
Creator took in the person of Jesus Christ. Mentally, man had absolute
power to have dominion over, and subdue the earth; also he had wisdom to
name every living creature. He was also a moral being with power of
choice; not a mechanical entity. Truly we are "fearfully and wonderfully
made" (Psa. 139:14). Meditate upon and rejoice in such passages as
2 Cor. 3:18; Col.3:10; Rom. 8:29.
*
**
*2Co 12:9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My
power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather
glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may overshadow me. *

*"You don't need to see the way if you follow the one that is the Way." *
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*STOP, THINK, LIFT *
*Part 2 of 2*
*By Mel Flogel *

*So Paul's gospel is a message of imputed righteousness, the
righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to our account the moment we
rest by faith in His death as the only payment for our sins. Paul
writes, "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: 24-25)

This is God's gracious provision for our dilemma of falling short of the
righteousness of Jesus Christ and the condemnation that came with this
declaration.

May I also ask you to STOP, THINK, and LIFT your thoughts to another
reason God can impute His righteousness to us. Paul's gospel declares
that Jesus Christ died in our place. He died our death at Calvary. The
word for this is vicarious. The righteousness of Jesus Christ not only
shows us that we come short, it also shows us that we are guilty and are
under the penalty of sin which is death. Our sins place us under the
curse of the law. Paul wrote, "For as many as are of the works of the
law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that
continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to
do them." (Galatians 3:10)

Paul was chosen to reveal that now the law is not of faith and that
"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, BEING MADE A CURSE
FOR US: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."
(Galatians 3:13) This means He died in our place, He died the death we
deserved because of sin. He paid it all.

This seems to imply that all men needed Jesus's death in their place
doesn't it? Read Paul's words, "For the love of Christ constraineth us,
because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And
that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live
unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again." (II
Corinthians 5: 14-15)

This also seems to imply that the world as a whole stands at emnity with
God, but through the death of Jesus Christ in our place reconciliation
is made for us if we will believe it. Again, read Paul's words, "To wit,
that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God
did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled
to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we
might be made the righteousness of God in him." (II Corinthians 5: 19-21)

I would just ask you to please stop and take a moment out of your busy
and active life to think on these truths. Lift your thoughts to the One
who came to earth, His creation, and endured the death of the cross in
your place making complete satisfaction to God for your sins and mine,
and rose again from the dead showing that His offering was accepted.
Believe this message of God's grace and receive it for yourself and
never regret it. Don't let thoughtless activity rob you of God's
gracious offer, for we now live in His" accepted time". Paul wrote, "we
then as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not
the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time
accepted and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now
is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation)". (II
Corinthians 6: 1-2)
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*STOP, THINK, LIFT *
*Part 1 of 2*
*By Mel Flogel *
*

We see these words on boxes in large bold print, reminding us to bend
our knees and keep the back straight as we lift the heavy box. Prepare
yourself, brace yourself and use correct strategy or you might be paying
for a thoughtless action afterward.

For many of us, active lives can hinder our thinking. Sometimes by
accident our activity, even good activity, crowds out and limits the
amount of thinking we do. This can be very detrimental to our lives and
souls for God does not by-pass our minds in communicating to us human
beings. He has very crucial truth to convey concerning our everlasting
destiny, so if we fail to stop, think, and lift our thoughts to what God
has revealed through Paul's gospel, we could pay for this by spending
eternity in the "Lake of Fire", and in "everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord". (II Thessalonians 1: 9)

Our Lord Jesus Christ communicated this principle through a parable when
He ministered to Israel saying, "The ground of a certain rich man
brought forth plentifully, and he thought within himself, saying, What
shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he
said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and
there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my
soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine
ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, THOU FOOL, THIS
NIGHT THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF THEE, then whose shall those things
be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for
himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12: 16-21)

Failing to stop, think, and lift his thoughts to our Creator this man
died leaving his acquired possessions to new owners. But worse than
this, he was not rich toward God before Whom he now stands.

Later, our Lord Jesus Christ revealed much more about the dilemma
mankind is in. Man is under the condemnation of God and is pronounced
guilty of coming short of the glory of God. Stop for a moment and
consider the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In Luke 23:41, we read of
His sinless life, it says "but this man hath done nothing amiss." In II
Corinthians 5: 21, it says He "knew no sin". Hebrews 9: 14, says He was
"without spot".

You may have heard and understood this, but now through Paul it is
revealed that the righteous of Jesus Christ is the only acceptable
standard for everlasting life, and that we all come short of it. Paul
wrote "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets; EVEN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF
GOD which is by faith OF JESUS CHRIST." (Romans 3:21) Please take note
of those two words "but now". They denote a change from what was
previously revealed.

Paul goes on to explain and declare why we all come short of God's newly
revealed holy righteous standard by saying, "For all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23) God's standard is
perfect, sinless, and holy. He revealed His holy standard in giving the
Law to Israel. People often are not informed that there were many more
commandments and ordinances than the ten commandments initially given.
There were at least six hundred and thirteen (613) which we can find in
the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. And out Lord
Jesus added commandments to that number as He ministered to Israel. He
perfectly fulfilled all righteousness in living a sinless life but also
in that" he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and
given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father". (Philippians 2: 8-11)

So then now with Paul declaring the righteousness of Jesus Christ to be
God's only acceptable standard and that we all come short of it, this
places us in quite a dilemma. But with this new declaration, Paul also
is chosen to declare imputed righteousness. This is the good news that
God will impute to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ when we believe
the good news concerning the cross of Christ. The good news is that
Jesus Christ made complete satisfaction to God for our sins by His shed
blood once for all. The word for this is propitiation. Paul said, "But
now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God
which is by faith OF Jesus Christ UNTO ALL AND UPON ALL THEM THAT
BELIEVE: for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a
PROPITIATION through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness
for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God,
to declare, I say at this time his righteousness, that he might be just
and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. " (Romans 3: 21-26)
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* GRACE, AND HOW THIS AFFECTS US*
* by C. R. Stam*
* *
* Ask the average believer what the Bible word "grace" means, and he
will doubtless reply, "unmerited favor".

Actually, however, grace is much more than this.

Subjectively, it is that loving attitude, or disposition, on God's part,
from which all His kindness toward us flows.

Objectively, it is all the kindness that flows from His love toward us.

Thus we read in Ephesians 2:2-6 that we were "the children of
disobedience" and therefore "by nature the children of wrath, even as
others".

"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;) and hath raised us up together, and
made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."

Note: This passage begins with those who were "children of disobedience"
and "children of wrath" and, saving them "by grace," gives them a
position in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus!

God's grace to us as sinners was great indeed, for:

"In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, THE FORGIVENESS OF
SINS ACCORDING TO THE RICHES OF HIS [God's] GRACE."

But now, having given us a position <>in His beloved Son, God's grace
goes out to us in still greater measure.

Ephesians 1:6 declares that God has "made us accepted [Lit., ‘engraced
us'] in the Beloved".

Beholding us in Christ, God loves us and delights in us more than any
father ever delighted in his son, or any grandfather in that precious
grandchild.

Thus, while in Ephesians l:7 we read that we have "redemption. ..the
forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace", in Ephesians
2:7 we see these riches of grace increased to us "exceedingly" , now that
we occupy a position "in the Beloved":

"That in the ages to come He might show THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS
GRACE..."

How?

"...in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus"!

What a prospect! Through the ages of eternity God will lavish His loving
kindness upon us to demonstrate to all the universe "the exceeding
riches of His grace"!

*
*"What a prospect, child of glory,*
* Doth the future hold in store!*
*By the wildest flights of fancy*
* Thou couldst never ask for more.*
*Heir of God; joint heir forever*
* With His own beloved Son*
*God could not to you have promised*
* More of bliss than He has done!"*
*-Author Unknown*
*As Billy Graham said, "I am convinced the greatest act*
*of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them*
*about God's love for them in Christ." *

*Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I come to you with all my*
*fears, insecurities, and weaknesses but I'm available.*
*Please use me today to be ‘as Christ’ to someone in*
*need and help me in a loving way to share an*
*appropriate word about you and my Christian faith.*
*Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.*
*Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."*
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*NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST *
*By JON D. BEKEMEYER, Pastor *
*
Scripture Reading: Romans 8: 1

To many, the word condemnation always indicates eternal judgment in the
Lake of Fire. While it is true that because we are in Christ we are
saved from eternal judgment, that is not the point of Romans 8:1. What
is condemnation? According to Webster, condemnation is to "disapprove of
strongly, to declare guilty of wrongdoing."

With the proper definition, one must readily admit that the believer can
be condemned. Even a casual reading of the verse indicates that those
who walk after the flesh have condemnation. This is also supported by
the context.

A similar idea is expressed by the word damnation. The word damnation
sometimes expresses eternal judgment, but certain passages indicate that
this is not always so. For example, 1 Corinthians 11:32 says that a
believer who partakes of the Lord's Supper unworthily (i.e. without
discerning the Lord's Body), eats and drinks damnation to himself. Does
that mean if one partakes of the Lord's Supper while his mind is on
carnal things, he will go to Hell? Of course not. It indicates that such
activity is seriously wrong and will be dealt with by chastisement (see
context and Romans 13:2; 14:23 & 1 Timothy 5: 12).

Thus, there are two criteria in Romans 8:1 to escape condemnation: to be
in Christ (everything about the unbeliever is under condemnation) and to
walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Let's all seriously
contemplate this truth today.


The stars may fall, but God's promises will stand and be fulfilled. --
J. I. Packer
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THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL*
* by C. R. Stam*
* *
*

Twice in Galatians 2 Paul speaks of "the truth of the gospel." In both
cases the Apostle had been forced to speak out to defend the purity of
"the gospel of the grace of God."

In Verses 4,5 he refers to his contest with those at Jerusalem
who would have brought the Gentile believers under the law of Moses.
Among them were "false brethren," he says, "unawares brought in... to
spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring
us into bondage: to whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an
hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you."

In the second case he refers to a controversy with Peter who,
having enjoyed blessed fellowship with Gentile Christians, had been
intimidated by some of his Jewish brethren into separating himself from
the Gentiles. Concerning this,Paul writes: "But when Peter was come to
Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed"
(Ver.11). Why was Peter to be blamed? Verse 14 answers: Because he
"walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel," i.e., "the
gospel of the grace of God," in which believing Jews and Gentiles are
"one body in Christ."

How we should all thank God for Paul's vigorous defense of the
gospel of grace, under which all who trust in Christ as Savior are
baptized by the Holy Spirit into the one true Bible Church (I Cor. 12:13).

Doubtless Paul's stand for "the gospel of the grace of
God"stemmed from the fact that he himself had experienced the truth of
this blessed message. As the chief of sinners he had been gloriously
saved. All his power and prestige as a Pharisee, all his intellectual
achievement, all his rigid Law observance meant nothing now, as in the
presence of the glorified Lord he saw himself a sinner, the chief of
sinners, and was saved by the matchless grace of God.

*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK*
*
Spiritual Blindness
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of
God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of
their hearts.

Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to
sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual
lust for more.
Ephesians 4:18,19 NIV
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HIDDEN WITHIN, MANIFESTED WITHOUT*
*By Miles Stanford*

*
"Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the
courts of our God" (Ps. 92:13).

Defeat reveals the flesh; testing reveals the Father.

"The inward exercise of Romans Seven and the testing of the wilderness
serve the purpose of teaching us what sin in the flesh is, and what is
in our hearts; while such special discipline of the Father as Paul's
thorn in the flesh is rather to protect us from the unalterable
tendencies of the flesh. The latter is always needed, and goes on in one
form or other to the end of our course here."

"We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is
hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). We are like a tree that has its
roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are
fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the
roots up there. Planted inside, they flourish outside." -J.B.S.

"No one can question the right of the Father and the Son to have and to
hold the sheep; and if we see what it has cost them to secure us, it
cannot fail to give us the most blessed assurance. Much yet may have to
be done for us. We shall need support, preservation, discipline. If we
are left here a little longer we shall need the grace, mercy, and
forbearance of the Father in a thousand ways, but all that will be
needed in the future to keep us from ourselves is small compared with
the stupendous cost at which divine love forever secured us."-C.A.C.
By M. Sanford
"There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in
heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to
disquiet, trouble, or grieve us." -G.V.W.

"Heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ" (Rom. 8:17).
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REDEEMED BY THE SON
By Pastor John McKay

EPHESIANS 1:7

The Bible tells what the Lord Jesus accomplished for us. "We have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the
riches of His grace." We often fail to see the infinite significance of
process through which the Lord would offer His own blood for our
salvation. We think of what He did as something easy for Him. It was not
"easy." We must never take His redemption lightly.

"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich,
yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be
rich." When He left Heaven, He "made Himself of no reputation, and took
upon Him the form of a servant...and being found in fashion as a man, He
humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death." The Son of God said,
"All things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses,
and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning Me." He steadfastly
set His face to go to Jerusalem in order to die exactly in the way that
wouId please His Father. "Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I
lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me,
but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have
power to take it again."

The Lord Jesus was always conscious of the specific will of His Father.
On earth He was not always aware of the Master plan, but He could
assert, "I do always those things that please Him." The Son of God knew
that individuals had been chosen by the Father, He said, "I have
manifested Thy Name unto the men which Thou gavest Me." Whether
referring to the Twelve or to any of us, we may say, "While we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us." Receive this gift of eternal life if you
have never trusted Him as your personal Saviour.

Dear Lord of light, I praise You for bringing me out of darkness into
Your gracious light. Grant me grace to proclaim Your excellencies. Shine
Your light into the hearts I hope to reach. Grant them the miracle of
resting and trusting you in your high calling of us, in the Lord Jesus
we pray. Amen

* Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him,
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623
546 8866, Paris

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person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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*NOW AND FOREVER FREE!*
*By Miles Stanford*
*

"Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm
you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus
Christ" (1 Cor. 1:7,8).

We can trust Him for our matriculation here, and we can trust Him for
our examination and graduation in Glory!

"That word, 'blameless,' may be translated 'unimpeachable' or
'unaccusable. ' In other words, when we stand at last at the judgment
seat of Christ, God Himself is going to see to it that no charge can
stand against any believer, because the Lord Jesus Christ has atoned for
all our sins with His own precious Blood. Every failure in life will be
dealt with there, and all the wood, hay, and stubble will be burned in
the fire of that day and we shall stand before our Lord unimpeachable,
unaccusable. " -H.A.I.

"Instead of my sins being between myself and Him, as before, it is
Himself who is now between me and my sins; and the One who has thus
interposed has given me to know that in the doing it He has brought me
to Himself, and tuned my heart to His own praise.

"He has borne the judgment due to my sins, and condemned sin in the
flesh; in the Person of my Substitute I am clear from, and carried
beyond, the judgment forever; the power of death is annulled, that of
Satan finally broken."

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's. elect? Shall God that
justifieth? Who is he that condemneth? Shall Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who
also maketh intercession for us?" (Rom. 8:33,34).
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ACCESS TO GOD BEFORE~ THE CROSS ACCESS TO GOD AFTER THE CROSS

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 9:1-8; Ephesians 2:13-18

Under the old covenant, God could not be directly approached, instead, a
duly ordained priest acted always as an intermediary. Even the priest
had to perform under rigid instructions. "And the Lord spake unto Moses
after the death of the two sons of Aaron ... and the Lord said unto
Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into
the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the
ark; that he die not. .. thus shall Aaron come into the holy place ... "
(Leviticus 16:1-3) The Lord then continued with specific orders as to
the performance of the priest. "And this shall be a statute forever unto
you: that in the seventh month, on the~ tenth day of the month ... on
that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you,
that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord." (Leviticus
16:29,30)

The holy place was located (after the second veil) in the tabernacle;
only the priest could pass through the veil and only as so meticulously
instructed.

But as the Lord Jesus Christ hung dying on calvary's cross, "Jesus cried
with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom." (Mark 15:37.38) Because
Christ thus broke the barrier, "Through Him we both (Jew and Gentile)
have access by one Spirit unto the Father." (Ephesians 2:18)

**
Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ:"

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PRESENT GRACE*
PRESENT GRACE IS ROOTED IN THE SOVEREIGN LOVE OF GOD THE FATHER.

The story is told about the man who lost his dog. He put an ad in the
paper and offered a reward. The advertisement read "Lost dog mixed
breed, limps due to an arthritic condition, blind in one eye, large
patches of fur missing, doesn't hear well, and answers to the name
LUCKY." That dog was lucky because somebody loved him.

We are more than lucky---we are blessed beyond words--and that because
of GRACE. God knew we were helpless and hopeless. "BUT AFTER THAT, the
kindness and LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR toward man appeared" (v. 4). God
in kindness and love sent His Son into the world. He was born of a
virgin. Thirty-three years later, He died on a cross. Romans 5:8
states "God commended His LOVE toward us in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died FOR US." On the cross, He bore OUR sins in HIS
OWN BODY (I Peter 2:24). God does not love us because we are
valuable--we are sinful, helpless, and hopeless. We are valuable
because God loves us. Through simple faith in His Finished Work, we
become His children, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with CHRIST (Romans
8:17). "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" I John 1:4.

Ephesians 2:4 states "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). The Word
plainly states we were DEAD--dead towards God. A dead person is unable
to do anything to please God. Praise God, His love is not based on IF
we do something, WHEN we do something, or BECAUSE we do something. HE
LOVES US ... because of His amazing GRACE.

PRESENT GRACE IS ROOTED IN THE SAVING DEATH AND LIFE OF GOD THE SON
Titus 3:5 states "NOT by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration
.... " This passage clearly teaches we are not saved by our good
works. In God's estimation, our "good works" (for salvation) are
nothing more to Him than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). A filthy rag has
absolutely no value! The grace of God is not "do", it is not "don't,"
but it is DONE! He has completed the work for our salvation (I
Corinthians 15:3,4). Revelation 1:5 declares "Unto Him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in His own blood." We have redemption
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, According to the RICHES OF
HIS GRACE" Eph. 1:7. When GOD saves us He makes us a new creation in
Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:17). HE washes away our sins and buries
them in the grave of God's forgetfulness (Hebrews 8:12)

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins
And Sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.

Paul, writing to the Christians in Rome, said "For if, when we were
enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more,
being reconciled, WE SHALL BE SAVED BY HIS LIFE (Romans 5:10). The
"life" referred to in this passage is the PRESENT life of Jesus Christ
at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. "But this man (Jesus)
because He continueth ever .. .is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing HE EVER LIVETH TO MAKE
INTERCESSION FOR THEM" (Hebrews 7:24-25). Romans 8:33-34 states "Who
shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that
justifieth (He has cleared us of every charge). Who is he that
condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God, WHO MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US."
When believers sin, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE RIGHTEOUS ONE, stands
up for us before the throne of GOD. He pleads that His own death on
the cross paid the penalty for that particular sin and therefore, we
cannot be condemned! Jesus Christ is our advocate, and there is
therefore no condemnation to them which are in CHRIST JESUS (Romans 8:1).

God's GRACE is truly amazing.
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*PAUL'S SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE *
*An Overview of Philippians 3 *
*by Dr. E. R. Campbell*
*

It is my desire that all of us believers might be identified with the
message that the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to and through the apostle
Paul, and how it controlled his thinking and living, I begin this by
quoting from my literal and conservative translation of Philippians.

vv.12-14 "Not that I have already obtained or already have been made
perfect, but I pursue, if also I may lay hold upon that for which I was
laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not count myself to have
laid hold, but one thing, on the one hand forgetting the things behind,
and on the other hand reaching out unto the things before, I pursue the
goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

The apostle Paul never claimed that he had reached the spiritual status
unto which end the Lord had laid hold of him. On the one hand, Paul and
all those who believe that Jesus Christ died for their sin, are counted
sinless and righteous in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
previously prepared, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).

In the context surrounding the preceding verses, we need to identify
with Paul in that which is all-important: the pursuing of "the
surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord" (Phil. 3:8). We need with
Paul to be found having "the righteousness that is through the
faithfulness of Christ" (Phil 3:9). We need to also be reaching out
"unto the end to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the
fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death" (Phil. 3:10).

In the third paragraph above, I have explained how God changes a sinner
into one fit to serve Him. Also, in the light of what is said in this
portion of Philippians, I indicated that salvation by grace should
result in our living according to the good works prepared by God. The
Pauline Epistles certainly make it dear, while the Apostle was focusing
on the future, he was preparing for the reward which would accrue to his
account (2 Cor. 5:9-10; 1 Thess.1 :9-10).

After bathing my mind in Philippians 3:5-21, I have concluded that the
apostle Paul is sharing with us an overview of his spiritual pilgrimage,
beginning with his deliverance from the Law, and ending with the
acquisition of a body of the same form as Jesus Christ's glorious body
(Phil. 3:21).

I want you to observe an important aspect of Paul's spiritual pilgrimage
with which we all can identify. He says, "but one thing," then proceeds
to mention the focus of his ministry, what he concentrated on. He says
that, on the one hand, he was "forgetting the things behind." The Greek
word translated forgetting is a present participial and means that Paul
continually forgot and obliterated his past blasphemous conduct from his
mind, for he had received mercy and forgiveness because he did it when
he was an ignorant unbeliever (1 Tim. 1:13). We should identify with
Paul in not doting on things we did in ignorant unbelief.

It is interesting that the Apostle links together the negative
forgetting and the positive reaching out as one thing. Negative doting
on the unalterable past has the potential to have a deleterious effect
on our minds. Apparently, the apostle Paul is looking at it as that
which stymies spiritual growth, maturity, and progress.

Summarizing we all need to be more closely identified with Paul in his
intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. He wanted to know
experientially the power involved in His resurrection; he wanted, in a
deeper sense, to feel His sufferings leading to the Cross; also, he
wanted to be progressively molded and conformed to the death of Christ.
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* THE RICHES OF GOD'S GRACE *
CONCLUSION

31. Peace with God and the Peace of God.
One of the greatest blessings in Christ is that God has
made available to each believer His perfect
peace. We are at peace with Him. No enmity exists between
God and the Christian. And we can
have perfect peace in the midst of the turmoils of life,
knowing that our relationship with God is
at peace, and we are in His care (Rom. 5: 1, Gal. 5:22,
Phil. 4:7).

32. "Blessed Hope".
That great assurance and expectation of Christ's imminent
return, when every believer will
be caught up in the air to meet Him "who is the center of
all reality for the believer" (Chafer),
and will be released from the bondage of fallen, sinful
humanity and clothed in the fulness
of His glory (Titus 2:13)!

33. The Inheritance of the Saints.
Our inheritance is God Himself, to spend eternity in
intimate relationship with Him, and all
that is encompassed by that incomparable truth (Eph. 1:14).

34. Glorified.
"Awaiting the Child of God is a surpassingly heavenly
glory: Partaking of a portion of the
infinite glory which belongs to the Godhead" (Chafer). So
great is the assurance of this
truth that God speaks of having already accomplished it in
every believer (Rom. 8:18,30, Col. 3:4).

35. Complete in Him.
This truth consists of two parts (Col. 2:9-10):
1. "Complete". According to God's highest standards
there is nothing more He can do for His child
to make him more acceptable to Himself.
2. "In Him". This completion by necessity is in
Christ. "The father finds infinite delight in His Son;
He cannot find delight in that which is less than
the perfection of His Son" (Chafer).
Therefore the Believer has been made a partaker of
all that Christ is, as outlined herein,
so that he or she may be a delight to the Father.

36. Eternal Life.
Every Believer will not only live forever but possesses the
quality of God's eternal life now.
This is not just eternal existence, but an intimate
conjoining to God and sharing of His life
for all eternity (Rom. 6:23,1 Jn. 5:12-13).

Just Think you are here,
Not by chance but by God's choosing.
His hand formed you
And made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else - you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing that His grace can't give you.
He has allowed you to be here at this time in history
To fulfill His special purpose for this generation

*

Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea,
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word
of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God
did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no
sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


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