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for "once for all," and what He does is in the
value of that finished work of the cross. He does
not seek to excuse the sinning Christian before
the Father's presence. Sin is ever that soul-de-
stroying stain that can be cleansed only by His
precious blood; but the blood has been shed.
Nor is He appealing for the pity and leniency
of God the Father toward the Christian's sin.
God cannot be lenient toward sin; but having
perfectly satisfied every demand of His own
righteousness against sin by the cross; He can
be eternally gracious toward the sinner who has
come unto Him by Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ is now appearing before
the face of God for us and He appears there with
His glorified human body in which are the scars
of His crucifixion (Zech. 13: 6). It is the pres-
ence of that very death-scarred body which an-
swers the condemning power of every sin of the
child of God. It is also a sufficient answer to
every accusation of Satan who accuses the brethren
before God day and night. "Who is he that con-
demneth ? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that
is risen again, who is even at the right hand of
God." It is Christ, superior to all finite beings,
Who died. The death of such as He is the un-
disputable answer to the condemning power of
every sin ; and He is risen. Oh blessed Presence !
Oh eternal safety! No condemnation can ever
pass His nail-scarred body. What priceless con-



132 Salvation

solation to the imperfect and sin-conscious saint!

We have been kept to the present hour by the
living Intercessor Who ceases not to shepherd our
wandering feet, and by the living Advocate Who
ceases not to appear for us before the right hand
of the Father. The same Intercessor and Advo-
cate will yet prevail until that blessed day when
we shall see Him as He is and be like Him.

To challenge the eternal security of the believer
is to deny that the prayer of the Son of God will
be answered and to deny the eternal efficacy of His
atoning blood. In ignorance, perhaps, such insult
has been heaped upon the blessed Saviour; yet
still He is faithful. He prays and appears before
the Father in behalf of just such ignorant or sin-
ning believers.

VI. The Eternal Character of Salvation.

Thirty-three divine transformations, which to-
gether constitute the present fact of the Chris-
tian's existence as in distinction to the unsaved,
have been named already in a preceding chapter.
These, it has been seen, are all eternal by their
very nature. They are wholly disassociated from
every human element that might endanger them,
and they are made to rest alone on the merit of
the eternal Son of God. We are said to be recon-
ciled, redeemed, dead to the law and to sin, ac-
ceptable to God, and made nigh, all by virtue of
His blood and not by any merit within ourselves.

Sonship is eternal. It is the result of a birth
which secures the impartation of a new divine
nature. It is impossible to remove from a child
the nature of his human father. It is a deeper



The Eternal Security of the Believer 133

and more abiding reality to have partaken of the
divine nature. The born-again one thus possesses
"eternal life" by a legitimate birth, and can
"never perish." Such terms are themselves final.
It could not be eternal life that is imparted with
no possibility of perishing and then be lost by no
greater force than the feeble act of man, that act
moreover already having been covered with aton-
ing blood.

Salvation is also a new standing, or headship
in the "last Adam." Removed from headship of
the "first Adam" and the doom of his fall, the
saved one is now "in Christ" and a partaker of the
character and standing of his new Head, the Son
of God. There can be no fall in the "last Adam."

To deny the eternal security of the believer is
to challenge the eternal character of the riches of
divine grace, and to assume that the very Son of
God may fall in Whom we stand.

VII. The Believer's Heavenly Perfection.

Having removed by the cross every moral ques-
tion that could ever arise in connection with the
salvation and keeping of the believer, the God of
all grace has been pleased to reveal the final estate
to which He will bring us in satisfying His own
infinite love. There is nothing greater in the
power of God for us than that we should be "con-
formed to the image of his Son." Such a blessed-
ness could be assured only on the very conditions
which would at the same time guarantee the eter-
nal security of the believer. That final perfection,
"like him," is possible only as every human ele-
ment is set aside. Were we able to effect our



134 Salvation

salvation by the slightest degree it would, in so
much, fail of the divine purpose. He, of neces-
sity, has kept it all in His own power, and nothing
can now hinder Him in the fullest satisfaction of
His knowledge-surpassing love.

That final perfection, "like him," is also to be
a manifestation, to all created beings, of the grace
of God. It is to be manifested by means of "His
kindness toward us through Jesus Christ." By
His redeemed ones He proposes to show His grace
and to show it on a scale that will be wholly satis-
fying to Himself. Grace is unmerited, unrecom-
pensed favor, and if He is to show His grace
finally and perfectly by the salvation and keeping
of His own redeemed children, it can be such a
display of His grace only as it is wholly removed
from human works and merit. Being completely
removed from the failing grounds of human merit,
there is nothing that can happen in the believer's
life, under the gracious care of God, that can re-
move him from His eternal purpose.

The first eight chapters of the letter to the
Romans present the exhaustive divine statement
concerning salvation, and this great portion of
Scripture closes with an absolute declaration of
security for the one who believes. It is like the
closing chords of a great symphony. The Spirit
of God, through the Apostle, approaches this
final declaration through seven questions, the an-
swers of which will be found to be a condensed
statement of the divine revelation concerning the
keeping power of God. This statement will be
found in Rom. 8 : 29-39, and the questions are :



The Eternal Security of the Believer 135

First, "What shall we say to these things ?"

The things referred to are the successive steps
of sovereign grace and power which are taken in
bringing the believer to his final glory. In this
passage time is lost sight of and human worthi-
ness is passed over in the resistless onward move-
ment of the eternal purpose of God. "For whom
he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might
be the first-born among many brethren. Moreover,
whom he did predestinate, them he also called:
and whom he called, them he also justified: and
whom he justified, them he also glorified." What
can we say to these things? What wisdom have
we to speak? We can only yield our hearts and
believe what He has spoken.

Second, "If God be for us, who can be against
us?"

God is certainly for us. He spared not His
own Son in our behalf. Is there any power in
the universe which can thwart its Creator? The
very thought is almost blasphemy.

Third, "How shall he not with him freely give
us all things ?"

Not only has He proven Himself inclined to
give, by the superlative gift of the Son of His
Love, but having gained us at such a price, He will
not spare any pains to keep the treasure thus pur-
chased; nor will He withhold a lesser gift.

Fourth, "Who shall lay anything to the charge
pf God's elect?"

Such a charge must be preferred before God and
He does nothing but justify. He may chasten, as



136 Salvation

a Father in His own household ; but nothing can
be laid to the charge of His elect before Him Who
is now free to justify.

Fifth, "Who is he that condemneth ?"

It is Christ that died. This means much more
than the death of any other could mean. He is the
Son of God, and His sinlessness and infinite being
made Him a perfect sin-bearer. It is not the
death of a man or an angel. It is the atoning
death of the Christ of God. He has not only died,
but is alive for evermore ; yea, is even at the right
hand of God. Because of His presence there,
every demand of an offended law is satisfied in
Him. Who can condemn with Christ at the right
hand of God ?

Sixth, "Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ?"

~Not now the love of the Father, or our poor
love for Him; but who can make us unlovely in
His eyes ? He loved us while we were yet sinners.
He loves us still, with an everlasting love.

Seventh, "Shall tribulation, or distress, or per-
secution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
sword ?"

These are the outward experiences in life, and
the trusting heart can say, "I will not fear what
man can do unto me"; yea, "all things work to-
gether for good to them that love God." Such
suffering is the portion of the child of God in this
world. "As it is written, For thy sake we are
killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are
more than conquerors through him that loved us."



The Eternal Security of the Believer 137

But there are the greater issues of death, life,
angels, principalities, powers, things present and
things to come, height, depth and every unknown
creation. Can we boldly speak of security in the
face of such unknown and unknowable forces ? To
this the Apostle's clear testimony is added. "I
am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature (creation) shall be able to
separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."
Twice the Apostle employs the phrase, "I am per-
suaded." In the other instance, as here, it ex-
presses his confidence in his eternal security and
keeping in the power and grace of God. "For I
Know whom I have believed, and am persuaded
that he is able to keep that which I have com-
mitted unto him against that day" (2 Tim. 1 : 12 ;
cf. Eom. 4:21).

Such is the faith of the Apostle Paul. He was
persuaded that he was saved for time and eter-
nity. Those who are not so persuaded can hardly
claim to hold the faith of the Apostle, or to honor
the clear testimony of God.



CHAPTER XII

AST APPEAL

SHOULD you, reader of this book, be uncertain
of your salvation, or know that you are not saved,
will you not respond to the loving invitation of
your God and come to Him by the way He has
provided in the Person and cross of His Son?
Think not that He expects anything from you
but your whole trust in Him until He has first
saved you by His grace. He will faithfully do
according to His Word the moment you have
chosen positively to rest your salvation in His
saving power and grace alone. After you have
thus believed, He purposes to supply all the enab-
ling power to meet all the problems and the needs
of your daily life. You need not fear, only believe
His Word. His wisdom, strength and bounty are
sufficient for you.

Having cast yourself upon His saving grace as
it is in Christ Jesus, you have the right to believe
that He has saved you, and you should, in honor-
ing His faithfulness, immediately take the place
of a son before Him and draw moment by moment
on His exhaustless bounty and love.

Should you, on the other hand, be confident that
you have believed and are assured that you are a
child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, will
you not praise Him anew for "so great salvation"
and so yield yourself to Him that He may more
perfectly use you as His ambassador to tell His
138



An Appeal 139

truth to others ? Will you not, in these dark days
of confusion as to the truth of God, take great care
to be accurate in the presentation of this priceless
Gospel message to others ? It is quite possible to
mislead souls unintentionally by misstating the
divine conditions that lead to life eternal. "Study
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth."

The privilege of preaching the Gospel to one
soul is priceless. So, in like manner, any blun-
der in its presentation may contribute to an eter-
nal disaster and woe. Carelessness in preaching
is criminal and ignorance is inexcusable. The
Gospel is plain. Earnestness is important, but no
amount of earnestness can be substituted for the
exact statement of God's message to lost men.

It is too often supposed that preaching about
sin is preaching the Gospel. Sometimes the pur-
pose of such preaching is to deepen conviction
concerning sins of the past. Such a message could
be of value only as it prepares the way for the
Gospel. By itself, this message is in no way the
good news of saving grace. Men do not have to
arrive at some prescribed degree of consciousness
of sin in order to be saved. They need only to
know that whatever sin God may have seen in
their lives has been already laid on His atoning
Lamb. They are now asked to believe that glo-
rious message.

Sometimes preaching against sin is with a view
to encouraging men to cease sinning. This is su-
perficial indeed and unbiblical. The unsaved are
" dead in trespasses and sins," and are " in the



140 Salvation

power of darkness." Sin is a nature as well as
a practice. Fallen man would be lost had he not
sinned. He must be born again ; not as a means
of correcting the effects of his past practices, but
because of his fallen Adamic nature. Being spir-
itually dead, he must be given spiritual life. No
reformation can change the fallen state. When
preaching against sin, it is well to remember that
the unsaved cannot cease sinning. When they re-
ceive the Saviour, they will receive both the power
to discontinue and the disposition to turn from
sinning.

It is sometimes supposed that to preach Chris-
tian-living is preaching the Gospel. Sinners are
thus told to " walk in the light," to pray, to study
the Bible, to make confession of sin, or to repent.
On the contrary, they have no light in which to
walk, no access to God in prayer, no understand-
ing of the Scriptures apart from the message of
saving grace which the Spirit will use to their
salvation. They are on no grounds of relation-
ship before God where confession could be of any
avail. They are already condemned. They can-
not change their own mind, or repent. They can
believe on Christ by the Spirit and such believing
includes that change of mind, or repentance,
which is possible to the -unsaved. They stand con-
fronted with the revelation concerning a Saviour
Who waits to save. He is to be believed upon.
Other issues can serve only to postpone the day of
salvation.

Encouraging men to believe that God will be
merciful is not preaching the Gospel. All such



An Appeal 141

preaching really ignores the cross. Salvation ia
not a present act of generosity and leniency on
the part of God. Salvation is possible because the
love of God has already provided all that a sinner
can ever need. The sinner is not saved by plead-
ing with God for His kindness: he is saved by
believing that God has been kind. Such is the
exact place of the cross in the message of the
Gospel.

Preaching the Gospel is telling men something
about Christ and His finished work for them
which they are to believe. This is the simplest
test to be applied to all soul-saving appeals. The
Gospel has not been preached until a personal mes-
sage concerning a crucified and living Saviour has
been presented, and in a form which calls for the
response of a personal faith.

The Saviour said, " Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting
life."



Genesis


PAGE


Luke ]


?AdE


6:5


13


7:50


3


15:4-17


126


10: 20


66






11:24-46 101,


113


Exodus




14: 14


91


12: 13


37


18 : 9-14


39






19: 10


8


Leviticus




22: 32


115


4: 35


38


24: 35


25


17: 11


37










John




Psalms




1: 12


61


51:5


13


1: 18 17.


24






1: 29 32.


37


Ecclesiastes




3:3 6,


11


7: 20


13


3:6 13.


67






3:7


61


Isaiah




3: 16


32


53:5.6


..23, 32


3: 16. 18-20


9


55: 6


48


3: 18 52. 60. 122,


123


64:6


13


3: 19 52.


122






3: 36 9.


76


Jeremiah




5: 24 60. 123.


127


17:9


13


6: 28, 29 8.


101






6: 37


127


Ezekiel




7: 37


81


33: 7


99


7: 39


67






8: 24


53


Zeehariah




8: 31


101


18 : 6


131


8 ; 44


75


Matthew
6: 14, 15 ...


100


10: 17. 18 .
10: 27, 28
10: 28, 29


22
118
63


6: 33
7: 21, 23 ...


8


76, 104, 105. 114. 120.
11: 26


127
104


10 . 5, 6


48


14: 20 66, 69.


75


1 : 13


99


15: 2
15 5


110


16: 27


91




103


18: 23-35 ...


99


16 9 ' 52


122


20 : 1-6


99


17: 6. 9, 11


130


20: 28
22: 14


59


17: 6, 11, 12. 20


63

106


24: 13


99


17 ' 17 4


62


24:8.9,21 .


99


'




25: 1-13


104






25: 30


99






26:28


37, 38


2: 38


4ft






3 : 19


48


Mark




5: 31


48


7:21-28 ...


..9. 13


8: 13


51


18: 18


99


10: 8


25


16: 18


...51, 52, 122


11: 18


49



143



144 Index of Scripture Texts



Acta (continued)




PAGK


1 Corinthians


PAOE


11: 21




50


1:9


65


13: 10




61


1: 18


3


15: 7




51


1: 30


5. 62, 72


15: 12, 14




25


2: 12


67


16: 30, 31




3


2: 14


, 6. 11


17: 30




49


3:9


65


20: 21




49


3: 11


63


21: 19




25


3 : 9-15 . . .


93


26: 20




49


3: 15


108








3: 17


105








4:5


91


Romans






5:4


91


1: 16, 17




73


6: 11


61. 62


1: 19, 20




17


6: 19


67


1 : 29-32




12


9: 27


106


2:4




49


9: 18-27 . .


91


2 : 29




63


10: 13


105. 114


3: 10-18




12


10: 17


67


3: 21, 22


..62. 71.


72


10: 31


90


3: 24


60.


62


11: 19


107


3: 25,26


23,


24


11 : 29-32 . .


109




39. 60,


70


11: 30


110


4:3-6 .




72


11:31,32 ..


60. 123


4: 21




137


12: 13


...66. 67, 70


4:22-25




73


15: 1, 2


103


4: 25




60






5:1




62


2 Corinthians




5: 2




64


1: 21


63, 67


6:5




67


1: 22


67, 125


5: 8




88


2: 15


4


5 : 8-10




119


3:3


65


5:9, 10




64


3:6


65


5 : 19




10


3: 11


61


5: 21




68


4: 3, 4


.6, 12, 43, 54


6:4


60,


61


5: 10


91, 123


6:6




60


5 : 14


32


6:8




60


5:14-21 ..


34. 52


6: 14


4.


61


5: 17


61


6: 23




76


5: 18, 19 ..


60, 122


7:4




61


5: 20


60, 65


7: 6




61


5: 21


23. 62. 72


8: 1




60


6:1


65


8:2




4


6:4


65


8:4




71


6: 18


61


8: 7




13


7 : 8-11 . . .


48


8:9


66.


67


8: 24


25


8: 13




103


10: 18


107


8: 15




61


11: 2


66


8:16-18


66.


102


11: 14, 15 ..


43


8: 23




61


13:5


75


8: 28-30
8:29,30


59.


127
117


Galatians




8 : 29-39




134


2: 20


78


8: 33




59


3: 13


73


8: 34


65. 120,


129


3: 25


61


10:1.2


7,


70


3: 26


61


10: 2-4




72


4:6


67


11: 21




105


5:1-4


110


11: 32-36




68


5: 16


4


13: 11




4


5: 19-21 ..


18


14: 4




118


6: 15


61


14: 15 ,




103






14: 18




106


Ephesians




16: 10




107


1:3


67



Index of Scripture Texts 145



Ephesians (continued) PAGE

1:4 117

1:5 59

1:6 10, 62, 73

l; 7 38. 62

1: 11 59

1: 13 125

1: 14 65

1: 18 65

1: 19, 20 64. 118

2:1-2 9. 61, 114

2:1-3 13

2:4 64

2:6 65

2:7 64. 87

2:6. 7 117

2:8 4, 51. 64

2: 10 1, 61, 86, 90

2: 11. 12 2

2: 12 12

2: 13 63

2: 18 64

2: 19 66

2 : 19-22 66

2: 20 63

3: 15 66

4: 30 67, 125

4: 32 62. 100

5:2 64

5:8 66

5:25 27. 66

5:25-27 5, 66

5: 27 62

6 : 6-8 90

Philippians

1:6 5, 64, 68, 128

1: 28 25

1:29 66

2: 12, 13 ...4, 11, 64, 114

3:3 63

3:8. 9 70, 72

Colossiang

1:12 62

1:13 11. 63

1:14 60, 62

1: 20 60

1: 21-28 108

1: 24 66

1:27 76

2:2 85

2: 10 67

2: 11 63

2: 12 60

2: 13 61. 62

2: 13-15 63

3: 1 61

8:4 76

8: 12 59

3:15 65

8 : 22-24 90

8: 24 65



1 Thessalonians

1:1

1:4

1:9, 10

3:3

4: 13-18 . .

5:4

5:9 .



PAGE

. 66

. 59

. 49

. 66

. 99

. 66

. 99



2 Thessalonians
2: 16



65

1 Timothy

2:1 32

2: 26 37

4:1, 2 100

5: 12 110

2 Timothy

1:9 4

1: 12 118. 137

2: 12 66

2: 15 107

3:1-5 101

4 : 3-4 101

4:8 91

4: 18 114. 128



Titus

1:1

2: 12. 13
2: 14 ...

3:5

3:7



59
64
64
61
62
1



Hebrews

2:9 82

3:6, 14 103

4: 14-16 64

6:4-9 104

6: 11 85

7: 24. 25 120, 129, 130

8: 17-10: 25 126

9:5 38

: 15 65

9: 22 38

9: 24 65, 130

10:1-14 20

10: 24 62

10: 19, 20 64

10:22 63, 84

10: 26 104

12: 6 123

12: 22 66

13: 5 64



James
1 : 12
2: 14-26
2: 23 ...
4: 8



107

103

83

63



146 Index of Scripture Texts



1 Peter
1:2


PAGE

59


1 : 3-5 .


5


1:4


65


1:5


, 114


1: 18 .


37, 60


1: 23


61


2:4


59


2:5 ..

2: 20


..62,63,64,66, 74
66


2: 24 .


60



2 Peter

2 : 1-22 101

3: 3, 4 101

3:9 49

1 John

1: 6 108, 115

1:7 37

1:9 59, 62, 108, 109

2:1 131

2:2 33.39, 60

2: 19 115

3: 1,2 2, 5

3:3 61, 62





PAGK


3: 10 .


83, 101


3 : 14


83


8: 16.


18, 88


3: 24


67, 83


4:8


83


4: 9, 10


18


4:14,15


83


5 : 9-13


84


5: 12


76


5: 13


81


6: 19


12


John




: 9-11


101


Jude




:3


100


: 4-19


101


: 24


118


Revelation




1: 6


63


2:5


48


5:9


87


22: 12


91


22: 19


105



INDEX OF SUBJECTS

PAGK

Accepted 61, 74

Access to God 64

Adopted 2, 61

A new walk 60

Appeal 133

Assurance and security contrasted 96

Assurance of salvation 78-85

Assurance, three aspects 84, 85

Believe, all that a sinner can do 45

Believe all the Bible 15

Believer's heavenly perfection 133, 134

Believe, the one issue 4253

Believe what is written 79, 81

Chastisement 109, 123

Christ's death, the one reason 31-33

Christ died for all 33

Christ's finished work 33

Christ indwelling 7577

Christ Intercessor and Advocate 128-132

Christ reveals God 15-30

Christ reveals God's love 17-22

Christ reveals God's righteousness 2430

Christ reveals man's sin 2224

Christ the Substitute 18, 41, 121-124

Christians, can they be saved ? 114

Christian living is not believing 46

Christian's new incentive 74, 88-90

Children of God 61

Church 70

Circumcised in Christ 63

Complete in Him 67

Confession is not believing 46, 51

Conversion is not salvation 47, 115

Definiteness in believing 80

Delivered 63

Evidence of salvation 83

Experience and salvation 84

Failure of some converts 114

Faith 83

Faith fails 112

Faithfulness of God 79, 81

Falling from grace 110

False teachers of the last days 100

Fellowship lost 108

First fruits of the Spirit 67

Five facts about Christian position 5759

Forgiveness .37, 38

Free from the law 61

147



148 Index of Subjects

PAOl

Glory 2 67

God's attitude in salvation 119

God's gift to Christ

God's holiness vindicated 24-30

God's motives in salvation 86-88

God's power in salvation 118

God's purpose in salvation 1

God's sovereignty 120

Heavenly . association 65

Heavenly citizenship 68

Hoping God will be good is not believing 45, 140

Household of God 66

In Adam 10

In Christ 10. 69-75

Inheritance 5

Insecurity passages 98115

In the eternal plan of God 69

Judgment of service 91-95

Justification 62, 83

Keeping power of God 98

License and sin 112

Love expressed in salvation -. . 89

Love expressed in service 89, 90

Love of God eternal - 21

Love revealed only in the cross 21

Made nigh 62

Man lost because he does not believe 51-53, 123

Message from God . - 15-30

Misstatements of the Gospel 4553

Morality and salvation 43

Moral reformation 101

" Much more " 64, 119

New covenant unconditional 126-128

New headship, in Christ 133

New life imparted 7577

One issue before the unsaved 44-46

On the Rock, Christ Jesus 63



dispensationally misapplied 99

Paul's testimony concerning rewards 91-93

Peculiar people . 63

Positpns - 59-67. 73

Praying is not believing 47

Preaching the Gospel 139

Priesthood of Christ 130, 131


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