Question: "What happens to those who have never heard about Jesus?"
Answer: All people are accountable to God whether or not they have “heard about
Him.” The Bible tells us that God has clearly revealed Himself in nature (Romans 1:20) and in the hearts of people (Ecclesiastes
3:11). The problem is that the human race is sinful; we all reject this knowledge of God and rebel against Him (Romans 1:21-23).
If it were not for God's grace, we would be given over to the sinful desires of our hearts, allowing us to discover how useless
and miserable life is apart from Him. He does this for those who continually reject Him (Romans 1:24-32).
it is not that some people have not heard about God. Rather, the problem is that they have rejected what they have heard and
what is readily seen in nature. Deuteronomy 4:29 proclaims, “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will
find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” This verse teaches an important principle—everyone
who truly seeks after God will find Him. If a person truly desires to know God, God will make Himself known.
is “there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God” (Romans 3:11). People reject the knowledge of God that
is present in nature and in their own hearts, and instead decide to worship a “god” of their own creation. It
is foolish to debate the fairness of God sending someone to hell who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ.
People are responsible to God for what God has already revealed to them. The Bible says that people reject this knowledge,
and therefore God is just in condemning them to hell.
Instead of debating the fate of those who have never heard, we,
as Christians, should be doing our best to make sure they do hear. We are called to spread the gospel throughout the nations
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). We know people reject the knowledge of God revealed in nature, and that must motivate us to
proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Only by accepting God’s grace through the Lord Jesus Christ
can people be saved from their sins and rescued from an eternity apart from God.
If we assume that those who never
hear the gospel are granted mercy from God, we will run into a terrible problem. If people who never hear the gospel are saved,
it is logical that we should make sure no one ever hears the gospel. The worst thing we could do would be to share the gospel
with a person and have him or her reject it. If that were to happen, he or she would be condemned. People who do not hear
the gospel must be condemned, or else there is no motivation for evangelism. Why run the risk of people possibly rejecting
the gospel and condemning themselves when they were previously saved because they had never heard the gospel?
is all by Grace from begining to end.
by David McKivett
once read a statement by a certain denomination that said, ‘saved by Grace kept by works.’ To me it sounded like those promotion schemes you see in shops that say, ‘Take now and pay later’. Either way you are paying for it. Salvation is NOT a take now pay later by works religion. For none of us could ever work hard enough to be saved or to stay saved.
The bible makes it clear in Ephesians
2:8-9 ‘For ye are saved by grace, through faith; and this not of yourselves; it is God's
gift: not on the principle of works, that no one might boast’. Rom 4:2 For if Abraham were justified
by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
is not saved by grace and kept by our works but rather it is Saved by grace and kept by grace.
It is not us that keeps us saved but almighty God. The bible says in Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is
able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before
the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
some may ask am I saying that Christian don’t do any work? No
I am not saying that because we are called to work. The bible makes this clear
in many places.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these
things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable
makes it clear that genuine grace and genuine faith leads to works. Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou
hast faith, and I have works:
shew me thy faith without thy works,
and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
do not work to be saved or to stay saved but we work because we are saved. This
is the natural consequences of true salvation, this shows the world that we are saved, and causes people to glorify God.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good
works, and glorify your
Father which is in heaven.
is a free gift. You do not pay for to get it and there is no pay later for it. Salvation is grace from the beginning to the end. As the verse from that well known
many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead
Question: "Why does God allow evil?"
Answer: With people thinking about the September 11 terrorist attacks on the tenth anniversary of
the horrific event, many are again asking the age-old question: "Why does God allow evil?" The Bible describes God as holy
(Isaiah 6:3), righteous (Psalm 7:11), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and sovereign (Daniel 4:17-25). These attributes tell us the
following about God: (1) God is capable of preventing evil, and (2) God desires to rid the universe of evil. So, if both of
these are true, why does God allow evil? If God has the power to prevent evil and desires to prevent evil, why does He still
allow evil? Perhaps a practical way to look at this question would be to consider some alternative ways people might have
God run the world:
1) God could change everyone’s personality so that they cannot sin. This would also mean that
we would not have a free will. We would not be able to choose right or wrong because we would be “programmed”
to only do right. Had God chosen to do this, there would be no meaningful relationships between Him and His creation.
Instead, God made Adam and Eve innocent but with the ability to choose good or evil. Because of this,
they could respond to His love and trust Him or choose to disobey. They chose to disobey. Because we live in a real world
where we can choose our actions but not their consequences, their sin affected those who came after them (us). Similarly,
our decisions to sin have an impact on us and those around us and those who will come after us.
2) God could compensate for people’s evil actions through supernatural intervention 100 percent
of the time. God would stop a drunk driver from causing an automobile accident. God would stop a lazy construction worker
from doing a substandard job on a house that would later cause grief to the homeowners. God would stop a father who is addicted
to drugs or alcohol from doing any harm to his wife, children, or extended family. God would stop gunmen from robbing convenience
stores. God would stop high school bullies from tormenting the brainy kids. God would stop thieves from shoplifting. And,
yes, God would stop terrorists from flying airplanes into buildings.
While this solution sounds attractive, it would lose its attractiveness as soon as God’s intervention
infringed on something we wanted to do. We want God to prevent horribly evil actions, but we are willing to let “lesser-evil”
actions slide—not realizing that those “lesser-evil” actions are what usually lead to the “greater-evil”
actions. Should God only stop actual sexual affairs, or should He also block our access to pornography or end any inappropriate,
but not yet sexual, relationships? Should God stop “true” thieves, or should He also stop us from cheating on
our taxes? Should God only stop murder, or should He also stop the “lesser-evil” actions done to people that lead
them to commit murder? Should God only stop acts of terrorism, or should He also stop the indoctrination that transformed
a person into a terrorist?
3) Another choice would be for God to judge and remove those who choose to commit evil acts. The
problem with this possibility is that there would be no one left, for God would have to remove us all. We all sin and commit
evil acts (Romans 3:23; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). While some people are more evil than others, where would God draw
the line? Ultimately, all evil causes harm to others.
Instead of these options, God has chosen to create a “real” world in which real choices
have real consequences. In this real world of ours, our actions affect others. Because of Adam’s choice to sin, the
world now lives under the curse, and we are all born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12). There will one day come a time when
God will judge the sin in this world and make all things new, but He is purposely “delaying” in order to allow
more time for people to repent so that He will not need to condemn them (2 Peter 3:9). Until then, He IS concerned about evil.
When He created the Old Testament laws, the goal was to discourage and punish evil. He judges nations and rulers who disregard
justice and pursue evil. Likewise, in the New Testament, God states that it is the government’s responsibility to provide
justice in order to protect the innocent from evil (Romans 13). He also promises severe consequences for those who commit
evil acts, especially against the "innocent" (Mark 9:36-42).
In summary, we live in a real world where our good and evil actions have direct consequences and
indirect consequences upon us and those around us. God’s desire is that for all of our sakes we would obey Him that
it might be well with us (Deuteronomy 5:29). Instead, what happens is that we choose our own way, and then we blame God for
not doing anything about it. Such is the heart of sinful man. But Jesus came to change men’s hearts through the power
of the Holy Spirit, and He does this for those who will turn from evil and call on Him to save them from their sin and its
consequences (2 Corinthians 5:17). God does prevent and restrain some acts of evil. This world would be MUCH WORSE were not
God restraining evil. At the same time, God has given us the ability to choose good and evil, and when we choose evil, He
allows us, and those around us, to suffer the consequences of evil. Rather than blaming God and questioning God on why He
does not prevent all evil, we should be about the business of proclaiming the cure for evil and its consequences—Jesus
Question: "What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?"
Answer: The most difficult thing about the Christian
concept of the Trinity is that there is no way to perfectly and completely understand it. The Trinity is a concept that is
impossible for any human being to fully understand, let alone explain. God is infinitely greater than we are; therefore, we
should not expect to be able to fully understand Him. The Bible teaches that the Father is God, that Jesus is God, and that
the Holy Spirit is God. The Bible also teaches that there is only one God. Though we can understand some facts about the relationship
of the different Persons of the Trinity to one another, ultimately, it is incomprehensible to the human mind. However, this
does not mean the Trinity is not true or that it is not based on the teachings of the Bible.
The Trinity is one God
existing in three Persons. Understand that this is not in any way suggesting three Gods. Keep in mind when studying this subject
that the word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture. This is a term that is used to attempt to describe the triune
God—three coexistent, co-eternal Persons who make up God. Of real importance is that the concept represented by the
word “Trinity” does exist in Scripture. The following is what God’s Word says about the Trinity:
There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5).
2) The Trinity consists of three Persons (Genesis 1:1, 26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:8, 48:16, 61:1; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). In Genesis 1:1, the Hebrew plural noun "Elohim" is used. In Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8, the plural pronoun for “us” is used. The word "Elohim" and the pronoun “us”
are plural forms, definitely referring in the Hebrew language to more than two. While this is not an explicit argument for
the Trinity, it does denote the aspect of plurality in God. The Hebrew word for "God," "Elohim," definitely allows for the
In Isaiah 48:16 and 61:1, the Son is speaking while making reference to the Father and the Holy Spirit. Compare Isaiah 61:1 to Luke 4:14-19 to see that it is the Son speaking. Matthew 3:16-17 describes the event of Jesus' baptism. Seen in this passage is God the Holy Spirit descending on God
the Son while God the Father proclaims His pleasure in the Son. Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 are examples of three distinct Persons in the Trinity.
3) The members of the Trinity are distinguished
one from another in various passages. In the Old Testament, “LORD” is distinguished from “Lord” (Genesis 19:24; Hosea 1:4). The LORD has a Son (Psalm 2:7, 12; Proverbs 30:2-4). The Spirit is distinguished from the “LORD” (Numbers 27:18) and from “God” (Psalm 51:10-12). God the Son is distinguished from God the Father (Psalm 45:6-7; Hebrews 1:8-9). In the New Testament, Jesus speaks to the Father about sending a Helper, the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). This shows that Jesus did not consider Himself to be the Father or the Holy Spirit. Consider also all
the other times in the Gospels where Jesus speaks to the Father. Was He speaking to Himself? No. He spoke to another Person
in the Trinity—the Father.
4) Each member of the Trinity is God. The Father is God (John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2). The Son is God (John 1:1, 14; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20). The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16).
5) There is subordination within the Trinity. Scripture shows that the Holy Spirit is subordinate
to the Father and the Son, and the Son is subordinate to the Father. This is an internal relationship and does not deny the
deity of any Person of the Trinity. This is simply an area which our finite minds cannot understand concerning the infinite
God. Concerning the Son see Luke 22:42, John 5:36, John 20:21, and 1 John 4:14. Concerning the Holy Spirit see John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7, and especially John 16:13-14.
6) The individual members of the Trinity have different tasks. The Father is the ultimate source
or cause of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11); divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); salvation (John 3:16-17); and Jesus' human works (John 5:17; 14:10). The Father initiates all of these things.
The Son is the agent through whom the Father does
the following works: the creation and maintenance of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17); divine revelation (John 1:1, 16:12-15; Matthew 11:27; Revelation 1:1); and salvation (2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42). The Father does all these things through the Son, who functions as His agent.
The Holy Spirit
is the means by whom the Father does the following works: creation and maintenance of the universe (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30); divine revelation (John 16:12-15; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); and Jesus' works (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38). Thus, the Father does all these things by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There have been many
attempts to develop illustrations of the Trinity. However, none of the popular illustrations are completely accurate. The
egg (or apple) fails in that the shell, white, and yolk are parts of the egg, not the egg in themselves, just as the skin,
flesh, and seeds of the apple are parts of it, not the apple itself. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not parts of God;
each of them is God. The water illustration is somewhat better, but it still fails to adequately describe the Trinity. Liquid,
vapor, and ice are forms of water. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not forms of God, each of them is God. So, while these
illustrations may give us a picture of the Trinity, the picture is not entirely accurate. An infinite God cannot be fully
described by a finite illustration.
The doctrine of the Trinity has been a divisive issue throughout the entire history
of the Christian church. While the core aspects of the Trinity are clearly presented in God’s Word, some of the side
issues are not as explicitly clear. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God—but there is only
one God. That is the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. Beyond that, the issues are, to a certain extent, debatable and non-essential.
Rather than attempting to fully define the Trinity with our finite human minds, we would be better served by focusing on the
fact of God's greatness and His infinitely higher nature. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of
God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been
his counselor?” (Romans 11:33-34).
Recommended Resource: Making Sense of the Trinity: Three Crucial Questions by Millard Erickson
and The Forgotten Trinity by James White
What should I do if I know or think
a brother or sister is wrong?
The first thing to do is go and talk to him or her. Not broadcast it to the world.
18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall
hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother
In most cases this will settle the matter and bring repentance and reconciliation,
and no further action need be taken. However, if he or she will not listen to you when you have spoken to them alone then
the bible says what needs to be done.
Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more,
that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Notice this step should only be done if they
refuse to listen to you. Again it does not tell us to tell the world. It says two or three this is for the purpose of settling
the matter with the least people knowing about it
If the following steps fail and the brother and sister refuse to
repent then the final step is to be taken.
Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but
if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Remember as Christians our
aim should be to restore not drive away.
Gal 6:1 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual,
restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's
burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Next time a person tells you about someone’s sin. Ask them this question
have you spoken to them yourself or are you just reporting what others have said?
a prophet is known to be authentic according to the principles taught in the Old Testament
The penalty for being a false prophet was punishable by death. This may
sound harsh, however, we must bear in mind that a prophet was to represent God and be an oracle of God. False prophets did not point people to God, they only used Him to draw attention to themselves, and in
some cases led people to into idolatry.
What is a prophet?
A prophet was a man that heard from God and spoke His words to the people that he was sent to communicate too. He
was not to deviate from the words spoken to him by Yahweh and not to add to them.
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and
will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Why false prophets?
Prophets were highly esteemed in the Bible days. People from the common
people to kings would come to them in order to hear from God. It is therefore
of no surprise that there would be false prophets that were using God’s name for their own purposes.
There was much importance to being a prophet; hence it is not surprising that imposters attempt to play the role of
A false prophet speaks his own words but claims they are the words God gave him.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall
speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the
Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out
of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
This should be a warning to those
Christian that are always saying ‘God said’ or ‘God told me’ every time they want their own way.
The test of a prophet
A prophet that claims to speak for
God has to be right all the time. It does not matter how many times he has been right in the past, if he gives one prophesy
that fails to come to pass, God had not spoken to him and the man was to be declared a false prophet.
I remember once being told by a Nigerian
woman that a prophetess had told her that in a year she would have a baby. Because
she desired a baby she was pleased and told everyone. However after a year there
was no baby. She went back to the prophetess and asked why she had not had the
baby. The prophetess informed her that God had changed His mind. NO! God did not change His mind. The woman was a false
prophetess. Whatever God says he will do, he does.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he
should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God made it clear how to test a prophet. The test of true prophets is when what they say comes to pass.
And if thou say in thine heart, How
shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow
not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou
shalt not be afraid of him.
is the Gospel?
years ago I was in a discussion with someone who had graduated from a leading Bible college in London and had gained his BA. He was not in favour of my ministry and told me that I was not preaching the gospel. I asked him what is the gospel, and he was unable to tell me.
This is not unusual many Christians have no idea what the gospel is. I have watched Christian television and discovered that many that claim to be preaching
the gospel have no idea what it is either.
In order to understand the essential of the New Birth
is we will have to examine the fall of man, the nature of man, the purpose of the death and resurrection of Jesus and why
the New Birth is so important.
The fall of man
created sinless. We know, this, for God declared in Genesis 1:31, ‘And
God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.’ However, some have suggested that man was created with no positive moral inclination
but this goes against scripture, which declares man was created upright.
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions
H Bancroft points out that man was not created with moral deficiency.
suggest that man had some moral deficiency when created but this cannot be reconciled with the statements of creation (Gen.
1:26,31). God did not put inclination in man which led him to sin, nor did God
remove from man His sustaining power.
originally created as a morally responsible being. (Gen 1:26, 27, 31; 2:27; Eccl
that man did not have to sin. However, not all hold this view. Some teach the
necessity of the fall. This argument has divided those from the Calvinist position.
One view is called ‘Supralapsarianism’ and the other is ‘infralapsarianism’
both views are held by Calvinists. I am not going to discuss this in detail but
it is helpful to be aware of the position held by reformers concerning the fall.
Supralapsarianism (also antelapsarianism) is the view that God's
decrees of election and reprobation logically preceded the decree of the fall while infralapsarianism (with a minor
variant, sublapsarianism) asserts that God's decrees of election and reprobation logically succeeded the decree of
Many prominent early Protestants were supralapsarian, such as (some argue) Martin Luther, John Knox,
Theodore Beza, Huldrych Zwingli, Jerome Zanchius, Franciscus Gomarus, William Twisse, and William Perkins. John Calvin's own
position is often disputed, and subsequent Calvinism was frequently infralapsarian, although supralapsarianism has been revived
recently by theologians such as Geerhardus Vos and Gordon Clark. According to Loraine Boettner, very few modern Calvinists
Historically, infralapsarianism won out at the Synod of Dordt in 1618. In the Canons of Dordt, First
Point of Doctrine, Article 7, it states:
the foundation of the world, by sheer grace, according to the free good pleasure of his will, [God] chose in Christ to salvation
a definite number of particular people out of the entire human race which had fallen by its own fault from its original innocence
into sin and ruin. (Translation from Ecumenical Creeds and Reformed Confessions, CRC Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 1988,
The Westminster Assembly leaned in favor of infralapsarianism, although there were supralapsarians
in the Assembly as well, and the documents that resulted from the Assembly, the Westminster Standards, also imply infralapsarianism,
though not as strongly as Dordt's position.
their theology have blamed God for sin. However this goes against scripture as
Wayne Grudem points out in His Systematic Theology.
Where did sin come from? How did it come into the universe? First, we must clearly
affirm that God himself did not sin, and God is not to be blamed for sin. It was man, who sinned, and it was angels who sinned,
and in both cases they did so by willful, voluntary choice. To blame God for sin would be blasphemy against the character
of God. “His work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right
is he” (Deut. 32:4). Abraham asks with truth and force in his words, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do
right?” (Gen. 18:25). And Elihu rightly says, “Far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty
that he should do wrong” (Job 34:10). In fact, it is impossible for God even to desire to do wrong: “God cannot
be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one” (James 1:13).
Yet, on the other hand, we must guard against an opposite error: it would
be wrong for us to say there is an eternally existing evil power in the universe similar to or equal to God himself in power.
To say this would be to affirm what is called an ultimate “dualism” in the universe, the existence of two equally
ultimate powers, one good and the other evil. Also, we must never think that sin surprised God or challenged or overcame
his omnipotence or his providential control over the universe. Therefore, even though we must never say that God himself sinned
or he is to be blamed for sin, yet we must also affirm that the God who “accomplishes all things according to the counsel
of his will” (Eph. 1:11), the God who “does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants
of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What are you doing?”’ (Dan. 4:35) did ordain that
sin would come into the world, even though he does not delight in it and even though he ordained that it would come about
through the voluntary choices of moral creatures.
The manner of the fall.
God had given man intelligence.
It was Adam that gave the names to every living thing.
And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto
Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam
gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an
help meet for him.
God told Adam that he could
eat of all except from one tree (Gen 2:17). Adam as we have said was intelligent
he would have understood the command and the penalty
Gen 2:17 -
thou shalt not eat of it ... thou shalt surely
die — no reason assigned for the prohibition, but death was to be the punishment of disobedience. A positive command
like this was not only the simplest and easiest, but the only trial to which their fidelity could be exposed.
Eve also was fully aware of
the prohibition and the consequences of disobeying. However, whereby Adam wilfully
disobeyed, Eve was deceived (1 Tim 2:14). The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown
Commentary gave some interesting thoughts on why Eve may have been deceived.
Gen 3:2 -
the woman said, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden
— In her answer, Eve extolled the large extent of liberty they enjoyed in ranging at will amongst all the trees - one
only excepted, with respect to which, she declared there was no doubt, either of the prohibition or the penalty. But there
is reason to think that she had already received an injurious impression; for in using the words “lest ye die,”
instead of “ye shall surely die” [Gen_2:17], she spoke as if the tree had been forbidden because of some
poisonous quality of its fruit. The tempter, perceiving this, became bolder in his assertions.
Both Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit. Instantly they died spiritually and later physically. They
were dead in trespasses and sin from the moment they ate of the fruit, and physical death followed later.
The Consequences of the Adam’s
Emery H. Bancroft points out there was instant effects Adam’s
The immediate effects of the first sin.
These were six in number (Gen 3:7-13)
A sense of shame. This was due to the awakening of conscience.
The covering of fig leaves. This was a bloodless covering (see Gen 3:21; Phil 3:9)
A feeling of fear. This arose from their guilty conscience.
An attempt of concealment. Foolishly Adam and Eve supposed that they could hide from the presence of God
An effort at self-vindication. Though guilty, yet Adam and Eve tried to justify themselves.
The shifting of blame. Adam laid the blame for his sin upon Eve, and laid the blame for her sin upon the serpent, i.e., the serpent
The consequences of Adam’s sin affected the whole human race. Adam is the federal head of the human race and what he became the human race that
would proceed from him also became. R. Sproul’s comments on this point
the most part, the federal view of the Fall has been the most popular among advocates of the Reformed view of predestination.
This view teaches that Adam acted as a representative of the entire human race. With the test that God set before Adam and
Eve, he was testing the whole of mankind. Adam’s name means “man” or “mankind.” Adam was the
first human being created. He stands at the head of the human race. He was placed in the garden to act not only for himself
but for all of his future descendents. Just as a federal government has a chief spokesman who is the head of the nation, so
Adam was the federal head of mankind.
chief idea of federalism is that, when Adam sinned, he sinned for all of us. His fall was our fall. When God punished Adam
by taking away his original righteousness, we were all likewise punished. The curse of the Fall affects us all. Not only was
Adam destined to make his living by the sweat of his brow, but that is true for us as well. Not only was Eve consigned to
have pain in childbirth, but that has been true for women of all human generations. The offending serpent in the garden was
not the only member of his species who was cursed to crawl on his belly.
Every person that comes into the world is born with a sinful nature.
Some teach that babies are born sinless however, the Bible teaches the opposite.
was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
If babies were born sinless
there would have been no need for the virgin birth, and no baby would ever die.
Babies are born with a sinful nature and will manifest that nature as they grow.
A person does not become a sinner when they sin; they sin because they are a sinner.
Without exception every unregenerated person (not reborn
spiritually and not repentant) is dead in trespasses
and sin (Eph 2:1). Theologians refer to this a total depravity.
When we speak of man's depravity we mean man's natural condition apart from any grace
exerted by God to restrain or transform man.
There is no doubt that man could perform more evil acts toward his fellow man than
he does. But if he is restrained from performing more evil acts by motives that are not owing to his glad submission to God,
then even his "virtue" is evil in the sight of God.
Romans 14:23 says, "Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin." This is a radical
indictment of all natural "virtue" that does not flow from a heart humbly relying on God's grace.
The terrible condition of man's heart will never be recognized by people who assess
it only in relation to other men. Romans 14:23 makes plain that depravity is our condition in relation to God primarily, and
only secondarily in relation to man. Unless we start here we will never grasp the totality of our natural depravity.
Total depravity affects the mental capacity of every
person. They are dead in sin and are unable to please God, they will not choose
God and are unable to do so. The unregenerated person can still make choices
but will only choose according to his nature. The sinner does not seek God (Rom
3:11). It is in fact Jesus that seeks His elect for salvation (Luke 19:10).
Man's depravity is total in at least four senses.
rebellion against God is total. Apart from the grace of God there is no delight in the holiness of God, and there is no glad
submission to the sovereign authority of God.
Of course totally depraved men can be very religious and very philanthropic. They can
pray and give alms and fast, as Jesus said (Matthew 6:1-18). But their very religion is rebellion against the rights of their
Creator, if it does not come from a childlike heart of trust in the free grace of God. Religion is one of the chief ways that
man conceals his unwillingness to forsake self-reliance and bank all his hopes on the unmerited mercy of God (Luke 18:9-14;
The totality of our rebellion is seen in Romans 3:9-10 and 18. "I have already charged
that all men, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin, as it is written: None is righteous, no not one; no one seeks
for God.... There is no fear of God before their eyes."
2) In his total rebellion everything man does is sin.
In Romans 14:23 Paul says, "Whatever is not from faith is sin." Therefore, if all men
are in total rebellion, everything they do is the product of rebellion and cannot be an honour to God, but only part of their
sinful rebellion. If a king teaches his subjects how to fight well and then those subjects rebel against their king and use
the very skill he taught them to resist him, then even those skills become evil.
3) Man's inability to submit to God and do good is total.
Picking up on the term "flesh" above (man apart from the grace of God) we find Paul
declaring it to be totally enslaved to rebellion. Romans 8:7-8 says, "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to
God; it does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
(4) Our rebellion is totally deserving of eternal punishment.
Ephesians 2:3 goes on to say that in our deadness we were "children of wrath." That
is, we were under God's wrath because of the corruption of our hearts that made us as good as dead before God.
I have spent a lot of time on this because the way a person sees the
condition of the lost will determine the way he/she presents the gospel. A
person that believes that a lost person is able to choose Christ by an act of his or her own freewill will usually resort
to decisional salvation. Entertainment will be brought into the church, and gimmicks
used to entice the sinner to make the right decision.
Many today teach that salvation is a two-way thing, you do your bit
and God does His. This teaching is not biblical for in salvation it is God doing
all. Salvation is not 50% God and 50% man.
Salvation is in fact 100% of God and 0% of man. The Bible clearly
teaches mankind is dead in sin, and dead men do not make decision. Salvation
is not in what we do but what God does.
For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
One preacher gives an illustration that is a common but mistaken belief
in our day.
Dr. Patterson also gave an illustration of a sailor damaged by an explosion, and cast into the sea. An admiral sees the sailor knocked into the sea and sends
a helicopter to save the sailor. The sailor can barely hear, but faintly hears the whir of the helicopter blades, and he signals
the helicopter, which saves him. Dr. Patterson says that we are like the sailor in the sea, God is like the admiral, and the
whirring of the helicopter blades is the preaching of the gospel. We can barely hear the gospel due to our depraved condition,
but if we respond to what we hear, we will be saved.
However, R.C Sproul responds with a more biblical illustration.
[Sinful man] is not merely drowning, he has already sunk to the bottom of the sea. It is futile to
throw a life preserver to a man who has already drowned. If I understand Paul, I hear him saying that God dives into the water
[without being signaled, presumably, by the drowned man] and pulls the dead man from the bottom of the sea and then performs
a divine act of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He breathed into the dead man new life.
If God waited for man to make a decision no one would be saved because sinful man is dead in sin (Eph
2:10). When Jesus finds the sinner, he or she is spiritually dead. He gives them life (John 10:10). It is then they respond. The Bible makes it clear that the unregenate man cannot understand the things of God
and cannot recieves them.
But the natural man receiveth not the things
of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Cor. 2:14
The necessity of the New Birth
reasons we have mentioned above we see that the New Birth is essential. This
was made clear to Nicodemus.
It is natural to understand that regeneration comes before saving faith. It is in fact this work
of God that gives us the spiritual ability to respond to God in faith. However, when we say that it comes “before”
saving faith, it is important to remember that they usually come so close together that it will ordinarily seem to us that
they are happening at the same time. As God addresses the effective call of the gospel to us, he regenerates us and we respond
in faith and repentance to this call. So from our perspective it is hard to tell any difference in time, especially
because regeneration is a spiritual work that we cannot perceive with our eyes or even understand with our minds.
Yet there are several passages that tell us that this secret, hidden work of God in our spirits
does in fact come before we respond to God in saving faith (though often it may be only seconds before we respond). When talking
about regeneration with Nicodemus, Jesus said, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom
of God” (John 3:5). Now we enter the kingdom of God when we become Christians at conversion. But Jesus says that
we have to be born “of the Spirit” before we can do that.7 Our inability to come to Christ on our own, without an initial work of God within us, is also
emphasized when Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44), and “No
one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father” (John 6:65). This inward act of regeneration is described
beautifully when Luke says of Lydia, “The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said by Paul”
(Acts 16:14). First the Lord opened her heart, then she was able to give heed to Paul’s preaching and to respond in
Death and Resurrection
There would be no gospel, no salvation and no New Birth if it were
not for the death and resurrection of Christ. Believing this fact is essential
to our salvation.
That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved.
When Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus about the importance of the
New Birth, also revealed the importance of His death revealing that there can be no New Birth without the Atonement.
And as Moses
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  That whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have eternal life.
happened at the cross
1. A substitute was
The word substitute means to put somebody or something in place of another,
or to take the place of another. This is what the Bible declared would
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
2 Corinthians 5:21
Who his own self
bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye
1 Peter 2:24
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his
own blood. Acts 20:28
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Souls are not won but purchased. We
often refer to soul winning but in reality souls are not won, they are paid for.
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times for you,
1 Peter 1:18-20
For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Cor. 6:20
Ye are bought
with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1 Cor. 7:23
Reconciliation was achieved
Reconciliation means 1.
The ending of conflict or renewing
of a friendly relationship between disputing people or groups. 2. The making
of two or more apparently conflicting things consistent or compatible.
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
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.
2 Cor. 5:19
Unbiblical teachings of the purpose of Calvary
The Bible tell us
in 1 Corinthians 1:21 … the world by wisdom knew not God…. It also tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching
of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
So it should be of no surprised to us that man using his own wisdom to understand the Bible as come
up with false concepts surrounding the most important event in history, that of the death and physical resurrection of Jesus.
Let us a look at some of the theories that man has come up with concerning the purpose of the Cross
The Ransom Theory
Origaen and Justin
Martyr held this doctrine. This theory holds that God and Satan are in eternal conflict over man. This view advocated that Satan had captured man and had a right to his spoils. So Satan could only be bought
off by a ransom. The ransom was Christ in the guise of sinful humanity
deceiving Satan into believing he was just another sinful man, and was overcame him by the resurrection. This view though modified is also taught by some word of faith teachers such as Kenneth Copeland.
2. The example theory
This theory holds
that Jesus death on the cross was no more than just an example for us all. This
view denies that man is spiritually dead and all that was needed was for man to have a good example to follow. According to this theory Jesus gave us such an example by which man is able to follow. It is true that Jesus did give us an example to follow, however this view does not take into account the
spiritual condition of man, and that God’s justice requires a payment for sin.
Pelegius, Socinus, and Abelard held this view.
3. Moral Influence Theory:
This view is similar to the above only it holds that some how God’s love demonstrated in
Christ death softens the hearts of man and causes them to repent and seeks God. Once
again this view denies that man is dead in sin. It denies the total depravity
of man. It denies that the atonement was a payment for sin. It was just God showing how much he loves us in order that we might love him. Some that hold this view
also hold to example theory. Abelard, Bushnell, and Rashdall taught this doctrine.
The Universal atonement
The general atonement doctrine is the very
popular in our day. It promotes the idea that Jesus did not save anyone on the
cross but gave man the opportunity to be saved. God is said to cooperate with
man to bring about salvation. This is known as synergism. This
doctrine teaches that God did all he could to save people but is unable to do so unless man avails himself of it.
conclusion is that if God really did want to save everyone and sent his son to save everyone, then he would be a failure since
everyone is not and will not be saved. Though claiming to believe in an atonement
they in reality do not believe in any atonement since an atonement that does not atone, is not atonement.
Someone once said that
General atonement is like a great, wide, bridge with only half an arch: it does no go across the stream; it only professes
to go half way: it does not secure salvation for anyone.
This view like all false
views denies the condition of man. It denies the total depravity of man. It denies
that sinners do not seek the lord (Romans 3:11) or that they are unable to understand the things of God (1 Cor 2:14). God
only makes the way for man to be saved, and man must give God permission to save them.
The logical conclusion to this view is that man elects God and not vice versa
Having looked at
the various theories of the atonement we will now look at the biblical view. The
death and resurrection of Christ was for a specific purpose. We are saved through
the atonement. The atonement from a biblical viewpoint was not just to give sinners
a chance to be saved; it was in fact to save as Romans 5:9 declares, ‘Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him.’ The Biblical view, which has
been taught by all reformers, is the Penal Substitution Theory.
This view sees the atonement
of Christ as being a vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice that satisfied the demands of God’s justice upon sin. In His
death Christ paid the penalty of man’s sin bringing forgiveness, imputing righteousness and reconciling man to God.
Those that hold this view believe that every aspect of man, his mind, will and emotions have been corrupted by sin and that
man is totally depraved and spiritually dead. This view holds that Christ’s death paid the penalty of sin for those
whom God elects to save and that through repentance man can accept Christ’s substitution as payment for sin. This view
of the atonement aligns most accurately with Scripture in its view of sin, the nature of man, and the results of the death
of Christ on the cross.
Death and resurrection is the Gospel
The apostle makes it very
clear that the death and resurrection of Christ is the gospel.
I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also
ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first
of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Cor. 15:1-4
Without the death and resurrection there would be no forgiveness of sins.
And if Christ be
not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1 Cor. 15:17
Everything that we have as Christians, which includes salvation, healing,
deliverance, miracles, and the future hope of the resurrection, is based on the fact that Jesus died for our sins and rose
the third day.
If a preacher does not teach the depravity of man and the purpose of the cross
and why it was essential for the salvation of God’s elect that Jesus died and rose again, then the Gospel has not been
preached for that is the Gospel.
Famous quotes on the resurrection
I will end this essay with quotes from great men of God on the importance
of the death and resurrection
R. A. Torrey:
"Gospel preachers nowadays preach the gospel of the Crucifixion, the Apostles preached the gospel
of the Resurrection as well. (2 Tim. 2:8-Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according
to my gospel.") The Crucifixion loses its meaning without the Resurrection. Without the Resurrection the death of Christ was
only the heroic death of a noble martyr; with the Resurrection it is the atoning death the Son of God. It shows that death
to be of sufficient value to cover our sins, for it was the sacrifice of the Son of God."
If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain, your faith in Him would be pointless, and your
sins would still be counted against you with no hope of spiritual life."
The Apostle Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost of the risen Savior, says, "God hath made
that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." And He speaks of Him as the anointed One, exalted at God's
right hand. The Gospel is the Gospel of the Risen Christ. There would be no Gospel for sinners if Christ had not been raised.
So the apostle says, "If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17).
Sir Robert Anderson:
Apart from it, the incarnation and the ministry would lose all their significance, the crucifixion
would be but a martyrdom, and the cross a symbol of the victory of death over life. By the Resurrection it was that the Crucified
One was "declared to be the Son of God with power," the great truth on which the Christian's faith is founded, and to which
his hope is anchored. That Christ died for our sins is the Gospel of the Christian religion regarded as a human cult. The
Gospel of Christianity goes on to declare "That He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Cor. 15:4). And
to show the immeasurable importance of the added words, the Holy Spirit testifies that if Christ be not raised, our faith
is vain, we are yet in our sins...The empty tomb, and not the manger of Bethlehem, is the earthly symbol of the great birth
upon which Christianity is founded. Were it not for Bethlehem there could be no Calvary; but, apart from the Resurrection,
Calvary were but a stupendous disaster, of which the Cross would be for all time the emblem.
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by David McKivett
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall
I come and appear before God?
is a message for the church. The unregenerate man does not seek after God neither
does he desire Him.
3:11-12 ‘There is none that understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth
good, no, not one.’
that have understanding will seek the lord
28:5 ‘Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.’(Underlining
then that only God’s people can seek because they are the only ones that understand. The natural man does not understand
for we read in 1Co 2:14 ‘But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness
unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.’
The only way a sinner can understand the gospel is by the Holy Spirit regenerating the
person so he or she can understand. As Wayne Crudem wrote
natural to understand that regeneration comes before saving faith. It is in fact this work of God that gives us the spiritual
ability to respond to God in faith. However, when we say that it comes “before” saving faith, it is important
to remember that they usually come so close together that it will ordinarily seem to us that they are happening at the same
time. As God addresses the effective call of the gospel to us, he regenerates us and we respond in faith and repentance to
this call. So from our perspective it is hard to tell any difference in time, especially because regeneration is a spiritual
work that we cannot perceive with our eyes or even understand with our mind”’.
there are several passages that tell us that this secret, hidden work of God in our spirits does in fact come before we respond
to God in saving faith (though often it may be only seconds before we respond). When talking about regeneration with Nicodemus,
Jesus said, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Now we
enter the kingdom of God when we become Christians at conversion. But Jesus says that we have to be born “of the Spirit”
before we can do that.7 Our inability to come to Christ on our own, without an initial work of
God within us, is also emphasized when Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him”
(John 6:44), and “No one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father” (John 6:65). This inward act of
regeneration is described beautifully when Luke says of Lydia, “The Lord opened her heart to give heed to what was said
by Paul” (Acts 16:14). First the Lord opened her heart, then she was able to give heed to Paul’s preaching and
to respond in faith”.
Jesus did not come that the lost may seek Him but that He may seek after them. Luke 19:10
‘For the Son of man is
come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ The sinners are not
the ones that call after Jesus but Jesus that calls the sinners. ‘for I am not come to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance’ (Matthew 9:13)
Man is dead
in sin and unable to seek or respond to God. It is Jesus that calls us
to life. We see this in the case of Lazarus.
It was not the dead Lazarus that called unto Jesus or sought him. It is
Christ that went to the tomb where Lazarus was and called Him to life.
The reason that you are a Christian
is not because you sought the Lord but because He sought you. Not because you
called out to Him but because He drew you unto Him. It was not because of your
decision or your choosing but because you were chosen by Him. Jesus made it clear
that it was Him alone that does the choosing.
John 15:16 ‘Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and
ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of
the Father in my name, he may give it you.’
John 15:19 ‘If ye were of the world, the world
would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world
us long before we were able to make a decision. Ephes. 1:4 ‘According
as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him
The only reason
you chose him was because He first chose you. The only reason we love him is
because he loved us first.
1 John 4:19
‘We love him, because he first loved us.’
the Christian that yearns for God.
the desire for God is the result of the new birth. A true Christian will have
a hunger for God, a desire for righteousness and a pursuit for holiness.
The sad thing is that many do not desire God like David did when He wrote in Psalm 42:1-2 ‘As the hart
panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when
shall I come and appear before God?’
suggest that David wrote this psalm while on the run from Absalom. David’s
third son Absalom had turned the hearts of the people away from His father and led a rebellion that caused David to flee from
Jerusalem, he then appointed himself King.
While on the
run David was not able to participate in the worship or the feasts for he could no go to the tabernacle. We see in this Psalm what David longed for, while on the run, was God. He craved the worship; he longed to participate in the sacrifices.
To David, God was more important to him than the office of a king, or the kingdom he was forced to flee from. He held no hatred towards his rebellious son and even wept for him on learning of
his death. David wanted to be in the presence of God.
to God that more pastors where more concerned about God than their ministry, would seek Him rather than fame, and desire His
approval rather than the praise of men.
Even When David
sinned he was more concerned about his relationship with God than how the people thought about him. He takes responsibility
for his sin and makes no excuse for it.
Psalm 51:1-4 ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:
according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and
cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only,
have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou
In his confession
we see a man that so hungered after God and loved him more than anything else that he did not want to be rejected by Him.
Psalm 51:12-15 ‘Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with
thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Deliver me
from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.  O Lord, open
thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.’
Religious service but
no desire for God
We live in
a day when so-called Christians desire everything except God himself. Many just
use God and the Bible to exhort themselves. Many hide under a cloak of false
humility but their ego and pride is clearly seen. Pastor seeks a mega church
not for the glory of God but to be honoured of men. They seek prosperity not to help the poor but to squander on flamboyant
lifestyles. There are many that yearn not for God but for celebrity status.
warned the disciples about following the example of the Pharisees that used religion as a show.
Matthew 23:1-4 ‘Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe
and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne,
and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.’
His disciple that these religious leaders’ works was just a show. They
loved the praise of men, and position it gave them in society.
Matthew 23:5-7 ‘But
all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,  And greetings in the markets, and to
be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. ‘
prayers they made were just a show.
Matthew 6:5 ‘And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto
you, They have their reward. ‘
Like many Christians
today the Pharisees had an outward show of piety but their hearts were far from God.
They appeared clean and holy on the outside but inside was filthy.
23:27-28 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto
whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
The Church of Laodicea (Rev 2:
of Laodicea seems spiritual, they were prosperous, and from the natural view point they seemed to lack nothing. The church was so full of themselves, what they had achieved and the finances they had gathered, they never
even knew that the One that is supposed to be the head of the church, the One who is supposed to be the centre of our worship
was missing, because Jesus was not in the church but outside knocking.
Rev. 3:20 ‘Behold,
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with me.’
I just wonder
how many Christians are so busy in their religious activities, so centred on their own desires that they have not noticed
the absence of Christ in their lives.
Mary and Martha
Luke 10:38-42 ‘Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain
village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat
at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost
thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  And Jesus answered and
said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath
chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her..
so many Christians was busy with external things. There was nothing wrong with
what Martha was doing. She was cooking, trying to make everything nice so that
Jesus and his disciples were looked after. The problem was that Martha
was so busy she had no time to listen to what Jesus was saying. Mary was more
concerned with hearing Jesus that she laid aside everything and just listened and received His word.
wanted Jesus to tell her to go away and help her But ‘ Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful
and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken
away from her.’
Jesus was not
teaching that it is wrong to work, or that laziness is acceptable. Christians
are expected to work, and we should be active in the every day running of the church.
I thank God for the Christians that cook at church functions, help keep the church tidy, decorate the church when required,
the ushers that help the service to run smoothly, and make visitors feel welcome. However, we should not allow our religious
work to stop us from hearing from God.
a time when we just have to be like Mary put aside everything and wait upon God.
40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The Church of Ephesus
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven
stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;  I know thy works, and thy labour,
and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and
are not, and hast found them liars:  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast
not fainted.  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
The church of Ephesus had many good
qualities. They had good works, they laboured hard they hated evil, they steadfastly
contended for the faith. However, despite all the wonderful things they were
doing they had lost their first love.
We know from scripture that God
has to be our first love.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
God will not take second place even
to things that are acceptable. We need to ask the question do we love the house
of God more than the God of the house? Do we love the Bible more than we love
the author? I have met many that love to study doctrine but have
no relationship with the one they are studying. There are many preachers
that love to preach, but have no love for the one they are preaching about.
Yearning for blessings but not for the Blesser
There are those
that want healing but not the Healer; they seek deliverance but not the Deliverer. There
are those that want salvation but do not want Jesus to be Lord over their life.
They want everything God as to give but they do not want to surrender themselves to Him.
What it means to yearn after God
To yearn after
God means to have a strong desire to come closer to him and know him more. It means a life of pursuing God and using every
means to draw near to him. This will include prayer, bible study, and gathering
with God’s people whenever we can. It will mean a life of Holy living and
communication. It will mean turning away from sin and even separating from friends
that hinder us in our pursuit of God.
not talking about earning our salvation, I am talking to those that are saved but have a desire to know their heavenly father
more. I am talking to those that want more than just surface religion, desire
more than just to warm a pew on Sunday, more than just hearing about God. This is for those that have a hunger to know Him.
do we know God?
There is an ancient tale from India about a young man who was seeking God. He
went to a wise old sage for help. "How can I find God?" he asked the old man. The old man took him to a nearby river. Out
they waded into the deep water. Soon the water was up just under their chins. Suddenly the old man seized the young man by
the neck and pushed him under the water. He held the young man down until the young man was flailing the water in desperation.
Another minute and he may well have drowned. Up out of the water the two of them came. The young man was coughing water from
his lungs and still gasping for air. Reaching the bank he asked the man indignantly, "What did that have to do with my finding
God?" The old man asked him quietly, "While you were under the water, what did you want more than anything else?" The young
man thought for a minute and then answered, "I wanted air. I wanted air more than anything else?" The old man replied, "When
you want God as much as you wanted air, you will find him."
has to be a hunger For God
5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
desires God more than a drug addict desires drugs, or an alcoholic desire a drink we will see true revival break out. I am not talking about desiring blessings.
I am not talking about desiring God to meet a need we may have. I am talking
about desiring God Himself, longing for His presence, craving fellowship with Him, and loving Him for whom He is, and not
just for what He can do. The word of this chorus sums up what I am saying:
I just want to be where you are
Dwelling in your Presence,
Feasting at your table,
Surrounded by your glory
In your Presence
That’s where I always want to be,
I just want to be,
I just want to be with You
Paul had a hunger after God
at the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 3:10
‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable
unto his death.’
These words are remarkable when we consider that Paul saw the resurrected Christ on the road to Damascus
(Acts 9:1-8), was caught up into heaven (2 Cor 12:15), saw the miracle power of God in His ministery (Acts 13:11, 28:5, 14:3,
Yet despite all the revelation and miracles Paul had seen he still had a hunger to know him. I would that every Christian had this yearning after God.
Moses had a yearning for God.
Moses had received more revelation; saw more miracles than any man alive but still desired more of God. Here was a man that heard the voice of God by the burning bush (Ex 3:1-7),
He heard the voice of God on Sinai when God gave him the Law and the instructions for the tabernacle ( Exodus 19). Moses had seen outstanding miracles. Many
today would have been satisfied with just 10% of what Moses received, but Moses wanted more, he never lost his desire for
God, he always yeaned after God. Look at the words of the man that heard the
voice of God, saw Israel delivered from slavery, saw the Red Sea open, saw water come from a rock.
‘Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace
in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation
is thy people.’
Moses so desired God that he would not want to go anywhere unless God’s presence was there.
‘And he said unto him, If thy presence go
not with me, carry us not up hence.’
Better to be in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and have Jesus with you, than to be in a mansion without God. I
would rather be in a small church where God is, than a mega church where He is not.
As one song write wrote:
- I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I'd rather be His than have riches untold;
rather have Jesus than houses or lands.
I'd rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
- . I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause;
I'd rather be faithful to His dear
I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I'd rather be true to His holy name.
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin's dread sway.
I'd rather have Jesus than
this world affords today.
will come when men crave after God more than television. Revival will come when
the church desires the Presence of God more than celebrity status. Revival will
come when Christians long for God more than they do blessings.
Would to God
that we had more Christians that could say from the heart not just the mouth what the psalmist wrote.
Psalm 42:1-2 ‘As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?’
Psalm 63:1 ‘O God, thou art my
God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water
Psalm 143:6 ‘I stretch forth my hands unto
thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.’
Grudem, Wayne A.:
Systematic Theology : An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, Mich. : Inter-Varsity Press;
Zondervan Pub. House, 1994, S. 702
Grudem, Wayne A.: Systematic Theology : An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Leicester,
England; Grand Rapids, Mich. : Inter-Varsity Press; Zondervan Pub. House, 1994, S. 702
It is finished
by David McKivett
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,: and he bowed
his head, and gave up the ghost.
final words on the cross were ‘It is finished’. The question
has to be asked what was finished and how was it finished? To understand the
real meaning behind this statement is to understand the whole plan of salvation.
The doctrine of soteriology can be summed up in these three words ‘it is finished.’ AW Pink wrote:
"It is finished." What was "finished?" The sacrificial types were accomplished, the
prophecies, of His sufferings were fulfilled, the work given Him by the Father had been perfectly done, a sure foundation
had been laid on which a righteous God could pardon the vilest transgressor of the law who threw down the weapons of his warfare
against Him. Christ had now performed all that was necessary in order for the Holy Spirit to come and work in the hearts of
His people; convincing them of their rebellion, slaying their enmity against God, and producing in them a loving and obedient
is impossible to have a real appreciation of these three words without a clear understanding of the fall of man, and the sacrificial
atonement. For this reason we need to go back to the book of beginnings that
is the book of Genesis. I will not go into detail of how the fall happened,
as I am sure all know the story. Briefly God gave Adam a command not to
eat of a certain tree. Eve was aware of the command but ate of it anyway after
being tempted to do so by the serpent. Eve then gave the forbidden fruit to her
husband and he ate of it. As a result sin came into the word. The results of which were separation from God, sickness, death, and ultimately eternal
suffering in hell. Not only for Adam and Eve but also for their children
and all generations to come. The Bible makes this clear.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had
not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
For as in Adam all die,
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
proceeded the fall will give understanding of Jesus’ words ‘it is finished.’
After pronouncing judgement on Adam, God gave a messianic prophecy.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt
bruise his heel.
Scholars agree that this is a messianic prophecy is referring to Jesus who would bruised the serpent by His victory on the
cross. Mathew Henry sees this as a prophecy referring to the work of Christ.
His incarnation, that he should be the seed of the woman, the seed of that woman;
therefore his genealogy (Lu. 3) goes so high as to show him to be the son of Adam, but God does the woman the honour to call
him rather her seed, because she it was whom the devil had beguiled, and on whom Adam had laid the blame; herein God magnifies
his grace, in that, though the woman was first in the transgression, yet she shall be saved by child-bearing (as some read
it), that is, by the promised seed who shall descend from her, 1Ti_2:15. He was likewise to be the seed of a woman only, of a virgin, that he might not be tainted with the corruption
of our nature; he was sent forth, made of a woman (Gal_4:4),
The first covering (atonement)
When Adam sinned he tried to cover himself with fig leafs. Here we have the bases of all false religion. Adam and
Eve are, now as a result of disobedience, totally depraved. There are dead in
trespasses and sin (Ephes 2:1). In there lost condition they try to cover themselves. Sewing fig leaves together must have
taken time and hard work. When the fig leaf garments was completes they looked
good to each other but still is left then naked before the holy God.
he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
religious garments of man’s good works will always leave us naked before a Holy God who sees the righteousness of man
as filthy rags.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and
commentaries agree that this covering was the first sacrifice made for sin.
made coats of skins — taught them to make these for themselves. This implies the institution of animal sacrifice, which
was undoubtedly of divine appointment, and instruction in the only acceptable mode of worship for sinful creatures, through
faith in a Redeemer (Heb_9:22).
Sacrifice of Cain and Abel (Gen 4:1-24)
the account of Cain and Abel we can conclude that God when covering Adam and Even with the blood stained skins (Gen 3:21)
taught Adam and Eve the way to approach Him and the kind of substitutionary sacrifice that was required. We can assume that
that Adam passed this information on to his children. If Abel knew the
right way he must have got the information for his parents, and if Abel knew the right way then Cain must have known also.
sacrifice was no better than the fig leaf covering of Adam and Eve. He
decided that he by his own efforts and works could make himself acceptable to God.
He offered a bloodless sacrifice. Such sacrifices were not and never will
be acceptable to God.
sacrifice showed that He was going God’s way. He was not trusting
in himself but in the shed blood of the lamb. He knew that he could never
make himself acceptable to God but the lamb would make him acceptable.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb
of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
The Tabernacle and the sacrifices
is no teaching in the Bible that better explains the way of salvation than that of the tabernacle. As DeHaan M.D. said:
is no portion of Scripture richer in meaning, or more perfect in teaching of the plan of redemption, than this divinely designed
Part of the tabernacle speaks of Christ and His redemptive word. As the
Holy Spirit illuminates our minds we can see God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit revealed in the tabernacle, we understand
the plan of redemption unfolded through the typology
are many lessons that can be learned from the tabernacle but cannot go into it in full now.
However it is essential to understand the tabernacle and the sacrifices in order to understand Jesus’ last words
on the cross.
clearest lesson taught in the tabernacle is that there is no forgiveness of sin without a sacrifice. There is no atonement without blood.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding
of blood is no remission.
in the Old Testament was never by works. The only way a person could receive
forgiveness was by offering a substitutionary
sacrifice of a lamb, goat, or a bullock. The person received forgiveness
because blood of an animal was shed for his sins. No amount of good works could
forgive the sinner. It was only on the bases of the blood of the perfect animal
that was slain.
the writer of Hebrews made it clear that blood of animals could not take away sin.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take
the sacrifices of the Old Testament were but types and shadow of the ultimate sacrifice that was to come. That Sacrifice would be the very Son of God.
is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
unique prophesy (Isaiah 53)
the time of fall all substitutionary sacrifices
were animals. No human sacrifice were required are taught under the Law. Yet Isaiah refers not to animal but to a human sacrifice. He is prophesying about a man that would be a substitutionary sacrifice.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness;
and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did
esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our
iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed,
and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers
is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?
for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his
grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief:
when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the
Lord shall prosper in his hand.
sacrificial animal that was slain under the law had to be spotless, If a human being was going to be a substitutionary sacrifice then he to would have to be spotless, sinless and perfect. Certainly there was no man that was a descendant of Adam could do that because all
are sinners from conception.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they
be born, speaking lies.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin;
and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
man alive at that time and no descendent of Adam could have fulfilled Isaiah prophecy.
The question is then, how could Isaiah’s prophecy ever be fulfilled?
It would seem impossible, however, earlier in the book of Isaiah we get a clue to how this was going to happen.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. [Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the
evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest
shall be forsaken of both her kings.
theses verses we see that there would be a person born of a virgin that would be perfect, spotless and sinless. Isaiah gives us even more information about the Son that was to be born.
unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The man who would be the lamb that would bear the sins of humanity would be
no other than God himself manifest in flesh. Hundreds of Years later
John the Baptist would identify the person spoken of in Isaiah chapter 53.
one else but Jesus could be the human substitutionary
sacrifice for our sins. Only Jesus was born of a virgin. Jesus Was God manifest in flesh.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was
betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared
unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived
in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his
people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,
saying,  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
being interpreted is, God with us.  Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and
took unto him his wife:  And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
sinless perfect nature is revealed in the New Testament. God the father testified
that He was well pleased with His Son. Pilate found no fault in Him. The very thief on the cross-said Jesus had done no wrong. Judas Iscariot said he had betrayed an innocent man.
23:4 So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no fault in this Man."
27:4 Judas said, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!"
27:24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his
hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it."
23:39-41 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us."
But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? "And
we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
23:47 So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, "Certainly this was a righteous Man!"
Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
8:29 "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him."
3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Jesus went on the cross he never had any sin on him that He Himself had committed. He
was spotless, sinless and perfect. The only one that could have fulfilled Isaiah’s
prophecy. Jesus did not suffer for His sins for he had none but it was for the
sins of humanity that He died.
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.
had fulfilled all the prophecies foretold in the Old Testament. He fulfilled
all the types and shadows of the Old covenant. He had made the ultimate
final sacrifice. There would be no other.
Under the old Covenant there were no chairs in the Tabernacle. The priest
never sat down because their work was never finished. However Jesus
after His death, resurrection and ascension sat down at the right hand of the father.
The work of redemption, and substitution was fulfilled, and salvation was achieved.
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the
Majesty on high;
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the
same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
came born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and bore the sins of world. It was
finished the price of sins had been paid for. Interestingly the vale of
separation in the temple was rent from top to bottom. Access to God was now available
though the shed blood of the sinless son of the living God.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to
the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
there is only one way of salvation and that is though Christ alone.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same
Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.