Text: “For unto US was the Gospel preached, as well as unto THEM; but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (faith) not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man/woman should boast.”
Good morning, Christian theologian! You were enlightened by God’s grace; you were quickened from Spiritual death to Spiritual life, by God’s grace; you were born again, Spiritually regenerated, by God’s grace; and by God’s Sovereign grace you were redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God. Hallelujah!
Means of Grace: The means of God’s great and freely given grace to you and I - the method He used to enable us to partake of His Sovereign grace - was His gift of believing FAITH, as our secondary Bible text for this study proclaims: ‘…faith…the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.’ Praise God for such a gift!
Without God’s gift of saving faith, you and I could never have believed and continued to believe; trusted and continue to trust, Christ Jesus and His once-for-all-time Sacrifice for our sins at the Cross of Calvary. No God-given faith? No Salvation. Fact.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (faith) not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man/woman should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Definition of Theology: Many Christians, even Christian Pastors, seem to be very frightened of the concept of ’theology’ - some have even spoken of ’theology’ in a most disparaging manner; almost publicly despising the need to engage in it! How sad.
“Theology - Greek theos ’God’, and logos, Word; the systematic study of the Being, attributes, purposes, and works of God, and of the world, man, and history in relation to Him. It is usually referred to as a science, because it should be conducted by the investigation of the objective data of Divine revelation, which has its full expression in the written and incarnate Word - I.e. in the Bible and its Christ-centred message. Indeed, theology used to be called the queen of the sciences…” (Dictionary of Theological Terms, by Alan Cairns, page 405)
A simple, working definition of Theology which I use is this: Theology - Theos = God, and ology = knowledge. Therefore, theology is basically ‘Divinely revealed knowledge of God’. Without a Divinely revealed knowledge of God, that is, Spiritual knowledge revealed to sinful man by our Holy Lord God, we can never ever be saved; we will in fact never ever even know that we are sinners in need of Salvation! Theology, therefore, is totally essential, for who shall ever seek to be saved, without first being enlightened that they are lost? The Bible (KJV) is God’s written revelation of His Eternal Salvation to man; found only in His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. With all this clearly in mind, therefore, let us look again at our two-verse Bible reading from Psalm 28:5-6; in these two verses we see clearly that there is a ’THEM’ and an ’US’ theology being taught.
“Because THEY regard not the works of the Lord (they take no interest in God’s Word), nor the operation of His hands (they even detest Creationism!), He shall utterly destroy THEM, and not build THEM up.” Those designated ’THEM’ are Eternally lost. They have not been given God’s free gift of saving faith, and cannot be saved.
“For unto US was the Gospel preached, as well as unto THEM; but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2)
Both groups, the ‘Them’ and the ‘Us’ heard the Gospel preached, but only those with God-given faith profited Eternally from the hearing - ‘Salvation is of the Lord’! He chooses whom He will grant His gift of faith, and those of us who are given faith, repent from our sins, receive Christ as our Saviour and our Lord, and are Eternally secure in Him. Wow! How humbling to think our Holy Lord God did all this for Hell-deserving sinners such as we! Lord God, we praise and thank you! Hallelujah!
Verse 6. “Blessed be the lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. Our Psalm was prayer up to this point, and now it turns to praise. They who pray well will soon praise well; prayer and praise are the two lips of the soul; two altars; two of Solomon’s lilies.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 140)
Verse 6. “Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of MY supplications. This is a cry to God that only the ‘US’ section, the elect of God, spoken of here in my lesson can make - the Lord will not hear the cry that is not offered in sincere, God-given, faith; and it must be faith placed in God the Son, Christ Jesus.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)
Are YOU praying to the Lord and being heard at His throne constantly? Then, praise God, for you are included in His election as a ‘sheep’ and not a ‘goat‘; one of the saved ’us’ and not the lost ’them’. This is an example of ’them and us theology’ as taught by Christ Himself in Matthew 25:31-46 - please take time to check this out! Bless you.
Thought: Without ‘theology’ - knowledge of God - no man/woman can be saved!