The “Parts” of Salvation

We’re going to explore the role the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and Man play in salvation. We’ll use John 3:16 as our text.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

THE PART GOD THE FATHER PLAYS
“God so loved the world…”

Our salvation is motivated by the Father’s love for us.

When my wife and I decided to start a family the purpose was to have children that we could love and who would love us. In the same way God created us so that He could love us and we could love Him.

God made you in His image so that He could enjoy you (Colossians 1:16). He doesn’t just love us collectively, but individually. He knows when you stand up or sit down and knows your every thought. He lovingly knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139). And He calls us His children (Matthew 6:26). “How great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God” (1 John 3:1).

But we’ve sinned and are separated from Him (Romans 3:23, 6:23). God is not only a loving God, He’s also a just God and so He declared that the price for sinning would be death (Romans 6:23).

But true love isn’t just expressed through words, it’s also (and more importantly) expressed through actions. And so God set forth a plan that would restore the relationship between Him and His creation. He would offer creation a pardon and at the same time prove how great His love for us is.

strong>THE PART GOD THE SON PLAYS
“…He gave His only begotten Son…”

So how could God satisfy the price of sin and, at the same time, offer a pardon? He would pay the penalty Himself. God the Son — Jesus Christ — the image of the invisible God, motivated by love, came to be an offering for our sins (Colossians 1:15; John 15:13; Romans 3:24-26)

He came as both God and Man (John 1:1,14). He had to be a Man because death was the penalty He came to pay and God cannot die. And He had to be God because when a human dies he dies for his own sin and only One who is sinless can pay for the sins of another.

The Father showed the world that Jesus’ sacrifice was accepted as payment for our sins when He raised Him from the grave (1 Corinthians 15:4). Our sins have been paid for. The gap between God and Man has been bridged. Without Jesus there is no salvation and our faith is worthless (1 Corinthians 15-19). He is our salvation (Luke 2:29) and the only way to the Father. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

It brings to mind the great hymn in which we sing:

“What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

How do you know you have value? How do you know God really loves you? You know because He gave the most valuable possession He had in exchange for a relationship with you – the life of His Son and our savior Jesus Christ.

THE PART MAN PLAYS
“…whoever believes in Him should not perish…”

Whoever believes in Jesus, whoever accepts His death on the cross as payments for their sins, will go to heaven. There’s no work on our part that’s needed. Our work is sinful and is what separated us from God in the first place (Romans 3:23). Salvation is a free gift from God and we call that gift “grace”.

“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

To receive grace means to receive undeserved favor.

And again, “We have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:2)

In other words, God send us grace through faith the same way we use the internet to send you this bible study. The internet acts as a road in which this study can travel to your computers. Faith acts as a road in which grace can travel into your heart.

Or maybe Charles Spurgeon explained it best when he described faith as “believing that Christ is what He is said to be [our Savior], and that He will do what He has promised to do [forgive us our sins and give us eternal life if we believe in Him], and then to expect this of Him.

Grace is offered to the whole world but only given to those who ask for it. Man’s part in salvation is simply to accept God’s grace.

“Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see his face,
will you this moment his grace receive?”

THE PART GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT PLAYS
“…but have everlasting life”

We have placed the Holy Spirit at the end of our study but He also belongs in the beginning because it’s the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our sin and need for a Savior (John 16:8)

So the Father sends the Son. The Son pays for our sins, and the Holy Spirit convicts us to accept the Son as our Savior. Through faith we accept Jesus. Now what?

Now the Holy Spirit comes back into our lives this time to apply salvation to the believer.
The Holy Spirit lives within the believer (1 Corinthians 6:19), causes our sinful nature to be born again (Titus 3:5), baptizes us into the family of God (1 Corinthians 12:13), helps us to understand the Bible (1 Corinthians 2:9-13), guides us (Romans 8:14), strengthens our faith (Ephesians 3:16-19), and serves as the guarantee of our salvation (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Faith, What Is It?

Faith is the simplest of all things, and perhaps because of its simplicity it is the more difficult to explain. What is faith? It is made up of three things—knowledge, belief, and trust.

KNOWLEDGE…

Knowledge comes first. “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Romans 10:14). I want to be informed of a fact before I can possibly believe it. “Faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17); we must first hear, in order that we may know what is to be believed. “Those who know your name will trust in you” (Psalm 9:10)

A measure of knowledge is essential to faith; hence the importance of getting knowledge. “Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live” (Isaiah 55:3). Such was the word of the ancient prophet, and it is the word of the gospel still.

Search the Scriptures and learn what the Holy Spirit teaches concerning Christ and His salvation. Seek to know God: “For he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). May the Holy Spirit give you the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of the Lord! Know the gospel: know what the good news is, how it talks of free forgiveness, and of change of heart, of adoption into the family of God, and of countless other blessings.

Know especially Christ Jesus the Son of God, the Savior of men, united to us by His human nature, and yet one with God; and thus able to act as Mediator between God and man, able to lay His hand upon both, and to be the connecting link between the sinner and the Judge of all the earth.

Endeavor to know more and more of Christ Jesus. Endeavor especially to know the doctrine of the sacrifice of Christ; for the point upon which saving faith mainly fixes itself is this— “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Know that Jesus was “made a curse for us, as it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). Drink deep of the doctrine of the substitutionary work of Christ; for there lies the sweetest possible comfort to the guilty sons of men, since the Lord “made him to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Faith begins with knowledge.

BELIEF…

The mind goes on to believe that these things are true. The soul believes that God is, and that He hears the cries of sincere hearts; that the gospel is from God; that justification by faith is the grand truth which God has revealed in these last days by His Spirit more clearly than before.

Then the heart believes that Jesus is verily and in truth our God and Savior, the Redeemer of men, the Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All this is accepted as sure truth, not to be called in question. I pray that you may at once come to this. Get firmly to believe that “the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son, cleanse us from all sin” (1 John 1:7); that His sacrifice is complete and fully accepted of God on man’s behalf, so that he that believe on Jesus is not condemned. Believe these truths as you believe any other statements; for the difference between common faith and saving faith lies mainly in the subjects upon which it is exercised. Believe the witness of God just as you believe the testimony of your own father or friend. “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater” (1 John 5:9).

TRUST…

So far you have made an advance toward faith; only one more ingredient is needed to complete it, which is trust. Commit yourself to the merciful God; rest your hope on the gracious gospel; trust your soul on the dying and living Savior; wash away your sins in the atoning blood; accept His perfect righteousness, and all is well.

Trust is the lifeblood of faith; there is no saving faith without it. The Puritans were accustomed to explain faith by the word “recumbency.” It meant leaning upon a thing. Lean with all your weight upon Christ. It would be a better illustration still if I said, fall at full length, and lie on the Rock of Ages. Cast yourself upon Jesus; rest in Him; commit yourself to Him.

That done, you have exercised saving faith. Faith is not a blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation. That is one way of describing what faith is.

Let me try again. Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.

– Charles Spurgeon

Why Are We Saved By Faith?

Why is faith selected as the channel of salvation?

No doubt this inquiry is often made. “By grace are ye saved through faith,” is assuredly the doctrine of Holy Scripture, and the ordinance of God; but why is it so? Why is faith selected rather than hope, or love, or patience?

FAITH WAS CREATED TO BE THE RECEIVER OR GRACE…

Suppose that I am about to give a poor man some money: I put it into his hand—why? Well, it would hardly be fitting to put it into his ear, or to lay it upon his foot; the hand seems made on purpose to receive. So, in our mental frame, faith is created on purpose to be a receiver: it is the hand of the man, and there is a fitness in receiving grace by its means.

Do let me put this very plainly. Faith which receives Christ is as simple an act as when your child receives an apple from you, because you hold it out and promise to give him the apple if he comes for it. The belief and the receiving relate only to an apple; but they make up precisely the same act as the faith which deals with eternal salvation. What the child’s hand is to the apple, that your faith is to the perfect salvation of Christ.

The child’s hand does not make the apple, nor improve the apple, nor deserve the apple; it only takes it; and faith is chosen by God to be the receiver of salvation, because it does not pretend to create salvation, nor to help in it, but it is content humbly to receive it. “Faith is the tongue that begs pardon, the hand which receives it, and the eye which sees it; but it is not the price which buys it.” Faith never makes herself her own plea, she rests all her argument upon the blood of Christ. She becomes a good servant to bring the riches of the Lord Jesus to the soul, because she acknowledges where she drew them from, and owns that grace alone entrusted her with them.

FAITH GIVE ALL THE GLORY TO GOD…

Faith, again, is doubtless selected because it gives all the glory to God. It is of faith that it might be by grace, and it is of grace that there might be no boasting; for God cannot endure pride. “The proud he knoweth afar off,” and He has no wish to come nearer to them. He will not give salvation in a way which will suggest or foster pride. Paul saith, “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Now, faith excludes all boasting. The hand which receives charity does not say, “I am to be thanked for accepting the gift”; that would be absurd.

When the hand conveys bread to the mouth it does not say to the body, “Thank me; for I feed you.” It is a very simple thing that the hand does though a very necessary thing; and it never arrogates glory to itself for what it does. So God has selected faith to receive the unspeakable gift of His grace, because it cannot take to itself any credit, but must adore the gracious God who is the giver of all good. Faith sets the crown upon the right head, and therefore the Lord Jesus puts the crown upon the head of faith, saying, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

FAITH LINKS MAN WITH GOD…

Next, God selects faith as the channel of salvation because it is a sure method, linking man with God. When man confides in God, there is a point of union between them, and that union guarantees blessing. Faith saves us because it makes us cling to God, and so brings us into connection with Him. I have often used the following illustration, but I must repeat it, because I cannot think of a better. I am told that years ago a boat was upset above the falls of Niagara, and two men were being carried down the current, when persons on the shore managed to float a rope out to them, which rope was seized by them both.

One of them held fast to it and was safely drawn to the bank; but the other, seeing a great log come floating by, unwisely let go the rope and clung to the log, for it was the bigger thing of the two, and apparently better to cling to. Alas! the log with the man on it went right over the vast abyss, because there was no union between the log and the shore. The size of the log was no benefit to him who grasped it; it needed a connection with the shore to produce safety. So when a man trusts to his works, or to sacraments, or to anything of that sort, he will not be saved, because there is no junction between him and Christ; but faith, though it may seem to be like a slender cord, is in the hands of the great God on the shore side; infinite power pulls in the connecting line, and thus draws the man from destruction. Oh the blessedness of faith, because it unites us to God!

FAITH TOUCHES THE SPRINGS OF ACTION…

Faith is chosen again, because it touches the springs of action. Even in common things faith of a certain sort lies at the root of all. I wonder whether I shall be wrong if I say that we never do anything except through faith of some sort. If I walk across my study it is because I believe my legs will carry me. A man eats because he believes in the necessity of food; he goes to business because he believes in the value of money; he accepts a check because he believes that the bank will honor it. Columbus discovered America because he believed that there was another continent beyond the ocean; and the Pilgrim Fathers colonized it because they believed that God would be with them on those rocky shores.

Most grand deeds have been born of faith; for good or for evil, faith works wonders by the man in whom it dwells. Faith in its natural form is an all-prevailing force, which enters into all manner of human actions. Possibly he who derides faith in God is the man who in an evil form has the most of faith; indeed, he usually falls into a credulity which would be ridiculous, if it were not disgraceful. God gives salvation to faith, because by creating faith in us He thus touches the real mainspring of our emotions and actions. He has, so to speak, taken possession of the battery and now He can send the sacred current to every part of our nature.

When we believe in Christ, and the heart has come into the possession of God, then we are saved from sin, and are moved toward repentance, holiness, zeal, prayer, consecration, and every other gracious thing. “What oil is to the wheels, what weights are to a clock, what wings are to a bird, what sails are to a ship, faith is to all holy duties and services.” Have faith, and all other graces will follow and continue to hold their course.

FAITH HAS THE POWER OF WORKING BY LOVE…

Faith, again, has the power of working by love; it influences the affections toward God, and draws the heart after the best things. He that believes in God will beyond all question love God. Faith is an act of the understanding; but it also proceeds from the heart. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness”; and hence God gives salvation to faith because it resides next door to the affections, and is near akin to love; and love is the parent and the nurse of every holy feeling and act. Love to God is obedience, love to God is holiness. To love God and to love man is to be conformed to the image of Christ; and this is salvation.

FAITH CREATES PEACE AND JOY…

Moreover, faith creates peace and joy; he that hath it rests, and is tranquil, is glad and joyous, and this is a preparation for heaven. God gives all heavenly gifts to faith, for this reason among others, that faith worketh in us the life and spirit which are to be eternally manifested in th e upper and better world. Faith furnishes us with armor for this life, and education for the life to come. It enables a man both to live and to die without fear; it prepares both for action and for suffering; and hence the Lord selects it as a most convenient medium for conveying grace to us, and thereby securing us for glory.

Certainly faith does for us what nothing else can do; it gives us joy and peace, and causes us to enter into rest. Why do men attempt to gain salvation by other means? An old preacher says, “A silly servant who is bidden to open a door, sets his shoulder to it and pushes with all his might ; but the door stirs not, and he cannot enter, use what strength he may. Another comes with a key, and easily unlocks the door, and enters right readily. Those who would be saved by works are pushing at heaven’s gate without result; but faith is the key which opens the gate at once.” Reader, will you not use that key?

The Lord commands you to believe in His dear Son, therefore you may do so; and doing so you shall live. Is not this the promise of the gospel, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved”? (Mark 16:16). What can be your objection to a way of salvation which commends itself to the mercy and the wisdom of our gracious God?

– By Charles Sprugeon

Jesus Christ – Portrait Of The Savior

As Christians we have made a decision to follow Jesus. So we’ve put together a collection of scriptures that paint a picture of who Jesus is. We will use nothing but the Bible and hear from Jesus friends as well as His foes. Our goal is to help you obtain a greater understanding of who Jesus is by reading these (and other) verses. There are plenty of verses that weren’t include because of space so I encourage you to use the ones we’ve included as a sort of “starting point” in your effort to know Jesus better.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever”
– Hebrews 13:6

JESUS IS GOD…

Philip said to Him, “Lord show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long and yet you have not seen Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”
– Jesus, claiming He is God. (John 14:8-9)

“I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of these do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make yourself God.”
– The Jewish people who wanted to kill Jesus because He was claiming to be God. (John 10:30-33)

“Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
– Jesus, on how He knew Abraham (John 8:58)

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which means, God with us.”
– An angel talking to Mary (Matthew 1:23)

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
– Isaiah, describing Jesus (Isaiah 9:6)

“And Thomas answered and said to Him [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!”
– Thomas after realizing Jesus is God (John 20:28)

JESUS COMFORTS US…

“Come to Me all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
– Jesus’ invitation to you (Matthew 11:28)

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
– Jesus’ word to those who follow Him (John 14:27)

“Casting all your cares upon Him; because He cares for you.”
– Peter, giving us advice (1 Peter 5:7)

“So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? Or what shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these thing will be given to you as well.”
– Jesus, talking about worrying about life’s problems (Matthew 6:31-33)

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
– John, describing heaven (Revelation 21:4)

JESUS PREFORMES MIRACLES…

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, Quiet! Be still! Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? They were terrified and asked each other, Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”
– Jesus, calming a storm (Mark 4:39-41)

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man, I am willing, He said, Be clean! Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”
– Jesus, healing a man of leprosy (Matthew 8:2-3)

“The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen just as He said.”
– An angel, talking to two women at Jesus’ empty grave (Matthew 28:5-6)

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
– John, talking about Jesus many works (John 21:25)

JESUS IS OUR BEST FRIEND….

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this; that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
– Jesus, talking to all of us that are His friends (John 15:12-14)

“But God commanded His love towards us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”
– Paul, talking about how much the Lord loves us (Romans 5:8-9)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
– John, with the best news ever told! (John 3:16-17)

JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR…

“Look! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
– John the Baptist, introducing Jesus (John 1:29)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.”
– Paul, on why Jesus dies for us (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Paul, on how God shows us He loves us (Romans 5:8)

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? They replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”
– Paul, explaining how to become saved from judgment (Acts 16:30-31)

JESUS IS THE TRUTH…

“grace and truth come through Jesus Christ.”
– John in his description of Jesus (John 1:17)

“If you hold to My teachings, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
– Jesus, talking to His followers (John 8:31)

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
– Jesus, claiming to be the Truth (John 14:6)

JESUS KNOWS EVERYTHING…

“And even the very hairs of your head are numbered”
– Jesus, talking about how well knows you (Matthew 10:30)

“I know your works. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My name.”
– Jesus, reviewing everything that the Church has done (Revelation 3:8)

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending.”
– Jesus, telling us He knows the beginning of history as well as He knows its ending (Revelation 1:8)

JESUS WILL JUDGE THE WICKED…

“Then I saw a great White Throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and the books were open. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
– John, describing how Jesus will judge those who have not asked for His forgiveness (Revelation 20:11-12,14-15)

JESUS FORGIVES US…

“For they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the Lord, For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
– Jesus, talking about the new covenant He would make when He died on the cross (Jeremiah 31:34)

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said, Friend, your sins are forgiven”
– Jesus, forgiving a man of his sins (Luke 5:20)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
– John, on how to be forgiven (1 John 1:9)

JESUS WILL COME AGAIN…

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with Me so that you also may be where I am.”
– Jesus, promising to return for His followers (John 14:2-3)

“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that we, who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words.”
– Paul, on our great hope that Jesus will soon return (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

The Armor of God

Pr 20:18 (NIV) Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.

The purpose of this Bible Study is to consider and meditate on the Scriptural meaning of each piece of the armor of God, so that we might stand firm in the battles of life.

Eph 6:10-17 (NIV) …Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Why Spiritual Armor?

Rom 13:12 (NIV) The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Jer 46:3-4 (NIV) “Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle! Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armour!”

1 Cor 14:8 (GLT) For if a trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will get himself ready for war?

Stand!

Luke 21:36 (NIV) “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Mal 3:2 (NAS) But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears?..

1 Cor 10:12-13 (NIV) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Jude 1:24 (Wey) But to Him who is able to keep you safe from stumbling, and cause you to stand in the presence of His glory free from blemish and full of exultant joy…

Jas 4:7 (NAS) Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The Belt of Truth

Eph 6:14 (NRS) …fasten the belt of truth around your waist…

Isa 11:5 (NIV) Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist.

Ex 12:11 (NIV) This is how you are to eat it [the passover lamb]: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand…

1 Kings 18:46 (NIV) The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Eph 4:25 (NKJ) Therefore, put away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor.”

Ray Stedman: “No Christian has the right to a private life. Our lives are to be lived openly before all men, transparent, a spectacle unto all the world. We have no private lives and we must not expect to have. This is basically and fundamentally wrong. Christians are to be demonstrations of the truth.”

John 4:24 (NIV) “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

Col 3:8-10 (NIV) But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

2 Th 2:10 (NIV) …They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

Isa 59:16-17 (NAS) …Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head…

Ex 28:15 (NIV) “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions… Make it like the ephod…”

1Ki 3:9 (NIV) So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.

Ps 94:15 (NIV) Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

Pr 2:7-8 (NIV) He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.

Php 3:9 (NRS) …Not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

Standing on The Gospel

Eph 6:15 (NIV) …your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Eph 6:15 (Wey) …as well as the shoes of the Good News of peace–a firm foundation for your feet.

Rom 10:15 (KJV) …As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Imagine yourself standing barefooted in a rocky climate, like in the Middle East. You could move–ever so carefully–but without shoes you would be useless in battle. The weight of the other pieces of armor would only make your feet more sensitive if you had no protection. You would be a “push-over” for the enemy, as you would have no agility and be wincing in pain every time you attempted to move. This is why it is essential to have our “feet shod with the gospel of peace”.

1 Cor 15:1-4 (Wey) But let me recall to you, brethren, the Good News [Gospel] which I brought you, which you accepted, and on which you are standing, through which also you are obtaining salvation, if you bear in mind the words in which I proclaimed it–unless indeed your faith has been unreal from the very first…– that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that He was buried; that He rose to life again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

This is the gospel as we have received it. It is foolishness to many, but life and light to those who believe in it and are willing to follow and be “included in” Christ’s death. In practice, the Gospel means we are dead to our self-life with all of its lusts and instincts, and alive with new life in Christ. The good news is that by considering ourselves “dead men” in Christ, we can be put at peace with God in Christ. If we have truly died to self, then over time our instincts will be “dead” to the rocks and glass and thorns of this world which used to move us. Those standing on the gospel will not react in the flesh. Instead, we will move by God’s Spirit with a protected disregard for such “fleshly” considerations, being “readied” by the “shoes” of the “death, burial, and resurrection of Christ”, which is the Gospel that brings peace.

1 Pet 2:11 (NAS) Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

Gal 5:16-17 (NAS) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Rom 8:5-13 (NAS) For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. …the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God… But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Isa 52:6-7 (NIV) “Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”

The Helmet Of Salvation [Jesus]

Isa 59:16-17 (KJV) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head…

1 Th 5:8 (NAS) But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love; and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

Ps 140:7 (NAS) “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.”

Jesus–Yeshua in Hebrew–means “Salvation”. Salvation is Jesus Christ.

Col 1:18 (NKJ) And He is the head of the body, the church…

1 Cor 2:16 (NIV) “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Php 2:5 (NKJ) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…

1 Pet 4:1 (NKJ) Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.

2 Cor 10:3-5 (NRS) Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Eph 4:14-16 (NKJ) …We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

The Sword of The Spirit – The Word of God

Isa 49:2 (NAS) He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.

Matthew Henry: “To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief and error as they assault from without. A single text, well understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary.”

Heb 4:12-13 (NKJ) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

2 Cor 6:7 (NIV) …in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left…

Ps 149:4-6 (NIV) For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands.

The Shield of Faith

Eph 6:16 (Wey) …take the great shield of faith, on which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the Wicked one.

Ps 35:1-3,9 (NIV) Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”… Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation [yes, Yeshua again].

Ps 3:2-3 (GLT) Many are saying of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Selah. But You, O Jehovah, are a shield around me; [you are] my glory and He who lifts up my head.

1 Pet 1:5 (NAS) …who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Ps 33:20 (NIV) We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

1 Tim 6:12 (NIV) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 John 5:4-5 (Wey) For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith. Who but the man that believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world?

Pr 30:5 (NIV) “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

Be Strong In The Lord, By the Power of Grace

1 Cor 16:13 (NIV) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Tim 2:1 (GLT) …Be empowered by grace in Christ Jesus.

Eph 3:7 (GLT) …I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of His power.

2 Cor 9:8 (NIV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Col 1:11 (Wey) Since His power is so glorious, may you be strengthened with strength of every kind, and be prepared…

Php 4:13 (NAS) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

The Battle is The Lord’s

1 Sam 17:47 (NKJ) [David, speaking to Goliath] “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

Deut 20:3-4 (NIV) …”Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

Ps 18:32-35 (NIV) It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.

Zec 4:6 (NIV) …”‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Rom 11:36 (GLT) Because of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

– Acts 17:11 Bible Studies

The Best Sermon

A young English preached a message before a renounced pastor of many years. Upon finishing his sermon, the young man went to the old pastor to ask how he had done:

“What do you think of my sermon, sir?” he asked.

“A very poor sermon indeed,” he said.

“A poor sermon!” said the young man, “it took me a long time to study it.”

“Ah, no doubt of it.” the old pastor replied.

“Why, then, do you say it was poor; did you not think my explanation of the text to be accurate?”

“Oh yes,” said the old preacher, “very correct indeed.”

“Well, then, why do you say it is a poor sermon? Didn’t you think the metaphors were appropriate, and the arguments conclusive?”

“Yes, they were very good, as far as that goes, but still it was a very poor sermon.”

“Will you tell me why you think it a poor sermon?”

“Because,” he said, “THERE WAS NO CHRIST IN IT.”

“Well,” said the young man, “Christ was not in the text; we are not to be preaching Christ always, we must preach what is in the text.”

So the old man said, “Don’t you know, young man, that from every town, and every village, and every little hamlet in England, wherever it may be, there is a road to London?”

“Yes,” said the young man.

“Ah!” said the old preacher, “and so from EVERY TEXT in Scripture there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is CHRIST. And, my dear brother, your business is, when you get to a text, to say, ‘Now, what is the road to Christ?’ and then preach a sermon, running along the road towards the great metropolis – Christ. And,” he added, “I have never yet found a text that had no such road.

A sermon is not fit for anything unless Christ in it.”

– Charles Spurgeon

No Condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
— Romans 8:1

Come, my soul, think of this. Believing in Jesus, you are actually and effectually cleared from guilt; you are led out of your prison. You are no more in captivity as a bond-slave; you are delivered now from the bondage of the law; you are freed from sin, and can walk at large as a free man.

The Saviour’s blood has paid for your full discharge. You now have a right to approach your Father’s throne. No flames of vengeance are there to scare you now; no fiery sword; justice cannot smite the innocent.

Your disabilities are taken away: You were once unable to see your Father’s face — you can see it now. You could not speak with Him — but now you have access with boldness. Once there was a fear of hell upon thee — but you have no fear of it now, for how can there be punishment for the guiltless?

He who believes is not condemned, and cannot be punished. And most of all, the privileges you might have enjoyed, if you had never sinned, are yours now that you are justified. All the blessings you would have had if you had kept the law, and more, are yours, because Christ has kept it for you.

All the love and the acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God, belong to you, because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf, and has imputed all His merits to your account, so that you might be exceeding rich through Him, who for your sake became exceeding poor. Oh! how great the debt of love and gratitude you owe to your Saviour!

– Charles Sprugeon

Made Rich by Faith

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.”
– Psalm 9:18

Poverty is a hard heritage; but those who trust in the Lord are made rich by faith. They know that they are not forgotten of God, and though it may seem that they are overlooked in His providential distribution of good things, they look for a time when all this shall be righted. Lazarus will not always lie among the dogs at the rich man’s gate, but he will have his reward in Abraham’s bosom.

Even now the Lord remembers His poor but precious sons, “I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me,” said one of old, and it is so. The godly poor have great expectations. They expect the Lord to provide them all things necessary for this life and godliness; they expect to see things working for their good; they expect to have all the closer fellowship with their Lord, who had nowhere to lay His head; they expect His second coming and to share its glory.

This expectation cannot perish, for it is laid up in Christ Jesus, who lives forever, and because He lives, it shall live also. The poor saint sing many a song which the rich sinner cannot understand. Wherefore, let us, when we have short commons below, think of the royal table above.

– Charles Spurgeon

Know What’s In It

“Test everything. Hold on to the good.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:21

When we were in Venice we purchased a few curiosities, and finding them burdensome, we thought of sending them home by one of the English vessels lying in the Canal.

We went out with our box, and having asked for the captain of one of the vessels, we put to him the question, “Will you take a box for us to London, and what is the charge?”

His reply was very ready, “I can’t say till I know what’s in it, for I don’t want to get into trouble.” A very common sense answer indeed; we admired its caution and honesty.

What a pity that men do not exercise as much care in spiritual matters, as to what they will receive or reject. Dear reader, in these times there are thousands of bad books published, and herds of bad teachers sent forth to deceive the unwary; you must be on your guard, lest you be led into error.

Take nothing for granted, enquire into things for yourself, and try every new doctrine, and professedly old doctrine too, by the Word of God. Otherwise you may take contraband goods on board before you are aware of it.

Keep both eyes open, watch and examine, and when a thing is pressed upon you, find out what’s in it. Do not believe all a man says because he is a clergyman, or eloquent, or learned, or even because he is kind and generous. Bring all to the bar of Holy Scripture, and if they cannot stand the test, do not receive them, whatever their bold pretences.

But reader, is your own present religion good for anything? Do you know what’s in it, and what it is made of? May it not be mischievous and false? Search yourself, and do not take a hope into your soul until you know what it is made of. The devil and his allies will try to trick you into carrying their false teaching, but be warned and reject their vile devices.

The finished work of Jesus received by faith, is “a good hope through grace,” and there is no other. Do you have it or are you foolishly looking to another? May the Lord lead you away from all else to Jesus. Whatever may be the ground of trust which men may offer you, take care to KNOW WHAT’S IN IT before you accept it.

– Charles Spurgeon