Faith By Effectual Hearing

“Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth as crucified…” (Galatians 3:1b)
Christ has not been preached unless the cross has been preached. And the cross has not been preached unless particular redemption and imputation have been preached. You can say “blood, blood, blood”, but still not know Christ.

Most of those who did the bloody animal sacrifices did not receive Christ as crucified. The Arminians who say that Christ died for those who will perish do not believe in Christ and His precious blood.

To know Christ, you must know that God requires a righteousness that you cannot produce and that God in Christ for the elect brought in a righteousness that demands salvation for the elect. The law demands death, even the death of One who was never a sinner, but who was imputed with the sins of the elect. The death of Christ demands that the elect be justified.

There are only two kinds of people in the world -those whose works will be accepted because they were not working to get God’s blessing, and those whose works (and persons) will be condemned because their “good deeds” are wicked attempts to establish their own righteousness.

Those who thought they could do God some service also thought that killing Christ was a “good deed”. John 16:1-3. If you think you can begin, help or complete your righteousness by your good deeds, then you are as guilty and corrupt as those who killed Christ.

“Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law?” (3:2)

We receive the Spirit by the “hearing of faith”. We do not receive the Spirit by believing a lie. When Arminians tell  lies about God and about sin and about righteousness, the Spirit does not use those lies to bring people to life. The Spirit uses the word of truth.

Ephesians 1:12: “in Him, you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation…” (see also Romans 6:17, I Thess 2:12-13, II Thess 2:12-13; I Peter 1:22-23; James 1:18).

To judge by the flesh is to judge by some other standard To judge by the gospel is to examine if we and others  agree with God’s testimony.

It is the Spirit who convicts us that God requires a righteousness that we cannot produce. John 16:8-13. It is the Spirit who takes away our confidence in the flesh so that we have NO confidence that we ever did or ever will do anything (even with God’s help) to make ourselves better than anybody else. Phil 3:3. The only reason we are different from others before God is that Christ died for us and not for others.

It is the Spirit who causes us to confess the true Christ and the true gospel. (I Cor 1:23-24) Unless we are called by the Spirit, we will consider  Christ crucified to be foolishness.
I Cor 2:11-13: “No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received (antithesis) not the spirit of the world”

Not the spirit that says Christ died for everybody and now it depends on us but the Spirit who is from God, that we would know the things that have freely been given to us by God.

The righteousness is a free gift. If we say that the accepting of the free gift is something different from the free gift, and that this accepting is “MINE” and what I did (with God’s grace) to be saved, then we may CALL that “salvation by faith” . But what we call “faith”  and “grace” is really still self-righteousness.

“I am a good chooser. And the reason for that is I am a good wanter. And the reason I want what’s right ( “of course sometimes i get a cold like everybody else and of course I sin but I don’t want to and don’t really choose to and God is gracious and will overlook it…”)  is because IGod has given me  a heart that is better than that of others…”

NO! We were not saved by being in the right place at the right time and reading the right book . If we are saved, it was a SUPERNATURAL WORK OF GOD. So no excuses like ” don’t blame me for not knowing the gospel when I got saved”. What the Spirit produces is repentance to see that our “mistakes about the gospel” were motivated by our wicked hearts that wanted to condition salvation on ourselves instead of TOTALLY on the righteousness established by Christ for the elect.

“Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” (3:3)

The typical Calvinist thinks that people can begin as Christian in error and then (maybe as an option) MOVE TO THE TRUTH. But here we have a different case: people who begin with the truth (Paul’s’ preaching of the gospel, Romans 1:16-17-faith is no part of the righteousness, circumcision is no part of the righteousness), but who are now in danger of being bewitched by error.

Let me make two exhortations here:

1. Let us examine our calling. Is it really true that you can be saved by believing a lie? Is it really true that God the Spirit teaches the sheep that Jesus died for everybody but that they are themselves the condition of salvation? Is it really the Spirit that teaches people that Jesus waits for their decision?

2. For those of us who are convinced that we do believe the true gospel, why do we fellowship with and hear the preaching of those who do not know the gospel? Why do we think we will grow by listening to a false gospel? Why do we think that we can learn something from a false gospel about how to raise our children and love our wives? Is it because we have confidence in ourselves that WE would never be bewitched, that now we are too smart for the devil to trick? Do we worry about bad influences on our children, but have no concern for the influence of Arminians on ourselves?

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5 Comments on “Faith By Effectual Hearing”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    Abraham Booth, Glad Tidings

    p238 “According to fatalism, the word of truth having no influence, is of no use in regeneration, the salutary and important change being produced entirely without it..It is too hastily assumed that the mind is prepared to receive the light of spiritual knowledge before the truth have any influence on it.”

    p247 “Now the question is: Do the Scriptures lead us to conclude that the mind and the conscience are brought into the new state by an immediate divine energy, without the medium of either the law or the gospel? I think not. It is written: by the law is the knowledge of sin.

    p249 “For an ‘awakened sinner’ to be persuaded that regeneration is effected without the instrumentality of divine truth, is to give an injurious direction to his prayers and expectations.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    II Thessalonins 2: 10 They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness. 13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through SANCTIFICATION BY THE SPIRIT AND THROUGH BELIEF IN THE THE TRUTH . 14 He CALLED you to this THROUGH OUR GOSPEL,

    Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. John 17:17

    The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” –John 6:63.

    “In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” — 1 Corinthians 4:15.

    “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures” — James 1:18.

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever” — 1 Peter 1:23.

    “Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” — John 15:3.

    “The word of God, which effectually works in you that believe” — 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

    “You have purified yourselves in obeying the truth, through the Spirit” – 1 Peter 1:22

    “The gospel of Christ — is the power of God unto salvation, to every one that believes” — Romans 1:16.

    “The word, or doctrine of the cross, is to us who are saved the power of God” — 1 Corinthians 1:18.

    The effectual call is internal

    Romans 6: 17 But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you WERE TRAANSFERRED TO , 18 and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness…. For just as you offered your members as slaves to moral impurity, so now offer your members as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.[p]21 So what fruit was produce THEN from the things you are NOW ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is the lasting life of the age to come

    There is more than one kind of sanctification

  3. markmcculley Says:

    unlike that other sinner over there,
    at least I know I am a sinner
    because I am a sinner in my own eyes
    this proves that Jesus died for me
    because at least I am sorry
    even if I don’t plan to do any better
    because if you repent at least once
    and one time for real believe you are a sinner
    preacher says if he can find a sinner
    he can save me
    What more do you even need to know about Christ and how Christ atoned or how Christ justifies?
    though only ungodly sinners are justified
    or need to be justified
    this does not mean that God justifies all ungodly sinners
    you can know you are a sinner without being justified
    God never will justify all sinners
    Jesus rejects many sinners as His guilty clients,
    because Jesus was never the mediator for many guilty sinners

    Acts 26: 15 And I said, Who art you, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom you persecute

    16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto you for this purpose, to make you a witness …

    17 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send you,

    18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, in order that they receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among as many as are sanctified by faith that is in me.

  4. markmcculley Says:

    Wesley, Working Out Our Own Salvation—“allowing that all souls are dead in sin by nature, this excuses none, seeing that there is no man in a state of nature only. There is no man, unless he has quenched the Holy Spirit, that is wholly void of the grace of God. No man sins because he has not grace, but because he does not use the grace he has.”

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