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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Theological Word of the Day: Supplication

Words we do not often use today are used throughout the King James Version of the Bible.  Some of these words are archaic and others are not.  One such word is "supplication".  This word is used in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as well.  So what does "supplication" mean?  According to Dictionary.com:

sup·pli·ca·tion

[suhp-li-key-shuhn]
noun
an act or instance of supplicating;  humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
So the next time you see the word "supplication" you will know that it means to petition God in prayer.  (Psalm 6:9).  Often we must humble ourselves in prayer before God and then and only then will He hear and answer our prayers.  (James 4:10).  Although God is under no obligation to us, out of His sheer mercy and grace He hears and answers the prayers of His children.  (Luke 11:13).  He does not do so because they are more righteous than others but out of His sheer mercy and grace.  (Deuteronomy 7:7; Titus 3:5, 6, 7).

The elect are still sinful by nature (Romans 7:22-25) although they have a new nature and have been regenerated.  (John 1:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17).  This is why it is essential that we understand that Christ died for all the sins of His elect (John 10:11, 15), including the sins of the past, the present, and the future.  (Mark 3:28, 29).  Being God, He already knows every wrong decision you will ever make.  (Psalm 139:4, 16).  If God could fail to save His elect, then salvation would be unknown to us and there would be no assurance of salvation.  (1 John 5:13).
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (1 John 5:13-18 KJV)

There is only one mortal sin.  It is the sin of unbelief.  That could be in the form of never accepting the Gospel promises or it could be apostasy.  Those who go through the motions of believing and then become atheists or unbelievers were never of us.  (1 John 2:19).

May God's peace be with you today!

Charlie

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