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Are You Preaching the Gospel? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is true that where sin abounded grace has much more abounded; well then, "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound yet further?" The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge being brought against it. There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel than this, that some people might misunderstand it and mis-interpret it that it really amounts to this: that ...
Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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Saved by a Perfect Law - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is by a perfect law that we are saved; else it would be an unholy salvation. It is by a perfect law, fulfilled in every "jot and tittle" that we are saved; else it would be an unrighteous salvation. The Son of God has kept the law for us. He has magnified it and made it honorable, and thus we have a holy and righteous salvation. Though above law in Himself, He was made "under the law" (Gal. 4:4) for us. And by the vicarious law keeping of His spotless l...
Horatius Bonar
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God's Trees Grow Slowly - Published on July 11, 2004
...          God's processes are not always rapid. His greatest works rise slowly. Swiftness of growth has been one of man's tests of greatness; not so is it with God. His trees grow slowly; the stateliest are the slowest. His creatures grow slowly, year by year; man, the noblest, grows the most slowly of all. God can afford to take His time. Man cannot; he is hasty and impatient. He will have everything to be like Jonah's gourd or like one of those fabled orien...
Horatius Bonar
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What Work Must be Done in Order to be Saved? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Have I then no work to work in this great matter of my pardon? None. What work canst thou work? What work of thine can buy forgiveness or make thee fit for the Divine favor? What work has God bidden thee work in order to obtain salvation? None. His Word is very plain and easy to be understood, "To him that worketh not, but believeth in Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Rom. 4:5). There is but one work by which a man can be sav...
Horatius Bonar
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Faithful and Just to Forgive - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is by a perfect law that we are saved; else it would be an unholy salvation. It is by a perfect law fulfilled in "every jot and tittle" that we are saved; else it would be an unrighteous salvation. The Son of God has kept this law for us; He has magnified it and made it honorable; and thus we have a holy and righteous salvation. Though above law in Himself, He was made "under the law" for us; and by the vicarious law-keeping of His spotless life, as wel...
Horatius Bonar
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What about You? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     "I am not satisfied with my faith," says one. No, of course you aren't; nor will you ever be; at least I hope not! The Bible does not say, "Therefore being satisfied with our faith we have peace with God;" it says, "being justified by faith, we have peace with God."      "I am not satisfied with my repentance." That is wonderful! What would you do with your repentance if you were satisfied with it? Would you find p...
Horatius Bonar
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In the Place of Self - Published on July 11, 2004
...     In the place of self the believer gets the Son of God. Christ fills us, occupies us, engrosses us henceforth. He is all to us what self was before. He takes the place of self in everything from first to last, great or small. He is the substitute for self in the matter of our standing before God. As the first thing the Holy Spirit does is to set aside self in the matter of justification and acceptance, so His next is to present to us the Son of God as the true ground of our ac...
Horatius Bonar
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About Saving Faith - Published on July 11, 2004
...     With a weak faith and a fearful heart, many a sinner stands before the Lord. It is not the strength of our faith, but the perfection of Christ's sacrifice that saves! No feebleness of faith, nor dimness of eye, no trembling of hand can change the efficacy of Christ's blood. The strength of our faith can add nothing to it, nor can the weakness of our faith take anything from Him. Faith (weak or strong) still reads the promise, "the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cl...
Horatius Bonar
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The True Character of Unbelief - Published on July 11, 2004
...     In all unbelief there are these two things - a good opinion of one's self and a bad opinion of God. Man's good opinion of himself makes him think it quite possible to win God's favor by his own religious performances; and his bad opinion of God makes him unwilling and afraid to put his case wholly into His hands. The object of the Holy Spirit's work (in convincing of sin) is to alter the sinner's opinion of himself, and so to reduce his estimate of his own...
Horatius Bonar
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Do You Rejoice In God's Sovereignty? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     If I admit that God's Will regulates the great movements of the universe I must admit that it equally regulates the small. It must do this, for the great depend upon the small. The minutest movement of my will is regulated by the will of God. And in this I rejoice. Woe is me if it be not so. If I shrink from so unlimited control and guidance, it is plain that I dislike the idea of being wholly at the disposal of God. I am wishing to be in part at my own disposal. I am amb...
Horatius Bonar
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The One and Only - Published on July 11, 2004
...     "There is but one God, " says St Paul, "and one mediator between God and man; namely, the man Jesus Christ, who gave himself a ransom for all" Therefore, let no man think to draw near unto God, or obtain grace of him, without this mediator, high-priest, and advocate.      It follows that we cannot through our good works, honestly of life, virtues, deserts, sanctity, or through the works of the law, appease God's wrath, or obtain forgi...
Martin Luther
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Thoughts on the Gospel Ministry - Published on July 11, 2004
...     When I was a young man I thought Paul was making too much of his call. I did not understand his purpose. I did not then realize the importance of the ministry. I knew nothing of the doctrine of faith because we were taught sophistry (deception) instead of certainty, and nobody understood Spiritual boasting. We exalt our calling, not to gain glory among men, or money, or satisfaction, or favor, but because people need to be assured that the words we speak are the words of God....
Martin Luther
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Holy Pride - Published on July 11, 2004
...     When I was a young man I thought Paul was making too much of his call. I did not understand his purpose. I did not then realize the importance of the ministry. I knew nothing of the doctrine of faith because we were taught sophistry (deception) instead of certainty, and nobody understood Spiritual boasting. We exalt our calling, not to gain glory among men, or money, or satisfaction, or favor, but because people need to be assured that the words we speak are the words of God....
Martin Luther
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Glory to God Alone - Published on July 11, 2004
...     When I first took over the defense of the Gospel, I remember what Doctor Staupitz said to me. '"I like it well," said he, "that the doctrine which you proclaim gives glory to God alone and none to man. For never can too much glory, goodness, and mercy be ascribed unto God." These words of the worthy Doctor comforted and confirmed me. The Gospel is true because it deprives men of all glory, wisdom, and righteousness and turns over all honor to the Creat...
Martin Luther
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The True Use of the Law - Published on July 11, 2004
...     It is no small matter then to understand rightly what the law is, and what is the true use and office thereof... we reject not the law and works, as our adversaries do falsely accuse us... we say that the law is good and profitable, but in his own proper use: which is first to bridle civil transgressions, and then to reveal and to increase spiritual transgressions. Wherefore the law is also a light, which sheweth and revealeth, not the grace of God, not righteousness and life...
Martin Luther
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Mixing Law And Grace - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Therefore these two things (as I do often repeat), to wit the law and the promise, must bediligently distinguished. For in time, in place, and in person, and generally in all other circumstances, they are separate as far asunder as heaven and earth... so that the law may have dominion over the flesh, and the promise may sweetly (and comfortably) reign in the conscience... But now, if thou confound and mingle these two together and place the law in the conscience, and the prom...
Martin Luther
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Faith - Published on July 11, 2004
...     If God promises something, then faith must fight a long and bitter fight, for reason or the flesh judges that God's promises are impossible. Therefore faith must battle against reason and its doubts. The Devil, too, approaches us with promises, and indeed such as seem very plausible. It certainly requires at times a keen mind rightly to distinguish between God's true and the Devil's false promises. The promises of the Devil are seemingly very pleasant and acceptab...
Martin Luther
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Luther and Calvin on the Sabbath - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Luther criticized the Sabbatarian Carlstadt and certain Anabaptists for their Judiazing of Sunday: "that if Sunday were anywhere made holy merely for the day's sake or its observance set on a Jewish foundation, 'then I order you to walk on it, to ride on it, to dance on it, to feast on it, to do anything that shall remove this encroachment on Christian Liberty' " (p.17).      Calvin "regarded the external observance of the Sabbath ...
Martin Luther
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What is the Christian Gospel? - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Evangel is a Greek word, meaning glad tidings, good news, welcome information, a shout, or something that makes oft sing, talk or rejoice. When David defeated the giant Goliath, there was a great shout, and an encouraging message was passed round among the Jews to say that their terrible enemy had been killed, and that they were free to enjoy liberty and peace; thereupon, they sang and danced, and made merry. Similarly, God's evangel, the New Testament, is a good piece of...
Martin Luther
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Luther's Prayer When He was Ordained - Published on July 11, 2004
...     Oh, Lord God, Thou hast made me a pastor and teacher in the Church. Thou seest how unfit I am to administer rightly this great and responsible Office; and had I been without Thy aid and counsel I would surely have ruined it all long ago. Therefore, do I invoke Thee. How gladly do I desire to yield and consecrate my heart and mouth to this ministry! I desire to teach the congregation. I, too, desire ever to learn and keep Thy Word my constant companion, and to meditate thereup...
Martin Luther
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