Certain Death and Judgment

D. Scott Meadows

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb 9:27).

This verse appears in its context as a helpful analogy for understanding God’s redemptive work in Christ. As men die once and are judged afterward, so Christ died once and for all in the past (for the sins of many) and shall yet return in the future for judgment, which means final and ultimate salvation for those in whose place He died, since He will vanquish all our enemies (cf. v. 28).

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By | December 13th, 2017|Herald, Man, Meditations, Salvation|

Electing Love

Robert Murray McCheyne

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain (John 15:16).

This is very humbling, and at the same time, a very blessed word to the true disciple.

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By | September 21st, 2017|Christ, Herald, Man, Salvation|

A Characteristic of the Citizens of Heaven

Albert N. Martin

Eagerly awaiting Christ’s return is a distinctive characteristic of the true citizens of Heaven. Having said that your citizenship is in Heaven, notice what he says about all the citizens of Heaven. There is a distinctive characteristic of the citizens of Heaven, and what is it?

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By | June 30th, 2017|Christian Life, Gospel, Herald, Salvation|

Created Unto Good Works

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph 2.10).

A bizarre and dangerous interpretation of this verse has lately appeared on the Internet. Essentially, it asserts that the “good works” mentioned here are works of God rather than works done by believers. It claims to be supported by the context and cites many references to God’s redemptive work mentioned in the epistle leading up to this verse. It also assails the common understanding that these are good works done by believers as necessarily and inherently legalistic.

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Contemporary Issues, Herald, Salvation|

Examining Our Repentance

Thomas Watson

These are the blessed fruits and products of repentance. If we can find these in our souls, we have arrived at that repentance which is never to be repented of (2Co 7:10).

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By | April 20th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Salvation|

Christ Commanded Repentance

Charles H. Spurgeon

Repent ye, and believe the gospel —Mark 1:15.

What is your repentance? Have you a repentance that leads you to look out of self to Christ and to Christ only? On the other hand, have you that faith which leads you to true repentance? To hate the very thought of sin?

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By | March 30th, 2017|Christ, Evangelism, Herald, Salvation|

Redemption’s Three Parties

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he (Jer 31.11).

Jeremiah foretold days of restoration for Israel after she had been decimated by well-deserved discipline for her apostasy. Through Jeremiah, the LORD promised to bring the exiles home and bless them again beyond anything they had ever known. Both the exile of Judah (586 B.C.) and the several waves of returning exiles were yet future; Jeremiah lived to see the first but not the second.

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By | March 16th, 2017|Christ, Herald, Salvation|

The Journey of Faith

Dr-Albert-N-MartinAlbert N. Martin

“Oh God, do it again! Do it in our day! Do it for Thy glory and praise!” Such are the prayers that instinctively rise from the hearts of serious Christians when they read or hear accounts of true conversions and of Spirit-wrought seasons of awakening and revival.

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By | November 17th, 2016|Evangelism, Herald, Salvation|

Wheat or Chaff

jc-ryle-hg-contJ. C. Ryle

Viewed with the eye of man, the earth contains many different sorts of inhabitants. Viewed with the eye of God, it only contains two. Man’s eye looks at the outward appearance: this is all he thinks of. The eye of God looks at the heart: this is the only part of which He takes any account. And tried by the state of their hearts, there are but two classes into which people can be divided: either they are wheat or they are chaff.

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By | September 26th, 2016|Herald, Salvation|

Assured of Salvation by an Inward Witness

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

John Newton’s eighth letter of 41 on religious subjects addresses assurance of salvation. It rightly presupposes that each person is either saved or lost and that we need to know for sure which we are. He says this comes by applying 1 John 5.7–10. My abridged paraphrase follows with paragraphs corresponding to the original.

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By | March 10th, 2016|Herald, Salvation|