Grace, Greater Than all our Sin
by Ronald W Robey
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
I am so thankful the Apostle Paul included this verse in his epistle to the Romans. This verse speaks to the overcoming power of Grace in the life of the saved in Christ.
“Sin shall not have dominion over you”. It will not have the lordship in your life.
There are many today who believe that if a Christian sins, he forfeits the gift of Salvation that was given by Grace alone, though Faith alone, in Christ alone. If this were even possible, then what the Apostle Paul wrote to those “called to be saints” in the verse above, is a flat-out lie.
If sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then sin has lordship over you. Yet, the Apostle Paul said to the saved, sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you.” (emphasis added ofr clarity)
“SHALL NOT” implies that something will not take place. And yet, Christians do sin. Christians occasionally do give in to the lusts of the flesh. If any man says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Therefore, that sin shall not have dominion over you must have a DEEPER meaning.
In Exodus 20, we read the original Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. In that set of Commandments, there are ten “shalt not’s” mentioned.
Now, we know that many people in the Bible killed, stole, committed adultery, had other gods, made graven images, coveted, The did the things that God said, “Thou shalt not…”.
And they were either put to death for their doing what God said not to do, or they were punished severely with sickness or by some other fashion.
The punishment they receved was for their doing that which God said was not to be done. Sin carried a punishment for the children of Israel.
But for the saved in Christ, the Aposlte stated, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under Law, but under Grace.”
The dominion, the lordship, of sin is the penalty that sin brings with it.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Those who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus are not bound by the penalty of sin that the children of Israel were bound to. Christ Jesus took the penalty of sin upon Himself that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Contrary to the belief that one will lose one’s Salvation if one sins, the word of God assures us that Grace is greater than all our sins.
In his first epistle, the Apostle John assures us that, “If we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” An Advocate… an Attorney… one who stands in our defense. One who is your advocate doesn’t give up on you when you fail. Instead, he will plead your cause before the Judge.
If you hire an attorney, what is your reason for hiring him? Is it not because you trust him to either get you acquitted of a crime you have been charged with, or to get you a lesser punishment for committing that crime? You trust your attorney to move the court, the Judge and the Jury, to have leniency in your case.
So also, Jesus pleads our cause when we fail. He stands in our defense and tells the Father why we must be seen as “righteous”. We are seen as righteous because we have placed our trust in Him, and He, our Advocate… presents us as righteous.
For where sin did abound, Grace did much more abound.
Hallelujah! Amen!
Baptist “Brider’s” teach that one can be saved and still not be a member of “the Lord’s Church”. They teach that, in order to be a member of “the Lord’s Church”, one must be baptized in a “proper Baptist Church”.
By “proper Baptist Church”, they mean; neither non Baptist’s, nor infants are a part of the Lord’s Church.
Yet, their doctrine totally contradicts Acts 2:47
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Scripture does not say one must be baptized in water in order to be a part of the Lord’s Church. It gives as a prerequisite, “such as should be saved.”

None Are Lost
by Ronald W Robey

John 10:24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

In John 10:26, Jesus told the Jews that had gathered around Him that they did not believe Him because they were not His sheep. The implication is, if you are one of Christ’s sheep, you will believe that He is the Christ. You will believe that He is the Anointed One that God sent to save His people from their sin.

In John 10:27, the condition is not that we hear the voice of the Shepherd. It is not that we follow Him. The condition is that we are His sheep. He said, “MY sheep hear My voice and they follow ME”

He didn’t say they might hear His voice. He said they will hear His voice. He didn’t say that they might follow Him. He said they will follow Him.

His sheep can never wander so far that they do not hear His voice. His sheep will always respond to His voice. His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him.

So many today that claim to be sheep, believe they can walk away and lose their Salvation. However Christ tells us that it is impossible to lose our Salvation.

The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep and not one of them is lost. If one amongst the saved walks away and never returns, it is because that one was never a sheep to begin with. He may have had an outward appearance of being a sheep, when in reality… he was not a sheep at all.

Christ’s sheep will HEAR His voice and His sheep will FOLLOW Him.

These Signs Shall Follow Them
by Ronald W Robey

Many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith teach that

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

…means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, or they clearly have not been filled with the Spirit of God.

My contention is that if Mark 16:17 means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, then likewise every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST also pick up venomous serpents as Mark 16:18 clearly states.

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

In the same vein, Jesus said “They (those that Believe) SHALL lay hands on the sick; and they (the sick) shall recover.

The word “sick” in Mark 16:18 is translated from the Greek “arrhostos”. (pronounced ar’-hroce-tos) It is speaking of those that are on their deathbeds. It is not the same word that is used in James 5:14.

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”

The word “sick” in the above verse is translated from the Greek “astheneo”. (pronounced as-then-eh’-o) It means “to be feeble; weak”.

James is speaking of an illness that is not “life-threatening,” while Jesus, in Mark 16:18 is speaking of a life-threatening sickness.

Just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL speak with new tongues; just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL pick up serpents; Jesus also said those that Believe SHALL lay hands on those with life-threatening sicknesses, and the sick SHALL recover. He did not say the sick “might recover,” He said “WILL recover”

Since those in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith use Mark 16:17’s “they shall speak with new tongues” as a litmus test to tell whether a person is “Spirit-filled” or not, shouldn’t “they shall lay hands on the sick” (those on their deathbeds; and they shall recover” also be a “litmus test for them?

After all, Jesus said, “They shall,” did He not?

Question: How many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith who use Mark 16:17 as a litmus test to tell whether someone is “Spirit-filled” or not, have laid hands on loved ones on deathbeds and seen them recover from their life-threatening illness? If there is any number of such people, I guarantee it is very low.

Fact is, pastors of all denominations may have prayed for one on a deathbed, with that sick person still succumbing to their infirmity. This does not prove that the pastor is not saved. Nor does it prove that he is not “Spirit-filled.”

The fact that many with deadly illnesses or diseases still die even though they were prayed for, proves

Jesus was not saying every Believer would speak in tongues; He was not saying that every Believer would cast out devils; He was not saying that every Believer would pick up serpents; He was not saying every Believer would heal someone on the deathbed.

He was simply saying these signs would be among Believers, not that every Believer would do these things.

by Ronald W Robey

Many people with well intentions teach us that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for man to tithe his monetary income to the House of God. It is not. Malachi was speaking of an agricultural tithe, not a monetary tithe.

Malachi was living during the dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law tells us that God’s holy tithe was to be agricultural, not monetary. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

Had Malachi (or any other person living under the Mosaic Law) called for tithes of money to go to the House of God, they would have been telling people to transgress the Law. Sin is the transgressing of the Law. (see 1 John 3:4) Therefore, Malachi could not have told people to tithe money even if he wanted to.

While people may judge us as “sinners condemned” here on Earth because we do not tithe our monetary income, God does not judge us as “sinners condemned” at all.

Why not?

Because our Salvation and Righteousness is dependent upon one thing only,… faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Those who trust their works to escape condemnation will end up being condemned. You cannot serve two Masters. You cannot serve both Law and Grace. (see Galatians 2:21)

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The Wonder of God’s Grace
by Ronald W Robey

Genesis 3:16 (KJV) Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Genesis 3:17 (KJV) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 (KJV) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 (KJV) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

In Genesis 3:16, we see the God of all creation, who is clearly angry because of man disobeying Him, pronouncing judgment upon the first married couple who ever walked upon this Earth, and He put a curse upon the Earth as well. One man’s disobedience affected not just that one man, but the entire world and all of mankind who would be born upon the face of the Earth

Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God had promised earlier in the creation story, death as the sentence to be carried out should the man and woman partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And just as God promised, the man and woman died that day as a result of disobedience. The immediate death was not physical, but rather it was spiritual.

In 1 Timothy 2:14, we read: And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Eve, being deceived, was in the transgression. At that moment that she partook of that fruit that God had forbidden, God could have struck her dead. He could have removed her life force from the face of the Earth and created another help meet for man. But, because of His infinite mercy, His unfailing love, and the Wonder of God’s Grace, He did not.

God allowed the woman to live. He allowed her to give the fruit to her husband. Her husband ate of the fruit, and died spiritually with her. His love for his wife was so strong that he partook of the forbidden fruit, in spite of the fact that he knew he was being disobedient to God.

No doubt, there must have been a change in Eve’s countenance after partaking of that forbidden fruit… a change that caused her husband Adam to know that his wife was, though standing before him with life-giving blood flowing through her veins, now spiritually dead.

Jesus, toward the close of His speaking to the multitudes in what would later be known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, warned of false prophets, stating, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”. Adam must have witnessed something in Eve’s actions or expressions that instant that made him to know that his wife, the woman that God had told him to procreate with, had indeed spiritually died after eating of that forbidden fruit. For the Bible tells us that the man was not deceived, but the woman was deceived. Adam partook of that fruit with full understanding and full knowledge that he too, would die spiritually.

And so He ate, and subsequently hid from God. As God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day, the man and his wife hid in the flora, ashamed because their eyes had been opened to knowledge of good and evil. They realized their nakedness and were afraid of being seen by God.

God called out to Adam, and Adam answered. In His calling out to Adam, God was revealing the Wonder of His Grace. God, being omniscient, already knew Adam had partaken of the tree that God had forbidden him to eat from. But God, in His infinite mercy and great love with which He loved Adam revealed His Grace by calling the man and his wife out of the bushes and unto Himself. What a perfect picture of the Wonder of God’s Grace so early in the first book of our sacred book, God’s Word.

God, in His infinite mercy, manifested the Wonders of His grace. Instead of destroying man for his act of disobedience, God extended that grace toward man and allowed him to live in a world that was once perfect, but now was cursed with thorns and thistles. Man, through his one act of disobedience had lost the authority to tend the Garden in Eden where the Tree of Life was planted. Man lost the ability to eat of that Tree of Life and live forever. Man lost his privilege to care for and dress the Garden that God had placed him in. But the Wonder of God’s Grace allowed him to continue to live outside the Garden in the now cursed world.

The woman, as our text above shows, did not go unpunished. God said that because of her rebellion she would have great sorrow in childbirth. We are not told whether the man and his wife had any children while he was filling the position of Caretaker of the Garden. However Genesis 1:28 reveals that God did tell them to “go forth and multiply”. God had given them His blessing to have children, thereby showing the Wonder of His Grace even before the fall.

The curse God gave to woman was that where there may not have been great pain in giving birth, she now would be tasked to endure much pain… “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and they conception” Sorrow where joy may have once been. Sorrow, not just because of the stress on her body during childbirth, but also because of knowing the life every child born to her would ultimately have to face because of her being deceived and giving in to the lust of the eyes.

Oh, how it must have torn at her heart to know what she had lost and what her children could have had if she had only been wise to the serpent s words when he beguiled her. And how she must have remembered God’s Words each time she brought forth children and experienced that “great pain” that God said she would experience through childbirth.

But after nearly 1,440 years of the the Wonder of God’s Grace being displayed in the dispensation of the Law, in an even greater demonstration of the Wonder of God’s Grace, God sent His Son, whose life, death, burial and resurrection would be the catalyst for a New Covenant with Israel. And not with Israel only, but with every nation upon the face of God’s Earth.

Throughout His life on this Earth, Jesus Christ was manifesting the Wonder of God’s Grace everywhere He went. At twelve years old, the child Jesus amazed Rabbi’s in the Temple, answering questions concerning the Holy Scriptures. At twenty-nine He performed the first miracle man had ever seen Him do at a wedding feast in Cana. The wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His raising Lazarus from the dead, His healing blinded eyes, His casting out devils, in multiplying a few loaves and fishes for hungry crowds of thousands who had come to hear Him speak, and in the countless other miracles He performed while walking this Earth as the Son of man.

The Wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His restoring a servant’s ear after Peter had cut it off with a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane.

And then, we come to Golgotha, that horrible hill on which the Saviour was hung. As He was dying, He revealed once again the Wonder of God’s Grace when He said, “It is Finished!”

It is true, as He said in Matthew’s Gospel, that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. And fulfill it He did. He did what no other man was able to do, He kept every aspect of the Law that applied to Him as an Israelite, born of the lineage of David.

But, we are told in Ephesians 2:14-15 that Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection, abolished the ordinances written in the Law.

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Cancelled out. Completely! Man, who has trusted and is now married to Jesus Christ, no longer has to be governed by the Mosaic Law.

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

In Romans 7:1-4, the Apostle Paul likened a person who submits to the Law, while married to the One who has risen from the dead, to an adulterer married to a spouse, but living in the home of another.

My Brethren, The Wonder of God’s Grace has called us out of the bondage of the Mosaic Law. We have been freed from not only the law of sin and death, but we are told that we have been brought into a New Covenant. The old is ready to vanish away, as the author of the Book of Hebrews said nearly 2,000 years ago.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Where Grace abounds, there is liberty. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The Word of God has indeed freed us from the Law, never to be entangled again with its yoke of bondage. We needn’t wear that yoke, Christ wore it for us. We needn’t submit to the ordinances, Christ took them out of the way, nailing them to His cross. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the third chapter of Galatians, it is foolish for one who has begun in the Spirit to subject himself to the Law. How are we to expect Grace and Mercy from the Father, when we turn our backs on the price his Son paid for our freedom and choose to walk in ordinances that God’s Word said belonged to national Israel alone?

So many today are being told that they are lost and in need of a Saviour. This is true. So many are told that eternal life is a gift from God to man, and that the only things man has to do to receive this wonderful gift is to believe on Jesus Christ. This also is true.

The problem arises when we get the new Convert into the Church, the Convert quickly finds that, according to the pastor, there is a price to pay. The new Convert is told to keep certain of the ordinances that were given to national Israel. That God requires these ordinances to be observed by the Church members today. My Brethren, nothing could be farther from the Truth.

My Brethren, cast out the bondwoman and her son. Break away those chains that cause you to be unfaithful to the Lord. It is only when you walk away from the Law, that you will truly know the fullness of the Wonder of God’s Grace.

What is the Wonder of God’s Grace? It is all that I have mentioned this day, and more. It is the recognition of where God found us, what God offered us, what He has given those of us who have accepted that offer, and what He has prepared for us… despite the fact that we are a fallen race, despite the fact that we fail from time to time, despite all of our shortcomings.

The Wonder of God’s Grace assure us that we are accepted in the Beloved.

For those who read this article, if you are unsure of your eternal state after this short existence on Earth, do not hesitate to trust Jesus Christ today. Our Lord’s return is more nigh us than it has ever been. If you should die without Christ, you will miss the Wonder of God’s Grace, If you should die without the Lord, your only hope is to face Him in His wrath.

Among many denominations, there is a doctrine that one can be lost and heading to hell, hear the Gospel, make a profession of faith in Christ, be saved, remove oneself from the hand of God and be lost and heading to hell again.

They take passages that, when read alone or out of context, would seem to prove one can lose one’s Salvation.   We ourselves, who believe in the eternal security of the believer, tend to do the opposite, citing key verses to prove we cannot lose our Salvation.

So, who is right? Why, the answer is God, of course. His Word says we are sealed until the day of Redemption of the purchased possession. He cannot lie. So that seal must stay secure until the day of Redemption.

So what is the purchased possession?  It is the Church…

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Given the passage in Ephesians 1, and what we read in Acts 20, we can come to no other conclusion than that we are sealed until the day that Christ redeems the Church… of which we are a member.

Once we are a member of the Church, can we forfeit our membership?  Of course not! We are sealed until the day that Christ redeems the Church. In order for us to forfeit or lose our membership in the Church, we would have to cut ourselves from the Body of Christ which is the Church.  Christ would be an amputee survivor and not complete.

Do they serve an incomplete God? I don’t.

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