Finding or losing your soul.

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 Matthew 16:25-26

“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

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To find and keep your soul you must lose it by surrendering it to Christ (who after all paid for it with his blood).

To lose your soul, and that eternally, all you need to do is hold on to it for yourself and neglect or reject the claims of Christ.

Jim Elliot, martyr among the Auca Indians in Ecuador in 1956 stated, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Christ himself, the Apostle Paul and a myriad of saints since, are testimony and examples which prove that life lived for God is the best and indeed only way to live and invest it.

Sermon by Pastor Martyn McGeown of Limerick Reformed Fellowship.

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The Justification of the Ungodly

Key subject in this the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

In summary Romans 4:4-5 teaches that when we speak of man relating to God:

  • Boasting is excluded
  • God is no man’s debtor
  • Man must realize he is ungodly
  • He must repudiate his own works
  • He must believe God justifies
  • The only righteousness acceptable to God is Christ’s

And I have to add that salvation (justification and all that follows from it) is by grace, through faith in Christ.

Sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azGsqr9sNrs

 

The Gap

“No man cometh unto the Father but by me.”  John 14:6. There is a gulf, a gap, a separation between man and God caused by sin (Isaiah 59:2). Sin is inborn in us causing us to come short of the proper purpose of all things which is the  glory of God. We cannot obey his commands. This gulf continues after death (Luke 16:26). Only Jesus Christ enables man to bridge the gap because he:

Is God and man who did no sin.

Atoned for sin in his death.

He has devolved Power from the Father to save us from the guilt, power and presence of sin.

The illustration above enabled me to understand the gospel over 40 years ago.

Praise is foreign

The Psalms exalt God and realistically portray mankind as ephemeral and sinful. Praising God is not natural for the human heart. By nature we all want praise for ourselves, we think we are good and deserve heaven. It is not until the Spirit of God, by the word of God, convinces us of our sin, of God’s righteousness and of judgment to come and Jesus Christ reveals himself in the gospel of grace that we can see ourselves as we really are and praise our creator and redeemer.

 

 

The real tragedy of terrorism

Tragic as terrorism is, it makes little difference whether we die of old age or are murdered in our prime. What matters is eternity where you will be forever. You will either be in heaven with God and his people and his angels or you will be in hell with suicide bombers and with all who hate God.

The greatest tragedy of the recent terrorist attacks is not murder, terrible as that is, but that so few are ready for what happens after death. Simply put, those who are not washed in the blood of Christ (from their sin) and clothed with his righteousness will be going to hell whether they are suicide bombers or the victims of such murders.

Adapted from editorial in English Churchman 9/16th June 2017

The only source of blessing.

People seek to bless others and the word “bless” is used indiscriminately!

Who can bless others but God alone! Blessing rests in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

When Peter addressed the Jewish crowd he stated, “Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.” (Acts 3:23)

The kindreds (peoples) of the earth are blessed in coming of the seed of Abraham namely Christ….and how are they blessed? “ Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:24). The basic way human beings are blessed are when by God’s grace they repent and believe the gospel. ONLY believers are blessed and only believers can be a blessing to others. God’s people are blessed for ever (Ps.21:6, Matthew 25:34), the reprobate wicked (who never repent) are cursed ( Prov.3:33, Matt.25:41). Do you want the blessing of God? Repent and believe. Seek a true church.

 

 

Jesus the judge

 

Peter at Cornelius the centurion’s house where these words were spoken.

Dear friend, is Jesus Christ an irrelevance, a long-dead social activist, an historical figure, a myth?  God says in Acts 10:42, “And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. ”  Jesus Christ crucified, dead, buried, raised from the dead and ascended to heaven will one day be your judge! Make absolutely sure he is your Saviour and Lord now! Repent of your sin and believe the gospel. He is the infinite creator-God become man who commands your obedience.

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Through the Bible in a year

In the Bible reading plan today (see scans) we had I Samuel 17 and Acts 9. These two chapters clearly illustrate the grace and power of God. In the first God, through David and his slingshot, fells Goliath to the earth and shows that the battle is his (v47). The Lord will destroy his enemies. In the second reading, the Lord again fells an enemy namely Saul of Tarsus but this time in grace he makes him into a servant-friend, a new man by his powerful call from heaven. Known unto God are all his works. He slays his enemies but saves some of them and makes them his friends. This is his prerogative. Which are you? And if like me you are a believer, our calling as his people is to say to his enemies, as we have opportunity, “be reconciled to God” (II Cor.5:20).

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Serve God for your own good!

 Many think that loving and serving and obeying God is a chore, a restriction on enjoying life, something to be avoided at all costs. Nothing could be further from the truth. To love and serve God is life as it was meant to be, abundant life, eternal life, the life enjoyed by the first humans in Eden. Any other way is death and separation now and for ever from the ONE who is the fount of all good. Repent and believe the Gospel, for the glory of God AND your own good!

12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

13 To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Deuteronomy 10.

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 22.