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"Never neglect the means of grace; God may bless us when we are not in His house, but we have the greater reason to hope that He will when we are in communion with His saints." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

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Adriel wrote:
Christians believe baptism is a means of grace...
In a church setting, and even at home, there are many things which could also be described as a means of grace.

In a church gathering, God usually ministers his grace through preaching and teaching.

At home, God ministers his grace as his people read their Bible or pray.

At a funeral, God might minister his grace to the bereaved during the service.

'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace shall lead me home

Amazing grace. Ignore the means and never get any.

Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

And so on.

And I would like to know how on earth you posted a comment in bold text?


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B. McCausland wrote:
This is becoming as the endless argument..

Of course you can endlessly go on debating..

Greetings Sister B. From my side, I am neither arguing nor debating. I am simply expounding some scriptures for J4, to assist him.

NeedHim wrote:

"As Jesus wasn’t knocking on his heart door saying let me in!"

Very good point concerning Lazarus, who was dead (the ideal picture of a spiritually dead sinner) and who needed the resurrecting power of the sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, who chose to raise him up from physical death, and who chooses to raise sinners (as Lurker has already mentioned, whom Father God had given to God the Son), from their spiritual death, which thing is detailed in Ephesians 2 and extremely clear to regenerate believers, but a total mystery to the unconverted.


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Romans 4:3-7 KJV
(3)  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
(4)  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
(5)  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
(6)  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
(7)  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

v5 what does "worketh not" mean? It means that works are not involved in all of this. The keeping of commandments have nothing to do with justification.

v5 what does "believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly" mean? It means that when an ungodly man truly believes, God "justifies" him, that is, declares him righteous.

v5 what does "his faith is counted for righteousness" mean? It means that righteousness is *counted*, or *credited to* or *imputed to* the ungodly man who believes.

So, we can see that the ungodly man believed *before* he was credited with the righteousness of Christ. And besides, this imputation has no effect whatever on the man's character; it is for God, not for the man.


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Romans 3:9-12 KJV
(9)  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
(10)  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
(11)  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
(12)  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

v9 are we any better? No, all are under sin.

v10 is anyone righteous at all? No, there is none righteous, no, not one.

v11 does anyone understand, or seek after God? No, there is no-one who understands, none who seek after God.

v12 is there anyone who does good? No, there is none who do good, no, not one.

How then can a man who is *under sin*, who is *not righteous*, who *does not understand* nor does he *seek after God*, who does *nothing that is good*, how can he possibly be saved?

Mark 10:27 says it is impossible with man, but not with God.

If a sinner is ungodly, and he will not seek after God, how can that man possibly get saved?

Oh, by the grace of God. This is undeserved by definition. It is by grace that God saves, through faith...

And who is the author of *faith*? It is the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Romans 4:3-7 KJV
(3)  For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
(4)  Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
(5)  But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
(6)  Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
(7)  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

This doctrine of *imputed righteousness* is most wonderful to the true believer.

Does it involve a man's own righteousness? No, it does not affect his righteousness at all. But don't forget, he has no righteousness anyway: "There are none that doeth good, no, not one."

So the man is a sinner, has no righteousness, and is perishing in his sins. What does such a man need? He needs to have righteousness *credited* to him, and God is willing to *credit* the man with a perfect righteousness, the righteousness of his Son; and he is willing to do this by *grace* and it arrives through *faith*.

Imputed righteousness is credited upon faith in Jesus Christ, otherwise known as *JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE*. Aye Aye.


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Someone said:

"I never said my claim of what Calvinism teaches is biblically supported. I don’t believe it is and that’s why I don’t believe what they teach. It is taught that the reason why “Bobby” believes and “Johnny” doesn’t is because “Bobby” is more righteous. Bobby is saved because he had faith and Johnny didn’t, so Bobby is saved by what he did. The caveat to this is that God first made Bobby righteous enough to believe, so all of the glory goes to God. However, that doesn’t really erase the fact that Bobby was saved because of something he did, which was to believe and we all know if you do something which results in your salvation, it is a work."

Folks will have to make their own minds up whether this is a genuine ignorance or a feigned troll-like ignorance.

One thing is certain, it is incorrect, and would be laughed out of court.


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Frank wrote:
Good afternoon Pilgrim!
Thanks for your comments and thoughts on this subject. I don't normally write on this, but the terror the unsaved will experience when they see their fate is something that is incomprehensible.
Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Frank, it is a good word incomprehensible, for those things which are coming on this world because of sin. We can glimpse them in scripture, but the just wrath of an omnipotent God will never be understood fully until it is seen and felt.

I will praise God daily for his most remarkable and amazing grace, and for his deliverance from the wrath to come.

A penalty was paid and pardon bought
And sinners lost at last to him were brought


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Frank wrote:
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But, unless they repent and trust solely in the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, they are going to experience the wrath of almighty God.
Psalms 14:14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
I love to read anything "gospel" bro. Thank you. The wrath of God is a dreadful thing, frightening, eternal to the unrepentant. Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth, "tormented in this flame". Luke 16:24. It will all happen one day, after the great day of judgment.

Meantime, the gospel bells are sounding, as you mentioned, "the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour" who is "not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance".


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The Quiet Christian wrote:
So good to see you back, John UK.
The same thing you are witnessing in Wales is happening in the US via the "megachurch movement." I'm sure some are better than others on a relative scale, but there is no real corporate worship and can have very iffy, therapeutic preaching. Many have a tie to the charismatic movement as well so it seems.
It is gracious of you brother to say so. And yes, if there is any sort of church which may remain open for the foreseeable future here in Wales, it will be the charismatic churches, because they are made up primarily of young people. Most other churches are very elderly congregations and will naturally die away and close the doors.

Therefore, if any Christian here wishes to meet together with other believers and serve the Lord with a whole heart, but who do not wish to fellowship with charismatics, they have to make do as best they can.


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YIA, to show what I mean by the complexity of the work of the Spirit, here is another NT text which shows something of his work subsequent to believing the good news of the gospel.

Ephesians 1:11-14 KJV
(11)  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(12)  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
(13)  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
(14)  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

This is where you will need to decide if there are many different works of the Spirit, surrounding the conversion experience. Such as we have here, the sealing of the Spirit; in other places the baptism with the Spirit, in other places conviction of the Spirit, regeneration of the Spirit, the indwelling of the Spirit, the promise of the Spirit, and so on.


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Dr. Tim wrote:
In America, John, if you “say” you’re a Christian, you’re a Christian. (I’m sure it’s the same in the UK.) That’s why we have so many “Christians” like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton actively promoting sodomy and infanticide. That’s why we have a “Christian” queer running for president. That’s why we have “Christians” like Jim who abhor Christian involvement in politics and yet spend all their time talking about politics. That’s why we have “Christians” by the millions who will welcome the Antichrist with open arms. And the reason we have so many “Christians” like that is because so many of our churches have a come-as-you-are, leave-as-you-were mentality. Do you hear that retching sound? That’s Jesus spewing them out of His mouth.
Thank you brother, that makes a lot of sense. I suppose the survey also includes every shade of christendom, even Catholicism and Episcopalian.

Wales has been steadily following Europe into secularism, and becoming more and more liberal. Nonconformist chapels are closing down every week, and people of "vision", so-called, are seeking to pander to the wants of outsiders, making churches which are no churches. "Christian Hedonist Church". Jesus left.


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Galatians 3:1-3 KJV
(1)  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
(2)  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
(3)  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Paul obviously is calling the believers in Galatia foolish. Why? Because although they had been soundly converted through the preaching of the cross, some folks had come in and were beginning to add other things to "faith" as a means of justification; namely, the keeping of the commandments.

Paul remonstrates with them, asking them if they received the Holy Ghost through "faith" or through the "works of the law". Obviously he expects them to answer, "Through faith."

He then tells them, "Look, you began your Christian life by faith in Jesus Christ, and are justified. Do you now imagine you can be sanctified by keeping the law?"

YIA, this will always be the way of false teachers, to add one single thing to the work of Christ crucified and resurrected. You stick with faith in Jesus and you will be all right.


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"Christians make up 65% of the U.S. adult population..."

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Youth in Asia wrote:
And so they repented, called on the name of the Lord, received His word, got saved, and got Baptised. You cannot know from this verse when they received the Holy Spirit, was it after repentance, or after their baptism?
Hello YIA, perhaps we ought to just check the verse again, eh?

Acts 2:38 KJV
(38)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye **shall** receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Seems plain enough.

But you are worried that water baptism seemingly is required to receive the "gift of the Holy Ghost"? Understandable, if that was the only text in the Bible.

As I said to J4, the working of the Holy Ghost is very complex, and there is a prior work of the Spirit in the mind before ever the sinner believed and was saved. The Spirit of God was involved with Peter the apostle before ever he was baptised with the Spirit at Pentecost. How did Peter make that saving confession concerning Christ, without a revelation by the Spirit? Matt 16:15-17. He could not. Nobody can.

If you are not happy with Acts 2:38, would you like some more NT verses which show when a believer receives the Spirit?


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Youth in Asia wrote:
How does the new testament say believers get the Holy Spirit?
Acts 2:38 KJV
(38)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized [in water] every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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Here you are Frank, the remainder of the quote most excellent.

Not many realise that we died in Adam, and we also died in Christ, before being raised to newness of life. It's all about federal headship.

"Christ having died for their sins, was laid in the grave, where he continued for a while, and then rose again; and as they were crucified with him, they were also buried with him, as their head and representative; and all their sins too, which he left behind him in the grave, signified by his grave clothes there; and baptism being performed by immersion, when the person baptized is covered with water, and as it were buried in it, is a very significant emblem of all this; it is a representation of the burial of Christ, and very fitly holds him forth to the view of faith in the state of the dead, in the grave, and points out the place where the Lord lay; and it is also a representation of our burial with him, as being dead to sin, to the law, and to the world, by him. This shows now, that baptism was performed by dipping, or covering the whole body in water, for no other form of administration of baptism, as sprinkling, or pouring water on the face, can represent a burial, or be called one;" Gill on Col 2:12


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Frank wrote:
Hey brother John UK!
Baptism is a sacrament that simply publicly shows what has been done in your heart and soul. It cannot save in and of itself, but as you said just about everyone would say it is not optional in the obedience sense. There are some who become saved that don’t have the opportunity to be baptized, but if opportunity is there it is mandated.
Amen brother! It is perfectly normal for a new convert to be baptised in water, despite the inconvenience of it, especially for multitude immersionists like John the Dipper (where 'dipper' is the correct translation of the greek word).

Of course, circumcision was even more inconvenient, not to say painful, but who are we mere mortals to argue with our Creator?

I agree with you, that baptism does not save. And I also agree with you that it does serve to show physically and pictorially that which has happened spiritually in a sinner's life, when he came to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

JG on Colossians 2:12 says, "....but that they and all their sins were buried with Christ, of which their baptism in water was a lively representation."

How good is that!


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Marty McD wrote:
Thanks John
Thanks to you also, Marty.

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J4, there is no point in having further convo on your heterodoxy concerning baptism. We have gone into it many times before, and you are still in 'error', are 'wrong', and hold an 'unbiblical' position. You are a classic case of heterodoxy and cannot prove your position from the Bible. Rather you simplify the work of the Holy Spirit in a sinner's life, when it is really quite complex, beginning as it does in eternity, when God the Father chose certain sinners unto salvation, working in their hearts in due time when they came into the world, involving conviction, regeneration, enlightenment, indwelling, sealing, assuring, delivering faith and other spiritual gifts, empowering, and on and on and on. Sure, this is the real deal, and God is exalted in this work of his Spirit; it is salvation which comes from him.

But so too is water baptism after conversion; it is 'biblical', 'correct', and 'right' to be baptised in water, in total identification with Christ's death, burial and resurrection.

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