Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watching out for wolves

Romans 16:17-20
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1.v. 17- Who are those who cause divisions and offenses but those who serve their own interests, contrary to THE DOCTRINE of Christ as taught in the Scriptures- 1 Corinthians 15:1-4? The apostle Paul defines THE DOCTRINE as that which declares the justification of sinners, in, by, and through the LORD Jesus Christ, accomplished once for all for God's elect when He finished His work on the cross- Romans 5:9-11. This is THE GOSPEL, of which the apostle Paul warned the Galatians not to be so soon turned away- Galatians 1:4-10. He also declared that it is to confound the grace of God, to preach a mixed message of grace plus, and not the exclusive finished work of the LORD Jesus at the cross- Galatians 2:21. When was every elect sinner justified and sanctified before God? AT THE CROSS- Hebrews 10:10,14. How was every elect sinner justified and sanctified before God? AT THE CROSS- Hebrews 1:3
2. v. 18- Only God knows and does judge the motives of a man's heart, but wolves are described as those who seek their own welfare, willing to compromise THE DOCTRINE of Christ that gives HIM the glory alone in creation, providence, salvation, and judgment. Self-serving preachers use good words and fair speeches to DECEIVE the hearts of the simple. Preying on souls, rather than pointing to the LORD Jesus alone as needy, helpless, lost sinners. Wolves run in packs, following each other to devour the ignorant, but thank God, they can never rob any of God's true sheep. Sheep flock together and perk up their ears for the voice of the Shepherd, and a stranger they will not follow.
3. v.. 19- Those taught by Christ's Spirit have but ONE OBEDIENCE by which they are known- the OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST. It is to His OBEDIENCE unto death that they owe their salvation alone- Romans 5:19, 2 Corinthians 10:5-"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
4. v. 20- Satan has already been bruised under the feet of Christ's redeemed and justified ones because their salvation was accomplished when Christ finished the work-John 12:31. He continues to go about like a roaring lion seeking whom He may devour, but the roar of a lion never hurt anyone. It might scare but those whom Christ redeemed and God the Father once for all declared righteous upon completion of Christ's work are as safe in Him as Christ Himself- John 10:28-30.
May the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ continue to be with each sinner for whom the LORD Jesus paid the debt and finished the work at Calvary. May we continue to have eyes for the LORD Jesus alone, regardless of the opposition to this narrow, exclusive DOCTRINE OF CHRIST as taught in Scripture. All GLORY to CHRIST Jesus alone.

Ken Wimer

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