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The New Covenant : Essay 08 : Jesus Christ: The New Sacrifice - Published on July 13, 2004
...Throughout the entire dispensation of mankind prior to the cross, the phenomenon of sacrifice was carried on. God instituted sacrifice immediately after the 'opening of eyes' in Genesis 3. It is a sign of the promise made in verse 15. The nakedness of man and woman in Genesis was not a matter of delight, as some would propose. There is no inherent beauty and innocence in the original state of being unclothed. In fact, the Bible never speaks of nudity in the positive. From the beginning of revelatory scripture until the end, redemption is always portrayed as the putting on of a garment or robe. For an example, study the allegory of Ezekiel 16. When Jesus hung naked on the cross, it was representative of his becoming sin for us. His humiliation was the purchase price of our shining white robes in eternity....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 07 : Jesus Christ: The New Priesthood - Published on July 13, 2004
...Although the priesthood of the former covenant is abolished, one might technically argue that the new covenant does have an earthly priesthood. What about the believers who are presently on earth and have not yet entered heaven? They are reigning with Christ and have dominion over this present age. Not in themselves--but through their connection with him....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 06 : Jesus Christ: The New Tabernacle - Published on July 13, 2004
...The next issue is this: how important is a building in the new covenant? Do we need to be concerned for building and reverencing 'God's house' like David and Solomon? The above scriptures give a clear answer to this question: absolutely not. In spite of this, all of Christian history is saturated with admonition on the requirement to build a house for God. We have great competition in the world as to which sect can build the most awesome temples. Is it Buddhists, Mormons, Jews, Muslims, or Christians? The sad fact is that Christians have often been the primary cause of such vanity....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 05 : Jesus Christ: The New Circumcision - Published on July 13, 2004
...As outlined in the above passage, the purpose of that covenant was to shut people away from faith by plunging them into sin. It was not to bring about faith. For the non-elect who entered into the law-covenant, their breaking it was the end of God's purposes toward them. They perished forever in their sins and Hebrews is clear that their damnation is a warning to all future generations. For the righteous in that era, it was an administration of grace only in the preparatory sense-as a schoolmaster. So how were people saved before the coming of Christ and the gospel?...
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 04 : Jesus Christ: The New Sabbath - Published on July 13, 2004
...In the introductory study, we examined that only one of God's covenants was an 'agreement' between two parties--after the manner of ancient treaties. The above words can be spoken only of the covenant made at Sinai. All of the other covenants of God are wholly promissory. In reference to these covenants, the words 'they continued not in My covenant' are an impossibility. God alone fulfills the conditions of the promissory covenants....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 03 : Jesus Christ: The End of Works to Gain Blessing - Published on July 13, 2004
...Why would someone introduce a study about Grace with the title: 'The New Covenant Has No Works to Gain Blessing?' It is because truth must be contrasted with error. The gospel will continue to be light only if the darkness is extinguished. Some in this age would have us proclaim the truth and refrain from condemning error. None of the prophets and apostles chosen by God in the past followed that strange and fatal prescription. The test of whether someone really believes the gospel is whether that person unreservedly condemns all doctrine opposed to the gospel. Paul did it (Gal. 1:8,9)....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 02 : Jesus Christ: The End of Obligatory Covenant - Published on July 13, 2004
...he only bilateral covenant in scripture is the one mentioned in Exodus 19 that God cut with physical Israel. It is the one and only obligatory covenant. Jesus Christ was made under the law and fulfilled every aspect of this covenant (Gal. 3:10-13, 4:4,5). It is now dead and gone forever (2 Cor. 3). All other covenants established by God in the Bible are wholly promissory. The fulfillment of none is dependent on human action or faithfulness....
Bob Higby
The New Covenant : Essay 01 : Introduction to the Covenants - Published on July 13, 2004
...For nearly all of the Christian era, many who claim to be God's messengers have attempted to dim the 'more glorious' light of the gospel (2 Cor. 3) with an abundance of legal requirements not ordained of God....
Bob Higby
John Bunyan on the Law - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Wherefore, whenever thou who believest in Jesus, dost hear the law in its thundering and lightning fits, as if it would burn up heaven and earth, then say thou, I am freed from this law, these thunderings have nothing to do with my soul; nay, even, this law, while it thus thunders and roars, it doth both allow and approve of my righteousness. I know that Hagar would sometimes be domineering and high, even in Sarah's house, and against her, but this she is not to be suffered to do, nay, though Sarah herself be barren, wherefore serve it also as Sarah served her, and expel her out from thy house. (Gen. xvi. 1-5.) My meaning is, when this law with its thundering threatenings doth attempt to lay hold on thy conscience, shut it out with a promise of grace; cry, The inn i...
John Bunyan
Give Me Christ, Whatsoever He Cost - Published on July 12, 2004
...     When a man is soundly killed to all his sins, to all his righteousness, to all his comforts whatsoever; and sees that there is no way but the devil must have him, but he must be damned in hell, if he be not clothed with Jesus Christ; 'O !then,(says he) give me Christ on any terms, whatsoever he cost; though he cost me friends, though he cost me comforts, though he cost me all that ever I have! Like the wise merchant in the Gospel, they will sell all to get that pearl (Matt. 13:46). I tell you, when a soul is brought to see its want of Christ aright, it will not be kept back; father, mother, husband, wife, lands, livings, nay life and all shall go, rather than the soul will miss of Christ. Ay, and the soul counts Christ a cheap Saviour, if it can get him upon any ter...
John Bunyan
Seven Evils of the Heart - Published on July 12, 2004
...I find to this day seven evils in my heart: Inclining to unbelief. Suddenly forgetting the love and mercy that Christ has shown to me. A leaning toward the works of the law. Wanderings and coldness in prayer. To forget to watch for my prayers to be answered. Aptness to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have. I can do none of those things which God commands me without sinning. Even though these things cause me great distress, the knowledge of them is good for me because I am inclined to look to my Lord where I find relief....
John Bunyan
Sin - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Sin is the great block and bar to our happiness, the procurer of all miseries to man, both here and hereafter; take away sin, and nothing can hurt us; for death temporal, spiritual, and eternal, is the wages of it.      Sin, and man for sin, is the object of the wrath of God. How dreadful therefore must his case be who continues in sin; for who can bear and grapple with the wrath of God?      No sin against God can be little, because it is against the great God of heaven and earth; but if the sinner can find out a little God, it may be easy to find out little sins.      Sin turns all God's grace into wantonness; it is the dare of His justice, the rape of His mercy; the jeer of His patience; the slight of His powe...
John Bunyan
Do You Love Your Own Soul? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Then pray to Jesus Christ for an awakened heart, for a heart so awakened with all the things of another world, that you may be allured to Jesus Christ.      When you come there, beg again for more awakenings about sin, hell, grace, and about the righteousness of Christ. Cry also for a spirit of discernment, that you may know that which is saving grace indeed. Above all studies, apply yourself to the study of those things that show you the evil of sin, the shortness of man's life, and which is the way to be saved. Keep company with the most godly among the professors.      When you hear what the nature of true grace is, defer not to ask your own heart whether this grace be in you. And take heed, That the preacher himself be s...
John Bunyan
The Death of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...     We never read that Jesus Christ was more cheerful in all His life on earth, than when He was going to lay down His life for His enemies; now He thanked God, now He sang. Christ died and endured the wages of sin, and that without an intercessor, without one between God and Him. He grappled immediately with the ETERNAL JUSTICE OF GOD, who inflicted on Him death, the wages of sin; there was no man to hold off the hand of God; justice had its full blow at Him, and made Him a curse for sin....
John Bunyan
The Glorification of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...     For God to adorn His Son with all this glory in His ascension, thus to make Him ride conqueror up into the clouds, thus to go up with sound of trumpet, with shout of angels and with songs of praises, and let me add, to be accompanied also with those that rose from the dead after His resurrection, who were the very price of His blood-this does greatly demonstrate that Jesus Christ, by what he has done, has paid a full price to God for the souls of sinners, and obtained eternal redemption for them: HE HAD NOT ELSE RODE THUS TRIUMPH TO HEAVEN....
John Bunyan
Righteousness in Heaven - Published on July 12, 2004
...One day, as I was passing into the field, suddenly this sentence fell upon my soul: 'Thy righteousness is in heaven.' And I thought that I could see Jesus Christ at God's right hand. Yes, there indeed was my righteousness, so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say about me that I did not have righteousness, for it was standing there before Him. I also saw that it was not my good feelings that made my righteousness better, and that my bad feelings did not make my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ Himself, 'the same yesterday, and today, and forever,' Hebrews 13:8. Now indeed the chains fell off my legs, and I was loosened from my afflictions and irons. My temptations also fled away so that from that time forward tho...
John Bunyan
True Happiness - Published on July 12, 2004
...     THE HAPPINESS of a being like man consists in the Divine favor, and image, and fellowship; in knowing God, loving God, in being loved by God, in knowing that we are loved by God; in venerating God, trusting in God; having our mind conformed to His mind, our wishes subjected to His pleasure, thinking along with Him, willing along with Him, choosing what He chooses, seeking and finding enjoyment in what He finds enjoyment. This is life! This is happiness!...
John Brown
Self-Examination - Published on July 12, 2004
...What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? Is he the object of your indifference or dislike? Does he "grow up before" you in the revelation of the Gospel, "as a root out of a dry ground, without form or comeliness"? and, when you see him, do you perceive "no beauty why ye should desire him"? Or do you regard him as the loveliest of all beings, and the kindest of all benefactors? Do you love him supremely, not, indeed, as he deserves to be loved, not as you wish to love him, but still far better than the most valuable earthly possession, or the dearest earthly friend? Can you enter into the apostle's feelings, when he says, "whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory"? Do you feel communi...
John Brown
The Gospel : I Corinthians 15:3,4 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For I declared unto you first of all the gospel that which I also recieved, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the scriptures:" "Let us, in the first place, then, make that Gospel, which the apostle states that he had preached to the Corinthians, the subject of consideration. "I declare unto you the Gospel," says he, "which I have preached unto you." The Saxon word "Gospel", like the Greek word of which it is a literal translation, signifies agreeable intelligence, a joyful announcement, good news, glad tidings; and is, in the New Testament, ordinarily employed as a descriptive designation of the revelation of Divine mercy to our lost world, - the divinely-inspired account of the only...
John Brown
Coming to Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...Every one who is brought under this influence will come. It is absolutely certain he shall; but there is no compulsion. The man is not driven, he is led; he is not dragged, he is drawn by "the bands of love and the cords of a man"(Hos. 11:4) - conclusive arguments and cogent motives. The discovery, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, of the sinner's guilt, and depravity, and danger, and of the certain and only mode of deliverance from this guilt, and depravity, and danger, and misery, makes them glad to come, and to renounce every hope and interest that interferes with coming to Him for salvation....
John Brown
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