Of The Grace Of God
Elder Wm. Doyal
Decatur , Alabama
The apostle Paul, when speaking to the elders of the church at Ephesus;
spoke of the gospel of the grace of God before he departed for
and then to Rome, and he said, "And
now, behold, I go bound in spirit unto
Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that
the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and
abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life
unto myself, so that I might finish my course with Joy, and the
which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the
of God" (Acts 20:22-24).
As we have often times said before, we believe the Bible to be the
inspired, inerrant word of God. Because the Bible IS the Inspired word
of God, we use it as our only guide in faith and in practice; We see no
need to rely upon man made devices to teach what God has said, nor do
need man imagined instructions. Therefore, we use no literature of
origin or design to teach from, in our assemblies.
If the omniscient God is not able to say what He means to say,
how can mortal man improve upon His language? We must remember that God
knows all; and never has He been required to learn anything. He has
that He knows all things, and that He has always known all things.
It is the height of human conceit to imagine that a mere creature can
God anything, or that man is in any manner qualified to be God's
or counselor. Yet, man insists upon telling God what He can, or what He
cannot do. Man demands that he be allowed to instruct God in the matter
of salvation. Man
upon exercising his own so-called free will, when his will is not free
at all. Rather, man's will is depraved and mis-directed. Man's will is
depraved because of sin, and the accompanying curse that follows sin.
of any right will, or of any capacity to think right, or to do right.
When the precious doctrines of grace are presented to fallen man, many
say that they believe in God's elective grace, and that only the blood
of Jesus Christ is a suitable atoning element. They even go so far as
say that it is God, the Holy Spirit that calls and quickens sinners,
secures for them eternal standing before God.
Generally speaking, however, when these precious truths are presented,
man will say, "I believe all that, BUT, you must also do this, or that
in order for God to save you". And as soon as man interjects himself
the saving process, he is declaring that God is not sufficient to do
job. And it is not the doctrine of electing grace that gives man his
What is really behind all the do-it-yourselfism is that man has never
been brought to see himself as being totally depraved, and dead in sin.
When man is convicted of his guilt, and sees himself as totally unable
to do anything to save himself, he then is led to cast himself upon the
mercy of God, and it is there, upon the mercy of God that he finds the
answer to his depravity. Now, the Lord willing, I want to speak to you
on the subject, "The Gospel of the Grace of God", which message is that
which God has been pleased to have preached to men and to be used by
Holy Spirit in saving sinners.
Just what is the gospel? Everyone says that they preach the gospel.
do they? If all that is preached in this day is the gospel, then there
are a multitude of gospels. But that cannot be. There is only one
and it declares what God has done in behalf of His elect among fallen
The gospel is defined, clearly defined by the Lord Himself when He
the inspired penman to write, "Moreover,
brethren, I declare unto you the
gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and
ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you
of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins
to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the
day according to the scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:1-4).
Beloved reader, these four verses of Scripture have clearly set forth
the gospel is. Have you heard that something else is the gospel? Have
been told that there is another gospel? There isn't. There is just one
gospel of the grace of God, and this is it! There isn't another,
there are many who pervert the gospel and try to make it appear that
is another. But there isn't another gospel, there isn't another.
A careful and prayerful study of the Bible will show that all of God's
blessed word is in harmony, and in perfect accord with this gospel. All
that God has declared is in Divine order, and matchless perfection is
throughout His word and work. It is only in the warped, depraved mind
sinful man that discord is found.
It is when man's perverted, depraved mind contests this clear
that the issue becomes cloudy and murky in those same depraved minds.
is darkness throughout the world of lost mankind on this subject. There
is confusion on every hand. There is turmoil and anguish among the
yet misdirected men. There are as many versions of the gospel as there
are religious bodies to propagate them. If you doubt this statement,
listen to your radio, and watch your television sets. Just read in the
many publications of every sort. You must surely confess that there is
much variation among so-called religious men. One group says this,
another group says that. But what saith God? This is really all that
What saith God?
If you are able to do so, I would ask you today to lay aside your
notions. For a little while pretend that you have never heard any
of "so-called" gospels, and just read and prayerfully consider this
Not because we say, but because God says so. What saith God?
The apostle Paul, in I Corinthians 15, where we have just read,
is speaking to brethren. Who are brethren? Is it the world in general
Paul is writing to? Or, is it those whom he calls brethren? If it is
that he is writing to, then the language has become very restrictive.
is writing to somebody. But who? Why, he is writing to brethren, and he
is writing to none besides.
Now brethren are those who are of the same family, Were these men of
city of Corinth Paul's brethren after the flesh? Of course they were
Paul was a Jew. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews. He was of the tribe of
Benjamin, of the stock of Abraham. Surely, he was not a fleshly kinsman
to those Gentiles of Corinth.
Then why would he address them as brethren? Because they were brethren
indeed! They were of the same family. They were children of the same
They were all children of God. But how did they get to be children of
The same way that all children become children. By being begotten of
same Father. Hear now further testimony on this matter. "Of his own will
begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
of his creatures." (James 1:18). "Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
dead". (I Peter 1:3).
There is a myriad of additional testimony, but this is sufficient for
to lay hold of to confirm that the brethren are indeed begotten of the
Since Paul addresses the Corinthians as brethren, how does that bring
and I into the picture? If we go back to chapter 1 of this epistle, we
read, as this same Paul salutes not only these particular saints at
but also includes "all that are called to be saints, with all that call
upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours" (I
1:2). That's saints of God in every age. BUT IT IS ONLY TO SAINTS
GOD. So, the language is still most restrictive. Since Paul is writing
to brethren, it becomes equally clear that he is not writing to those
are not his brethren.
Paul says further that he declares unto these brethren, the gospel. The
gospel which he preached unto them is the gospel which they had
and wherein they presently, and in all future times stand. What did
brethren receive? Paul says that they received the gospel. How did they
receive the gospel? Did they receive it with their natural minds? Did
human intellect receive and accept the gospel?
They did not receive any spiritual thing with their natural mind and
can you, nor can I. The natural mind is incapable of receiving anything
in the spiritual realm, no matter how many men may tell you to just
with the mind the things of God. Now if we insist upon a "thus saith God",
then we ought to be able to provide one for our positions. If others
provide one, then we must also provide one.
Now, so that you may know that we're not speaking merely as a man would
speak, here is God's word declaring this great truth. "But the natural
man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
Remember that Paul had said that these brethren had received the
Is the gospel of God? Is it spiritual? Since it is of God, and since it
is spiritual, then those brethren could not have received it with their
natural minds only. How did they receive the gospel if they could not
it naturally? It is obvious that they must have received it
If this is so, then these brethren must be spiritual brethren. They
be those who have been begotten of the same Spiritual Father, and not
the same natural father. And that they were not of the same natural
has already been proven, for Paul was a Jew, and his brethren were
Then it must follow that before you, or I, or anyone can receive
we must first be begotten of our father. To be born, or begotten in the
flesh enables us to receive natural things. Receiving is the effect of
being begotten, and not the cause of it. No one receives anything
until he is born naturally.
Universally, men will acknowledge this obvious fact: that natural life
must precede, or come before any activities of natural life are
But, universally, lost men will rebel at the same truth when applied to
the spiritual realm. Lost men insist that a man can indeed receive
things, even before he is a spiritual being. Even to the point of
that he has spiritual life because of, or as the result of, his
something. This is putting the cart before the horse. This is to make
and effect to be reversed. Listen! Life comes before any activity of
One is alive, then one receives.
Hear Jesus Christ Himself on the matter. "Jesus answered him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom
of God." (John 3:3). Did you hear Him? Then why dispute
Mighty God, the Sovereign of the universe? Do you not see that you are
calling Him a liar when you claim that you received the gospel in order
that you may have life? He said that you must be born, and then you can
see. Is that what John 3:3 teaches? Then why contend further?
is settled. God causes the gospel to be preached. He quickens unto
grants repentance, and gives faith to receive it, all as though it were
an instantaneous transaction, which it is.
The gospel that Paul had preached to these Corinthian brethren, and
they had received was also that grand doctrine upon which they now
They are saved. The only way they are not saved is if they have
in vain, as verse 2 of I Corinthians 15 plainly states.
what is it to believe in vain? Hear Paul again as he speaks to these
folks in verses 12-17. Read them. Hear them. Put your finger on
them and read what God says. What is said here is the only way one can
believe in vain and be not saved. "Now
if Christ be preached that he rose
from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection
the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ
risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God;
we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not
if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not
Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are
yet in your sins."
Those who preach a false gospel say that the resurrection of Christ did
not occur. They say that man has no hope of resurrection, for he trusts
in a crucified, buried, and un-risen saviour. What kind of a gospel is
that? Do you believe that kind of gospel? If you maintain that man must
work works of righteousness, when he is yet in a dead and unrighteous
then you declare that man's hope is not in a risen Saviour, that his
is in his own works of self righteousness. What a terrible, blasphemous
statement that men make.
Can you truly believe in vain, and be lost? ONLY IF CHRIST BE NOT
If God has begotten you, you are His spiritual child, and you are
secured in the glorious risen Saviour, Jesus Christ, who ever lives to
make intercession for the saints.
Now, just what is this gospel that Paul had preached; that these
had received, and in which they stand? "For
I delivered unto you first
of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins
to the scriptures; And that he was buried and that he rose again the
day according to the scriptures". (I Corinthians 15:3,4).
The gospel, then, is HOW Christ died for our sins ACCORDING to the
And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day ACCORDING
to the Scriptures.
What Scriptures? Those of the New Testament? No. The New Testament was
not given when Christ died ACCORDING to the Scriptures. It must have
the Old Testament Scriptures then that Christ died ACCORDING to, was
and rose again the third day ACCORDING to, seeing there were no other
Hear me clearly. The New Testament Scriptures which were given by God,
to men inspired, so that they were recorded for our learning are a
account of what God did. They are God's testimony of how He has dealt
our sins in Christ Jesus, our Substitute. They are the record that God
has given concerning His Son.
But, when Christ died, they were not yet given. Then Christ must have
ACCORDING to the Scriptures that were then in existence. To see how
died in accordance with the Scriptures, we must center our attention
the Scriptures that told of HOW HE WOULD DIE. The prophecy of God
how He will satisfy Himself about the sins of His elect people. How He
will cause His Son to be sacrificed upon the altar of the tree in order
that our sins might be punished, and God's divine justice be met. How
His Holy Law is to be vindicated and the guilty sinner yet go free.
In Genesis 3:15, God, for the first time in Scripture makes a
promise of salvation, which is to be centered in a substitute. Listen
as God makes a pronouncement of HOW He will deal with sin. God is
and He is speaking to the Devil. The subject is sin's payment, and
mercy to sinners in light of Christ's finished work, and He says: "And
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and
her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
The "Seed of the woman" is clearly Christ. He, who in due time, is to
virgin born, hence declared to be the "seed of the woman". He is not
to as Adam's seed, but as the seed of the woman. The virgin was to be
by the Holy Ghost. She was to conceive and bring forth a son. This Son
is the Incarnate God who came to "save
His people from their sins". (Matthew
The promised Redeemer, who is God's Christ, would, ACCORDING to the
come to save His people. In doing so, He, according to Scriptures,
bruise the head of the serpent; that is, He would defeat and destroy
by becoming victorious over him and putting down his power, which is
of as the headquarters of rebellion, or the center of his governmental
In bruising, or defeating the Devil, His own heel was to be bruised.
speaks of His being required to die. To die as a man meant that He must
become man. And become Man He did. He became Man according to the
Just as God had said He would, as the seed of the woman. Just as God
Isaiah to prophesy of "the virgin which shall conceive." (Isaiah
How did Christ die? Was it according to the Scriptures? Look to Exodus,
chapter 12 where God gives a detailed account of His purposed
of His people from the bondage of Egypt. Here we see how God instructed
Moses to cause the children of Israel to separate a lamb from the flock
of the 10th day of Nisan, and to keep it separated until the 14th day.
It had to be a lamb. It had to be a male of the first year. It had to
a lamb without spot or blemish. This meant it must be a suitable, and
lamb which would be offered as a substitute sin offering for the people
for whom it was to be slain.
This pascal Iamb to be slain is a type of Christ. It must die in order
that God's people could be delivered from condemnation and promised
It must shed it's blood in order that the sins of God's people would be
When the Iamb was slain in the evening of the 14th day of Nisan, the
of God was typified, and the passover observance was instituted. The
was then observed on this same day until Christ died on the tree of
more than 1500 years later. When Christ died, His blood was shed in
fulfillment of this Old Testament type. His perfect blood He carried
heaven, and acting as our High Priest, He made application of the Blood
upon the Mercy Seat. There it was accepted by the Father as the perfect
atoning covering for our sins.
Now, in Egypt, when the pascal lamb died, the blood was applied to the
side posts and to the upper part of the door of the houses where Israel
dwelt. When God passed through Egypt at midnight, He saw the blood and
passed over His people and did not smite their firstborn. Why? Because
the blood of the innocent substitute lamb had been shed and applied.
this indicated that God's judgment had already fallen upon that house,
for the substitute had already died in the stead of the sinners who
Did Christ die for our sins ACCORDING to these Scriptures? Surely He
and His blood has been applied, and God is satisfied with that Perfect
Offering of Perfect Sinless Blood. Our Substitute has died, and
we go free.
Search as you may, and you will not find any instruction in Scripture
God told Egypt to apply blood as a token of the substitutionary death
a lamb for their firstborn. This fact is sufficient to prove that God
purposefully and discriminatorily in His choice of a people. His choice
was Israel. It was not Egypt. This truth nullifies all claims of a
atonement, as most people teach and affirm. It rather proves a
atonement. And this is How Christ died. He died for some particular
Who? Why, His people, and none besides.
After God had delivered His people from Pharaoh's claim, they came to
shores of the Red Sea. Pharaoh's heart having been again hardened, he
them. But he was restrained by God's protection, the Pillar of Fire.
Then God opened the Red Sea and caused His people to pass safely to the
other shore, as upon dry land. But when the Egyptians sought to pass
God caused the waters to descend upon them and they were drowned. Think
about this very seriously. God drowned them! Will you still contend
God about His choice of a people, and of His rejection of a people?
Did God have sufficient power to open the Red Sea to begin with? Was He
able to keep the waters open until His people were safely over? Was He
able to hold back the Egyptians while Israel passed over? Did He
lose His power when the Egyptians attempted to pass over? God acted
here, as He does in all circumstances. He did what He chose to do. Then
He must have intended to drown the Egyptians, for that is precisely
Now, did Christ die for our sins ACCORDING to the Scriptures. All that
He did He did in harmony with the Scriptures. Then He must not have
to deliver the Egyptians. If He had intended to deliver them, He would
have done so. But He did not.
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. All the
that foretold of His death were properly fulfilled. He was to die the
for the unjust; the Innocent for the guilty. And He did so.
In John, chapter 19, we hear Him say, "It is finished". As
He hangs upon the cursed tree, we hear Him declare that all that is
of Him is now accomplished, and THEN He said, "It is finished". And THEN
He dismisses His Spirit. He dies, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.
His body is taken down from this awful place of death and is laid in a
borrowed tomb. After three days and three nights (72 hours), He
is not found among the dead, but has risen, as He said. Is this
from the dead according to the Scriptures? Most assuredly, it is
to the Scriptures.
Do you remember Jonah? Remember how Jonah was three days and three
in the belly of the great fish? Remember also that Jesus had said that
no other sign would be given, but this sign, "As Jonah was three days and
three nights in the belly of the fish, so shall the Son of Man be three
days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Christ not
for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried and He rose
according to the Scriptures.
Marvelous proof of this fact is stated as we read, "But now is Christ risen
from the dead, and become the firstfruit of them that slept." (I
Is this message the Gospel of the Grace of God? Did you hear of what a
lost, depraved sinner must do? Or did you hear of what God has done for
lost, depraved sinners?
Baptist Herald - October, 1990)
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