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Month: April, 2017

Sovereign Grace Objection from a LSist – Part 1

>”Works salvation can consistently interpret this single passage (referring to Hebrews 12:14). So can Lordship Salvation. Non-Lordship cannot. Lordship is the only position that can handle both Ephesians 2 and Hebrews 12, both John 3 and 1 John 3, both Romans 4 and James 2. That’s why it was the standard defense for Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and the Puritans against the papists”

I’m going to deal with the apparent Ephesians 2 / Hebrews 12 dichotomy first. First, we need to hone in on the portion of the passage the objector is most likely referring. Let’s take a look.

Must be your typical 2:8-9 as a case against works in which case I agree. Might as well include 10 as a case against those Antinomians that would suppose gospel believers cannot have good works. (I prefer possess as such were assigned. Not as though we produced them by “cooperating” if it were.) He have them only as God ordains. May we praise Him as we walk in them.

*Ephesians 2King James Version (KJV)
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.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.*

Moving on, let’s take a look at the significant portion of Hebrews 12. Yea, the passage championed by the “Lordship” Salvationists throughout the lands. I use quotes because I believe they deny the LORD by not submitting to His righteousness as revealed in the gospel. May God open the eyes of His lost sheep in their midst.

*Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord*

They suppose this holiness is another type of holiness other than is positional in Christ. I assert they are wrong for that is the only holiness by which one will see that LORD and see this verse to have evangelical implications for the saints. We possess the holiness afforded us in Christ. The inevitable result of possessing this holiness is seeing the LORD no “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts”. It is not conditioned on the sinner but God’s eternal decree in election.

Having possessed this holiness, having passing from death to life, we are to follow peace that others may receive the same through preaching Christ and Him crucified. I have said in another place “The offense should be in the cross, not in your person”.

May we not be needlessly abrasive with folks getting snared into our own vanity by what we suppose to be clever wit. I have fallen into this snare and been humbled accordingly. It is not following peace and, when we do that, we care not for others knowing the holiness that is unto life eternal.

I touched on Hebrews 12:14 a bit with the following blog post:

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The Law Fulfilled in Love Galatians 5:13-14

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*Galatians 5:13-14 KJVS
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.*

May we be reminded that all the law for is fulfilled in love. Both believers and unbelievers produce works but only those of which have a basis in the Cross are accepted. Only the works that spring forth from the faith that God grants are good. From the surface, we cannot tell the difference but know the intentions of the heart.

Yes, this is why we do not judge based on works but we judge based on the gospel. Therefore, may we been keen to examine doctrine, even that which we hold, according to the Scriptures. May we exhort and instruct the fellow brethren in love. May we likewise receive sound counsel from our brothers and sisters with rejoicing.

May we grow in grace and knowledge and not look to our hands for assurance but may we look to the hand of God for each and every provision He makes which verily was ordained before the world began. Our may we watch as our salvation is worked out before our very eyes by God that is sovereign. We know that I our workings in faith it is Him that works in us both to will and to do.

*Philippians 2:12-13 KJVS
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. [13] For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.*

If our love is true, may we know it is because He first loved us. May His name be magnified in the gospel of His sovereign grace shown towards His saints who are perfected by ONE offering. Amen!

*1 John 4:19-21 KJVS
We love him, because he first loved us. [20] If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? [21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.*

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The Faith and Forgiveness of Matthew 9:2

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If we have been granted faith in Christ alone, our sins have been forgiven. This is past tense. The sick man could do nothing to heal himself, he knew it, had faith in the LORD, and was informed of the present reality of his sins being forgiven. This is a excellent picture of the gospel of grace.

If we think our sins require further repentence for justification, is their faith truly in Christ alone? Is this trusting in the cross of Christ satisfying the laws just requirement on it’s own or are we trusting in our merit to finish the job? Only one is the truth. May God give light.

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*Matthew 9:2 KJVS
And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.*

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