Nolen Elam… that’s my name! Thanks for visiting!
I updated this page Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
This website is just a place for me to share a little of who I am and who and what are most important to me.
I was once told that relationship begins with a name and so I begin my story with Nolen, my dad (photo link 1), who gave me his name. I’m also called “Ned,” which is a childhood nickname still used by some of my family, friends and coworkers. Adele, my mom (photo link), gave me my nickname as a way to distinguish me from my dad. Although I prefer “Nolen,” I understand change is difficult for everyone, including myself, so I accept that some still call me “Ned.”
Other than my dad, I only know of one other Nolen Elam—Nolen, my son. We’re both named for my dad (photo link 2). Here’s one of my favorite photos of me and Nolen ‣
For those of you who may not already know me, I’m from Houston, Texas and now reside in Costa Mesa, California with Karen, my wife. Nolen, my son from a previous marriage, lives in Arizona, where he’s attending college and studying to become a nurse. Maddy, Karen’s daughter and my stepdaughter, is living in Northern California, where she’s also attending college and studying business communications. I’m very happy and blessed to have Karen and Nolen and Maddy in my life! Here’s one of my favorite photos of me with Karen and Maddy ‣
I grew up in the City of Spring Valley, Texas (a suburb of Houston) with Adele (my mom), Carl (my step-dad), Bob (my brother) and Susan and Debbie (my two sisters). Don (my other brother) and Susan are still in Texas, Debbie’s in Colorado and Bob’s here in California. Adele, our precious mother, passed on a few years ago.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve enjoyed drawing. As a boy, my subjects were usually mechanical objects, like tanks, airplanes and motorcycles. Sometimes I drew living creatures or scenes from nature. We lived in an area with plenty of tall oak trees and pine trees, so trees were often a favorite drawing subject.
Today, with over 37 years of professional experience, I design packaging and labeling for medical devices. My current employer hired me in 1990 after I had worked five years as an independent contractor for the startup company they purchased a couple years earlier. Today, 31 years later, we still manufacture the same products, which are globally-marketed portable, disposable, elastomeric, intravenous infusion devices. My work is personally satisfying, knowing that I directly contribute to products that improve the quality of life for people all over the world.
As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be a dad someday. My dad passed on when I was young, so naturally being a dad was what I wanted most in life. I remember wondering, “What will my wife be like?” and “What’s it like being a dad?” Thankfully, my dream of becoming a father came true when Nolen was born. Although his mother chose to end our marriage when Nolen was young, he and I only missed one regular visitation during the 12 years after the divorce (and that single instance was his mother’s decision). Nolen eventually lived with me for a short time before finishing high school and he has since grown to become a fine young man. I’m very proud of all that Nolen has accomplished and who he is today and what he’s doing with the life he now lives. Blessings to you, Nolen! You’re a good son!
And another vision for my life also developed when I was a young boy: the first time I saw someone standing on a surfboard riding a wave in the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston, Texas, I knew I wanted to ride waves! Ever since that first vision captured my heart, surfing continues to be one of my great passions. Although I don’t surf as often as I did when I was younger, I still enjoy catching a few waves down at “The Point” at San Onofre State Beach, my favorite place to surf locally. Here are a few photos of me at San O’ ‣
In this first photo, I’m luggin’ my 10'6" x 25" Mike Minchonton Custom Surfboard out for a surf at The Point (it weighs 35 pounds!) ‣
In this next photo, I’m riding the Minchonton on a very typical wave at The Point ‣
And here I am crankin’ a big ol’ bottom turn (yes, everything about the Minchonton is big!) ‣
And last, the end of the day ‣
I first learned to surf in the murky, brown waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the beaches of Galveston and Surfside, Texas back in 1969. Years later, after graduating from high school, my love for surfing drew me away from Texas and I moved to California. My mom and I loaded up my powder blue ‘73 Chevy Vega hatchback with all my surfboards, a skateboard, a bicycle and a big box of vinyl records and together we drove to California! My plan was to move in with my brother Bob (who had moved to California a year earlier), attend Orange Coast College, surf as often as I could and find the woman of my dreams! After all these years, I’m still here in California, still surfing (albeit only occasionally) and very happily married to Karen, my beautiful, sweet, precious wife… cheers to you, Karen!
The following image is my favorite photograph of me riding a wave ‣
The photo shown above was taken by professional surf photographer Matt Thomas in November 1992 at a break called “Killers”—a big wave break on one of the tiny “Islas de Todos Santos” (a group of small islands eight miles offshore from Ensenada, Mexico). In this photo, I’m riding a wave that is actually small by Todos standards; it was one of the few waves I rode that day—an easy, makable wave I could see coming early enough to set up and paddle into without having to make a late take-off (successfully riding big waves requires experience that I never attained). The bigger set waves that day were some of the largest I’d ever paddled through—16-18-foot faces with solid 8-to-10-foot backs. While the wave in this photo is small for Killers (maybe 6-8 feet), photographs of Killers breaking 60-70+ feet have been featured in the surfing media. Only a few other rideable surfbreaks on the North American West Coast rival the size of Killers’ waves: Cortes Bank (waves up to 100 feet break over a seamount 100 miles offshore from San Diego), Ghost Tree (a little-known, mysterious break near Monterey that also boasts wave heights of 100 feet) and Mavericks (a hugely popular break near San Francisco that can also break up to 100 feet). Oregon also has a few lesser-known rideable big-wave, offshore reefbreaks that rival its neighbors to the south.
This next photo was also taken the same day as the previous image shown above. The photographer used a telephoto lens to get both shots from about 200 yards away on the island bluffs overlooking the break at Killers ‣
And now, for something completely different, above all I’ve shared so far, I saved the best and the most important for last…
Yes, I am a new creature in Jesus Christ. I was spiritually born-again by God’s Holy Spirit and I now possess eternal, everlasting life because I believe the God of The Holy Bible is true and I believe what He said in His written Word, The Holy Bible, is true. By believing Him, God the Father, who sent Jesus Christ, I was saved by His grace through my faith in the finished work on the Cross at Calvary by His only-begotten Son, Yeshua HaMassiach, Jesus the Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the Lord Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Son of God, the Son of man, the Lord of all and the great God and Savior. Christ is the One Representative for all who believe Him. My personal identification is in Christ and my personal position is now with Him forevermore. I was crucified with Him. I died with Him. I was buried with Him. I was raised from death with Him. I ascended with Him. And I am now seated together with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenly places! Because Jesus Christ accomplished all this for me (and for all who believe), I am now entitled to say (by faith) with all who are His, I am in Christ and there is, therefore, no condemnation to me. And not only am I in Christ, but Christ is in me. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in me, just as He once died for me (and for all who believe) on the Cross at Calvary. I am now an heir of God in Christ, among my fellow heirs with Christ, who is the Heir of all things!
“God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come, He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
(Romans 8:1, 2)
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law, but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.”
“For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God.”
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life, which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith, in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
“For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse…
“Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, ‘the righteous man shall live by faith.’
“However, the Law is not of faith…
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us…
“…so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
“Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
(2 Corinthians 5:14, 15)
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
My theological views are centered in the identification and position truths (the “no longer I, but Christ” life) taught by Paul, the Apostle, in his church epistles and expounded much later by John Nelson Darby, James Butler Stoney, William Kelly, Lewis Sperry Chafer, William R. Newell and, more recently, by Miles J. Stanford.
Soteriologically, I agree with free grace theology, but only within the broader framework of classic Pauline dispensationalism, as taught by Lewis Sperry Chafer, William R. Newell and Miles J. Stanford.
Here are a few of my favorite websites ‣
- withCHRIST.org is the most important website I’ve ever encountered. This is where I met Miles J. Stanford, the preeminent Bible teacher of our time. No other modern-day teacher expounded so completely the all-important Pauline truths of the believer’s identification with and position in the Lord Jesus Christ—in His crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God the Father. Without Stanford’s heaven-bound, life-in-Christ spiritual-growth teaching, I’d still be stuck in the earth-bound, works-based and Law-based doctrines so prevalent in the majority of today’s man-centered theologies (i.e., covenant and lordship salvation theologies).
And what about you? Do you believe in the Christ of God? Who do you say Jesus is? The Christ? The Son of the living God? Do you believe and confess the divine glory of the Lord Jesus Christ? Your own eternity hinges on how you answer and it is to Him you will most certainly answer. There is no prayer to pray, no aisle to walk, no public confession to be made―all that remains is your own personal belief and confession to Him, that you believe He is who He says He is and that He did what the Bible says He did! He paid the penalty for your sin on the Cross at Calvary and now He offers you eternal life in Him, if you will only believe Him and trust Him to do in you what He has already accomplished on your behalf. Or you can choose to reject Him and pay the penalty for your own sin yourself. Those are your two choices…eternal life in Christ or eternal separation from Him.
For a complete explanation of the new birth in Christ, written by Miles J. Stanford, visit Archive.org - The New Birth Explained
- STEMpublishing.com (STEM = Sound Teaching on Electronic Media) provides free, online access to the Complete Works of John Nelson Darby and William Kelly. In addition to publishing the many volumes of writings these two great men of God produced throughout their lifetimes of devoted service, you’ll also find the works of many other great Christian authors, as well. Many volumes of these works are also available as free, downloadable ebooks, which can be downloaded and read in your ereader app of choice (i.e., iBooks, Kindle, Google Play Books, etc.), as are also the King James and Darby versions of the Holy Bible.
Since last summer, I’ve been studying through the New Testament works by William Kelly, which are currently available on the STEMpublishing.com website.
In February, I finished Kelly’s Notes on the SECOND Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the CORINTHIANS, with a New Translation.
Each of these works have profoundly strengthened my faith in and personal knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ.
- Notes on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the ROMANS (parts 1 and 2).
- Notes on the FIRST Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the CORINTHIANS, with a New Translation.
- Notes on the SECOND Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the CORINTHIANS, with a New Translation.
- Lectures on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the GALATIANS
- Lectures on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the EPHESIANS (parts 1 and 2)
- Lectures on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the PHILIPPIANS
- Lectures on the Epistle of Paul, the Apostle, to the COLOSSIANS
- Exposition of the Epistle to the HEBREWS (parts 1 and 2)
More recently, I’ve taken a break from William Kelly’s works to study William R. Newell’s seminal work, Romans Verse-by-Verse, which is available for free in several different formats (HTML, PDF and TXT) on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library website using the link just given. (As a side note, William R. Newell was a student of William Kelly’s works.)
- BibleHub.com is a wonderful online tool for searching and studying The Holy Bible. Type a word or a phrase of words and the site quickly provides free, online access to every instance of those words in more than 160 language translations of The Holy Bible, including English, Greek, interlinear English and Greek, transliterated Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, etc., as well as many major commentaries, lexicons, plus much more, all in an easy-to-use web-browser interface! Simply amazing!!!
- e-Sword.net is an excellent, easy-to-use downloadable Bible application that can be used without online access after installation. The Windows version is free and the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad) apps are very inexpensive. After installing the app, you can download and install the following from within the app:
- 90+ free versions and translations of The Holy Bible plus another 18+ are available for purchase
- 18+ free commentaries plus another 15+ are available for purchase
- 13+ free Bible dictionaries plus many more available for purchase
- 5+ free devotions plus many more available for purchase
- 25+ free reference books plus more available for purchase
- Additional resources are added regularly and are available for download from within the app
- Many more free e-Sword resources are also available at BibleSupport.com
The following collection of quotes open up and speak to the all-important Pauline truths of the believer’s identification with and position in the Lord Jesus Christ:
“When the Lord Jesus has once died and risen, He is through with sin forever. He is now living in the eternal light of His Father’s face. He is now our new Adam, our new life. We died in Him. We were raised in Him. Through our death with Him at Calvary, we have escaped forever from our old life in Adam. Our own thoughts and feelings have nothing to do with it. It was all accomplished at the Cross.
“We dare not deny God’s Word. He says we died with Christ. When we know this, we can cry triumphantly: ‘I died to sin with the Lord Jesus on the Cross two thousand years ago! I now consider myself to be what the Father says I am in His Son―dead to sin and alive to God. Sin has no claim on me in the Lord Jesus and it cannot have dominion over me, as I yield myself to my Father in this wonderful new revelation of yielding myself to God, as one who is alive from the dead’ (Romans 6:13). Thus will we begin to find how true and how tremendous is the deliverance that is in the Lord Jesus for us. And thus alone will we really honor the grace of God.”―W.R.N.
“It is futile for us to attempt to curb our sins while we ignore their source, the indwelling principle of sin. In trimming the branches (sins), we strengthen the root (self). Rather, as we count on (‘reckon’) the finished work of Calvary, the Holy Spirit will apply the Cross to the old life and as that death cuts deeper and deeper into the root, the branches will wither and fall away.”―M.J.S.
“The believer who sees that self is incurably evil (know) and that it has been taken into death (reckon); who gives self utterly to that death, as he sinks before God in dependence and surrender to His working (yield); who consents to death with Christ on the Cross as his position and in faith accepts it as his only deliverance; he alone is prepared to be led by the Holy Spirit into the full enjoyment of the Christ-life. He will learn to understand how completely death makes an end of all self-effort and now, as he lives in Christ to God, everything henceforth is to be the work of God Himself.”―A.M.
“The Old Testament believer had joy for God’s gifts to him. God’s power made things here contribute to him. But the Christian’s joy is in heaven and springs from what the Father is to him there. He demands nothing from this world, but in the life of the Lord Jesus he contributes to it, of the grace that nourishes and comforts him outside it.”―J.B.S.
“Just as a sinner is taught to rest in the Lord Jesus’ shed Blood for his forgiveness, so must the saint rest in the Lord Jesus for his deliverance from the power of sin and the grip of the Law―yes and from his old self, also. Therefore, we should not be in bondage to sin,
“For he who has died [and that is everyone who is in the Lord Jesus] is freed [released] from [the power of] sin’ (Romans 6:7).
“And we are now under grace, which does not demand from us our own righteousness, for…
“You are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30).
“The believer, who is truly walking in the liberty wherewith Christ has set him free (Galatians 5:1), has Him ever before his eye of faith; delighting that, because of Him, he is in the Father’s favor. He evermore learns to abhor his old self as he sees the sinfulness of the old self, which remains within him, only to delight himself all the more in the Lord Jesus, who is his new life.”―W.R.N.
“All true believers in Christ are gratefully aware that they are not going to hell, but few realize that they are already in heaven.”―M.J.S.
“There is no question about there being a beautiful new position for the believer, but too many limit that new position to only being theirs when they die. Scripture shows that it is ours now! People say, ‘You get to heaven when you die.’ No such thing! You have it now. It is not your death that entitles you to it, but the Lord Jesus’ death. There is not a single shade that was between us and the Father, but that the Lord Jesus has removed in His death.”―J.B.S.
“The Lord Jesus stood where I was and now I stand where He is and that is the only place I have before my Father. We may fail and grieve the Holy Spirit, but that is where we are set.”―J.N.D.
“The great failure of the Church was in giving up Paul. ‘All who are in Asia’ (2 Timothy 1:5) did not give up evangelical truth, but they gave up Paul. Anything popular, you may have, but not Paul. Why? Because Paul is heavenly.”―J.B.S.
“It is absolutely essential that the believer has a clear understanding of his position before the Father―his place in the risen Lord Jesus Christ. This alone will give true peace of mind, joy and comfort of heart, strength for conflict and power for service. We will never be able to properly understand or fill our place for God on earth, if we do not realize our God-given standing before Him now in heaven.”
“And never forget that our place before the Father is His gift and a gift worthy of the Giver; not a gift according to the measure of our worth, but a gift intended to display the exceeding riches of the grace of the Giver. The greatness of the Giver then is the measure of the blessings that are mine in the Lord Jesus Christ, not what I am or what I deserve.”
“When you see and stand on your heavenly ground, you come to rest, just as the Father rests. You need not worry―only keep on that ground by your attitude of heart. If you are going to worry―if you must worry―worry lest you get down on earthly ground, for that is the ground of worry. Abide above! Heavenly things are in safe keeping―in the keeping of the One, who is ‘far above all’ (Ephesians 1:21)”―T.A-S.
“Most growing believers rightly maintain that all must come from the Lord Jesus; but instead of taking their actual position of being dwellers in heaven and coming from there to earth, they only look up to heaven for help, as to their walk on earth; and their thoughts and labors are always influenced and dictated by the state and order of things on earth and instead of seeking the mind of the Lord Jesus, as learned in heaven, they are occupied with the blessings of man on earth.”―J.B.S.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2, 3).
“After the early joys of the new birth, the spiritual recession that occurs is not necessarily backsliding at all. The discovery of our sinful ‘old man’ (Colossians 3:9) is the first and foremost step in the discovery of the righteous Christ-life.”―M.J.S.
“The Lord Jesus ‘has passed through the heavens’ (Hebrews 4:14) to appear for us, ‘in the presence of our God and Father’ (1 Thessalonians 1:3). It is the Lord Jesus who gives abiding rest to our souls and not what our thoughts or feelings about ourselves may be. Faith never thinks about that, which is in ourselves, as its ground of rest; it receives, loves and apprehends what the Father has revealed and what are His thoughts about the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is His rest.”―J.N.D.
“Since I am risen with the Lord Jesus, I must occupy myself with Him where He is or I shall fall back to the things, out of which, He has risen; and the very fact that I am in the scene where He is not, makes it all the more necessary that I should be in fellowship with Him where He is.”
“We are conversant with man in death and sin and distance from the Father, for that is our state, by nature; but to know the Man in glory, One in acceptance with the Father according to all His moral greatness, is new to us and magnificent. And according as we know Him there, we become not only superior to, but distanced from, our own state here, with which, we are associated.”―J.B.S.
“You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
“There is an entirely baseless sentiment abroad, which assumes that every teaching of the Lord Jesus must be binding upon the believer during this age, simply because He said it. The fact is forgotten that He,  while living under, keeping and applying the Law of Moses, also taught  the principles of His future earthly kingdom and,  at the end of His ministry and in relation to His Cross, He also anticipated the teachings of grace. If this threefold division of His teachings is not recognized and maintained, there can be nothing but confusion of mind and consequent contradiction of truth.”―L.S.C.
“Because the thing is in the Bible does not warrant the conclusion that it is God’s will for the Christian. We must seek to rightly divide the Word of truth. What was formerly right for the Jews is now for us nothing, but the elements of the world. These forms pointed to a reality that is now come―the Body is of Christ. The blessed position of a Christian is, that he has died even to the best things of the world, religious and otherwise and he is alive to the highest things in the presence of the Father, for the Lord Jesus Christ is his life, in whom he is now hidden (Colossians 3:3).”―W.K.
“The Gospels are complex almost beyond any other portion of Scripture, since they are a composite of the teachings of the Law, of grace and of the coming kingdom.”―L.S.C.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
“Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
“We receive life by our reliance upon the Savior―we grow in that life by our reliance upon the Spirit.”―M.J.S.
“Many think that, because of faith, they are cleared of everything before God through the Cross and, therefore, by faith, they are clear of everything in themselves. But that is the error of ‘holiness by faith.’ The objective (position) is that we are clear before the Father; the subjective (condition) is that we are cleared from ourselves by the growth ministry of the Holy Spirit.”
“As you, by faith in the positional facts, realize that you are in the Father’s presence, you will not try to depend on any sense or feeling of His presence. You know His presence because you know that your position in the Christian life is a life of faith in the facts―nothing else. The Father forces you to live by faith, so as to draw you into His presence―not you, by sense, trying to draw Him into yours.”―M.J.S.
“We are naturally suspicious of any offer to make us happy in God. Because our moral sense, our natural conscience, tells us of our having lost all right, even to His ordinary blessings. But in the Word of our Father, faith reads our abundant title to be near to Him and happy with Him, though natural conscience and our sense of the fitness of things would have it otherwise. Faith feeds where the moral sensibilities of the natural mind would count it presuming even to tread.”―J.G.B.
“The moment we walk by sight we are outside of faith. The Father would never have us outside of faith; for this reason, even in answering our faith, He answers it so that we need faith again, in the very next moment, even while we are presently enjoying the results of His answer.”―J.B.S.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
“If God has declared that we “died” (Colossians 3:3), then we did die. If God has declared us “released from the Law” (Romans 7:6), then we have been freed from the Law and we are, hereby, God’s free children, for we are now ‘a new creature’ (2 Corinthians 5:17), ‘which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth’ (Ephesians 4:24).
“Our longing for conformity to the image of God’s Son shall be confirmed and fulfilled by the Holy Spirit, who has been given unto us. No man can believe he has a right to walk freely and fully in the Spirit, until he believes himself to be free from the Law.”―W.R.N.
“Law cannot give eternal life, nor can it, therefore, have any control over it.”―L.S.C.
“We have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6).
“The Ten Commandments require no life of prayer, no Christian service, no evangelism, no missionary outreach, no Gospel preaching, no life and walk in the Spirit, no union with the Lord Jesus, no fellowship of saints, no hope of salvation and no hope of heaven.”―L.S.C.
“There would be little harm in trying to imitate Christ, if such an endeavor did not hide from us what our Lord really desires and, therefore, keep us back from ‘life more abundant.’ Christ has Himself come into our hearts to dwell there and what He wants is to live His life in us, as the Apostle Paul says, ‘For to me, to live is Christ’ (Philippians 1:21). Christ was the very source and mainspring of all that Paul was and did. What a wonderful thing this is!
“We would be driven to despair, if Christ had simply left us an example to follow or imitate, for we have no power within ourselves to do it. We must have a new source, a new spring of action and Christ Himself wants to be just that for us.”―E.C.H.
“The secret of being like the Lord Jesus is that we are to count ourselves dead to the old and alive in the new. We are to give up our self-efforts, after likeness to Him; we are to distrust our own strength, as much as we distrust our own weakness and our own sin; and instead of striving to live like the Lord Jesus, let Him live through us, as He greatly desires to do.”
“When I look at this place, He is not here; and when I look at myself naturally, I am not fit for Him. How happy I am then to know that I belong to the place where He is; and that, through His grace, I am made suited to Him, by Him, in that new place; so that I may set my mind and affections there, as the place where my deepest joys are to be realized.”―J.B.S.
“My taste is formed in glory and there it is nurtured and strengthened and as it is, so do I find nothing here in keeping with my taste. Association with the Son of Man, the One who is most perfect and in every way the most beautiful, develops my new nature, which is the same as His. Where He is, is my home―there I feed and rest; but here, on earth, I am learning to set aside, in death, everything in me, which hinders the manifestation of the life of the Lord Jesus.”―J.B.S.
“The reason there is so little growth is that there is so little occupation and fellowship with the Lord Jesus where He is. The glory invites us now, instead of the Law repelling and the practical effect is we are ‘transformed into the same image’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).”
“You have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
“No one can be born again by the Law and no one can live ‘in newness of life’ (Romans 6:4) under the Law―neither its precepts, nor its principle.”―M.J.S.
“The Gentile never was under the Law and now, being set in the Lord Jesus Christ, now that he believes, he stands on other ground, to which the Law does not apply. Every believer is regarded by God as ‘alive from the dead’ (Romans 6:13), to bring forth fruit―not works―unto God. The law only deals with a man as long as he lives, never after he is dead.
“You also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ” (Romans 7:4).
“And that is not at all what is said of us, after a so-called ’second blessing’ or any other step of imaginary perfection. We begin with ‘alive together with Christ’ (Ephesians 2:5). I am identified with the Lord Jesus dead and risen. It is no longer the Law dealing with me, to try if it can, to get any good out of me. I have relinquished all by receiving Christ and I take my stand in Him, dead and risen again, as one who is ‘alive from the dead’ (Romans 6:13), to yield myself to God, as a ‘new creature’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and to ‘walk in newness of life’ (Romans 6:4)”―W.K.
“The teachings of grace are perfect and sufficient in themselves. They provide for the instruction of the believer in every situation, which may arise. There is no need that they be supplemented or augmented by the addition of precepts from either the Law of Moses or the teachings of the kingdom.”―L.S.C.
“What an indignity religion puts on every Person of the Godhead alike, on the grace and truth, which came by Jesus Christ, when it drags souls back to the dread distance of Judaism.”―W.K.
“Can anything affect your heart so much, as the way the man in Christ is received in the new position? What I press now is the right that we have to be in the place and that it is not only that I delight to be there, but the ineffable thought is that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ delights to have me in His place, sharing His joys.”―J.B.S.
“We are not according to our Father’s pleasure, nor are we in simple restfulness as to our acceptance, if we do not enter by faith into the new position, to which, He, in His grace, has placed us. A further fact is that we have no other place, only that; and when we get even a glimpse of it, it alters immensely this place; this world, through which, we are passing and all things in it appear in another color altogether.”―J.B.S.
“All blessings of this dispensation of grace are wrapped up in a Person and, by means of the Word of God, we make spiritual progress only as our hearts learn to find everything in Him―the Son of God, who ‘loved you and gave Himself up for us’ (Ephesians 5:2).”―C.A.C.
“Nothing can be more sure than the steps of one who is guided by the Spirit of God and the Word of God and yet nothing is more complicated than to have to walk in ’separation’ from all that exists around us. It is indeed difficult to have to wind our way through things so perplexing and so complex, as the religious systems of our own day. We have to avoid, on the one hand, organizations formed in imitation of things past (Israel-law) and, on the other hand, systems more characterized by anticipation of things yet future (Kingdom-law). We have to allow that such things were once given by God and that they will yet again be introduced by Him; while invariably contending that they are positively opposed to His present working by the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven.”―J.L.H.
“With many Christians, it may be almost thought that the Lord Jesus was only the introduction to Moses, that His death procured the payment of sin’s debt, so that the debt being paid, the believer might be in a position to keep the Law and that, accordingly, the Law and not ‘the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:2), might be the believer’s ‘rule of life.’”―H.F.W.
“The walk of the believer should ever be the natural result of realized privilege and not the constrained result of legal vows and resolutions―the proper fruit of a position known and enjoyed by faith and not the result of one’s own efforts to reach a position ‘by the works of the Law’ (Galatians 2:16). All true believers are a part of the Bride of Christ; for this reason, they owe Him those affections, which become that relation. The relationship is not obtained because of the affections, but the affections flow out of the relationship.”―C.H.M.
“We have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound…” (Romans 7:6).
“The Christian life is not regulated by Moses and the Law; it is lived by ‘the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:2)―not rules, but nature.”―M.J.S.
“God gave His people Israel, a nation living in the world, the Law; one of its purposes being to act as a curb or restraint, a kind of bit and bridle on their rebellious flesh. It had to be checked on the one hand; it had to be pushed on the other, so to speak. Thus, it was, then, that the Law dealt with man’s flesh, but to go back to the Law now, is to deny Christ.
“Some good men, who in grievous error would impose the Law as ‘a rule of life’ for the believer, may mean very well by it (for they strive to be pious); but the whole principle is false. The Law, instead of being ‘a rule of life,’ is necessarily a rule of death to one who has a sin nature. Far from being a delivering power, it can only condemn such; far from being a means of holiness, it is, in fact and according to Paul, the ‘strength of sin’ (1 Corinthians 15:56).”―W.K.
“In man, the Law and the flesh always go together. The Cross was the end of both, in the sight of God. The flesh was judged and condemned there on the Cross; it was treated as a dead thing before God―dead and buried. And the Law, which deals with the flesh, is that, to which, we are now dead.
“We have passed out of both: we are not in the flesh and we are not under the Law. The flesh being that, which is in us, with which the Law grapples and the flesh being that, which is now, by faith, reckoned a dead thing, is no more, that the Law may lay hold of it. We have passed out of its province and into another country and atmosphere―‘hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3).”
“…so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:6).
“It is God, who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
“One of the most subtle, tenacious and all-pervading errors amongst Christians is slavery to the legal principle (the Galatian error). And, as in deliverance from the power of sin, there is no freedom from law apart from the death we shared in Christ on the Cross.”―M.J.S.
“You also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4).
“It is a harmful perversion of the truth of God to teach, as did the Puritans, that while we are not to keep the Law as a means of salvation, we are under it as ‘a rule of life.’ Let a Christian only confess, ‘I am under the Law’ and straightaway Moses fastens his yoke upon him, despite all his protests that the Law has lost its power.
“Men have to be delivered from the whole legal principle, from the entire sphere where law reigns, before true liberty can be found. This was accomplished on the Cross. There we ‘died to the Law’ (Galatians 2:19), there we were ‘released from the Law’ (Romans 7:6) and those who believe this, enter the blessed sphere, where grace reigns. The Holy Spirit, indwelling the believer, performs in him the will of God, whose will, at last, is a delight (Romans 8:3, 4; Romans 12:2).”―W.R.N.
“The Law taught me to love my neighbor as myself―it made my love for self the measure of my duty to my neighbor. Christianity looks for having no self at all, but giving up ourselves for our neighbors.”
“Now the God of peace… equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:20, 21).
“You also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4).
“Romans 6 reveals our position, as having died to the principle of sin; Romans 7 teaches us our position as having died to the principle of law. Both must be counted upon, if we are to abide in Christ and walk in the Spirit, as set forth in Romans 8.”―M.J.S.
“We have to look at ourselves and see how far we are devotedly following the Lord Jesus, with full purpose of heart―how we can say, ‘but one thing I do’ (Philippians 3:13)? We must take care at the same time not to get into legal bondage by this standard. If I say, ‘Here is a rule of conduct, follow it,’ this cannot reach the heart or the affections. The ministration of the letter brings only failure and condemnation, for it prescribes a rule, which man, being a sinner, can never follow. A rule does not change a man―it proves him ‘helpless… ungodly’ (Romans 5:6).
“We may turn even Christ into that letter of condemnation; we may take His life, for instance and make it our law. Nay, we may turn even the love of Christ into our law; we may say, ‘He has loved me and done all this for me and I ought to love Him and do so much for Him, in return for His love,’ etc. Thus, if we turn His love into ‘a rule of life,’ it becomes the ministration of condemnation.”
“It was for [our] freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).
“Not only does the Lord Jesus live in us, but He becomes the motivating Object of our life as Christians. The Law is no longer our motive or rule of life; it is entirely displaced by a Person and that Person is ‘the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me’ (Galatians 2:20). The soul has a new center and source―it is no longer self-centered, but Christ-centered.”―C.A.C.
“The Law is not our ‘rule of life’ for the simple reason that it was the Israelite’s. The Christian, not being a Jew, the Law is not for him. The Law is ‘holy and righteous and good’ (Romans 7:12), but the Christian’s rule of life is ‘a new creation’ (Galatians 6:15). The believer’s rule and place is to ‘walk in Him’ (Colossians 2:6), as ‘strangers and exiles on the earth’ (Hebrews 11:13). The Law has nothing of this. Had it been fulfilled, it would have made earth morally a paradise and it will, when written upon Israel’s heart in millennial days. But strangership on earth and a heavenly walk, it never taught.”―F.W.G.
“The Christian is on larger, higher, firmer ground than that, on which, Israel stood, after the flesh. ‘The Law is good, if a man use it lawfully’ (1 Timothy 1:8) and its lawful application is expressly not to form, guide and govern the walk of the righteous, but to deal with the lawless and disobedient, ungodly and sinful, unholy and profane and, in short, with whatever is contrary to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 1:9, 10).”―F.W.G.
“Any aspect of life or conduct, which is undertaken in dependence on the energy and ability of the flesh is, to that extent, purely legal in character, whether it be the whole revealed will of God, the actual written commandments or the exhortations of grace. Dependence on the arm of flesh is consistent with pure law; dependence on the power of God is demanded under pure grace.”―L.S.C.
The following collection of quotes speak to the biblical truths of free grace theology:
“A faithful reading of the entire book of Acts fails to reveal a single passage where people are pressed to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their personal Lord in order to be saved.” Everett Harrison
“Lordship teaching fails to distinguish salvation from discipleship and makes requirements for discipleship prerequisites for salvation. Our Lord distinguished the two (Luke 14:16-33). This teaching elevates one of the many aspects of the person of Christ (Master over life) in making it a part of the Gospel. Why not require faith in His kingship? Or in the fact that He is Judge of all, or that He was the Creator? Though my view has been dubbed ‘easy believism,’ it is not easy to believe, because what we ask the unsaved person to believe in not easy. We ask that he trust a person who lived two thousand years ago, whom he can only know through the Bible, to forgive his sins. We are asking that he stake his eternal destiny on this. Remember the example of Evangelist Jesus. He did not require the Samaritan woman to set her sinful life in order, or even be willing to, so that she could be saved. He did not set out before her what would be expected by way of changes in her life if she believed. He simply said she needed to know who He is and to ask for the gift of eternal life (John 4:10).” Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology
“The water of life is not acquired by the process of fighting a life-long battle and conquering at last. It is a free gift, imparting spiritual life to the spiritually dead.” George H. Lang, Revelation
“Jesus is Lord of all regardless of one’s submission to Him. Because He is Lord He has the power and position to save sinners. Sinners who come to Him through faith implicitly or explicitly submit to His authority to save and may likewise submit to His authority in other areas of life. But since the issue in salvation is salvation, only the recognition of His authority to save is demanded for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.” Charles Bing, Lordship Salvation
“Jesus doesn’t guarantee everlasting life to those who are 60% ‘sure’ that He guarantees their eternal destiny. Jesus said, ‘He who believes in Me has everlasting life’ (John 6:47). He guarantees everlasting life to those who are convinced that He fulfills that promise to everyone who believes in Him. When He asked Martha, ‘Do you believe this?’ He was asking her if she was convinced that the person who lives and believes in Him will never die spiritually. Being convinced is certainty, not some percentage of certainty.” Bob Wilkin, 51% Faith
“Being a Christian means following an invitation. Being a disciple means forsaking all. To confuse these two aspects of the Christian life is to confound the grace of God and the works of man, to ignore the difference between salvation and sanctification. The gospel of grace is Scriptural. The Gospel that adds the works of man to salvation is a counterfeit Gospel.” Manfred E. Kober, Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?
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