Pristine Grace

Reminiscing and Rejoicing
by Maurice Montgomery
Reminiscing and Rejoicing

    As I sit here in my study this 5th day of September, 2000, I recall when God first put me into the ministry. I soon found that the admonition of Jude, “Earnestly contend for that faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (vs. 3), to be a real, vital, and perpetual necessity. I found that in holding to “that faith,” I was opposed on every hand by numerous and varied “doctrines of devils.” In the zeal and ignorance of youth, I studied night and day, determined to have an answer to every opposer of the truth of my God. I read book, after book, after book! I studied Lapsarianism, Eschatology, Antitrinitarianism, Arminianism, Antinomianism, etc.; and every theory of Christ’s Atonement I could get my hands on (Christ’s atonement being the very heart of “that faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”).

    Sitting here today, 61 years of age, with great joy and peace of heart, I declare unto you by the Spirit and grace of God that the answer to every question raised against “that faith which was once delivered unto the saints” is found in “Jesus Christ and him crucified.” So I say unto you, Study the Gospel!  Study Jesus Christ and him crucified!  Study God’s eternal purpose of grace in Christ Jesus!  In doing so, dear believer, by the Spirit and grace of God you may deliver your soul from every false way, innumerable hours of misguided study, and much anxiety. “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To HIM be glory both now and forever. Amen.” (II Pet. 3:18). “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (II Pet. 1:2).