|Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and He was buried, and He rose again the third day for our justification according to the Scriptures, and after He was raised from the dead God caused Him to be seen by witnesses chosen before by God.|
|That is the Gospel, that is, the Good News, we have accepted by faith, in which we stand, by which we are saved and which we preach to all men imploring them on Christ’s behalf to repent and to believe in it, that they might be saved. That is the Gospel in which man must believe to be saved and reconciled to God, for it is the word of our salvation Paul and the other apostles of the Lord (as well as all the other servants of Christ) preached during the first century after Christ and by which many Jews and Gentiles were set free from their sins.|
The “Gospel” which is being preached today is only to deceiving souls and give them up in a false hope. To make men believe that God loves them, while they are under His wrath is worse than a physician telling a diabetic subject that he may safely eat all he wishes.…John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”. To withhold the preaching of the Law-its Divine authority, its unbending demands, its spirituality, its awful curse-is to omit that which alone conveys a true knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20: “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 7:7 “ What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”. To cry “Believe, believe,” and say nothing about repentance, is to falsify the terms of salvation: “Luke 24:47: and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”. Acts 17:30 “ The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent”. To invite sinners to receive Christ as their “Saviour” before they surrender to Him as their Lord, is to present a false “way of salvation.” To bid the lost “come to Christ” without telling them they must first “forsake the world,” is to fill the “churches” with unconverted souls. To tell sinners they may find rest unto their souls without taking Christ’s YOKE upon them, is to give the lie unto the Master’s own teaching: “Matthew 11:29 “ Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. In all probability a large proportion of readers are deceived souls, and we do not want to have to answer for their blood in the Day to come. Many of them have been put to sleep by the chloroforming “evangelism” of today. Therefore we earnestly beg each one to hear this words and to seriously and solemnly ask, Is there anything in my own heart’s history which answers to that which is said of Moses in “Hebrews 11:24-27” By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible”.If there is not, then if you are not “crucified to the world”Gal. 6:14″ But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world”, then Satan is fatally deluding you if you imagine that you are under the blood of Christ. Suffer me then, dear viewer, to continue addressing you directly, for a moment longer. I am not asking… Are you “resting on the finished work of Christ?” There are thousands who imagine they are so doing, who have never been converted. No, rather would we inquire, Have you made your peace with God? We are well aware that the expression is ridiculed and denounced by a certain class who pose as being ultra-spiritual and exceptionally well-taught in the Scriptures, but they only betray their ignorance of the Word: see “Isaiah 27:5: “Or let them lay hold of my protection,
let them make peace with me,
let them make peace with me.”, Luke 14:32-33. “ And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple”. By asking whether you have “made your peace with God,” whot is mean is …, Have you ceased fighting against Him, and have you yielded to His demands? Have you thrown down the weapons of your rebellion, and expressed an honest desire and determination to be in subjection to Him? Have you realized that living to please yourself and have your own way is a way of defiance, and have you truly surrendered yourself unto His claims? Evil must be hated before good can be loved: Amos 5:15:” Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph”. Self must be denied before Christ can be followed, Matt. 16:24: Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”. The old man must be put off before the new man can be put on Eph. 4:22-24 :” to put off your old self,which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”. In other words, the “flesh” must be mortified before the “spirit” can be manifested.