The Bible – The Book Of God

The Book of God!

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All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness — that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

This book contains:
the mind of God,
the state of man,
the way of salvation,
the doom of lost sinners, and
the happiness of believers.

Its doctrine is holy,
its precepts are binding,
its histories are true, and
its decisions are immutable.

It contains . . .
light to direct you,
food to support you, and
comfort to cheer you.

This book is . . .
the traveler’s map,
the pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass,
the soldier’s sword, and
the Christian’s charter.

Here Heaven is open — and the gates of Hell are disclosed.

Christ is the grand subject,
our good is its design, and
the glory of God is its end.

This book should . . .
fill the memory,
rule the heart,
and guide the feet.

It is . . .
a mine of wealth,
health to the soul,
and a river of pleasure.

It . . .
involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the greatest labor, and
condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

Read it to be wise,
believe it to be safe,
and practice it to be holy.

Read it . . .
slowly,
frequently,
and prayerfully.

This Book — the Book of Books, the Book of God, the Bible — is the revelation of God to man!

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The Purpose of the Law

The Law was given for this purpose:
to make you, being great, little;
to show that you do not have in
yourself to attain righteousness,
and for you, thus helpless,
unworthy and destitute,
to flee to grace.
– John Calvin, from his Institutes of the Christian Religion, 20: 7.9 357

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Sectarianism

“To divide the church on what according to the Word of God is an “indifferent” matter; that is to say, a practice which God has neither condemned nor commanded is the essence of sectarianism”.
-R.B. Kuiper, from his The Glorious Body of Christ”, p.53

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At War!

“He who is at peace with God is by that very token at war with Satan, the world and the flesh”.

-R.B. Kuiper, from his “The Glorious Body of Christ”, p.14

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Debt or Gift?

He shall have hell as his debt—who will not take heaven as a gift.
– William Secker

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God’s Holiness

Who is like You, glorious in holiness?” Exodus 15:11

  God is . . .
    infinitely holy,
    transcendently holy,
    superlatively holy,
    constantly holy,
    unchangeably holy,
    exemplary holy,
    gloriously holy. …

  All the holiness that is in the best and choicest
  Christians is but a mixed holiness, a weak and
imperfect holiness. Their unholiness is always
  more than their holiness.

   – Thomas Brooks

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One Grand Poem

In the end we shall read the whole of God’s
purpose as one grand poem, and there will not
be one verse in it that has a syllable too much,
or a word too little. There will not be one stanza
or letter redundant, much less one that is erased.
But from beginning to end we shall see the master
pen and the master-mind drawing forth the glorious
array of majestic thoughts. And with angels, and
seraphs, and principalities, and powers, shall burst
forth into one mighty song, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!”
We shall see how from the first even to the last, the
King has been ruling all things according to His own will.
– Charles Spurgeon , from his “Feast for Faith”

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God’s Sovereignty

There is no attribute more comforting to His children, than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe trials—they believe that sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that sovereignty overrules them, and that sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend, than the doctrine of their Master over all creation—the kingship of God over all the works of His own hands—the throne of God and His right to sit upon that throne.
– Charles Spurgeon

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A Temporary Hell

Whatever affliction or trouble a child of God meets with—
it is all the hell he shall ever have! Whatever eclipse may
be upon his name or estate—it is but a little cloud which
will soon be blown over—and then his hell is past!

Death begins a wicked man’s hell.
Death ends a godly man’s hell.

Think with yourself, “What is my affliction? It is but a
temporary hell. Indeed, if all my hell is here on earth
—it is but an easy hell. What is the cup of affliction
—compared to the cup of damnation!”

-Thomas Watson

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Infinite!

“Alas! it is an infinite righteousness that
must satisfy for our sins, for it is an infinite
God that is offended by us. If ever your sin
be pardoned, it is infinite mercy that must
pardon it; if ever you be reconciled to God,
it is infinite merit must do it; if ever your
heart be changed, and your soul renewed,
it is infinite power must effect it; and if ever
your soul escape hell, and be saved at last,
it is infinite grace must save it.”
– Matthew Mead

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Why?

“Why was I made to hear Your voice
And enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?

It was the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly forced me in.
Else I had still refused to taste,
And perished in my sin”

–Isaac Watts

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Envy

Envy is a strong desire to have what God is pleased to give to someone else.
-Herman Hanko, from his “The Pilgrim’s Manual”, p. 101

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Pilgrims and Strangers

We have in our Western culture forgotten to be pilgrims and strangers because we have become so attracted to this world and to the things of the world that we have lost sight of the world to come…We have for the most part found life in the world to be very comfortable, so much so that we prefer not to leave it.

-Herman Hanko, from his “A Pilgrim’s Manual – commentary on 1 Peter, p.xx-xxi

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All the Punishments of Hell…

“For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!” 1 Corinthians 1:18

In the Cross of our dying Jesus, we have:
Salvation for the lost!
Pardon for the condemned!
Sanctification for the unholy!
Life for the dead!

All the punishments of hell can never give a more illustrious display of God’s infinite justice and holiness, and of the malignity of sin and His implacable hatred to it—than the Cross of Christ!
-Samuel Davies, “The Divine Perfections Illustrated in the Method of Salvation, Through the Sufferings of Christ”

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The Mountains May Depart

“The Word of God is the sure and only ground whereon all who by grace believe in Him ultimately stand and in which they find their comfort and certainty. The mountains may depart, the hills may be removed and the very foundations of the earth may quake and be destroyed, but the Word of God’s covenant stands eternally and unchangably fast.”
-Homer Hoeksema, from his “Redeemed With judgment”, Vol 2. p356

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Solid Joys

Savior, if of Zion’s city, I through grace, a member am, let the world deride or pity, I will glory in Thy name; Fading is the worldling’s pleasure, all his boasted pomp and show; solid joys and lasting treasure none but Zion’s children know.
– John Newton, from his hymn, “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”

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Different Religions

In Christianity the aim of the theologian is to deduce the doctrines from their Scriptural matrix and arrange them in systematic, logical form. The Christian religion is intellectual in nature. Ignorance, emotion, and unintelligibilty are not even a map for the road, let alone the road itself or the destination. The difference between the Christian religion and the neo-orthodox, existential, anti-intellectual religion is as great as the difference between Christianity and Buddhism.”
-Gordon H. Clark from his “An Introduction to Christian Philosophy”, p.122

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But a Crust…

“It is in the spiritual world that we realize things in their true color. The empire of the whole world -said the noble Luther- is but a crust to be thrown to a dog.”
– Charles Bridges, from his commentary on Ecclesiastes, p.36

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By the Grace of God I Am What I Am…

I am not what I ought to be. Ah! how imperfect and deficient.
I am not what I might be, considering my privileges and opportunities.
I am not what I wish to be. God, who knows my heart–knows I wish to be like Him.
I am not what I hope to be. Before long, I will drop this clay tabernacle, to be like Him and see Him as He is!
Yet, I am not what I once was–a child of sin, and slave of the devil!
Though not all these–not what I ought to be, not what I might be, not what I wish or hope to be, and not what I once was–I think I can truly say with the apostle, “By the grace of God–I am what I am!”
-John Newton

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Stand on the Rock

“…if we stand on the bedrock of God’s truth, we will not bend with the winds of relativism and faithlessness.” —R.C. Sproul

Published in: on February 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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