It is very important we understand that which is most important concerning the salvation of a sinner. We can make mistakes on any other subject in the word of God, but to be mistaken on this all important subject is to lead men astray, and to cause the shipwreck of many souls. The doctrine of salvation is the most important subject of all, and it is very important we grasp the most important thing concerning the salvation of a sinner’s soul.
(1.) The most important thing is not you accepting Jesus, but Jesus accepting you.
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). We are not saved because we accept Jesus; we are saved because Jesus accepts us. Your accepting Jesus will not save you. What will save you is Jesus accepting you. Much is said and written today on the sinner accepting Jesus as his Saviour as though man can impose himself on God, but very little or nothing is said about Christ the Lord accepting us, which of course, is the most important thing for our salvation.
It is popularly believed that man has a freewill (if you have not heard that, then you are lucky!), and that the operations of God’s power unto the salvation can be resisted by man, so that the creature can resist, thwart, and checkmate the Creator; such that the clay can fortify itself against the hand of the potter. There is much wrong with this gospel that is heralded from 97% of the pulpits.
Let us reason together here:
By Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758).
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“Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts xvi. 29, 30).
We have here and in the context an account of the conversion of the jailer, which is one of the most remarkable instances of the kind in the Scriptures. The jailer before seems not only to have been wholly insensible to the things of religion, but to have been a persecutor, and to have persecuted these very men, Paul and Silas; though he now comes to them in so earnest a manner, asking them what he must do to be saved. We are told in the context that all the magistrates and multitude of the city rose up jointly in a tumult against them, and took them, and cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely. Whereupon he thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And it is probable he did not act in this merely as the servant or instrument of the magistrates, but that he joined with the rest of the people in their rage against them, and that he did what he did urged on by his own will, as well as the magistrates’ commands; which made him execute their commands with such rigour.
But when Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises at midnight, and there was suddenly a great earthquake, and God had in so wonderful a manner set upon the prison doors, and every man’s bands were loosed, he was greatly terrified; and in a kind of desperation, was about to kill himself. But Paul and Silas crying out to him, “Do thyself no harm, for we are all here,” then he called for a light, and sprang in, as we have the account in the text. We may observe,
Universal atonement is the belief that Christ’s vicarious death was on behalf of all men without exception. The problem with this belief is legion, but let’s see a few of them:
1. First and foremost, it contradicts the testimony we have in the Scriptures (Matthew 1:21; John 6:37-40; John 10:11,27; 17:2).
2. It contradicts the nature and character of the God of the Bible by portraying a wicked and unjust God who punished the Surety on behalf of the debtor, and then turns around and punishes the same debtor for whom the Surety was punished. Such a god is no longer righteous, holy and just but wicked, cruel and unjust. Jesus stood as a Surety for his people(Hebrews 7:22) and bore the punishment due them by his death on the cross. If God raised him up as a seal of his satisfaction with his work on my behalf, and later turns around to demand such work from me, then he is monster.
3. It portrays a defeated and frustrated Saviour. No wonder when the Charismatics see Jesus in their visions he is always crying and gloating over the lost souls in hell whom his blood was UNABLE to save. Continue reading
As I was preparing some articles for my blog, a very remarkable incident flashed through my mind and I decided to publish it here so that some of you can read it and wonder at the lunacy of the human race.
PDF version here for downloading: Be very careful with the Baptists
On Wednesday, 12th November, 2014, I was going for a conference in the Reformed Baptist Church at Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, when I ran into one of my menthors in the Pentecostal who I served for about 2 years, assisting him and going to programmes with him. He didn’t know of my conversion yet, because it had been long we saw each other, and he didn’t know the things that had transpired in my life of recent. He was a well known Evangelist in the whole of Eastern Nigeria and had been in ministry for over 36 years. Recently, he went to South Africa to establish a branch of his ministry there.
When he saw me, we exchanged greetings and asked about each other’s welfare. Then he asked me, “You are travelling, do you have a Crusade somewhere or are you going for a deliverance service?” I told him I was going for a 4-day conference in a Baptist church. Before I had finished pronouncing the words “bap-tis-t… chur-chy”, he shouted at me.
“Baptist church? To do what?”
Preached at the “Reformed Baptist Church”, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, on Sunday, 16th November 2014.
Text: Hebrews 11:13-16
I want to stir you up out of worldliness, and to show you that we are strangers, yea, pilgrims in this wicked world. It is paramount for us to remember that there is a heaven above us to win, a hell underneath our feet to stir clear off. Men and brethren, before us is a race to run (1 Corinthians 9:24), an imperishable crown to win, the robe of righteousness to wear, a Saviour to meet, and a hell to escape. This is why I say to you this morning that there is no place like home.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9,10).
Those were the words of the wisest man that ever trod this earth, eve the words of the Preacher. What he saw in his days were nothing different from what had been before him; and what we see in our own day is nothing different from what he saw in his own days. It is not a new thing that men willfully reject truth and choose lies. It is not a new thing that many are deceived by false prophets, and it is not a new thing that “there be few saved.”
A certain man shot a bow at a venture.
2 Chronicles 18:33 (KJV) And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
Ahab was a fool. He chose to despise God’s word and sound doctrine for fables. He didn’t think of the fatal consequences because he believed he was an expert warrior and knew how to disguise himself in the battle and slip out. He was a fool because he believed in chance and luck, and that by one way or the other he could elude God and escape judgment.
But a certain man drew a bow at a venture! The arrow did not hit a civilian nor any soldier but Ahab!
This is a warning to you my reader. When men think they can by chance, by one way or the other, escape God’s judgment, then God directs and controls all chance and luck to bring them into the same judgment. You cannot despise God’s laws and go unpunished. Those who despise sound doctrine for fables and visions from deluded prophets soon fall into God’s judgment.