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musterion
Who am I? Just someone born in sin, with zero righteousness before a holy God except that which, by His grace, I have been given in Christ. His death was mine, His life is mine, and I am His. God says that is all I need so there's nothing to fear, now and forever. What I have received from His hand, you can too. Have you?
Interests: Edification of fellow believers into the image of Christ, and seeing the lost saved by Him so they aren't cast into the Lake of Fire.
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“If we are not happy it is because we have lost sight of the favor given us in the Lord Jesus. In our foolishness we turn to the world or look into our own hearts, instead of keeping our eyes upon the Lord Jesus, the risen and exalted Man in whom the Father has given us His favor.” - C.A.C. “The Lord Jesus Christ, as Man, has glorified the Father on the earth. The Father rests in that; as Man having accomplished redemption, He ‘has passed into the heavens, now to appear in the presence of God for us.’ It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
It doesn’t matter, really, how great the pressure is; it only matters where the pressure lies. See that it never comes between you and the Lord—then, the greater the pressure, the more it presses you to His breast. ~ J. Hudson Taylor Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
Be renewed in the [new] spirit of your mind. Having already put off the old man and put on the new man when you believed (Eph 4:21-24), focus on your position in Christ, not on your condition on earth. Walk in Him by the spirit God has given you. Meditate upon the examples of patient suffering found in His Word. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). Yield at all times to the work of growth. “…we also rejoice in our sufferings,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length; Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength; Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul; Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll; Pressure from foes, pressure from friends; Pressure on pressure till life nearly ends. Pressed into knowing no helper but God; Pressed into loving the staff and the rod; Pressed into liberty where nothing clings; Pressed into faith for impossible things; Pressed into renewing our minds by His Word; Pressed into walking, in grace, in the Lord. unknown Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
“It is not wickedness to be harassed by bad thoughts if you resist them. It is Satan’s effort to get you to adopt them, and thus you are sifted. You will find, if you keep near the Lord, that you are more established after an assault of the kind than you were before; and the only way to combat Satan’s attacks is by the Word…If Satan can lead you to become indifferent to these assaults, then they will lead you to great damage; but if, on the contrary, they urge you to be more dependent on the Lord Himself and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
Over the years many Roman Catholics have called me "Catholic basher" and "Catholic hater." These have been false labels because it is never the individual I'm opposing when arguing doctrinal matters, but the institution that imposes those doctrines. And Rome is by no means the only institution I argue against but that's beside the point. As I often point out when talking with Catholics, the problem is really very simple: The Gospel [Good News] of the grace of God (1 Cor 15:1-4; cf Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5) is the only saving Good News on earth today. Nothing else will work;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
Almost everyone reads different Bibles. I don't mean different translations, I mean different Bibles. Specifically, most people have very different and even contradictory systems of how to understand the Bible. These contradictory systems have resulted in their reading what amounts to contradictory Bibles, even though in many cases their Bibles are indeed the same translation containing the exact same words. That leads to completely different and contradictory concepts of God, of Christ, of man, of sin and of what can be done about sin. Which, in turn, has also led to thousands of splits and sects within all major church... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Christ plus nothing
If all who try to dupe the saved with false gospels are accursed, how seriously must God take the preaching of false gospels to the lost? The Galatians believers had been captivated by Jews who said Gentiles had to be circumcised in addition to faith in Christ in order to become right with God. In response, Paul assured the Galatians that anyone -- even an angel! -- who brought them a gospel [good news] different from what he had already delivered would be anathema, meaning accursed by God. That wasn't a mere figure of speech; Paul meant it literally and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Christ plus nothing
"The most scrupulous Israelite could always be in fear that he had forgotten a sin committed through ignorance. And that as soon as he had brought a costly sacrifice, a new act of infidelity could require another. Alas! in spite of the certainties of God's Word, many Christians are still living today with the same fear. They make their salvation depend on sincere efforts to appease God, by almsgiving, and penances, without ever being sure that they will suffice. What it is to be unaware of the fullness of divine grace! And what happiness we possess if we are delivered... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Christ plus nothing
"We belong to another sphere altogether. We have died, and our life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). We are like a tree that has its roots in heaven, and its branches down here. No doubt our branches are fretted and ripped by the atmosphere here, but nothing can touch the roots up there. Planted inside, they flourish outside. . ." "There is more in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, in the Spirit, in heaven to give us rest and peace and joy, than in the whole universe to disquiet, trouble, or grieve us." J.B. Stoney Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Christ plus nothing
A brief but excellent overview... The Greek word oikonomia is where we get the English word economy. It is a compound word meaning 'household law,' or 'law of the household.' Its main idea is that of house dispensing or house managing. Luke 16 uses the word in a parable. It is translated management or stewardship in Luke 16:1-4. The one that dispenses is called a manager or steward. Notice that the setup involves at least two parties. First, party #1 is the owner of the household. Party number #2 is the manager of the household. Every dispensational relationship involves two... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
O Lord and Savior, we recline on that eternal love of Thine; Thou art our rest, and Thou alone remainest when all else is gone. Yes! Thou remainest: sea and land e’en Heav’n shall pass, but Thou shalt stand; undimmed, Thy radiancy appears, changeless thro’ all the changing years. Lord, on the throne Thy love’s the same as once upon Thy cross of shame; in lowliness Thou cam’st to die, Thou livest now for us on high. We see Thee there, the Lamb once slain; Thy loss was our eternal gain; we see Thee crowned with glory now, no shade... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
The great temptation is to make religion a matter of externalities alone; but to be, rather than to do, is the central thought of God with regard to the character of His people. To be beautiful within. There is the danger of hypocrisy, the danger that we shall seem to be more devoted, more consecrated, more engaged with the things of God than we really are; and if I read aright the mind of Christ, there is nothing for which He feels such an aversion as for hypocrisy. And the essence of hypocrisy is trying to seem to be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
“According to the glorious good news of the happy God, which was committed to my trust” (I Timothy 1:11). God has never lost control of His universe. He is in charge – always has been, always will be. Every plan of His is right on schedule, and one day He will reach His glorious consummation and be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28). Therefore, regardless of what religion thinks or says to the contrary, Father is happy. He is “the happy God,” and He is the only true source of our own joy and happiness. Since Father is happy, then,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
It is human to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone. It is man-like to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide. It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty. “No man stood with me, but all men forsook me,” wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his first appearance before Nero to answer for his life for believing and teaching... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
The law cannot be broken or divided. It stands as a unit. To undertake any part of it is to be committed to it all. Nothing can be more unreasonable or more unscriptural than to borrow some portions from the law system, either that of Moses or of the millennial kingdom, and, at the same time, reject other portions. He who will choose the law must, to be consistent, do the whole law (Romans 10:5), and if he should break it at one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10). - L.S. Chafer Law, as a principle, has no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
Simply believe what the lost people in Corinth believed when God declared them "not guilty"... For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Believing those facts result in being justified by God. But what exactly does justified mean? To be justified means more than to be shown mercy or to be forgiven, though that is certainly included. To be justified by God is to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Christ plus nothing
A Silent Heaven! Yes, but it is not the silence of a helpless and defeated God. A silent heaven! Yes, but it is not the silence of a callous and indifferent Father. A silent heaven! Yes, but it is not the silence of a Father who forgets His children. It is the silence which is the pledge and proof that the way is still open for the guiltiest sinner to draw near to God in Christ. It is the assurance that we are still living in the day of salvation. When the believer faints, and the infidel revolts, and men... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
"Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" People always raise this question when they begin to grasp the teaching of grace. But instead of rejoicing in it, they jump to a wrong conclusion. They think grace teaching takes a soft stance on sin or even gives people a license to continue in it. Paul had written, "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound" (Romans 5:20). The leGalatiansist reasoned something like this: "Paul, if it is true, as you say, that God's grace increases much more to deal with man's sin, why not continue to allow sin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
A brief but practical, edifying and encouraging analysis. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
Generally speaking, all of Christendom follows the apostle Peter. Catholics teach that Peter founded the Roman Catholic church at Rome and was its first bishop for 25 years. Most Protestant churches teach the Church began at Pentecost under the ministry of the apostle Peter. But that's where the similarity ends. What does the New Testament have to say about Peter? This is the only authoritative place we can go if we want to know the truth about this man. HE WAS ONE OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES At the beginning of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, He picked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). Have you ever pondered the question of who is really living your life? Is it the former you in Adam? Or is it others around you? A cornerstone of Paul's teachings is just Who it is that lives His life in us. THE FORMER YOU IN ADAM? "Knowing that our old man is crucified... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
“Failure to realize the true, awful nature of sin lies at the root of man’s denial of eternal punishment. Man revolts at the idea that a loving God will punish His creature in an eternal hell. Modern preachers love to tell us that God is love, and that He will do no such thing at all; but all such talk is silenced immediately when we get a true picture of these two things: God’s HOLINESS, and the AWFULNESS OF SIN. Sin is not a little thing. We repeat this without apology. It is the cause of every sorrow in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Christ plus nothing
Pretty much nails it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Christ plus nothing