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Monthly Archives: March 2009

Can the Leopard Change His Spots? (Jeremiah 13:23) Of course you know what a leopard is? It is a very big cat, almost as big as a lion, with many dark spots on the fur growing on his skin. Why does the leopard have these dark spots on his skin? Because his father and mother leopard also had the same dark spots on their fur. And it is a Biblical principle that… Read More

Daughters of Jerusalem (Luke 23:26-33, Zechariah 9:9, Romans 2:28-29) Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Luke 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. Luke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said,… Read More

Let me introduce this article with a passage from Acts 16:30-31. In this chapter of Acts 16 the missionaries Paul and Silas were in Philippi, in Macedonia, where they were shamefully treated. They were stripped of their clothes, they were whipped, and they were put in prison and their feet fastened in chains. Then at midnight there was a great earthquake, which caused all the prison doors to be opened, and all… Read More

In John 9:35 we have here the story of a beggar who was blind from birth. Jesus made clay, put the clay on the man’s eyes, and Jesus said to him: “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam”. Well, this beggar had nothing to lose, so he went, he washed his face in the Pool of Siloam and suddenly he could see clearly. In this miraculous healing the Lord Jesus Christ shows… Read More

One of the absolute essentials concerning the death of Christ is the following question: Who Did the Lord Jesus Die For? (John 14:7, Amos 9:11-12, Acts 15:13-18, Acts 11:26) The Lord Jesus said in John 14:7, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” The meaning of this statement is absolutely true: “No man.” But before the Lord Jesus was born into this world many civilizations have come and died without… Read More

Before we look at this story, let me say this: The Bible is not a storybook. The Bible is not a history book. The Bible is not a book that tells you stories about a people that lived a long, long time ago in a land far, far away; and so it becomes a story that really does not touch you personally. The Bible is supposed to touch us personally. This is… Read More

Who is regulating affairs on this earth today—God, or the Devil? That God reigns supreme in Heaven, is generally conceded; that He does so over this world, is almost universally denied—if not directly, then indirectly. More and more are men in their philosophizing and theorizing, relegating God to the background. Take the material realm. Not only is it denied that God created everything, by personal and direct action, but few believe that… Read More

“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all” 1 Chronicles 29:11 ________________________________________ The Sovereignty of God is an expression that once was generally understood. It was a phrase commonly used in religious literature. It was… Read More

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created” Revelation 4:11 _________________________________________________ Having shown that sovereignty characterizes the whole Being of God, let us now observe how it marks all His ways and dealings. In the great expanse of eternity, which stretches behind Genesis 1:1, the universe was unborn and creation existed only in… Read More

“The Lord hath prepared His Throne in the heavens; and His Kingdom ruleth over all” Psalm 103:19 ________________________________________________ First, a word concerning the need for God to govern the material world. Suppose the opposite for a moment. For the sake of argument, let us say that God created the world, designed and fixed certain laws (which men term “the laws of Nature”), and that He then withdrew, leaving the world to its… Read More

“O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out” Romans 11:33 __________________________________________________ “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9); but the Lord does not save all. Why not? He does save some; then if He saves some, why not others? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? No; for the apostle wrote, “This is… Read More

“Behold therefore the goodness and the severity of God” Romans. 11:22 ____________________________________________________________ In the last chapter when treating of the Sovereignty of God the Father in Salvation, we examined seven passages which represent Him as making a choice from among the children of men, and predestinating certain ones to be conformed to the image of His Son. The thoughtful reader will naturally ask, And what of those who were not “ordained to… Read More

“For of Him, and thro’ Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Romans 11:36). _________________________________________________ Has God foreordained everything that comes to pass? Has He decreed that what is, was to have been? In the final analysis this is only another way of asking, Is God now governing the world and everyone and everything in it? If God is governing the world, then is He… Read More

“It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” Philippians 2:13 ___________________________________________ Concerning the nature and the power of fallen man s will, the greatest confusion prevails today, and the most erroneous views are held, even by many of God’s children. The popular idea now prevailing, and which is taught from the great majority of pulpits, is that man has a “free will”, and… Read More

“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God” Romans 14:12 ___________________________________________________ In our last chapter we considered at some length the much debated and difficult question of the human will. We have shown that the will of the natural man is neither sovereign nor free but, instead, a servant and slave. We have argued that a right conception of the sinner’s will— its servitude— is essential to… Read More

“If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us” 1 John 5:14 ___________________________________________________ Throughout this book it has been our chief aim to exalt the Creator and abase the creature. The well-nigh universal tendency, now, is to magnify man and dishonor and degrade God. On every hand it will be found that, when spiritual things are under discussion, the human side and element is pressed and stressed, and the Divine… Read More

“Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight” (Matthew 11:26 __________________________________________________ In the present chapter we shall consider, somewhat briefly, the practical application to ourselves of the great truth which we have pondered in its various ramifications in earlier pages. In chapter twelve we shall deal more in detail with the value of this doctrine, but here we would confine ourselves to a definition of what ought to be… Read More

“Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not My way equal? are not your ways unequal?” Ezekiel 18:25 ___________________________________________________ A convenient point has been reached when we may now examine, more definitely, some of the difficulties encountered and the objections which might be advanced against what we have written in previous pages. The author deemed it better to reserve these for… Read More

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, And is profitable for doctrine, For reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, Throughly furnished unto all good works” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 ___________________________________________________ “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto… Read More

“Halleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” – Revelation 19:6 ——————————————————————————– In our Foreword to the second edition we acknowledge the need for preserving the balance of Truth. Two things are beyond dispute: God is sovereign, man is responsible. In this book we have sought to expound the former; in our other works we have frequently pressed the latter. That there is real danger of over-emphasizing the one and ignoring the other,… Read More

In treating of the Will of God some theologians have differentiated between His decretive will and His permissive will, insisting that there are certain things which God has positively fore-ordained, but other things which He merely suffers to exist or happen. But such a distinction is really no distinction at all, inasmuch as God only permits that which is according to His will. No such distinction would have been invented had these… Read More

In our chapter on God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility we dealt only with the responsibility of man considered as a fallen creature, and at the close of the discussion it was pointed out how that the measure and extent of our responsibility varies in different individuals, according to the advantages they have received and the privileges they have enjoyed, which is a truth clearly established by the declaration of the Saviour recorded… Read More

It may appear to some of our readers that the exposition we have given of John 3:16 in the chapter on “Difficulties and Objections” is a forced and unnatural one, inasmuch as our definition of the term “world” seems to be out of harmony with the meaning and scope of this word in other passages, where, to supply the world of believers (God’s elect) as a definition of “world” would make no… Read More

There is one passage more than any other which is appealed to by those who believe in universal redemption, and which at first sight appears to teach that Christ died for the whole human race. We have therefore decided to give it a detailed examination and exposition. “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2)…. Read More

THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST Chapter One from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ By J. C. Philpot ———— In that wondrous prayer which the Lord Jesus Christ as the great High Priest over the house of God, offered up to his heavenly Father on the eve of his sufferings and death, there is a declaration which demands of all who fear God the deepest and most attentive… Read More

THE NATURE OF THE REDEEMER’S HUMANITY Chapter Two from the book Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer By J. C. Philpot To glorify his dear Son has from all eternity been the purpose of the Father; and both in the plan and in the execution has he manifested the depths of his infinite wisdom, power and love. That the eternal Son of God should take into intimate and indissoluble… Read More

THE REDEEMER’S HUMILIATION Chapter Three from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ By J. C. Philpot In approaching the solemn subject of the sacred humanity of our blessed Lord, as engaged in the work of redemption when here below, we desire to do so under the special teaching and unction of the Holy Ghost, not only that nothing erroneous, inconsistent, or unbecoming may escape our pen, and… Read More

THE DEATH OF THE CROSS By J. C. Philpot Chapter Four from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ Well might the apostle, as if in a burst of holy admiration, cry aloud, as with trumpet voice, that heaven and earth might hear, “Great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh.” (1 Timothy 3:16) A mystery indeed it is, a great, a deep, an… Read More

THE EFFECTS OF THE REDEEMER’S SUFFERINGS AND DEATH By J. C. Philpot Chapter Five from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ We might now pass on to the consideration of that sacred humanity as taken down from the cross and laid in the tomb, where it lay in all its innate purity, sanctity, and incorruptibility, perfuming the grave, and consecrating the tomb as the sleeping-place of those… Read More

THE BURIAL By J. C. Philpot Chapter Six from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ We last stood at the foot of the cross, where we saw by faith the blood-shedding and death of our adorable Lord; we viewed him yielding up his life by a voluntary act of his holy will, and heard his gracious words, “It is finished,” just before he bowed his head and… Read More

THE UNION AND COMMUNION WITH CHRIST By J. C. Philpot Chapter Seven from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ In our Meditations on the sacred humanity of the adorable Redeemer we must never, even in thought, separate his human nature from his divine. Even when his sacred body lay in the grave, and was thus for a small space of time severed from his pure and holy… Read More

THE RESURRECTION By J. C. Philpot Chapter Eight from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ But we pass on to the resurrection of the blessed Lord from the dead; and here we shall have to establish the doctrine before we enter into its experimental fruits. 1. The first thing that we notice is, what we may call the grand fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus… Read More

THE EFFECTS OF THE REDEEMER’S RESURRECTION Chapter Nine from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of the Blessed Redeemer’ By J. C. Philpot We shall attempt now to show the spiritual bearing and influence which the resurrection of the Lord has upon the believing soul. The apostle’s earnest desire and prayer were that he might “know the Lord Jesus Christ, and the power of his resurrection.” (Philippians 3:10) It was not,… Read More

THE ASCENSION Chapter Ten from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer’ By J. C. Philpot There is this peculiar blessedness in the Person and work of the adorable Redeemer, that, like the sun which shines in every clime, he is ever beaming forth out of his inexhaustible fullness rays of grace and glory, under every aspect, to believing eyes and hearts; so that the more we look… Read More

KING OF KINGS Chapter Eleven from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer’ By J. C. Philpot If favoured with that “anointing” from above which “teacheth of all things, and is truth, and is no lie,” dropping into our heart and from our pen, our “meditation of him will be sweet” to both writer and reader. And indeed, if in any art of our Meditations on this sacred… Read More

A GREAT HIGH PRIEST—His All-Prevailing Intercession Chapter Twelve from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer’ By J.C. Philpot We are now led to another character of our blessed Lord, as wearing our nature in the courts of heaven, for in the prophecy of him just quoted, it is promised that “he shall be a priest upon his throne.” The high priest under the law never sat upon… Read More

A GREAT HIGH PRIEST—His Sympathy and Compassion Chapter Thirteen from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer’ Having attempted, then, to show the nature and prevalency of the intercession of Jesus at the right hand of the Father, and how mercifully and graciously it meets our case as burdened with countless sins and pressed down with innumerable infirmities, we come now to the consideration of the blessed Lord… Read More

A GREAT HIGH PRIEST – Blessing the People Chapter Fourteen from the book ‘Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer’ By J.C. Philpot ———— One important part of the ministration of the blessed Lord, as the great High Priest over the house of God, we have not yet touched upon. This is his blessing the people. This, we know, was committed to the typical high priest under the law as… Read More

Chapter Fifteen from the book Meditations on the Sacred Humanity of The Blessed Redeemer. By J.C. Philpot We have another view to take of our blessed Lord as having entered into the courts of bliss. He is gone thither as his people’s forerunner, as the apostle speaks, “Whither the forerunner is for us entered even Jesus, made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Hebrews 6:20) How blessedly did… Read More

WHEN I was first led to advocate the true, proper and eternal Sonship of our most blessed Lord in the pages of the “Gospel Standard,” and thus, as far as ability was given me, to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints,” I little anticipated two consequences which have mainly sprung out of my attempt to set forth truth and to beat down error—1. The long, angry, and widely-spread… Read More

THE language of complaint put by the Lord into the mouth of one of His prophets of old was, “Truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter; yes, truth fails” (Isaiah 59:14,15). May not the same or similar language issue from the lips of His faithful servants now when they look around and see the reception that truth for the most part meets with in our day and generation? As… Read More

THERE are two things which every child of God has the greatest reason to dread; the one is evil, the other is error. Both are originally from Satan; both have a congenial home in the human mind; both are in their nature deadly and destructive; both have slain their thousands and tens of thousands; and under one or the other, or under both combined, all everlastingly perish but the redeemed family of… Read More

WHETHER we set forth truth or whether we expose error, and we can scarcely do the one without at the same time performing the other, the Word of God must ever be the grand armory whence we take the weapons of our spiritual warfare. This is both apostolic precept and apostolic practice. “Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). “If any man speak, let him… Read More

As one stronghold of the opponents of the true and proper Sonship of the blessed Lord consists in the various objections, raised for the most part by carnal reasoning, which have been urged by various preachers and writers against it, and as some of these objections are very subtle and, at first sight, of some weight, we have felt that it might he desirable to notice those of any importance, and, as… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “The Righteous and The Wicked” The scripture text is from Isaiah 3:10-11 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Comfort My People” The scripture text is from Isaiah 4:1-11 and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “The Victorious Life” The scripture text is from Isaiah 5:1-5 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “When A Sinner Sees The LORD” The scripture text is from Isaiah 6:1-7 and the audio is 47 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Christ, God With Us” The scripture text is from Isaiah 7:14 and the audio is 39 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled “Christ, A Banner For The Nations – Part 1” The scripture text is from Isaiah 11:10 and the audio is 42 minutes long.