By Miles Stanford
Our Father would have us to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” (2 Pet.3:18). He lovingly carries this out by delivering us “unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11). The natural tendency of many Christians who are seeking to advance is to avoid the Cross in every possible way, but that is simply to surrender all possibility of true spiritual growth and maturity. Continue reading
The day of apostasy is hastening on with rapid strides, and also the day in which the Lord shall come to snatch His own away. The present moment is of so solemn a character that I feel constrained to address you this word of exhortation. Godly men everywhere, who watch the signs of the times, see the moment approaching which shall terminate the present actings of grace. Continue reading
Much has been written about God’s “grace” and much misunderstanding exists. The following quotations are taken from the venerable William R. Newell’s commentary ROMANS, Verse by Verse, in hopes that visitors discover the essence of genuine Christianity. Note: the word “man” and masculine pronouns are used below in the universal sense of all mankind.
The Nature of Grace
A New Yearning Among Evangelicals
Within the hearts of a growing number of evangelicals (and born again-Catholics) in recent days has arisen a new yearning after an above-average spiritual experience. Yet the greater number still shy away from it and raise objections that evidence misunderstanding or fear or plain unbelief (brackets mine). They point to the neurotic, the psychotic, the pseudo-Christian cultist and the intemperate fanatic, and lump them all together without discriminations as followers of the “deeper life.” While this is of course completely preposterous, the fact that such confusion exists obliges those who advocate the Spirit-filled life to define their terms and explain their position. Just what, then, do we mean? And what are we advocating? Continue reading
There are two questions that every believing Christian must settle as soon as possible.
(1) Does God fully accept me and
(2) If so, upon what basis does He do so?
This is crucial. While studying this vital subject we need to look closely at some scriptures that talk about this.
- (Eph 1:5-6 RSV) – He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
- (Eph 1:5-6 NKJV) – Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Some translations use the word “grace freely bestowed” while others translate it as “grace by which we are accepted”. The root Greek word used for both is the same = “Charis / Charitoo” which means that you can translate it either way. The conclusion is clear – The Father has accepted us in the Beloved (Christ) by grace alone. Continue reading