Pristine Grace

Gospel Distinctives
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For His Great Love Wherewith He Loved Us - Published on June 17, 2020
..."Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. " - Ephesians 2:3     It has been said our position regarding God's love of His people is wrong and that the elect are not truly justified in the eyes of God until they come to belief in the Gospel.  Some go even so far as to say that God's people are under...
Brandan Kraft
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Are Free-willers Brethren? - Published on June 9, 2020
..."Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, it is lawful. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still. And they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch. And he baptized him."  - Acts 8:37-38     Are free-willers brothers?  This is a question I see hotly debated on facebook - almost daily.  I've observed it for years now.  There are people that line up on...
Brandan Kraft
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The Blessedness of Predestinating Ability - Published on June 3, 2020
...    Hoyt, In our conversation recently, I drew further pleasant thoughts on the God-given blessing of the ability God gave to His creature, Man, in nature to predestinate. Along with the abilities to think rationally, to use his hands (having thumbs to grasp objects) to make and use tools, a speaking form of communication, He also has given the ability to predestinate. These powers separate man from all other of the lower creatures. Every one thinks; every one ...
Stanley C. Phillips
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Preserving Grace Before Regeneration - Published on May 27, 2020
...“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ.” - Jude 1     What a mercy it is for God’s people, that before they have a ‘vital union’ with Christ, before they are grafted into Him experimentally — they have an ‘eternal union’ with Him before all worlds. It is by virtue of this eternal union, that they come into the world at such a time,     at such a place,   &...
J.C. Philpot
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A Biblical View of Self - Published on May 21, 2020
..."I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." ...Romans 12:3     A friend who is a social worker asked this question several months ago, "Knowing what the Bible teaches about original sin and total depravity, how can I properly inspire the young men and women I deal with to cultivate a sense of sel...
Don Fortner
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Precious Death - Published on May 15, 2020
...“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” - Psalm 116:15     This is one of the many comforting and blessed statements in Holy Scripture concerning that great event from which the flesh so much shrinks. If the Lord’s people would more frequently make a prayerful and believing study of what the Word says upon their departure out of this world, death would lose much, if not all, of its terrors for them. But alas, instead of doing so, they l...
Arthur W. Pink
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Some Implications of Sovereign Grace - Published on May 13, 2020
...And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. - Exodus 33:19     Why do we use the double term sovereign grace? What does it mean and what is implied by the epithet 'sovereign' as attached to the term grace?     The answer is immediately at hand. The whole, so called Christian world professes to b...
Rolfe Barnard
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Glorious Savior - Published on May 6, 2020
...    A little over two thousand years ago the Son of God descended into this vile world so that someday we would ascend into that perfect world from which He came. He was made lower than the angels to raise us higher than the angels. He became a servant that we might be made kings and priests unto God. He was made sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. He became poor that we would become rich. He came to die in time, so that we would live with Him throughou...
Jim Byrd
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Are We Under the Ten Commandments? - Published on May 2, 2020
...    Recently I received a letter from a friend in another state asking me this question, "Are we under the ten commandments as a principle in our lives?" The answer to that question is most important to us all. Therefore, I will attempt to answer it publicly in this article.     Let me state emphatically that there is no sense in which the believer is under the law. We observe no covenant with the law, no ceremony of the law, and no commitment to the law. And we ...
Don Fortner
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Which Error is More Grievous? - Published on April 16, 2020
..."A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."  - Joh 13:34-35     Over the course of our walk in the Gospel the Lord puts in our way many friends and foes.   When we meet those we have agreement with, we recognize them as fellow heirs on our way to the Celestial City.  And part of o...
Brandan Kraft
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Pestilence in the Hand of God - Published on March 13, 2020
...   For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. Exodus 9:15-16    Unless a person has been marooned on a desert island, completely out of communication with society, there is no way that they could not have become acquainted with the latest re...
Mike McInnis
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The Two Ways Compared - Published on March 11, 2020
...    I received my sister's kind epistle; and have considered her numberless complaints, and the difficulty of her way. "That which is crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is wanting cannot be numbered," says Solomon.     If thou aim at holiness by the law, remember thou must be perfect in the flesh as well as spirit. The law is perfect; it will allow of no infirmities, no evil thoughts, no adulterous looks, no anger nor evil tempers, no fire to be ...
William Huntington
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Today's Gospel vs. The Gospel of Christ - Published on March 3, 2020
...Today's gospel emphasizes what man must do for God.   The gospel of Christ declares what God must do for man.  "Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:9) Today's gospel talks about missing hell and gaining heaven.  The gospel of Christ deals with being saved from sin (Matthew 1:18) and seeing the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6) Today's gospel starts with man, ends with man, and has the welfare of man as its central intent.  The gosp...
Jim Byrd
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They Could Not Believe - Published on February 21, 2020
..."Therefore they could not believe..." - John 12:39     What a sobering verse of God's word! A verse that speaks not about willingness but ability. These Jewish and Greek people gathered at Jerusalem with the religious leaders was affixed to Jesus has He had just entered the city. Palm branches and shouts of Hosanna were heard around the gate. The eyewitnesses that saw Jesus  raise Lazarus from the grave were were there bearing witness of his miracle. All eyes...
Mikal Smith
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The Impeccability of Christ - Published on February 13, 2020
...    We are living in a world of sin, and the fearful havoc it has wrought is evident on every side. How refreshing, then, to fix our gaze upon One who is immaculately holy, and who passed through this scene unspoilt by its evil. Such was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate. For thirty-three years He was in immediate contact with sin, yet He was never, to the slightest degree, contaminated. He touched the leper, yet was not defiled, even ceremonially. Just as the rays of the...
Arthur W. Pink
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Infralapsarianism : The Man Created for the Woman - Published on February 7, 2020
..."For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man". 1 Cor. 11:8-9     In infralapsarianism, the man (Christ) is created for the woman (church); not woman for the man.     One of the problems with infralapsarianism is that the Man (Christ) is made for the Woman (Church) and not visa versa (as it is in the Bible) and that only in light of the woman's failure to live by her wo...
Renat Ilyasov
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Repenting and Believing Depend Upon Salvation - Published on January 26, 2020
...    FAITHFUL sayings ought to be faithfully delivered; and if those who profess to be the servants of God would faithfully deliver this saying, "that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners," we should hear no more about His offering them salvation, or proposing salvation or putting them into a salvable state, and the like Popish nonsense.  He "came to save sinners."  Did He fulfil his errand - or did He not?  Did He fail ...
Joseph Irons
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Explanation of the Trinity - Published on January 25, 2020
...    I have always sought to express the three persons as follows. God has a single mind in the sense that one body of knowledge is known by God. That body of knowledge includes all true propositions, God's knowledge of them is the source of their veracity. However, there are three distinct views of that knowledge amongst the Godhead. This is a result of the activity of God. Ex. All of the members know the details of the cross, but only one of them knows it as 'i went to th...     Article Length: Short
The Flesh - Published on January 25, 2020
..."That which is born of the flesh is flesh." - John 3:6     There is no promise made that in this life, we shall be set free from the indwelling and the in-working of sin. Many think that their flesh is to become "progressively holier and holier"—that sin after sin is to be removed gradually out of the heart—until at last they are almost made perfect in the flesh. But this is an idle dream, and one which, sooner or later will be crudely and roughly bro...
J.C. Philpot
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A Universal Atonement Must Produce a Universal Salvation - Published on January 2, 2020
...    THAT CHRIST DIED, ALL AGREE — WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? — Here we find professing Christians DISAGREEING.     I HAVE ALWAYS argued in favor of the doctrine of substitutionary atonement, and that all for whom Christ died would be eternally saved. I have also taken the position that the death of Christ did not affect any others, only the elect ... Jesus Christ either satisfied the Law for sin, or else He made no atonement whatever. If He did make an atonement, i...
Lemeul Potter
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