The Crucifixion, Death, Burial, & Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Sovereignty of God in the Cross of Christ
The absolute perfection of Jesus Christ in his humanity is a testament to his . Only God, as a Man, can do that Jesus of Nazareth did in his (). In being an eternal and co-equal Person of the Godhead, the Son of God came into this world consciously committed to the predestined plan of redemption (). Jesus of Nazareth was willingly crucified according to (, ). Therefore, , the crucifixion of Jesus was not so much a against the Son of God as much as it was offering a sacrifice to absolve the crimes of mankind (). ().
The Atonement | The Sacrifice | The Propitiation | The Blood
We believe in of Christ (, ). We are reconciled to God by blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (, ). Jesus Christ is (, ). Herein, through the atonement, through faith in Jesus (). Through the richness of eternal blood shed by the Son of God (, , ), whom the Father supremely regards above all others (, , ), the Godhead is to forgive sinners when they come to the LORD by the Advocate (). By the grace of God in Christ we have this great salvation through the power of the Holy Spirit that is promised to all those who believe (, , ). This isn't .
The Holiness of God | The Unholiness of Men
Most men choose rather to by thinking of God as their and , but not as their . These are falsely converted professors of Christianity who idolize an imaginary "god" that suits their own lusts and yet they call him "jesus" (, ). These impostors and their unholy imaginary gods are contrary to the God of the Bible (). GOD IS HOLY (, ). God is unchangeably holy, just, harmless, pure, undefiled, honest, honorable, and sinless, and herein He is separate from unholy sinners (, , , ). Sinful men pervert and misrepresent the true character of God because they are naturally and increasingly averse to of judgment (, , , ).
Judgment defies the prized virtue of universal , and therefore men think it to be , which is why they would rather not think of God as a . They would rather think of Jesus as whose sole purpose of being incarnated is to bring peace on earth (). However, in doing so, they are rejecting the moral character of God; namely, that God sin and its existence. They celebrate "the Age of Grace" by disregarding and thereby they reject of God. Nevertheless, because God fallen mankind, He has provided a from sin and to Himself (, ).
Radical Depravity & the New Birth
Love authored a plan of that ultimately sin instead of tolerating its existence. Therefore, as due forewarning, John the Baptist declared on behalf of the Messiah: (). That's why a sinner must and lose it to save it (, , ). No flesh is permitted to glory in God's presence (, , ). Those who God must do so (). For, the carnal mind is enmity against God (). Mankind in his best estate is a enemy of God (). His most noble deeds are but filthy rags in the sight of God (). "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." (). Therefore, a must take place that is comparable to a (, ; , ).
Transformation | Devotion | Self-Denial | Abundant Life
This is a complete of the being (); and, hereby, we can understand why the only biblical lasts all day everyday (, , , )! However, sadly, "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts" (). Such men view dedication to God as a drudgery or some kind of religious ritualism (), when it's a living relationship with God in the unspeakable joy of obedience ()! IF ONLY MEN KNEW (). Therefore, I plead, don't be deceived by the "" that has been in our day ()! Understanding the true nature of conversion to Christ will compel men to ("And ye shall Me, and find Me, when ye shall for Me with all your heart." - ). Because Jesus Christ is worth it all - you will be compelled to give it all (, )!
Nevertheless, before a sinner is enabled to come to this discovery, he or she must be awakened to the fear God by a sense of and the shocking reality of (; , , )! Men must be made to life by thinking upon death (). Oh! Consider it, my reader,
Truth | Freedom from Sin | Deception | Confusion | The Law | Grace
Only those who come into with God's plan of salvation in Christ can freely enjoy its benefits. Therefore, here's the question: Do you desire a new heart () and a spiritual mind () that makes possible true repentance from sin and faith towards God (, )? THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE ()! However, most men to think that they love God (, ) even while they admit that they aren't free from sin (). Contrary to , false teachers people to think that "" is a freedom to sin instead of freedom from sin (). Or, they teach that "grace" allows for the pleasure of sin rather than forbidding it (, ). This is why it is essential to acquire .
Nearly everyone will openly profess himself to be a good person (, , ), even while enjoying the very things that God (, , ). Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands sure: "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (). For, in reality,
History | Your Story | Ritualism | Idolatry | Vital Reality With God
The historical exploits of Christ at the Cross in Death or at the Resurrection in Newness of Life cannot be impersonal and impractical to you as an individual. For, the Crucifixion, Death, Burial, & Resurrection of Christ are not promoted in Scripture as mere historical facts to fondly remember, nor should they be memorialized by golden emblems of jewelry or divers sorts of decoration, neither should anyone craft or paint conceptualized images of these events to dote upon (). All this only invigorates the problem. Given the opportunity, the human heart will be inspired to pretentiously respond to Christ in religious fervor through dead ritualism (). Even from an intellectual perspective this is a problem (). For, you may not be prone to commit such sins physically and exteriorly, but you can still act in the same hollow and idolatrous way intellectually, meditatively, and sacramentally.
All that matters is if you are truly communing with the Spirit of God in your religious devotions (, , , ; ). Perhaps you don't bow before a relic or kneel before an emblem of a Cross like Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy. Or, perhaps you don't find religious serenity in a stately building of aesthetic appeal. Nevertheless, you can ritualistically practice the values and devotions of hollow protestant evangelicalism just like these people do in Catholicism. You can be completely void of the Spirit and acquiesce in a greater sense of "holiness" simply because you religiously read the Bible, all the while you don't truly have communion with God through the Bible (). Charles Spurgeon and Leonard Ravenhill spoke on this issue to warn the graceless parishioners of their day, saying,
"...I may know all the Doctrines in the Bible, but unless I know Christ, there is not one of them that can save me!" - Charles Spurgeon
Church History | The Puritans | The Reformers | Sola Scriptura
Even so, my reader, you can study the teachings of the Puritans with great admiration for their passion and wisdom, even while you stand outside (i.e. the Body of Christ) as one ritualistically looking at things you haven't personally experienced. This is the shocking reality for the vast majority of who study . Meditatively and you can act in the same hollow and ritualistic way as the Catholics do in their choice of genre in "worship". As , you can the Puritans and Reformers just like the Catholics do "the Saints", the Popes, and ; and, if this is the case, you will and anathematize anyone who would dare to question the puritanical interpretation of things. This is oppression. Redeemed men are hereby reduced into a state of false humility wherein is regularly quenched and despised.
Herein, there is a growing sense that we cannot understand the Bible without being immersed in the Doctrines of the Reformation. Albeit, this is a deviation from the that empowered the Reformers to withstand the ecclesiastical rulers of their day, crying, . Even so, my reader, you can to the ecclesiastical leaders of the modern Church and zealously promote the ministries of celebrity preachers, even though you aren't truly celebrating Christ or benefiting the Body of Christ.
The Apostles' Doctrine: The Crucifixion, Death, & Burial of Jesus Christ
would fasten the eyes of earnest disciples upon "the Apostles' Doctrine" (). For, the apostles didn't speak about the Crucifixion, Death, Burial, & Resurrection of Christ as an impersonal thing of the past. They didn't treat these exploits of Christ as intellectual subjects of history limited to time and strictly personal to Christ. Rather, by faith, and herein through the quickening power of the Holy Spirit, these exploits of Christ are to each and every believer. These exploits were accomplished completely and perfectly in the past, but we experience the transcending power of these acts at present as true believers. Christ accomplished redemption. Period. All of our hope resides in . Period. Notwithstanding, that's exactly why our reception of redemption does mystically and personally enjoin us to Christ's person and work.
A true believer in the Crucifixion & Death of Christ of old is vitally joined to this work personally insomuch that he is "crucified with Christ" at present (). The evidence of true faith in the Cross of Christ is a . When Paul spoke of " of our Lord Jesus Christ", he was boasting in a personal experience of freedom wrought out in his own life, in declaring, "...by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" (). Therefore, no one should suppose they are truly glorifying God for the work of Christ at the Cross of Calvary ("But God forbid that I should glory..." - ) without personally undergoing the Baptism of Death that Jesus experienced in dying for our sins and rising again for our justification. Do you suppose that you glorify God for the Death of Christ? You must be "baptized into His death" (). You must be "planted together in the likeness of His Death" (). Do you believe Christ died for Sinners? You must be "dead with Christ" in order to be saved from your sins (). Do you suppose you glorify God for the Burial of Christ? You must be "buried with Him by baptism into death" ().
The Apostles' Doctrine: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Even so, do you suppose you glorify God for of Christ? The same question applies in every phase of the Gospel. For, by virtue of being vitally joined to the Crucifixion, Death, & Burial of Christ, one is also joined to Christ in His . This is plain and pure Apostolic Doctrine described in . "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His Death, we shall be also in the likeness of His Resurrection" (). If you are truly "dead with Christ" then you will also "live with Him" in the power of His Resurrection to personally taste and see the victory of Jesus over death and hell (, , , , , , ). This is what Paul calls, "Newness of Life" (). This is the only means that mankind can be "freed from sin" (). To be vitally joined to the Life that Jesus "liveth unto God" is the only means of practical, personal, and actual redemption from the penalty and power of sin (). In other words, this is a .
Accordingly, this operation of redemption is a (, , ), a successful of the Old Man and a of the New Man that is created in righteousness and true holiness (, ). A real of the soul takes place by the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, and thus the man who was dead to God and alive in sin is made to die to sin and live unto God. Herein, the eyes of lost sinners are at once allowed to spiritually behold the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ (, , , ), and suddenly all of what Christ has done becomes personal, powerful, and life changing (, )! Suddenly, and instantly, the lost man is .
Looking Unto Jesus | Present-Progressive Salvation
However, in truly - and therein being converted through the glory of the Crucifixion, Death, Burial, & Resurrection of Jesus Christ - newborn disciples must learn the importance of so as to experience the "grace" of this redemption steadfastly and without intermission (, ). If one is positionally sanctified in Christ through conversion, one must "work out" this sanctification by walking in Christ (); and, this walking in Christ is a present-progressive experience of through the power of the Cross (, , ); a present-progressive experience of through the power of the Resurrection (, , , , , ); a present-progressive of the Spirit that appropriates the of the Gospel in real time (, , , , , , , ; , , , , , ) to the Old Man and the New Man (, ; , ; , ; ).
This is the Normal Christian Life according to the Bible (). This experience is the promise and appropriation of what Christ has in . This is what Christ is at present in true believers through the freeness of God's grace () being showered upon us abundantly () at the cost of finished at the Cross (; , , ). In other words, this is a experience of . However, sadly, many people don't experience this because they have been to think that Revival is an optional and superior form of spirituality that isn't required of all true Christians. Nevertheless, I must tell you: .
The Apostles' Doctrine: Salvation in the Past, Present, & Future
Christians have been , are being saved, and will be saved. Herein, salvation is past, present, and future. Christians have been saved through conversion to Christ (, , , , , , , , , ; , , , , , ; , ), are being saved through sanctification in Christ (, , , , , , , , , , , , ), and will be saved by persevering until death or the coming of in of Christ (, , ; ; , , ; , ; , , ; ; , , ).
In this sense, is past, present, and future. For, the work of Christ in the atonement was finished at Calvary (), but our faith in the atonement making possible conversion, sanctification, and ultimate glorification in is still unfinished (). Therefore, as believers, our only hope of persevering in salvation until the time when Christ will say, "It is done" (), is by with God right now by faith because, Christ said, "It is finished" (). This plot of redemption that takes place between these two points in time has everything to do with salvation and the Gospel.
The Apostles' Doctrine: Revival | Sanctification | Perfection
Personally losing sight of the Gospel in all of its phases of glory has a blinding effect upon the soul (). In hopes that the believers of the 1st Century would avoid the peril of this blindness, Peter said, (, ). For, all such are in serious danger. Through this deviation they have veered off the Narrow Way (). Entering the Gate through conversion to Christ isn't enough; one must then keep the faith by walking the Narrow Way (). This is to keep faith in Jesus Christ, because He is "the Way" (). Literally, all our hope is in Jesus Christ both now and forever (). The Narrow Way is the experience of as described in the terms formerly outlined in accordance with Apostolic Doctrine. This is not an affront to the power and sufficiency of salvation in Christ; for, it was for lack of in Christ that these souls swerve from the Narrow Way.
Upon conversion to Christ the newborn believer is saved and before God in the beauties of through the robes of Christ's righteousness. For, in Christ, the newly saved man is (, ), (, ), (, , , , ), and (, , ). I repeat, this is not an affront to Jesus Christ. For, it is when redeemed men refuse to in Christ that their perfection is compromised and they become blamable, blemished, and unholy through a loss of faith in the Gospel.
Worthiness | Fallen From Grace | Revival
Such men are not ready to stand before God on Judgment Day (). In this inglorious condition they are simply wretched and to God (, , , ). They are rendered for their defiance of . Jesus Christ died for "a glorious Church" and this isn't it (). It is simply unacceptable for the Church to fall short of the divinely imposed standards of in holiness and glory (, , ). Fearfully, this is what it means to be " from grace" (). In dread terror of this (), the apostle Paul warned the believers at Corinth, saying, (). Legally (), and in many ways spiritually (), this is a condition of spiritual death (). .
To be revived from this condition, or to experience a personal , this would literally and spiritually mean that the individual is wrought upon by grace . That's simply what the word revival means. To deny such things is to embrace an outlook of undue optimism and concerning one's personal on the Narrow Way (, , , , ). This is a blatant denial of the teachings of Jesus concerning the two mutually exclusive fates of that are connected to (). We are warned not to be so fearless (, , ) before the superior greatness of Jesus Christ, the one and only (, ).
The Church | Spiritual Darkness | The Glory of God | Persecution
The Church is in all ages and Covenants. The Church is the Body of Christ. Therefore, there are implications to its poor and miserable estate (). Lamenting of this, said, "There is no greater tragedy than a sick Church in a dying world!". We can be sure that the Lord isn't coming back for a , , and (). Right? Yet, is coming quickly. As a witness against the Church, the of is prevailing upon this generation. The Church is at a loss and without prevailing . She is adulterously by the world and thereby robbed of true . The of God are (, ). Therefore, following among the Churches of the 1st Century (), those who are truly burdened for the Church are bound to be by it in times of backsliding. This kind of is inevitable today when the very meaning of has been altered to allow for fearless backsliders to continue on the path of destruction.
False doctrines as these allow for a culture of contagious hypocrisy to flourish in the Church (, , ; ). Ere long true sincerity becomes an illusive figment of imaginary ideals while sarcastic voices stand by and scorn the existence of biblical testimony (; ). What more can be said but... "Ichabod"(). Evidently, has from the Church. This is the ultimate goal of the Father of Lies as he works to steal the hearts of true Christians (, , ). For, a loss of the in this way among true Christians isn't just the compromise of individuals (); worst case scenario, the spiritual essence (the Candlestick) that legitimizes a local Church is removed from the earth (). All that's left is .
Earnestly Contending for the Faith | Embracing Tribulation
This is a failure to emphasize "the Christ" of Christianity in how the spirituality of true communion with God is mutually experienced by all believers. This is a promotion of "" - a shocking offence that profanes the purity and power of . Likewise, this is a failure to emphasize "the Cross" of Christianity. The cross-less "Christians" of today are having their ears tickled with the idea that is uncommon and extraordinary when in reality (). This is the promotion of "" - a shocking offence that allows to flirtatiously while the backsliders feel justified in a lifestyle void of (). This is a , powerless, and "Christianity" that is popular with the world (). Like a wolf in sheep's clothing this "Christianity" is damning souls and populating hell. Fearfully, "The fastest way to hell is down the center isle of the average Church." (). Therefore, we should labor to of true Christianity instead of aimlessly waiting for a brief season of "" that comes and goes, and doesn't come back for another 50 years.
True must stand up and stand out, even if they are (, , ). will always with hate (). The glorious reality of must return to the Church (). Only a militantly focused Church is a prepared for Marriage (). The silent toleration of a modern day simply cannot continue (). Those who are right with God must not be marginalized and silenced (). Lukewarmness must not be allowed to any longer ()! The cold and murderous of lukewarmness must be seen for what it is in . For, humble unto God has been replaced by preachers who are uncharitable, tribalistic, and pharisaical in the name of theological purity (). They rule by their means and the people love to have it so ().
A contagious lack of spreads among the common people as those in honor prefer each one's personal reputation in their pursuit of progress. The prevails inwardly while the spiritual abuses of power abound through an oppressive force of taking preeminence above justice, impartiality, , and the fear of God (, ). At such a time, the remnant of right-standing believers must learn to be and courageous in the . As mounts and increases, we must remain , sincere, and defiant of hypocrisy and . Like our apostolic forefathers, whose ways were in Christ, we must with the ().
Hope | Comfort | Restoration | Sovereign Mercy
Many true believers seek to hold out and stand strong against the growing influx of apostasy in the Church and over time they become discouraged. Loneliness and sorrow increase as the violators of biblical truth are promoted among the ranks of Christendom. The temptation can be to calm the fire and sheath the sword of salvific truth. Sorry attempts will be made to get along with backsliders who feel at . A pervading sense of disbelief and failure can break the heart and nearly extinguish the lamp of one's first love. To all such hurting persons, I plead: (). Cast yourself wholly upon even while the multitudes of every divergent sector of Christianity does turn aside.
My plea is for the who have been compromised and overcome by the likes of those who are settled in and happy in this world (), remember that . God will yet again give you that you need to keep the faith in the beauties of holiness until the very end. There remains for the remnant of the Last Days.
The LORD will and empower all those who sigh and cry for all the abominations of the Church (). Recommit yourself to the LORD without hesitation or reserve as you once did () and the LORD will renew your . Call upon God as you (), and then your life for eternity until death. Renew your and climb out of . The plans of are yet to unfold before the eyes of this generation to the shock and astonishment of all mankind.