The Bad News and the Good News

“The more deeply a man realizes his insignificance as a creature and his demerit as a sinner, his guilt and depravity and helplessness, the more readily does he embrace the gospel of God’s grace, the “word of truth of the gospel”, and in it obtain possession of all heavenly and spiritual blessings”

– John Brown, From his commentary on 1Peter, P.275

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What the Law Requires

“The style of the law is, DO.  It does not say, Endeavor to keep the commandment, but it speaks with authority, DO it, and do it perfectly, and in every point, and with all the mind, and with all the soul, and with all the heart, and with all the strength.  Here is no room left for good resolutions, or good endeavors, but an actual performance of the whole law is demanded.  The least failing or short-coming is a transgression, and therefore is an absolute forfeiture of legal righteousness, and of every blessing promised to the perfect keeping of the law.”

– William Romaine, From “Twelve Discourses upon the Law and Gospel”, P.39

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The Gospel Believed

“The Gospel works effectually both in making holy and happy, whenever it is believed, and only when it is believed. If you have believed the report, hold it fast: beware of the evil heart of unbelief; beware of this present evil world.  Keep the Truth and it’s evidence constantly before your minds, and let your habitual prayer be “Lord, increase my faith!”

– John Brown, From The Sufferings of the Messiah, P.210

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What You can’t Do…

“You can neither merit the Divine favor, nor bear the Divine wrath”

– John Brown, from The Sufferings of the Messiah”, P.244

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On Prayer

“Prayer is the travel of the soul between emptiness and fullness, between misery and mercy, between inability to help ourselves and complete ability in Him to help us. Prayer is one depth crying out to another depth; it is the depth of our necessities crying out to the depth of the fullness of God.  Prayer is the messenger of the soul by which the soul keeps intimate and familiar correspondence with heaven”.

– Andrew Gray, From “Loving Christ and Fleeing Temptation”

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The Evil of Sin

“O, the depth of the evil of sin!  If ever you will see how dreadful and horrid an evil sin is, you must measure it either by the infinite holiness and excellency of God, who is wronged by it, or by the infinite sufficiency of Christ, who died to pay it’s penalty; and then you will have a deeper appreciation of the evil of sin”.

– John Flavel

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The Righteousness of Christ, Our Abode

“To that righteousness is the eye of the believer ever to be directed; on that righteousness must he rest; on that righteouseness must he live; on that righteousness must he die; in that righteousenss must he appear before the judgment seat; in that righteousness must he stand forever in the presence of a righteous God”

– Robert Haldane, From his Romans commentary, P.132

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It Would Be Intolerable

“Were the atonement not the principal matter of the gospel, and the highest exhibition of the united wisdom,love and faithfulness of God, -in a word, the greatest act of God in the universe, -that terrible anathema on it’s subverters would seem to us something inexplicable, if not intolerable. But the doom is justified by the nature of Christ’s death, and by the great fact of the atonement”.

-George Smeaton, From “The Apostle’s Doctrine of the Atonement”, P.19

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Slay the Love of Sin

“When you are tempted to sin, recall the bleeding wounds of the suffering Savior.  Nothing is more calculated to slay our love for sin than a contemplation of the awful wages which it paid to the Redeemer”.

– A. W. Pink, From “The Satisfaction of Christ”, P.309

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Christ’s Substitutionary Work

“Vicarious suffering is suffering endured not only on behalf of others, but in the stead of others, in the actual place of others.  It therefore carries with it the exemption of the party in whose place the suffering is endured.  What a substitute does for the person whose place he fills, absolves that person from the need of himself doing or suffering the same thing.  Thus, when we affirm that the sufferings of Christ were “vicarious” we mean that He substituted Himself in the room of sinners and satisfied the law in their behalf, and that, in such a way, the law can now make no claim whatever upon them.”

– A. W. Pink, From “The Satisfaction of Christ”, P. 62

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Heaven

“Justification admits the sinner to heaven. Sanctification prepares him for it’s duties and enjoyments”.

– William Bacon, From “Salvation Made Sure”, P.viii

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Ethics or Christ

“Men have supposed that an active conscience and a lofty susceptibility towards right and wrong will fit them to appear before God, and have, therefore, rejected Christ, the Propitiation.  They have substituted ethics for the Gospel; natural religion for revealed”.

– W. G. T. Shedd, from “Sermons for the Natural Man”, P245

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What We Give and Get

“Faith is a grace that comes to get, and not to give; or if it gave anything, it is the ills of the soul, but nothing of good does it pretend to give.  The sinner, in believing, upon the matter, says, ‘Lord, I give Thee my folly, and take Thee for my only wisdom; I give Thee my guilt, that Thou may be Lord of my righteousness; I give Thee my defilements, and take Thee for sanctification; I give Thee my chains and fetters, that I may be indebted to Thee for redemption and liberty; I give Thee my poverty, and take Thee for my only riches; I give Thee my wicked, wandering, hard, and deceitful heart, that Thou Mayest give me the new heart and new spirit promised in Thy covenant.”

– Ebenezer Erskine

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The Danger of Self-Righteousness

“Beware of self-righteousness in every possible shape or form.  Some people get as much harm from their virtues as others do from their sins”

– J.C.Ryle

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On Scripture

“If there were any word of God beside the Scripture, we could never be certain of God’s Word; and if we be uncertain of God’s Word, the devil might bring in among us a new word, a new doctrine, a new faith, a new church, a new god, yea himself to be a god. If the Church and the Christian faith did not stay itself upon the Word of God certain, as upon a sure and strong foundation, no man could know whether he had a right faith, and whether he were in the true Church of Christ, or a synagogue of Satan.”  

THOMAS CRANMER, ON HOLY SCRIPTURE

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Every Bitter Cup

My times are in Your hand.” Psalm 31:15 

Afflictions are governed by God, both as to . . .
  their time,
  their number,
  their nature,
  their measure.

Our times, therefore, and our condition
in these times, are in the hand of God.

God is in all providences, be they . . .
  ever so bitter,
  ever so afflicting,
  ever so smarting,
  ever so destructive
to our earthly comforts.

Every bitter cup is of His preparing!

It is Jesus, your best friend who most dearly
loves you, who appoints all providences, orders
them all, overrules, moderates, and sanctifies
them all–and will sweeten them all–and in His
due time will make them profitable unto you,
that you shall one day have cause to praise
and bless His name for them all.

“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He
 scourges every son whom He receives.” Heb. 12:6

– John Bunyan

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The Mortification of the Flesh

How do I mortify the flesh?

The flesh is a bosom traitor; it is like the Trojan horse
within the walls, which does all the mischief. The flesh
is a sly enemy–it kills by embracing. The embraces of
the flesh are like the ivy embracing the oak; which sucks
out the strength of it for its own leaves and berries. So the
flesh by its soft embraces, sucks out of the heart all good.

The pampering of the flesh, is the quenching of God’s Spirit.
The flesh chokes and stifles holy motions–the flesh sides with
Satan. There is a party within us, which will not pray, which will
not believe. The flesh inclines us more to believe a temptation
than a promise. The flesh is so near to us, its counsels are more
attractive. There is no chain of adamant which binds so tightly
–as the chain of lust.

In the best of saints, do what they can, sin will fasten its
roots in them, and spring out sometimes with inordinate
desires. There is always something which needs mortifying.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and
greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5.

How do I mortify the flesh?

1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn. Avoid
all temptations. Take heed of that which nourishes sin.
Those who pray that they may not be led into temptation
–must not lead themselves into temptation.

2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual weapons
–faith and prayer. The best way to combat with sin is–upon
our knees. Beg strength from Christ. Samson’s strength lay in
his hair; our strength lies in our head–Christ. This is a mystery
to the major part of the world–who gratify the flesh rather
than mortify it.

– Thomas Watson, from “The Christian Soldier”
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True Happiness

“Peace with God is the substance of happiness, because without it there can be no happiness and with it there is happiness, whatever else is wanting”.

– Robert Haldane, Romans commentary, P.35

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Prayer and Labor

“Both prayer and labor ought to go together.  To pray without laboring is to mock God. To labor without prayer is to rob God of His Glory”.

– Robert Haldane, from his Romans commentary, P.40

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Assurance

“The truth is, full assurance of salvation belongs not so much to the essence as to the exercise of faith”

Thomas Bell, from “The Nature of Saving Faith”

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