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Monthly Archives: March 2008

PREFACE When, at the request of the Publisher, I undertook to furnish an answer to that important question, “What is it that saves a soul?” I intended merely to write a few pages. But as I wrote, I found the subject to grow under my hand, and thoughts and ideas to flow into my soul. I felt, especially when I came to the second part of my subject, namely, salvation as an… Read More

A Study Of Revelation 11:5-7 Life and Death of the Two Witnesses What makes this chapter so difficult is that it is a mix of symbols and real literal stuff. And yet it is very important that we understand this chapter very well. Two weeks ago, when we considered the first two verses in this chapter, we came to the conclusion that Jerusalem and the temple and worshippers must not be taken… Read More

From John Warburton’s “Mercies of a Covenant God.” ———————————— I shall now relate another sore trial that I passed through (It was about 1830), which was one of the keenest I ever had in all my life, so much so that at times I felt as if my very heart-strings were breaking. It was respecting my youngest son, who is the youngest of ten children now living. I agreed with a person… Read More

John Kershaw’s account of the early days of his pastorate. ———————————————————– After I commenced my pastoral labours, the Word was much blessed, and for some months things went on tolerably well. In September of the same year, Mr. Littlewood, minister at Town Meadows, the old Baptist chapel, died. Immediately after his death, Mr. Stephens of Manchester began to supply. They gave him a call, which he accepted. The cause at that time… Read More

I hope never to forget the night the Lord brought my soul out of bondage into the glorious liberty of the gospel. It was on a Lord’s day evening. I went in the morning to the house of God in a very distressed state of mind, and remained so all day. The preaching only tended to increase my misery, the enemy telling me that, like Simon Magus, I had neither part nor… Read More

One evening I had been out preaching about seven miles from home, and when I was returning, it being late before I reached home, O what a keen feeling of hunger came upon me before I got there! And what was my greatest distress, I knew there was nothing to eat when I got home. O the dreadful feelings and hard thoughts which rose up in my mind against God! I dare… Read More

Are trials and afflictions necessarily chastisements for sin; in other words, are they always visitations for some particular disobedience? Heavenly wisdom, holy caution, and spiritual experience, we feel, are deeply needed to handle these two subjects scripturally and experimentally, so as to clear God in all his dealings, not to darken counsel by words without knowledge, or advance anything inconsistent with the truth of God as revealed in the scripture, or made… Read More

Everyone who believes the Gospel, every sinner in whose heart God has been glorified, has been given by God the Holy Spirit a threefold desire: 1) An honest zeal for the glory and honor of God. 2) A sincere concern for the preeminence of Christ. 3) A fervent desire for the salvation of sinners. God’s foremost design in all things is His own glory. He reigns and disposes of everything in this… Read More

The early experience of John Kershaw of Rochdale (1792-1870), taken from his autobiography. ———————————————- I had many inward cryings to the Lord before I began to go aside for private prayer. I well remember the first time I retired for this purpose. It was to me then a matter of necessity. One morning, when I was at work with my father, I was so bowed down with sin and the terrors of… Read More

“God is love” (1 John 4:10), and the greatest evidence of God’s love is His sending His Son to die to honour His character in the salvation of guilty sinners. By nature all men are “dead in trespasses and sins,” guilty, depraved, without spiritual life, incapable of thinking, feeling, choosing, acting, enjoying, or loving communion with a holy and just God. If any are to be saved, God must in love choose… Read More

God’s redemptive character, how God reveals Himself in salvation, is His chief glory. We cannot properly identify the God of redemption, and, therefore, call on sinners to believe unto salvation, until we preach the particulars revealing how He justifies the ungodly based on the righteousness of Christ. Everything we preach by way of encouragement, warning, exhortation, and instruction, whether it be to lost sinners to believe and be saved, or whether it… Read More

Satan’s attacks are always aimed against God’s glory in salvation. It is in this context that we understand the wiles of Satan. Satan’s goal is to keep sinners in a state of darkness, and his main weapon is deceit concerning the glory of God and the ground of salvation. Satan’s attacks are always aimed against God being glorified in the hearts of sinners. 2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid,… Read More

We who believe the Gospel must judge all things by the standard of God’s glory, and we must seek to be motivated in all our desires by that same glory. It is our love and compassion, therefore, for lost sinners and our desire to see them saved that keeps us from compromising the truth concerning God’s glory and Christ’s Person and work. This is what motivates us to preach the Gospel to… Read More

From John Warburton’s Mercies of a Covenant God. ———————————————– For many years John Warburton’s great trial was that his wife, whom he had married when he was unregenerate, was a complete stranger to the things of God. Here he tells how his prayers were wonderfully answered. ———————————————– O the blessings that broke through these clouds that I had so much dreaded [the death of a little daughter]! I never can tell a… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, on July 6, 1845, by J. C. Philpot “I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.” (Zephaniah 3:12) Jerusalem was the center of the worship of the only true God from the day that David brought the ark there, until she rejected the Lord of life and glory, and brought upon… Read More

GOD tells us that His people are ACCEPTED IN CHRIST (Ephesians 1:6). If a person is without Christ, then he has nothing that God will accept! God tells us that no man CAN COME unto the Father but by Christ; therefore, if a person is without Christ, he has no ground upon which he can approach God. Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If He is THE… Read More

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) _______________________________________ What a mercy, my hearers, that our Jesus, on whom we build our souls’ eternal all, is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”! Whatever we look at, save the God of our salvation, we see changing. Look at the world and the things of the world – its fashion is changed. The Psalmist David had… Read More

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:33) To be justified is to be declared righteous, not guilty, before God based on the finished work of Christ on the cross (His shed blood and imputed righteousness). This was God’s purpose in eternity as we see that the Gospel is the preaching of the terms of the everlasting covenant of grace. God’s purpose… Read More

The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth, and the husband is bound by the law to his wife as long as the wife liveth. And, that a bill of divorcement legally obtained may in the eye of our civil code disannul a former marriage contract so that, as far as the civil law is concerned, the parties may contract to live in adultery and their issue… Read More

When Christ said, “Judge not, that you be not judged” Matthew 7:1, was He forbidding us to judge anyone at all who is in error? No! He was giving us guidelines as to how we are to be discerning and not merely judgmental, particularly with regard to whether or not we or others are saved or lost. The standard that the Lord gave is “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall… Read More

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) God has blessed his people from the beginning with every needful new covenant blessing, treasured up in Christ Jesus their covenant Head. There is not a single blessing of grace and salvation which is not secured and deposited in him. Ah, my friends, it is well… Read More

“The poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 29:19) It is Christ alone that is the Christian’s rejoicing. Paul speaks of it thus: “We are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and refoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” This is the way God circumcises the hearts of his people with the circumcision of Christ, made without hands, which cuts them… Read More

Ask almost any man, “Whether he hopes to be saved eternally?” He will answer in the affirmative. But enquire again, “On what foundation he rests his hope?” Here too many are sadly divided. The Pelagian hopes to get to heaven by a moral life and a good use of his natural powers. The Arminian by a jumble of grace and free-will, human works, and the merits of Christ. The Deist by an… Read More

Brother Beebe:- I received, a short time since, a letter from brother Davis S. Woody, of Missouri, in which he makes the following request: “Dear Brother: For the satisfaction of some of my dear brethren, who I think do not understand you and brother Thomas P. Dudley, on the subject of the new birth or regeneration, I would like to have your views on that subject, and what it is that is… Read More

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3) In Philippians 2, Paul addresses his comments directly to the justified, regenerated sinners at Philippi who find consolation and comfort in Christ, and fellowship of the indwelling Spirit (vs. 1) as He points sinners to Christ and His obedience unto death (and that alone) for such assurance (vss. 8-11). But… Read More

“The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18:46) The gracious words of our text set forth the glorious Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, concerning whom the Apostle says, as it can be said of no other, that He is “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). All things in nature and in providence change. The… Read More

Romans 12:1 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. It is certainly not unreasonable to expect a sinner, who has been freely and unconditionally pardoned, redeemed, forgiven, justified, sanctified, who has been given the fulness of righteousness, the whole inheritance of grace, the complete privilege of fellowship with God, (and all through… Read More

In Deuteronomy 4:28, God through Moses described the idols Israel would worship once they were scattered among the nations saying, “And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” In scripture, God often distinguishes Himself as “the living God” in contrast to such idols constructed in the imagination of our own evil hearts (Jeremiah 18:12; Jeremiah 23:16-17). When… Read More

“For in the time of trouble He will hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle will He hide me; He will set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5) We have no refuge but Jesus where we can hide our guilty heads. Where else can I hide? In the law? That curses. In self? That is treacherous. In the world? That is under the curse of God. In… Read More

Why Do You Love God? The way you answer this seemingly simple question gives great insight into your hope of justification before the true and living God. Have you ever seriously considered your MOTIVE, (the inner drive or reason), for all the religious activities (prayer, church attendance, giving, evangelizing, holy living, etc) you do? I can speak from personal experience concerning this life or death issue. When I was in a state… Read More

Thus truly was he “brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opens not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7.) What heart can conceive, what tongue express what his holy soul endured when “the Lord laid upon him the iniquities of us all”? In the garden of Gethsemane, what a load of guilt, what a weight of sin, what an intolerable burden of the… Read More

It’s sad that so few actually see or understand the “amazing grace” of God which is so clearly revealed in the Gospel. While most talk about God’s grace, the grace they profess to believe and rest in as their hope of salvation is nothing more than Satan’s cleverly disguised system of works salvation. Their problem lies in the deceitfulness of the human heart – “The heart (mind, understanding, or will) is deceitful… Read More

I will now briefly notice this union with Adam, &c. Whilst they were thus set up in Christ, and as such loved with an everlasting love, it was the pleasure of the Father that they should be partakers of flesh and blood, and therefore as rational creatures they were created in a natural head, Adam, and under the law; were in common with all his posterity, left to fall in him, and… Read More

Christ was numbered among transgressors although not one Himself. He was made sin in that His soul was MADE an offering for sin, in fulfillment of the Old Testament sacrifice types, Isaiah 53:10. Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. He was THE SIN OFFERING by which God transferred to His account ALL… Read More

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…” (II Corinthians 5:21) SIN is transgression of the law of God. Was Christ made to be a transgression? That makes no sense. There is the nature of sinfulness that resides in man and demons. Was Christ made to be a sin nature? Was Christ made to have a sin nature? Surely this is blasphemy, as to be God… Read More

Paul never forgot the glory in which the Son of God appeared to him. He viewed this glory in connection with the cross on which his sins had been expiated. In it he beheld the exceeding sinfulness of sin; in it, connected with Christ’s resurrection and ascension, he saw the proof of all his sins having been forgiven. He was now begotten again to a lively hope of an unfading inheritance, but… Read More

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20) Beloved, holy men were inspired and directed by the Lord the Holy Spirit to give us a full and particular account of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, where He died for our sins and where He was delivered for our offences, and raised again… Read More

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) The doctrine laid down by the apostle is that God loved His people even when they were dead in sins. Now when we consider what is involved in being dead in sins, when we take… Read More

Preached at Ford Street Chapel, Coventry, 1867 – By John Kershaw. ————————————————– “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20) Beloved, holy men were inspired and directed by the Lord the Holy Spirit to give us a full and particular account of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, where He died for our… Read More

Preached at Ford Street Chapel, Coventry, 1867 – By John Kershaw. ————————————————– “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20) Beloved, holy men were inspired and directed by the Lord the Holy Spirit to give us a full and particular account of the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, where He died for our… Read More

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.” (Psalm 46:4) I shall first take notice of the Church of God under the metaphor or title of a “city”. In the second place I shall speak of the “river” by which this city is made glad. In the third place I shall enumerate some of the “streams” that are connected with this river. 1. The first branch… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, 1845 – By John Kershaw. ————————————————————- “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.” (Psalm 46:4) I shall first take notice of the Church of God under the metaphor or title of a “city”. In the second place I shall speak of the “river” by which this city is made glad. In the third place I shall enumerate… Read More

Revelation 11 is probably the most important chapter of the prophecy of Revelation. Almost everything else in this prophecy, from chapter 11 to chapter 22, depends on how we understand this present chapter. And thus we must not be in a hurry when we study this chapter. This article will deal with the question: who are the two witnesses or Revelation 11? In Revelation 11:3-4 God introduces us to: The Two Witnesses… Read More

“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” (Proverbs 8:34) In the Scriptures, no more than two classes of people are declared to be in the world. The one class is called “the blessed of the Lord,” and the other “the cursed of the Lord,” or “the people of God’s curse.” This latter class contains all the “vessels of wrath fitted… Read More

“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name.” (Psalm 142:7) It is not certain that David composed this Psalm in the Cave of Adullam, when he had fled from Achish king of Gath, or in the cave of Engedi, when he had taken refuge from the wrath of Saul (1 Sam. 22:1, 2 and 24:1-3). But this is a matter of very little consequence to us; as it… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, Great Alie Street, London, On LORD’s Day Evening, 1848 – By John Kershaw “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18:46) The gracious words of our text set forth the glorious Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, concerning whom the Apostle says, as it can be said of no other, that He is “Jesus Christ the same… Read More

Preached at North Street Chapel, Stamford, Jan. 9, 1850, by J. C. Philpot “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” (James 1:2-4) A singular race of men lived in the middle ages called Alchemists–a name still retained in the words “chemist”… Read More

A study of Revelation 20:1-3 The Binding of Satan We have come to a passage in Revelation 20 from where theologians have derived the theory of the Jewish Millennium. The Latin word Millennium means “one thousand”. It is the theory that before the end of the world comes there will be a glorious thousand years where the Jews are evangelizing the world, and almost the whole world will come to worship Christ…. Read More

We have come to that section of Revelation where Satan is loosed out of the Bottomless Pit. This is the moment in time that is called: The End of the Thousand Years It is the end of the period of time that is symbolically called the 1000 years, which is nothing else than the completeness of God’s plan for the binding of Satan. At the end of this symbolic 1000 years God… Read More