Legal Bondage

“On the Romish theory, which transmutes the gospel into a new law, the system of ethics never escapes from legal bondage, and is never ushered into liberty; for it discourages all assurance of salvation.  So long as men are exhorted to merit salvation, pride – the inmost sin of the human heart – never can be destroyed.  While attention is limited to single sins, to the neglect of the sinful nature, men have no humbling discovery of sin;  and thus their whole ethical system oscillates between bondage and spiritual pride.”

-George Smeaton, from his The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, P.245

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The Desire For Growth

“But believers have never advanced so far as not to need farther growth.  The highest perfection of the godly in this life is an earnest desire to make progress.”

John Calvin, From his commentary on Ephesians, P.261

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“Unbelief may be called the mother-sin, because it not only leaves all guilt remaining, but gives force to reigning sins, and origin to a polluted conscience…Conscience may convince men of ordinary sins, but never of the sin of unbelief.”

-George Smeaton, from his Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, p.192

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Our Highest Honor

“What a high honor, what an exalted distinction is conferred on sinful worms of the dust when they are not only beautified with the holy image of God, but are advanced to intimate fellowship with Him!  Conformity of heart and life to the divine law is true honor.  To resemble Him who is the brightness of the Father’s glory, and the express image of His person, is the honor and glory of a man.”

John Colquhoun, From his treastise on the Law and the Gospel, P.272

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The Condition of the Covenant of Grace

“The Satisfaction of Christ was the one and only “condition” of the Covenant.  It was stipulated as the condition of His having a seed to serve Him, that He should make His soul an offering for sin, that He should bear their iniquities, that He should pour out His soul unto death….The blood of Christ was the sealing of the Covenant, and by it He has actually purchased to Himself the Church of God; Acts 20:28.”

–, from his The Satisfaction of Christ, P.126

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It is God’s Work…

“It is God who, by the agency of His own Spirit, through the instrumentality of His own word understood and believed, transforms the character of a condemned felonius slave into that of a beloved and dutiful child.  It is HE who takes ‘the hard and stony heart out of our flesh, and gives us a heart of flesh’.  It is HE who disposes us to venerate, and esteem, and love, and trust Him.  It is HE who enables us cheerfully to obey His commandments, and submit to His appointments.”

-John Brown, from his commentary on 1Peter, P.52

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Peace of Conscience

“Being justified by faith, you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and, in some measure, peace of conscience.  If then the law as a covenant of works should at any time enter your conscience again, and require perfect obedience from you as the ground of your title to eternal life, saying “This do, and you shall live”, present to it, in the hand of faith, the perfect obedience of your Divine Surety in answer to that demand. And as often as the law in your conscience repeats the high demand, renew your application of His consummate obedience, and trust firmly that it was performed for you in order to entitle you to eternal life.  The righteous law, magnified and made honorable by that meritorious obedience, will, in proportion as you do so, cease to disturb the peace of your conscience.

…In answer to it’s demand of perfect obedience as the condition of life, present in the hand of faith to it the perfect obedience of the second Adam; and in answer to its demand of complete satisfaction for sin, exhibit to it His infinite atonement for the sins of all who believe in Him.  That is the way to honor it and, at the same time, recover and maintain peace of conscience.”

-John Colquhoun, from his Treatise on the Law and the Gospel, P.258-259

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All Things Work Together For Good…

‘That all things work together for the good of them that love God is a truth affording the highest consolation…All the attributes of God, all the offices of Christ, all the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, are combined for their good.  The creation of the world, the fall and redemption of man, all the dispensations of Providence, whether prosperous or adverse, all occurences and events – all things, whatsoever they be – work for their good.  They work together in their efficacy, in their unity, and in their connection.  They do not work thus of themselves: it is God that turns all things to the good of His children….All things are indeed working together in one complex plan in the providence of God for the good of those who love Him; but so far from working for good, or for the best of His enemies, everything is working to their final ruin.”

-Robert Haldane, from his commentary on Romans,P.393-394

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Knowing That We Are Sinners

“We know that we are sinners – our heart condemns us; but to feel that in us, that is in our flesh, ‘dwells no good thing’, we must be taught of God….We then feel, not only that we have spots, but that we are utterly vile and polluted.”

-J.A.Haldane, from his Doctrine of the Atonement, P.294

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What Christ Purchased

“That His people should reap the benefits of Christ’s satisfaction is not made dependent on their fulfilling any conditions.  Repentance and faith were purchased by Christ for every one for whom He obeyed and suffered.  Divine justice requires that Christ shall see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied.  The law of God demands that its reward should be bestowed on all for whom Christ obeyed it.” 

-A.W. Pink, from his The Satisfaction of Christ, P.79

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God’s Glory

“…The ultimate reason and motive of all of God’s acts are found within Himself, and that reason and motive is ever His own glory.  But “glory” is manifested excellency, therefore God magnifies His manifestive glory by the exercise and exhibition of His manifold perfections”.

-A.W.Pink, from his The Satisfaction of Christ”. P.40

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The Rest of God

“He who believes the Truth enters on the enjoyment of a happiness which is of the same nature, and springs from the same sources, as the happiness of God.  Jehovah rests and rejoices in the manifestation made of His all-perfect character in the person and work of Jesus Christ; and he who believes enters into this rest, and participates of this joy.”

-John Brown, from his commentary on Hebrews,P.210

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God, Our Inheritance

“It is God Himself, then, who is the inheritance of His children.  This shows that he communicates Himself to them by His grace, His light, His holiness, His life.  They possess God as their inheritance in two degrees, namely, in possessing in this life His grace, and in the life to come His glory…And what is the inheritance in glory if it be not God, who is all in all ?!?”

-Robert Haldane, Romans commentary, P.365

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The Purpose of Suffering

“God causes His children to suffer in different ways and for different reasons; for their good, as for the trial of their faith, the exercise of patience, the mortification of sin, and in order to wean them from this world and prepare them for heaven. Their sufferings are effects of His Fatherly love; and the greatest object of them is that they may be conformed to Christ.  Sufferings are appointed for them in order that they should not be condemned with the world , and to work out for them a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

-Robert Haldane, from his commentary on Romans, P.366

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The Centrality of the Atonement

“The doctrine of the atonement is put in its proper light, only when it is regarded as the central truth of Christianity, and the great theme of Scripture.  The principal object of Revelation was to unfold this unique method of reconciliation by which men, once estranged from God, might be restored to a right relation, and even to a better than their primeval standing.  But the doctrine is simply revealed, or, in other words, is taught us by authority alone.”

-George Smeaton, from his book Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement, P.1

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Our Chief End

“The chief end which the Lord proposes to Himself in all His works is the glory of His infinite name, the honor of His beloved Son and His blessed Spirit, the advancement of the Redeemer’s kingdom, the overthrow of Satan’s kingdom, and in all the praise of the glory of His grace.  To live unto God, then, is to make these the chief end of all our thoughts, words, and works.”

-John Colquhoun, From his Treatise on the Law and the Gospel,P.236

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Being Dead to the Law

“…a believer’s living unto God is the native consequence and fruit of his being dead to the law as a covenant of works.  As long as a man continues alive to the law, he is dead to God; but when he becomes dead to the law in point of justification, he begins to live unto God in respect of sanctification.  The death of his legal hope is in order to his life of evangelical obedience.  His becoming dead to the law issues in his living unto God; in his living a new, spiritual, holy life, and that to the glory and praise of God.  If he did not become dead to the law as a covenant, he could not live unto God in conformity to the law as a rule.”

-John Colquhoun, from his Treatise on the Law and the Gospel, P. 232

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Never Shipwrecked

“A child of God may be tossed by reason of corruption and temptation in a troublesome sea , but that ship shall never be shipwrecked whereof Christ is the pilot, the Scriptures the compass, the promises the tacklings, hope the anchor, faith the cable, the Holy Ghost the winds, and holy affections the sails, which are filled thus with the gales of the Spirit.  ‘Fear not, therefore, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom’.”

-Christopher Love, from His “Grace: The Truth, Growth, and Different Degrees”,P.46

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“Believers obtain sanctification by the Spirit through the Truth.  Their sanctification, then, must be in proportion as the Truth is understood and believed.  It is through faith in Christ (Acts 26:18); if so, according to the degree of faith will be the degree of sanctification.  But all Christians are not equal in faith, neither, then, are they equal in sanctification; and as a Christian advances in faith, he advances in sanctification.  If he may say ‘Lord, increase my faith’, he may likewise say ‘Lord, increase my sanctification’.  He receives the Holy Spirit only in a measure.  He may and ought, therefore, to pray for a larger measure of influence and grace from Him who gives grace in that measure which pleases Him.”

-Robert Haldane, from his commentary on Romans, P.350

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The Two Adams

“It is justly observed by Dr.Owen, that all errors respecting the Atonement, originate in not understanding our connection with Adam.  No man apprehends the truth of our having sinned and died in Adam, till his high imaginations are cast down by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The imputation of the first Adam’s sin, and of the second Adam’s righteousness, is the very essence of the Gospel. This imputation is not an arbitrary act; it necessarily results from the relation in which the children of the first and second covenants stand to their respective heads.  When this is understood, it will be readily admitted, that a real Atonement was made upon Calvary; and where it is denied, the substitution of Christ for His people is necessarily made void.”

-J.A.Haldane, from his Doctrine of the Atonement, p.92-93

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