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Question: How can I know if I’m elect?


Question: How can I know if I’m elect?

Response: First of all, the Bible does not teach justification by election, but that our just standing before God is by grace alone in Christ alone as evidenced by our faith. Election does not save but is a blueprint of what God intends to do in time in Jesus Christ. If you are a sinner who has cast aside all self-righteousness and trusts in Jesus Christ as your only hope for salvation, you can know, based on God's certain promise that He has done a work of grace in you, that your sins are forgiven and are, therefore, counted among the elect.

God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel. But when someone actually comes to faith in Christ we can know from Scripture that it was God who, in His great mercy, opened their blind eyes, unplugged their deaf ears and gave them a new heart to understand and obey the command (Deut 29:4, 30:6; Matt 16:16-17; Rom 9:15, 16). When God removes the scales from our eyes, when He turns the heart of stone to a heart of flesh (Ezek 36:26) there is no longer resistance because the heart is no longer hard like stone. All resistance has been disarmed.

"Our Lord did not come to tell us what we have to do in order to save ourselves; He came to save us... The Christian doctrine of salvation and redemption is this - that Christ Himself is the salvation."- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:47 -- john_hendryx

Cabinet of Jewels : Touchstone of Sincerity: A test of sincerity; examination of one's profession of faith in Christ. by Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

Available in .ePub, Kindle .mobi and .pdf formats

The first great work that men are to attend to in this world is the eternal safety and security of their souls; the next great work is to know, to be assured, that it shall go well with their souls for ever. A man may have grace, and yet, for a time, not know it; he may have a saving work of God upon his soul, and yet not discern it; he may have the root of the matter in him, and yet not be able to evidence it. Many, whose graces are weak and much buried under fears, doubts, strong passions, prevailing corruptions, or diabolic suggestions, are inclined to suspect their weak grace, fearing that on account of the deceitfulness of their hearts they will be found to be insincere before God; but the weakest Christian may turn to the clear and well-bottomed evidences in this treatise, and throw the gauntlet to Satan and bid him prove if he can, that ever any profane person, any self-flatterer, any cunning hypocrite under heaven had such evidences, or such fair certificates to show for heaven as he has to show..Several have observed to my hand how far a hypocrite may go, but my design in this treatise is to show how far a hypocrite can not go. Some have showed what a hypocrite is, and I shall now show what he is not.
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:35 -- john_hendryx

Calvin on the Active Obedience of Christ


"Now someone asks, How has Christ abolished sin, banished the separation between us and God, and acquired righteousness to render God favorable and kindly toward us? To this we can in general reply that he has achieved this for us by the whole course of his obedience. This is proved by Paul’s testimony: “As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience we are made righteous” [Romans 5:19]. In another passage, to be sure, Paul extends the basis of the pardon that frees us from the curse of the law to the whole life of Christ: “But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, subject to the law, to redeem those who were under the law” [Galatians 4:4-5]. Thus in his very baptism, also, he asserted that he fulfilled a part of righteousness in obediently carrying out his Father’s commandment [Matthew 3:15]. In short, from the time when he took on the form of a servant, he began to pay the price of liberation in order to redeem us.

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:51 -- john_hendryx

Brief Thoughts on the Carnal Christian Theory


The "carnal Christian" doctrine or category (taught by some Dispensationalists) which claims that Christians can live in a permanent condition without Christ on the throne of their life (viz. the Holy Spirit booklet) is a false doctrine. The Apostle John, inspired by the Holy Spirit declares: "No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God." (1 John 3:9.) In 1 Corinthians 3 where Paul actually speaks of Christians being carnal he was speaking of the fact that they were acting carnally ... not promoting a permanent condition that Christians can choose to live in. We sin every day but those who sin have God's seed in them and the Spirit will therefore always convict Christians so that they mourn over their sin. Those who remain INDIFFERENT to their sin and have no care to change are simply not born again. God not only imputes Christ's righteousness to us but imparts his Holy Spirit to us that his commands would no longer be burdensome (1 John 5:1-4). In another place the Spirit says "when we judge ourselves we will not be judged by God but when we don't judge ourselves we are disciplined by God so that we may NOT BE condemned along with the world." (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).


Self on the throne, Christ at the feet.  :(

Notes:

In light of 1 John 3:9 the carnal Christian doctrine is a denial of the new birth.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:27 -- john_hendryx

Monergism Weekly Highlights - Excerpts, Free eBooks, Quotes - 4-15-2014


The law demands what it cannot give; grace gives all it demands." - Blaise Pascal

The following resources were selected from among the most interesting and helpful of last week's new materials available on Monergism.com.  May the Lord use them to richly bless and edify you and use them as you go out an minister to others.

Book or Sermon Excerpts

The Resurrection - God's Declaration - Acts 5:29-32 by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones

Exposition of 1 Corinthians (MP3 Series) by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones -
Includes some outstanding sermons on the resurrection

Humility by Wilhelmus à Brakel

Jonathan Edwards: We Are Inclined to Sin by R. C. Sproul

Athens Revisited An Exegetical Study of Acts 17 by D.A. Carson
On evangelizing in a postmodern world

The Books Opened, the Sentence Pronounced and Executed by Jonathan Edwards

The Girl Nobody Wanted - Genesis 29:15-35 by Dr. Timothy Keller

An Unpalatable, Unflatering, Pride-Striping Doctrine by A. W. Pink

Where is Your Faith? by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:32 -- john_hendryx

Discounted eBooks, Free eBooks & God-Honoring Book Excerpts


"I exhort all, who reverence the Word of the Lord, to read it, and diligently imprint it on their memory." - John Calvin

"We can do nothing, it is all of God... If God had not quickened us we should still be dead. A dead man cannot give himself life. God quickened us, and because God has put new life into us we are alive in Christ Jesus, and in the realm of the Spirit." D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

"No sinner ever comes to Christ until the Holy Spirit first comes to him! And no sinner will savingly believe on Christ until the Spirit has communicated faith to him." - A. W. Pink

Discounted eBooks

An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture by Andrew Davis ($0.99);

Multiply by Francis Chan ($4.99),

Erasing Hell by Francis Chan ($3.82),

Forgotten God by Francis Chan ($4.99),

Crazy Love by Francis Chan ($4.99).

Preaching the Cross by Together for the Gospel ($3.99);

Risen: 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changed Everything by Steven D. Mathewson ($2.99)

Atheism Remix by Al Mohler ($1.99);

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:06 -- john_hendryx

How Do You Know I Am Wrong?


If the people of this age really believed morality was relative they would not so passionately go out of their way to daily call those they disagree with "bigots", "homophobes" or fire someone from their job for their political contributions. They would rather, celebrate diversity. For if all morality is relative then there would be no person's belief or philosophy that is better or worse than another's. Each person's truth would be equally valid. But, as we all know, no one lives that way because God created us in His image and absolutes are unavoidable in His world. So next time you see this kind of reaction ask them how they know you are immoral or wrong? What standard or authority are they appealing to when they reach this conclusion? Their own? If there is no objective morality, then why is our view wrong?

Relativists often tell me they think that racism, genocide and torture is wrong and think everyone should think likewise .. to which I respond that this demonstrates that they believe in objective morality. To this they often reply:

Relativist: "If I say, 'A cooked egg is better than a raw egg. Would you reply, "You stated an opinion about eggs. You must believe in an objective standard of egg quality."

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:06 -- john_hendryx

I Thank God for You!

by Mark Webb

The following is a excerpt from a very helpful essay by Mark Webb. He goes through some Scriptural references that thank God for the faith of the saints, a practice which acknowledges God to be the source of all faith, not our natural ability, desires, will or affections.

Paul's Patterns

Several patterns exhibit themselves in Paul's writings. One of these is his well-known practice of greeting the saints with a salutation of grace and peace , with the addition of mercy in some cases. Another pattern, not quite so common, but clearly established nonetheless, is what caught my attention. It is Paul's practice of thanking God for the saints. For instance, in Eph. 1:15-16 he states "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers." In this statement, Paul does not directly state why he is thankful, though we might deduce that it must spring from the fact that the saints evidence faith and love. Neither does he state to whom he is thankful. However, the fact that his thankfulness is connected with his prayers makes it rather obvious that such is directed towards God.

A parallel example is found in Col. 1:3-4. Here Paul declares "We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints." Here Paul is more explicit. It is indeed God to Whom he is thankful, and, once again, his thankfulness springs from the fact that the Colossian saints are evidencing faith and love. Methinks I see a pattern developing here!

Can You Be More Explicit?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:13 -- john_hendryx

What is Legalism?

Legalism could be defined as any attempt to rely on self-effort to either 1) attain or 2) maintain our justification before God. In Paul's Epistle to the Galatians he warned them sternly about such false understandings of the gospel when he asked the offenders: "After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" (Gal.3:3). Legalism always seems to have one thing in common: it's theology denies that Christ is sufficient for salvation. That some additional element of self-effort, merit or faithfulness on our part is necessary. As an example, those who erroneously teach that a Christian can lose his or her salvation are, in essence, denying the sufficiency of Christ to save to the utmost. They believe their effort has some merit in contributing toward the price of their redemption. They also believe certain sins to be greater than Christ's grace. But Christ's righteousness which he counts toward us is not only efficient for our salvation, but sufficient. His once for all sacrifice put away sin for all time in those He has united to Himself (Heb 10:10). His salvation includes not only saving us at the beginning but preserving us to the end, sealing us in His perfect righteousness and whose blood "reminds the covenant God" not to treat us as our sins justly deserve. Any attempt to add our covenant faithfulness as part of the price of redemption after regeneration and justification is an "attempt to attain our goal by human effort" and thus a complete misapprehension of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must, therefore, reject any and all attempts to maintain a judicial standing before God by any act on our part. Salvation is of the Lord.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:48 -- john_hendryx

Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God? (Ezek 18:23)


God wants all people to obey his summons to repent and believe the gospel, and so be saved (Acts 17:30; Ezek. 18:23).  In light of this, the church is called to preach the gospel indiscriminately to all people ... to the ends of the earth (Matt 28:18). But sadly, all men without exception have a heart of stone, and in their willful blindness, turn a deaf ear and refuse to believe and follow Christ (Rom 3:11, 8:7; 1 Cor 2:14). He has no pleasure in seeing a humanity so unyielding and inflexible in their rebellion against Him.This saddens God and indeed angers Him. But even though all natural men reject this call to faith in Christ, God is yet still merciful. Instead of giving all of us what we justly deserve (His wrath), He still gives life and pardons more ill-deserving sinners than any man can count (Eph. 2:5; Rev. 7:9).

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:33 -- john_hendryx

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