QUOTES……George Mueller

“Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.” 

“If honest of heart and uprightness before God were lacking or if I did not patiently
wait on God for instruction or if I preferred the counsel of my fellowmen to the
declarations of the Word of God, I made great mistakes.”

“There was a day when I died; died to self, my opinions, preferences, tastes and will;
died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my
brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto
God.”

“A servant of God has but one Master.  It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich,
and great and honored in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean and despised.”

DEATH’S ESCAPE……William R. Newell

There is spiritual progress for us all, if we keep before
our minds in vigorous faith our identification with the
Lord Jesus. Death, burial, resurrection and ascension
is the absolute condition of deliverance and growth.
How shall the Father, who commands us in Romans 6:13,
to present ourselves before Him as those that are alive
from the dead, speak to and deal with our souls, if we
fail to present ourselves before Him in such attitude as
He asks, as risen ones?

There is no way of true deliverance from the reign of
sin except we believe we have died to it—having died
with Christ, our connection with sin being thus broken.
Also, there is not real deliverance from the law and its
bondage, into that liberty for which Christ set us free
except to believe, and to keep believing, that we died
to the law with Him, and are now risen, and joined
to Another, the risen One.

It is as Romans 7:4 asserts: “Ye also were made dead
to the law, through the body of Christ; that ye should
be joined to another, even to Him who was raised
from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.”
Or the still stronger words of verse 6: Ye were “dis-
charged from the law, having died to that wherein we
were held; so that ye serve in newness of the spirit,
and not in the oldness of the letter.”

Christians may get “blessings” and temporary “de-
liverances,” in answer to prayer; for the Father is
merciful to His saints and His blessed Spirit refreshes
and blesses us even apart from the real walk of faith.
But it is a greater blessing finally to us, and much greater
glory to the Father, if we simply accept His Word, and
learn to walk in the power of it by a naked faith; which
asks no longer certain experiences, but being sure of
God’s truth because it is His truth, maintains the attitude
of faith therein—attitude, I say—a fixed attitude.

For faith, when once we see the truth, consists of a
believing attitude of the heart toward the Father.
Of course, this involves a negative attitude toward all
doubt of His promises and finished work, or anything
that would raise a doubt; and it also involves a continued
refusal to rest upon appearance or feelings, even though
these may come in great abundance. It is God’s written
Word that supplies strength to the heart of faith!

Boldly to reckon ourselves dead to the law and discharged
there from is the only possible means of entering into that
state of rest in the Father in which we bear fruit indeed to
Him. How can a slave rest in the presence of a master
whose unfulfilled commands lie yet before him? How
can even a child rest in the presence of his father, if he
has upon his mind some task assigned by his father—
some heavy task which he has not yet performed? How
indeed shall the child of God enter into rest, if he believes
in any way whatsoever, that God holds him still under the
law? He will be having his tasks and duties in mind, while
in the presence of God; rather than delighting in the Father
Himself and His Son Jesus Christ, and the glorious salvation
provided for him.

It is to be remembered that the law is by no means said to be
dead; but we died to it. The law cannot die, or be “abrogated,”
(done away with) as some falsely hold. The law not only remains,
but “has dominion” over everyone that is “alive” to it; that is, to
every one in the old creation, in the old Adam, in the flesh.
Only those in the Lord Jesus Christ have escaped the law. And
they only by having died to it. The law is holy, just, good, and
eternal, but we have passed into another sphere.”

THE BELIEVER’S UNFATHOMABLE RICHES IN CHRIST

Introduction
When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior they are instantaneously enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3) and declared to be complete in Christ (Col. 2:10). In fact, the Apostle Paul refers to these blessings as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” in Ephesians 3:8. “Unfathomable” is the Greek anexichniastos which means “past finding out, unsearchable, not to be tracked out.” The idea is that the believer’s blessings in Christ are “too deep to be measured.” Many of these blessings, however, are clearly defined for us in the Bible. When you receive Jesus Christ by faith, at least the following 34 things are unconditionally promised to you as a member of the body of Christ, the Church, as stated in God’s holy Word.
However, if you never receive Jesus Christ by faith as the only begotten Son of God who died on the cross in your place to pay the penalty for your sins, and rose again to ever reign with God the Father, then you will forfeit these awesome blessings.
The Position and Possessions of the Believer
1. In the Eternal Plan of God
a. Foreknown: Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 1:2
b. Elect of God: 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:2, Romans 8:33, Colossians 3:12,Titus 1:1
c. Predestined: Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:5
d. Chosen: Matthew 22:14; 1 Peter 2:4
e. Called: 1 Thessalonians 5:24
2. Reconciled
a. Reconciled by God: 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Colossians 1:20
b. Reconciled to God: Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:20
3. Redeemed: Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18, Romans 3:24
4. No Condemnation: Romans 8:1, John 5:24; 1 Corinthians 11:32, John 3:18
5. Related to God Through Propitiation (the satisfaction of God’s holiness):
Romans 3:24-26; 1 John 2:2
6. All Sins Removed by His Efficacious Blood: 1 Peter 2:24, Romans 4:25
7. Vitally Joined together with Christ for Judgment of the Old Self “Unto a New Walk”
a. Crucified with Christ: Romans 6:6
b. Dead with Christ: Romans 6:8; 1 Peter 2:24
c. Buried with Christ: Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12
d. Raised with Christ to Walk By a New Life Principle: Romans 6:4, Colossians 3:1
8. Free from the Law
a. Dead to the Law: Romans 7:4
b. Delivered from the Law: Romans 7:6, Galatians 3:25, Romans 6:14; 2 Corinthians 3:11
9. Children of God
a. Born Again: John 3:7, John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:23
b. Quickened: Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13,
c. Children of God: 1 John 3:2; 2 Corinthians 6:18, Galatians 3:26
d. A New Creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 2:10
e. Regeneration: Titus 3:5, John 13:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11
10. Adopted (placed as adult sons): Romans 8:15, 23; Galatians 4:5-7
11. Acceptable to God by Jesus Christ
a. Made the Righteousness of God in Christ: Romans 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9
b. Sanctified Positionally (Positionally set apart in Christ): 1 Corinthians 1:30, 6:11
(not experiential sanctification per John 17:17 or the final perfection of the believer per Ephesians 5:27 and 1 John 3:3.)
c. Perfected Forever: Hebrews 10:14
d. Made Accepted in the Beloved: Ephesians 1:6; 1 Peter 2:5
e. Made Qualified: Colossians 1:12
12. Justified: Romans 5:1. Romans 3:24, Romans 8:30; 1 Corinthians 6:11, Titus 3:7
13. Forgiven all Trespass: Colossians 1:14, Colossians 2:13, 3:13, Ephesians 1:7, 4:32 (A distinction is necessary here, between the complete and abiding judicial forgiveness and the oft-repeated forgiveness within the family of God. See 1 John 1:9)
14. Made Close: Ephesians 2:13 (There is a corresponding experience, see James 4:8 and Hebrews 10:22.)
15. Delivered From the Powers of Darkness: Colossians 1:13, 2:13-15
16. Translated into the Kingdom: Colossians 1:13
17. On the Rock, Christ Jesus: 1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 1:21
18. A Gift from God the Father to Christ: John 17:6, 11-12, 20; John 10:29
19. Circumcised in Christ: Colossians 2:11, Philippians 3:3, Romans 2:29
20. Partakers of the Holy and Royal Priesthood
a. Holy Priesthood: 1 Peter 2:5
b. Royal Priesthood: 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6
21. Chosen Generation, A Holy Nation, and a People of God’s Own Possession
1 Peter 2:9, Titus 2:14
22. Having Access to God: Ephesians 2:18, Romans 5:2, Hebrews 4:14-16, 10:19-20
23. Within the “Much More” Care of God: Romans 5:9-10
a. Objects of His Love: Ephesians 2:4, 5:2
b. Objects of His Grace: (1) For Salvation: Ephesians 2:8 (2) For security: Romans 5:2; 1 Peter 1:5 (3) For service: Ephesians 2:7 (4) For instruction: Titus 2:12-13
c. Objects of His Power: Ephesians 1:19, Philippians 2:13
d. Objects of His Faithfulness: Hebrews 13:5
e. Objects of His Peace: Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 3:15
f. Objects Of His Comfort: 2 Thessalonians 2:16
h. Objects of His Personal Care: 1 Peter 5:7
i. Objects of His Intercession: Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 9:24
24. His Inheritance: Ephesians 1:18
25. Our Inheritance: 1 Peter 1:4, Ephesians 1:14, Colossians 3:24, Hebrews 9:15
26. A Heavenly Association: Ephesians 2:6
a. Partners with Christ in Life: Colossians 3:4; 1 John 5:11-12
b. Partners with Christ in Position: Ephesians 2:6
c. Partners with Christ in Service: 1 Corinthians 1:9, 3:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6, 5:20, 6:4
d. Partners with Christ in Suffering: 2 Timothy 2:12, Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 2:20, 4:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 3:3, Romans 8:18, Colossians 1:24
27. Heavenly Citizens: Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:19, Hebrews 12:22, Luke 10:20
28. Of the Family and Household of God: Ephesians 2:19, 3:6, Galatians 6:10
29. Light in the Lord: Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
30. Vitally United to the Father, Son and Spirit
a. In God: 1 Thessalonians 1:1, Ephesians 4:6
b. In Christ: John 14:20, Colossians 1:27 (1) A member in His Body: 1 Corinthians 12:13, (2) A branch in the Vine: John 15:5, (3) A stone in the Building: Ephesians 2:19-22, (4) A sheep in the Flock: John 10:27-29, (5) A part of His Bride: Ephesians 5:25-27, (6) A priest of the kingdom of priests: 1 Peter 1:5-9, (7) A saint of the “new generation”: 1 Peter 2:9
c. In the Spirit: Romans 8:9; Compare “the Spirit in you”: 1 Corinthians 2:12
31. Blessed with the “First-Fruits” and the “Earnest” of the Spirit
a. Born of the Spirit: John 3:6
b. Baptized by Means of the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 12:13
c. Indwelt by the Spirit: 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2:12, John 7:39, Romans 5:5, 8:9; 2 Corinthians 1:21, Galatians 4:6; 1 John 3:24
d. Sealed with the Spirit: Ephesians 1:13, 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:22
e. Anointed with the Spirit: 2 Corinthians 1:21; 1 John 2:20
32. Glorified: Romans 8:30
33. Complete in Him: Colossians 2:10
34. Possessing Every Spiritual Blessing: Ephesians 1:3

THE GOSPEL EXPLAINED……Miles J. Stanford

The term “new birth” has become quite common in recent years. What does it mean?

The new birth is a Biblical imperative found in the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [new birth]” (John 3:7) Why is this so?

Our primary purpose is to explain this all-important spiritual birth according to the Scriptures. The Bible is God’s Word, an actual love letter He has written to tell you how you may become a Christian.

However, if you have already received the Lord Jesus as your Savior, we trust this booklet will give you a fuller understanding concerning your spiritual birth and subsequent spiritual growth.

Miles J. Stanford
Colorado Springs, Colorado
1977

THE NEW BIRTH EXPLAINED……MILES J. STANFORD (THE GOSPEL MADE CLEAR)

INSTANT SPIRITUALITY……Miles J. Stanford

“Views which hold that we can be “filled” one moment
simply by praying and yielding, then “unfilled” the next,
have reduced the spiritual life dangerously close to a
mechanical formula. Spiritual growth is the product of
a relationship, not the application of a formula. If the
“fullness of the Spirit” means anything, it means
Christlikeness (cf. Gal. 5:22,23), and this only comes
by walking with Him through a lifetime of intimate
association!”