Our True Dignity

“Our feeble, finite, created nature is never clothed with such dignity, as when we are showing reverence to our Sovereign”.

-W.G.T.Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Spiritual Man”. P.262

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The Source of Self-Righteouness

“Indeed, the natural bent of the depraved heart toward the way of the law as a covenant, together with deep ignorance of the high demands of the law in that form, is the source of all self-righteousness that is in the world”

-John Colquhoun, From “A Treatise on the Law and the Gospel, P.41

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Our Obedience, continued

“Although the law as a rule of duty to believers requires perfect obeidence from them; yet it admits of God’s accepting their sincere obedience performed in faith, though it is imperfect.  It admits of His accepting this obedience, not indeed as any part of their justifying righteousness, not as the foundation of His acceptance of their persons as righteous, but as the fruit and evidence of their being vitally united to His beloved Son as Jehovah, their Righteousness, and of their being already accepted in Him.”

-John Colquhoun, From his “A Treatise on the Law and Gospel”, P.33

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Our Obedience

“Were believers to keep the moral law only as the law of nature, and without any relation to the Mediator, their obedience would be but natural religion; were they to obey it merely as a covenant of works their obedience would be but legal righteousness; but when they obey it in it’s relation to Christ and the covenant of grace, their conformity of heart and life to it is true holiness, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”.

-John Colquhoun, From his “A Treatise on the Law and Gospel”. P.30

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Our Spiritual Warfare

“In proportion as the work of sanctification advances, remaining depravity, though weakened, will exert itself the more violently and vex the believer more keenly, nay, in some cases, it prevails against him the more frquently.  The struggle will become more vehement and more harassing, but grace will finally overcome.  Spiritual death will be swallowed up in victory”

– John Colquhoun, From his “Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.199

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The Glory of Christ

“Look unto the things of this world – wives, children, possessions, estates, power, friends, and honor; how amiable are they!  How desirable unto the thoughts of most men!  But he who has obtained a view of the glory of Christ, will, in the midst of them all, say “Whom have I in Heaven but Thee?  And there is none on earth that I desire besides Thee.”

– John Owen, From his Works, vol. 1,P.314

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Sound Advice From Luther

“Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of it’s own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and trust in the righteousness of Christ.  For in our age the temptation to presumption besets many…They try to do good of themselves in order that they might stand before God clothed in their own virtues and merits.  But this is impossible… Therefore, my dear friar, learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to praise Him, and despairing of yourself, say, “Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, just as I am Your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and have given to me what is Yours.  You have taken upon Yourself what You were not and have given to me what I was not…for why was it necessary for Him to die if we can obtain a good conscience by our own works and afflictions?  Accordingly you will find peace only when you despair of yourself and your own works.  Besides, you will learn from Him that just as He has recieved you, so He has made your sins His own and made His righteouness yours”.

-Martin Luther, From a letter to George Spenlein

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The Purpose of the Crook

“But as the fire under the pot makes the scum to rise up, appear atop, and run over, so the crook in the lot rises up from the bottom and brings out such corruptions as otherwise one could hardly imagine to be within…The truth is, the crook in the lot is the great engine of Providence for making men appear in their true colors, discovering both their ill and their good.”

– Thomas Boston, From his “The Crook in the Lot”, 30-31

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The Crook in the Lot

“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight which He has made crooked?” Eccl.7:13 – As to the crook in your lot, God has made it;  and it must continue while He will have it so.  Should you apply your utmost force to even it or make it straight, your attempt will be vain; it will not alter it in spite of all that you can do.  Only He who made it  can mend it or make it straight.”

-Thomas Boston, From his “The Crook in the Lot”, P.3

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You Can’t Improve Perfection

“…If our works are connected with Christ’s righteousness in the affair of justification, it will convert the covenant of grace into a covenant of works, and will effectually obscure the luster of justifying grace.  Sooner, O Self-righteous sinner, will you increase the brightness of the meridian sun by the feeble light of a candle than increase the merit, the infinite merit of the Savior’s righteousness, by your polluted performances”.

-John Colquhoun, From his “Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.156

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Freedom From the Moral Law

“The freedom from the moral law which the believer enjoys, is a freedom from an obligation to fulfill it in his own person for his justification – a freedom from its condemnation on account of imperfection of obedience.  But this is quite consistent with the eternal obligation of the moral law as a rule of life to the Christian.  Nothing can be more self-evidently certain than that, if the moral law is not a rule of life to believers, they are at liberty to disregard it’s precepts.  But the very thought of this is abominable”.

Robert Haldane, From his Commentary on Romans, P.259

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Grace and Law

“Being under the law and under grace are opposites there; the less grace exercises lordship over the soul, the more sin domineers and gets the upper hand of it, and the more it is under the law.  The greater freedom from the law as a covenant, the more grace is used towards freedom from the dominion of sin”.

– Samuel Petto, from his “The Great Mystery of the Covenant of Grace”, P.163

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The Reason For Being

Free and open intercourse with the God who made us, is one of the necessities of our being. Acquaintanceship with Him, and delight in Him, are the very life of our created existence. Better not to be than not to know Him, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. Better to pass away into unconsciousness or nothingness, than to cease to delight in Him, or to be delighted in by Him. The loss of God is the loss of everything; and in having God we have everything.”

-H.Bonar, From his “The Rent Veil”

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Jehovah Our Righteousness

“There is no other name, therefore, given under heaven among men whereby we can be saved but the name of Jesus; and this is His name whereby He   shall be called, Jehovah our Righteousness.  Unless His righteousness, in virtue of vital union with Him, is imputed to us, we are undone; we are heirs of hell, and destitute of a title to heaven.  We are destitute also of holiness because, while we are without that righteousness, the curse of the law chains us down under the dominion of sin; and being under the arrest of vindictive justice, no sanctifying influence has access into our souls”.

-John Colquhoun, From his “Sermons On Important Doctrines”, P.110

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The Vision of God

“If the vision of a holy God is not our heaven, then it must be our hell.”

-W.G.T.Shedd, from his “sermons to the Natural Man”, P.20

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Know Yourself

“Could you, but for a moment only, know yourself altogether and exhaustively, as the Author of this Redemption knows you, you would cry out, in the words of a far holier man than you are, “I am undone”.  If you could but see guilt as God sees it, you would also see with Him that nothing but an infinite Passion can expiate it.”

– W.G.T.Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Natural Man”,P.70

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No Skeptic in Hell

“All mankind come upon one doctrinal platform when they enter eternity.  They all have one creed there.  There is not a skeptic even in hell.”

– W.G.T.Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Natural Man”, P.18

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Happy or Miserable

“There is but one uniform type of experience for an individual soul in eternity.  That soul is either uninterruptedly happy, or uninterrruptedly miserable, because it has either an uninterrupted sense of holiness or an uninterrupted sense of sin”.

– W.G.T.Shedd, From his “Sermons to the Natural Man”

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The Moral Law

“The moral law, or law of the Ten Commandments, is in Scripture taken in a two-fold sense: either as a rule of life or as a covenant of works.  The law as a rule of life is the divine precept considered as in itself, without relation to any covenant form.  In this sense, it was written in the heart of man at his creation, before any covenant was made with him; and the obligation upon man to yield perfect obedience to it, being founded in the nature of God the Creator, and of man the creature, is indispensably necessary, and cannot be dissolved as long as God continues to be God and man to be man.  Man would have been bound to obey the law in this view of it, though no covenant of works had ever been made with him; and believers in Christ, though they are dead to it as a covenant, are nevertheless bound, and will to all eternity be bound, perfectly to obey it.”

_ John Colquhoun, From his Sermons on Important Doctrines”, P.80

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Pietism

“Pietism is making our love for God the main focus of Christianity, instead of His love for us”

-Unknown

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