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  • Title: Wabash Bible Ministries
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  • Title: Wabash Bible Ministries
    Descriptive info: Proclaiming God's All-Sufficient, Never-Changing Word of Truth.. A Christian Ministry Serving West Lafayette, Indiana, and the World.. Biblical, Calvinist, and Reformed in Faith and Practice.. E-mail:.. wabashbible@frontier.. com.. Copyright © 2013 Wabash Bible Ministries of Indiana.. All rights reserved.. (If tabs do not appear on the left side of screen,.. click here.. )..

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  • Title: Purpose
    Descriptive info: Purpose.. Printer Friendly Version.. Wabash Bible Ministries.. seeks to serve as a resource to all seekers of truth.. We exist to help promote the teaching and understanding of the Bible and historic Christianity in Indiana, the United States of America, and throughout the world.. Many churchgoers today have little knowledge of the Bible's teachings as many churches only teach selected topics or portions of the Bible.. A person can go to church for their entire lifetime and learn very little of the Bible.. We believe that it is God's Word and the Holy Spirit speaking to us through God's Word that transforms lives, not man's clever inventions, human-interest stories, comedy, or entertainment.. We must not settle for a watered-down Christianity.. Jesus Christ commanded us to live by.. every.. word of God (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4).. God tells Christians that as they mature they must leave the elementary teaching about the Christ, partaking of solid food instead of just baby milk (Hebrews 5:12-6:3).. We must study the whole counsel of God, for.. all.. Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.. (Acts 20:27; 2  ...   and made disciples of.. all.. the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that [Jesus Christ] commanded them by His Word (Matthew 28:19-20).. We pray that the Lord might once again bring about a reformation in the churches, as He did after the spiritually dark age preceding the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and many others in the 1500s.. Such a reformation would result in a growing number of Christians who seek to conform their beliefs, their churches, their worship, and their lives to the teachings of God's Word.. It would produce a simple and pure religion that resists the temptations of money, power, materialism, manipulation, and worldly applause, instead seeking to honor and serve God and esteem Him and His truth above all else.. Even if corruption and hypocrisy are prevalent, we should not become cynical or lose hope.. On the contrary, now is the time to go back to that which is most trustworthy, God's never-changing Word of truth.. The Bible has not changed; nor has God, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).. Copyright © 2013 Wabash Bible Ministries..

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  • Title: Beliefs
    Descriptive info: Beliefs.. Wabash Bible Ministries.. proclaims God’s all-sufficient, never-changing Word of Truth.. We believe in the historic Christian faith, the faith of Jesus and His apostles, which like God's Word has survived the ages of time, despite the many corruptions, persecutions, and periods of spiritual darkness that have put it to the test.. We believe the Scriptures, consisting of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, are the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for what we believe about God, His worship, man’s salvation, faith and life.. In other words, Scripture alone is sufficient for what Christians believe and practice.. The Bible is God’s revealed will for our lives, to which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations or human traditions; nor is anything ever to be taken away from God’s Word.. We believe that God alone is the Lord of men's consciences.. God has left men's consciences free from the teachings and commandments of men, which are in addition to God’s Word in  ...   the glory of God alone.. We believe that there is one true God and one true church of Jesus Christ, which is the pillar and ground of the truth.. We believe that Jesus Christ gives His people true hope and peace.. We have the hope of eternal life, for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.. As the truth is spoken in love and embraced, we witness the Holy Spirit's power to change and transform lives.. We believe that Jesus Christ brings true peace and unity, if we follow Him and obey His Word.. We exist to help fulfill the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, which calls His church to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the triune God, and teaching them to observe all things God commanded us in His Word.. For a more complete exposition of our beliefs, please.. click here to read.. The Basic Beliefs of Biblical Christianity..

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  • Title: Writings
    Descriptive info: Writings.. Introductory Studies.. Live by Faith Alone.. --Galatians 2:11-21.. The Search for True Peace.. (.. John Lennon, Eminem, and the apostle John's diverse visions of peace.. ).. A House of Prayer for all Nations.. Biblical Christianity--A Simple but not a Simple-Minded Religion.. Christian Maturity.. --.. -Based on John Calvin's Exposition of Hebrews 5-6.. How We Seek to Promote Christian Unity.. The Bible's Teaching Regarding Freedom Liberty.. The Church and the Statue of Liberty.. The Truth Will Set You Free.. Studies on the Book of Galatians.. Only One Gospel.. --Galatians 1:1-10 (PDF).. Called by God.. --Galatians 1:11-24 (PDF).. Beware of Legalism.. --Galatians 2:1-10 (PDF).. Persevere by Faith.. --Galatians 3:1-9 (PDF).. Christ Redeems Us from the Curse.. --Galatians 3:10-14 (PDF).. Know Your Spiritual Mother.. --Galatians 4:21-31 (PDF).. Studies on the book of Jeremiah, based on commentary by John Calvin.. Introduction.. Images and Idolatry.. Lawlessness.. Providence and God's Sovereignty.. Religious Hypocrisy.. Sacraments.. True and False Religion.. True and False Worship.. Studies on Worship.. The Foolishness of Today's Church Worship Wars.. NEW.. True versus False Worship (by John Knox and John Calvin).. The Prophet Amos on True and False Worship.. -.. -By John Calvin.. Jesus on True and  ...   Holidays.. The Jesus Scandal.. Why Christians Should Reject the “Christian” Church Calendar.. Ten Reasons Why Christians Should Not Observe Religious Holidays.. Is Jesus the Reason for the Season?.. : Introduction.. Chapter 1: The Historical Observance of Church Holidays.. Chapter 2: The 20th Century Shift in American Presbyterianism.. Chapter 3: The Biblical Arguments Against the Observance of Church Holidays.. Chapter 4: Concluding Questions and Answers.. Chapter 5: The Biblical Alternative: God's Holy Day.. Appendix A: Additional Quotes from Church History on Church Holidays.. Appendix B: The Historical (Pagan) Roots of Christmas and Easter.. Appendix C: Scripture Alone.. Appendix D: What is Holy?.. The Bible's Teaching Regarding Holy Land.. Why Israel is No Longer the Holy Land.. Studies on the book of Hosea.. (PDF).. Introduction / Chapter 1.. Chapter 2.. Chapter 3.. Chapter 4.. Chapter 5.. Chapter 6.. Chapter 7.. Chapter 8.. Chapter 9.. Chapter 10.. Chapter 11.. Chapter 12.. Chapter 13.. Chapter 14.. Sacraments.. A Biblical Case for Infant Baptism.. Other Studies.. Longing for the Courts of the Covenant Lord.. -An exegetical study of Psalm 84 (PDF).. More coming soon!.. See the Resources page and Calvin Commentaries page for more articles on these and other subjects..

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  • Title: John Calvin's Commentaries
    Descriptive info: John Calvin's Commentaries.. NEW.. Topical Bible Studies from Expository Commentary by John Calvin.. The Psalms.. God's Grace.. --Psalm 25:9 (PDF).. God, the Terrifying Author of Nature and the Benevolent Defender of His People.. --Psalm 29:5-11 (PDF).. The Forgiveness of God.. --Psalm 32:1-2 (PDF).. The Providence of God.. --Psalm 33:13-15; 68:31-35 (PDF).. Angels.. --Psalm 34:7-10; 35:4-6; 68:17 (PDF).. Fearing God.. --Psalm 34:9 (PDF).. Biblical Typology.. --Psalm 45: Solomon and His Wife as a Type of Christ and The Church (PDF).. Election and the True Church, Jew and Gentile.. --Psalm 65 (PDF).. Longing for the Courts of the Lord.. --Psalm 84 (PDF).. Jeremiah.. (Note: Other  ...   of God.. Prayer.. Predestination.. Reformed Theology.. Spiritual Adultery.. True and False Pastors.. True and False Preaching.. The Minor Prophets.. Jonah on True and False Worship.. --Jonah 2:8-9 (PDF).. God's Sovereignty over the Good and Over the Wicked.. --Joel 2:11 (PDF).. The Gospel of John.. The Truth Shall Make You Free.. --John 8:30-59.. Hebrews.. --Hebrews 1:10-14 (PDF).. Contentment vs.. Coveteousness.. --Hebrews 13:5 (PDF).. The Epistle of 2 Peter.. True Humility and the Clarity of Scripture.. --2 Peter 1:19-21 (PDF).. The Epistle of 1 John.. The Small but Faithful Church of Christ.. --1 John 4:4-6 (PDF).. The Apostle John's Warning Against Idolatry.. --1 John 5:19-21 (PDF)..

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  • Title: Get Involved
    Descriptive info: Resources.. More articles that will help you understand some corruptions prevalent in many churches today:.. Church Music.. The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God.. by G.. I.. Williamson.. Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God.. by Brian Schwertley.. Doctrine.. John Calvin's Commentaries on the Bible.. The Westminster Standards.. :.. Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger Catechism, Shorter Catechism.. Holy Days.. Holy Days of Men and Holy Days of God.. On the Observance of Annual Sacred Days.. (tract, PDF format) by G.. Presbyterians Do Not Observe Holy Days.. by Princeton  ...   A.. A.. Hodge.. Lord's Day Observance: Man's Proper Response to the Fourth Commandment.. by Robert L.. Reymond.. Images of Christ.. Pictures of Jesus.. True Worship.. The Scriptural Basis for the Regulative Principle of Worship.. The Regulative Principle of Worship.. Other Ministries.. The Trinity Foundation.. The Bible Alone is the Word of God.. Note: These links are provided for further study on the Bible's teachings on the topics listed above.. These authors and websites are not affiliated with Wabash Bible Ministries, and Wabash Bible Ministries does not necessarily endorse all their content..

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  • Title: Contact
    Descriptive info: Contact.. Contact Wabash Bible Ministries.. Based in central Indiana, our outreach extends across the United States of America and around the world.. If you have questions about the teachings of the Bible, would like more information,.. or would like to join with us in seeking Biblical literacy and reformation in the Church, then please contact us.. E-mail us at.. and we will be glad to assist you in any way we can!..

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    Descriptive info: Based on the historic.. Westminster Shorter Catechism,.. adopted in England in 1647.. As men and women, boys and girls, our chief purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (1 Cor.. 10:31; Rom.. 11:36; Ps.. 73:25-28).. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him (2 Tim.. 3:16; Eph.. 2:20; 1 John 1:3-4).. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God and what duty God requires of man (2 Tim.. 1:13; 3:16).. God is a Spirit--infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth (John 4:24; Job 11:7-9; Ps.. 90:2; Jas.. 1:17; Exod.. 3:14; Ps.. 117:5; Rev.. 4:8; 15:4; Exod.. 34:6-7).. There is only one God, the living and true God (Deut.. 6:4; Jer.. 10:10).. There are three persons in the Godhead--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory (1 John 5:7; Matt.. 28:9).. The decrees of God are His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of His will, whereby, for His own glory He has foreordained whatever comes to pass (Eph.. 1:4, 11; Rom.. 9:22-23).. God executes His decrees in the works of creation and providence.. The work of creation is God's making all things of nothing by the word of His power in the space of six days and all very good (Gen.. 1; Heb.. 11:3).. God created man male and female, after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, possessing dominion over the creatures (Gen.. 1:26-28; Co.. 3:10; Eph.. 4:24).. God's works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures and all their actions (Ps.. 145:17; Ps.. 104:24; Isa.. 28:29; Heb.. 1:3; Ps.. 103:19; Matt.. 10:29-31).. When God had created man, He entered into a covenant of life with him, upon the condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest he be subjected to the pain of death (Gal.. 3:12; Gen.. 2:17).. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the state in which they were created by sinning against God (Gen.. 3:6-8, 13; Eccl.. 7:29).. Sin is any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God (1 John 3:4).. The sin by which our first parents fell from the state in which they were created was their eating the forbidden fruit (Gen.. 3:6).. The covenant, having been made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his descendants; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary birth, sinned in him and fell with him in his first transgression (Gen.. 2:16-17; Rom.. 5:12; 1 Cor.. 15:21-22).. The fall brought mankind into a state of sin and misery (Rom.. 5:12).. The sinfulness of this state into which man fell consists in the guilt of Adam's first sin, the lack of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called Original Sin, together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it (Rom.. 5:12, 19; Rom.. 5:10-20; Eph.. 2:1-3; Jas.. 1:14-15; Matt.. 15:19).. All mankind by their fall lost communion with God, are under His wrath and curse, and so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever (Gen.. 3:8, 10, 24; Eph.. 2:2-3; Gal.. 3:10; Lam.. 3:39; Rom.. 6:23; Matt.. 25:41, 46).. God having, out of His mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the state of sin and misery, and to bring them into a state of salvation by a Redeemer (Eph.. 1:4; Rom.. 3:20-22; Gal.. 3:21-22).. The only Redeemer of God's elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man and so was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever (1 Tim.. 2:5-6; John 1:14; Rom.. 9:5; Luke 1:35; Col.. 2:9; Heb.. 7:24-25).. Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to Himself a true body and a reasonable [rational] soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and born of her yet without sin (Heb.. 2:14, 16; 10:5; Matt.. 26:38; Luke 1:27, 31, 35, 42; Gal.. 4:4; Heb.. 4:15; 7:26).. Christ, as our Redeemer, executes the offices of a prophet, priest, and king, both in His state of humiliation and exaltation (Acts 3:21-22; Heb.. 12:25; 2 Cor.. 13:3; Heb.. 5:5-7; 7:25; Ps.. 2:6; Isa.. 9:6-7; Matt.. 21:5; Ps.. 2:8-11).. Christ executes the office of a prophet in revealing to us by His word and Spirit the will of God for our salvation (John 1:18; 1 Pet.. 1:10-12; John 15:15; 20:31).. Christ executes the office of a priest in His once offering up of Himself, a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us (Heb.. 9:14, 28; 2:17; 7:24-25).. Christ executes the office of a king in subduing us to Himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all His and our enemies (Acts 15:14-16; Isa.. 32:22; 32:1-2; 1 Cor.. 15:25; Ps.. 110).. Christ's humiliation consisted in His being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time (Luke 2:7; Gal.. 12:2-3; Isa.. 53:2-3; Luke 22:44; Matt.. 27:46; Phil.. 2:8; 1 Cor.. 15:3-4; Acts 2:24-27, 31).. Christ's exaltation consisted in His rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day (1 Cor.. 15:4; Mark 16:19; Eph.. 1:20; Acts 1:11; 17:31).. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ by the effectual application of it to us by His Holy Spirit (John 1:11-12; Tit.. 3:5-6).. The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ by working faith in us and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling (Eph.. 3:17; 1 Cor.. 1:9).. Effectual calling is the work of God's Spirit, by which, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, He does both persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, who is freely offered to us in the gospel (2 Tim.. 1:9; 2 Thess.. 2:13-14; Acts 2:37; 26:18; Ezek.. 36:26-27; John 6:44-45; Phil.. 2:13).. They who are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them (Rom.. 8:30; Eph.. 1:5; 1 Cor.. 1:26, 30).. Justification is an act of God's free grace, in which He pardons all our sins and accepts us as righteous in His sight only because of the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to us and received by faith alone (Rom.. 3:24-25; 4:6-8; 2 Cor.. 5:19, 21; Rom.. 5:17-19; Gal.. 2:16; Phil.. 3:9).. Adoption is an act of God's free grace, by which we are received into the number of God's children and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God (1 John 3:1; John 1:12; Rom.. 8:17).. Sanctification is the work of God's free grace, by which we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God and are enabled more and more to die unto sin and live unto righteousness (2 Thess.. 2:13; Eph.. 4:23-24; Rom.. 6:4, 6; 8:1).. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification are assurance of God's love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, increase of grace, and perseverance in these to the end (Rom.. 5:1-2, 5; 14:17; Prov.. 4:18; 1 John 5:13; 1 Pet.. 1:5).. The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness and do immediately pass into glory and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves until the resurrection at the last day (Heb.. 12:23; 2 Cor.. 5:1, 6, 8; Phil.. 1:23; Luke 23:43; 1 Thess.. 4:14; Isa.. 57:2; Job 19:26-27).. At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity (1 Cor.. 15:43; Matt.. 25:23; 10:32; 1 John 3:2; 1 Cor.. 13:12; 1 Thess.. 4:17-18).. The duty which God requires of man is obedience to His revealed will (Mic.. 6:8; 1 Sam.. 15:22).. The rule which God at first revealed to  ...   of truth between people and of our own and our neighbor's good name, especially in witness-bearing (Zech.. 8:16; 3 John 12; Prov.. 14:5, 25).. The ninth commandment forbids whatever is prejudicial to truth or injurious to our own or our neighbor's good name (1 Sam.. 17:28; Lev.. 19:16; Ps.. 15:3).. The tenth commandment is: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's (Exod.. 20:17).. The tenth commandment requires full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor and all that is his (Heb.. 13:5; 1 Tim.. 6:6; Job 31:29; Rom.. 12:15; 1 Tim.. 13:4-7).. The tenth commandment forbids all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections [desires] to anything that is his (1 Kings 21:4; Esther 5:13; 1 Cor.. 10:10; Gal.. 5:26; Jas.. 3:14, 16; Rom.. 7:7-8; 13:9; Deut.. 5:21).. Is any person able perfectly to keep the commandments of God? No mere man since the fall is able in this life to keep the commandments of God perfectly; we all daily break them in thought, word, and deed (Eccl.. 7:20; 1 John 1:8, 10; Gal.. 5:17; Gen.. 6:5; 8:21; Rom.. 3:9-21; Jas.. 3:2-13).. Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous? Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others (Ezek.. 8:6, 13, 15; 1 John 5:16; Ps.. 78:17, 32, 56).. Every sin deserves God's wrath and curse, both in this life and in the life which is to come (Eph.. 5:6; Gal.. 3:39; Matt.. 25:41).. In order to escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life, together with the diligent use of all the outward means by which Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption (Acts 20:21; Prov.. 2:1-5; 8:33-36; Isa.. 55:3).. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, by which we receive and rest on Him alone for salvation, as He is offered to us in the gospel (Heb.. 10:39; John 1:12; Isa.. 26:3-4; Phil.. 3:9; Gal.. 2:16).. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, by which a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin and apprehension [understanding] of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of and endeavor after new obedience (Acts 11:18; 2:37-38; Joel 2:12; Jer.. 3:22; 31:18-19; Ezek.. 36:31; 2 Cor.. 7:11; Isa.. 1:16-17).. The outward and ordinary means by which Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption are His ordinances--especially the Word, sacraments, and prayer, all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation (Matt.. 28:19-20; Acts 2:42, 46-47).. The Spirit of God makes the reading, but especially the preaching [proclaiming] of the Word an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation (Neh.. 8:8; 1 Cor.. 14:24-25; Acts 26:18; Ps.. 19:8; Acts 20:32; Rom.. 15:4; 2 Tim.. 3:15-17; Rom.. 10:13-17; 1:16).. That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend to it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; receive it with faith and love, lay it up in our hearts, and practice it in our lives (Prov.. 8:34; 1 Pet.. 2:1-2; Ps.. 119:18; Heb.. 4:2; 2 Thess.. 2:10; Ps.. 119:11; Luke 8:15; Jas.. 1:25).. The sacraments [holy ordinances] become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them or in him that does administer them, but only by the blessing of Christ and the working of His Spirit in those who by faith receive them (1 Pet.. 3:21; Matt.. 3:11; 1 Cor.. 3:6-7).. A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ in which, by sensible signs, Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented, sealed, and applied to believers (1 Cor.. 12:13; Gen.. 17:7, 10; Exod.. 12; 1 Cor.. 11:23, 26).. The sacraments of the New Testament are Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Matt.. 28:19; 26:26-28).. Baptism is a sacrament in which the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, does signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace and our engagement to be the Lord's (Matt.. 28:19; Rom.. 6:4; Gal.. 3:27).. Baptism is not to be administered to any who are out of the visible church until they profess their faith in Christ and obedience to Him; but the infants of such as are members of the visible church are to be baptized (Acts 8:36-38; 2:38-39; Gen.. 17:10; Col.. 2:11-12; 1 Cor.. 7:14).. The Lord's Supper is a sacrament in which by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ's appointment, His death is showed forth; and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporal [physical] and carnal [fleshly] manner, but by faith, made partakers of His body and blood, with all His benefits, to their.. spiritual.. nourishment and growth in grace (1 Cor.. 11:23-26).. It is required of those who would worthily partake of the Lord's Supper that they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord's body, of their faith to feed on Him, of their repentance, love, and new obedience, lest coming unworthily they eat and drink judgment to themselves (1 Cor.. 11:28-29; 2 Cor.. 13:5; 1 Cor.. 11:31; 10:16-17; 5:7-8).. Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God for things agreeable to His will [which is revealed to us in Scripture], in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of His mercies (Ps.. 62:8; 1 John 5:14; John 16:23; Ps.. 32:5-6; Phil.. 4:6).. The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught His disciples, commonly called.. The Lord's prayer.. (1 John 5:14; Matt.. 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4).. The preface of the Lord's prayer, which is, Our Father in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us, and that we should pray with and for others (Matt.. 6:9; Rom.. 8:15; Luke 11:13; Acts 12:5; 1 Tim.. 2:1-2).. In the first petition, which is, hallowed be Your name, we pray that God would enable us and others to glorify Him in all that by which He makes Himself known and that He would dispose all things to His own glory (Matt.. 6:9; Ps.. 67:2-3; Ps.. 83).. In the second petition, which is, Your kingdom come, we pray that Satan's kingdom may be destroyed and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it and kept in it, and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened (Matt.. 6:10; Ps.. 68:1, 18; Rev.. 12:10-11; 2 Thess.. 3:1; Rom.. 10:1; John 17:9, 20; Rev.. 22:20).. In the third petition, which is, Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, we pray that God by His grace would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to His will in all things, as the angels do in heaven (Matt.. 67; Ps.. 119:36; Matt.. 26:39; 2 Sam.. 15:25; Job.. 103:20-21).. In the fourth petition, which is, Give us this day our daily bread, we pray that of God's free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life and enjoy His blessing with them (Matt.. 6:11; Prov.. 30:8-9; Gen.. 28:23; 1 Tim.. 4:4-5).. In the fifth petition, which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, we pray that God, for Christ's sake, would freely pardon all our sins, which we are encouraged to ask because by His grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others (Matt.. 6:12; Ps.. 51:1-2, 7, 9; Dan.. 9:17-19; Luke 11:4; Matt.. 13:35).. In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin or support and deliver us when we are tempted (Matt.. 6:13; 26:41; 2 Cor.. 12:7-8).. The conclusion of the Lord's prayer, which is, For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.. Amen, teaches us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only and in our prayers to praise Him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to Him.. And, in testimony of our desire and assurance to be heard, we say,.. Amen.. (Matt.. 6:13; Dan.. 9:4, 7-9, 16-19; 1 Chron.. 29:10-13; 1 Cor.. 14:16; Rev.. 22:20-21).. Copyright © 2009 Wabash Bible Ministries..

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    Descriptive info: “Live by Faith Alone”.. Galatians 2:11-21.. Justification by faith alone.. John Calvin called it “the main hinge on which religion turns.. ” Martin Luther called it “the doctrine by which the church stands or falls.. ” For the apostle Paul, justification by faith alone was at the heart of the Gospel.. For all these men of God, denying this teaching amounted to denying the Gospel, denying Christ, and denying the Christian faith.. Paul’s letter to the Galatians was written in response to the Judaizers.. The Judaizers were a group of Jews who claimed to be Christians, but Paul informs us in Galatians 2:4 that they were actually “false brothers” (Gal.. 2:4).. They had “turned away” from God and His grace to a false gospel that was based on works (cf.. 1:6).. You may be surprised to learn that the Judaizers were so convincing that even the apostle Peter was temporarily fooled by their subtlety.. Today’s passage recounts the first major showdown in the church over the Gospel.. Would the “truth of the gospel” overcome the devil’s attacks (Gal.. 2:5)?.. Please turn in your Bible to.. : 11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision [i.. e.. , a Jewish sect called the Judaizers].. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before.. them.. all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 15 We.. who are.. Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners,.. is.. Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the.. life.. which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness.. comes.. through the law, then Christ died in vain.. (NKJ).. Hear the Lord say to you, Live by Faith Alone!.. Galatians 2:11-12.. “Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision.. ”.. Peter (or Cephas in Aramaic) was a bold and outspoken follower of Christ, but he often displayed his lack of faith boldly as well.. When Peter denied that Jesus would have to be killed and raised up the third day, Jesus responded to his statement of unbelief, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men (Matt.. 16:23).. In fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy, Peter later denied Christ three times (Luke 22:56-60).. Now, Peter the apostle, failed once again, showing his own human weakness.. Giving in to sinful fear, Peter withdrew from Gentile believers to fellowship with the heretical Judaizers.. Through his actions, Peter was denying the Gospel and thereby denying Christ once again.. Since his actions gave the appearance that he supported this false gospel, Peter was bringing discredit to the Gospel of grace that Paul preached.. So when Peter arrived at Syrian Antioch, the location of the first church that included both Jews and Gentiles, the apostle Paul felt compelled to oppose him, to confront him publicly, “to his face”.. Peter should have known better.. He should have known that the Judaizers’ teaching was in error.. After all, in Acts, chapter 10, when the apostle Peter was sent to preach the Gospel to Cornelius and his household, Peter testified, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and.. yet.. God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.. I most certainly understand.. now.. that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him” (10:28, 34-35).. Additionally, Peter knew that the Jerusalem Council had ruled that it was not necessary for Gentiles to be circumcised in order to become Christians.. Acting on this knowledge, Peter ate with the Gentile Christians in Antioch, regarding them as his Christian brothers.. But all that changed when certain men who claimed to have come from James, the half-brother of Jesus, appeared on the scene.. Based on the ruling of the Jerusalem Council, it is most likely that the Judaizers’ claim (to have come from James) was a lie.. Nevertheless, when these Judaizers arrived, Peter kept his distance from the Gentiles, separating from them once again.. Why did Peter do this? Because he “feared those who were of the circumcision,” that is, Peter feared losing favor with the legalistic Judaizers.. Just as he had earlier denied Christ three times out of fear, Peter denies his Gentile brothers in Christ out of.. fear.. Fear.. was one of Peter’s great weaknesses.. Peter sinned because he feared men more than God.. Fearing the Judaizers, Peter allowed this perversion of the Gospel to take root.. Peter’s failure should cause us to ask ourselves, Do we care more about what others think of us or what God thinks of us? If we fear men more than God, then we need to repent of our sin.. Furthermore, that an apostle of Christ could fall back into sin serves as a warning to each of us.. If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall as Peter did! Peter spoke from experience when he warned us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.. ” So “resist him, firm in.. your.. faith” (1 Pet.. 5:9, NAS).. Galatians 2:13.. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.. ”.. Not only did Peter succumb to hypocrisy, but so also did the other Jewish believers in Antioch and “even Barnabas.. ” What was Peter’s hypocrisy? Peter was eating with the Judaizers but declining the Gentiles’ invitations to eat with them.. Through his practice, Peter was rejecting the Gospel of grace that he had earlier preached.. He was treating the Gentiles as if they were “unclean” and affirming the very dietary restrictions that he had earlier confessed that God had abolished.. Surely Peter was committed to the Gospel of grace, but his actions suggested that he accepted the legalism of the Judaizers.. He was failing to practice what he had earlier preached.. This was indeed.. hypocrisy.. The Judaizers were self-righteous hypocrites who preached a false gospel.. Clearly, they were serving Satan, not God.. Jesus had warned Peter to “watch and pray, lest [he] enter into temptation” (Matt.. 26:41).. Sadly, Peter had once again given in to the temptations of the devil.. Paul continues by recounting his response to Peter in the remaining verses of Galatians, chapter 2.. Let us continue with.. Galatians 2:14.. “But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before.. all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?””.. Peter and the other Jewish Christians were not being “straightforward about the truth of the gospel.. ” Prior to the arrival of the Judaizers, the apostle Peter, who was a Jew, had lived “in the manner of the Gentiles,” sharing meals with them.. He did not regard them as “unclean.. ” He could not be accused of hypocrisy, for he treated the Gentiles with the same Christian love that we owe to all our brothers and sisters in Christ.. But, now, Peter had consented to the Judaizer heresy.. He was compelling Gentiles to become Jews in order to be saved, in order to be Christians.. In doing so, he  ...   a sinner.. For Jesus said in the Gospel of Mark: “Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated? (.. Thus He.. declared all foods clean.. )” (Mark 7:18-19).. Peter’s refusal to fellowship with Gentiles was a rejection of Christ’s teaching that the Jewish dietary laws were abolished.. In caving in to the Judaizers, Peter was in effect rebuilding the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile that Christ had broken down (Eph.. 2:14).. For Paul to accept such a teaching would be for him to return to the Pharasaical, legalistic form of Judaism that he held to prior to his conversion on the Damascus road and which since then he had boldly renounced as worthless.. To reject Christ and His gospel and return to the law would be a grave sin with eternal consequences.. Thus, in the strongest of terms, Paul refutes Peter.. Is Christ a liar? Is He a minister of sin? “Certainly not!”.. By faith alone, Paul had been united with Christ in His crucifixion and resurrection.. Paul died to the law and was raised with Christ so that he might live to God.. Since Christ, being sinless, met the law’s demands in full, through the law He sets us free from the law.. Paul explains in.. Romans 8:2.. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.. ” The Mosaic law brought sin and death.. But Christ, through His fulfillment of the law, sets us free from that bondage and makes us truly able to die to sin and live for righteousness.. Have you trusted in Christ alone for salvation? Then you know the Truth, and the Truth has set you free from sin and death!.. Galatians 2:20.. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the.. Paul teaches elsewhere that by nature we are slaves to sin and destined for God’s wrath (Rom.. 6:6; Eph.. 2:3).. But when a man places his trust in Christ alone for salvation, God justifies him.. Our old man is “crucified with Christ.. ” Our sin is transferred to Christ’s account.. “Therefore, if anyone.. in Christ,.. he is.. a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor.. 5:17).. Paul cannot contemplate returning to his old ways, to the bondage and legalism of the corrupt religion of which he was once a part, for he is now a Christian.. Christ has set him free, and Christ lives in him.. Paul calls us.. to live for Christ, to live by faith alone.. As a Christian, Paul lives “by faith in the Son of God, who loved [him] and gave Himself for [him].. ” And that is how God calls us to live, too.. “The just shall live by faith”.. (Hab.. 2:4; Rom.. 1:17; Gal.. 3:11; Heb.. 10:38).. Paul said in.. 2 Corinthians 5:15.. that “those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.. Are you a new creation in Christ?.. Are you living for yourself or for Christ?.. Are you living for the world or for God’s kingdom and His righteousness?.. Are you storing up for yourselves treasure on earth or in heaven?.. Are you living by sight or by faith alone?.. As Christians we are called to become more and more like Christ.. How do we mature in Christ? God says that we must.. renew our minds.. as we study, memorize, and meditate upon His Word, and as we pray, worship, and fellowship with other believers.. We must “put off” sin and “put on” holy, Christlike living.. We must present our bodies to God as living sacrifices, as the temple of the Holy Spirit.. We must no longer allow this world to conform us to its ways; rather, we must be transformed, as we renew our minds by God’s Word.. We must live by faith in the Son of God.. We must live by faith alone.. Galatians 2:20 should be the testimony of every Christian: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the.. “.. Paul concludes his sermon to Peter in Galatians 2:21:.. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness.. The Bible teaches that to be justified before God and thus go to heaven when you die, you must trust in Christ alone by faith alone.. By taking his stand with the Judaizers, Peter was in effect denying Christ, just as he had done three times before the Crucifixion.. Peter was setting aside the need for God’s grace.. If a man could earn his salvation by keeping the law, then Christ died needlessly.. The death of Christ was not necessary; He died in vain.. To attack the doctrine of justification by faith apart from works or justification by faith alone, to attack the doctrine of double imputation, is to attack Christ Himself.. It is to make void the Gospel.. It is to deny the necessity of Christ’s atonement.. What good news is there in telling a person that he must contribute to his salvation, when James tells us that if we stumble at.. just one point.. , we are guilty of breaking.. of it.. Without Christ, we would indeed be without hope.. This is why John Calvin called justification by faith alone “the main hinge on which religion turns.. ” Calvin said, “wherever the knowledge of it is taken away, the glory of Christ is extinguished, religion abolished, the Church destroyed, and the hope of salvation utterly overthrown.. [1].. Some people wonder why Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and the other Protestant Reformers broke away from the Roman Catholic Church.. Were they just divisive individualists? Were they just dividing over something trivial? No, nothing less than the Gospel itself was at stake.. Presbyterian theologian Robert L.. Reymond, in his book.. The Reformation’s Conflict with Rome: Why it Must Continue.. , explains that Roman Catholicism teaches that “faith alone in the perfect obedience and finished work of Jesus Christ accomplished in the sinner’s behalf.. is not sufficient.. for his justification or right standing before God.. In addition to trusting in Christ’s saving work the sinner must himself perform good works.. [2].. In contrast the Reformers pointed out that the apostle Paul taught in the New Testament that without justification by faith alone, there is no good news.. In Galatians 1:6-9, the apostle Paul explained that any other gospel is “a different gospel,” which is no good news at all.. And Paul warns that anyone who preaches a false gospel faces God's eternal condemnation if they do not repent (Gal.. 1:8-9).. Therefore, to deny this teaching of Scripture would be to deny the Gospel, to deny Christ, and to deny the Christian faith.. The Protestant Reformers had nothing against Roman Catholics.. In fact, most of them were once Roman Catholics themselves.. (Martin Luther was a Catholic monk and theologian.. ) The issue was that they were asking the Church to reform itself and return to the simple teachings of the Bible.. The church did not agree to change.. [3].. , so the Protestants were forced to separate and start new churches based on the apostles' model.. So let us also follow the apostles' model by holding firmly to the one, true Gospel and the Biblical teaching of justification by faith alone.. And living by faith alone, let us do the good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph.. 2:10).. No condemnation now I dread;.. Jesus, and all in Him is mine!.. Alive in Him, my living Head,.. And clothed in righteousness divine,.. Bold I approach the eternal throne,.. And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.. Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me? (Charles Wesley).. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,.. My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God:.. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood.. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small;.. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.. (Isaac Watts).. O the wonderful cross, the wonderful cross, bids us come and die and find that we may truly live.. May we live by faith alone!.. John Calvin, “Reply to Sadoleto,”.. A Reformation Debate.. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1966), 66.. Robert L.. Reymond,.. The Reformation’s Conflict with Rome.. (Geanies House, Fearn, Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus, 2001), p.. 11,.. emphasis added.. At the Council of Trent, held in reaction to the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church declared anathema on anyone who taught the Biblical teaching that sinners are justified by faith alone or that men are justified.. by the sole imputation of Christ's righteousness (Canons 9 11)..

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