The name Babylon means “confusion by mixing”. How confusing it is when men mix works with grace. Every man-made religion in the world is of Babylon. They are all in one form or another  confusion by mixing what God does with what man does. The gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ in the sacrifice of Himself on Calvary’s Cross is the ONLY message of salvation that is all of grace. It is the only message that denies man any glory. More importantly, it is the only message that ascribes to Christ all the glory. How simple. How glorious. There is nothing confusing or mixed in “It is finished”. Oh what hope the sinner has when all their salvation is of the Lord.                                ~GE

Nothing Doubting

When the Lord sent Peter to Cornelius with the Gospel, the Holy Spirit told him, “Nothing Doubting”. Acts 11:12. Oh that we could always live with nothing doubting. By God’s grace we do believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the successful Savior of sinners. Yet the sin that doth so easily beset us is unbelief. Unbelief is the fountain that feeds all the polluted streams of sin. Lord, increase our faith. Help thou our unbelief. Our warrant for faith is the Word of God. Oh, that the Lord would speak to our hearts those precious words, “Nothing Doubting”.                            ~GE

Respecter of Persons

All the attributes of God are most clearly seen at the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nowhere, in all God’s doings, are His Divine glories illuminated with the spotlight of truth more brightly. His love, righteousness, mercy, justice, immutability, and holiness, to name a few, are most glorified at Calvary’s Cross. So it is with our God being, not a “respecter of persons”. Acts 10:34, Eph. 6:9, Rom 2:11. God’s justice is equal to all. It is without prejudice toward any, and always in strict compliance with His Holy law. If God spared not His own Son when He found sin on Him; if it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, how could He overlook one sin in you or me? He will by no means clear the guilty. Does the cross not prove that? He (the Father) shall see the travail of His (Son) soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Is. 53:11.                                                                                                  ~GE

Complicated or Contrary

The gospel is not COMPLICATED. It is a simple message declaring that, “Salvation is of the Lord” Jonah 2:9. It declares all the sons of Adam as sinful, unable and unwilling to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It declares Jesus Christ as the Sovereign, successful Savior of His elect people. The gospel is wholly of God’s free and sovereign grace. It does not require a superior intellect, or even a good knowledge of the Bible to understand.

     So, why is it so hard for men to hear? The Lord said, “Light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” John 3:19. The gospel is CONTRARY to everything men by nature believe to be true. Rather than forsaking all his ways, he is desperately trying to reconcile what he is hearing to what he has already decided is true.

     One cannot have faith (believe) without repentance (changed mind). Both are a work of grace without which the natural man will continue to complicate the simplicity of the gospel.         ~GE

A New Year

As we begin a new calendar year, we are in fact no surer of the events of 2021 than we were at this time last year as to the events of 2020. There is no shortage of pundits, prognosticators, and prophets giving us their opinions. But at the end of the day that is all they have, opinions. We walk by faith not by sight. Our confidence and our comfort are knowing that our God is absolutely sovereign and will accomplish His purpose, all for His glory and for the good of His people.  Of course, we pray for some things to be easier, while at the same time knowing that our God will do what is best.  He makes everything beautiful in His time.  My hope for 2021 is that the Lord will increase our faith, grow us in His grace, and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Phil. 1:9-11.  ~GE

Accept or Except

The message of the free-will gospel is that you have to “accept” (to receive something offered) jesus in order for God to save you. The message of the true gospel of God’s free grace in Christ is; EXCEPT (with the exclusion of) The Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Ps. 127:1. EXCEPT A man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God Jn. 3:3. A man can receive nothing EXCEPT it be given him from heaven. Jn. 3:27. No man can come to me EXCEPT The Father which hath sent me draw him. Jn. 6:45. What sayeth the scriptures? There are many other EXCEPTS in the Bible. You will not find any ACCEPTS that determine one’s salvation. These words may sound similar to the natural ear, but to the ear of faith they stand in contrast to one another. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 2:28.                                                              ~GE

The Cure for Sin

Looking to one’s obedience to the law as a cure for sin, is like a cancer patient asking for more CAT scans and biopsies to cure their cancer. More of these tests will only aggravate the disease. So it is with the law. It is diagnostic not curative. Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom. 3:20. For we had not known sin but by the law. The only cure for sin is the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that by the free grace of God.  Moreover, the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Rom. 5:20 We love Gods law, for it is holy, just, and good.  However, the commandment cannot make one holy, justified, or good in the sight of God. That, Only the law of grace can accomplish.            ~GE

Water to Wine

The first miracle our Lord performed in his earthly ministry was at a wedding feast when he turned water into wine.  Clearly the water represents everything God has revealed in His Word. “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Eph. 5:26. The wine pictures the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shedding of which there is no remission of sins. 

This same miracle is performed over and over again every time the Bridegroom gets together with His bride.  He sends His Spirit in power, and in opening the eyes of our understanding He takes the water of His Word and turns it into blood. To see Christ and Him crucified in the scriptures is the first miracle of grace in the salvation of a sinner. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5.       ~GE

Friends

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Pr. 18:24

To be friendly does not require a charismatic outgoing personality. To be friendly simply means you are sincerely interested in, and concerned with the needs of others. The fault for not having friends his selfishness. People who do not have friends often accuse others of being unfriendly, when the truth is just the opposite.  The reverse of selfishness is sacrifice. The perfection of selfless sacrifice is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is that friend that sticketh closer than a brother. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jn. 15:13. After washing the disciples’ feet the Lord said; “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Jn 13:15      ~GE

Omniscience

When David spoke of God’s omniscience in Psalm 139, he concluded with; “such a knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Compare that to the explanation men give for Divine omniscience. They say he looks down through the portal of time and sees who will choose him. That is not our God. That is nothing more than a Seer looking into a crystal ball. No, our God created time. He exists completely within Himself, outside of time. He has ordained everything in time to accomplish his sovereign purpose. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Eccl. 3:14-15.                                                                            ~GE

Satisfied Justice

All the toxic vials of Divine judgment poured out in God's fury against this condemned world; combined with all the eternal flames of torment in a devil’s hell; combined with all the pangs of conscience suffered in shame and fear by guilty sinners; cannot compare to the sufferings the Lord Jesus Christ experienced for His people on Calvary’s cross. God saw the travail of HIS soul and was satisfied.  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 Jn. 4:10.                                                                                 ~GE

Where Does Grace Lead?

Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them faithful. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent much of his time defending the gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self- righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Rom 6:15. Grace does not lead to sin. Grace leads to Christ. “For the love of Christ constaineth us…” 2 Cor.5:4 Truth is “The strength of sin is the law.” 1 Cor.15:56. Show me a man preaching the law, and I’ll show you a people with no hope for their sin; its penalty, power, and ultimately its presence.                             ~GE

Wait Upon the Lord

“ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...”

Is. 40:31a

Someone said to wait on the Lord is hard. It is not hard. It is impossible. Thank the Lord that what is impossible with man, is possible with God.  The word “renew” in this verse means; “to change” or exchange.  It is a supernatural work of grace in the heart that causes us to confess our weakness and trust Christ for His strength; to change our way for His way.  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10.                                         ~GE

Waiting on the Lord

If our God be Sovereign, then anytime we find ourselves waiting on anything, we are in truth, waiting on the Lord. Let us always remember that whoever or whatever seems to be holding things up, is a secondary cause. Our God is the first cause of all things and will move those secondary causes in His perfect time. The king’s heart (and everyone else’s) is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of waters, He turneth it whithersoever He will. Pr. 21:1. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a. While we wait on the coming of the Lord, let us remember that He hath made everything beautiful in His time. It will all “come to pass” exactly when the Lord purposes it to “come to pass”.                          ~GE

Am I a Sinner?

“I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Lk. 5:32. How does one know if they are a sinner? Is it, as some suggest, because they bear the burden of sorrow and shame for their sin? To be honest, our sin really does not bother us that much. The Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross is the only one that felt the full weight of sin. So, how do we know if we meet the qualification of those Christ came to save? We can only imagine that the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7 had all her life been offended by the racial slur, “gentile dog” cast at her by the Jews. But when the Lord called her a dog she immediately concurred with; “truth Lord’. Believing that you are a sinner is like everything else we believe. We believe it because God said so. We no more understand or experience the depth of our sin than anything else we believe about our salvation. Abraham BELIEVED GOD and it was counted to him for righteousness. We believe that we are sinners because God said so. “There is NONE that doeth good, no not one” Ps 14:3. “ALL we like sheep have gone astray” Is. 53:6. “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Rom. 3:23. “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores…” Is.1:6. “For by grace are you saved through faith…” Eph. 2:8. Whatever God says, saving faith says;

“TRUTH LORD”.                                                                    ~GE

Public Worship

There is no substitute for the gathering of the saints in public worship. It is the place our Lord has promised to show forth His grace and glory like no other place. May the Lord grant us the faith to anticipate hearing from and seeing the Lord Jesus every time we come together. Child of God imagine that you had nothing or very little of the written Word of God to read. Imagine there was no radio, TV, Internet, or recording devices to broadcast messages. How precious would public worship be to you? This is precisely where the vast majority of God’s people lived for most of time. I fear these “conveniences” of our modern era may diminish our need, anticipation, and consequently our profit of public worship. It need not be. These things can enhance our anticipation of, and blessings in public worship if we see them for what they are, a supplement not a substitute.                                                              ~GE

True Unity

Child of God, endeavor to keep the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:3. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1. Whatever differences we may have in the flesh, (Race, Culture, Language, Politics, Personalities) they are not only insignificant but irrelevant to our unity in Christ Jesus. Our Lord prayed, “that they all may be one; as thou Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Jn. 17:21. What a powerful testimony it is to the unbeliever to see that we all believe the same thing concerning the Lord Jesus and His successful work of redeeming His people, and that our conviction concerning the gospel causes us to overlook all other differences.                                                                                           ~GE

Though we fervently pray and sincerely hope the Lord will have mercy on others, the majority of our witnessing opportunities are for our benefit not theirs.                                                    ~GE

Effectual Prayer

Surely, we are all guilty of having asked God for things, “amiss that we may consume it upon our lust”. James 4:3. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom and love says; no, my child, that is not what you need. Is there anything we can ask of God to which He will never say no? Yes, there is. Ask for forgiveness, mercy, grace, faith, wisdom, love, righteousness, peace, hope, light, knowledge. In short, ask for Christ and with Him will come exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Eph. 3:20. One of the reasons the Lord lets us labor in prayer is to bring us to see and to seek the weightier matters, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.                           ~GE

Nothing Doubting

When the Lord sent Peter to Cornelius with the Gospel, the Holy Spirit told him, “Nothing Doubting”. Acts 11:12. Oh that we could always live with nothing doubting. By God’s grace we do believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the successful Savior of sinners. Yet the sin that doth so easily beset us is unbelief. Unbelief is the fountain that feeds all the polluted streams of sin. Lord, increase our faith. Help thou our unbelief. Our warrant for faith is the Word of God. Oh, that the Lord would speak to our hearts those precious words, “Nothing Doubting”.                            ~GE

Respecter of Persons

All the attributes of God are most clearly seen at the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nowhere, in all God’s doings, are His Divine glories illuminated with the spotlight of truth more brightly. His love, righteousness, mercy, justice, immutability, and holiness, to name a few, are most glorified at Calvary’s Cross. So it is with our God being, not a “respecter of persons”. Acts 10:34, Eph. 6:9, Rom 2:11. God’s justice is equal to all. It is without prejudice toward any, and always in strict compliance with His Holy law. If God spared not His own Son when He found sin on Him; if it pleased the Lord to bruise Him, how could He overlook one sin in you or me? He will by no means clear the guilty. Does the cross not prove that? He (the Father) shall see the travail of His (Son) soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Is. 53:11.                                                                                                  ~GE

Complicated or Contrary

The gospel is not COMPLICATED. It is a simple message declaring that, “Salvation is of the Lord” Jonah 2:9. It declares all the sons of Adam as sinful, unable and unwilling to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It declares Jesus Christ as the Sovereign, successful Savior of His elect people. The gospel is wholly of God’s free and sovereign grace. It does not require a superior intellect, or even a good knowledge of the Bible to understand.

     So, why is it so hard for men to hear? The Lord said, “Light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil” John 3:19. The gospel is CONTRARY to everything men by nature believe to be true. Rather than forsaking all his ways, he is desperately trying to reconcile what he is hearing to what he has already decided is true.

     One cannot have faith (believe) without repentance (changed mind). Both are a work of grace without which the natural man will continue to complicate the simplicity of the gospel.         ~GE

A New Year

As we begin a new calendar year, we are in fact no surer of the events of 2021 than we were at this time last year as to the events of 2020. There is no shortage of pundits, prognosticators, and prophets giving us their opinions. But at the end of the day that is all they have, opinions. We walk by faith not by sight. Our confidence and our comfort are knowing that our God is absolutely sovereign and will accomplish His purpose, all for His glory and for the good of His people.  Of course, we pray for some things to be easier, while at the same time knowing that our God will do what is best.  He makes everything beautiful in His time.  My hope for 2021 is that the Lord will increase our faith, grow us in His grace, and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Phil. 1:9-11.  ~GE

Accept or Except

The message of the free-will gospel is that you have to “accept” (to receive something offered) jesus in order for God to save you. The message of the true gospel of God’s free grace in Christ is; EXCEPT (with the exclusion of) The Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Ps. 127:1. EXCEPT A man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God Jn. 3:3. A man can receive nothing EXCEPT it be given him from heaven. Jn. 3:27. No man can come to me EXCEPT The Father which hath sent me draw him. Jn. 6:45. What sayeth the scriptures? There are many other EXCEPTS in the Bible. You will not find any ACCEPTS that determine one’s salvation. These words may sound similar to the natural ear, but to the ear of faith they stand in contrast to one another. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 2:28.                                                              ~GE

The Cure for Sin

Looking to one’s obedience to the law as a cure for sin, is like a cancer patient asking for more CAT scans and biopsies to cure their cancer. More of these tests will only aggravate the disease. So it is with the law. It is diagnostic not curative. Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom. 3:20. For we had not known sin but by the law. The only cure for sin is the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that by the free grace of God.  Moreover, the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Rom. 5:20 We love Gods law, for it is holy, just, and good.  However, the commandment cannot make one holy, justified, or good in the sight of God. That, Only the law of grace can accomplish.            ~GE

Water to Wine

The first miracle our Lord performed in his earthly ministry was at a wedding feast when he turned water into wine.  Clearly the water represents everything God has revealed in His Word. “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Eph. 5:26. The wine pictures the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shedding of which there is no remission of sins. 

This same miracle is performed over and over again every time the Bridegroom gets together with His bride.  He sends His Spirit in power, and in opening the eyes of our understanding He takes the water of His Word and turns it into blood. To see Christ and Him crucified in the scriptures is the first miracle of grace in the salvation of a sinner. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5.       ~GE

Friends

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Pr. 18:24

To be friendly does not require a charismatic outgoing personality. To be friendly simply means you are sincerely interested in, and concerned with the needs of others. The fault for not having friends his selfishness. People who do not have friends often accuse others of being unfriendly, when the truth is just the opposite.  The reverse of selfishness is sacrifice. The perfection of selfless sacrifice is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is that friend that sticketh closer than a brother. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jn. 15:13. After washing the disciples’ feet the Lord said; “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Jn 13:15      ~GE

Omniscience

When David spoke of God’s omniscience in Psalm 139, he concluded with; “such a knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Compare that to the explanation men give for Divine omniscience. They say he looks down through the portal of time and sees who will choose him. That is not our God. That is nothing more than a Seer looking into a crystal ball. No, our God created time. He exists completely within Himself, outside of time. He has ordained everything in time to accomplish his sovereign purpose. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Eccl. 3:14-15.                                                                            ~GE

Satisfied Justice

All the toxic vials of Divine judgment poured out in God's fury against this condemned world; combined with all the eternal flames of torment in a devil’s hell; combined with all the pangs of conscience suffered in shame and fear by guilty sinners; cannot compare to the sufferings the Lord Jesus Christ experienced for His people on Calvary’s cross. God saw the travail of HIS soul and was satisfied.  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 Jn. 4:10.                                                                                 ~GE

Where Does Grace Lead?

Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them faithful. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent much of his time defending the gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self- righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Rom 6:15. Grace does not lead to sin. Grace leads to Christ. “For the love of Christ constaineth us…” 2 Cor.5:4 Truth is “The strength of sin is the law.” 1 Cor.15:56. Show me a man preaching the law, and I’ll show you a people with no hope for their sin; its penalty, power, and ultimately its presence.                             ~GE

Wait Upon the Lord

“ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...”

Is. 40:31a

Someone said to wait on the Lord is hard. It is not hard. It is impossible. Thank the Lord that what is impossible with man, is possible with God.  The word “renew” in this verse means; “to change” or exchange.  It is a supernatural work of grace in the heart that causes us to confess our weakness and trust Christ for His strength; to change our way for His way.  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10.                                         ~GE

Waiting on the Lord

If our God be Sovereign, then anytime we find ourselves waiting on anything, we are in truth, waiting on the Lord. Let us always remember that whoever or whatever seems to be holding things up, is a secondary cause. Our God is the first cause of all things and will move those secondary causes in His perfect time. The king’s heart (and everyone else’s) is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of waters, He turneth it whithersoever He will. Pr. 21:1. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a. While we wait on the coming of the Lord, let us remember that He hath made everything beautiful in His time. It will all “come to pass” exactly when the Lord purposes it to “come to pass”.                          ~GE

Am I a Sinner?

“I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Lk. 5:32. How does one know if they are a sinner? Is it, as some suggest, because they bear the burden of sorrow and shame for their sin? To be honest, our sin really does not bother us that much. The Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross is the only one that felt the full weight of sin. So, how do we know if we meet the qualification of those Christ came to save? We can only imagine that the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7 had all her life been offended by the racial slur, “gentile dog” cast at her by the Jews. But when the Lord called her a dog she immediately concurred with; “truth Lord’. Believing that you are a sinner is like everything else we believe. We believe it because God said so. We no more understand or experience the depth of our sin than anything else we believe about our salvation. Abraham BELIEVED GOD and it was counted to him for righteousness. We believe that we are sinners because God said so. “There is NONE that doeth good, no not one” Ps 14:3. “ALL we like sheep have gone astray” Is. 53:6. “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Rom. 3:23. “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores…” Is.1:6. “For by grace are you saved through faith…” Eph. 2:8. Whatever God says, saving faith says;

“TRUTH LORD”.                                                                    ~GE

Public Worship

There is no substitute for the gathering of the saints in public worship. It is the place our Lord has promised to show forth His grace and glory like no other place. May the Lord grant us the faith to anticipate hearing from and seeing the Lord Jesus every time we come together. Child of God imagine that you had nothing or very little of the written Word of God to read. Imagine there was no radio, TV, Internet, or recording devices to broadcast messages. How precious would public worship be to you? This is precisely where the vast majority of God’s people lived for most of time. I fear these “conveniences” of our modern era may diminish our need, anticipation, and consequently our profit of public worship. It need not be. These things can enhance our anticipation of, and blessings in public worship if we see them for what they are, a supplement not a substitute.                                                              ~GE

True Unity

Child of God, endeavor to keep the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:3. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1. Whatever differences we may have in the flesh, (Race, Culture, Language, Politics, Personalities) they are not only insignificant but irrelevant to our unity in Christ Jesus. Our Lord prayed, “that they all may be one; as thou Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Jn. 17:21. What a powerful testimony it is to the unbeliever to see that we all believe the same thing concerning the Lord Jesus and His successful work of redeeming His people, and that our conviction concerning the gospel causes us to overlook all other differences.                                                                                           ~GE

Though we fervently pray and sincerely hope the Lord will have mercy on others, the majority of our witnessing opportunities are for our benefit not theirs.                                                    ~GE

Effectual Prayer

Surely, we are all guilty of having asked God for things, “amiss that we may consume it upon our lust”. James 4:3. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom and love says; no, my child, that is not what you need. Is there anything we can ask of God to which He will never say no? Yes, there is. Ask for forgiveness, mercy, grace, faith, wisdom, love, righteousness, peace, hope, light, knowledge. In short, ask for Christ and with Him will come exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Eph. 3:20. One of the reasons the Lord lets us labor in prayer is to bring us to see and to seek the weightier matters, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.                           ~GE

A New Year

As we begin a new calendar year, we are in fact no surer of the events of 2021 than we were at this time last year as to the events of 2020. There is no shortage of pundits, prognosticators, and prophets giving us their opinions. But at the end of the day that is all they have, opinions. We walk by faith not by sight. Our confidence and our comfort are knowing that our God is absolutely sovereign and will accomplish His purpose, all for His glory and for the good of His people.  Of course, we pray for some things to be easier, while at the same time knowing that our God will do what is best.  He makes everything beautiful in His time.  My hope for 2021 is that the Lord will increase our faith, grow us in His grace, and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Phil. 1:9-11.  ~GE

Accept or Except

The message of the free-will gospel is that you have to “accept” (to receive something offered) jesus in order for God to save you. The message of the true gospel of God’s free grace in Christ is; EXCEPT (with the exclusion of) The Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Ps. 127:1. EXCEPT A man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God Jn. 3:3. A man can receive nothing EXCEPT it be given him from heaven. Jn. 3:27. No man can come to me EXCEPT The Father which hath sent me draw him. Jn. 6:45. What sayeth the scriptures? There are many other EXCEPTS in the Bible. You will not find any ACCEPTS that determine one’s salvation. These words may sound similar to the natural ear, but to the ear of faith they stand in contrast to one another. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 2:28.                                                              ~GE

The Cure for Sin

Looking to one’s obedience to the law as a cure for sin, is like a cancer patient asking for more CAT scans and biopsies to cure their cancer. More of these tests will only aggravate the disease. So it is with the law. It is diagnostic not curative. Therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom. 3:20. For we had not known sin but by the law. The only cure for sin is the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that by the free grace of God.  Moreover, the law entered that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Rom. 5:20 We love Gods law, for it is holy, just, and good.  However, the commandment cannot make one holy, justified, or good in the sight of God. That, Only the law of grace can accomplish.            ~GE

Water to Wine

The first miracle our Lord performed in his earthly ministry was at a wedding feast when he turned water into wine.  Clearly the water represents everything God has revealed in His Word. “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Eph. 5:26. The wine pictures the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shedding of which there is no remission of sins. 

This same miracle is performed over and over again every time the Bridegroom gets together with His bride.  He sends His Spirit in power, and in opening the eyes of our understanding He takes the water of His Word and turns it into blood. To see Christ and Him crucified in the scriptures is the first miracle of grace in the salvation of a sinner. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5.       ~GE

Friends

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Pr. 18:24

To be friendly does not require a charismatic outgoing personality. To be friendly simply means you are sincerely interested in, and concerned with the needs of others. The fault for not having friends his selfishness. People who do not have friends often accuse others of being unfriendly, when the truth is just the opposite.  The reverse of selfishness is sacrifice. The perfection of selfless sacrifice is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is that friend that sticketh closer than a brother. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jn. 15:13. After washing the disciples’ feet the Lord said; “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” Jn 13:15      ~GE

Omniscience

When David spoke of God’s omniscience in Psalm 139, he concluded with; “such a knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Compare that to the explanation men give for Divine omniscience. They say he looks down through the portal of time and sees who will choose him. That is not our God. That is nothing more than a Seer looking into a crystal ball. No, our God created time. He exists completely within Himself, outside of time. He has ordained everything in time to accomplish his sovereign purpose. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Eccl. 3:14-15.                                                                            ~GE

Satisfied Justice

All the toxic vials of Divine judgment poured out in God's fury against this condemned world; combined with all the eternal flames of torment in a devil’s hell; combined with all the pangs of conscience suffered in shame and fear by guilty sinners; cannot compare to the sufferings the Lord Jesus Christ experienced for His people on Calvary’s cross. God saw the travail of HIS soul and was satisfied.  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 Jn. 4:10.                                                                                 ~GE

Where Does Grace Lead?

Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them faithful. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent much of his time defending the gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self- righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Rom 6:15. Grace does not lead to sin. Grace leads to Christ. “For the love of Christ constaineth us…” 2 Cor.5:4 Truth is “The strength of sin is the law.” 1 Cor.15:56. Show me a man preaching the law, and I’ll show you a people with no hope for their sin; its penalty, power, and ultimately its presence.                             ~GE

Wait Upon the Lord

“ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...”

Is. 40:31a

Someone said to wait on the Lord is hard. It is not hard. It is impossible. Thank the Lord that what is impossible with man, is possible with God.  The word “renew” in this verse means; “to change” or exchange.  It is a supernatural work of grace in the heart that causes us to confess our weakness and trust Christ for His strength; to change our way for His way.  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10.                                         ~GE

Waiting on the Lord

If our God be Sovereign, then anytime we find ourselves waiting on anything, we are in truth, waiting on the Lord. Let us always remember that whoever or whatever seems to be holding things up, is a secondary cause. Our God is the first cause of all things and will move those secondary causes in His perfect time. The king’s heart (and everyone else’s) is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of waters, He turneth it whithersoever He will. Pr. 21:1. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a. While we wait on the coming of the Lord, let us remember that He hath made everything beautiful in His time. It will all “come to pass” exactly when the Lord purposes it to “come to pass”.                          ~GE

Am I a Sinner?

“I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Lk. 5:32. How does one know if they are a sinner? Is it, as some suggest, because they bear the burden of sorrow and shame for their sin? To be honest, our sin really does not bother us that much. The Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross is the only one that felt the full weight of sin. So, how do we know if we meet the qualification of those Christ came to save? We can only imagine that the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7 had all her life been offended by the racial slur, “gentile dog” cast at her by the Jews. But when the Lord called her a dog she immediately concurred with; “truth Lord’. Believing that you are a sinner is like everything else we believe. We believe it because God said so. We no more understand or experience the depth of our sin than anything else we believe about our salvation. Abraham BELIEVED GOD and it was counted to him for righteousness. We believe that we are sinners because God said so. “There is NONE that doeth good, no not one” Ps 14:3. “ALL we like sheep have gone astray” Is. 53:6. “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Rom. 3:23. “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores…” Is.1:6. “For by grace are you saved through faith…” Eph. 2:8. Whatever God says, saving faith says;

“TRUTH LORD”.                                                                    ~GE

Public Worship

There is no substitute for the gathering of the saints in public worship. It is the place our Lord has promised to show forth His grace and glory like no other place. May the Lord grant us the faith to anticipate hearing from and seeing the Lord Jesus every time we come together. Child of God imagine that you had nothing or very little of the written Word of God to read. Imagine there was no radio, TV, Internet, or recording devices to broadcast messages. How precious would public worship be to you? This is precisely where the vast majority of God’s people lived for most of time. I fear these “conveniences” of our modern era may diminish our need, anticipation, and consequently our profit of public worship. It need not be. These things can enhance our anticipation of, and blessings in public worship if we see them for what they are, a supplement not a substitute.                                                              ~GE

True Unity

Child of God, endeavor to keep the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:3. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1. Whatever differences we may have in the flesh, (Race, Culture, Language, Politics, Personalities) they are not only insignificant but irrelevant to our unity in Christ Jesus. Our Lord prayed, “that they all may be one; as thou Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Jn. 17:21. What a powerful testimony it is to the unbeliever to see that we all believe the same thing concerning the Lord Jesus and His successful work of redeeming His people, and that our conviction concerning the gospel causes us to overlook all other differences.                                                                                           ~GE

Though we fervently pray and sincerely hope the Lord will have mercy on others, the majority of our witnessing opportunities are for our benefit not theirs.                                                    ~GE

Effectual Prayer

Surely, we are all guilty of having asked God for things, “amiss that we may consume it upon our lust”. James 4:3. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom and love says; no, my child, that is not what you need. Is there anything we can ask of God to which He will never say no? Yes, there is. Ask for forgiveness, mercy, grace, faith, wisdom, love, righteousness, peace, hope, light, knowledge. In short, ask for Christ and with Him will come exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Eph. 3:20. One of the reasons the Lord lets us labor in prayer is to bring us to see and to seek the weightier matters, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.                           ~GE

Omniscience

When David spoke of God’s omniscience in Psalm 139, he concluded with; “such a knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

Compare that to the explanation men give for Divine omniscience. They say he looks down through the portal of time and sees who will choose him. That is not our God. That is nothing more than a Seer looking into a crystal ball. No, our God created time. He exists completely within Himself, outside of time. He has ordained everything in time to accomplish his sovereign purpose. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

Eccl. 3:14-15.                                                                            ~GE

Satisfied Justice

All the toxic vials of Divine judgment poured out in God's fury against this condemned world; combined with all the eternal flames of torment in a devil’s hell; combined with all the pangs of conscience suffered in shame and fear by guilty sinners; cannot compare to the sufferings the Lord Jesus Christ experienced for His people on Calvary’s cross. God saw the travail of HIS soul and was satisfied.  “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

1 Jn. 4:10.                                                                                 ~GE

Where Does Grace Lead?

Some people would have us believe that if we preach pure grace it will lead people to licentious living. They say if we remove the law as a guide or motivation for Christian living, people will have nothing to keep them faithful. They say to tell a person to just follow Christ doesn’t provide enough structure and will lead people to careless living. Is that where the gospel of God’s free grace in Christ Jesus leads? Grace preachers have always been, and always will be, falsely accused of this devilish lie. The apostle Paul spent much of his time defending the gospel of grace against this lawmongers view of self- righteousness. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Rom 6:15. Grace does not lead to sin. Grace leads to Christ. “For the love of Christ constaineth us…” 2 Cor.5:4 Truth is “The strength of sin is the law.” 1 Cor.15:56. Show me a man preaching the law, and I’ll show you a people with no hope for their sin; its penalty, power, and ultimately its presence.                             ~GE

Wait Upon the Lord

“ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...”

Is. 40:31a

Someone said to wait on the Lord is hard. It is not hard. It is impossible. Thank the Lord that what is impossible with man, is possible with God.  The word “renew” in this verse means; “to change” or exchange.  It is a supernatural work of grace in the heart that causes us to confess our weakness and trust Christ for His strength; to change our way for His way.  “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10.                                         ~GE

Waiting on the Lord

If our God be Sovereign, then anytime we find ourselves waiting on anything, we are in truth, waiting on the Lord. Let us always remember that whoever or whatever seems to be holding things up, is a secondary cause. Our God is the first cause of all things and will move those secondary causes in His perfect time. The king’s heart (and everyone else’s) is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of waters, He turneth it whithersoever He will. Pr. 21:1. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7a. While we wait on the coming of the Lord, let us remember that He hath made everything beautiful in His time. It will all “come to pass” exactly when the Lord purposes it to “come to pass”.                          ~GE

Am I a Sinner?

“I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Lk. 5:32. How does one know if they are a sinner? Is it, as some suggest, because they bear the burden of sorrow and shame for their sin? To be honest, our sin really does not bother us that much. The Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross is the only one that felt the full weight of sin. So, how do we know if we meet the qualification of those Christ came to save? We can only imagine that the Syrophenician woman in Mark 7 had all her life been offended by the racial slur, “gentile dog” cast at her by the Jews. But when the Lord called her a dog she immediately concurred with; “truth Lord’. Believing that you are a sinner is like everything else we believe. We believe it because God said so. We no more understand or experience the depth of our sin than anything else we believe about our salvation. Abraham BELIEVED GOD and it was counted to him for righteousness. We believe that we are sinners because God said so. “There is NONE that doeth good, no not one” Ps 14:3. “ALL we like sheep have gone astray” Is. 53:6. “ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Rom. 3:23. “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises, and putrefying sores…” Is.1:6. “For by grace are you saved through faith…” Eph. 2:8. Whatever God says, saving faith says;

“TRUTH LORD”.                                                                    ~GE

Public Worship

There is no substitute for the gathering of the saints in public worship. It is the place our Lord has promised to show forth His grace and glory like no other place. May the Lord grant us the faith to anticipate hearing from and seeing the Lord Jesus every time we come together. Child of God imagine that you had nothing or very little of the written Word of God to read. Imagine there was no radio, TV, Internet, or recording devices to broadcast messages. How precious would public worship be to you? This is precisely where the vast majority of God’s people lived for most of time. I fear these “conveniences” of our modern era may diminish our need, anticipation, and consequently our profit of public worship. It need not be. These things can enhance our anticipation of, and blessings in public worship if we see them for what they are, a supplement not a substitute.                                                              ~GE

True Unity

Child of God, endeavor to keep the unit of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph. 4:3. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1. Whatever differences we may have in the flesh, (Race, Culture, Language, Politics, Personalities) they are not only insignificant but irrelevant to our unity in Christ Jesus. Our Lord prayed, “that they all may be one; as thou Father are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Jn. 17:21. What a powerful testimony it is to the unbeliever to see that we all believe the same thing concerning the Lord Jesus and His successful work of redeeming His people, and that our conviction concerning the gospel causes us to overlook all other differences.                                                                                           ~GE

Though we fervently pray and sincerely hope the Lord will have mercy on others, the majority of our witnessing opportunities are for our benefit not theirs.                                                    ~GE

Effectual Prayer

Surely, we are all guilty of having asked God for things, “amiss that we may consume it upon our lust”. James 4:3. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father in His infinite wisdom and love says; no, my child, that is not what you need. Is there anything we can ask of God to which He will never say no? Yes, there is. Ask for forgiveness, mercy, grace, faith, wisdom, love, righteousness, peace, hope, light, knowledge. In short, ask for Christ and with Him will come exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think…” Eph. 3:20. One of the reasons the Lord lets us labor in prayer is to bring us to see and to seek the weightier matters, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.                           ~GE