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Monthly Archives: September 2008

“For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.”… Read More

A sermon preached on August 1, 1852, by J. C. Philpot, at Eden Street Chapel. “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) How continually in the prophets, and… Read More

Matthew chapter twenty-four has been a difficult chapter for many Christians to understand, even for seasoned theologians. A frequently asked question concerning this chapter is Christ’s declaration that a generation should not pass until all the things (which He had talked about) would be fulfilled. The question I hear a lot is, “how could all those things that Christ had spoken about, be fulfilled before that generation had passed?” Matthew 24:33-34 “So… Read More

“His mouth is most sweet; yea, He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” (Songs 5:16) ___________________________________ The foundation, the root, of this blessed exclamation will be found in the painful and shameful experience which the church describes earlier in this chapter. She had been sleeping. She was locked up in self security, in spiritual idleness. She had washed her feet; she was… Read More

In the Matthew chapter 13 the Lord Jesus told the multitude the Parable of the Sower, but He did not explain the parable. Then at the end of the parable He said in verse 9, “He who hath ears to hear, let him hear”. Now, that is a curious way to end this parable. Paraphrased, the Lord is saying, “He who has spiritual ears to hear, let him understand this parable”. Jesus… Read More

“The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29) Prayer is an intimate communication of the child of God unto His heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16). This is why God is far from those who do not come to Him in faith through His Son. Prayer is an act of faith done by a sinner saved by the grace of… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “The Sure Mercies of David” The scripture text is from 2 Samuel 23:1-5 and the audio is 41 minutes long.

“For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16) God’s absolute sovereignty in all things may be difficult for us to grasp in light of the truth of man’s responsibility, but it reveals… Read More

“And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” (Titus 3:14) For true believers obedience to God and good works are not options. They are necessities. They are necessary not in order to gain, maintain, earn, or deserve salvation or any part of it but because of the grace of God in and by the Lord Jesus Christ in redeeming, regenerating, and preserving us…. 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

The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ is an old and eternal message. Man comes up with new ways, but they are false and deadly to the soul. Our salvation has been accomplished by Christ who died on the cross and arose again for our justification. Our salvation is secured by His shed blood and righteousness imputed, and the Holy Spirit gives life from Christ to all of God’s elect. Nothing new… Read More

Christian living is not an activity of obedience engaged in so as to obtain an eternal reward and inheritance. It is the activity of obedience engaged in because Christ has already obtained our eternal reward and inheritance. It is not activity aimed at making ourselves righteous and holy before God. It is the obedient activity of one who has been made so by the grace of God in Christ. The fact is… Read More

The nature of God’s grace is such that it leaves no possibility for salvation, perfection, eternal life and glory, but that which is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ and based upon His accomplishments in His obedience unto death. The proof of this is His own resurrection from the dead and His ascension unto the Father where He lives to make intercession for us on the basis of His own blood… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, Sunday Morning, April 14th, 1878 – By Thomas Bradbury _____________________________________________________________ “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23) There is scarcely any part of Divine revelation, where the free,… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, on Tuesday Evening, July 20, 1847, by J. C. Philpot “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” (Psalm 35:3) If we take the Scriptures as our authority (and upon what authority can we depend, but the inspired word of the living God?) in what a fearful state is mankind at large! When we compare what man now is with what man was when he came forth… Read More

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16) The grand object of the Epistle to the Hebrews is to set forth the high priesthood… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Parable of the Soils” The scripture text is from Matthew 13:1-23, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

Can we consistently hold with the hart and run with the hound? Is it consistent for the Old School Baptist to take their stand against the corrupting abominations of the present times, and at the expense of our names and reputation, subject ourselves to the jeers, ridicule and calumny of the popular zealots of our day, and then so far countenance them in their iniquitous career as to invite their ministers to… Read More

“God is love.” (I John 4:8) ——————– He defines love. He is the source of all true love. Any ‘love’ that is inconsistent with His love is no love at all. So, where did man get the notion of “unconditional love”? Well, obviously from his perverted view of God. For the God that is, knows nothing of unconditional love. Our God loves righteousness and hates iniquity, Hebrews 1:9. The Lord loves The… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Yet Not I, But Christ” The scripture text is from Galatians 2:20 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

We have been grieved by the opposition received to the stand we have sought to take on the sanctity of marriage and that marriage is for life, “till death do us part.” We feel that one of the grevious things today is the careless attitude of marriage. In fact, during the last two years, at the beginning of each wedding we have taken, we have sought to emphasize this – as a… Read More

Apart from a friendship with Jesus Christ the closest friendship we can know on this earth is that between a husband and wife. Therefore we need to be of one mind in the things of God. The scriptures teach us, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) This is true of any friendship not just marriage. Also the Holy Spirit instructs us: 1 Corinthians 6:15 Know ye not that… Read More

I trust the following scriptures will help you regarding the doctrine of marriage. The original institution Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what… Read More

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) ———— The natural man hates even the idea of submission. He reasons that it makes him less of a person. He demands his equal rights. But he fails to see that when he lifts himself up in pride and self-righteousness and refuses to submit to the God of all grace, he is in reality submitting to… Read More

We cannot say too often that marriage is to be the picture of Christ and the church, meaning that we, as husbands and wives, must mirror God’s covenant bond with us in our marriages. We do not want our marriage to lie, to leave the wrong impression. But we want it to leave the correct impression of what it means that Christ loves the church. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine… Read More

The letter to the Colossians was written because the church at Colosse was plagued by Judaizers and by Gnostics. The Judaizers were Jews who claimed that the Gentiles could not be fully Christians if they did not obey all the rules of the Ceremonial Law. On the other hand the Gnostics were people from Alexandria, Egypt, who denied the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who changed the Scriptures wherever the… Read More

Introduction The need to speak on the Framework Hypothesis bodes ill for the church. It is not an error that is placed on church’s agenda by the world. It originated and has its greatest influence in conservative Reformed and Presbyterian denominations and seminaries. Though of relatively recent origin, in another sense it is not new. Fifty years ago, when I was attending college, the so-called Period Theory was just being introduced into… Read More

“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” This is first in the Christian creed. It is very simple: the Christian knows God as Creator and, therefore the truth about the origin of the world and himself by faith—by faith only. Implied is that this knowledge of God as Creator is derived from Scripture, especially from the outstanding revelation of God as Creator in Genesis l and 2…. Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “Mysteries of The Kingdom” The scripture text is from Matthew 13:10-17, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

For He hath made Him to be Sin for us; who knew no Sin: That we might be made the Righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) 1. His miraculous Conception in the Womb of the Blessed Virgin. Christ not being conceived in a natural, but supernatural Manner, he did not partake of our natural Corruption. It was impossible he should, because he was the supernatural Production of the Holy Spirit…. Read More

God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), drawing the scheme of their reconciliation, ransom, and redemption: this flows from his divine counsels, who does all things after the counsel of his will; as there was a consultation held about the formation of man, no doubt there was one about his ransom and recovery; and which, with great propriety, may be called the council of peace, that was… Read More

2 Samuel 23:5 Although my house be not so with God, yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure. The covenant which the sweet Psalmist of Israel, in his last dying words, has respect unto, is the covenant of grace: founded on grace; filled with the blessings of grace. It is called the covenant of peace (Isaiah 44:10), because a grand article of it is… Read More

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.” (Psalm 46:4) These words are to be understood in a figurative sense, as applicable to Gospel times. This river designs the Gospel, the streams of which are its doctrines, which are living waters that went out from Jerusalem, and which publish glad tidings of great joy to all… Read More

Have you any other rock but Christ? I do not ask you whether you have a feeling enjoyment of it. I know you will rejoice in Jesus when the Holy Spirit enables you. But have you any other refuge? Can you go into eternity resting upon any other righteousness but His? Can you lean upon, desire, or want any other than Christ’s righteousness? “No,” says the soul, none but Christ! None but… Read More

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:4) The works of the law, and the righteousness of the law, are synonymous terms. By the former, we are expressly told, no flesh can be justified: nor consequently, by the latter, as performed by us. Why? Because every man is a fallen creature; and to the corruption of his… Read More

It is a fact that God who is holy and just and righteous MUST punish our sins. He will by no means clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7), and the soul that sins must surely die (Ezekiel 18:4,20) because death is the just wages of sin (Romans 6:23). If God were to fail to punish even one sin, He would as soon cease to be God. Yet, the psalmist wrote, “He hath not… Read More

The focus of all the inspired Scriptures is the fulfillment of all God’s promises and intent in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. This includes the single, historical act of Christ to put away the sins of His people (Old and New Testament believers) and to work out, establish, and finish the righteousness based upon which God was and is just to justify them all. All believers, both Old and New… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Zion’s Restoration” The scripture text is from Isaiah 49:13-26 and the audio is 37 minutes long.

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:10) The first and ultimate cause of His death is God the Father. Christ was set up from eternity by Divine decree to be the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Al­though wicked men prompted by the evil of their own hearts inflicted the suffering, they… Read More

“Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen together.” (Deuteronomy 22:11) Who should have thought that such a precept as this of Moses had a gospel signification! And yet as Christ was preached under types and figures though the whole law, we may reasonably suppose that not a single command was then given but what had an eye to Him and His great salvation. If we… Read More

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans 3:10) What then is the righteousness of the Scripture, and who is the righteous man before God? The answer is direct. None but the Lord Jesus Christ. He, and he only, is set forth under this title; and he alone is the Righteousness of his people. It is high treason to talk of any other; and it is equally high… Read More

“Then said He, Lo, I come to do they will, O God…” (Hebrews 10:9) This was agreed upon in the covenant of the eternal Three. The Father undertook to maintain the honour and dignity of his law and justice. His co-equal Son undertook for his people to come in their nature, and to stand in their place and stead; to act for them, and to suffer for them. As their surety, he… Read More

Many people sing the old hymn “Faith Is the Victory.” We as true believers may wonder how this could be so because we know our faith is all too often weak and pitiful. Add to that the fact that so many have such a perverted view of faith. They really have faith in their faith. To many faith is no more than mental determination, positive thinking, or a blind leap in the… Read More

One of the hardest lessons that we as believers must continually learn is that it is God alone who makes us to differ. The apostle Paul wrote of this to the church at Corinth when they were exalting preachers and pitting one against another. He wrote this that they (and we) “might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed… 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) Now, when the poor soul is in prison, in chains and in condemnation, he needs deliverance from his captivity, but he feels that none upon earth can help or deliver him. O no; the blessed Savior alone can deliver and save him. His atoning blood is… Read More

Any view or understanding of eternity and/or time that denies, diminishes, or even devalues the glory and necessity of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is a perversion of the Gospel of God’s grace in Him. God’s preachers preach Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2) and His righteousness established on the cross as the sole basis upon which God justifies the ungodly. It is the heart and soul of our… Read More