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John Newton : Bond Slave to Jesus Christ - Published on July 19, 2004
...    We must distinguish very carefully between what men call saints and what God calls saints. Ecclesiastical saints are so called after an earthly standard. The lives of men are examined, and if they pass the human requirements of saintliness which have been set up by the church courts, then they are called saints. But when God makes a saint, He does it by exalting the Lord Jesus Christ and manifesting His grace to a sinner.     Of all the examples which I know in the his...
Arminianism : The Golden Idol of Freewill - Published on July 19, 2004
...Not unto us, 0 LORD, not unto us, but unto Thy Name, give glory for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth's sake (Psalm 115:1). Some expositors have supposed, that this Psalm was penned by the prophet Daniel; on occasion of the miraculous deliverance of Shadrac, Meshac, and Abednego, when they came out, unhurt, from the burning fiery furnace, into which they had been thrown by the command of king Nebuchadnezzar. And, indeed, there are not wanting passages, in the Psalm itself, which seem to countenance...
Augustus Toplady
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The HEIR of HELL : Walking in Light - Published on July 19, 2004
...But we now have to draw a different picture, the fearful picture of an HEIR OF HELL WALKING IN LIGHT. Our materials for this sketch (for, of a character so various, so intricate. So ever-changing,so branching out into a thousand shapes and a million hues. Our description can only be a very feeble sketch) must be drawn from three sources: (1) From Scripture. (2) From observation of others.(3) From what I know of the deceitful workings and delusions of my own heart. To some who know neither the...
J.C. Philpot
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The HEIR of HEAVEN : Walking in Darkness - Published on July 19, 2004
..."Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of His servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow" ISAIAH 50:10-11. THE WORD OF GOD appears to me to resemble a vast and deep mine, in which precious m...
J.C. Philpot
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Trying the Spirits : Sermon 51 - Published on July 19, 2004
...Preached at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, on Thursday evening, August 1, 1844 "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God."-I John iv. 1. There are two evils in the human heart, which, when thoroughly ripened and brought to a head, become, the one, gross superstition, and the other open infidelity; superstition crediting everything, however false; infidelity believing nothing, however true. These two opposite evils, being closely bound up i...
J.C. Philpot
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Bought with a Price : 1 Corinthians 6:20 - Published on July 19, 2004
...How deep, how dreadful, of what awful magnitude, of how black a dye, of how ingrained a stamp must sin be, to need such an atonement-no less than the blood of him who was the Son of God-to put it away. What a slave to sin and Satan, what a captive to the power of lust, how deeply sunk, how awfully degraded, how utterly lost and undone must guilty man be to need a sacrifice like this. "Ye are bought with a price." Have you ever felt your bondage to sin, Satan, and the world? Have you ever groaned...
J.C. Philpot
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Be Strong, Fear Not : Isaiah 35:4 - Published on July 19, 2004
..."Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not."-ISAIAH xxxv. 4. FEAR not." "Ah! but Lord," the soul says, "I do fear. I fear myself more than anybody. I fear my base, wicked heart, my strong lusts and passions, and my numerous inward enemies, the snares of Satan, and the temptations of the world. Thou sayest, 'Fear not.' But I do fear. I cannot help but fear." Still the Lord says, " Fear not." Let us see if we cannot find something to explain this a little more clearly. There ...
J.C. Philpot
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Alive Without the Law : Romans 7:9 - Published on July 19, 2004
..."I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died."-ROMANS vii. 9. The Apostle describes in his own case how men are affected toward the law before it enters as a condemning sentence into their beart. "I was alive without the law once." The law was hanging over him as a condemning sentence, as a minister of death, as a messenger of wrath, as a consuming fire, but he felt it not. As with a thunderstorm in the remote distance, he might hear the low mutteri...
J.C. Philpot
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Passed from Death Unto Life : I John 3:14 - Published on July 19, 2004
..."We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."-I JOHN iii. 14. THE Lord's people in their early days have a measure of heavenly love. Though perhaps they cannot say that Jesus is theirs; though they dare not declare they shall certainly go to heaven when they die; though they sometimes cannot even assert that the work of grace is really begun upon their souls; yet there is love manifested in them to God's word, God's people, God's servants, and God's truth. ...
J.C. Philpot
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The Gospel Standard Articles of Faith - Published on July 19, 2004
...I We believe in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, and receive them as a gracious revelation of the mind and will of God (Deut. 4:2, Ps. 19:7, Prov. 30:5-6, 2 Pet. 1:19-21, Rev. 22:18-19, John 5:39); and we believe that therein are revealed all the doctrines and truths which we here state. (2 Tim. 3:15-17.) II We believe that there is but one living and true God (Exod. 3:14, Deut. 4:35, Deut. 6:4, Num. 23:19, 1 Sam. 2:2-3, Ps. 90:2, Ps. 115:3, Ps. 135:5, Ps. 139:7-10, Prov. 15:3, ...
Calvin vs. Hyper-Spurgeonism : The Battle for the Preaching of the One Scriptural and Reformation Gospel - Published on July 18, 2004
...That C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a remarkable man, few would have the temerity to deny. That he was a man used of the Lord in his day to gather in many of his elect people by the preaching of the gospel, again, few would deny, but there are many who would deny that he was and is the final authority in respect of the faithful exposition of the Doctrines of Grace and their presentation. There are many who have real problems with Spurgeon's view of universal offers of grace and invitations to...
A.J. Baxter
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Shall every man know the plague of his own heart : 1 Kings 8:38 - Published on July 17, 2004
...     The above words have laid on my mind the last days, as the only Scripture which at present seems to apply to my personal condition. One may ask to whom these words refer. Do they speak about every man without distinction? Or do they speak about some particular kinds of men alone? I believe the latter is true. The unregenerate may have a head knowledge about the doctrine of man's absolute and total hereditary sin-depravity, and it may even go a bit further than that. But h...
Harald Granbacka
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The Moral Law - Published on July 17, 2004
...     The moral law is a chastening rod in the hand of God the Father, which he uses upon all the elect children that he has given to Christ, who are all of them transgressors of his law, being by nature under it, and children of wrath even as others; and guilty before him: hence it is, "If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments: if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquities...
William Huntington
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Ye Must Be Born Again : John 3:7 - Published on July 17, 2004
...     These days, almost everyone talks about being born again; but virtually no one knows what the Word of God teaches about the new birth. Therefore, I want to address this vital subject in simple, clear, unmistakable terms. When you have heard what I have to say in the next five minutes, I want you to understand what the new birth is and how it is accomplished. More importantly, I pray that you will be born again. May God be pleased to make it so for Christ's sake.  ...
Don Fortner
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What Ye Think of Christ? - Published on July 17, 2004
...     Dear Sir, I think, from my very heart, that the grand controversy which the King of heaven has with our nation, is, for our prevailing contempt of His most adorable Son, Jesus Christ. A Gift compared with whom everything in earth or sky is lighter than dust upon the scale. A Gift, by which an omnipotent and eternal God not only demonstrates, but cornmends His love. Matchless, then, and unspeakable must it be! See how the prophet Isaiah exults and triumphs in this glorious Gif...
James Hervey
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The Particular Love of God - Published on July 15, 2004
...This extract is from a larger article, 'A response to Philip R Johnston's A Primer on Hyper-Calvinism' . The 'Primer' was published in the Sword and Trowel and previously reviewed in New Focus magazine. There is a close connection between the idea that God loves everyone and that he provides a common grace for everyone. John Murray summarises this in his works, There is a love in God that goes forth to lost men and is manifest in the manifold blessings which all men without distinction...
Paul Fahy
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Why Did God Create Wasps? - Published on July 15, 2004
...And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. - Joshua 24.12         At this time of the year, along with strawberries and ice-cream, picnics and barbeques, butterflies and the drone of honey-bees in blossom on a balmy summer evening, there comes a question: Why did God create wasps? If ever an insect could spoil an idyllic moment a wasp can. And that...
Peter Meney
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Limiting the Atonement - Published on July 15, 2004
...Any idea of limiting God ought to be anathema to a Christian. Our God is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient) and all-pervading (omnipresent). There is nothing in this world or the entire universe that God does not see, know and control. There is nothing that God has willed and purposed to do that will be frustrated or fail. Our finite minds buckle at such immensity, but that is why our Lord is God Almighty. Nevertheless, there are areas in which God has chosen to limit Himself a...
Peter Meney
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Say it with Flowers - Published on July 15, 2004
...'I don't believe in election'. 'But its in the Bible.' 'What do you mean you don't believe in it?' 'I don't believe in it the way you do.' 'Well, how do you believe in it?' 'Certainly not that God chose only some people for salvation so that whatever they did they would be saved and everyone else lost. That's horrible and unfair. I prefer to think of it as God looking into the future and seeing how people would react when they hear the gospel, then conditionally electing them to heaven or he...
Peter Meney
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A Crime Worthy of Death - Published on July 15, 2004
...In Numbers chapter 15 an incident is recounted from Israel's wilderness wandering. It concerns a man who gathered sticks on the sabbath day, and the high cost of his actions. Today, in Britain, we have completely erased capital punishment from the list of possible sentences for wrongdoing. The ultimate act of retribution, the death penalty, is no longer available to judges even for the most heinous of crimes. Sabbath breaking But in Old Testament Israel this was not the case. There were num...
Peter Meney
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