Heb 10:29                                                  An Unholy Thing                                             12/21/2014

 

Š      Sorer Punishment (Heb 10:26-31, 24-25)

 

 

#1.  The Knowledge of the Truth (Heb 10:26-31, 2Cor 5:21, Rom 4:8, John 8:44, Eph 2:1, Col 1:13)

 

 

Š      The Blood of the Covenant (Rom 6:23, Rev 20:15, Heb 10:27, 29, John 3:13, Col 2:9, Eph 1:5)

 

 

#2.      Trodden Under Foot (1Cor 7:14, John 1:13)

 

 

Š      The Blood of the Son of God (Matt 7:13-14)

 

 

Š      Wherewith He Was Sanctified? (Heb 10:29)

 

 

#3.                  TULIP (Rom 5:12, Eph 1:4-6, Heb 10:29, John 17:9, Titus 3:4-7, Rom 8:35-39, Ecc 7:20, Rev 22:19, Jer 17:9)

 

 

 

Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 10:26 (2X). The sermon of today is titled “An Unholy Thing” (2X). You can sense already that I am going to talk about some dreadful sin. You may complain that I am speaking about negative things most of the time. And that is true. These are warnings from God for our benefit. But the Bible is full of those negative things, and I am obligated to tell you about the whole counsel of God. I may not leave anything out because the wrath of God rests upon me if I do. And so, today I am going to tell you about “An Unholy Thing” (2X), something that has been skipped and is still being shipped by most preachers. This is a dreadful sin. Let us begin in this chapter of Hebrews, Heb 10:26-31,

Š      Sorer Punishment (Heb 10:26-31, 24-25)

Heb 10:26-31, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  28  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.  31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

What is God talking about? God speaks here about giving us, sinners, a knowledge of the truth of the covenant that is in this passage here in Heb 10:26-31, and He says that disbelieving these truths carry with them a penalty of judgment and a fiery indignation. He also adds that there are even greater penalties for believing that the blood of the covenant mentioned here is an unholy thing. And so, it is extremely important that we understand the sin that is spoken of here. And notice that this passage begins with the word “FOR”, which invokes the question: What is the word “FOR” there for? It means that this passage ties together to the previous two verses, Heb 10:24-25, where we read,

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Verse 25 has been much debated among those who do not want to worship the Lord on Sundays. They go into all kinds of mental gyrations to explain that the KJV of the Bible has been incorrectly translated in this place. But No! The King James Version is not a faulty translation as some claim it to be, but we need to connect verse 25 with the context. Let us begin here in Heb 10:24 (2X). What is the subject matter here? Paraphrased God says we must provoke one another unto love and good works. Is that something new? No! That is nothing new. All along the New Testament the admonition of God to us was that “we must consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” This always has been God’s commandment to us from the beginning. And when and where does the opportunity arise for us that we can provoke one another unto love and good works? It is when we assemble ourselves together on the first day of the week, and we assemble together for the purpose of honoring and glorifying our Redeemer who gave us such a loving church whom we in turn can love and provoke unto good works. And it is with eager anticipation of the Lord’s return that we do this, for that is the context in which we read this. Therefore we are gladly exhorting one another: “and so much the more, as we see the day of Christ approaching.” What is the day of Christ? It is the day when we will literally see Him returning on the clouds of heaven to give us our inheritance. Let us rejoice in this great promise that we will actually see Him coming to get us in the great rapture at the end of time. Now let us return to the second passage that we were going to look into: Heb 10:26-31,

#1.  The Knowledge of the Truth (Heb 10:26-31, 2Cor 5:21, Rom 4:8, John 8:44, Eph 2:1, Col 1:13)

Heb 10:26, For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

What is this “knowledge of the truth?” It is the full and complete knowledge of the crucifixion of Christ, His atonement for our sins, His signature in blood of the Covenant He was going to complete. Have we received this knowledge? Do we understand that His crucifixion is an act of love by God? Some people imagine that during the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ He actually took our place, and took our sins upon Himself, and paid the penalty, the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, in our place. It means “Perfect substitution!” That is not true! If that rule of substitution was your understanding of the atonement of Christ, then now is the time to change that concept of the atonement. People take it from a sloppy reading of 2Cor 5:21 which says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” But they have skipped the words “Who knew no sin.” Christ was the spotless Lamb of God who knew no sin, not before, and not during, and not after His atonement. He remained the spotless Lamb of God, because He must be qualified to be the spotless Redeemer in order to pay for the sins of someone else. Instead of “substitution”, the Greek text of the Bible speaks of “imputation”, and that is not substitution.

For example we read in, Rom 4:8  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

“Imputation” is an accounting term. When we sin, our debt, our guilt, is imputed to our account. When Christ becomes our Redeemer, our debt is imputed to His account. When Christ pays for us to eliminate our debt, He is paying from His account, but in that process He remains the spotless Lamb of God. Never are our sins imputed to Him personally. Never are our sins making Him “dirty.” And so, when Christ was crucified He atoned for our sins, and He paid for this out of His own account. Let me explain this with an example. If I sin, like I am gambling, and I rack up a debt to ten million dollars, that debt of ten million dollars is put on my account. That is making me dirty and making me guilty. No way in the world would I be able to pay back this debt of ten million dollars. If I die I would die like a pauper who is still nine and a half million dollars in the hole. Consider now that I have a rich uncle who decided to pay my debt in full. My uncle first imputed my debt of ten million dollars to His account, and then He paid off this debt in His own peculiar way without personally ever getting dirty from my sins. But when He is done paying the debts in full of all those He intended to rescue from the poorhouse, He has spent all that He had, and has given His life and His whole being a ransom for many. That is how I would describe the atonement that Christ gave on the cross in some simple terms, taking into account the concept of imputation and that the spotless Lamb of God may not be defiled in the process. If He was defiled, one way or another, He would be disqualified from being our Redeemer, for only a sinless sacrifice qualifies to atone for our sins.

Since we now have received the knowledge of the truth we cannot claim that we did not know what we were doing when we sinned. We cannot say, “Jesus will forgive us anyway.” The Lord Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Triune Godhead, who is fully God Himself, came down to earth to take on a human nature, to impute our debt to His account, so that He would qualify to be our Redeemer. And do you remember what a Redeemer is? Our Redeemer is our Kinsman, our nearest Brother, who will avenge our murder on Satan. That is why He had to be a man. Yes, we have been murdered by Satan in the Garden of Eden, for the Lord Jesus said, “The Devil was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). That is why the entire human race came into the world “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph 2:1). They are spiritually dead in trespasses and sins because the Devil owns them and the Devil controls all their actions and thoughts throughout their life. And how did the Lord Jesus avenge our murder on Satan? He did that by robbing the household of Satan of all the elect souls He came to save, by paying their debt in full on the cross of Calvary, in AD 33, and removing them out of the kingdom of Satan and into the Kingdom of Christ (Col 1:13). Yes, that is what God has done when He made us “Born Again” in our lifetime. And now, we have received this knowledge of the truth. Now we know that it was necessary for Christ to atone for our sins on the cross of Calvary, for the righteousness of God must be held up. The penalty has to be paid, for God is a righteous Judge. Man has sinned and man has to pay the penalty for sin. Therefore Christ must be a man, and He must also be God so that He would not be consumed in the process. Christ must pay the equivalent of what we would have to pay if we had to pay the debt. And what did we have to pay? We had to pay an eternity in Hell for our sins.

Š      The Blood of the Covenant (Rom 6:23, Rev 20:15, Heb 10:27, 29, John 3:13, Col 2:9, Eph 1:5)

What did Christ pay at Calvary? He paid the equivalent of an eternity in Hell. Why do I say this? God said in Rom 6:23, “The wages of sin is death” and the death that God has in view is not our earthly death. The death of the body is only a picture, or only a symbol of the Second Death. God describes the Second Death in Rev 20:15 as a lake of fire. These are the last words of the Lord Jesus Christ, so we better pay close attention to these words. In fact, God speaks in Heb 10:27 of judgment and a fiery indignation. The return of Christ will be accompanied by judgment and a fiery indignation. God is angry that His warnings are cast in the wind. Moreover, God speaks in Heb 10:29 of the Blood of the Covenant. What is this Blood of the Covenant? When we search through the Bible we arrive at an understanding of the Covenant of God. I have already preached five sermons on the Covenant from February 11, 2007, to March 11, 2007, and I have shown that the Covenant of God is the Covenant of Grace, and that in particular the Covenant is the Last Will and Testament of God. All the beneficiaries listed in this Last Will and Testament are all the elect of God whom He chose before the foundation of the world. This Last Will and Testament of God became confirmed when the Maker of the Will died. Did God die? You will say, “God cannot die!” That is true. From God’s perspective God cannot die. But look on it now from Christ’s perspective. The Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son, who is the Second Person of the Triune Godhead. A property of the Trinity is that each Person of the Triune Godhead is fully God. The Lord Jesus Christ was the union of God the Son with the man Christ Jesus, who was the man-child from the womb of the Virgin Mary. The incarnation means “God became man.” He became fully man. The incarnation of God the Son did not make Him a lesser God. He never ceased to be God the Son. That is why the Lord Jesus could say in John 3:13,

John 3:13, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which IS in heaven.”  When the Lord Jesus walked on earth He could say that at the same time He WAS in heaven. Why have most people never caught on to this truth? It is because they were sloppy readers. They listened only to their priests, and never checked out their priests with the Bible. The Bible says in Col 2:9,

Col 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

And so, since the Lord Jesus was fully God and fully man, in His humanity He was able to die. And at His death on the cross, in AD 33, He confirmed that all His elect were the beneficiaries of all that He owned. The blood that He shed was the Blood of the Covenant. His Blood was shed for the forgiveness of the sins of all His elect children, but only for all His elect children, not for anyone else. His atonement was a particular atonement, not a universal atonement. We read this in Eph 1:5-7,

Eph 1:5-7, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved,  7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, the riches of His unmerited favor.”

Let it be very clear that the Blood that Jesus shed was a particular atonement. It was shed for atoning of particular sins. It was not shed for all the sins of all the people in the world, for then it would have been meritorious for all the people in the world. We know from the Bible that not all people are saved, and so it cannot be that all the sins of all people were atoned for by Christ.

#2.      Trodden Under Foot (1Cor 7:14, John 1:13)

What is the meaning of trodden under foot? How can we walk on Christ? We can walk on Christ if He was only a piece of paper. Look for example at the commandments of God. If we regard the commandments of God as just a list of things to do and not to do, if we do not intend to obey the commandments of God with our whole heart and life, then the commandments of God are to us as just a piece of paper. By ignoring the commandment not to commit adultery, we are trampling on God’s commandments as something that can be trampled upon, like a piece of paper.

How do we walk on Christ? We can walk on Christ if we believe that He is only the Son of God like many Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons believe, but they do not believe that He is fully God. In other words, they believe that He is a lesser god than the Ruler of the universe. If we believe that Christ is the Son of God, without believing that He is fully God Himself, then we believe that His crucifixion was only one of the thousands of executions performed in the Roman Empire. He was just another man suffering under the yoke of the Roman Empire. His crucifixion was not something special.

Let me now talk about something special. What is the meaning of the word “holy?” The word “holy” means “separate,” or “set apart,” or “special in the eyes of God.” The word “holy” does not mean a halo above the head of an individual, and neither does it mean “saved.” For example, in

1Cor 7:14, “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.”

This does not mean that the children are saved by the actions of one of the parents, for God says in John 1:13, “Which were born, (speaking of being “Born Again,”) not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” We cannot make ourselves “Born Again”, for this is an act of God and not an act of man, and neither can we make our children “Born Again.” We cannot save our children, and neither can our children have a special favor with God because they were born out of valuable Jewish blood. Remember, John 1:13 says “Not of blood”, meaning “Not of the right bloodline.” But if we understand that the word “holy” means “set apart”, then we understand that God sets apart our children because they are now in a Gospel home, a home where the Gospel is being preached. We need to harmonize all the verses of the Bible.

If we believe that the crucifixion of Christ was not something special in the eyes of God; if we believe that Christ Himself was not someone special, was not God the Son, the Second Person of the Triune God, and His crucifixion was not something special in the eyes of God, then we have made the Blood of the Covenant “an unholy thing”. What is the opposite of “holy?” It is the word “common,” or “unholy”. What is the opposite of “black?” It is the word “white,” or the word “bright.” For example, the sun is shining white and bright. There is a difference between white and bright, just like there is a difference between “common” and “unholy.” The word “common” is the general term for something that is common to all mankind, but the word “unholy” has the meaning of “common” with some evil attached to it. All mankind comes into the world “unholy”, for we were dead in trespasses and sins. Not only were we spiritually dead in God’s sight from birth, like we were totally depraved from birth, but we were also evil; we were willing slaves of Satan, and we liked it that way. God looked down from heaven and He saw that all of His creation was going to the dogs. Let me correct that view. Before the foundation of the world God already saw in His omniscience, that this world was going to the dogs because of the wickedness of mankind, and God already then interfered in the affairs of mankind. God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to fix the problem. This was the reason for the incarnation: God became man so that He would be able to deal with the sin-problem in His atonement for our sins.  

And so, if we walk on Christ, because we ignore His commandments, then we have trodden Him under foot, and we have made Him “common”, like we are ignoring His commandments as coming from a common man. But there is a way in which we can insult Him in a much more severe way.

Š      The Blood of the Son of God (Matt 7:13-14)

When Christ shed His blood in the atonement for our sins He suffered greatly; it was the equivalent of an eternity for our sins, and it costs Him everything He had, even His life. His blood was for the particular sins of particular people whom He foreordained to be saved from the clutches of Satan. His blood was not for the cruel sins of Adolph Hitler against the Jews, or for the sins of genocide by Joseph Stalin, or for the cruelties of Idi Amin, or for the cruelties of Emperor Nero. Christ’s blood was not for all the people who were definitely on the way to Hell and will be receiving Hell.

But there are people who want Christ to have shed His blood for everyone in the world, even for the cruel dictators of the 20th Century. Now that is an unrighteous spilling of the blood of the Son of God who gave Himself for His people whom He loved from before the foundation of the world. Christ did not spill His blood for the unrighteous. That would make Him a very unsuccessful Savior, for the majority of the people of the world end up in Hell. Remember the parable of “the many and the few” in the Gospel of Matthew, Matt 7:13-14. Would Christ have suffered and shed His blood for those who definitely end up in Hell? That would mean that the majority of people who are in Hell are those for whom Christ died. That is not possible, for Christ is God the Son. He is not able to do anything unsuccessful. He is not only the Son of God, but He is God the Son, the Second Person of the Triune God. And so, when preachers proclaim that Christ paid for the sins of everyone in the world, what have they done? They have declared that the blood of Christ is a common thing. But more than that: they have declared that the mass murders by the evil dictators of the 20th century have been sanctified by Christ in His atonement. They have made the blood of Christ an unholy thing. Paraphrased they are saying “It is O.K.” The blood of Christ has paid for all these heinous sins also. And that is making the blood of Christ not only a common thing, but also an unholy thing. God does not wipe away those cruelties against people as something minor that will not be avenged. That would be an unrighteous thing to do. God is not an unrighteous judge. People are made in the image of God, and cruelties against people are considered by God as an offense against Him.

Š      Wherewith He Was Sanctified? (Heb 10:29)

Let us look at verse 29 again. Heb 10:29, “and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

How were we sanctified, and when were we sanctified? The verb “to sanctify” is the same as the word “made holy”, or “to set apart.” When were we set apart? We were set apart when we were baptized. The ceremony of water baptism is pointing to the washing of our sins by the blood of Christ. The water in the baptismal ceremony is a symbol for the blood of Christ. The water is pointing to the water of the Gospel, which is a declaration that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins. It is only symbolic, because only Christ can wash us from our sins. But the water is symbolic of the blood of Christ, the blood of the Covenant, wherewith we were sanctified, or set apart. We were set apart because we were in a Gospel home, and we were set apart for service to Christ. But when we live a life of debauchery, and we live a life as if we have never been set apart for service to God, then we have made the blood of the Covenant wherewith we have been sanctified an unholy thing, or a common thing, a thing that was unholy in the eyes of God. When we declare that the blood of Christ was not something special only for the elect, but was a common thing for all people, which is the Arminian gospel, then we have declared that the blood of the Covenant was really a common thing, an unholy thing. Can we see that this is a slap in the face of Christ who suffered so greatly on the cross? Can we see that this is a grave insult to God who gave His only begotten Son as a sin offering for His special people in the world? Who would believe this? Can we see that this is a grave insult to God the Holy Spirit who is named here as the Spirit of grace? Only those people who have received instructions from God the Holy Spirit would believe this, and that includes all the people who have been chosen by God before the foundation of the world. All the elect of God will see that the atonement of Christ was really a particular atonement, and not a universal atonement, like so many of the Arminian persuasion are taught to believe. Christ did not pay for the sins of everyone in the world, for this is making the blood of the Covenant an unholy thing, a common thing. And this all hangs together and it all is consistent with the entire Gospel message of the Bible. What is the Gospel message of the Bible? For this we need to remember the acronym for the whole Gospel. It is the acronym that stands for the flower TULIP.

#3.      TULIP (Rom 5:12, Eph 1:4-6, Heb 10:29, John 17:9, Titus 3:4-7, Rom 8:35-39, Ecc 7:20, Rev 22:19, Jer 17:9)

T stands for Total Depravity: All mankind comes into the world Totally Depraved, which means totally wicked in body and soul. In the Garden of Eden when Adam decided to believe the lies of the Devil rather than believe God, Adam sold himself and all his posterity into the hands of Satan. It was really Adam who did that, not the woman, for since Adam was first formed He was appointed the head of the human race. As you know the human race is not a bunch of individuals, but the human race is one organism, with Adam as the Federal Head of the human organism in the flesh. We come into the world as one organism with Satan as our Federal Head in the spirit, but when we are made Born Again then Christ becomes our Federal Head in the Spirit. First Adam’s sin was imputed to the whole human race, so that “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12). By one man’s sin the entire human race was infected by this original sin, and if God does not interfere this whole world is going to the dogs. But God did interfere.

U is for Unconditional Election: Since God saw from before the foundation of the world that His entire creation was going to the dogs, God chose a certain number of people to be rescued from this bondage to Satan, so that God’s election program was really a rescue operation. We are not all going to Hell, but there is a fraction of mankind which are going to enjoy God forever. We read in Eph 1:4-6

Eph 1:4, “According as he (the Father) hath chosen us in him (in Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved (in Christ).” Who did God choose to be saved? Only God can answer this question. If salvation is a totally free gift, then God did not base His choice on any of our works. His grace is totally free and undeserved.

Hold on to these words, for the false gospels will want to take these words away from you. But remember that whatever you take away from the Bible it will come back to bite you, for if you take away words from the Bible you have declared God a liar. God cannot be a liar. But if you violate Rev 22:19 then you have declared yourself a liar and all liars go to Hell.

This election is truly unconditional. You cannot undo it. If you discover that God has saved you, then be assured that you have received the righteousness of Christ that He purchased for you at the cross. God did that. Your baptism in water, or your profession of your faith, or your attendance to the worship services in the church, or your love for Him, or anything else YOU DO, does not contribute one iota to your standing before God the Judge. All that matters is: Are you His child by election or not?

L is for Limited Atonement: Christ did not universally pay for the sins of all the people of the world, but He paid only for the sins of those who are His elect. His blood was special, not common, and not unholy. His blood is the Blood of the Covenant. We read in Heb 10:29,

Heb 10:29, Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

This is not the only place where Limited Atonement manifest itself. We also read in John 17:9,

John 17:9, “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” It is the Lord’s final intercessory prayer for His disciples and for all those who will believe on Him. If He chose to save you (election), then He must have paid for all your sins on the cross in AD 33 (Atonement). There is no other way to become saved.

I is for Irresistible Grace: If Christ has chosen you, and died for your sins on the cross, then He will without fail declare to you that the Grace of God, God’s unmerited favor, rests on you and that He has saved you, and that He has made you Born Again. God does this to you by the power of His Holy Spirit, without asking for your approval. This action of God cannot be resisted, for the power of His Holy Spirit is stronger than the power of the Devil. Remember that God the Holy Spirit is fully God, and there is no other being mightier than God. Therefore God wrote in Titus 3:4-7,

Titus 3:4, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,  5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” What does this mean? Let us review what we have covered so far.

When God chose you before the foundation of the world (U), and caused Christ to suffer and die for you in AD 33 (L), He also committed Himself to make you Born Again by His Irresistible Grace (I).

P is for Perseverance of the saints: God made sure that no one from Satan’s household could undo what God has crafted. This is God’s assurance to His saints. We read in Rom 8:35-39,

Rom 8:35, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The summary of the whole Gospel is contained here in the acronym TULIP. All five principles hang together. If we omit one of the five we have erased it from our Bible, and woe unto those who have taken things out of their Bible, for they have declared God a liar in that point that they are disbelieving. These five principles give all the glory for our salvation to God alone. Where is the law and where is Christ in this summary of the Gospel. The law is seen in Total Depravity. All mankind sins without ceasing, for God says in Ecc 7:20, “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Sin is a transgression of the law. We cannot offer to God our obedience to the law, for our obedience to the law cannot save anyone, for our obedience to the law is always tainted with sin.

Glory to God the Father is shown in Unconditional Election, for He chose us to be in Christ from before the foundation of the world. Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ is shown in Limited Atonement and in Irresistible Grace, for He paid for all the sins, great and small, of all those whom the Father has given Him, and Christ draws them irresistibly to Himself and to the Father. Glory to God the Holy Spirit is shown in the actions of the Holy Spirit in drawing us to Christ, and to keep all our thoughts focused on Christ so that we will not lose our salvation. All five principles are stated in the Bible. If we leave one of the five out we have lost the coherence of the whole Bible, and we will be judged for violating Rev 22:19, and for leading many babes in Christ into another gospel.

And so, here in the acronym TULIP we have touched on all the essential points of the true Gospel that brings all the glory to God in Christ. This Gospel is pleasing to God. We receive no credit at all for believing in Christ, for we could not believe; we were dead in trespasses and sins. God the Holy Spirit made us believe. Therefore all the credit goes to God. This was already known to the church for 500 years, but people did not believe it, for people are full of pride. They do not want to give God the credit, but they want to believe that their own free-will receives the credit. But that is contrary to all that the Bible teaches and contrary to the honor and glory of God in Christ. This love and adherence to the free-will of man is the Arminian gospel. The Bible teaches that our own free-will is only the free-will to sin, because the “heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” (Jer 17:9).  

The Arminian gospel is making the cross of Christ an unholy thing. The Arminian gospel is a selfish gospel, and it inherits the wrath of God as stated in Rev 22:19, for it declares God a liar in God’s declaration of His plan of predestination. But today most Christian churches have taken the road back to Rome. Most Christian churches today adhere to the Arminian gospel, which is the gospel of Rome, and which is an abomination to God according to the Bible. That is why God caused the Reformation to come into being, to protect our children from this dreadful error. But most churches do not want to admit how far they have fallen from the truth. By this we can see that Christ is coming soon. He will not allow His church to go down in defeat. And so, Christ is repeating the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints for the last time.

AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.