Access to God
Adoption
Affections, The
Afflicted, Duty Toward The
Afflicted Saints
Affliction, Consolation Under
Affliction, Prayer Under
Afflictions
Afflictions Made Beneficial
Afflictions of the Wicked, The
Agriculture or Husbandry
Alliance and Society With the Enemies of God
Altars
Altar of Burnt Offering, The
Altar of Incense
Amalekites, The
Ambition
Ammonites, The
Amorites, The
Amusements and Pleasures, Worldly
Anakim, The
Angels
Anger
Anger of God, The
Anointing
Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Anointing, Sacred
Antichrist
Apostates
Apostles, The
Ark of the Covenant
Armies
Armies of Israel, The
Arms, Military
Arrows
Arts of The
Ascension of Christ, The
Asher, the Tribe Of
Asp, or Adder
Ass, the Domestic
Ass, the Wild
Assurance
Assyria
Atonement, The
Atonement, the Day Of
Atonement, Under the Law
Babylon
Backsliding
Baptism
Baptism With the Holy Spirit
Bear, The
Beard, The
Beasts
Beds
Benjamin, Tribe Of
Birds
Blasphemy
Blessed, The
Blindness, Spiritual
Blood
Boldness, Holy
Bondage, Spiritual
Books
Bottles
Bow, The
Brass, or Copper
Bread
Breastplate
Brooks
Burial
Burnt Offering, The
Busy-Bodies
Calf, The
Calf of Gold
Call of God, The
Calves of Jeroboam
Camel, The
Canaanites, The
Candlestick
Care, Overmuch
Caves
Cedar, The
Censers
Character of Saints
Character of the Wicked
Chariots
Charity
Chastity
Cherubim
Children
Children, Good
Children, Wicked
Christ, Character Of
Christ is God
Christ, the Head of the Church
Christ, the High Priest
Christ, the King
Christ, the Mediator
Christ, the Prophet
Christ, the Shepherd
Church, The
Church of Israel
Circumcision
Cities
Cities of Refuge
Clouds
Cloud of Glory
Commandments, the Ten
Commerce
Communication - a Biblical Approach
Communion of Saints
Communion of the Lord's Supper
Communion With God
Compassion and Sympathy
Compassion and Sympathy of Christ, The
Condemnation
Conduct, Christian
Confessing Christ
Confession of Sin
Conscience
Contempt
Contentment
Conversion
Counsels and Purposes of God, The
Courts of Justice
Covenants
Covenant, The
Covetousness
Creation
Creditors
Daily Sacrifice, The
Dan, the Tribe Of
Darkness
Day
Dead, The
Death, Eternal
Death, Natural
Death of Christ, The
Death of Saints, The
Death of the Wicked, The
Death, Spiritual
Deceit
Decision
Dedication
Defilement
Delighting In God
Deluge, The
Denial of Christ
Desert, Journey of Israel Through The
Deserts
Despair
Devil, The
Devotedness to God
Diet of the Jews, The
Diligence
Discipline of the Church
Diseases
Disobedience to God
Divination
Divisions
Divorce
Doctrines, False
Doctrines of the Gospel, The
Dog, The
Dove, The
Dragon, The
Dreams
Drink Offering
Drunkenness
Eagle, The
Ear, The
Early Rising
Earth, The
Earthquakes
Edification
Edomites, The
Egypt
Election
Embalming
Emblems of the Holy Spirit, The
Enemies
Entertainments
Envy
Ephod, The
Ephraim, Tribe Of
Euphrates, The
Evening, The
Example of Christ, The
Excellency and Glory of Christ, The
Excellency and Glory of the Church, The
Eye, The
Faith
Faithfulness
Faithfulness of God, The
Fall of Man, The
Families
Famine
Fasting
Fatherless
Favour of God, The
Fear, Godly
Fear, Unholy
Feast of Dedication, The
Feast of Jubilee, The
Feast of the New Moon, The
Feast of Pentecost, The
Feast of Purim, or Lots, The
Feast of Sabbatical Year, The
Feast of Tabernacles, The
Feast of the Passover, The
Feasts of Trumpets, The
Feasts, the Anniversary
Feet, The
Fig Tree, The
Fire
First Born, The
First Fruits, The
Fishes
Flattery
Flowers
Fools
Forests
Forgetting God
Forgiveness of Injuries
Forsaking God
Fortresses
Foundation
Fountains and Springs
Fox, The
Fruits
Gad, the Tribe Of
Galilee
Gardens
Garments
Gates
Genealogies
Gentiles
Gibeonites
Gift of the Holy Spirit, The
Gifts of God, The
Girdles
Glorifying God
Glory
Glory of God, The
Gluttony
Goat, The
God
Gold
Goodness of God, The
Gospel, The
Grace
Grass
Groves
Hair, The
Hands, The
Happiness of Saints In This Life
Happiness of the Wicked, The
Hart, The
Harvest, The
Hatred
Hatred to Christ
Head
Heart, The
Heart, Character of the Renewed
Heart, Character of the Unrenewed
Heathen, The
Heaven
Heave-Offering
Hedges
Heedfulness
Hell
Herbs, &C
High Places
High Priest, The
Highways
Hittites
Hivites
Holiness
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Holy Spirit, the Comforter, The
Holy Spirit, The, is God
Holy Spirit, the Personality Of
Holy Spirit, the Teacher, The
Holy Land
Holy of Holies
Homicide
Honey
Hope
Horns
Horse, The
Hospitality
Houses
Human Nature of Christ, The
Humility
Humility of Christ, The
Husbands
Hyke or Upper Garment
Hypocrites
Idleness and Sloth
Idolatry
Ignorance of God
Incense
Industry
Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, The
Ingratitude
Ingratitude to God
Injustice
Insects
Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, The
Iron
Ishmaelites, The
Issachar, the Tribe Of
Jehovah, the Only True God
Jerusalem
Jews, The
Jordan, the River
Joy
Joy of God Over His People, The
Judah, the Tribe Of
Judea, Modern
Judges, Extraordinary
Judgments
Judgment, The
Justice
Justice of God, The
Justification Before God
Kenites, The
Kings
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Lamps
Language
Laver of Brass
Law of God, The
Law of Moses, The
Leaven
Lebanon
Leopard
Leprosy
Leviathan
Levites, The
Liberality
Liberty, Christian
Life, Eternal
Life, Natural
Life, Spiritual
Light
Lion, The
Locust, The
Long-Suffering of God, The
Love of Christ, The
Love of God, The
Love to Christ
Love to God
Love to Man
Loving-Kindness of God, The
Lying
Macedonian Empire, The
Magistrates
Malice
Man
Manasseh, the Tribe Of
Manna
Marriage
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Masters
Measures
Meat Offerings
Medo-Persian Kingdom
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Mercy
Mercy of God, The
Mercy Seat
Metals
Midianites
Milk
Mills
Ministers
Miracles
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Miracles Through Evil Agents
Miracles Wrought Through Servants of God
Miraculous Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Missionaries, All Christians Should Be As
Missionary Work By Ministers
Moabites
Money
Months
Moon, The
Morning
Moth, The
Mountains
Mule, The
Murder
Murmuring
Music
Naphtali, the Tribe Of
Nazarites
Nethinim
New Birth, The
Night
Nile, the River
Nineveh
Oak Tree, The
Oaths
Obedience to God
Offence
Offences Against the Holy Spirit
Offerings
Oil
Olive Tree, The
Ostrich, The
Owl, The
Ox, The
Palaces
Palm Tree, The
Parables
Pardon
Parents
Paschal Lamb, Typical Nature Of
Patience
Patriarchal Government
Peace
Peace Offerings
Peace, Spiritual
Perfection
Persecution
Perseverance
Pharisees, The
Philistines
Pilgrims and Strangers
Pillars
Plague or Pestilence, The
Ploughing
Pomegranate Tree, The
Pools and Ponds
Poor, The
Power of Christ, The
Power of God, The
Power of the Holy Spirit, The
Praise
Prayer
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Prayer, Intercessory
Prayer, Private
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Precious Stones
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Presents
Presumption
Pride
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Procrastination
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Prophecies Respecting Christ
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Proselytes
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Prudence
Publicans
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Punishments
Purifications
Rain
Raven, The
Reaping
Rebellion Against God
Rechabites
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Redemption
Red Heifer, The
Repentance
Rephaim, or Giants, The
Reproof
Reptiles
Resignation
Resurrection, The
Resurrection of Christ, The
Reuben, the Tribe Of
Revenge
Reviling and Reproaching
Reward of Saints, The
Riches
Righteousness
Righteousness Imputed
Righteousness of God, The
Rings
Rivers
Rocks
Roe, The
Roman Empire, The
Sabbath, The
Sackcloth
Sacrifices
Sadducees, The
Saints, Compared To
Salt
Salutations
Salvation
Samaria, Ancient
Samaria, Modern
Sanctification
Scape Goat, The
Sciences
Scorning and Mocking
Scorpion, The
Scribes
Scriptures, The
Sea, The
Sealing of the Holy Spirit
Seals
Second Coming of Christ, The
Seed
Seeking God
Self-Delusion
Self-Denial
Self-Examination
Selfishness
Self-Righteousness
Self-Will and Stubbornness
Serpents
Servants
Sheep
Shepherds
Shewbread
Shields
Ships
Shoes
Sickness
Sidonians, The
Sieges
Silver
Simeon, the Tribe Of
Simplicity
Sin
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Sin Offering
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Slander
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Spear
Stars, The
Steadfastness
Strangers In Israel
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Summer
Sun, The
Swearing Falsely
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Swine
Sword, The
Synagogues
Syria
Tabernacle
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Temptation
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Thanksgiving
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Theocracy, The, or Immediate Government By God
Threshing
Time
Tithe
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Titles and Names of the Devil
Titles and Names of the Holy Spirit
Titles and Names of Ministers
Titles and Names of Saints
Titles and Names of the Wicked
Towers
Travellers
Trees
Trespass Offering
Tribes of Israel, The
Tribute
Trinity, The
Trumpet
Trust
Truth
Truth of God, The
Types of Christ
Tyre
Unbelief
Unicorn
Union With Christ
Unity of God
Uprightness
Urim and Thummim
Usury or Interest
Vail or Veil
Vail, the Sacred
Valleys
Vanity
Vine, The
Vineyards
Visions
Vows
Waiting Upon God
Walls
War
Warfare of Saints
Watchfulness
Watchmen
Water
Wave Offering
Weeks
Weights
Wells
Whirlwind
Wicked, The, Are Compared To
Widows
Wind, The
Wine
Winter
Wisdom of God, The
Witness of the Holy Spirit
Wives
Wolf, The
Woman
Works, Good
Years
Zeal
Zebulun, the Tribe Of

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A Classic Bible Study

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Beginning Right

There is nothing more important in the Christian life than beginning right.

Reuben Archer Torrey (1856-1928) was both an evangelist and a Bible scholar. Long associated with if we begin right: we can go on right. If we begin wrong: the whole life that follows is likely to be wrong. If anyone who reads these pages has begun wrong, it is a very simple matter to begin over again and begin right. What the right beginning in the Christian life IS — we are told in John 1:12, "To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." The right way to begin the Christian life is by receiving Jesus Christ. To anyone who receives Him, He at once gives power to become a child of God. If the reader of this book [webpage] should be the wickedest man on earth and should at this moment receive Jesus Christ, that very instant he would become a child of God. God says so in the most unqualified way in the verse quoted above. No one can become a child of God in any other way. No man, no matter how carefully he has been reared, no matter how well he has been sheltered from the vices and evils of this world, is a child of God until he receives Jesus Christ. We are "sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26), and in no other way.

What does it mean to receive Jesus Christ? It means to take Christ to be to yourself all that God offers Him to be to everybody. Jesus Christ is God's gift. "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Some accept this wondrous gift of God. Everyone who does accept this gift becomes a child of God. Many others refuse this wondrous gift of God, and everyone who refuses this gift of God perishes. He is condemned already. "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" (John 3:18).

What does God offer His Son to be to us?

1. First of all, God offers Jesus to us to be our sin-bearer. We have all sinned. There is not a man or woman or a boy or a girl who has not sinned (Romans 23:22, 23). "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives" (1 John 1:8, 10). Now, we must each of us bear our own sin or some one else must bear it in our place. If we were to bear our own sins, it would mean we must be banished forever from the presence of God, for God is holy. "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). But God Himself has provided another to bear our sins in our place, so that we should not need to bear them ourselves. This sin-bearer is God's own Son, Jesus Christ: "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21). When Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary He redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse in our stead (Galatians 3:13). To receive Christ, then, is to believe this testimony of God about His Son, to believe that Jesus Christ did bear our sins in His own body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24), and to trust God to forgive all our sins because Jesus Christ has borne them in our place. "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).

Our own good works, past, present, or future, have nothing to do with the forgiveness of our sins. Our sins are forgiven, not because of any good works that we do; they are forgiven because of the atoning work of Christ on the cross of Calvary in our place. If we rest in this atoning work we shall do good works, but our good works will be the outcome of our being saved and the outcome of our believing on Christ as our sin-bearer. Our good works will not be the ground of our salvation, but the result of our salvation, and the proof of it. We must be very careful not to mix in our good works at all as the ground of salvation. We are forgiven, not because of Christ's death and our good works, but solely and entirely because of Christ's death. To see this clearly is the right beginning of the true Christian life.

2. God offers Jesus to us as our deliverer from the power of sin. Jesus not only died, He rose again. Today He is a living Savior. He has all power in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He has power to keep the weakest sinner from falling (Jude 24). He is able to save not only completely, but "completely," all that come to the Father through Him ("Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them" (Hebrews 7:25). "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). To receive Jesus is to believe this that God tells us in His Word about Him, to believe that He did rise from the dead, to believe that He does now live, to believe that He has power to keep us from falling, to believe that He has power to keep us from the power of sin day by day, and just trust Him to do it.

This is the secret of daily victory over sin. If we try to fight sin in our own strength, we are bound to fail. If we just look up to the risen Christ to keep us every day and every hour, He will keep us. Through the crucified Christ we get deliverance from the guilt of sin, our sins are all blotted out, we are free from all condemnation; but it is through the risen Christ that we get daily victory over the power of sin. Some receive Christ as a sin-bearer and thus find pardon, but do not get beyond that, and so their life is one of daily failure. Others receive Him as their risen Savior also, and thus enter into an experience of victory over sin. To begin right we must take Him not only as our sin-bearer, and thus find pardon; but we must also take Him as our risen Savior, our Deliverer from the power of sin, our Keeper, and thus find daily victory over sin.

3. But God offers Jesus to us, not only as our sin-bearer and our Deliverer from the power of sin, but also as our Lord and King. We read in Acts 2:36, "Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Lord means Divine Master, and Christ means anointed King. To receive Jesus is to take Him as our Divine Master, as the One to whom we yield the absolute confidence of our intellects, the One whose word we believe absolutely, the One whom we will believe. Though many of the wisest of men may question or deny the truth of His teachings; and as our King to whom we gladly yield the absolute control of our lives, so that the question from this time on is never going to be: What would I like to do or what do others tell me to do, or what do others do? But, "What would my King Jesus have me do?" A right beginning involves an unconditional surrender to the Lordship and Kingship of Jesus.

The failure to realize that Jesus is Lord and King, as well as Savior, has led to many a false start in the Christian life. We begin with Him as our Savior, as our sin-bearer and our Deliverer from the power of sin, but we must not end with Him merely as Savior; we must know Him as Lord and King. There is nothing more important in a right beginning of the Christian life than an unconditional surrender, both of the thoughts and the conduct, to Jesus. Say from your heart and say it again and again, "All for Jesus." Many fail because they shrink back from this entire surrender. They wish to serve Jesus with half their heart, and part of themselves, and part of their possessions. To hold back anything from Jesus means a wretched life of stumbling and failure.

The life of entire surrender is a joyous life all along the way. If you have never done it before, go alone with God today; get down on your knees, and say, "All for Jesus," and mean it! Say it very earnestly; say it from the bottom of your heart. Stay on your knees until you realize what it means and what you are doing. It is a wondrous step forward when one really takes it. If you have taken it already, take it again, take it often. It always has fresh meaning and brings fresh blessedness. In this absolute surrender is found the key to the truth. Doubts rapidly disappear for one who surrenders all (John 7:17). In this absolute surrender is found the secret of power in prayer (1 John 3:22). In this absolute surrender is found the supreme condition of receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:32).

Taking Christ as your Lord and King involves obedience to His will, so far as you know it, in each smallest detail of life. There are those who tell us that they have taken Christ as their Lord and King who at the same time are disobeying Him daily in business, in domestic life, in social life, and in personal conduct. Such persons are deceiving themselves. You have not taken Jesus as your Lord and King if you are not striving to obey Him in everything each day. He Himself says, "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46).

To sum it all up, the right way to begin the Christian life is to accept Jesus Christ as your sin-bearer and to trust God to forgive your sins because Jesus Christ died in your place; to accept Him as your risen Savior who ever lives to make intercession for you, and who has all power to keep you, and to trust Him to keep you from day to day; and to accept Him as your Lord and King to whom you surrender the absolute control of your thoughts and of your life. This is the right beginning, the only right beginning of the Christian life. If you have made this beginning, all that follows will be comparatively easy. If you have not made this beginning, make it now.


Reuben Archer Torrey

photoR. A. Torrey (1856-1928) was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer. Held evangelistic meetings around the world with song leader Charlie Alexander. Called by D. L. Moody to head the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society (now Moody Bible Institute); Dean of Bible Institute of Los Angeles; pastorates included Chicago Avenue Church (now Moody Memorial Church) and Church of the Open Door, Los Angeles. Wrote more than forty books.