Friday, March 11, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Let us notice this, too: Christians ought to please God. A fellow ought to please God just as much when he is having a good time as when he is working for a living. A man ought to please God as much when he plays a game as when he is in church. No use facing it any other way. I belong to Jesus Christ, He has paid for me. I have a right to honor Him in that. And so you ought to honor Him, too. So whether you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. - John R. Rice

In Matthew 5:8 Jesus said, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Not just to be pure in your actions but pure in heart. For if you are not pure in heart it will come out bad. When a fellow is bad, it is in his heart he is bad. Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." So when you speak wrong, it is because your heart is wrong. - John R. Rice

Faith is not an emotion, but it is simply a resting upon the revealed will of God, whether that will of God is revealed in His Word, or by revelation of the Spirit. - John R. Rice

It is wonderful to be saved, to have our sins forgiven, but every Christian ought to know that this is only part of his inheritance -- there is more coming later! At the second coming of Christ, at the resurrection of the Christian dead, when out bodies are changed like unto Christ's glorious body, then we will inherit all that was bought for us on Calvary, but not before. Then we will have perfect health, perfect bodies, with all the mark and stain of sin gone, but not before. Then Christians will not wear glasses nor walk with canes nor have false teeth nor be bald-headed nor have dandruff nor halitosis nor athletes' foot! These things are bought for us on Calvary, and are to be delivered when our salvation is complete. But no one will have perfect and permanent healing of all disease till then. - John R. Rice

When Christians pray, they are not TELLING God; they are ASKING Him. Every prayer, to please God, must be offered with a surrendered heart, willing for God to answer in His own way, for His own glory. - John R. Rice 

Does God have some particularly different way of dealing with Israel than with others? No. A Jew must turn to God through Jesus Christ and trust Him, if he is to be saved. No Jew was ever saved by being circumcised, by offering animal sacrifices, by keeping the ceremonial feast days. No, the only way to God is by faith in Christ. So Abel, by faith, offered an excellent sacrifice, looking toward the Saviour. So Jesus said of Abraham, "Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." So Abraham, who believed God and was converted, is held up in Romans 4 as an example to all of us.
I go often to the little nation Israel. I love the people. I wish them well. I hope for them to have peace and a country of their own without war and trouble. But most of all I hope for Israel that they turn to God and be God"s people.Let no one think that Zionism is Christianity; it is not. It is a national movement of people of Jewish blood, but it is not Israel in the spiritual sense. - John R. Rice

We may say that the awful slaughter of Jews by Hitler makes us shudder. We may regret the programs long ago in Russia, the anti-Semitism that periodically comes up in nation after nation. But the simple truth is that a Jew is only an unsaved person, no better than an unsaved Gentile, just as certain for the wrath and judgement of God as an unsaved Gentile, if he goes on in Christ rejection.

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