Jottings – Believers are to Show Forth Heavenly Grace


Commenting on Psalm 137:9 and the Imprecatory Psalms in general:


The language is exactly suited to souls under the law; but now are we under grace, and no longer under law, and we pray for persons that despitefully use us and persecute us; whereas the whole tone of the Psalms, where they speak of the happiness of dashing the children of Babylon against the stone, is anything but returning good for evil: it is evil meeting with its just doom. I maintain that every word in the Psalms is of God — that all these imprecations are divine. Each curse, threat, and warning, all this sympathy with divine retribution, is as much from God as the Christian’s now interceding for his enemies; but they are not suited to the same time nor the same persons, nor is God accomplishing the same end. As long as God carries on the day of grace, all these things are entirely inapplicable. They are not what God is bringing out now. They remain true for ever, each always in itself a right thing. But the fact is, that God has now, in Christ, brought in full, sovereign grace; and therefore God puts those who belong to Christ in a position to show forth, not earthly righteousness, but heavenly grace.


Kelly, William. “Galatians.” Lectures on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians. Galatians. Web. 27 June 2016. .



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Jottings — Perfected in Perpetuity


The believer’s place with God according to divine grace is not changeable; he is not sometimes on the ground of Christ’s death and sometimes on the ground of his own good behavior. The value of the “one offering” does not fluctuate with his changing moods and feelings, nor with the ebbings and flowings of his joy. It abides as the only and the unchanging ground on which God can have a people for Himself. The believer who apprehends this is on solid ground; he is acquainted with the grace of God, and he knows the secure basis on which all the activities of that grace are based; he is perfected in perpetuity.


Coates, C. A. Spiritual Blessings. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, 2008. 11-12. Print.



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vlog: 1 Corinthians 1:4-7 of Gift & Grace



I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge – even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you – so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:4-7 KJV

We often forget how blessed and gifted every local church really is. God has showered his blessings on His people; His grace and kindness is unsurpassed. People often say it is ‘indescribable”! In addition to this God has equipped His people to serve Him.

Listen to the opening remarks of Paul the Apostle as he writes to the church in Corinth. To read it you would never imagine the problems that they were facing or the wrongs things that were going on. The truth is that God’s blessing and equipping is despite us not because of us.

Trust you are blessed as you consider these truths.


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Jottings – The Unfailing Test


But you say: What is a simple child of God, who knows no theology, to do? Just this: to remember that any so-called gospel which is not pure unadulterated grace is “another” gospel. If it proposes, under whatever specious guise, to win favor of God by works, or goodness, or “character,” or anything else which man can do, it is spurious. That is the unfailing test.

C I Scofield. “The Grace of God.” The Fundamentals, Vol. III. Ed. R. A. Torrey, A. C. Dixon. Los Angeles: The Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 1917. p. 98.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 16

Road Romans 14:17 - 15:7Do not aim to please yourself, but aim to bless other saints Romans 14:17-15:7

Keep in mind that God is not so concerned about food and drink. Instead His interest is in right living and peaceful fellowship in Christ and joy in the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. These things are much greater than silly arguments! Be careful not to let ideas grow to be bigger in your mind than they really are.

So aim for peace between you and other Christians. Aim to help them grow in the Lord Jesus. Make sure your actions do not stir up fighting and arguing. Avoid causing your brother to stumble. He is the work of God! Treat him that way!

Perhaps you feel it is ok to do certain things that other Christians would not do. You believe God sees it as fine to do it. Before you do it, be sure you consider others. Will it cause a brother to stumble? If so, be willing to give it up. Be considerate.

Do not aim to please yourself. Each of us should

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Jottings – We Can Know That We Are Saved


If we see salvation is all of grace, we can have full assurance. We can know that we are saved. If salvation depended in the slightest degree on ourselves and on our miserable attainments, we could never know for sure that we were saved. We wouldn’t know whether we had done enough good works or the right kind. But when salvation depends on the work of Christ, there doesn’t have to be any nagging doubt.

William MacDonald, Alone in Majesty (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994), p. 107.

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God’s Good News: Lesson 6 Part 2

The Problem Solved: Dead to sin and alive to God with Christ (Romans 6:1-14)

Because we have Adam’s life, sin rules over us. The old us could not live right. So, what God did was to start a whole new race in Christ! He gave up on the old us. In fact, He saw to it that the old us was put to death! Our “old man” died with Christ. That was our life as born in Adam’s race.

Christ died as a man. Christ represented all of us when He died. When He died, we died. Now He has risen again to a whole new kind of life. We rose with Him to that new life also. This way we have a whole new life living in our body! We are mp longer in Adam. We are in Christ.

So if we are going to walk right, we have to walk in this newness of life. When we are baptized by going down under and up out of the water, we see this picture of our dying and rising to new life with Christ.

Notice that we are talking about sin not sins. Sins are the things we have done wrong. Sin is the source of these sins. Sin is like the root of the tree; and sins are the fruit. Sin ruled us in Adam. But we died with Christ, so sin is not in charge of us any more. So if sin tries to tell us what to do, we now can say, “No.” Instead of giving our hands and feet and mouth to sin, we should give them to God to use. This is how the new life is lived – by telling God he can use our body now.

To live this life, I need to do three things. First, know that I died and rose with Christ. Second, reckon that this is true. This means that I think in my head and heart that I really did die and rise with Christ to a new life! Third, yield (present) my body and its members to God, not sin. This means I turn the reigns of my body over to God to do what He wants. My hands can do wrong if sin controls them (like hit or steal or break), or they can do right if God controls them (like help or give or build).

So sin is not our king anymore, because the person that used to live under sin’s rule is dead now. If we tried to live under law, sin would rule us. But we are not living under law any more. We need to learn some more about this idea of not living under law. But, in our next lesson we will first need to answer a BIG question about living under grace!

Continued in Lesson 7 Part 1

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Jottings – Are You Broken?

Usually when something is broken, its value declines or disappears altogether. Broken dishes, broken bottles, broken mirrors are generally scrapped. Even a crack in furniture or a tear in cloth greatly reduces its resale value.
But it isn’t that way in the spiritual realm. God puts a premium on broken things–especially on broken people. That is why we read such verses as: Psalm 34:18, Psalm 51:17, and James 4:6.

William MacDonald in True Discipleship p. 147. Amazing! God places great value on broken people. Are you broken? Am I? But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7.

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Jottings – Preaching Christ

If you are preaching Christ, you are preaching grace.

Bob Upton speaking at the 2011 Workers & Elders Conference in Raleigh, NC

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