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Loved with an Everlasting Love - Published on July 11, 2004
...God's love to His elect is not of yesterday; it does not begin with their love to Him, We love Him, because He first loved us. It was bore in His heart towards them long before they were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son. It does not commence in time, but bears date from eternity, and is the ground and foundation of the elect's being called in time out of darkness into marvelous light: I have loved thee, says the Lord to the church, with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I have drawn thee. that is in effectual vocation. Many are the instances which might be given in proof of the antiquity of God's love to His elect, and as it is antecedent to their being brought out of a state of nature. God's choosing them in Chris...
John Gill
But I am a Worm - Published on July 11, 2004
...But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (Psalm 22:6) Christ calls himself "a worm" ... on account of the opinion that men of the world had of him. ... The Jews esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated him as such; he was loathsome to them and hated by them; every one trampled upon him, and trod him under foot as men do worms. ... The Chaldee paraphrase renders it here a weak worm; and though Christ is the mighty God, and is also the Son of man, whom God made strong for himself; yet there was a weakness in his human nature, and he was crucified through it (2 Cor. 13:4): and it has been observed by some, that the (Hebrew) word 'towla' there used signifies the scarlet worm, or the worm that is in the grain or berry with which scarlet is dyed: and like this s...
John Gill
Take Heed What Ye Hear - Published on July 11, 2004
..."Take heed what ye hear . ." (Mark 4:24). Not the cunningly-devised fables, and illusory dreams men are to be attended to, and heard; but the word of God; between which there is as much difference as between chaff and wheat (see Jer. 23:28). That Word which comes from God, relates His mind and will especially concerning salvation by Christ, is to be hearkened unto; and whatsoever is delivered by the ministers of the gospel, agreeable to the Word of God, which is fetched out of it, and confirmed by it, is to be heard and received, not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of God: not lies, spoken in hypocrisy, as all false doctrines are; for no lie is of the truth; not these, but the word of truth, is to be heard and embraced, which comes from the God of truth; the substance o...
John Gill
The Cause of Election - Published on July 11, 2004
...These maxims are certainly true and indisputable: (1) That nothing in time can be the cause of what was done in eternity. To believe, to do good works, and persevere in them are acts in time, and so cannot be causes of election, which was done in eternity. And (2) That nothing out of God can be the cause of any decree or will in him. He is no passive Being, to be wrought upon by motives and inducements outside of himself. If his will is moved by anything outside of him, that must be superior to him, and his will must become dependent on that; which to say of God is to speak very unworthily of him. God wills things because it so pleases him. Predestination is according to the good pleasure of his will. Election is according to his foreknowledge, which is no other than his free favor and goo...
John Gill
John Gill's First Words at Carter Lane - Published on July 11, 2004
...Many have read and justly quoted Spurgeon's first words in the Metropolitan Tabernacle. They are worthy to be inscribed upon every pulpit in the world. It should be required of every preacher that he put into practice what Spurgeon said on that momentous occasion. But few have read or heard the first words spoken by his venerable predecessor, John Gill, at the opening of the house of worship at Carter lane more than 100 years earlier. A comparison of the two will show that Spurgeon followed Gill in doctrine and practice as well as in the pastoral office. The meeting house at Carter Lane was opened on October 9, 1757. The pastor, John Gill, preached from Exodus 20:24. In the course of his message he made the the following comments. "As we have now opened a new place of worship, we enter u...
John Gill
What You Won't Learn from 'The Passion' - Published on July 10, 2004
...A Mel Gibson film, 'The Passion,' is being touted by religious leaders and organizations as 'one of the greatest evangelistic tools in modern-day history.' There are, however, some things that I know that you won't learn from it, even though some boast that it is a faithful rendering of the gospel accounts in the Bible. 1. It won't teach you the GOSPEL. The Bible says, "it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING (not dramatizing) to save them that believe, I Cor. 1:21. Is not the Bible sufficient to give us the account of Christ's death? Is it not the record that God has given of His Son, 1 John 5:11. Faith does not walk by sight, 2 Cor. 5:7. The truth regarding the Lord Jesus Christ, and how God has redeemed and justified sinners by His sovereign grace, is not revealed through man-ma...
Ken Wimer
The Passion of the Christ : The Movie - Published on July 10, 2004
...None who know me will be surprised to know that I have no intention of going to see Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of Christ. But the movie has been so passionately promoted by the media and so passionately endorsed by religious leaders across the nation that I feel constrained to state my concerns about it.Papists Propaganda Many Protestant and Baptist religious leaders, as well as Roman Catholic, not only endorse the movie, but even see its showing as an excellent means of evangelism and teaching. The fact that Billy Graham and James Dobson are among them ought to raise red flags before anyone who believes the gospel. We are being fed the media line that this movie is historically accurate and that it is based entirely upon the account of the crucifixion given in John's Gospel. But...
Don Fortner
Did the Spirit of God ever Convince You of Sin? - Published on July 10, 2004
...     Did the Spirit of God ever convince you of sin? Do you see yourself liable to the curse of the law, and the just vengeance of God, for the innate depravity of your nature, and the transgressions of your life? Do you come to Christ humbled and self-condemned: sensible that unless you are clothed with the merits of Him our Elder Brother, you are ruined and undone, and can never stand with joy or safety before the holy Lord God? If so, lift up thy head; redemption is thine; thou art in a state of grace; thou art translated from death to life; thou art an heir of God, and a joint-heir with Christ. But if you never felt, nor desire to feel this work of the Holy Ghost upon thy heart, this conviction of sin, this penitential faith, all the supposed righteousness of thine own, ...
Augustus Toplady
The Blessed Privilege Of Loving Him - Published on July 10, 2004
...Whom should we love, if not him who loved us, and gave himself for us? If the bliss even of angels and glorified souls, consists greatly in seeing, and praising, the Son of God; surely, to love, to trust, and to celebrate the friend of sinners, must be a principal ingredient in the happiness of saints not yet made perfect. Solomon, whose experience of grace was lively and triumphant when he wrote the Song of Songs, declares in the fifth chapter, "that Christ is altogether lovely" (5:16). Other objects may be overrated, and too highly esteemed; but so transcendent, so infinite, is the excellency of Christ, that he is, and will be to all eternity, more lovely than beloved. Yet, though all the love possible for saints and angels to show, falls, and will always fall, infinitely short of the Sa...
Augustus Toplady
Justifying Righteousness at the Hand of Christ - Published on July 10, 2004
...That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:4) The works of the law, and the righteousness of the law, are synonymous terms. By the former, we are expressly told, no flesh can be justified: nor consequently, by the latter, as performed by us. Why? Because every man is a fallen creature; and to the corruption of his nature, is hourly adding the accumulated iniquity of actual transgressions. Therefore, by such a partial, imperfect, and polluted conformity to the moral law, no person can possibly be accepted unto life. And yet, without justification, man must be lost forever. He must, therefore, either give up all hope of salvation, or seek for a justifying righteousness at the hand of Christ. Now Christ came for this...
Augustus Toplady
The Mystery Of His Love - Published on July 10, 2004
...If anything can awake astonishment, and inflame our gratitude, it must be that mystery of love, God manifested in our nature, and made man, to bleed and die for our salvation. That He should condescend to be sold for thirty shekels of silver, that is, for three pounds fifteen shillings of our money; to be apprehended and condemned as a malefactor; to be crowned with piercing thorns; to be scourged at the bloody pillar; to bear His cross; to be numbered with transgressors; to be reviled by rufianly soldiers, and a merciless populace; to be torn with tormenting nails; and pierced with a hostile spear; and suspended on the ignominious tree, between heaven and earth, as unworthy of either, though He was the maker and preserver of both. What thought can reach, what tongue can tell, the infinite...
Augustus Toplady
Without the Deeds of the Law - Published on July 10, 2004
...Fashionable as the doctrine of legal, conditional justification is, we may say to every individual who embraces it, "There is one that condemns you, even Moses, in whom you trust, and that very law on which you rest:" for its language is, "He that breaketh me only in one point is guilty of all:" and, "Cursed is every man that continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law to do them." Show me the man who has never offended in one point, who hath continued in all things prescribed by Jehovah's perfect law, who loves the Lord with all his heart and his fellow creatures as himself; show me the man who, from the first to the last moment of his life, comes up to this standard, and then you will show me a man who can be justified by works of his own....
Augustus Toplady
The Great Difference - Published on July 10, 2004
...Every religion except one puts upon you doing something in order to recommend yourself to God. It is only the religion of Christ (which runs counter to all the rest by affirming that we are saved and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to the Father's own purpose and grace) which was not sold out to us on certain conditions to be fulfilled by ourselves, but was given us in Christ before the world began. It was long ago remarked by a good man that "It is the business of all false religion to patch up a righteousness in which the sinner is to stand before God. But it is the business of the glorious gospel to bring near to us, by the hand of the Holy Spirit, a righteousness ready wrought, a robe of perfection ready made, wherein God's people, to all the purpo...
Augustus Toplady
Freedom in Christ's Son - Published on July 10, 2004
..."If the Son make you free, ye shall be free indeed."- John 8:36      What is this freedom? Sometimes God is pleased to grant a manifestation of pardon at once, but oftener gradually. The first token of freedom is, to feel that we are in bondage, that we are sinners; for though all men are alike sinners in the sight of God, all are not blessed with freedom to know it, and to cry out for mercy in consequence thereof. We never cry for mercy, feelingly so, till we enjoy a little of this freedom. Then we pant for the water of life, and at last we are enabled to rejoice in a precious Redeemer.      The Son makes us free, and not ourselves. Suppose we were in debt and had naught to pay the debt, and a kind friend was to come and pay it for us, we shou...
William Gadsby
Why Did Christ Die? - Published on July 10, 2004
...According to some people, Christ died to give all a chance of being saved! I do not know that I hate anything more in my soul than to hear that. It makes Jesus Christ so little-that He should do so much, and after all only to get us a chance of being saved. Why, if a man is set up in business, you see how often it happens that he fails in it; and if man cannot manage the paltry things of time and sense without being insolvent, what will he do with eternal realities? And if you come a little closer, when God "made man upright" and he had no sinful nature, what did he do with his innocence? He lost it all! And yet poor presumptuous man has the vanity to think you and I could manage the chance of being saved. What an insult it is to the Lord Jesus Christ to fix the eternal honor of God upon c...
William Gadsby
A Righteousness In Which Jehovah Himself Cannot Find A Flaw - Published on July 10, 2004
...We must have a righteousness in which Jehovah Himself cannot find a flaw, a righteousness which Jehovah cannot mend, a righteousness which neither sin nor Satan can mar; and unless we have on a righteousness of this nature, we can never enter into the blessedness of the world to come. Where, then, are we to find it? Eternal praises to the matchless mercy of a covenant God, we have it in the blessed Person, glorious work, and spotless obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ! And, therefore, as it was essential for Him to fulfill all righteousness for His people, He loved the Lord His God with all His heart, with all His mind, and with all His strength. He began at the beginning, and went through holily, righteously, and steadily every step of the law of God and all in justice and righteousness....
William Gadsby
A Sinner Becomes a Saint : William Huntington's Conversion Story - Published on July 10, 2004
...One evening, Huntington was sitting by the fireside reading his Bible when he came across the words, "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you," John 14:20. These words were at first incomprehensible to Huntington as he had not experienced being 'in Christ' and being thus a new creature. "There must be some secret between Christ and those whom He will save, that I am ignorant of," he exclaimed. As he thought on these things all his sins paraded themselves before him and all his false hope disappeared in a twinkling. Great conviction came upon him but his first thoughts were of hatred to God for putting him in such a position. He shouted out to his wife in great fear, "Molly, I am undone for ever; I am lost and gone; there...
George Ella
Who Preaches the Gospel? : Romans 1:1 - Published on July 10, 2004
...     We cannot do better, when we look for an example of a gospel preacher, than the Apostle Paul. In Romans 1:1, we see how God the Holy Spirit inspired this remarkable man to describe himself as a preacher of the gospel. In doing so, he also describes all those men who truly preach the gospel of Christ.      "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ" - That man who truly preaches the gospel, that man who always preaches the gospel, that man who preaches the whole gospel and that exclusively, is A SERVANT OF JESUS CHRIST. Gospel preachers are the willing, voluntary bond-slaves of the Son of God. Notice how Paul describes himself. It is not, Rev. Paul, Dr. Paul, Father Paul, or Pope Paul, but "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ." This man counted it...
Don Fortner
About the Articles on Pristine Grace - Published on July 8, 2004
...     We copy and paste our articles from a wide source of varying websites on the Internet into Pristine Grace.  We do not attempt to violate copyright restrictions, and if there is a copyright placed on the source article, our policy is to make the copyright made known on our version of the article.  We do not doctor or alter the work of the articles we find except to maybe correct minor typos or spelling errors.  Further, we do not necessarily ask permission to copy articles unless the author explicitly states permission is needed.       If you are an author and find your article posted on this website, it is because we really appreciated it in some sense and thought it would benefit our readers.  We do not charge anyone to access...
Brandan Kraft
A Reasonable Gospel - Published on July 8, 2004
..."Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be like crimson, they shall be as wool" Isaiah 1:18     The gospel is made to be the most reasonable and logical message that God's people have ever heard in their life. The gospel, used by the Spirit of God, is a message that is clear to them, trust worthy, backed with promises from the God who cannot lie, based on unchanging, absolute truth that is used to actually convert the soul. The Spirit convinces the elect of the doctrinal truths of the gospel and the converted sinner now understands and loves the truth and has his assurance of salvation strengthened in this gospel as he lives by faith (Rom 1:17, Heb 6:13-20, II Peter 1:2...
Scott Price
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