Dear Friends, As I write this, we have just returned from our seminars in Indiana and Ohio. The Lord blessed us with beautiful weather and tremendous turnouts. How we thank and praise the Lord for all the expressions of love and appreciation. How thrilling to hear all the testimonies of God’s Grace. This is also our opportunity to thank you for all your letters. We just wish we could answer every one. But, even though the Lord is blessing us with more and more listeners, we are still able to read every letter.
– Just a reminder: we only produce enough new programs for a weekly airing. But, as our programs now air daily, we go through 5 shows per week. So, there comes a time when the inventory of past programs is used up and we have to go back to Genesis while the weekly program keeps going through the Bible, which is now in Hebrews. If the Lord tarries, this will happen again in two years.
Once again we are looking forward to meeting a lot of old friends and, hopefully, many new ones. As I have stated before, I am not ecumenical. I do not compromise the Word, but I will go anywhere that I am free to teach the Word. Even though there may be small insignificant differences in our beliefs, if I can teach the word without compromising on the majors, I have no problems.
So, as we travel and minister to so many, we ask for, and appreciate, your prayers. We know most of you do pray for us two and three times a day. We appreciate you so much.
Video Note: We have a 6-hour video of the May 19th, 2001 Newark and Hanover, OH all-day seminar. It is not professionally taped, but it is quite viewable. We are offering it for $10.00 postage paid. This seminar addresses, primarily, the transitional Book of Acts.
Secretary’s Note: Dear listening Family,
This will be my last note in the ministry newsletter. God is leading my husband Todd and our family to Duluth MN, where Todd will be teaching in a Christian school. It is a time of sorrow at the loss of our fellowship and leaving the folks, but it is also a time of excitement at the ministry possibilities God has waiting for us in this change. Change is never easy, nor always understandable, but when God is in it, it is always a Blessing and an Adventure.
I have been immeasurably Blessed in these past 6 1/2 years by your letters and prayers, our phone conversations and the Love that we, as fellow believers, share. This is not goodbye (I could never say goodbye), for, as I have reminded you, if I never again see your precious faces or hear your sweet voices on this earth, I will meet you in the air at the Trumpet. Listen for the Trumpet.
In His Great and Wonderful Grace, Kimberly Feldick, secretary.
Other information: The ministry has available a new 28 minute video that includes a combination of a 12 minute Documentary of the Les Feldick Ministries along with Paul’s Gospel of Salvation. This is a great way to introduce your friends and family to the salvation message of grace as taught by Les. Order your VHS copy today for only $10.00 each.
PAUL’S GOSPEL -- By William R. Newell – Part 2 of 2 (continued from last newsletter)
Not for one moment are we to believe that James, Peter and John were at variance with Paul-not in the least. They were given certain things by the Spirit, to say to certain classes of people. They do not conflict with Paul. And their words are included in the statement that "All Scripture is profitable" (II Timothy 3:16).
But, nevertheless, Paul is the declarer and revealer of the Gospel to us. Take Romans to Philemon out of the Bible and you are bereft of Christine doctrine. For instance, if you were to take Paul's Epistles out of the Bible, you cannot find anything about the Church, the Body of Christ, for no other Apostle mentions the Body of Christ. You cannot find one of the great mysteries, such as the Rapture of the Church (I Thes. 4, 1 Cor. 15) or the mystery of the present hardening of Israel (Rom. 11). No other Apostle speaks of any of those mysteries. Paul alone reveals them-the great doctrines such as Justification, Redemption, Sanctification. And what is perhaps the most tremendous fact of every real Christian life, that of this personal union to the Lord in glory. Paul is the great divinely chosen opener to us of truth for this age. The great doctrines that Paul reveals may be outlined as follows:
1. The unrighteousness before God of all men.
2. The impossibility of justification by works before God-that is, of any man's attaining a standing of righteousness before God, by anything done by him. Do what a man may, he is a condemned sinner still.
3. The fact and the scripturalness of righteousness on the free gift principle-that is, of a Divine righteousness, separate from all man's doings, conferred upon man as a free gift from God.
4. Propitiation: That satisfaction of God's Holy nature and law for man's sins rendered by Christ's blood,
5. Reconciliation: The removal, by Christ's death for man of that obstacle to righteousness which man's sin had set up between God and man.
6. The plan of the actual conferring of the gift of righteousness upon all who believe, without any distinction, This change of a sinner's standing before God, from one of condemnation to one of righteousness, is called Justification, Negatively, it is deliverance from guilt on account of Christ's shed blood, and deliverance out of the old creation, by identification in death with Christ on the Cross. Positively, it is a new standing in the risen Christ before God.
7. Redemption-the buying back of the soul through the blood of Christ from sin, from the curse of the law- even death, involving, exclusion from God, under penalty; from the "power of death," which involves the hand of he enemy; and from all iniquity.
8. Forgiveness-the going forth of Divine tenderness in remitting penalty for sin, in view of the blood of Christ trusted in; and in complacency and fellowship, to creatures who before we're necessarily under Divine judgment.
9. Remission of sins-that is, the actual removing of transgressions or trespasses from the sinner, so that for all time and eternity his sins shall not again be upon him.
10. Identification- (see above, Justification) the great fact that those who are in Christ were united with Him at the Cross, by God's sovereign inscrutable act; were crucified with Christ and buried with Him; so that their history is now ended before God; and when Christ was raised up as the First-born of the new creation, they also were raised up with Him, and their history began as new creatures in God's sight, in Christ, the last Adam.
Of course, in the experience of the Christian, there comes a time when he is actually made partaker of this new life-that point of time when he is, as we say, saved, or converted, or born again, etc. Nevertheless, the life that is in every Christian came up out of the tomb, and it is in Christ Jesus that a man is created anew.
11. Incorporation. This tremendous doctrine Paul alone mentions, and he makes it practically the foundation of all his exhortations to the saints with regard to their conduct and life. By "incorporation" we mean the fact that all those who are really saved and are new creatures in Christ Jesus become members of one organism, which is more real than the very earth we tread upon called "the Body of Christ,"-Christ Himself in heaven being the Head of this Body, and every real Christian a member of it. So that believers are thus members of Christ in heaven, and also members one of another here on earth. No wonder Paul is able to exhort the saints to love one another when they are members one of another! (Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12 and Eph. 4).
12. Inhabitation. The wonderful fact that the Body of Christ and each member of it individually is inhabited, indwelt, by the Holy Spirit Himself, and not only so, but that the Church is being "built together" as a great temple of God so that in the future God's actual eternal dwelling place will be this wonderful, mysterious company built into a building called "a holy habitation of God in the Spirit."
This mystery is a great and marvelous one, the fact that we are saved, are partakers now of the life of the Lord in glory, that the Holy Spirit indwells us.
13. Divine Exhibition - that is, that through the Church, in the ages to come, is to be made known that which God counts His "riches," even His Grace (Eph. 2:7; 3:10).
The failure or refusal to discern the Pauline Gospel as a separate and new revelation and not a "development from Judaism," accounts for two-thirds of the confusion in many people's minds today as regards just what the Gospel is. Paul's Gospel will suffer no admixture with works on the one hand or religious pretensions and performances on the other. It is as simple and clear as the sunlight from heaven. The end of man is where God begins in Romans 3, at what might be called the opening of the Pauline Revelation. Most unsaved people today believe in their hearts that the reason they are not saved is because of something they have not yet done, some step that remains for them to take before God will accept them. But this is absolutely untrue. When Christ said, "It is finished," He meant that He had, then and there, paid the debt for the whole human race. "He gave Himself a ransom for all" (I Tim. 2:6).
Now Paul in his wonderful revelation declares that God hath reconciled the world to Himself; that God was in Christ (at the Cross) reconciling the world unto Himself (11 Cor. 5:19). Men do not know this, but they conceive that something stands between them and God, before God will accept or forgive them. If you tell a man that God is demanding no good works of him whatsoever, no religious observances or church ordinances, that God is not asking him to undertake any duties at all, but that God invites him to believe a glad message that his sins have already been dealt with at the Cross, and that God expects him to believe this good news and be exceedingly happy about it - if you tell an unsaved man such a story as this, he is astonished and overwhelmed - yet this is the Gospel!
Would that we had grace just as vigorously to defend his great message today, whether from its enemies or its real friends who do not see it clearly as yet; or who, like Peter (Gal. 2), through fear of others, are ready to compromise and tone down the Gospel of God.
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