The Baptism Of The Spirit Enters Each Believer Into Actual
And Spiritual Union With Jesus Christ: 1 Co 12.13; Ac 1.5; Eph 4.5; Jo
The Carnal As Well As The Spiritual Believer Are In Union
With Christ. Fellowship Does Not Effect This Position Of Salvation: 1 Co
Position In Christ Protect The Believer From The Final Judgment
Of Condemnation: Ro 8.1
Position In Christ Qualifies The Believer To Live With God
Forever: 2 Co 5.21; 1 Jo 5.11-12
We Share Christ's Election And Predestination Because Of
Our Union With Him: Eph 1.3-6
Position In Christ Produces A New Creation: 2 Co 5.17
Position In Christ Guarantees Eternal Security: Ro 8.38-39
Position In Christ Identifies Us With Christ's Death And
Ressurection: Ro 6; Col 2.12; 3.3
We As Believers Share With Christ:
His Righteousness: 2 Co 5.21
His Life: 1 Jo 5.11-12
His Destiny: Eph 1.3-6
His Sonship: 2 Ti 2.1
His Heirship: Ro 8.16-17
His Sanctification: 1 Co 1.2, 30
His Kingdom: 2 Pe 1.11
His Priesthood: He 10.10-14
Positional Truth Explained: Ro 6.1-10 Compared With 1 Co
Position In Christ (Part Two)
The Holy Spirit Is The Means Of Our Position In Christ: 1
We Are Identified With Christ By Salvation: 1 Co 1.2
Position In Christ Allows Us To Share His Righteousness,
Sanctification, And Redemption: 1 Co 1.30
Position In Christ Frees The Believer From Damnation: Ro
A Proper Understanding Of Position In Christ Explains The
Doctrine Of Election, As We Share Christ's Election: Eph 1.3-6; Ro 8.29-30
Position In Christ Makes Us New Creatures: 2 Co 5.17
Position In Christ Identifies Us With The Spiritual Death
Of Christ On The Cross: Col 3.3-4
"Repentance" Biblically Never Means To "Feel Sorry For Something",
But To "Change Your Mind Or Position".
In The Old Testament The Hebrew Nacham Means To "Change
Your Mind, Policy, Or Way Of Life". :Gen 6.6; Exo 32.14; Jud 2.18; 1 Sam
15.35; Psa 90.13; Jer 15.6; 42.10; Amos 7.3-6
In The New Testament The Greek Metanoeo Means To Change
"Your Way Of Thinking". Metanoeo Alone Does Not Bring Salvation,
But Prepares You For Salvation By Faith In Jesus Christ: Mk 1.15;
Mat 12.41; Lu 13.3-5; 15.7-10; 16.30-31; Ac 17.30; 20.21; 26.20; He 12.17;
2 Pe 3.9
Backslidden Believers Are To Repent And Return To Fellowship
With Their Saviour: He 6.1; Rev 2.5; 16.22; 3.19; 2 Co 12.21
Though Translated As "Repent", These Verses Would Have Been
Better Been Translated "Regret" In The King James Version: Mat 21.29; 27.3;
Ro 11.29; He 7.21
Of The Believer
Nothing Can Take Us From The Love Of God: Ro 8.38-39
God Keeps The Believer From Losing His Salvation: Psa 37.24
As Long As God The Father Is Greater Than All, We Are Secure:
Even If We Are Faithless, God Is Faithful: 2 Ti 2.13
Since We Did Nothing To Be Born, We Can Do Nothing To Be
Unborn: Jo 1.12-13
Children Cannot Choose Their Parents: Gal 3.26-27
Since God Has An Inheritance Reserved In Heaven For Us He
Must Know That We Are Going To Enter Heaven: 1 Pe 1.3-5
God Wills Our Eternal Salvation: 2 Pe 3.9
God Is More Than Powerful Enough To Keep Us From Losing Our
Salvation: Jude 24
The Head Will Not Leave The Body To Rot: Col 1.18; 1 Co 12.21
The Perfect Tense Of The Greek Sozo, Found In Ephesians
2.8, Means "To Be Saved In The Past With Continuing Results Into The Future",
I.E. Eternal Security
Since We Were Not Saved By Works, We Cannot Be Lost By Our
Works After Salvation: Eph 2.8
From the testimony of the Scriptures,
a Christian should know that he is saved. There is abundant Biblical witness
on this point, and it can hardly be deemed commendable to be in doubt on
this vital question; yet to many it may seem to be presumptuous in the
extreme for one to be assured of his own salvation. Where there is a lack
of assurance there is usually an impression that so long as the daily life
is quite imperfect (and how immodest it would be to claim that it is otherwise)
it is unreasonable to do any more than hope that through some special exercise
of mercy on God's part it will not be as bad in the end as it might otherwise
be. Unwittingly such attitudes of mind disclose the appalling fact that
persons who hold such views have never turned from dependence on their
own works and merit to a dependence on the all sufficient work and merit
of Christ. If salvation depends in any degree on personal goodness, there
could not be even a saved person in the world, and therefore no ground
in it for assurance. Salvation is not offered to those who have purposed
to be good, or religious, nor is it guaranteed to those who hope God will
Himself be good and gracious in the end. It is offered to all meritless,
helpless sinners who are willing to believe that God has already been good
in that He has provided, in Christ, not only what they need now, but all
they need in time and for eternity. This, too, is believed on no other
evidence than that God has said it in His Word. In looking away from self
and one's failure to Christ and His saving grace, one will find adequate
grounds for a God-honoring certainty as to position and destiny in Christ
Jesus. No life would ever be good enough to merit anything but condemnation
from a holy God if judged on the grounds of moral equity. On the other
hand, no sinner has fallen so low, or is so weak in himself, that he cannot
find absolute rest and assurance of his salvation in looking away to Christ
and the finished provisions of His grace. The attitude one may hold on
the question of assurance may thus become somewhat of a test as to whether
he has really believed on Christ, although it should not be assumed that
such is invariably the case.
There are certain general facts about Christian assurance
which may well be stated. The evidence underlying a positive conviction,
or assurance as to personal salvation, is primarily the fact of the faithfulness
of God as revealed in the Word. When God has made an unconditional declaration
of His faithfulness, it is hardly becoming in one of His children to entertain
any uncertainty in those things which He has promised. He has promised
to save and keep all who put their trust in Him. Having put one's trust
in Him for salvation, one must either believe Him to do what He has said,
or in the measure in which one fails to do so suppose Him to be untrue.
At this point a doubt is sometimes expressed as to whether
one has really believed in the saving way. As a matter of f act, such a
doubt is still one in regard to himself rather than of God. This, of course,
is another question altogether; but one so important that nothing else
can be undertaken or determined until it is settled. The only cure for
this uncertainty is to end it with certainty. Let such an one f ace his
own utter sinfulness and meritlessness with the revelations of the cross
and discover, as he must, no hope in himself, and then and there, once
for all, appropriate the provisions of divine grace for every need of a
sin-cursed soul. If need be, note the very day and hour of such a decision
and then believe in the decision itself enough to thank God for His saving
grace and faithfulness, and in every thought, act and word thereafter treat
the decision as final and real. It is the crying need of a multitude of
religious people that they bring themselves to some final dealing with
the Son of God with regard to their sins and His salvation. They should
be positive enough in this matter to face the eternal question before Him
as to whether they choose to stand in His grace alone, or in something
within themselves, even in the slightest degree. No very deep conviction
of assurance can grow in any heart where the mind is still wondering whether
it has really believed in a saving way, and where no impressions of certainty
are allowed to take root. Confidence in the faithfulness of God will not
thrive when one is constantly singing hymns which have been written to
voice the position of the unsaved, such as the hymn in which one is assuming
to be "coming to the cross." Let that issue be sealed and past, so far
as salvation is concerned, and rather let one be occupied with those blessings
which are vouchsafed to those who have believed. It would be much more
reasonable to sing "In the cross of Christ I glory."
Assurance is born of confidence in Christ. He has said:
"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Having come, there
is but one question remaining: "Has He cast me out?" This, it will be noted,
is a serious question involving the very trust-worthiness of Christ. To
doubt salvation at this point is not modest or commendable: it is the sin
of distrusting God, or making Him untrue. Without faith it is impossible
to please God. On the other hand, it is quite possible for one in facing
this question to seal his confidence in God by a faithful "Amen" to every
word God has spoken as to His plan and purpose in salvation. Who can look
at the cross of Christ and not be convinced that God's love has been manifested
toward us and that He Who paid such a price to redeem us will not instantly
receive any soul that trusts in Him?
The word of Scripture becomes the title deed, or official
writings, as to the certainty of the transaction. "These things have I
written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life." Such wonderful knowledge, therefore, is
to be gained through the things written. The written things are His exceeding
great and precious promises; but these promises can be of no avail to the
heart that will not believe Him, or take Him at His word. Normal Christian
experience and the joy and peace that results from believing can never
even begin in the heart until God has been trusted to the extent that the
record of His saving grace has been believed and received.
There is a normal Christian experience. There are new
and blessed emotions and desires. Old things do pass away, and behold all
things do become new; but all such experiences are but secondary evidence,
as to the fact of salvation, in that they grow out of that positive repose
of faith which is the primary evidence. There is very much Scripture about
the results that are sure to appear in a transformed life. True salvation
must result in just such realities. It is inconceivable that Christ should
come to live in a human heart and its experiences remain unchanged. There
must be, under such conditions, a new and vital relationship to God the
Father, to fellow Christians and to Christ Himself, a, new attitude toward
prayer, toward the Word, toward sin and toward the unsaved. This is the
viewpoint of the Apostle James when he contends so earnestly for works
that" will justify. It must be remembered, however, that James is here
concerned with the appearance our professions make to the outside world.,
rather than of our acceptance before God. Men can judge only by the outward
appearance, and works alone can justify the Christian profession in their
sight. God looks on the heart and before Him no works can avail. Before
God man must be justified by faith alone. This, James clearly asserts to
be true as illustrated in the case of Abraham (James 2:23).
The First Epistle of John is full of references to the
outward evidence of the inward fact of the newly imparted divine life.
This little book, standing near the end of the Bible, may be taken, in
one sense, as an examination of the believer. "Hereby we know that we know
him, if we keep his commandments" (there is no reference here to the commandments
of Moses) ; "In this the children of God are manifested, and the children
of the devil: whoso doeth not righteousness is not of God (cf. John 6:28,29),
neither he, that loveth not his brother"; "We know that we have passed
from death unto life, because we love the brethren"; "Whosoever doeth not
righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother"; "And
hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given
us"; "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love"; "And we have
seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the
world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth
in him, and he in God" (cf. 1 Cor. 12:3).
Such a precious experience as is described by these passages
may become clouded by sin or lost in the depression of some physical weakness,
and were we depending upon the experience as primary evidence that we are
saved, all grounds of assurance would be swept away. The primary evidence
is clearly stated in the same Epistle as the final word of testing here
given and the final grounds of confidence: "If we receive the witness of
men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which
he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath
the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar;
because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this
is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is
in his Son. He that hath the Son hath the life; and he that hath not the
Son of God hath not the life. These things (about having the life) have
I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that we
may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name
of the Son of God" (1 John 5:9-13). The possession of the indwelling Son
of God is the abiding fact of the newly created life in Him, and should
never be confused with some imperfect and changeable experience in the
daily life. He is received by faith. His presence most naturally leads
to blessed new realities in experience. Certainly experience never leads
to the realities of the presence of the indwelling Son of God.
The Bible use of the word "assurance" will be found in
several passages: "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance
of faith" (Heb. 10:22). This is the confidence that grows out of a repose
of faith in the faithfulness of God that He will fulfill every word He
has spoken. "And unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding"
(Col. 2:2). This is the breadth of confidence that grows as one increasingly
enters into the vastness of God's revelation of His grace in Christ Jesus.
Some are so limited in spiritual vision when they believe that their first
step in faith is centered on one promise alone. To such there will be a
growing understanding and a corresponding increase of confidence and assurance
as other promises and facts of grace are apprehended. "And we desire that
every one of you do shew the same diligence of the full assurance of hope
unto the end" (Heb. 6:11). Here is a reference to that assurance which
is the full conviction that every promise and revelation concerning the
future will be surely fulfilled. This, like all assurance, is simply the
result of believing God.
(Dr. Lewis S. Chafer, Salvation, 1917,
Sunday School Times Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1919 edition, Chapter VIII,
Election Demands Unlimited Atonement: 2 Co 5.18-19; 1 Jo
All Christians Are Elected In Christ: 2 Ti 2.10
Christ Was Elected: Isa 42.1; 1 Pe 2.4-6
We Are Elect Because We Are In Christ: Eph 1.4
All Penalty For Our Sins Was Paid For By Christ On The Cross:
The Record Of Payment Is In The Bible: Psa 22.1-6; Mat 27.45-46;
Doctrine Of The
God Gave Man The Breath Of Lives (Literal Translation):
The Human Spirit Is Separate From The Soul: Heb 4.12
When Man Disobeyed God In The Garden, Man Died Spiritually:
Gen 3.6-7; 2.17
This Spiritual Death Was Passed On To All Of Adam's Progeny:
Since The Unbeliever Doesn't Have A Human Spirit (I.E. He
Is Spiritually Dead), He Is Cut Off From God: 1 Co 2.14
The Unbeliever Lives His Daily Life Operating Under An Old
Sin Nature, Conscience, And Soulishly: Jude 19
Believers Have A Human Spirit (I.E. They Are Spiritually
Alive): 1 Thes 5.23; Ro 8.16
Since We Have A Human Spirit We Are Enabled To Operate By
It: Eph 4.20-24
The Holy Spirit Must Empower Unbelievers To Understand The
Gospel, So They Can Be Saved: Jo 16.8-11
Because Of Christ, We As Believers Have Eternal Life Imputed
(Given Though Not Earned) To Us: 1 Jo 5.11-12
Because Of Christ We Shall Be Ressurected: 1 Co 15.17-22
Because Of Christ We Who Believe Are Adopted Sons:
We Also Have Imputed Righteousness: 2 Co 5.21; Ro 9.30-33
(Declaration Of Righteousness)
We Are Justified Because Of Faith In The Finished Work Of
Christ: Ro 4.1-5
Christ, Because He Was Ressurected, Guarantees Our Justification:
Because We Are Justified We Are The Heirs Of God: Tit 3.7
We Are Justified By Grace (The Free Gift Of God) Only:
Neither Your Works, Or The Law Of Moses, Can Save You: Gal
Logistical Grace Is The Term Theologians Use To Describe
God's Provision Of Sustenance To All Mankind:
Logistical Grace Provides For The Survival Of The Human Race
So That Man May Be Able To Accept Christ As Saviour.
God's Command Demands Logistical Grace: 2 Pe 3.18
We Are Not To Worry, But To Trust To God's Provision: Phil
Logistical Grace Protects Us:
From The Enemy: Deu 33.27
From Starvation: Psa 37.25; Phil 4.19
God Guides Us Through Life And Death: Psa 48.14
He Gives Us Gifts So We Can Function In The Plan Of God:
1 Co 12.7-10
He Gives All Believers The Ability To Understand The Word
Of God: 1 Co 2.10-13
Guardian Angels Are Assigned To Believers To Protect Them
From Satan's Destructive Forces: Heb 1.14
We Are Given A Permanent Priesthood So We Can Approach God
For Our Needs: 1 Pe 2.9
We Are Given Privacy By God: 1 Co 2.15
The Completed Canon Of Scripture Is Given To Believers: 2
Logistical Grace (Part
Logistical Grace For The Sustenance Of Life: Mat 6.24-34
Logistical Grace In Spiritual Blessing: Eph 1.3
Logistical Grace In Righteousness, Life, And Death: Psa 23
Logistical Grace In Serving God: Heb 12.28-29
Grace In Growth: 2 Pe 3.18
Grace And Stability: 1 Pe 5.12
Grace In Divine Production: 1 Co 15.10
Grace In Prayer: Heb 4.16
Grace In Suffering: 2 Co 12.9-10
(Christ's Payment For Us)
Christ Was The Propitiation For Our Sins: Ro 3.24-26
Christ Is The Payment For The Sins Of The World: 1 Jo 2.2
Christ Reconciled Us To Christ At The Cross: Eph 2.14-17
The Blood, Or Death Of Christ, Was The Basis Of Our Reconciliation:
The Results Of Our Reconciliation Is Our Salvation From Wrath:
Christ Is The Person Of Reconciliation: Ac 10.36
Redemption Comes From God Alone: Psa 34.22
Specifically, The Cross Of Christ Bought Our Redemption:
1 Pe 1.18-19; Heb 9.11-15
We As Believers Are Redeemed From The Curse Of The Law: Gal
Redemption Brings Forgiveness Of Sins: Eph 1.7
Redemption Is The Basis Of Our Reconciliation To God: 2 Co
Benefits Of Salvation (Dr. Lewis
In considering the Bible doctrine
of salvation it is important to distinguish between those things which
have already been done for all, and those things which are done for the
individual at the instant he believes. The sum total of that which has
been done for both classes constitutes "the riches of grace in Christ Jesus."
But the things divinely accomplished at the instant of believing alone
form that aspect of salvation which is already accomplished in and for
the one who believes. This is salvation in its past tense aspect, i. e.,
salvation from the guilt, penalty and condemnation of sin. This portion
of the doctrine of salvation, like the other tense aspects, includes only
what God is said to do for man, and nothing whatsoever that man is said
to do for God, or for himself. There is an important distinction to be
made, as well, between the drawing, convincing work of the Spirit for the
unsaved when He convinces of sin, righteousness and judgment, and "the
things that accompany salvation." The former is the work of God in bringing
the unsaved who are blinded by Satan (2 Cor. 4:3, 4) to an intelligent
decision for Christ; the latter is the outworking of that salvation after
they believe. So, also, there is a difference to be noted between the work
of God in the past tense aspect of salvation and the growth and development
of the one who is thus saved. He is to "grow in grace and in the knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." He is to be "changed from glory to
glory." These, too, are divine undertakings for the individual, and are
in no way a part of that which is wrought of God the moment one believes.
Most of the great doctrinal epistles of the New Testament
may be divided into a general two-fold division: namely, first, that which
represents the work of God already accomplished for the believer, and,
second, that which represents the life and work of the believer for God.
The first eight chapters of Romans contain the whole doctrine of salvation
in its past and present tense aspects: the last section, beginning with
chapter twelve (chapters nine to eleven being parenthetical in the present
purpose of God for Israel) is an appeal to the saved one to live as it
becomes one thus saved. This section opens with the words, "I beseech you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service." Such a manner of life is naturally to be expected from the one
who has been divinely changed. It is a "reasonable service." So the entire
closing section of Romans is an exhortation to that manner of life befitting
one who is saved.
The first three chapters of Ephesians present the work
of God for the individual in bringing him to his exalted heavenly position
in Christ Jesus. Not one exhortation will be found in this section. The
helpless sinner could do nothing to further such an undertaking. The last
section, beginning with chapter 4, is altogether an appeal for a manner
of life befitting one raised to such an exalted heavenly position. The
first verse, as in the opening words of the hortatory section of Romans,
is an epitome of all that follows: "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called."
The first two chapters of Colossians reveal the glory
of the Son of God and the believer's present position as identified with
Him in resurrection life. This is followed by the two closing chapters,
which are an appeal that may again be briefly condensed into the first
two verses of the section: "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above."
It is important to note the divine order in presenting
these most vital issues. The positions to which the believer is instantly
lifted by the power and grace of God are always mentioned first and without
reference to any human merit or promises. Following this is the injunction
for a consistent life in view of the divine blessing.
It is obvious that no attempt to imitate this manner of
life could result in such exalted positions; but the positions, when wrought
of God, create an entirely new demand in life and conduct (in the Word
of God these demands are never laid upon unregenerate men). Such is always
the order in grace. First, the unmerited divine blessing; then the life
lived in the fullness of power which that blessing provides. Under the
law varying blessings were given at the end according to the merit: under
grace full measure of transformation is bestowed at the beginning and there
follows an appeal for a consistent daily life. It is the divine purpose
that a Christian's conduct should be inspired by the fact that he is already
saved and blessed with all the riches of grace in Christ Jesus, rather
than by the hope that an attempted imitation of the Christian standard
of conduct will result in salvation.
In turning to the Scriptures to discover what it has pleased
God to reveal of His saving work in the individual at the instant he believes,
it will be found that there are at least thirty-three distinct positions
into which such an one is instantly brought by the sufficient operation
of the infinite God. All of these transformations are superhuman, and,
taken together, form that part of salvation which is already the portion
of every one who has believed. Of these thirty-three positions at least
five important things may be said:
First, They are not experienced. They are facts of the
newly created life out of which most precious experiences may grow. For
example, justification is never experienced; yet it is a new eternal fact
of divine life and relationship to God. A true Christian is more than a
person who feels or acts on a certain high plane: he is one who, because
of a whole inward transformation, normally feels and acts in all the limitless
heavenly association with his Lord.
Second, The Christian positions are not progressive. They
do not grow, or develop, from a small beginning. They are as perfect and
complete the instant they are possessed as they ever will be in the ages
to come. To illustrate, sonship does not grow into fuller sonship, even
though a son may be growing. An old man is no more the son of his earthly
father at the day of his death than he was at the day of his birth.
Third These positions are in no way related to human merit.
It was while we were, yet sinners that Christ died for the ungodly. There
is a legitimate distinction to be made between good sons and bad sons;
but both equally possess sonship if they are sons at all. God is said to
chasten His own because they are sons, but certainly not that they may
become sons. Human merit must be excluded. It cannot be related to these
divine transformations of grace; nor could they abide eternally the same
if depending by the slightest degree on the finite resources. They are
made to stand on the unchanging Person and merit of the eternal Son of
God. There are other and sufficient motives for Christian conduct than
the effort to create such eternal facts of the divine life. The Christian
is "accepted (now and forever) in the beloved."
Fourth, Every position is eternal by its very nature.
The imparted life of God is as eternal in its character as its Fountain
Head. Hence the Word of His grace: "I give unto them eternal life and they
shall never perish." The consciousness and personal realization of such
relationship to God may vary with the daily walk of the believer; but the
abiding facts of the new being are never subject to change in time or eternity.
Fifth, These positions are known only through a divine
revelation. They defy human imagination, and since they cannot be experienced
their reality can be entered into only by believing the Word of God. These
eternal riches of grace are for the lowest sinner who will only believe.
That God may in some measure be glorified, some. if not
all, of these position are here given. "That half has never been told."
The reader is humbly invited to remember that these things are now true
of each one who believes, and if there should be the slightest doubt
as to whether he has believed that question can be forever settled even
before the following pages are read:
I. In the Eternal Plan of God:
Foreknown, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate
to be conformed to the image of his Son" (Rom. 8:29. See also 1 Pet. 1:2).
Elect, "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God"
(1 Thes. 1:4. See also 1 Pet.1:2; Rom. 8:33; Col. 3:12; Tit. 1:1).
Predestinated, "Being predestinated according to the purpose
of him who worketh all things after the council of his own will" (Eph.1:11;
Rom. 8.29, 30; Eph. 1:5).
Chosen, "For many are called, but few are chosen" (Mt. 22:14;
1 Pet. 2:4).
Called, "Faithful is he that calleth you" (1 Thes. 5:24,
Reconciled by God, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled
us to himself by Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 5:18, 19; Col. 1:20).
Reconciled to God, "Much more being reconciled to God" (Rom.
5:10; 2 Cor. 5:20).
Redeemed by God, "In whom we have redemption through his
blood" (Col. 1:14; 1 Pet. 1:18; Rom. 3:24, etc.).
Out of all condemnation, "There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1; John 5:24; 1 Cor.11:32; John
IV. Related to God Through a Propitiation:
"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours
only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2; Rom. 3:25,
V. All Sins Covered By Atoning Blood:
"Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree"
(1 Pet. 2:24; Rom. 4:25, etc.).
VI. Vitally Conjoined to Christ for Judgment of the "Old Man" Unto a New
"Crucified with Christ," "Knowing this, that our old man
was crucified with him" (Rom. 6:6).
"Dead with Christ," "Now if we be dead with Christ" (Rom.
6:8) ; "We being dead to sin" (1 Pet. 2:24).
"Buried with him," "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism
into death" (Rom.6:4; Col. 2:12).
Raised with Christ to walk by a new life, principle, "That
like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4; Col. 3:1).
VII. Free from the Law:
"Dead," "Wherefore, my brethren, ye, also are dead to the
law by the body of Christ" (Rom. 7:4).
"Delivered," "Now we are delivered from the law" (Rom. 7:6;
Gal. 3:25; Rom. 6:14; 2 Cor. 3:11).
VII. Children of God:
"Born again," "Ye must be born again"(John 3:7; 1:12; 1 Pet.
"Quickened," or made alive, "And you hath he quickened, who
were dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13).
"Sons of God," "Beloved, now are we the sons of God" (1.
John 3:3; 2 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 3:26).
"A new creation," "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature"
(creation) (2 Cor.5:17; Gal. 6:15; Eph. 2:10).
"Regeneration," "But according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Tit. 3:5;
John 13:10; 1 Cor. 6:11).
IX. Adopted (placed as adult sons):
"Ye have received the Spirit of adoption" (Rom. 8:15, etc.
So, also, a future adoption, see Rom. 8:23, etc.).
X. Acceptable to God by Jesus Christ:
"Made the righteousness of God in him," "Even the righteousness
of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that
believe" (Rom. 3:22; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9).
Sanctified positionally,, "Christ Jesus, who is made unto
us ... sanctification" (1 Cor.1 :30; 6:11). This is in no way to be confused
with experimental sanctification as mentioned in John 17:17, or the final
perfection of the believer (Eph. 5:27; 1 John 3:3).
"Perfected for ever," "For by one offering he hath perfected
forever them that are sanctified" (Heb. 10:14:).
"Made accepted in the Beloved" (Eph.1:6; 1 Pet. 2:5).
"Made Meet," "Giving thanks to the Father, which hath made
us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light" (Col.
"Therefore being justified by faith" (Rom.5:1; 3:24; 8:30;
1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:7).
XII. Forgiven All Trespass:
"In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness
of sins" (Col. 1:14; 2:13; 3:13; Eph. 1:7; 4:32. A distinction is necessary
here between the complete and abiding judicial forgiveness and the oft
repeated forgiveness within the family of God. See 1 John 1:9).
XIII. Made Nigh:
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are
made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13. With this there is a corresponding
experience; see James 4:8; Heb. 10:22).
XIV. Delivered from the Powers of Darkness:
"Who hath delivered us from the powers of darkness" (Col.
XV. Translated into the Kingdom:
"And hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son"
XVI. On the Rock Christ Jesus:
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which
is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor.3:11; Eph. 2:20; 2 Cor. 1:21).
XVII. A Gift from God to Christ:
"I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest
me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me" (John 17:6;
11,12, 20; John 10:29).
XVIII. Circumcised in Christ:
"In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made
without hands, in putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh by the
circumcision of Christ" (Col. 2:11; Phil. 3:3; Rom. 2:29).
XIX.Partakers of the Holy and Royal Priesthood:
"Holy priesthood," "Ye also, as lively stones, are built
up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:5).
"Royal priesthood," "But ye are ... a royal priesthood" (1
Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6).
XX. A Chosen Generation and a Peculiar People:
"But ye are a chosen generation, ...a peculiar people" (1
Pet. 2:9; Tit. 2:14).
XXI. Having Access to God:
"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the
Father" (Eph.2:18; Rom. 5:2; Heb. 4:14-16; 10:19,20).
XXII. Within the "Much More" Care of God (Rom. 5:9, 10):
Objects of His love, "But God, who is rich in mercy, for
his great love wherewith he loved us" (Eph. 2:4; 5:2, etc.)
Objects of His grace,
For salvation, "For by grace are ye saved" (Eph. 2:8).
For keeping, "By whom also we have access by faith into this
grace wherein we stand" (Rom. 5:2).
For service, "But to every one of us is this grace given"
For instruction, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation
hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
age" (Tit. 2:12, 13).
Objects of His power, "And what is the exceeding greatness
of his power to usward" (Eph. 1:19; Phil. 2:13).
Objects of His faithfulness, "For be hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb.13:5; Phil. 1:6).
Objects of His peace, "And let the peace of God rule in your
hearts, to the which ye are called in one body" (Col. 3:15).
Objects of His consolation, "Our Father which hath loved
us, and hath given us everlasting consolation" (2 Thes. 2:16).
Objects of His intercession, "Seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them" (Heb.7:25; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24).
XXIII. His Inheritance:
"That ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what
the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints" (Eph. 1:18).
XXIV. Our Inheritance:
"An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth
not away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:4; Eph. 1:14; Col. 3:24;
XXV. A Heavenly Association (Eph. 2:6):
Partners with Christ in life, "When Christ, who is our life,
shall appear" (Col. 3:4; 1 John 5:11, 12, etc.)
Partners with Christ in position, "And hath raised us up
together, and made us sit together in the heavenly in Christ Jesus" (Eph.
Partners with Christ in service, "God is faithful, by, whom
ye were called into fellowship (partnership) with his Son Jesus Christ
our Lord" (1 Cor. 1:9); "Workers together with God" (I Cor. 3:9); "Workers
together with him" (2 Cor. 6:1); "Ambassadors" (2 Cor. 5:20); "Ministers
of God" (2 Cor. 6:4); "Ministers of the New Testament" (2 Cor. 3:6); "Epistles"
(2 Cor. 3:3).
Partners with Christ in suffering, "If we suffer, we shall
also reign with him" (2 Tim. 2:12; Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 4:12, 13; 1
Thes.3:3; Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:24).
Partners with Christ in betrothal, "That I may present you
a chaste virgin to Christ" (2Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-27).
XXVI. Heavenly Citizens:
"For our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil.3:20, R.V.; Eph.
2:19; Heb. 12:22; Luke 10:20).
XXVII. Of the, Family and Household of God:
"Fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of
God" (Eph. 2:19; 3:15; Gal. 6:10).
XXVIII. Light in the Lord:
"Now are ye light in the Lord" (Eph.5:8; 1 Thes. 5:4).
XXIX. Vitally United to the Father, Son, and Spirit:
"In God" (1 Thes. 1:1).
"In Christ" (John 14:20).
A member in His body (1 Cor. 12:13).
A branch in the Vine (John 15:5).
A stone in the building (Eph. 2:19-22).
A sheep in His flock (John 10:27-29).
A part of His bride (Eph. 5:25-27).
A priest of the kingdom of priests (1 Pet. 2:5, 9).
A saint of the "new generation" (1 Pet. 2:9).
"In the Spirit" (Rom. 8:9).
XXX. Blessed with the "First Fruits" and the "Earnest" of the Spirit:
"Born of the Spirit" (John 3:6, etc.).
"Baptized with the Spirit," "For by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body" (1 Cor.12:13; 10:17).
Indwelt by the Spirit. "What? Know ye not that your body
is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own" (1 Cor. 6:19; 2:12; ,John 7:39; Rom. 5:5; 8:9;
2 Cor. 1:21; Gal.4:6; 1 John 3:24).
"Sealed by the Spirit," "And grieve not the holy Spirit of
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" (Eph. 4:30; 2 Cor.
"And whom he justified, them he also glorified" (Rom. 8:30).
XXXII. Complete in Him:
"And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality
and power" (Col. 2:10).
XXXIII. Possessing Every Spiritual Blessing:
Such is the work which is now fully accomplished in and for
the lowliest sinner who has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is all
superhuman and God alone could do it: nay, if man could even have any part
in that work it would at that point of contact be imperfect, and therefore
be blasted and ruined forever. These marvels of grace constitute that "good
work" which He has but begun in those who trust Him. To this much more
is yet to be added according to Phil. 1:6. "He that hath begun a good work
in you, will perform it, until the day of Jesus Christ." The "riches of
grace" are the beginning; the final presentation in glory in the likeness
of Christ will be the completion. Such a final perfection and such an eternal
being is the greatest divine undertaking for the one who has been lost
in sin. Nothing less than this would satisfy the infinite love of God.
That He might thus be free to satisfy His boundless love for us He met
all the issues of sin for a lost and ruined world, and so perfectly has
He wrought that man need now but believe and thus receive the bounty of
His grace. It is "Grace reigning through righteousness." "For God has concluded
them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the depth of
the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are
his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind
of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor? Or who hath first given to
him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through
him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly in Christ"
(Dr. Lewis S. Chafer, Salvation, 1917, Sunday
School Times Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1919 edition, Chapter VI, pgs.
Atonement, Doctrine Of
Christ Died For All On The Cross: 2 Co 5.14-15
Christ Gave Himself A Ransom For Us All: 1 Ti 2.5-6
Christ Is The Savior Of All Men: 1 Ti 4.10
Salvation Through Christ Is Available To All Mankind: Tit
Jesus Tasted Death For Every Man: Heb 2.9
Christ Even Died For Unbelievers Who Use The Cross For Their
Own Gain: 2 Pe 2.1
Jesus Propitiated (Satisfied God) For The Sins Of The Whole
World: 1 Jo 2.2
Doctrine Of Divine Decrees
The Divine Decrees Are The Sum Total Of The Father's
Plan Designed For Mankind In Eternity Past.
The Father Designed This Plan Around The Son, Jesus Christ:
1 Jo 3.23; Eph 1.4-6
Entrance Into The Plan Is Based On Grace. Both The Father's
Sovereign Will And The Freewill Of Man Meet At The Cross Of Christ. This
Work Of Salvation Was Accomplished By The Son, And We Enjoy It's Benefits
By Faith Alone.
God's Plan Is Designed So That It Includes All Events And
Actions Related To Their Causes And Conditions. It Is An Indivisible System
Where Every Link Forms Together To Promote The Integrity Of The Whole Plan:
Ro 8.28; Eph 1
Under His Plan God Has Decreed Some Things As Certainty,
And Some Things Are Allowed To Flex Under Human Free Will.
The Plan Is Consistent With Human Free Will. God Does Not
Limit Or Coerce Human Freedom. God Causes Certain Events (The Cross), But
Allows Others (Man's Freedom To Sin). God Is Never The Author Of Sin: Man
Foreordination Is The Decree Of God That Makes Things Certain,
While Foreknowledge Anticipates The Certain, Though It Does Not Establish:
Ac 2.23; Ro 8.29; 1 Pe 1.2
The Elect Are Foreknown, And The Foreknown Are Elect. God
Knew Ahead Of Time What Free Will Would Dictate In History. Based On This
Knowledge God Established A Plan: Jude 1; Jo 3.36; 1 Jo 3.23
Since God Cannot Contradict His Own Essence, He Plans The
Best For The Believer. If You Turn Down The Best, Then You (Of Your Own
Free Will) Receive The Second Best.
The Cross Was Decreed In Eternity Past, But The Human Free
Will Of Christ Decided To Obey This Decree At Gesetheme. God Has Provided
The Payment Of The Cross, But You Must Freely Accept This Payment To Be
Saved: Mat 26.39, 42; Jo 3.36
Election, Doctrine Of
All Members Of Humanity Are Potentially Elected Because Of
The Doctrine Of Unlimited Atonement: 2 Ti 2.10
Christ Was Elected From Eternity Past. Election For
The Believer Means To Share In The Election Of Christ: Isa 42.1;
1 Pe 2.4, 6
The Election Of Christ Depicted: Jo 15.16; Eph 1.4; 2 Thes
2.13; 1 Pe 1.2
Every Believer Shares The Election Of Christ By Being
In Christ: 1 Co 1.2-13; 1.30; Ro 8.28-32; Eph 1.4
Election Is The Present And Future Possession Of Every Believer:
Jo 15.16; Col 3.12
Election Occurs At The Moment We Believe In Jesus Christ:
1 Thes 1.4; 2 Thes 2.13; 2 Ti 1.9
Election Is The Foundation Of The Church: 1 Thes 1.4
Orientation To Election Comes From Maturity By Studying God's
Word: Tit 1.1
Regenerate Jews In The Old Testament Were Also Called Elected
Because They Believed In Christ Who Would Come: Ro 11.1-7
Doctrine Of (Part Two)
Once You Believe In Christ You Cannot Lose Your Salvation.
You Can Be Disciplined Unto The Point Of Physical Death, But Never Spiritual
Every Believer Is In Union With Christ, A Union That Cannot
Be Broken: Ro 8.38-39
God Did The Most For Us At The Cross, And Has No Intention
Of Making This Sacrifice In Vain: Ro 8.32; 5
God Upholds Us With His Power, And Will Not Let Us Go: Psa
37.24; Jo 10.28
We Can Deny God, But He Cannot Deny Us Because Of That Holy
Spirit Who Indwells Us: 2 Ti 2.13-14
We Are Born Into The Spiritual Family. We Can Never Lose
Our Sonship, Though We Can Lose Our Fellowship: Gal 3.26; Jo 1.12
We Have An Inheritance Reserved For Us In Heaven.
If God Reserved It, We Will Certainly Claim It: 1 Pe 1.4-5
God Will Keep Us In Salvation By His Sovereign Will: 2 Pe
3.9; Jude 24
The Head, Christ, Cannot Say To The Body, Us, That He Has
No Need Of Us: 1 Co 12.21; Col 1.18
The Holy Spirit Seals Us At Salvation, This Seal Being The
We Retain Our Salvation: 2 Co 1.22; Eph 1.13; 4.30
The Greek Perfect Tense Of Sozo Means That We Are
Saved In The Past With The Result That We Are Saved Forever: Eph 2.8
Gospel Is The Greek Euaggelion, Meaning "Good News".
The Gospel Is The Good News Of God Concerning Our Salvation.
The Gospel Teaches Salvation By Faith In Christ Alone:
1 Co 15.1-4
Christ Paid The Penalty For Our Sin On The Cross.
To Leave The Message Of The Cross While Witnessing Is To
Depart From God's Provision Of Salvation.
The Gospel Message Never Emphasizes The Penalty Of A Specific
Sin, It Emphasizes Salvation From All Sins.
The Enemy Of The Gospel Message Is Satan, Who Blinds The
Eyes Of Mankind: 2 Co 4.3-4
How The Gospel Is Depicted In Scripture:
Gospel Of Christ (Emphasizes The Person Who Made It Possible):
Gospel From The Glory (Emphasizes The Planner, God The Father):
1 Ti 1.11
Our Gospel (Emphasizes That The Gospel Belongs To We Who
Are Believers): 2 Ti 2.8; 2 Co 4.3-4
Gospel Of Peace (Emphasizes The Reconciliation The Gospel
Brings Between God And Man): Eph 6.15
Gospel Of The Kingdom (Emphasizes That The Covenants Of God
Are Only Fulfilled To Those Who Are Saved): Mat 24.14
Everlasting Gospel (Emphasizes That The Gospel Is The Only
Way To Enter Eternity With God): Rev 14.6
The Content Of The Gospel Never Changes, As The Overall Message
Is That Salvation Comes By Faith In Jesus Christ Alone.
We Are Always To Preach The Gospel To The Unsaved: Ro 15.20
The Gospel Is Free Of Charge: 2 Co 11.7-8
Those Who Preach A False Gospel Are Under A Special Curse
From God: Gal 1.8
The Gospel Was Revealed In The Old Testament, And People
Were Saved By Faith In The Coming Messiah: Gal 3.8
The Gospel Is Revealed By The Holy Spirit To The Lost, Though
As Believers We Present The Message: 1 Pe 1.12
Grace Is All That God Is Free To Do For Man Based
On The Work Of The Cross. Grace Depends On The Essence Or Character Of
Every Believer Tastes Grace At The Point Of Salvation: 1
Self Righteousness Exhibits Itself In Legalism And Backsliding,
Two Attitudes That Are Contrary To Real Grace: Heb 12.15; Gal 5.4
God Waits To Pour Out Grace On Every Believer: Isa 30.18-19
We Receive Grace At Salvation: Eph 2.8-9; Ro 3.23-24; 4.4;
5.20; Psa 103.8-12
We Receive Grace In Life: Heb 4.16; 2 Co 12.9-10
In Prayer: Heb 4.16
In Suffering: 2 Co 12.9-10
In Growth: 2 Pe 3.18
In Stability: 1 Pe 5.12
In Life: Heb 12.28
In Producing For God: 1 Co 15.10; 2 Co 6.1
In Suffering: 2 Co 12.7-10
We Are To Give Based On Grace, Not On The Law. The Danger
Of The Attitude Of Tithing Is That It Removes Spirituality From
Giving: 2 Co 8.9
Four Areas In Which Human Pride Rejects Grace:
- The Believer Who Rejects The Doctrine Of Eternal Security
Believes That His Sins Are Greater Than God's Plan.
- The Believer In Suffering Who Thinks His Pain Is Greater
Than God's Plan.
- The Believer Who Thinks His System Of Religion Is Greater
Than The Filling Ministry Of The Holy Spirit.
- The Believer Who Thinks His Emotions, Feelings, Or Experiences
Are Greater Than God's Plan.