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Monthly Archives: November 2007

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on July 25th, 1847, by J. C. Philpot “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:24-25) What a mercy it is for the Church of God that the Apostle… Read More

For this article, we turn to Matthew Chapter 13. I want to focus on verses 10,11 and 12. But let me start at verse 1. Jesus preached in parables; almost this entire Chapter 13 in Matthew, Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat;… Read More

In the bible we see that God portrays the Devil as a great red dragon. This is just a symbol of the Devil, for the Devil is a spirit, and a spirit is invisible. But God portrays Satan as a great red dragon to warn us for his great power, and his wickedness, and his viciousness. Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having… Read More

In Revelation 12 the dragon, representing the Devil, tried to destroy the Christ child and has failed, we also see how the Devil has carried on a war for the possession of the Old Testament saints and has failed, and we can read how the Devil has tried to destroy the woman, representing the New Testament saints and has failed. And now, in this present time… The Dragon Makes War With the… Read More

When we turn our eyes to the Christian home, we must not fall in the trap of a man centered way of thinking, coming out of the pages of the Bible. What is a family? God created human families like pictures of God’s family here on earth. We know that Christ is the Head of God’s family. His Bride is the Church. The Church is like the “mother hen that watches over… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, Tuesday April 18th, 1864. Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5) There is one feature in true religion perhaps not much insisted upon, but not the less real and genuine; which is this, that all true religion brings… Read More

The origin of evil has puzzled and baffled the acutest minds that ever existed; and no doubt it will continue to perplex and baffle the mind of man as long as the world shall endure. How evil in the first instance originated, and why God permitted it to arise in His fair creation, are mysteries unfathomable to man’s finite understanding. It is of no use, therefore, for those who fear God to… Read More

In this article we will take a close look at the beast on which the woman is sitting. And so this name of this article is “The Mystery of the Beast”. The Woman and the City (Revelation 17:1-14, Matthew 5:14) Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of… Read More

When you read John 21, the words that leap from the page are: “Feed My Sheep”. In John 21 the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to His disciples after He had risen from the grave, and while they were fishing in the Sea of Galilee, the Lord Jesus gave them a miraculous catch of fish. So miraculous that they knew without a doubt that it was Jesus. The Origin of the Church John… Read More

Total Depravity (Genesis 2:17) “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 6:5) “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Job 14:4) “Who can bring a clean thing out of… Read More

One of the clearest teachings in God’s Word is that Christians are to love one another. We remember very clearly the words of John in 1 John 3 that if a man say that he love God and love not his brother, he is a liar. We are going to look at one of the most beautiful of the passages in the Bible which teach us how we are to love one… Read More

All believers have an unashamed conviction that the Word of God is the power to work faith and holiness. There are many so called Christian churches and many Christian organizations which no longer make that unashamed confession. There are some who deny the inspiration and the authority of the Bible; they do not believe that the Bible is, word for word, the Word of God without error. They point to supposed errors… Read More

No authoritative historical evidence points to December 25th as the day of the Lord Jesus birth. Traditionally, December 25th was the date of a Roman pagan festival inaugurated in 274 AD, as the birthday of the unconquered sun which at the winter solstice begins again to show an increase in light. Sometime before 336 AD the Roman Catholic Church, unable to stamp out this pagan festival, spiritualized it as the Feast of… Read More

Someone in our Congregation asked me once: “Can you explain to us the parables in the Bible?” Yes I can! Where are the parables in the Bible? When we think of the parables in the Bible, what do we think of? We think of the parables that Jesus told, when He walked on earth almost 2000 years ago. But did you know that the Old Testament is filled with historical parables? These… Read More

During the course of a sermon, a “pastor” (loosely-termed) came to 1 Timothy 2:9-10 and read it in the KJV: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Instead of exegeting the passage, this pastor said, “I’m not going to touch this one with a… Read More

Today I would like us to focus on “Thanksgiving”. Do you realize that we are commanded by God to give thanks every day, all the time, for everything? To Whom Do We Give Thanks? (Psalm 92:1-15) Let us read Psalm 92, and see “What God Has Done For Me”. Psalm 92:1 It is (a) good (thing) to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:… Read More

Please turn to Romans chapter 1 if you would. I’d like to start with verse 8 and go through verse 17: Romans 1: (8) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of in all the world. (9) For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son, how without ceasing I make mention of you (10)… Read More

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5) The gospel comes to some in word only. They hear the word of the gospel, the sound of truth; but it reaches the outward ear only — or if it touches the… Read More

In Luke chapter 23 the Lord Jesus is standing before Pilate. We see here that the Roman governor Pontius Pilate was like wax in the hands of the leaders of the Jews, and he did to Jesus whatever they desired. Luke 23: Luke 23:24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. Luke 23:25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison,… Read More

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) One of the most affecting displays of the gross ignorance of man under the fall, relative to God’s method of saving sinners, is that, after the lapse of almost nineteen hundred years from the days of Christ on earth, there should be such multitudes professing… Read More

“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20) One of the most affecting displays of the gross ignorance of man under the fall, relative to God’s method of saving sinners, is that, after the lapse of almost nineteen hundred years from the days of Christ on earth, there should be such multitudes professing… Read More

“Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate;” “and whom he did predestinate them he also glorified” etc. (Romans 8:29, Romans 8:30) This word “foreknowledge” is one of the deepest and most mysterious words throughout the whole of the Scriptures. The miser Tomline, the Arminian bishop, who passed his life in raking money together and in persecuting Calvinists, and who therefore was an idolator through love of money, and is a beloved… Read More

“And the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” – Job 32:8 To see the vast quantity of religious magazines, books, etc., on religion in the present day is, what I shall say, disgusting! Yes, disgusting in the highest sense of the word. Correct doctrine, without one mite or drop of divine influences, is the character of magazines, book, and preachers innumerable and combined in the league of mere paltry and flimsy… Read More

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. – 1 John 2:27 Depend upon it, that the use of outward ordinances, though very good in themselves, so far as they… Read More

“Now, he who hath sealed us is God.” (2 Corinthians 1:22) How many different exemplifications, explanations, and opinions have I seen concerning the doctrine of sealing. And empty opinions they only in general seem. For I believe that sealing is the keystone in the great arch of saving religion. It is the secret of the Lord. (Psa. 25:14) It is the mysterious signet. It is the living joint and bands whereby celestial… Read More

“The Lord preserveth the simple”. – Psalm 116:6 I do not understand merely by this simplicity any lack of understanding. Far from it. “Be ye wise as serpents” is the effectual admonition of Christ in the soul as regards both ministers and saints. And “wisdom is justified of her children.” For the saints are the light of the world, which character any lack of understanding would not be the fulfillment of. In… Read More

As I never set myself up that I was a preacher, I shall, as a private Christian, nevertheless, venture on the following exposition, the latter interpretation therein having flashed in my mind in a moment on a certain day. “If anything be revealed to another that sitteth by,” let wise men judge. (I Cor. 14:30) It is concerning the meaning of God’s “hired servants”, which the prodigal son prayed to be made… Read More

When I think of those Perfections of God, as, for instance, immutability, I stand back, and tremble, and keep my distance, in reverence and godly fear at a Being possessed of such a tremendous quality as this of unchangeableness. “What!” say I, “can it be, that I, — a worm, a creature of a day, a moth, and a shadow, — can ever worship such an amazing Being as one who, infinitely… Read More

The Old School or Primitive Baptists in former years have been very definitely identified and distinguished from all other religious or ecclesiastical organizations as PREDESTINARIAN BAPTISTS, and as such have borne reproach and vituperation from those who hold more limited views of what we regard as the absolute and all-pervading government of God over all beings, all events, and all worlds. With deep solicitude and painful concern we have witnessed ill the… Read More

“Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth,” Romans 10:4 The obedience required by the law He has given, the satisfaction for sin, which it demanded, He has presented on behalf of His Church and people. Each one is brought by the Holy Ghost to confess: “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength,” Isaiah 45:24. The Word declares, for the comfort of all who hunger… Read More

The Name of God is the manifestation of His gracious character, covenant relationship, and glorious perfections. Look at it as revealed to Moses’ heart, and sounded in his ears, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, f’orgiving iniquity arid transgression and sin, and that will bv no means clear the guilty” (Ex. 34:6-7). The Name of God is the unfolding… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Our Liberty in Christ” The scripture text is from Galatians 5:1-6 and the audio is 43 minutes long.

We have here in Revelation 12:7-12 a continuation of the first 6 verses in this chapter. What I mean to say is that we should see the sentences in Revelation 12 in a chronological sequence. This war in heaven follows the event of Ascension Day, in verse 5, when Christ was caught up unto God and unto His throne. Christ is on His throne, all the saints in heaven have had their… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Herman Hoeksema titled “Jesus, the complete saviour”

In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 God has messages for seven Churches in Asia Minor. There were many more churches, but God picked out these seven as examples of what the New Testament Church is like. But God’s message is actually to us: “Where do we stand? To which of these seven churches can we compare ourselves? Not surprisingly, God selected the first one of the seven to be the Church at… Read More

In John 17 we read what is known as the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is it called the High Priestly Prayer? It is because this is the prayer that the Lord Jesus prayed to intercede for His people just before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to endure the Atonement for their sins. We can see the shadow of this event in the Old Testament ceremonial… Read More

Preached August 20, 1843 at Providence Chapel, London, by J. C. Philpot “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.” (Isaiah 57:19) The Lord had said in verse 16 of this chapter–“For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Oakham, on June 22nd, 1845, by J. C. Philpot “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3rd John 2) This epistle differs from most of the other epistles of the New Testament, in being written to an individual, to “the well-beloved Gaius,” of whom Paul says, “I am his guest, and the church meets here in… Read More

Isaiah chapter 6 begins with these words: “In the Year that King Uzziah Died, I Saw the Lord.” Of course, everyone would ask: When did king Uzziah die? But when you search the Bible, you do not find a reference for the year that King Uzziah died, even though God mentioned it in Isaiah 6:1. In 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 we find some information about king Uzziah. Uzziah was a God fearing king…. Read More

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) “For!” Let us not overlook this little but significant word! For by grace are ye saved! The conjunction presents the truth here expressed as a reason for something else, an explanation of something that has been mentioned in the context. It informs us of the fact that this statement does not… Read More

When we read the Old Testament we should ask: “How Readest Thou?” How do we read the Old Testament? We should always remember the words Jesus spoke to the two disciples going to Emmaus in Luke 24, where Jesus said: Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. This is how we should read the Old Testament: Always… Read More