Romans 3:26:"To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:that he might be just, and the justifier of himwhich believ...
of study and also from preaching I heard, I feltthat God was very just and righteous to havedealt with me. I also felt tha...
visited other churches in our denomination, wefound there was a difference of opinions amongthe Elders. A few of them like...
hosts himself,- and let him be your fear, and lethim be your dread. "Now this is just my travels in our church whichseemed...
pastor the church. I felt about like Jonah whenhe was thrown overboard into the sea. I Jearnedto see how just and righteou...
to come there to church also. I began to begreatly burdened as I could see a great. probiemcoming and I was there only gui...
champion but seemed to become opposed tothem. As we preached that we should not resistevil but rather to understand the ve...
having mine own righteousness, which is of thelaw, but that which is through the faith of Christ,the righteousness which i...
Experience With  Romans 3:26       and Philippians 1:29  By: Elder Don Ellis
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Experiences with romans 3.26 and philippians 1.29 by elder don ellis

  1. 1. Romans 3:26:"To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness:that he might be just, and the justifier of himwhich believeth in Jesus."Philippians 1:29:"For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ,not only to believe on him, but also to suffer forhis sake"This article is about the experiences with theLord to be able to understand these scriptures.to understand the truth in them. To understandthe benefit and blessing of being given in thebehalf of Christ, no only to believe in him butalso to suffer for his sake; when this sufferingcomes, to be able from the heart to say God isjust.In 1951. God so dealt with me that in my ownsight I became such a sinner that I knew Ineeded grace; salvation by works was justwashed out of my belief. That which I had beentaught all my life now seemed wrong. Myburden of guilt was so heavy I cried out to theLord for mercy. God lifted me up in joy andrelief and what I learned later was that I wasjustified by faith in his blood. As I studied thebible very intensely, I saw that it was given tome no only to believe on Christ but to suffer forhis sake. I could see that without ,that suffering,I never would have changed. In those moments
  2. 2. of study and also from preaching I heard, I feltthat God was very just and righteous to havedealt with me. I also felt that I was one of hiselect and Jesus blood was shed for me. Thisdoctrine that I had been taught growing up hadbeen very unjust on Gods part as we neededthe obedience of works to be saved. But now Icould see how unjust the doctrine of works was.It was a doctrine of if you continued inobedience, yet you could lose everything if youfailed. I cannot describe the joy and enjoyment Ihad after I was baptized and was a member ofLittle Flock.In 1952, I began to take time in the pulpit in avery weak and unskilled way. It seemed to bechurch policy that it was an act of arrogance totake a bible to church and if you talked to muchabout the scriptures, you were wanting to berecognized as a preacher. When I did speak, Iseemed to always apply it wrong. This botheredme very much as I did want to speak the truth.This problem caused me to study almost .constantly. I even seemed to be preachingwhen at work in the stone quarry. I became as ..one of our dear old preachers name me, "aninteresting smart-alec." If I questioned any.ofour preachers about the scriptures, their answerwas that the Primitive Baptist had looked at·it ina traditional way. This was such a frustration tome. I didnlwant to be wrong. I dearly wantedto be in fellowship. As Betty, my wife, and f·
  3. 3. visited other churches in our denomination, wefound there was a difference of opinions amongthe Elders. A few of them like to discussscripture meanings, but most did not. Ourchurches were bound together in Associationfellowship. There were seven or eight in Indianaand were in correspondence with at least threeassociations in Illinois and also two or three inOhio.This great block of fellowship had a number ofvery influential Elders and they were mostlymoderators of associations which gave themmuch authority as to who would be invited to fillapPOintments at the different churches. Theassociation seemed to be more important thanthe churches. This seemed to be wrong to meas Isaiah 8:9-13 seemed to teach: «Associateyourselves, 0 ye people, and ye shall be brokenin pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries:gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken inpieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be brokenin pieces. 10: Take counsel together, and itshall come to nought;. speak the word, and itshall not stand: for God is with us. 11: For theLORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, andinstructed me that I should not walk in the. way ofthis people, saying, 12: Say ye not, Aconfederacy, to all them to whom this peopleshall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye theirfear, .nor be afraid. 13: Sanctify the LORD of
  4. 4. hosts himself,- and let him be your fear, and lethim be your dread. "Now this is just my travels in our church whichseemed such a blessed place to me. At thattime our churches had members in secret ordersand felt the washing of the Saints feet waswrong. As I was an onlooker to this, a few of ourpreachers were preaching against secret ordersand for feet washing and I felt they were right asthe bible taught. I wondered greatly as the·enmity against it. These men were finally put.out of fellowship and two of our churches were :told,at the association meeting, to get rid of theirpastor or their entire association would be putout of correspondence. One church obeyed .immediately and one church kept their pastorand was cut off from·fellowship. This Pastorcontinued for a short time and then resignedbecause his presence, he felt, was hurting thechurch regarding visitation from sister churches.All of this was a great sorrow and burden to me.· .In due time, this church (that had been cut off)asked me to be their pastor. This caused agreat turmoil in my mind. I knew if I took the.pastorship, I would be out of order in at leastthree states and possibly even more. I feltimpressed by an experience that I should go, yetI didnt want to be out of fellowship everywhere Iwent. Finally, I had a dream that showed mewhat a hypocrite I ~as so I made the decision to
  5. 5. pastor the church. I felt about like Jonah whenhe was thrown overboard into the sea. I Jearnedto see how just and righteous God was inJonahs experience. At that time, I felt that God .somehow didnt care; that he seemed to blessevil and hate the good. Malachi 2: 17 states, "Vehave wearied the LORD with your words. Yet yesay, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye .say, Every one that doeth evil is good in thesight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or,Where is the God ofjudgment?l1 .God showed me that I was saying in my heartand mind, "where is 1he God of Judgment?" He··also brought to my memory the pit from where· I·was dug. I began to learn that God should notbe questioned and that he is just and right. ThatGod is true and every man, left to himself, is aliar.As pastor of this church; I learned that thesepeople were very hurt that they were held out offellowship even after their pastor was gone andalso that me taking their church didnt changetheir status. They were being punished forrebellion, not being wrong. Also, they began tochampion me as being something like a saviour.Our meetings were very sweet and spiritual, yet .there was this feeling we were right and everybody else was wrong~ Soon there were peoplefrom other churches that felt they had been .treated wrong and had been excluded so began
  6. 6. to come there to church also. I began to begreatly burdened as I could see a great. probiemcoming and I was there only guide. The visitingpeople though never once wanted membership.They just wanted to go to church where theycould find good will. I was just begging God toguide us. Finally I began to preach along theline of thoughts found in Luke 12:14, "And hesaid unto him, Man, who made me a judge or adivider over you?" It seems that we felt that Godwasnt just to let people treat us as they did. Noone from the associations ever came except onefamily. I did all the preaching for about 13 yearswithout a visiting preacher and also my peopledidnt visit any more; we were like a little islandsurrounded by wrong. We understood suchscriptures as Ecclesiastes 4:1-2, "So I returned,and considered aI/ the oppressions that aredone under the sun: and behold the tears ofsuch as were oppressed, and they had nocomforter; and on the side oftheir oppressorsthere was power; but they had no comforter.2: Wherefore I praised the dead which arealready dead more than the living which are yetalive." We felt the need of nothing but learnedthat that was becoming wrong. The good Lordguided us to the scripture in 6cclesiastes5:8, "Ifthou seest the oppreSSion of the poor, andviolent perverting ofjudgment and justice in aprovince, marvel not at the matter: for he that ishigher than the highest regardeth; and there behigher than they." I was no longer their ,. ~
  7. 7. champion but seemed to become opposed tothem. As we preached that we should not resistevil but rather to understand the very sentimentthat Jesus felt when he said, "father forgive themforthey know not what they do," even asStephen prayed, "lay not this sin to their charge."Proverbs 24: 17-19, "Rejoice not when thineenemy fa/leth, and let not thine heart be gladwhen he stumbleth: 18: Lest the LORD see it,and it displease him, and he turn away his wrathfrom him. 19: Fret not thyself because of evilmen, neither be thou envious at the wicked. By 11preaching in this kind of spirit, the Lord seemedto bless and this awful bitterness began to pass.God was good although his ways are pastfinding out. The heighth and depth of the Loveof Christ is past our carnal knowledge. Theassociations in this part of Gods vineyard havelost their power as God promised.This is not written for sympathy or glory on mypart. It is just to show how to live among thedesolate, the discontented, and those in debt.To be able to have experiences that Christ alsosuffered and give an understanding of what Paulwrote in Philippians 3:7-10, "But what thingswere gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.8: Yea doubtless, and I count a/l things but lossfor the excellency of the knowledge of ChristJesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered theloss of a/l things, and do count them but dung,that I may win Christ, 9: And be found in him, not
  8. 8. having mine own righteousness, which is of thelaw, but that which is through the faith of Christ,the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10:That I may know him, and the power of hisresurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,being made conformable unto his death"
  9. 9. Experience With Romans 3:26 and Philippians 1:29 By: Elder Don Ellis
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