FAITH’S OBJECT IS THE LORD JESUS

GRACE ALONE!  FAITH ALONE!  CHRIST ALONE!  SCRIPTURE ALONE!  GLORY TO GOD ALONE!

Those things seem paradoxical, don’t they?  They are the five solos (to put it in English) of Reformed or Biblical doctrine.  They’re paradoxical because each is mentioned alone, yet they definitely go together.  Actually they are sequential, and must be taken in sequence in order to be properly understood.

  1.  Grace alone!  God’s irresistible grace is the start of this sequential process.  (John 6:37) “All that the the Father gives me shall come to me, and he who comes to me I will in no wise cast out.”
  2.  Faith alone!  We are drawn by grace to behold the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, i.e., to believe that He is who the Bible says He is!  (Acts 20:21)  Paul, both publicly, and from house to house went, “Testifying to Jews and Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  3.  Jesus alone saves us!  (Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other, for their is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
  4.  Scripture alone is our guide for faith and the practice of that faith!  (2 Timothy 3:16,17)  “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  5. Glory to God alone!  (Isaiah 42:8) “I am the Lord, that is my name; and my glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to carved images.”

If God has given you ears to hear, you will read concerning the five solos, agree with God, and thank Him for his “Unspeakable gift.”  In the light of such plain statements, from the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit Himself, how can we possibly do otherwise?

“Praise Him!  Praise Him!  Jesus our Blessed Redeemer! (Fanny Crosby)

As ever, with love from a sinner saved by grace.  Bill

FAITH’S OBJECT IS THE LORD JESUS

DYING IS DIFFICULT

YET JESUS WILLINGLY WENT TO THE CROSS TO SUFFER THE MOST TERRIBLE OF ALL DEATHS, THAT HE MIGHT REDEEM HIS OWN!  THINK OF THAT!

Are you one for whom the Lord Jesus suffered and died?  You may ask: How can I know that I am?  The answer is: When you hear the gospel proclaimed, and your heart is stirred to believe on Jesus Christ, your may be sure that you belong to Him.

There are many who would make becoming a Christian much more difficult than that; but they are wrong!  They are of those who have gotten the cart before the horse.  Rather than realizing that good works and faithfulness to a body of believers is the result of believing, and thereby being saved; they believe that doing those things is what saves them.  When they do that, they trample on the salvation that Jesus freely gives to those who believe in Him: To those who hate the darkness, and come to the light (John 3:14-21.

To become a Christian, one must first realize that he or she is a lost sinner (Romans 3:23).  If you know in your heart that you are indeed a sinner, then God has begun His work in you.

After the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, you will be drawn by irresistible grace, to repent of your sins, and come by faith to Jesus Christ.  No one has to lead you step by step through any process.   You may be in the presence of others when God calls you to repent and believe, or you may be alone.

If you are in a church at this time, and in the presence of believers, follow the Lord in believer’s baptism at that time if possible.  If you are alone, seek out a Bible believing church, and witness to them what has happened to you.  They will encourage you to be baptized.

Be faithful in church attendance.  Study the Bible.  The Holy Spirit will have come to live in you; seek the guidance of God in prayer daily.  Learn how to communicate the gospel, and be involved in the ministry of reconciliation for the sake of others who are lost 2 (Corinthians 5:17-21).

Keep a short account with God!  When you sin, confess it immediately (1 John 1:8,9).

I would like to hear from you, and have fellowship with you in whatever way may be possible for us to do so.  My name is Bill Biza;  Mailing address 834B, Sidney, OH 45365;  email address biza.bill747@gmail.com.

Some advice for beginning Bible Study:  Read John’s gospel.  Pray as you read.  If something seems difficult, ask God’s help.  Read slowly, and pray what you read back to God.  Think about how you might communicate what you’ve learned to someone else.  When you finish John, go on through the rest of the New Testament.  Then read the Old Testament as well. Be involved in the ministry of your Bible believing church.  Make friends of  God’s children.

A PRAYER:  Almighty God, Father, Savior, and Comforter:  Bless all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ this day.  Keep them by Your Sovereign power.  Instruct and teach them, and guide them in the Way of Jesus Christ.  In Jesus’ precious and holy name, Amen!

From one who is absolutely a sinner saved by grace.  Bill

 

 

 

 

 

DYING IS DIFFICULT

The Faith Once Delivered

Jude 3: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints.”

It is needful for we who belong to Jesus Christ to contend for the “Faith once delivered unto the saints,” today!  How do we “contend?”  By boldly declaring that Jesus Christ is Lord!  By declaring that He is our Sovereign!  By believing that He has conquered Satan, and that we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).  “Lifted up was He to die, It is finished was His cry, now in heaven exalted high, hallelujah, what a Savior!” (Philip P. Bliss)

The bold declaration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the giving of our lives to do kind deeds in Jesus’ Name, will bring spiritual revival to the Church, and bring God’s chosen out of the “Kingdom of Darkness,” into the “Kingdom of the Son of His love.” Believe it!

O God, our Father, our Savior, our Comforter: Give us grace and faith to believe your Holy Word today; that Your Word will not return to You void, but will accomplish what You please.  And, may it please You, Sovereign Lord, to revive your Church, for the sake of Jesus Christ, and His elect.  We ask it in His Holy Name,  Amen!

The Faith Once Delivered

WILL POLITICAL SAVVY SAVE THE USA?

THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION ASKED ABOVE IS NO!  We are way past that place in our country’s history.  The time of God’s judgment has come to the USA.  We’re about to see a reversal of the affluence that we’ve enjoyed from the end of World War 2.  God has allowed enemies from without and within to bring us to a place of utter stupidity in our political processes.  In the light of that, do you really think politics is going to deliver us from our spiritual, ethical, and moral dilemma?  Personally, I think not!

By saying what I said about the political process, I don’t mean that all politicians are stupid. However, there are good ones and those not so good, and the process itself is in absolute chaos because of the words “politically correct.”  Those words to me mean a lack of commitment, a refusal to trust in God, a lack of morals and ethics, and charity only for show, so others can see it.  O, and did I mention we must be silent if we are Christians.  We dare not speak forth the Word of God in an enthusiastic manner, or we may end up in jail.  That, as far as I can see, is a result of people using the political process, the US Constitution, and our country’s safeguards of the three varied branches of the government in an improper way, with the Judicial branch making laws, rather than judging the laws that have been made by the Legislative branch.  No, unless there is a change in the hearts of a significant number of our citizens, putting a lot of stock in politics will be like beating a dead horse.  You’ll get no positive results.

Meanwhile, what about Jesus?  Is He really Lord and Savior?  Is He really King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Is it true that He created all things, and without Him nothing was created that has been created?  The Bible says those things are so.  So I’ve decided to let the politicians do their jobs, and I’ll do mine.  My job is to work, pray, and witness to bring about a spiritual revival in this country.  That’s what Jesus is all about.  He’s about the business of gathering all the souls that He died for to repentance toward God the Father, and by faith to Jesus Christ Himself.  We who are in a local {church}, (translated,  from the Greek word ekklesia, and meaning a called out assembly), have been called out by the gospel, through the power of the Holy Spirit to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  In turn, we are to be engaged in the ministry of reconciliation, using everything at our disposal (that has been given us by God), to call others to faith in Jesus Christ.  The church realizing and returning to this express purpose is called revival.  The church grows when this happens, and declines (as at the present time), when we turn to worldly practices.

Hear the Word of God in Ephesians 1:10: “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he (God the Father) might gather all things in Christ, which are in heaven and which are on earth; even in him.”  Now, that is God’s supreme purpose; and it’s what we should be about in union with Him.  Read 2 Corinthians 5, and learn all you need to know about the “ministry of reconciliation,” and being Christ’s ambassador.  If that won’t float your boat, it’s because you have a hole in the hull!

You hear lots of preachers say something like this: “Nowhere in the Bible does it say there will be a spiritual awakening in the latter days.”  Conversely, neither does it say anywhere that there won’t be a spiritual awakening!  Read Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews, and Revelation, slowly, and prayerfully, if you want to get a good grasp on Christology; i.e.,  get real knowledge of just who Christ is, and a true sense of how powerful He really is; and, how  He can and will save all He died to save: His elect;  His chosen; every last one!  “Bring the wondering ones to Jesus!”

O God, our Father, our Savior and Lord, our Comforter and Teacher:  Send revival to us!  Indeed, to the entire world!  Gather in your elect to the very last, and usher in Your Kingdom in its fulness!  This we ask in the sweet and sovereign name of Jesus Christ!  Amen!.

As ever with love, from a sinner saved by grace.

Bill

 

WILL POLITICAL SAVVY SAVE THE USA?

HOW ABOUT JESUS?

What are we about?  Are we engaged in praising and glorifying God, by living for Him as if each day might be our last: Or making sure we get a good seat on the “Gospel Train” when it leaves for Heaven; and, perhaps meanwhile, making sure we’re cozy and comfortable?

My Pastor, Dale Ritts, posed a good question this morning in his sermon:  Is it about you, or is it about Jesus?  He had two texts from which he composed his sermon:  Colossians 1:12-20, about the sovereign attributes of the Lord Jesus Christ; and Luke 10:38-42, about Mary and Martha and their differences.

I won’t spend a lot of time going back over the verses, you can read them for yourself, they are, as all Scripture, quite wonderful, and will thrill the hearts of any believers, as they read and meditate.  It’s what Dale said about Mary and Martha that got me most.  It was not the usual, “yeah, Martha was alright and doing things that were needed, but, Mary was better,” type of thing.  Nor was it a discourse on how Martha was so unspiritual, as to call Mary away from learning at the feet of Jesus to help her with the meal preparation.  It was much deeper than that, and got right at the heart of where we should be in our dedication to our Sovereign Lord, who is our All in All; who is the Creator of all things; and, who is the One who died for us, totally unworthy though we all are!

To give a little background as to why this sermon touched me so, I must tell you that  I’ve been having a lot of thoughts lately as to whether I should buy a gun for protection or not.  My heart tells me to listen to God’s Holy Word, in Psalm 62:1,2: “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense, I shall not be greatly moved.”

Now, I served my country in the military, and I would do so again, because I believe it was , and still is, my duty.  But whether I will run out and buy a gun because I think it’s up to me to protect myself and my wife (as if God is unable), I don’t think so.  In fact, as I think about these things at this particular time, I believe I would rather die myself, than take another’s life.  This is new thinking for me.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve never been one to shy away from a fight, even as a Christian.  But, as I was asked, “What about Jesus,” not just His Person; but the things He taught, I had to consider a change of heart.  Does he want me to take up arms at this time, or to trust Him completely.  The answer comes back, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

It’s my firm belief that the only thing that will save our country at this time is a spiritual revival.  Not the hoop and holler kind, but one that gets at the heart and soul in the way of real conviction; and one that produces real godly repentance to the extent that lives are changed.  The crooks quit crooking; the liars quit lying; and the people who have a low view of human life quit looking for opportunities to kill.  Is such a thing possible?  I don’t know; but I’m putting my eggs in that bucket, rather than the “shoot’em first and let God sort’em out theory.”

For the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Gospel,

Bill

HOW ABOUT JESUS?

Dig in! It’s going to get rough!

We are living in the post Christian era!  When I first read that notion, years ago, I was angry.  My thought was, “That’s not so!”  However, I was wrong.  In the sense that the world is less influenced by Christianity than it was, we most certainly are, in a “post Christian era,” where Jesus Christ actually has less influence on society in general, than the Beatles.  What should the effect of that be on Bible believing Christians?  We need to “Dig in.”  As Paul said to Timothy, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom, preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort with complete patience and teaching.  For the time will come when people will not endure sound teaching; but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from the truth, and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

This degradation into apostasy began in the fourth century, and continues to the present day, becoming more and more prevalent.  We see now, with the modern, and then the post-modern movements reaching their apex, the full blown result of people having itching ears.  Most that is called “Christianity” today, is no more than a strictly nominal rendering of the word.  It has no more to do with the Lord Jesus Christ and grace, faith, salvation, redemption,  and reconciliation (the Biblical doctrines of grace), than arsenic has to do with nutritious food.  They simply use these words, and give them different meanings.

Dale Ritts, the pastor of the Oran (Ohio), Congregational Christian Church, where I’m a member, says that churches in the USA, have become apathetic in their outreach to the poor, and the disenfranchised.  He tells us regularly that preaching, “Come to Christ” is not enough.  Paul says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 13, i.e., “If we speak with tongues of men and angels and don’t have charity or love, we are like sounding brass (horns), and banging cymbals,” making a lot of noise; but accomplishing little in the relief of humankind, spiritually or physically; and most certainly ineffective to the saving of souls.  Who indeed will believe our rhetoric about Christ, if it isn’t backed up with kind deeds?

That brings me back to the point that we need to “dig in.”  We need to be firmly entrenched in the gospel, and in the Word of God, together.  The entire gospel, i.e., the good news, is that Jesus not only cares about your soul; but about your physical person as well.  If we, as followers of Christ don’t reflect our love for people by seeing, (as much as is possible for us to do) to their physical well being, we may as well keep our mouths shut about eternal life!

We’re at war!  We’re fighting Satan and the forces of evil; principalities and powers in high places (be that political entities or demons), and the weapons of our warfare aren’t of the flesh – they are spiritual.  They will, nonetheless pull down every high and lofty notion that’s against God, if we stick to our purpose!

Now it’s confession time!  I’ve been terribly guilty in blaming others for not preaching and living the truth, and I’m just as guilty as anyone and everyone else!  As  Harry Truman said, the buck stops here!  I’m going to throw myself into the battle for Truth today.  If you want to join me, contact me at biza.bill747@gmail.com.  We should pray for one another and be in Covenant together in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to all of you, from a sinner saved by grace,

Bill

P.S.  This isn’t ecumenism that I’m speaking of, nor is it denominationalism.  It’s Covenant Christianity sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  It’s for those who believe spiritual revival is the world’s only hope, and who will pray and work to that end.  It’s for those who are willing to be bond slaves for Jesus Christ.  Bill

 

Dig in! It’s going to get rough!