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Justification: Its Immediate and and Only Ground, ...
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Belief a Choice?
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:36 AM
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Yesterday at 07:18 AM Justification: Its Immediate and and Only Ground, ... by Pilgrim

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Many have admitted that the Justification of sinners is connected with the Mediatorial work of Christ, as its meritorious cause; while they have denied that it rests on His righteousness as its immediate and only ground. They have not ventured to set aside His merits altogether, or to say that His redeeming work had no influence in procuring our pardon and acceptance, with God; on the contrary, they have professed to do signal homage to the merits of Christ, by acknowledging both their indispensable necessity, and their certain efficacy, but only as a means of procuring for us those terms of salvation, and that measure of grace, which render it possible for us to be justified by our personal obedience; while they have utterly rejected the idea that His righteousness is, or can be, imputed to us. Others, again, have admitted a real and important, but partial and imperfect, imputation of His righteousness; and have restricted it to the merits of His passive, as distinguished from that of His active, obedience,—thereby leaving our Justification to rest, partly on His atoning sacrifice, and partly on our personal holiness in heart and life. It is necessary, therefore, to show that His righteousness,—considered as the entire merit of His whole Mediatorial work,—is not only the meritorious cause, but also the immediate ground, of our Justification; and for this end, to inquire—What that righteousness is by which alone we can be justified,—why it is said to be the righteousness of God, or the merit of Christ,—and how it becomes ours, so as to be available for our Justification?

So "Why?" some may ask are we adding yet another article on the doctrine of justification? The answer is very simple... NECESSITY!! The necessity is due to the promulgation of various heresies within the church which for the most part go unnoticed. And when such heresies are detected, they are rarely if ever dealt with by the majority of denominations or individual churches. What are these heresies which are being taught, both at the local level and in once orthodox seminaries? They are known by various names, e.g., Federal Vision, NPP (New Perspectives on Paul, Shepherdism, etc.

One of the main tenets that is being taught has to do with the imputation of Christ's active obedience. Terms, as is typically done by those espousing heresy, are redefined but rarely is the redefining openly stated. In this case, the term "imputation" is sometimes denied but most often it is redefined to mean something other than what the Church has understood and taught it to mean. But most serious is the blatant denial that justification is grounded upon the imputation of Christ's active obedience which is the ONLY SUFFICIENT ground for justification of a sinner by God. This imputation of Christ's active obedience is a ONCE FOR ALL declaration of God that the sinner is not guilty of both the imputed guilt of Adam's sin but also of any actual sin committed. In short, the sinner is clothed in Christ's righteousness and thus acceptable before God and even adopted as a son and guaranteed eternal life from the moment the sinner is united to Christ by a true living faith.

There is no subsequent justification that allegedly takes place at the final judgment where God takes into account the sinner's faith AND any good works, aka: obedience to the covenant, the keeping of God's moral law. And upon the basis of both of these elements is either pronounced justified or guilty. Thus, it is imperative that every true child of God understand this doctrine as thoroughly as possible and pray for discernment as given by the Spirit to be kept from being led astray as did the Galatians in Paul's day. It is hoped that this article along with all the others that are available on The Highway will serve as a means to that end.

You can read this month's article here: Justification: Its Immediate and and Only Ground, the Imputed Righteousness of Christ.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 5:35 AM Election by chestnutmare

Now if it is demanded why God pities that one part and forsakes and leaves and abandons the other, there is no other answer but that it so pleases him. Upon the preaching of the gospel in a place, some will be affected with lively faith in their hearts and others will go away as they came without benefiting at all, or else they harden themselves against God and betray the stubbornness that was hidden in them before. What is the reason for this difference? Even this, that God directs the one sort by his Holy Spirit and leaves the other sort in their natural corruption.

You see then that the thing in which God’s goodness shines forth most to us, is that by the preaching of the gospel to us we have, as it were, a token that he has pitied us, loves us, calls us and allures us to him. But when the doctrine preached to us is received by us with heart and affection, that is yet a further and more special token by which we perceive that God intends to be our Father and has adopted us to be his children. Not without reason, then, St. Paul says in this passage that we are blessed by God even according to His election of us beforehand. For it is not that we have come to him; it is not that we have sought him. But the saying of the prophet Isaiah [65:1] must be fulfilled in every respect, namely, that God shows himself to such as did not seek him, and that such as were far off see him near at hand, and then he say to them, ‘Here I am, here I am. Although you have despised me, yet I vouchsafe to come to you because I have a care for your salvation.’ Thus we see what St. Paul was aiming at in this passage.”

In short, we have to note here that we shall never know where our salvation comes from till we have lifted up our minds to God’s eternal counsel by which he has chosen whom he pleased and left the remainder in their confusion and ruin. Now then it is no marvel that some men think this doctrine to be strange and hard, for it does not fit in at all with man’s natural understanding. If a man asks of the philosophers, they will always tell him that God loves such as are worthy of it, and that, since virtue pleases him, he also marks out such as are given that way to claim them for his people. You see then that, after our own imagination, we shall judge that God puts no other difference between men, in loving some and in hating others, than each man’s own worthiness and deserving. But, at the same time, let us also remember that in our own understanding there is nothing but vanity and that we must not measure God by our own yardstick, and that it is too excessive a presumption to impose law upon God so that it would not be lawful for him to do anything but that which we could conceive and which might seem just in our eyes.”

“You see then that the reason why some men find this doctrine hard and irksome is because they are too much wedded to their own opinion and cannot submit themselves to God’s wisdom, to receive his sayings soberly and modestly. And truly we ought to take warning from what St. Paul says, namely, that the natural man does not understand God’s secrets but regards them as stark foolishness [1 Cor. 2:14] And why? Because we are not his counsellors but must have things revealed to us by his Holy Spirit, or else we shall never know them, and we must have them in such a measure as he gives them to us.
~ John Calvin

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:25 AM The death of Jesus by John_C

I may not be asking this correctly, so feel free to change the question(s).

When Jesus was crucified was it only His human nature that died, not His divine nature? How does blood reflect in His divine nature? Is it absent? The definition of nature comes into play on this. I am sitting on the sidelines of a vigorous debate online on another forum concerning those topics.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 1:30 AM Scripture Inherency by Tom

I just finished reading an article by someone who believes (as I do) that the Scriptures are inherent. Yet he also says that it is wrong to believe that this is an essential view of the faith.
You can read that article at: http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/20...pid-statements/
Although I certainly can understand where the author of the article is coming from, I find myself disagreeing with him on this point. In fact if I understand passages such as 2 Tim. 3:14-16, they actually claim Scripture to be inherent.
The author makes the statement that it is stupid to say that if the Bible is not inherent, then Christianity is false. Yet seeing how the Bible claims to be inherent, then if it isn’t then logically seeing how Christianity is based on God’s Word; wouldn’t this be a contradiction if indeed it wasn’t inherent?
Tom

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Monday, September 1, 2014 8:36 PM Book of Revelation Question by calvin

Using the book of Revelation ONLY and setting aside our presuppositions as partial preterists, historicists or futurists, can it be determined which of the two beasts in Revelation is the one to be "numbered"?

"According to Revelation verses ... and ... it can be determined that it is the ...... beast that is the numbered one."

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