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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...

Depravity and Regeneration (8): "Created in Christ Jesus Unto Good Works"

Sanctified sinner: are you able to do works that are good, works with which God is pleased? Mind you, I am not asking whether these works justify you. I am not asking whether these works merit anything in God’s sight. I am simply asking you if you are able to do works that are good? The answer to this question is, according to Scripture: yes! Ephesians 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Or again, Titus 2:14: “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” These good works the sanctified believer performs. God does not perform them for us. The Spirit of Christ that works in the hearts of his people does not perform them for us. That Spirit who has cleansed us in the blood of Christ and who restores to us the image of God has renewed our minds and wills in order that we are able to perform good works.

Herman Hoeksema on 2 Peter 1:10

Oh, certainly, blessed it is to know that once we were called from darkness into light, that the Lord did break our hard heart, that he did bend our stiff knees, that he downed the pride of our natural existence and taught us to bow in contrition and humiliation of heart and mind before him, until we were assured that our sins were washed away in the blood of the Lamb and that we might be called the children of the Most High. But that calling in the past, if it were genuine indeed, could be only the beginning of a constant struggle to walk as children of light.

Only by bearing constantly the fruit of our calling can we make our calling and election sure.

For, brethren, he who called us is holy; and unto holiness we are called!

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