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How much did he leave?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2010 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:5

People are badly cheated in this world. They imagine that the things they can see are the real things–that the gold, lands, and stocks are the true treasures. So they toil for those things and gather them into their possession, piling up what they suppose to be wealth. Thus they live in pomp, with their fine houses, and all their brilliant show. But one day their supposed riches sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Or they may keep their wealth, perchance, and die at last in the midst of it, and have a great funeral; but they find that they cannot carry a penny of it with them. “How much did he leave?” was asked about a rich man who had died. “All of it!” was the answer.

If only people knew that there are things which will never fly away–they would no longer live for fleeting worldly wealth. They would pass by the glittering unrealities, to lay hold of the true riches. He who is rich toward God–is the truly wealthy man.

(J. R. Miller, “Counsel and Help” 1907)

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The “I’m not a Calvinist or an Arminian” Statement

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Calvinism and Arminianism are usually just used as shorthand for Monergism & Synergism. Either you believe regeneration precedes faith or you do not? Either you affirm that Christ is sufficient to provide all you need for salvation (including a new heart to believe) or you affirm Christ in necessary but not sufficient i.e. provides only the opportunity but not the effectual grace. You either believe in the necessity of the effectual work of the Holy Spirit in salvation or you do not. If you ask yourself, “is faith also part of the gift of grace Christ purchases for his own” (John 6:63-65) OR “is faith the product of our unregenerated human nature?” The answer to these questions make it clear wither you believe salvation is by grace alone OR grace PLUS something you contribute. This is the essence of what people mean when they compare these two understanding of the Bible. You are either a monergist or synergist: Christ Alone or Christ PLUS. There is no third option.

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