About Me

Mendenhall, Mississippi, United States
Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace. Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Without Price - Part 3

(Article for publication week of 2-11- AD 2016)

"Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1).
The Old Testament gospel herald proclaims that salvation is free. We see from the text that the Old Testament saints had the gospel of free grace just as we do, although it is clearer now that Christ has come and now that the New Testament has been written. Free Salvation was proclaimed to God's elect among the Jews under the Old testament just as it is to us today.
We observed in the two previous articles that salvation is free first, because it is such a valuable gift that none of us could ever pay the price, and secondly, because we are all bankrupt, ten thousand talents in debt and not a farthing to pay, What a glorious gospel we have to preach! Salvation is of infinite value, and none of us have a penny to pay, so God freely gives it "without money, and without price."
But we proceed this week to show, thirdly,that salvation is free to sinners because the Lord Jesus Christ has paid the price in full. I direct your attention to Acts 20:28 where we read that God hath purchased the Church with His blood. Redemption is spoken of here in terms of the marketplace. Certain Fullerites and Arminians have scornfully referred to this as a "commercial" view of the atonement, but that is the language of Acts 20:28. Go read it yourself. (You preachers pay special attention to your duty as given there.) The death of Christ paid for all the sins of all His elect forever. There was a debt that we owed to God because of our sins. You will remember that the Model Prayer speaks of sin in terms of indebtedness (see again Matthew 6:12 then compare Luke 7:42). When we had nothing to pay, Christ came and poured out His blood as the price of our redemption.  We have been redeemed, not with corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:18-19).
Now, I say unto you that God the Father was satisfied with the price that His Son paid for our redemption. Yea, not I, but the Holy Writ says it. Let us read in Isaiah 53:11, "He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied." God the Father is satisfied because His Son finished the work of redemption that was appointed to Him from all eternity (see John 17:4). All of our efforts and works and attempts at righteous living are nothing but filthy rags before our Holy God. Isaiah 64:6 says all our righteousnesses are but "filthy rags." What do you think the president of Trustmark or Peoples Bank would say if you went and tried to pay off your mortgage with a big pile of dirty rags? Why, he would either laugh you out of the bank, or else call the folks over at Whitfield (that is where the State insane asylum is for all my out of state readers). Why do you think God is any more impressed with your so-called righteousness?
Well, poor awakened sinner, the good news is that you don't have to pay anything for salvation because the Eternal Son of God acting, as our Substitute and Surety assumed all our obligations and has paid the price in full. Yes that old hymn is gospel truth--"Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe." Poor sinner, there is nothing for you to do to help pay for your sin debt because Christ has paid it all. I pray the Holy Spirit will help you to believe that and you may rejoice in a finished salvation. Christ has paid the price of priceless salvation, so it is "without money and without price" to all who repent of their sins and come to Him by faith.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Without Price - Part 2

 (Article for publication week of 2-4- AD 2016)

"Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1).
Last week we showed that the gospel invitation is extended to all who are thirsty, spiritually. Those who are dead in their sins have no spiritual thirst and are not interested in this invitation. Then we began to consider that salvation is absolutely free. It is without price, first of all because salvation is a priceless gift.
Secondly, salvation is free because all mankind is spiritually bankrupt. All of us are ten thousand talents in debt and have not a farthing to pay. Our Lord illustrated your case and mine this way in the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant in Matthew 18:23-35. We have run ourselves hopelessly into debt to God's justice by our sins. We were born as spiritual debtors because our father Adam, who is the federal head of the whole human race sinned against God and we all sinned in him Romans 5:12, 19). We were born with the nature of our fallen head and were sinners the moment we were conceived (see Psalm 51:5). Being fallen and natural sinners, we began to practice sin as soon as we were born for the scripture says that we came forth from the womb speaking lies (Psalm 58:3). Sin is analogous to indebtedness as we see in Matthew 6:12. Every day you are adding to your spiritual indebtedness by your continual sins. Furthermore your imagined righteousness is only "splendid sin" (in the words of another), according to Isaiah 64:6. Your (supposed) good works are abominable to God unless they follow after justification and are such as God has actually commanded and are performed from a principle of love by the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit. Dear Reader, do you realise that you are hopelessly ruined and bankrupt before God? Do you realise that you are indeed "ten thousand talents" in debt, and "not a farthing" to pay. In today's money, we could say ten trillion dollars in debt and not a penny to pay. If God required us to pay for salvation, not one human being could ever be saved for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
But praise the Lord! God does not require any payment from a poor sinner for salvation. He freely gives salvation "without money and without price." Salvation is a free gift from first to last (Ephesians 2:8-9). He justifies His people "freely by His grace" (Romans 2:24). For some reason, man in his wretched pride would rather that salvation be (at least in some measure) by his own works or efforts. Proud man thinks he can do something, or be something, or believe something, or decide something, or pay something, or offer something, or say something  to move the Sovereign of the universe to accept him and receive him on the basis of his own performance. But my friend, I want you to know God will have none of that. You will either be saved freely by His grace without money and without price, or you will perish in your sins and be damned forever.
Now here is what every sensible sinner ought to do. Go to God in the name of His Son and declare your spiritual insolvency. Admit your bankrupt condition. Renounce all your sins and all your righteousness too. Throw yourself on God's mercy that is found in His Blessed Son. Come and receive salvation without price. Come to Christ with nothing in your hand. Come and plead the righteousness of Him Who bled and died to pay for the sins of His people and now lives forever to intercede for all who come to Him by faith. He has promised that he will never cast away those who come to Him. may the Holy Spirit open your eyes to see your spiritual bankruptcy and grant you faith to believe in the Saviour.