Baptist Articles of Faith: Teaching Six
Introduction: The Baptist Articles of Faith should be reviewed from time to time, as suggested by passages like Titus 3:8. Today, we hope to discuss articles eleven and twelve.
Read Article 11: Of the Perseverance of Saints
Essentially, we believe that only those who strive to live according to God's will until death are really saved. The alternative is that there are some superficially professors, who are not actually saved.
Teaching Points –
- John 8:31 teaches that obedience is the real mark of discipleship, not simply talking. I John 2:19 teaches that those who really belong to God demonstrate such by endurance.
And those who are not really of God are those who abandon their post. Let's make sure we are really saved and not superficial professors. Let's urge our loved ones to do the same.
Furthermore, let's be mindful of the need to have rules and systems in place to help guard the church from the superficial professors causing unnecessary harm (e.g., discipleship standards for leaders, learning and giving requirements for membership, etc.).
- Romans 8:28 teaches that all things are working together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose. Everything is not good, but everything is being used for our good. John 14:15 teaches that the measure of love is obedience.
Let's obey like we love the Lord, so we can enjoy the providential favor of God or God's working all things out for our good.
In summary, we believe that those who are truly saved will strive to obey God's Word until their death. Those who fall by the way side were superficial professors and never really saved.
Read Article 12: Of the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
Essentially, we believe the moral law of God is still the ideal by which God wants us to live. The gospel doesn't lower the bar. It simply keeps us in a state of peace with God, as we continue to strive for His mark.
Teaching Points –
- Romans 7:12 teaches that the law, the moral law, is holy. There were some seasonal ceremonial laws like bringing animals to be payments for human sin. However, the moral laws like thou shall not kill, steal, or commit adultery are permanently good, holy, and the will of God. Let's be conscious of God's Word being authoritative truth in our lives.
- Romans 8:7-8 teaches that the carnal mind is in an enemy state against God. It does not and cannot be subject to God. There is no way to please God with carnal thinking. Vss. 2-4 teaches that Jesus died to satisfy the requirements of the law and so we can strive to live by the Spirit of God.
Let's strive to deny ourselves and dedicate ourselves to following God's divine directions.
In summary, we believe that the moral law of God should yet be our standard to live by. The gospel helps us stay at peace with God, as we struggle to live right.
Conclusion: Let's work on remembering, understanding, and living by the Baptist Articles of Faith. God has much for those who obey His will.
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