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NEW!!! .....MONTHLY STUDY by Ron Martin - For July - "The Blessings of being 'In Christ Jesus" Part 4"  Watch for new articles each month!!!


 Schedule "At a Glance"

7/13 - Murrayville, GA - A.M. Service

7/13 - Toccoa, GA - P.M. Service

7/27 - Salisbury, NC - A.M. Service

7/27 - Concord, NC - P.M. Service

8/10 - 8/13 - Ft Payne, AL

8/17 - Salisbury, NC A.M./Lenoir City, NC P.M. 



***See a personal message from our dear friend, Dr. Joe Arthur below......


The Blessings Of Being In Christ

Part 4



(1) assent = confession of the mind as true; agree with God the Holy Spirit; Justification; the blood of Christ; unconditional promise of God; hope; God the Holy Spirit in me;

(2) Consent = yield; surrender; sanctification; the cross of Christ; conditional on my part; God the Holy Spirit thru me;     

(3) God’ promises = exceeding great; precious;


(4) Hope is a desire with an expectation or an assurance of obtaining.

(5) Lust = feigned imitation of hope; secular humanistic imagination;

(6) Resting = standing or leaning my faith on God’s promises. A hope 

 (Desire) with a persistent diligence that will not rest, but a   

  Faith that will rest in the unconditional promises of God:

(7) Blessing = felicity; joy full; great happiness. 

The overall theme of our study is the “blessings” of being “in Christ Jesus.” In “part 4” we focus on how essential faith and hope are to the obtaining of a blessing full of exceeding great and precious joy. The spiritual “blessing” obtained by hope thru “resting our faith in the exceeding great & precious unconditional promises of God”s.

Hope is a desire with an expectation or an assurance of obtaining a blessing. Faith is the path to obtaining hope. Faith is defined as the assent (agreement; confession- 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 2:6-14) and the consent (yielding and surrendering of my mind to God’s promises (Rom 6:6; 11; 13). Faith is the substance (under girding; foundation on which hope stands, leans, and rest (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) of things hoped for (my desire to obtain; with an assurance of obtaining)” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith and hope are no greater than the truth of the promises on which they stand, lean and rest.

What makes God’s promises so great? They form a binding relationship between God and man. Can we expect our hope to be assured from our binding relationship with God? A covenant is a binding relationship between two parties. A covenant is composed of a binding promise (an agreement or contract) which two parties solemnly pledge an oath to honor.

There are three “promises of truth” to which we must assent and consent; and on which we must rest our faith, if we are to obtain our expected assured hope of “blessings” full of joy. It is our faith in these “promises of truth” that we become partakers of the binding covenant relationship with God.

(1) God’s “promises of truth” are exceeding great & precious undisputed, unrestricted, unlimited, & unconditional promises.  

          “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises                    (I Peter 1:3-8; 18-19): that by (our faith in) these (promises) ye

          might be partakers of the divine nature (new creaturein Christ Jesus‘—

          II Corinthians 5:17), having escaped the corruption (that not precious)

          that is in the world through lust“(II Peter 1:4).  

Lust (man’s way of formulating truth) being the desire to obtain those things I have conceived thru my imagination as real. My imagination gathered data from things seen; my mind assimilated that data into an image of proposed truth. My faith assented and consented that the image was true and would prove to be real in reality.

I could rest my faith in the conceived proposed truth of my imagination; I could expect with assurance to obtain that conceived image. However, my lust will prove to be corruptible and not precious; conceived truth will lose its value; only our faith in the exceeding great promises of hope are unconditionally precious(James 1:2-25; 4:1-3;6-9; II Peter 1:1-10; Genesis 15:1; Ephesians 3:19-20).

(2) Hope demands resting our faith in God’s “promises of truth. “

   “Come unto me (stand, lean, and rest in Me; I Peter 5:5-9; II Chronicles 7:13-14;   John 7:37-38), all ye that labour (are diligent, but your focus, effort, exertion, and time is in your own strength) and are heavy laden (your diligence is focused on truths conceived thru imagination.

Solomon, in his search for joy full, employed imagination (the Epicurean Materialistic Philosophy-E.M.P) in his search for joy full of great happiness (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; 24; Rom 11:25; 12:16; Jeremiah 17).  Solomon’ conclusion was all is vanity.  We must fear God & keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  Proposed truths concluded thru imagination will prove to not be precious truths; only reproof from God the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth(John 16:7-13). (If you will put your faith in My precious promise) I will give you rest (Exodus 33:14).

Take my yoke upon you (its easy; tailor made for you), and learn (repent) of me (My exceeding great and precious promises); for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye (you will cease from leaning on truth you have conceived in your imagination (Matthew 7:24-27); and lean on truth received from God the Holy Spirit) you shall find rest unto your souls“(Matt 11:28-29).  We must lean (rest our faith) on His promises (Hebrews 3-4; Genesis 2; Psalm 95:7-11).

(3) God’s promises of truth formulate and assimilate the content and structure of the conditional and unconditional covenants of the binding relationship between God and man. “A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent“(Proverbs 15:5).


An understanding of God’s conditional and unconditional covenant promises are fundamental to understanding God’s relationship to mankind. God blessing man with joy full of exceeding great and precious promises, is a direct result of man’s regard or disregard for God’s covenant promises. The promises of the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New covenant are a continuation of the unconditional covenant God made with Abraham “in thee (thy seed, Christ Jesus) shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

The Noahic covenant was established by God after the flood (Genesis 9:9–17). It was an unconditional covenant in which God promises never again to destroy mankind by flooding the earth. “And the Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done“(Genesis 8:21).

The Edenic and Mosaic covenants are conditional covenants God made with man. The dispensational time frame of an unconditional covenant may overlap the dispensational time frame of a conditional covenant.  In fact, one dispensation may, in effect, cover many other dispensations.  

The dispensation of the Abrahamic unconditional covenant was in effect when God instituted the Mosaic conditional Covenant.  The Noahic Covenant, has been in effect since the flood.  A covenant may be worked out through several dispensations of time and come to fruition in one.  The new covenant is the fulfillment of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants.  All of the subsequent divine covenants are stages of the covenant of grace in which God progressively unfolds His exceeding great and precious promises.


On a personal note, God the Holy Spirit was graciously reproving me as I struggled to rest my faith in His exceeding great and precious promises. I was not struggling with faith to believe that I could expect to obtain a blessing full of joy from God; I was struggling with the importunity or persistent diligence faith demands; faith to patiently wait for His promises of truth to come to fruition.

My emotions seemed to be experiencing unrest. I seem to be tempted to question just how precious God’s promises are. 

My precious wife, Aquilla, spiritually sensing my unrest, pinpointed the reason for my unrest. To change unrest into rest is a matter of my faith’s persistent claiming God’s promise of rest in Him. “Faith (yielding & surrendering of my mind to His promises) is the substance (under girding; foundation) of things hope for (my desires with an assurance of obtaining)” (Hebrews 11:1).

There are 2 things our faith must claim in persistent praying:

(1) A hope (desire) with a persistent diligence that will not rest

(2) A faith that will rest in the unconditional promises of God:

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings” (Philippians 2:13-14).     

(1) A hope(desire) with a persistent diligence( focus; effort; exertion; time) that will not rest means the ministry to which God has called us will be a fire burning in the desire of our heart that cannot be extinguished by temptation. God the Holy Ghost will not be big thru us, unless He is big in us.  

We hope you are enjoying and absorbing the Truths of Faith and Hope, make possible by God’s promises.  In Section B of Part 4, Ron makes these Truths come alive in the prophet, Jeremiah, and reminds us of the unlimited blessings of persistent Faith and persistent Prayer.  This series, “The Blessings Of Being In Christ”, is purposed to enrich your Christian life, and to reconfirm your value to God.  He loves you—God wants you to know how much.


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A Message From Dr. Joe Arthur

     “For over 20 years, I have known Brother Ron Martin.  We have traveled across this country singing and preaching the gospel together.  Brother Ron has a true heart for God and a strong desire to study and teach the truths found in God’s Word.  His mind is keen.  His heart is pure, his motives are right and his insight to the Word of God is both inspirational and informative.  I’m glad that Brother Ron has chosen to share nuggets out of the Word of God with his writings.  They are deep, yet practical.  They will help you to learn and they’ll help you to live.  May God bless the writing ministry of my friend, Brother Ron Martin.” 


~Dr. Joe Arthur Harvest Baptist Tabernacle



Ron Martin, MS, Eds

When we read the writings of someone, it's vaguely interesting to know something about the author.  Though we may never meet them personally, a brief biography will help us form a picture of just who is writing this book, song, commentary...

    When you are raised to common, every day folks, in a small town in the south, there is not much to intrigue us about the author.

    Ron was born in Lafollette, TN in 1942, his father, Bro. Kyle, pastored country churches, his mother Eulalia, was a talented pianist, faithful to the cause of Christ, the daughter of a fine deacon of the church, Walter Goins, and a quiet little mother, Jenny.

    The writer of this series, "The Blessings Of Being In Christ", sounds very average, almost quaint.  Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth.  What makes most men extraordinary is their accomplishments; they have done something unusual, out of the ordinary, makes one intriguing, makes us want to know more about them and encourages us to read what they have to say.

    With Ron Martin, just the opposite is true.  He is not without credits, he has a fine education from the University of Tennessee; he is in the Basketball Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University; he was a successful basketball coach and a dedicated educator for thirty years.  These credentials are not spine-tingling, but admirable.

    What makes Ron worthy of your time is not his accomplishments, but what God has accomplished in him!  If you had known this man as a boy and young adult, known him even up to his mid-thirties, your opinion would be one of hopelessness for even a reasonable expectation of him becoming a great man of God.

    God, omnipotent, Holy, Divine Deliverer, Rescuer of the hopeless; The God of sufficient grace and plenteous mercy accomplished the impossible in a man who, by all outward signs, was hopeless. 

    He was a rebel, inherently rebellious.  Loving sin, loving his own will and way, became a servant... a slave and prisoner of Jesus Christ.

    He could not have just suddenly rescued himself, just, on a whim, decided to dedicate himself to God, to offer himself sacrificially to no other purpose but "knowing Christ."  Not only knowing His name, but knowing Him as the Apostle Paul did.

    "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

    "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" (Philippians 3:7-8).

    Something had to foster this change in a man committed to rebellion and self-will.  God did it all!  But what moved His hand to do so was a father who wouldn't give up on his son, and a mother who labored on her knees, tirelessly and tenaciously.

    When God came to her, and through the Holy Ghost, spoke these words, "I am going to use your boy," her prayers for Ron's deliverance turned to unwavering faith - "God will use my boy."  He was only fifteen years old when that promise came, and for the next twenty years it was, to her, an immutable Truth.  And so it was.

    A student of God's Word, untiring in his pursuit, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death" (Philippians 3:10).  Ron's commentaries shine a brilliant light on what it means to be a child of God, a prisoner of Christ.

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