Saturday, April 14, 2012

How are people saved from their sin?

How are people saved from their sin?

by Patte Smith on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:35pm ·
The true Light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him,
yet the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name,
He gave the right to become children of God,
who were born,
not of blood
nor of the will of the flesh
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
 ~ John 1:9-13

Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth,
that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
~ James 1:18

And you also were included in Christ
when you heard the Word of Truth,
the gospel of your salvation.
Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal,
the promised Holy Spirit...
~ Ephesians 1:13

For the Word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12

He chose to give us birth through the Word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.
~ James 1:18

Being born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the Word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever.
~ I Peter 1:23

It is the uniform doctrine of the Scriptures that divine truth
is made the instrument of quickening the soul into spiritual life.
As God is ever-living, that which is produced directly by Him in the human soul,
by the instrumentality of truth,
may be expected also to endure forever.
It will not be like the offspring of human parents,
themselves mortal, liable to early and certain decay,
but may be expected to be as enduring as its ever-living Creator.
~ Albert Barnes

By no human generation, or earthly means;
but of incorruptible - a Divine and heavenly principle which is not liable to decay, nor to be affected by the changes and chances to which all sublunary things are exposed.
By the Word of God - Δια λογου ζωντος Θεου·
By the doctrine of the living God, which remaineth for ever;
which doctrine shall never change,
any more than the Source shall whence it proceeds.
~ Adam Clarke

By "the Word of God" is either meant the essential Word, the Lord Jesus Christ;
Who is concerned in regeneration as well as the Father and the Spirit;
by whose resurrection, and in consequence of it, the elect of God are begotten again;
... or the Gospel, the Word of truth,
which is made use of as a means of begetting souls again...
to show that He can give power and efficacy to His Word,
to regenerate and quicken,
and will continue to preserve and make it useful to all His saving purposes;...
Isaiah 40:8:, "the Word of our God shall stand for ever",
Christ is the Word which lives;
in Him, as such, is Life;
He has Life in Himself as God, as man, and as Mediator;
and is the Author of life, natural, spiritual, and, eternal;
and abides for ever in His person, without any change; ...
and of His kingdom there is no end...
The Gospel also may be said to live...
because it points out the way of life and salvation to sinners;
and is a means of quickening dead sinners,
and of ingenerating that faith by which men live on Christ;
and of revealing to them that righteousness which is unto justification of life;
and of supporting and maintaining spiritual life in them; and of reviving drooping saints...
"the living Word of God"..remains, and will abide;
all its promises, blessings, doctrines, and ordinances, are lasting;
it will continue in the world until all the elect of God are gathered in,
until the second coming of Christ,
and to the end of the world;
notwithstanding all the persecutions of men,
and cunning, craft of false teachers,
and all the ridicule and contempt it is treated with by mockers and scoffers:
and will abide in the effects of it, in the hearts of the saints, to all eternity...
~ John Gill

The soul must be purified,
before it can give up its own desires and indulgences.
And the Word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost,
is a means of spiritual life,
stirring up to our duty,
working a total change in the dispositions and affections of the soul,
till it brings to eternal life.
In contrast with the excellence of the renewed spiritual man, as born again,
observe the vanity of the natural man.
In his life, and in his fall, he is like grass, the flower of grass,
which soon withers and dies away.
We should hear, and thus receive and love,
the holy, living Word,
and rather hazard all than lose it;
and we must banish all other things from the place due to it.
We should lodge it in our hearts as our only treasures here,
and the certain pledge of the treasure of glory laid up for believers in heaven.
~ Matthew Henry

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher? ...
So then faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the Word of God.
~ Romans 10:14,17

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus..
 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Of this you have heard before in the Word of the truth, the gospel,  
 which has come to you,
as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you,
since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,  
 just as you learned it from Epaphras
our beloved fellow servant.
~ Colossians 1:3-8

I am the LORD, that is My Name;
And My glory I will not give to another... 
For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My Name be profaned?
I will not give My glory to another. 
 - Isaiah 42:8;48:11

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