THE PRIVILEGES OF THE TRUE BELIEVER
By Bishop J.C. Ryle
24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word,
and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; 27 And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
We see in these verses, how rich and full are the privileges of the true hearer and believer. Such a man enjoys a present salvation. Even now, at this present time, he ‘hath everlasting life.' Such a man is completely justified and forgiven. There remains no more condemnation for him. His sins are put away. ‘He shall not come into condemnation.' Such a man is in an entirely new position before God. He is like one who has moved from one side of a gulf to another: ‘He is passed from death unto life.'
The privileges of a true Christian are greatly underrated by many. Chiefly from deplorable ignorance of Scripture, they have little idea of the spiritual treasures of every believer in Jesus. These treasures are brought together here in beautiful order, if we will only look at them. One of a true Christian's treasures is the ‘presentness' of his salvation. It is not a far distant thing which he is to have at last, if he does his duty and is good. It is his own in title the moment he believes. He is already pardoned, forgiven, and saved, though not in heaven.
Another of a true Christ's treasures is the ‘completeness' of his justification. His sins are entirely removed, taken away, and blotted out of God's book, by Christ's blood. He may look forward to judgment without fear, and say, ‘ Who is he that condemneth?' (Romans 8:34). He shall stand without fault before the throne of God.
The last, but not the least, of a true Christian's treasures, is the entire change in his relation and position toward God. He is no longer as one dead before Him: dead legally, like a man sentenced to die, and dead in heart. He is ‘alive unto God' (Romans 6:11). ‘He is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new' (2 Cor. 5:17). Well would it be for Christians if these things were better known! It is want of knowledge, in many cases, that is the secret of want of peace.
(Taken from Explository Thought On John by Bishop J.C. Ryle, pub. by Banner of Truth)
A Memorial Service for Doris Sellers was held at St. Andrew's on Saturday, May 9, 2015 with a luncheon following in the Parish Hall. We thank the ladies of the Women's Guild for providing the luncheon. We also thank all of those who attended and for the many prayers that have gone up on behalf of Bishop Sellers and his family.
Work Day was moved to Thursday, May 21, due to rain on previous Saturday. Thank you to all who came and helped.
To Jacob Tjoelker on his graduation from High School and to Tayo Balogun, who graduated from the University of Pittsburg . God's blessings on you both!
June 14, 2015 after church
September 26, 2015
RUMMAGE/CRAFT & BAKE SALE
Saturdays, June 13th & 20th , 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bishop Royal U. Grote will be with us for the Annual Episcopal Visit on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015.
“Rally Day” CHURCH PICNIC is Sept. 6 th when Bishop Grote is here.
Please pray earnestly for Nepal , and the parishes and people there who lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the earthquake. 78 of our Anglican people died, including Pastor Laxman; 18 of our churches were destroyed; 8,000 homes of Anglicans gone. Please write checks to St. Andrew's signifying aid for Nepal victims, and we will send the money to The Anglican Relief and Development Fund.