About Ivan Foster

Ivan Foster is a recently retired minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Until November 2009 he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach and write as the Lord gives opportunity.

Ivan has written 582 articles so far, you can find them below.

The unsearchable riches of Christ, Pt29

From foreigners to fellow-citizens, Pt2

Scripture: Eph 2:11-13.

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 II. WHEN WE REMEMBER OUR FORMER CONDITION, WE WILL SEE IT TO BE THE SAME AS THE EPHESIANS.
We were Gentiles and without Christ.
1. We were without Christ. That is, “outside of Christ.”  We were not part of Him or in touch with Him. We were in the place of danger and damnation.
2. We were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Israel was the people of God and we were outside of that commonwealth or community.
3. We were strangers to the covenants of promise. We were foreigners, having no part in the covenant of grace. It is called covenants (plural) because it was so often renewed and published to new generations in ancient times (Adam, Abraham, David etc.). We were ignorant of the promise contained in that covenant for we were strangers to it all. What is the covenant? “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John 3:36.
4. We were without hope. Being cut off from God, His people and His gospel, we were without hope for eternity.
5. We were without God. We had religion but not God! Note the words “in the world.” The unconverted sinner is alone in this world. Without guide or comfort; without direction or knowledge; without friend or companion. Without God.
What a dreadfully destitute state to be in
Such were we when Christ in mercy saved us.
How can we ever forget that this was so?
III. OUR DELIVERANCE FROM THIS DREADFUL STATE WAS BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ,” Eph 2:13.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,” 1 Peter 3:18.
We owe all to Christ and His death at Calvary.

The unsearchable riches of Christ, Pt28

From foreigners to fellow-citizens, Pt1

Scripture: Eph 2:11-13.

The word “wherefore” at the beginning of this, the second part of the chapter, indicates that Paul is drawing some conclusions from that which he has stated in the previous verses. He had already reminded them in the earlier verses, of their spiritual state before the grace of God delivered them. He was now going to reinforce those memories.
I. REMEMBERING OUR FORMER STATE IS AN ESSENTIAL EXERCISE FOR THE CHILD OF GOD.
1. How quickly we forget God’s merciful dealings with us. James 1:23-24. We are not inclined to retain spiritual impressions. In Egypt, Israel’s circumstances were terrible, Exodus 2:23-25; 3:7. But once delivered, they soon forgot, Ex 16:1-3. This was but four weeks later!
So it is still with God’s people. Gal 1:6. They had turned away from the gospel, having forgotten what it had done for them. This church at Ephesus was to do the same, despite Paul’s exhortations here, Rev 2:4.
2. Such forgetfulness leads to great sin. It is the seed-bed of all rebellion. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God,” Psalm 9:17. It is the basis of apostasy, Rom 1:28. “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish,”  Deut 8:19. Job 8:11-13. Gal 4:9; 2 Pet 1:9-15.
3. God repeatedly commands remembrance of His dealings with us. “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day,” Deut 5:15. “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no,”  Deut 8:2.
There is a “looking back” that is essential to our wellbeing. “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him,” Isaiah 51:1-2. “Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led,” 1 Cor 12:2.