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From the pen of Pastor Lin Brown . . . .



         

 

 

 


 THE SHEEPFOLD


  
   This page is dedicated to the edification of the Lord's elect flock and is food for the Sheep of God.     The gospel of John records Jesus’ words that "My sheep hear My voice. . . . and a stranger  will they not follow."   (John 10: 27, 5)   Jesus also said, “I am the door:  by me if any man enter in,  he shall be saved,  and shall go in and out,  and find pasture.”   (John 10:9) There are sheep that stay close to the Father's care, and there are sheep that stray away from the fold.  This page is dedicated to both because there are different needs for each.    Sometimes, it will be for comfort, and other times it will be solely for exhortation especially for those straying from the fold. 


In addition, the two great errors of legalism and antinomianism will be addressed.  Both of these viewpoints are against the grace of God.  Legalism makes the death of Christ of no value, and antinomianism turns the grace of God into lasciviousness.  These are two great enemies of grace for which the child of God must always be on guard.   The great enemy, Satan, is always trying to put the child of God back under the harsh and destructive rule of the law or trying to give him more liberty in sin than is expedient for his spiritual well-being. Therefore, Scripture testifies, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." (I Peter 5:8)



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       THE ENEMIES OF THE TRUE FAITH OF GOD’S ELECT     

   1 THESSALONIANS 5:5-22

 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day:we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 

These are the final instructions of the apostle Paul to the Thessalonian church at this time, but he would write a second epistle to this church at a later time. What he had to say is applicable to the elect people of God in all ages. Even as I write these words I am aware that there are those who may feel they are unnecessary.  They may reason that, after all, we are saved, and that is all that is needed. They think that they do not need any instruction in how to live as the elect of God since, indeed, they know they were once saved and will always be saved.  Such language as once saved, always saved, is foreign to the Scripture.  Pastor, you mean to say we can lose our salvation?  No, not at all, the final perseverance of the saints is founded in the great truth of the preservation power of our eternal Three in One.

Upon further thought, another scripture comes to mind along these lines. It is 2 Peter 1-11.

 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our LordJesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

 

Once again we are being given instructions in how to live in light of our high calling in Christ. What is astounding in light of these instructions, is that not once has Paul or Peter for that matter, appealed to the Law of Moses or the Old Covenant for our legal obedience. I find this to be the case because no longer is our flesh apppealed to for obeying a written law code. If not our flesh or old man, then what is being appealed to in these instructions if not the new man who can and who will obey by the power of the Holy Spirit. The new life in Christ, the Christ Who now lives within us can do all things (Galatians 2:20). How does this work? When a command comes to the flesh, the flesh immediately wants to disobey and circumvent the command by reasoning and giving excuses why the command is unreasonable and unjust. But when there is the life of Christ in the believer, then the life of Christ in him embraces the biblical instructions because that life in him wants to glorify God and show forth the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome and to mortify the deeds of the old man or the flesh. The Holy Spirit who lives inside of every elect believer loves the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore, the elect believer loves Him and desires to do whatsoever pleases and glorifies Him.

These words are simply put that all may understand under the teaching and guidance of the Holy Spirit, even the most simplest of minds.  Let us, therefore, acknowledge Him and “lean not unto thine [our] own understanding.”  (Proverbs 3: 5)