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What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? - 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
Christ, the Believer's Portion - Published on July 12, 2004
...No object is so suitable and adequate to the heart as He is. He is a portion that punctually, exactly, and directly suits the condition of the soul, that suits the desires of the soul; the necessities of the soul, the wants of the soul, the longings of the soul, and the prayers of the soul. The soul can crave nothing, nor wish for nothing, but what is to be found in this Portion. Here is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply the soul, mercy to pardon the soul, beauty to delight the soul, glory to ravish the soul, and fullness to fill the soul, etc. Health is not more suitable to the sick man, nor wealth to the poor man, nor bread to the hungry man, nor drink to the thirsty man, nor clothes to the naked man, nor balm t...
Thomas Brooks
The Object of Our Faith - Published on July 12, 2004
...The person of Christ is the object of faith. It is Christ in the promises that faith deals with. The promise is but the shell, Christ is the kernel; the promise is but the casket, Christ is the jewel in it; the promise is but the field, Christ is the treasure that is hid in that field; the promise is a ring of gold, Christ is the pearl in that ring; and upon this sparkling, shining pearl, faith delights most to look Faith hath two hands, and with both she lays earnest and fast hold on King Jesus. Christ's beauty and glory is very taking and drawing; faith cannot see it, but it will lay hold on it. Christ is the principle object about which faith is exercised, for the obtaining of righteousness and everlasting happiness....
Thomas Brooks
He Hath Found it So - Published on July 12, 2004
...A man that hath that experimental knowledge that accompanies salvation, will from experience tell you, that sin is the greatest evil in the world, for he hath found it so, Rom. 7; that Christ is the one thing necessary, for he hath found Him so, Psalm 27:4; that the favor of God is better than life, for he hath found it so, Psalm 63:3; that only pardoning mercy makes a man happy, for he hath found it so, Psalm 32:1,2; that a wounded spirit is such a burden that none can bear, for he hath found it so, Proverbs 28:14; that an humble and broken heart is an acceptable sacrifice to God, for he hath found it so, Psalm 51:17; that the promises are precious pearls, for he hath found them so, II Peter 1:4; that the smiles of God will make up the want of any outward mercy, for he hath found it so, P...
Thomas Brooks
Thoughts on Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
...God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that wherein the heart is sincerely and wholly. The true mother would not have the child divided. God loves a broken and a contrite heart, so He loathes a divided heart. God neither loves halting or halving....
Thomas Brooks
Complete in Him - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth," Romans 10:4 The obedience required by the law He has given, the satisfaction for sin, which it demanded, He has presented on behalf of His Church and people. Each one is brought by the Holy Ghost to confess: "In the Lord have I righteousness and strength," Isaiah 45:24. The Word declares, for the comfort of all who hunger and thirst after righteousness, "In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory," Isaiah 45:25. He, Himself the Righteous One, is the righteousness of His people, and they are taught that precious truth, "For He hath made Him sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him," 2 Cor. 5:21. "Of God!" Before the worlds were framed, t...
Thomas Bradbury
The Name of God - Published on July 12, 2004
...The Name of God is the manifestation of His gracious character, covenant relationship, and glorious perfections. Look at it as revealed to Moses' heart, and sounded in his ears, "The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, f'orgiving iniquity arid transgression and sin, and that will bv no means clear the guilty" (Ex. 34:6-7). The Name of God is the unfolding of His love, grace, mercy, pity, and compassion in the Person, work, blood, and obedience of' Jesus. God says of Him as the Covenant Angel, "My Name is in Him" (Ex. 23:21) This means that all the fulness of God dwells, abides in Him. In fact it declares Him to be co-essential, co-equal, and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Ghost. He is the expres...
Thomas Bradbury
Adam - A Type of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
..."I love my wife." Nowhere do we see the love of Christ to His church set forth so fully as in the case of Adam's love to Eve. He was the figure of the Coming One-the Last Adam. The popular notion is that Eve beguiled Adam. Eve did nothing of the kind. Satan beguiled her by throwing the dust of fleshly expectancy in her eyes and allured her into transgression against, and distance from, God. The Holy Ghost tells us plainly that "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (I Tim. 2:14). Adam was in no wise deceived, neither by the devil nor by his wife. He knew what he was doing and sinned with his eyes wide open. He saw her in the depths of her guilt and shame; and out of pure love to her, before he would be parted from her he would be damned with her. He ...
Thomas Bradbury
Blessings or a Curse? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     How often have we heard someone talk about being blessed of the Lord? Or some false preacher says, "God has a blessing for you today!"      Most generally, when people consider their blessings, they start counting temporal things; their money, health, size of their house, a prosperous business or job, etc. But the scriptures say, "We look not at the things which are seen, but at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (1 Cor.4: 18). The scriptures also speak of spiritual blessings in Christ.      Let us weigh some of our ideas about God's blessings in light of His Word. If being prosperous is evidence of God's blessings, then is b...
Donald Bell
The Only Thing That Will Last - Published on July 12, 2004
...While driving through town the other day, I saw a church sign that read, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." You and I have heard this Saying for years. And it seems like a good saying. But is it really? No! It's true, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past." Our days are a shadow, a vapor that appears for a moment, then is gone. David, the sweet psalmist of Israel prayed that the Lord would make him to number his days and to know his end. But it is not "only what's done for Christ will last." No, my friends! When we get to the end of our lives, or as we get to the end of a particular day, and we look back over it, we will not gloat, or feel good about what we have "done for Christ." God's Word teaches us that it's only what Christ has done for us that...
Donald Bell
John Bunyan on Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
...     When John Bunyan stepped into the pulpit to preach his last message on August 21, 1688, he bowed his head to pray. Prayer with Mr. Bunyan was very real; and when he would pray, he always asked himself, "to what end, O my soul, art thou retired to this place? To converse with the Lord in prayer? Is He present? Will He hear thee? Is He merciful; will He help thee? Is thy business concerning the welfare of thy soul? What words wilt thou use to move His compassion?"      With bowed head his prayer begins, "We are but dust and ashes; Thou the great God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! We are vile sinners; Thou art a Holy God! We are as poor, crawling worms! Thou art the omnipotent Creator! MAY OUR HEARTS BE WITHOUT WORDS, O LORD, RATHER ...
John Bunyan
That I may Win Christ : Phil. 3:8 - Published on July 12, 2004
...What does it mean to WIN CHRIST? It doesn't mean that we can win His favor, or win His blessings by some act that we do, nor does it mean that we can win His special attention and get Him to do something special for us because we have done something to receive special treatment from Him. That can't possibly be what it means; for that is earning not winning Christ. You may say, "Well, preacher, if it doesn't mean these things, what does it mean?" When the apostle talked about his desire to WIN CHRIST, I believe he meant mainly one thing. It was that Christ Himself was the prize; Christ Himself was the goal for him. Christ became all in all. In the light of our Lord's glorious Person and His accomplished redemption, Paul counted everything else but dung and rubbish; willing to lose all, ...
Donald Bell
The Savor of Christ : II Cor. 2:14-16 - Published on July 12, 2004
...The apostle gave thanks unto God because as he preached Christ, God always made him to triumph and made manifest the savor (spread abroad the knowledge of Christ) as the savor of a sacrifice. This savor is unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved. The preaching of Christ is a savor of life and death, and as Christ is preached, he is life to them who believe, receive, bow to, and rejoice in Him as their only pleas and righteousness before God. But even as Christ is preached, He is a savor unto death in them that perish - to them who won't believe, won't receive, won't bow to, and don't rejoice in Christ. They feel they don't need the savor of a sacrifice before the holiness and justice of God. When the gospel is preached, there are two things always taking place (even though...
Donald Bell
What do You Believe? - Published on July 12, 2004
...Here is a summary of blessed Bible truths they are incontrovertible. These Bible truths give Believers a strong and blessed assurance of their hope in Christ. Do you believe them? Have you ever been confronted with them? The Scriptures are the inerrant, infallible, verbally inspired word of God. Not only are they words about God, they are the very words of God. They are His means of revealing Himself and His will to mankind (II Tim. 3:16). God is Absolutely Sovereign! He works all things after the counsel of His own will. He actually rules over this world and the affairs of those in it. He does exactly as He pleases and when He pleases. He is Sovereign in creation - in salvation - and in providence (Eph. 1:11, Dan. 4:35, Rom. 9:15-16)! Man is dead in trespasses and sins. He...
Donald Bell
How Can God Be Approached? - Published on July 12, 2004
...It is common among men to believe that God can be approached and understood in many different ways. Some believe that a god of nature can be found in nature. It is true that God is Creator and sustainer of all creation, "The heavens declare his glory, the firmament shows His handiwork" (Ps. 19:1). But nature cannot nor does not reveal how sin can be put away, nor how God can be a Just God and a Saviour. The Lord Jesus told Thomas, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me", (Jn. 14:5-6). When He said no man, he included every member of the human race. There is no approaching the Father by your good works - for there is none righteous, no not one! There is no approaching Him in the wafer and the wine, ceremony or ritual. Our Lord is emphatic on how God...
Donald Bell
It's a Pity - Published on July 12, 2004
...One old writer said, "The 'god' of this age no more resembles the 'God' of the bible than the flickering of a candle resembles the sun." It is a pity that the "god" preached from the average pulpit has no power to save, no ability to do anything for anyone, whose purpose is frustrated. Let me illustrate how god is presented to the majority of church-goers: "Now 'god' wants to save you if you will let Him." "'god' wants to bless you if you will meet his conditions." "god' has done all he can do, it's now up to you; he has made the first step, now if you will just make a step he will meet you halfway." Another popular but false presentation is, Jesus will save you if you will just open your heart and let him in; 'god' can't do anything for you unless you, by your freewill, let him." Does al...
Donald Bell
Is it Fair? - Published on July 12, 2004
...The bible teaches that God chose a people and that He gave those people to His Son. It also teaches that He came into the world to live and die for those people. The Bible doesn't teach anywhere that Christ died for everyone. Whenever this truth is proclaimed, we hear this cry. "It's not fair for God not to give everyone the same chance, to not make the death and blood of Christ 'available' for everyone!" Salvation is not based upon fairness or chance, but upon justice. God's justice demands that He punish sin (Heb. 1:13; Ezek. 18:4). The eternal, immutable God of heaven and earth made a way whereby He could punish sin and at the same time save the sinner. He made a way where He could be a just God and also be a Saviour. How? By Christ, the Lamb of God! Christ our Lord willingly came into...
Donald Bell
Five Glorious Truths - Published on July 12, 2004
...Anyone who has ever read their bible knows that, "The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth" (Rom. 1:16). As a preacher of the gospel of the free and sovereign grace of God, I maintain that the gospel cannot be, nor is it preached, without certain truths being proclaimed. There are five bible truths that must be presented to the minds of men. Where these bible truths are not present, the gospel is not preached. The five essential truths are: Man's Total Ruin - Man is "dead in trespasses and sins; his heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" (Eph. 2:1-3, Jn. 17:9). Because man has a sinful nature everything he does is sinful. "None is good, none is righteous" (Rom. 3:10-11). Since all men are alike in this condition there is necessarily....
Donald Bell
Free and Sovereign Grace - Published on July 12, 2004
...In the matter of salvation we must go to the Word of God. There is no other source to tell us of God, man, sin, Christ, and salvation. The word "Grace is of the utmost importance, the scriptures are full of this word "Grace"; 38 times in the Old Testament and 115 times in the New Testament. Moses was interested in knowing if he had found "Grace in the sight of the Lord." Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Grace is what the New Testament is teaching us - "Salvation by Grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." To be ignorant of Grace is to be ignorant of the scriptures and of salvation. The meaning of "Grace" has been lost to most people, to most it's a word used to get a "celestial battery charge" when they go to church. The majority of preachers in preaching and religious peo...
Donald Bell
Taken For Granted - Published on July 12, 2004
...People are accustomed to taking things for granted, I believe everyone will agree with that statement. When we are reminded of this we feel guilty and promise ourselves that we will stop taking things for granted, especially the important things such as, family, health, freedom, a good job, etc. But there is an area where people take things for granted that is dangerous and the consequences are eternal. It is their religion! They never question whether it is True, does it honor God, or whether it is even in the word of God. To take the truth about your soul for granted shows arrogance and presumption. To not look for yourself to see if what you are hearing is true, is indeed dangerous and could be eternally fatal. Here are three things men take for granted that are not true. FREEWILLISM...
Donald Bell
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