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God calls the people to return (Mal. 3:7). See Jeremiah 31:18 for the relationship between God’s grace and our turning from sin. One of the evidences of true spiritual repentance is seen in bringing in the tithes and offerings. Where grace has touched the heart, the hand is opened as well. (Luke 19:8; 2 Cor. 8:8).

The promise of God is twofold. First, “I will return unto you” (Mal. 3:7). That is, in the way of sincere stewardship we are given to enjoy the lovingkindness of God. Second, God will richly supply our earthly needs, often beyond our imaginations (v. 10).

Depravity and Regeneration (9): The Nature of Good Works

The nature of a good work is rooted in a believer’s desire to please God. Yes, a believer does good works to please God! Do not twist this to say that this means a believer does good works in order to merit God’s love and favor. The regenerated child of God is already the object of God’s love and favor for Christ’s sake alone. But, being redeemed, the child of God seeks to please his heavenly Father, as a child (who already is loved and adored by father) seeks to please his earthly father. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” 1 John 3:22. Or perhaps even more clearly in Colossians 1:10: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Communion With God, by H. Hoeksema, SALE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!

This is an extract from chapter 42 of Communion With God titled Put on Love, by Herman Hoeksema, pages 327-329, published by the RFPA. Hoeksema discusses Colossians 3:14: “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” _______________ Put on, therefore... Holy and beloved, elect of God, above all put on love. How strange an exhortation. How apparently paradoxical...

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