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Introduction to the writings of Alec Sutherland

INTRODUCTION to the writings of Alec Sutherland

The following writings in this work are those that have been left behind by my Father Alec Sutherland. All of the works are theological and were not written for anything other than sermon notes and thoughts. My mother Joyce Sutherland has agreed to have his words published and I have painstakingly transcribed them as best I can and have found his open thoughts intriguing.

I have not altered the text other than a few words that I have included in Italics in hope of making his writings more readable for all of us.

I hope his words will be a blessing to all those who read them

Every blessing
Simon Peter Sutherland

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ADVOCACY by Alec Sutherland (1938-1999)

Holy Bible © 2013 Simon Peter Sutherland

Holy Bible © 2013 Simon Peter Sutherland

Today is the 12th anniversary of the death of my father, Alec Sutherland.

My father spent some periods of his life as a minister and preacher. Sometime ago I came upon some of his theological notes and writings. I transcribed all of these these writings and have now decided on the anniversary of his death to put his writings on the internet. This little article he wrote is called “Aduocy”.

Hope its a blessing
Simon Peter Sutherland

ADVOCACY

There are two sides to every truth
HEBREWS 8: 12, 10: 16-17

“Whenever the child of God draws near to the father on the ground of the blood, he is met with grace and no more remembrance is made of his sins. Remember, these are called the Elect. This has been confirmed by oath as well as promise, for God has sworn (Hebrews 6: 17).

So the true believer has this double assurance, absolute satisfaction has been made for sin, for all who have truly repented and believed in the Lord Jesus and has been born again of the Holy Spirit, and is in-dwelt of the same spirit. They therefore are dead to sin and dead to the Law; its curse has been met. It no longer has dominion over them. So there is no longer any condemnation to those who are IN CHRIST (Romans 8: 1). While Jesus assures that we shall not perish, and assures us that sin will not be laid to our charge, as to condemn us. We still need to confess and judge and put away sin. For while the judge will not condemn, the Father will not show us His favour if we grieve the Holy Spirit. Fellowship is broken, communion needs to be restored and parental forgiveness received for this is promised (1 John 1: 9). Justification and parental forgiveness, a judge cannot forgive, he must be satisfied if he is to acquit the offender. This has been done for every believer. The Earth having been satisfied in the cross of Christ, justifies freely all who believe in Jesus (Romans 3: 24). But a Father can forgive. The child who offends does not appear before a judge who must condemn, but before a loving father who forgives on true repentance and confession. Justification is once for all. Forgiveness as often as the need is felt.

We must make our election and calling sure, for if we are not true believers our sins are still on us. True believers rejoice in the Salvation and walk with Christ. Forward into every life of Christ, onward to completion in Him. Cherishing blessings and possessing them as promised according to his riches in Christ, “who satisfieth thy mouth with good things so that thy youth is renewed like the Eagles” Psalm 103: 5).

Alec Sutherland
1938-1999

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