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Monthly Archives: June 2009

In Revelation 16 we read about the assembling for the Battle of Armageddon. What kind of a battle is this? Who will fight this battle? Who will be on either side? There are those who speak about this as some kind of a political battle, that is, a battled engaged in by nations of this world, where there will actually be tanks and rockets and guns, and so on, employed in this… Read More

The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 13:13-14: Matthew 13:13 Because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive. This is a very favorable verse in the eyes of God. God repeated these words many times over… Read More

Preached in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, 1878 – By Thomas Bradbury ____________________________________________________________ “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) There is not a spot trodden by our blessed Lord, during His pilgrimage here on earth, untrodden by those who hold fellowship with Him in His sufferings. The spots of the Redeemer’s sufferings are consecrated by the infallible teaching of the blessed… 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

“For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth; It was said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” (Romans 9:11-13) We trust that God will enable us to rightly divide the word of truth,… Read More

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

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Resurrection Through Christ” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 8:9-11 and the audio is 46 minutes long.

[AUDIO https://testallthings.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/michael-pickett-the-spirit-of-god-dwelling-in-you.mp3%5D This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Spirit of God Dwelling in You” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Romans 8:9-11 and the audio is 56 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “No Might” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is 2 Chronicles 20:12 and the audio is 49 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Little Foxes” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Song of Solomon 2:15 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “Trembling At The Word” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is Isaiah 66:5 and the audio is 38 minutes long.

By William Gadsby Preached in Manchester, England February 9th, 1840 ________________________________________________ “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward; not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) To add to, or diminish from, the Word of God is a crime, though much employed in the frivolities of the world; and the office of a… Read More

We will inquire who the “us-ward” are to whom the Lord is said to be long-suffering. They are undoubtedly the persons to whom Peter writes his epistles, including himself. Let us turn, then, to the first epistle, and see to whom he wrote: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia;” and he then gives them the honored appellation of “Elect, according to… Read More

Marvel not at the world’s hatred. God’s choice of us is the bone which they cannot endure: “If ye were of the world the world would love his own but because ye are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19 Especially those professors who make an outward show but are ignorant of the celestial adorning of the soul. Man… Read More

Vanity and folly (says the wise man) feed the foolish; self-will, self-sufficiency and self-righteousness feed the pharisee; husks feed dry and legal convictions; a fair show in the flesh feeds the hypocrite; human applause feeds the letter preacher. But the quickened soul must have the bread of life, for he is sure to perish without it.

Prayer is a defence against the spirit of this world – a bar to the inroads of vanity – a maul upon the head of the old man, and a lash of scorpions for the devil. It is a bridle in the jaws of a persecutor – a spell to a voracious enemy – a dagger at the heart of a heretic – a key to parables and dark sayings – and… Read More

“…Be courteous.” (1 Peter 3:8) Christian courtesy is an important subject. It is embraced in the well-known text: “This people have I formed for myself they shall shew forth my praise” (Isaiah 43:21) God’s people are called to be different. They should stand out from the world. And that not only in dress, chapel attendance, separation from wordliness, etc., but their behaviour should be seen to be different. The world cannot understand… Read More

“…Be courteous.” (1 Peter 3:8) Christian courtesy is an important subject. It is embraced in the well-known text: “This people have I formed for myself they shall shew forth my praise” (Isaiah 43:21) God’s people are called to be different. They should stand out from the world. And that not only in dress, chapel attendance, separation from wordliness, etc., but their behaviour should be seen to be different. The world cannot understand… Read More

The Disciples Are Astonished (Matthew 19:10-12) The Lord Jesus explained to the Pharisees that they cannot put away their wives for any reason they have invented, but that the only exception for a legitimate divorce is when the wife has committed fornication. And when divorce has taken place both parties should stay single, or be reconciled. This new teaching of Jesus caused great consternation among His disciples. Matthew 19:10 His disciples say… Read More

“…Be courteous.” (1 Peter 3:8) Christian courtesy is an important subject. It is embraced in the well-known text: “This people have I formed for myself they shall shew forth my praise” (Isaiah 43:21) God’s people are called to be different. They should stand out from the world. And that not only in dress, chapel attendance, separation from wordliness, etc., but their behaviour should be seen to be different. The world cannot understand… Read More

Under the law it was so easy for a person to become ceremonially unclean. If he touched a dead body, or a grave, or a bone, he became unclean, and was cut off from Israel. It was for this reason that graves were often painted a dazzling white, especially at the time of the Passover when multitudes would visit Jerusalem. A grave must be easily seen so that no one might stumble… Read More

There are good reasons to trust the Bible. Both external and internal evidence support the statement that the Bible is “true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:9) EXTERNAL EVIDENCE External evidence, that is, facts outside of the Bible demonstrate that it is a reliable and trustworthy source of information Scientific Evidence No scientific fact has ever disproved the Bible in any way. Many people will say, “The Bible is not a scientific book,… Read More

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18-19) What exactly was the cost of REDEMPTION? Before we can answer this question we need to understand what is meant by the term “REDEMPTION”. In the original… Read More

Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. Ruth 1:2 And the name of the man [was] Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites… Read More

Ruth 2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name [was] Boaz. Ruth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after [him] in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. Ruth 2:3 And she went, and came, and gleaned… Read More

Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? Ruth 3:2 And now [is] not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. Ruth 3:3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor:… Read More

Dear Sir: – There are some who say that the atonement is general and that redemption is particular, and others who say that both the atonement and the redemption are general. If you will give your views, through the SIGNS, on this subject, you will very much oblige, and I hope instruct me. What I want to know is, can the two be separated? If the one is general is not the… Read More

Ruth 4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down. Ruth 4:2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down. Ruth 4:3 And he said… Read More

If you ever have read through Judges 19, and 20, and 21, you know that these are not easy chapters to explain. But before we begin I should first tell you what the ground rules are that I will be using. I will not dwell on the historical aspects of these passages; you can find these in all the commentaries that I could lay my hands on. I will also not dwell… Read More

In our previous study of Judges 19-21 we have seen that Judges 19 shows great resemblance to Genesis 19. But since Genesis 19 is a series of pictures of end time events, we must relate Judges 19, 20, and 21 also to end time events. These are difficult chapters to preach from. I am still struggling to work my way through this, and you must excuse me if I make small corrections… Read More

One of the most blessed truths God’s elect can ever be brought to see by God the Holy Spirit through the preaching of God’s Gospel is what King David so confidently expressed in Psalm 23:1 – “The Lord IS MY Shepherd.” It’s so hard to imagine Jehovah, the infinite, omniscient, sovereign King of the universe condescending to be MY Shepherd. The thing we must realize is that Christ is our Shepherd by… Read More

“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) When I have forgiven and forgotten every offense or wrong that I have experienced or imagined — When I have borne every hard word, act or thought — When I have overlooked, excused, and disregarded every weakness and fall or infirmity I see in others — When I have tried to understand and sympathize with… Read More

“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) When I have forgiven and forgotten every offense or wrong that I have experienced or imagined — When I have borne every hard word, act or thought — When I have overlooked, excused, and disregarded every weakness and fall or infirmity I see in others — When I have tried to understand and sympathize with… Read More

Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called: Jude 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend… Read More

The Purpose of Parables in Judges (Matthew 13:11, Judges 17:6, Judges 18:1, Judges 19:1, Judges 19:21, Judges 19:25, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13) Let us first get an overview of parables in the Bible, and especially the parables in the Prophecy of Judges. The Lord Jesus told us exactly why He spoke in parables. He said in Matthew 13:11, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of… Read More

“Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” – John the Baptist. WHILE in the faithful discharge of that duty to which he had been divinely called, John Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea, and buried in the bosom of Jordan all such as gave him satisfactory evidence that they were prepared for that sacred ordinance. Jerusalem and Judea and all the regions around about Jordan… Read More

The Purpose of Parables in Judges (Matthew 13:11, Judges 17:6, Judges 18:1, Judges 19:1, Judges 19:21, Judges 19:25, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13) Let us first get an overview of parables in the Bible, and especially the parables in the Prophecy of Judges. The Lord Jesus told us exactly why He spoke in parables. He said in Matthew 13:11, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of… Read More

The Purpose of Parables in Judges (Matthew 13:11, Judges 17:6, Judges 18:1, Judges 19:1, Judges 19:21, Judges 19:25, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13) Let us first get an overview of parables in the Bible, and especially the parables in the Prophecy of Judges. The Lord Jesus told us exactly why He spoke in parables. He said in Matthew 13:11, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of… Read More

In our previous study of Judges 19-21 we have seen that Judges 19 shows great resemblance to Genesis 19. But since Genesis 19 is a series of pictures of end time events, we must relate Judges 19, 20, and 21 also to end time events. These are difficult chapters to preach from. I am still struggling to work my way through this, and you must excuse me if I make small corrections… Read More

In our previous study of Judges 19-21 we have seen that Judges 19 shows great resemblance to Genesis 19. But since Genesis 19 is a series of pictures of end time events, we must relate Judges 19, 20, and 21 also to end time events. These are difficult chapters to preach from. I am still struggling to work my way through this, and you must excuse me if I make small corrections… Read More

A study of John 3:3-8 One of the most misunderstood subjects in the Bible is the new birth. In the 1970’s we heard so much about “born-again Christians.” A woman even stated on a TV program that she had been a Christian for over 20 years and had not been born again yet. Of course this is impossible. There are no other kinds of Christians than born-again Christians. And if you have… Read More

In Revelation 16 we read about the assembling for the Battle of Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. What kind of a battle is this? Who will fight this battle? Who will be on either side? There are those who speak about this as some kind of a political battle, that is, a battled engaged in by nations of this world,… Read More

A common assertion these days is the idea that if we were divorced before we were born again, after becoming saved we are free to remarry. This is based on the contention that as saved people we have become new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away and all things have become new. But is this kind of teaching biblical? Actually, this teaching is quite unbiblical. First, it does not recognize… Read More

When a Christian dies, does he go directly to Heaven? How can we reconcile the idea that he might go to Heaven directly with the fact that on the last day, when Christ returns, he will be resurrected from the grave? The Bible very clearly teaches that when we die we go to Heaven. But in Heaven we are there not with our bodies. Our bodies obviously are in the grave. But… Read More

One of the greatest debates amongst those who claim to be “Christian,” amongst various denominations, is this: Are we saved based on an imputed righteousness, an imparted righteousness, or a combination of both? This issue can be easily settled if we rely upon and bow to God’s Word. First, what is righteousness? Strictly speaking, when the Bible speaks in terms of the ground of salvation, justification before God, and when it speaks… Read More

Mark 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? Mark 10:39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:… Read More

This is one of the most profound and theologically rich passages in the Bible. Here we have a clear description of the doctrine of justification based on the imputed righteousness of Christ without the deeds of the law. We also see one of the greatest examples of saving faith and true repentance in this autobiographical sketch of Paul’s conversion. Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same… Read More

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. This verse indicates that a door has to be opened for anyone to go into heaven. That door is Jesus Christ. “I am the door;” He… Read More

What is the difference between them? What do they signify? What does the number 666 represent that is found in the last verse of the chapter? The first beast comes out of the sea. It has ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns or diadems upon its horns, and a blasphemous name upon its head. And it “was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was… Read More

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Many [so called] theologians and commentary writers identify the rider of the white horse as the Antichrist. That’s a most unfortunate mistake. Nowhere in the Bible is the color white associated with Satan or the Antichrist. White has… Read More