Test All Things

Monthly Archives: September 2007

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. For henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.” (Galatians 6:15-18) I have already… Read More

Thomas Hardy, in one of his excellent letters, makes the following remark, “The best Christians I meet with are generally Huntingtonians.” This witness is true. There is, or as we must now say there was, for so few of them are left, a depth and clearness of experience, a savor and a sweetness, a rich, tender, feeling, unctuous utterance, a discrimination between law and gospel, letter and spirit, form and power, a… Read More

Who that knows anything of the wondrous doings and dealings of the Lord in providence and grace can say that miracles have ceased? It is true that the croaking raven no longer brings bread and flesh, morning and evening to an Elijah by the brook Cherith; nor does the palsied leave his bed, or the dead come out of his grave, as in the days when Jesus walked here below. But wonders… Read More

The righteousness by which we are justified is not our own righteousness, but the righteousness of another, even the righteousness of Christ: That I may be found in Christ, says the apostle, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ. (Philippians 3:9) Now, the righteousness of another cannot be made ours, or we he justified by it, any other way than… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 30, 1843, by J. C. Philpot “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.” (Hebrews 6:9) It appears, from several passages in this Epistle, that the Hebrews, to whom it was written, were suffering under severe persecutions; and not being firmly established in the faith, they manifested under the pressure of these heavy trials a… Read More

“…and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6 – that is, God the Father, against whom we have sinned, from whom we have turned, and whose justice must be satisfied; he has laid on Christ, his own Son, the sins of all his elect ones; which are as it were collected together, and made one bundle and burden of, and therefore expressed in the singular number,… Read More

A Sermon Preached on Tuesday Evening, August 1, 1843, by J. C. Philpot, at Jewry Street Chapel, Aldgate, on behalf of the Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32) There is one feature in the Lord’s ministry, when… Read More

Preached at Trinity Street Chapel, London, on Tuesday Evening, July 30, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “..having nothing, and yet possessing all things. “ (2 Corinthians 6:10) In the Gospel of Jesus Christ there are many ‘apparent contradictions’. I use the word apparent, for there are no real contradictions. What at first sight appears paradoxical and inconsistent is found, when we see it in the Spirit’s light, to be perfectly consistent and… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on Tuesday Evening, July 13, 1847, by J. C. Philpot “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 15:33) There is one feature in the discourses of the Lord with his sorrowing disciples (as recorded John 14-16) which has struck my mind; and… Read More

Preached at Allington, September 19, 1841, by J. C Philpot. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3) Before I enter into the spiritual meaning of these words it will be necessary to see the connection of the passage with… Read More

A sermon preached on June 20, 1841, by J. C. Philpot, at Zoar Chapel, London. “We see not our signs.” (Psalm 74:9) This Psalm, from which the text is taken, is clearly not one of those that were written by the pen of David. We gather this, not merely from the title of the Psalm, where it is called “Maschil” which means “giving instruction” “of Asaph,” but also from the strongest internal… Read More

Here we have the beginnings of an overview of the life & theology of John Calvin. In this lecture, Dr. Nick Needham speaks on the early years of John Calvin up until 1541, including the 3 years spent in Strasbourg. Needham also discusses his ecclesiology and views on the Lord’s supper from the Institutes in comparison with the other views.

The second address in a consideration of the life & theology of John Calvin.

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:10) Here, in the prayer of Jabez, should the Lord the Spirit lead us into the sweet and rich experience… Read More

Dr. Nick Needham considers the significance of the Life and Theology of John Calvin, and how this important figure in church history impacted upon a greater understanding of the Reformed Faith. Amongst other things, this session considers Calvin as a reformer of worship, the religious life of Geneva in Calvin’s time, the effect that Calvin had on ‘church planting’ across Europe, and how the Geneva Academy became a training centre for the… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 30, 1843, by J. C. Philpot “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17) If I loved, or courted popularity, I might feel some pleasure in seeing so crowded an assembly this evening. But, on the contrary, it rather… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, on Tuesday Evening, May 12, 1846, by J. C. Philpot. “The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.” (Micah 2:13) I would not do justice to my conviction of the meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures if… Read More

Preached on August 10th, 1856, at Gower Street Chapel, London, by J. C. Philpot “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on Thursday Evening, July 18, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 6:17) The Holy Spirit foresaw the abuse which the depraved heart of man would make of the doctrines of grace. He foresaw that nature would argue, that because the elect are saved by… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on October 25, 1863, by J. C. Philpot “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel, Hampstead Road, London, on Lord’s Day Evening, August 17, 1845, by Joseph Philpot “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1st Corinthians 1:30-31) These words, or rather a portion of them, came to my mind this morning… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Cranbrook, on Wednesday evening, August 19, 1846, by Joseph Philpot “In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.” (Isaiah 18:7)… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on Tuesday, July 29, 1851, by J. C. Philpot “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” (2 Chronicles 20:12) It is one thing to read the Bible as a history, and another to read it as a mystery. The mere narration… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on Thursday Evening, October 28, 1858, by J. C. Philpot “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 27:13) Ever since the fall, man… Read More

Preached at Eden Street Chapel, on August 15, 1852, by J. C. Philpot “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:3-5) What, would you say, was the greatest attainment in religion? If… Read More

Preached at Gower Street Chapel, London, on May 21, 1865, by J. C. Philpot “I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.” (Hosea 11:4) Let us endeavor to unravel the words before us. First, we see that there was a people to whom the words were applicable… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on March 17, 1861, by J. C. Philpot And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) The servants of God are often much tried by slanders being cast upon their character, or suspicions… Read More

Preached on Thursday Evening, June 10th, 1841, at Zoar Chapel, London, by J. C. Philpot “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.” (Psalm 91:15) In the words of the text, we find a promise given in them, or rather a declaration which is sealed with a promise—”He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him.” I. The DECLARATION– “He shall call upon me.” But who is “he?” Unless… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 7, 1844, by J. C. Philpot “Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22) When in a solemn moment of spiritual meditation, and such, through mercy, we sometimes have we take a review of what has passed through our hearts, dropped from our lips or occupied our minds, during any… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on May 2, 1858, by J. C. Philpot “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) Multitudes of… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, on September 22, 1867, by J. C. Philpot “Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.” (Psalm 106:43-45) The children of Israel were, as you well know, a… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on August 30, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5) Writing to his beloved son, Timothy, Paul in this Epistle tells him that “in the last days perilous times shall come.” But why should “the last days” be so particularly “perilous?” He says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves,… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, on April 2nd, 1854, by J. C. Philpot. “To appoint unto those who mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3) In speaking this morning upon the testimony of Jesus Christ,… Read More

“Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” Deuteronomy 5:32 “Enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 12:30-31 “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt… Read More

1. February 14 was an old celebration to Juno Februata, the Roman goddess of sexual passion. 2. It included pairing adolescents by chance drawings for casual sex and going steady. 3. February 15 was the pagan feast of Lupercalia, celebrated in Rome long before Christ. 4. The pagan feast day Lupercalia was a fertility rite and celebration of superstitious Romans. 5. Lupercus, the Roman god after which the holiday is named, was… Read More

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee. These words are an address of the church and people of God unto the Lord in a prayer, which begins in the latter part of the preceding chapter; in which they first expostulate with him, about his love, grace, and mercy, and the sounding of his bowels towards them, which they feared… Read More

1 Corinthians 14:15a What is it then ? I will pray the Spirit, and will pray with the understanding also. The design of this epistle is chiefly to reprove the Church at Corinth for the divisions and contentions, which were there fomented and kept up on account of their ministers; some being for Paul, some for Apollo, and others for Cephas; and to remove some irregular practices from among them, which were… Read More

Acts 10:1 Ver. 1. There was a certain man in Caesarea,…. This was the Caesarea formerly called Strato’s tower, not Caesarea Philippi; for the former, and not the latter, lay near Joppa: called Cornelius; which was a Roman name, and he himself was a Roman or an Italian: a centurion of the band called the Italian band; which consisted of soldiers collected out of Italy, from whence the band took its name,… Read More

“Wesley and Men Who Followed” Author: Ian Murray Banner of Truth, 2003, 263 pp. ISBN 085151835-4 Perhaps no figure since Jacobus Arminius has polarized the church as much as the subject of Iain Murray’s recent portrait: John Wesley (1703-1791). Murray introduces Wesley in the spiritually impoverished landscape of 18th century British Anglicanism. Starting from his early days of study at Oxford University, Wesley is portrayed as navigating a hostile terrain of contemporary… Read More

Let us suppose a certain doctor of medicine denies that a certain common infirmity is as severe as medical science generally claims. He conducts seminars in which he ignores the medical procedures followed by other physicians and suggests instead his own regimen for treating its symptoms. To those desiring a medicine for it he peddles a placebo he himself has concocted in the place of that which is prescribed by medical science…. Read More

A short study of Luke 24:45 Luke 24:45 “He opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures”. Our Lord not only opens the scriptures, He also opens our UNDERSTANDING. In opening the scriptures, He has many workers; but in opening the understanding, HE IS ALONE. Many preachers can bring the scriptures to our minds, but only our Lord can open the mind to receive and believe the scriptures. Other teachers can… Read More

The Authenticity of 1 John 5:7 1 John 5:7 gives full proof of the plurality of Persons in the Godhead. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.” This is not only a proof of the Deity of each of these three persons, inasmuch as they, are not only said to be “one”, that is, one God; and… Read More

Signs of the Times Jan. 1, 1855. There is much said at the present day on the subject of a Sabbath day, as being of perpetual obligatory force on all mankind throughout all time. But in what part of the Scriptures they find a precept to that effect we are not informed. They certainly but seldom, if ever, refer us to the fourth commandment of the decalogue; and we have supposed their… Read More

Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man (Literal: it is man’s number); and his number is Six hundred threescore and six This is a number that is of great concern to all those in the charismatic movement. They are in great fear for everything that resembles the number 666. In Ecclesiastes 7:27 the preacher gets… Read More

A look At Gnosticism And The NIV By Alfred Chompff This article is titled, “The Gnostics”. One criticism that has been leveled at my sermons is this. They say: People are turned off from listening to my sermons because I dare to mention names of churches and names of denominations. They say: I should not have to mention names. I should just preach the truth, and after a while people will be… Read More

A Body of Doctrinal Divinity Book 6: Chapter 11 Of Regeneration ——————————————————————————– Regeneration follows adoption, being the evidence of it; regeneration describes the persons who have received the power to become the sons of God (John 1:12, 13), and though these are distinct things, yet they are closely connected together; where the one is, the other is also, as to enjoyment and experience; and they bear a similarity to each other. Regeneration… Read More

BIBLE CHRISTIAN “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using… Read More

A nagging heresy reviewed. BELOVED:-The Old Baptist people have long been troubled with the confusing doctrines of “means of salvation,” “means of grace,” and such like; but not until the present young generation rose up, who assume to be wise above all the fathers, has the confusing and uncertain sound of “conditional time salvation” been trumpeted forth in almost all the camps of Israel. The last ten years this strange and startling… Read More

When it comes to this important life and death issue of justification and eternal life, most religious people rely upon experiences they’ve had and emotions they have felt to convince themselves they are alright. I can write on this issue with a great deal of experience because I know what I relied on as a lost person. I made my first profession of faith at the age of 7 in response to… Read More