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GROWING IN THE GOSPEL
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Miles McKee on February 23rd, 2011

God commands us to believe and rest upon His Son. By believing, we mean that we embrace the perfect qualities, merits and virtues of the Lord Jesus Christ and reckon them as being ours. As William Gurnall said, “Faith has two hands; with one it plucks off its own righteousness and throws it away, with the other it puts on Christ’s.”

Our worst sin, amongst the vast array of sins that compete for that title, is refusing to rest entirely on Christ Jesus as our only righteousness (John 14:1; John 16:9; Jer. 23:6).  Sometimes we forget that we are accepted only because Jesus is accepted in our stead; we are declared righteous solely because our Substitute was righteous in our stead. In spite of this, we all too often walk around in unbelief searching for something within us or for some supposed quality or accomplishment by which we can recommend ourselves to God.

Unbelief is deceptive and delights to dress up in religious clothes. It is full of flattery telling us that, because we have made our effort to serve God, we have now quietly and surely attained a place of acceptance before the Father.  But, this kind of thinking makes God a liar (1 John 5:10).  This reduces the person and work of the Lord Jesus to a non-essential.  When we put stock in our work we have forgotten the words of our Master in Luke 17:10, “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”

As we bring the gospel to unbelievers and believers alike we must urge each one to repent and believe exclusively on the Lord Jesus Christ.  We must urge not only the unsaved but also believers to repent of self-sufficiency and exhort them to continue to rest in Christ as their entire righteousness. It is “By one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Heb 10:14).Did you get that? In Christ we are already perfect and sanctified.  In the light of that, what particular righteousness of yours do you feel obliged to add for your acceptance?

Martin Luther said it like this, “Although I am a sinner—yet I despair not, for Jesus Christ who is my Redeemer and my Righteousness liveth. In Him I have no sin.  In Him I have no sting of conscience.  In Him I have no fear of judgment for in Him ‘there is therefore now no condemnation.’”

As we grow in gospel grace we will grow in our understanding that we are, in and of ourselves, ruined and depraved creatures (Jeremiah 17:9) yet we will grasp that our sins have been perfectly purged at the cross and that Christ is now our entire righteousness (1 Cor 1:30).  We recognized this when we first came to Christ (Eph 2:12), but now as we grow in grace we will have an expanded understanding that our hope is not found in any part of our performance. The truth is, our acceptance and righteousness continue to be in Christ alone. We can never improve ourselves into God’s presence and acceptance.  We have an inheritance obtained for us by blood—precious blood—God’s blood.

During the “Killing Days” in Scotland in the late 17th century, when the Covenanters were paying for their faith by death, a young covenanting girl was making her way to the meeting of her church.  On her way she was stopped by a patrol of Red Coats who quizzed her as to where she was going.  She couldn’t come right out and say she was on her way to the banned Covenanting meeting, but in a moment of inspiration she replied, “My elder brother has died and I’m going to my Father’s house for the reading of the will.” They let her through!

The will was read that night and continues to be read as we pour over the pages of scripture. What an inheritance we have, our sins have been transferred to Christ Jesus (Isa 53:6) and His righteousness, worthiness and acceptance has been transferred to us (2 Corinthians 5:21). We are now entirely welcome as adopted children because of Him (Ephesians 1:6). This is old news, but it is new news and it’s very, very good news for us today.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

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A big thank you goes to those of you who are partnering with us in reaching the people of Ireland.  Thanks for your faithfulness to and love for the gospel.  You are a vital part of this ministry.  May the Lord’s richest blessing rest on you.

Miles McKee Ministries

PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353

 

Or in Ireland or from the UK or Europe

PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland

 

Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations. It’s easy to follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com
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Please feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

Above all, please pray that the gospel has free course and that many, many will be gathered in by our preaching and ministry.

Updates on our gospel work in Ireland sent gladly on request

The Danger of our Strength
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Miles McKee on February 15th, 2011

God is neither stingy with grace nor does He dispense mercy with eye drops.  He’s generous and doesn’t feel put out when He has to send His Spirit to awaken the spiritually dead (Eph 2:4-6). He knows that because of our inbuilt hatred for the truth, it takes the supernatural power of the Spirit to convert us into believers. As Bonar says, “Believing is the simplest of all mental processes; yet we still need the power of God to believe from our hearts.”

Have you realized that you can neither change your heart nor do any good thing to recommend yourself to God (Romans 3:10)? It’s good for us to see the fix we’re in apart from grace.  However, most of us are un-aware of the full extent of our helplessness and guilt and for this cause there is little rejoicing in the gospel.  Our helplessness and guilt are far greater and far worse than we suppose (Jeremiah 17:9). The truth is this; it is because of our warped and imperfect view of ourselves that we continually attempt to recommend ourselves to God.  At times we seem very unaware of our ruin, weakness and inability and thus fail to realize that our supposed strength will actually keep us away from God.

God commands us to rest in the crucified Christ (Matt 11:28). In the light of this command, to bring something we have supposedly done for Him as a basis of acceptance is to refuse the promised rest of Christ alone. It’s sheer foolishness. Our consciences cannot be calmed by any of our works. If indeed our works have pacified our conscience, we have deceived ourselves for God is not propitiated by any of our efforts. May we put away all self-righteousness and approach the Father in the merits of Christ alone plus nothing.

Just as when we first came to Christ we came as undeserving sinners so we still cannot come to Him in our own name or righteousness—– even after many years of Christian service (Philippians 3:8-9). We continue to be saved by grace through faith, not by any efforts to induce the Father to accept us. The command to believers is to believe—to continue to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ!  He alone is our sufficiency.  If we do not believe the record that God has given of His Son, we make Him a liar (1 John 5:10). To rest, therefore, in something other than the person and work of Christ alone is to walk in unbelief. To walk in unbelief is to believe the lie that something more needs to be added to Christ Jesus (Gal 2:18; Gal 2:16; 2 Cor 3:5)! To walk by faith, on the other hand, is to receive the truth concerning Christ and His accomplishments on our behalf.

The deceiver, the prince of darkness, would love to take us away from the hope of the Gospel.  He’s a religious sort of fellow, always encouraging us to establish an alternative righteousness to that which is found in Christ alone (Gal 2:21).  If then you are building your hope on your own righteousness plus the righteousness of Christ your hope is not in Christ alone—- you are yet in unbelief.

 Think about it; if our guarantee of salvation depended partially on our attainments, how could we ever be certain of salvation? How could we ever be assured that we had accomplished enough to secure our salvation (Gal 3:3)? But, the work of Christ was a work undertaken for those who could not attain (Rom 5:6-8); it was accomplished for those who could not save themselves. It was a work devised for sinners, undertaken for sinners, accomplished for sinners, finished for sinners, and received by God for sinners. And God has given assurance that this work is accepted in that He has raised Jesus from the dead (see Acts 17:31).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.milesmckee.com

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Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

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www.thegracechurch.ie

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Do you want to help us reach the people of Ireland with the gospel? Then please send your gifts to

Miles McKee Ministries

PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353

Or in Ireland or from the UK or Europe

PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland

Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations. It’s easy to follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com

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Please feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

Above all, please pray that the gospel has free course and that many, many will be gathered in by our preaching and ministry.

Updates on our gospel work in Ireland sent gladly on request

Laying Hold of the Truth
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Miles McKee on February 1st, 2011

Speaking of one of his political opponents Winston Churchill said, “He occasionally stumbles across the truth put manages to pick himself up and hurries off as though nothing had happened.”

Alas, some professing believers are also like that.

For the gospel driven believer, however, truth is of utmost importance. In the Bible we encounter such expressions as these:”Those that know the truth;” (1 Tim 4:3b); “Those that obey not the truth;” (Romans 2:8; Galatians 3:1; Galatians 5:7);”The truth as it is in Jesus;” (Ephesians 4:21); “Belief of the truth;” (2 Thessalonians 2:13);”Acknowledging of the truth;” (2 Tim 2:25);”The way of truth;” (2 Peter 2:2);”We are of the truth;” (1 John 3:19); “Destitute of the truth;” (1 Timothy 6:5);”Sanctify them through thy truth;” (John 17:17);”I speak forth the words of truth;” (Acts 26:25);”The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).

It would seem obvious then that truth is no slight matter with God. We must, therefore, be careful at all times to tell the truth about Christ and His gospel. There can be no room for compromise.

So what is the truth concerning Jesus?

He is the eternal Word (John 1:1); God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16); the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8; 1:11; 21:6; 22:13); the True Light (John 1:9-12); the Bread of Life (John 6:48); the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25); the Good, Great and Chief Shepherd (John 10:11;Heb 13:20;1 Peter 5:2). the only way of salvation for “Neither is there salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4;12).

The big question is, not whether or not we know these scriptures, but rather, do we stand by them and proclaim them? –Are they a part of us? Has their truth taken a hold of us? Has the word of the Lord become the Voice of the Lord to us? As Luther said of the words of scripture,”These are not words for reading, but for living.”

Before he was saved, the apostle Paul was the ringleader of the self-righteous and a violent enemy of the Lord Jesus. But, with great grace and power, the Lord Christ apprehended Him and reduced him to nothing. From that point onward Paul went in pursuit of his new Master. He was like a man possessed having discovered a new love and passion. The reality of Christ and His purposes on earth now consumed him. Paul now walked by faith, believing the truth of the gospel not just generally, but personally (Gal 2:20). He was now gospel driven!

The gospel will not allow us to merely live with the theory of God or with speculation about Christ—– for the gospel is the explosive power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). As we honor the words of God and trust what they say about Jesus we not only honor the One who wrote them, but we also enjoy their life giving power. We glorify Christ in believing what He tells us. If the word says we have full right of access by the blood of Christ to the Father, we believe it. If the whisper comes that we do not, we smell the bad breath of the Devil.

What a privilege we have to take a hold of the truth of Jesus by the Spirit through the written word, to delight in Him, to worship Him, to enjoy Him, to work for Him and to thank the Father for who He is and for what he has done..

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.mlesmckee.com

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Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

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Do you want to help us reach the people of the Republic of Ireland with the gospel? Then please send your donations to

PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353

Or in Ireland or from the UK or Europe

PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland

Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations. it’s easy to follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com

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Please feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

Above all, please pray that the gospel has free course and that many, many will be gathered in by our preaching and ministry.


Updates on our gospel work in Ireland sent gladly on request

Nothing in Faith that Saves!
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Miles McKee on January 26th, 2011

Let’s continue with the thought from last time. As we discovered, faith is nothing in and of itself—there is no saving quality in it. How faith saves is that it lays a hold of Christ (1 Tim 6:12a). Faith grasps that saving merit is found in Christ alone (Rom 3:24). Faith understands that it is not because Christ is in us that we are saved, but salvation is ours because of the accomplishments of Christ 2000 years ago. The summary of our faith is this, Christ Jesus is our Saviour; He is in heaven; He is our righteousness and right standing before God; He is our treasury of grace and mercy; He is on the throne of Omnipotence and He is our ever living High Priest (Heb 4:14, Eph 1:11; I Cor 1:30; Rom 3:21-26, Col 2:3). Furthermore, faith knows and grasps that the righteousness that justifies is imputed to, not infused into, the believer,(Rom 4:6; Rom 10:3-4)! . Faith sees these things and grasps that our entire hope is in one man and one man only, the heavenly man. Our hope is in no man on earth and certainly never in us.


John Bunyan in his “Grace abounding to the Chief of Sinners” writes of how one day he was in turmoil as to his standing before God. He says,


“Suddenly a sentence fell upon my soul—Thy righteousness is in heaven. And I thought I saw with the eyes of my soul, Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say was my righteousness; so that, wherever I was or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, “he lacks my righteousness” for that was just before Him. I also saw moreover that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better nor my bad frame that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, ‘the same yesterday today and forever. My chains fell off, I was loosened from my afflictions and my temptations fled away——-I went home rejoicing for the grace and love of God. Now Christ was all; all my righteousness, all my sanctification and all my redemption (1 Cor 1:30).”


The righteousness which is imputed to the believer is Christ Himself. When we talk of the word ‘impute’ or ‘imputed’ some folks get confused. Perhaps the concept is a little difficult to understand at first. However a clear illustration of its meaning can be found in Philemon where Paul writes to his friend about the runaway slave Onesimus. He says, “If He hath wronged thee or oweth thee ought, put that to my account.” In a similar manner, our entire sin and guilt has been charged to Christ’s account and Christ’s entire righteousness has been credited to ours (Phil 3:9). This is imputation and it’s a truth that stabilizes and frees us the more we let it seep into the depths of our understanding.


So let us say it again, we are not made right with God by any quality within us; nor does the performing of an act of faith save us. If performing an act of faith was the ground of our salvation, it would make faith a qualifying work for salvation; in which case, grace would no longer be grace (Rom 10:4; Rom 11:6). Luther said correctly, “Grace cannot stand it when we want to give something to God or establish merit or pay him with our works. This is the greatest of blasphemies and idolatries and is nothing less than the denial and even the ridicule of God.”


 

If faith itself carried within it some merit necessary for salvation it would mean then that Christ’s work was, in reality, unfinished. If faith itself was the finishing touch that made Christ’s work complete it would mean then that Christ’s work then was imperfect, ineffective, incomplete and unsuitable for us. If faith itself carried within it some necessary merit, we would then be called to rest in Christ plus our act of believing on Christ! But to make our faith any part of our confidence before God would be to lean on a rubber crutch (Gal 2:16).


“Now to the Lamb that once was slain,

Be endless blessings paid;

Salvation, glory, joy remain

Forever on thy head.


Thou hast redeemed our souls with blood,

Hath set the prisoner free

Hast made us kings and priests unto God,

And now we reign with Thee”


And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.mlesmckee.com

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Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

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Want to help us reach the people of Ireland with the gospel? Then please send your donation to


PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353


Or in Ireland or the UK


PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland


Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations. Follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com

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Please also feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

Above all, please pray that the gospel has free course and that many, many will be gathered in by our preaching and ministry.


Updates on our gospel work in Ireland sent gladly on request

Faith Demanded!
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Miles McKee on January 19th, 2011

God demands immediate faith from all who hear His gospel. This is only reasonable, for He is the author of the message. But not everyone greets His good news as welcome news. Those, for example, who would work for His favor or who assume that they already have it, disdain the truth of the only acceptable saving righteousness being found outside of them in Christ alone. But God gives no approval to the self-righteous or indeed to any form of self-righteousness. The sad truth is this —— all who depend on a performance-based religion are under a curse (Gal 2:6; 3:10).Why so? Because no one can perform to God’s standard. God, being perfectly holy, demands perfect holiness from us. God is the perfection of holiness and He thus bars all imperfect people from joining Him where He lives. Again, this is only reasonable for it is His Kingdom; He makes the rules! To dwell eternally with Him then, either we have to (a) be perfectly holy ourselves or (b) we have got to find someone who has been perfectly holy in our place. In the gospel, the good news, Christ is our perfection and sanctification: He is all our righteousness (1 Cor 1:30). Do you believe this?

But the self-righteous deceive themselves into imagining that their works are more vital for salvation than those of the Lord Christ. They imagine, for example, that God applauds them because they have performed an act of faith. However, mark this down, although salvation and faith are inseparable, our salvation is never found in our actual act of believing or trust.No one gets saved without faith or trust (Ps 16:1, Nahum 1:7, Rom 15:12; 2Cor 1:9), but the testimony which faith receives is not the testimony of itself. On the contrary it is the testimony that  faith receives is the testimony concerning the Lord Jesus and His doing, dying and rising again in our place—– in which case, belief of the gospel and confidence in the person of the gospel (Christ Jesus) are inseparable.


Furthermore, when we receive the Father’s testimony concerning His Son it is the very same thing as having confidence and trust in God Himself (John 6:29). Conversely, when we reject the gospel we reject God Himself. In some places we are said to be saved by the knowledge of God or of Christ. That simply means that we come to know God as He has made Himself known in Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:11; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 2:20). It is no wonder then that we read, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).


The Scriptures speaks of trust or faith being the thing that saves us. In and of itself it does no such thing, but it saves us by taking a hold of the One who saves to the uttermost (Heb 7:25). Faith is demanded from the hearer of the gospel, but remember, salvation is not found in our act of believing itself. Salvation is exclusively discovered in the doing and dying of the Lord Jesus, the one who has conquered death and is alive forevermore.


“A man there is, a real man,

With wounds still gaping wide,

From which rich streams of blood once ran,

In hands and feet and side.

This wondrous man of whom we tell;

Is true almighty God;

He bought our souls from death and hell;

The price, —-His own heart’s blood.


Salvation is never given as a reward for believing, rather it is the one believed upon who alone is our salvation.


And that’s the Gospel Truth


Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.mlesmckee.com

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Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

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Want to help us reach the people of Ireland with the gospel? Then please send your donation to


PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353


Or in Ireland or the UK


PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland


Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations.  Follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com

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Please also feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.


Updates on our gospel work in Ireland sent gladly on request

The Believing Believer
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Miles McKee on January 5th, 2011

In the gift of the Holy Spirit we have the gift of Christ Himself (John 14:18). What splendid grace from the hand of the Father!

How we thank God for the precious ministry of the Holy Spirit. We easily forget that none of us would have become believers without His regenerating power.

It is the Holy Spirit alone who draws us to the cross and fastens us to the Savior. He is the great revealer of Christ. If we think that people can come alive

to God without the power and action of the Spirit, we have yet to learn the extent of human sinfulness and helplessness. We were dead (destitute of power,

lifeless) in trespasses and sin and, therefore, needed divine intervention to bring us to life (Ephesians 2:1;2:5).That’s why we read in Ephesians 2:8-9,

By grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

The Spirit generates faith (Gal 5:22) and it is this faith that actively links us as sinners to Jesus the sinbearer. Faith recognizes that salvation

is something that God has already accomplished outside of us, in the person of Jesus (Acts 13:32-33, 38-39). But remember, faith itself does not qualify us

to receive God’s acquittal. Salvation is an undeserved gift of grace received by faith, but it is not created because we have faith. What Spirit generated

faith does is to receive the truth concerning the Son of God as it recognizes the sufficiency of His great sacrifice for our sin. Faith makes the gospel

personal for us. Faith sees that the great Shepherd has laid down His life, not just for the sheep in general (John 10:11) but for us in particular.

Faith sees that the Lord Jesus came to this earth for the express purpose of ransoming, not just people in general (Matt 20:28), but came to ransom

us in particular (Gal 2:20b). Faith also sees that Christ came not merely to say something about our sin, but came to do something about our sin.

Faith also sees that Christ came, not primarily to preach the gospel, but that we would, in Him, have a gospel to preach. Faith sees that this Christian life

is not about us and our performance but about Him and His performance.

The best obedience of my hands

Dares not appear before thy throne;

But faith can answer thy demands,

By pleading what the Lord has done.”

Faith is not something that buys us salvation; Christ alone has bought us. By faith the believing believer sees that we have been purchased by God’s own blood

(Acts 20:28) and that no further payment is necessary!

But what if my faith is weak?

All of us at times suffer from weak faith, yet a weak faith cannot undo what Christ Jesus has accomplished at Calvary. We are ‘in Christ’, (1 Cor 1:30a;

1 Cor 15:22). —We are in covenant union with Christ and are now found in Him. Our strength of faith, therefore, is not our security. Remember, faith is not

the purchaser of our salvation, Christ alone has bought us! A weak faith may indeed sometimes interfere with our enjoyment of salvation, but our security

is in Christ alone. He is our covenant head (Rom 5:15-21). All that He has is ours! We may feel like the lowest and the least; we may feel that we are too

weak to even grasp the promises —but no matter, the promises have already grasped us. Our Savior has already taken a hold of us and He will never

 let us go (Heb 13:5).

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.mlesmckee.com

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Sending Church www.paramountchurch.net

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Want to help us reach the people of Ireland with the gospel? Then please send your donation to

PO Box 353

Ponte Vedra Beach

Jacksonville

Florida 32004-0353

Or in Europe

PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

Ireland

Pay Pal is also a great option for making donations.  Follow the donation link from our home page at www.milesmckee.com

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Please also feel free to copy, forward, blog, publish on web or place the Wednesday Word in your Church bulletin on condition that you do not change the content of the message.

Jesus, Our Hiding Place
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Miles McKee on December 12th, 2010

How do we, with confidence, come before the all-holy God, and stand in His presence? This is the great question for both the unsaved and saved alike. The unsaved person, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, knows that his sin has separated him from God (Isa 59:2).  Likewise, the believer, through the ministry of the Word and the Spirit, is conscious that his best efforts are flawed and that his very righteousness is like a filthy rag (Isa 64:6).  How then can either of them come before God and receive a welcome?

No doubt, when he sinned, this was Adam’s question. Notice how he answers his own inquiry by attempting to put fig leaves together for a hasty and futile covering. Somehow he knew that, because of sin, what he really needed was a hiding place, a covering that left him unexposed to judgment.  But his fig leaves were inadequate—and he knew it.  Sensing their inadequacy, he rushed into the bushes to hide when God came near. But even then, concealed in the bushes, he knew there was no hiding place. (It’s interesting to note that man’s impulse, because of sin, is to hide from God—even as believers we often make this ancient mistake). 

But sin is no barrier to grace. Although man is the hider, God is the seeker and in grace He came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  In grace, the Lord called Adam and began to tell of the coming deliverer, the Seed of the Woman. In Him, men would find a better covering than fig leaves and a much better hiding place than bushes. In grace the Lord took an innocent animal and killed it in order to cover His erring children and to point them to He who was to come. In that day, God revealed Himself as the God who hates and justly punishes sin, yet who, by grace, takes the sinner’s side against Satan, the sinner’s enemy (Gen 3:15). Because of the promise of the seed of the woman, the true “hiding place”, Adam could now discard his make shift concealment and know, by faith, that with God’s new covering he could stand before the Almighty without fear or shame.

We too should hear the good news as Adam did—– from the lips of God Himself. When God say it that settles it!  We believe, not because the truth feels right, but because God has spoken (Ps 32:4; Ps 138:2)! This is the foundation of our faith.

Adam’s fall gave God the opportunity to demonstrate His character of abounding grace towards us. We deserve nothing; yet there is nothing God will not do for us. Calvary proves that.  Through Christ alone He gives us the highest place in heaven and the nearest position to the throne (Eph 2:6). In Christ alone we are found before God. By one sacrifice He has perfected us and brought us back to God forever (Heb 10:14).  It is high time, therefore, to abandon all other hiding places and be clothed in Christ alone.

Here is an amazing Hymn that beautifully illustrates this point.

 “Hail, sovereign love that first began
 The scheme to rescue fallen man!
 Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace,
 That gave my soul a hiding-place!

Against the God who rules the sky
 I fought, with hand uplifted high;
 Despised the mention of His grace,
 Too proud to seek a hiding-place!

Enwrapped in thick Egyptian night,
And fond of darkness more than light,
 Madly I ran the sinful race,
 Secure, without a hiding-place!

But thus th’Eternal counsel ran:

“Almighty Love, arrest that man!”
 I felt the arrows of distress,
 And found I had no hiding place!
 Indignant Justice stood in view,
 To Sinai’s fiery mount I flew;
 But Justice cried, with frowning face,
 “This mountain is no hiding-place!”

 Ere long, a heav’nly voice I heard,
 And Mercy’s angel form appeared,
 Who led me on, with gentle pace
 To Jesus as my hiding-place.

On Him almighty vengeance fell,
 That must have sunk a world to hell;
 He bore it for the chosen race,
 And thus became their Hiding-place.

Should storms of sev’n-fold vengeance roll,
And shake this earth from pole to pole,
No flaming bolt could daunt my face,
For Jesus is my hiding place.

 A few more rolling suns, at most,
 Will land me safe on Canaan’s coast.
 Where I shall sing the song of grace,
 To Jesus Christ, my hiding-place!

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

www.mlesmckee.com

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We have now been in Ireland for 3 months ministering the gospel. Unfortunately, about 40% of our pledged support has failed to come in. People are in difficulties.  We understand. Perhaps, however, the Lord will raise up partners from the readership of the Wednesday Word.

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PO Box 353

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Florida 32004-0353

Or in Europe

PO Box 8

New Ross,

County Wexford,

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Needed! The Apostolic Gospel
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Miles McKee on December 8th, 2010

We do not need to re-invent the gospel in each generation.  The old one still works fine! It worked powerfully in the days of the apostles and age has neither decayed nor weakened it.

As we read the apostolic sermons in the New Testament we see how the simple facts of the gospel are at their center. In Acts 2, Peter’s sermon at Jerusalem focused on Jesus of Nazareth, the One who had been crucified, raised from the dead and was now exalted to the throne of God, being made both Lord and Christ. Perhaps this kind of preaching is too simple for the pulpiteers of today, but, by the Spirit, the apostles saw both the power and wisdom of God in these simple facts.

In Paul’s sermon to the unbelievers at Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13) we see the same pattern. The apostle gives a statement of the facts regarding the death and resurrection of Jesus. He then, like any good preacher, applies the sermon with these words, “Be it known unto you, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: and by him all that believe are justified” Acts 13:38).

Notice how the apostolic gospel for the lost is not, “Ye must be born again”—to preach the necessity of the new birth, while it is true, is to preach law and not grace.  When Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again, he was showing him the impossibility of his situation.  He was shutting the door in his face in order that he would look outside himself to the one who would be lifted up on the cross to die (Jn 3:14).

But back to Paul!  When Paul brought the gospel to the Church at Corinth his message was very simple. Even though he was now teaching believers He says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel, ——– 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 Cor 15:1-8) Then he adds: “So we preach, and so ye believed“(1 Cor 15:11).

In these simple facts of the doing, dying and rising of Christ the depths of God’s righteous grace is announced to both sinner and saint alike. In the gospel, His great salvation is revealed. Why then change the content to sub-standard subjective sentiments that neither save nor heal? It is the good news of Christ which is, “the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith”(Rom 1:16-17).

 When it comes to bringing the gospel to either the Church or the lost, the apostolic message is not, “Do this, do that; make your best effort; pray in earnest and God will bless you”—— these things, although found in much popular preaching, are law, not gospel. But law doesn’t produce saints, it only produces sinners. In the gospel, Christ has done it all. He was “delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification”(Rom 4:25). He “made peace by the blood of his cross“(Col 1:20). It is finished! His doing and dying is so complete that, when it comes to the matters of right standing (and continued right standing) before God, there is nothing left for us to do but to enjoy what has been done.

Nothing to do no not a whit

Nothing to pay, no not a bit

All that’s to do and all that’s to pay

Jesus has done in his own blessed way

 

The gospel of Christ is as powerful as ever (Rom 1:16). It has lost none of its authority. Do you believe this? Do you believe that age has neither changed nor weakened its effectiveness or are you now resorting to new fads to widen your appeal?

How old is the gospel anyway?  Some say it is 2000 years old for it dates back to the cross.  Oh no!  It’s much older than that.  Others say it’s as old as the Fall of Man.  Again, it’s much older than that.  How old then is the gospel? It’s as old as God, and age has neither weakened God nor His gospel. The gospel of Christ still comes to us with full divine potency. The gospel is still sufficient and suitable for the lost sinner and the saved sinner alike. The gospel is still sufficient and suitable for all our growth in grace. The gospel will still motivate and energize us to follow the exalted Lamb who was slain. It is His finished accomplishments that are the basis of our life and the cause of our strength and peace.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

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U.S .Mailing Address:

P.O .Box 353, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl 32004-0353

In Europe, PO Box 8, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland.

Please keep us in your prayers that the word of God would have free course and multiply as we bring the gospel to the people of the Republic of Ireland.

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No Distant Thing
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Miles McKee on November 11th, 2010

In Christ alone God has brought his righteousness near (Isa 46:13), therefore, when telling others of His salvation we need to stress that salvation is not some distant and secluded thing. People need to know that they don’t have to coax God to come near to them. They don’t have to, for example, wait to have the ‘’’warm fuzzies’ about God —this will not bring salvation any nearer than it already is. Insisting that we wait till we feel good about salvation before we receive it is just another form of law and works. We as gospel driven believers, however, see that there is no effort needed to produce salvation on our part: salvation has already been accomplished (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When we go ‘gospeling’ (evangelizing), therefore, it’s so important to talk about God’s free love to us in the gift of His Son.  It is God Himself who tells us to call upon His name (Ps 105:1) for to call upon Him is to believe on Him (Rom 10:13; Rom 4:24; Acts 16:31). In the gospel we don’t offer people a long list of duties to do, or feelings to be formed in order to make God think well of us.  The gospel is not our work; rather it is the good news of the work and person of the cross, apart from and outside of us in history. Our work is to believe on Him –the One who has accomplished salvation on our behalf (Jn 6:29).

God has brought His salvation near to the unbeliever. God is not in hiding—He has declared Himself in the person and work of His Son (Jn 1:18). When faith goes to work it actually causes the unbeliever to cease working to earn God’s favor and to do nothing other than to rest on the fact that all has been already accomplished on His behalf. Faith, however, does not complete our salvation; rather it embraces the salvation that has already been completed. Faith embraces the fact that Christ alone has paid for us and has rescued us at the cross.  Faith sees that this work has been successfully finished (Matt 1:21, John 19:30). 

Again we must stress that salvation is not a matter of Christ plus faith (Acts 4:12).  We must continually stress this truth because it is on this very point that so many are departing from the gospel. Such people are sincere, they call themselves Christians, but they are not in the gospel. They believe that their faith makes them accepted to God. It’s a common error.  Nevertheless, to believe in Christ plus faith is to nullify the finished work of God’s chosen substitute and mediator.

So let’s say it again, although we are saved through faith, faith is not our Savior. Our Savior is Jesus Christ plus nothing (John 14:6)! He is the object of our faith (Heb 12:2).  He alone is our rescuer.  What faith does is to take a hold of Jesus and His accomplishments and make them our own.  Faith grasps that our righteousness is not in ourselves, but rather is outside of us in Christ Jesus. Faith does not bring salvation into existence nor does it produce the righteousness by which God justifies us.  What faith does, however, is to take something that is already in existence and enables us to reckon it as being our own!

Some years ago an aging Christian lady lay dying in hospital. The new minister of a certain church came on visitation to the ward and mistakenly thought this dying lady was a member of his flock.  Approaching her he said, “My dear lady, I’m here to absolve you of your sins,” to which the woman sternly replied, “Let me see your hands” “My hands?” questioned the astonished priest.  Reluctantly the priest proffered his hands and the old lady examined them.  At length she released them, looked at the man and said, “Sir, I perceive you to be an imposter: the only man who can absolve me of my sins has nail scars in his hands.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

 

Please keep us in your prayers as we preach Christ Crucified and church plant here in the Republic of Ireland

Mailing Address USA—P.O. Box 111, Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville, Florida, 32004

 Europe—P.O. Box 8, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland.

Email: miles@thegracechurch.ie

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The Person and Work of the Substitute
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Miles McKee on October 27th, 2010

Because Christ died, we have life and grace abounding towards us (2 Cor 9:8). But are we satisfied with God’s abounding grace which He so clearly demonstrated in the gospel? It would seem not! Many who claim to be believers spend their lives jumping from one new Christian fad to the next, ever looking for some new and better experience. They pay lip service to our great substitute, but when it comes to centering their lives on Him and His objective gospel they say they must have something more.  Apparently, Christ and His cross are not ‘deep’ enough for them. The gospel is for beginners, they say, and now they must go on to maturity.  Thus they reject that Christ Himself is the very wisdom and power of God (1 Cor 1:24) and patronizingly sneer at the fulfillment and unfolding of the eternal purposes of God (Eph 3:11).

If, on the other hand, we for one moment caught a glimpse of the immensity of the person of Christ and His glory we would be awestruck.  Indeed, as gospel driven believers, our growth in grace comes through beholding His glory (2 Cor 3:18). In addition, the more that we know of the glory of His person, work and offices, the more we will be totally satisfied with the gospel provision which God has made in Him. 

It always strikes me as odd, therefore, that so many professing believers make so little of Christ. After all, He is the revelation of the eternal God and it is only as we know Him that we can know God. Job 22:21 tells us, “Acquaint thyself now with him and be at peace.” But how do we acquaint ourselves with God apart from the gospel and its Christ? In the gospel, the Father has revealed Himself in the person of the Son (Jn 1:18). What an opportunity we have to, therefore, meditate much on God in Christ as revealed in the Scriptures!

If we look closely enough we will discover that all the attributes of God can be seen in the Lord Jesus. Indeed, the knowledge of God comes to us in Christ alone for He is the one mediator between us both (1 Tim 2:5). Christ is the Door (Jn 10:9).  Doors either let people in or let people out.  When Christ claims to be the door He is plainly stating that the knowledge of God comes to us exclusively through Him. It is only through Him and by Him that God conveys all His blessings to us.

Furthermore, our sin-bearer is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:14). The Bible tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). He is “the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of his person” (Heb 1:3). He is in the Father, and the Father in him (John 14:10); he that hath seen him hath seen the Father (John 14:9). He is “God manifest in flesh” (1 Tim 3:16); ” His name is “Emmanuel,” God with us; (Matt 1:23), the “Saviour” (2 Tim 1:10); “Christ “(Matt 1:16) the anointed One, filled with the Spirit without measure (Jn 3:34); “the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14).

He is the one who lovingly took our damnation (Rom 8:1) and it is this same one is with us (Matt 1:23); above us (Ps 57:11);  beneath us (Deut 33:27); before us (Isa 52:12), behind us (Isa 52:12) and who is all around us (Ps 125:2).

As we learn to focus on Him and His glory we will discover how to not focus on ourselves. It is then that we will be fully satisfied with the gospel blessings of abounding grace and life that come through Him alone.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles

Miles McKee Ministries

USA—P.O. Box 111, Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville, Florida, 32004

Europe—P.O. Box 8, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland

Email: miles@thegracechurch.ie

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 www.milesmckee.com

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Please feel free to forward the W.W. to your friends.

Permission is freely given to post the Wednesday Word on web sites, blogs, Church Bulletins etc on condition that no part of the message and wording is changed.

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P.S. I rarely recommend books, but for all you Spurgeon fans out there check out a new work ‘Day by Day with the Best of Spurgeon’–compiled by Dolores E. Coupland.

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