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A Surety Found for Lost Sinners - Published on July 12, 2004
...Brethren, if I should compare the natural state of man, I would picture an immense graveyard filled with yawning graves and dying men. All around are lofty walls and massive iron gates. At the gate stands MERCY. An angel attracted by the awful sight exclaims, 'Mercy, why do you not enter that awful place and apply to these pitiful creatures your restoring balm?' Mercy replies, 'I dare not enter, for Justice bars the way.' By the side of Mercy stands the Son of God, who cries, 'Justice, what are ...
Christmas Evans
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The Gospel - Published on July 12, 2004
...The gospel is emphatically the ministration of mercy - the covenant of grace, "ordered in all things and sure - a goodly ship, freighted with the bread of life, and commanded by the Son of God, Who has steered into the harbor of our famishing world, and is dispensing the precious provision to needy sinners. These are "the sure mercies of David." The law is only a partial revelation of the Divine attributes, which, in the gospel, are all equally exhibited, and all equally glorified. Here, "Mercy...
Christmas Evans
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Varieties of Preaching - Published on July 12, 2004
...I perceive four strong men on their journey toward Lazarus' grave, for the purpose of raising him to life. One of them, who is eminent for his piety, says, "I will descend into the grave, and will take with me a bowl of the salt of duties, and will rub him well with the sponge of natural ability." He enters the grave, and commences his rubbing process. I watch his operations at a distance, and after a while inquire, "Well, are there any symptoms of life there? Does he arise, does he breathe, my ...
Christmas Evans
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It is Finished - Published on July 12, 2004
..."It is finished!" Go, ye heralds of salvation, into all the world and proclaim the joyful tidings! Cry aloud and spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet and publish to all men that the work of the cross is finished, that the great Mediator, "made perfect through sufferings," has become "the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;" "is of God made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption!" Go, teach the de-graded Pagan, the deluded Mohammedan, and the...
Christmas Evans
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The Ground of a Sinner's Justification - Published on July 12, 2004
...The perfect obedience of Christ, and His meritorious death, were both necessary as the ground of a sinner's justification. Neither would have been sufficient without the other. His obedience would not answer without His death; for the law which had been broken must be honored; and the penalty which had been incurred by the sinner must be endured by the Substitute. Neither would His death answer without His obedience; for it is the obedient, and not the punished, that the law justifies; he who ke...
Christmas Evans
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What's Wrong With the Question : "When Did You Come To The Doctrines of Grace?" - Published on July 12, 2004
...Before exposing the eternally fatal flaw of such a question, let me say uncategorically that I love all the truths defined in what is popularly known as the "doctrines of grace" or the "five points of Calvinism". I will say up front that all these wonderful truths stand or fall together and should be referred to as the doctrine of grace. Remove or deny any one of its points and grace is no longer grace. Show me a so-called four point Calvinist, and I will show you one who is trusting in the work...
Greg Elmquist
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Guilty but Forgiven - Published on July 12, 2004
...Suppose you had to stand as a defendant before a judge whose responsibility it was to enforce the law. You would hire the best advocate you could afford. Suppose you were guilty without any defense. You would plead for the courts mercy. Now, suppose you were an habitual offender that had committed nothing but crimes that were all so heinous they were punishable only by death. And, suppose the prosecutor, who had never lost a case, had such irrefutable evidence against you that your attorney coul...
Greg Elmquist
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Saying "Peace" when there is no Peace : Jer.6:14 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jer.6:14 Nothing has changed. The false prophets are still declaring peace when there is no peace. Notice they heal the hurt of the people `slightly'. Can you think of one time the Lord Jesus performed a miracle of healing that was anything less than total? No. When Christ speaks peace there is reason for rejoici...
Greg Elmquist
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Not Even an Accusation - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."-Romans 8:33 Believers know and understand that by Christ they are justified firom ALL things, from which they could not be justified by the law, (Acts 13:39). Justification is that act whereby God declares His elect righteous, by the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Representative. Because of Him, their sins are forgiven, and God the Father looks on them as if they had always obeyed. All this...
Greg Elmquist
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Unconditional Love? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."God is love" I John 4:8. He defines love. He is the source of all true love. Any 'love' that is inconsistent with His love is no love at all. So, where did man get the notion of "unconditional love"? Well, obviously from his perverted view of God. For the God that is, knows nothing of unconditional love. Our God loves Righteousness and hates iniquity, Heb. 1:9. The Lord loves The Righteous, Ps. 147:8. There is one huge condition on God's love...Absolute Perfect Righteousness. To say God loves a...
Greg Elmquist
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Don't Believe it, He's Not There - Published on July 12, 2004
...The twenty-forth Chapter of Matthew has been the source of much speculation by men trying to predict the time of the Lord's return. The tragic irony is that most of the discussion and debate has been by the very ones our Lord was warning us to avoid. Right in the middle of this glorious prophecy is a description of the "false christs" and "false prophets". In verse twenty-six, the Lord said, "if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth, behold he is in the secret chambe...
Greg Elmquist
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God's High Priest - Published on July 12, 2004
...Some time ago I spoke to a man who told me he was a member of the "Order of Melchizedek". He seemed to be very proud of the fact that his group had discovered some deep mystery that was known only to themselves. Their leaders had written some books that gave them insight into these lost ancient secrets. It was clear to me that this man was infatuated with a hard to pronounce name that had the sound of profundity. However, it was also clear that though he thought he understood all mysteries, he w...
Greg Elmquist
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Blood and Water : John 19:33-34 - Published on July 12, 2004
...But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.-John 19:33-34 God in His providence, would not allow any of the bones of His sinless Son to be broken. It was pictured in the Pascal Lamb (Num. 9:12) and prophesied in the Psalms (Ps. 34:20). There must be no doubt among us that Christ is not divided; nor can He be, or will He be, received in part. Our only...
Greg Elmquist
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Grace or Works? - Published on July 12, 2004
...And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.-Rom 11:6 Is the whole of our salvation accomplished by the finished work of our Holy Substitute? Or, is there something else that man can do to make himself more fit, qualified, holy, or otherwise more acceptable in the sight of God? Can man establish his righteousness more securely by his supposed performance of the law? Or, is the r...
Greg Elmquist
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Come... But you Can't - Published on July 12, 2004
...Is it contradictory to tell someone to come and drink from the River of Life freely, but then tell them they are unable? Should we just tell men to come to Christ and leave out the part about God's sovereign election and man's total inability? Many would say we are just confusing the message and restricting the free offer of salvation by telling men they can't come unless the Father makes them willing by His irresistible grace which is according to His will and good pleasure. Why is it necessary...
Greg Elmquist
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What DO we believe? - Published on July 12, 2004
...In times past some of us have recited what has been known as the "Apostles Creed" as a declaration of our faith. I have no interest in reviving this practice or writing an addendum to this document. But, I do want you to see that the very heart of the gospel is no where to be found in the content of this popular creed. The reason that everyone from Roman Catholics to reformed Presbyterians can agree with the statements contained in it is because the offense of the gospel is completely absent. So...
Greg Elmquist
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Where Does Grace Lead? - Published on July 12, 2004
...Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them holy. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn't provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused ...
Greg Elmquist
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The Words of a Dishonest Man - Published on July 12, 2004
...If what you are saying is true, then many of my family and friends are not saved. Worse yet, I could not have been saved when I thought I was. If the truth be known, the thing that really disturbs me about your gospel is, I may not be saved now. I am unwilling to consider any of those possibilities. I can not refute your position from scripture. The only way to prove that you are wrong and I am right, which I must do in order to shore up my shaky assurance, is to attack your motive and character...
Greg Elmquist
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Can God use Me? - Published on July 12, 2004
..."But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me ..." Acts 1:8 Why did God choose to use human instruments as His witnesses? Is it a denial of His power or His glory to say He always uses one man to communicate the gospel to another? Would He not be more glorified by using a more miraculous and unaided means to accomplish His purpose? Is God dependent on men to perform His will? Let me try to illustrate the answer to these questions. I...
Greg Elmquist
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In The Way : A Parable - Published on July 12, 2004
...A testimony to his exprience of a pastor who found his way. Suppose that you were planning to take your family on the trip of a lifetime. This particular excursion was a package deal you were going to enjoy with several other families you loved and delighted in spending time with. You knew, or at least thought, that the destination of your journey was to the south. Everyone joyfully secured their ticket, proceeded to the airport, and greeted the pilot while boarding the plane. Relaxing with ...
Greg Elmquist
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