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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Eternal Sonship and the Taylor Brethren – By John Metcalfe; Paperback; 38 pages; Published by and obtainable from The Publishing Trust, Church Road, Tylers Green, Penn, Buckinghamshire, HP10 8LN. ———————————- The Gospel Standard has always been jealous for the sacred doctrine of the eternal Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ in His divine nature. It was on this issue that in 1860 the separation took place from all Strict Baptists who denied… Read More

Romans 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Before we begin our study on the remnant, I would like to define a few terms in our text: 1) “remnant”: means a small group within a group. As we study this doctrine we will see it’s meaning in the scriptures. The scriptures teach that at any given time in history: there… Read More

“And they stood upon their feet.” (Revelation 11:11) THE BLESSED HOPE OF EVERY BELIEVER Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud;… Read More

“And they stood upon their feet.” (Revelation 11:11) THE BLESSED HOPE OF EVERY BELIEVER Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud;… Read More

Mephibosheth is a great picture of how God saves His covenant children for Christ’s sake. Mephibosheth was the grandson of a fallen king, i.e. Saul, and so are we as we are by nature the fallen sons of Adam. (Romans 5:12) Mephibosheth “was lame on both his feet” (II Samuel 9:13), because of a fall, and so are we. We were all born dead in sin with no ability or desire to… Read More

We intimated on the wrapper of our last October Number that it was in our mind to take up the above subject, as involving considerations hidden from the eyes of men of one idea, who only know what they have been taught by the precept of men, and as having also an important bearing on many points of divine truth. This pledge, therefore, we shall now attempt to redeem. Were it a… Read More

“And thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) We have an account just before the text of the circumstances in which Joseph found Mary his espoused wife. Not willing to make an example of her, he would have put her away privily. He was a just man, considering the poor woman would have trouble enough; and while he thought on these things,… Read More

“The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” (Psalm 64:10) ____________________________ I. In what way is a man made righteous before God? I answer; he is not made so by any good works proceeding from himself, by his prayers, duties, and obedience, or by his faith and love to the Lord. God has made him righteous in His own… Read More

“O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee.” (Psalm 36:10) I. Here we see the lovingkindness of God the Father in the choice of His people, that it originated in His sovereign, discriminating love, and that this love was so strong and enduring that it is from everlasting to everlasting upon those on whom it is fixed. We notice also the lovingkindness of God the Father, in providing and preparing all… Read More

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.” (Numbers 11:23) In this chapter we find Moses the servant of God, sorely oppressed with grief through the rebelliousness of the children of Israel. It appears they had been feeding for sometime on the manna which God in His tender mercy had sent to them;… Read More

“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) What a blessed and precious truth this is for you who can do nothing, think nothing, desire nothing, and have nothing that is good except what God gives! What a mercy it is that you have nothing to do! “He spared not his own… Read More

The purpose of God in the prophecy of Ezekiel is to show us the transition from the Old Testament temple in Jerusalem, to the New Testament temple of God in the souls of the New Testament believers, and then after this earth has been destroyed to the new creation, which will be God’s final dwelling place. In this prophecy God tells us at length that the Old Testament temple was destroyed for… Read More

“If we had more sleepless nights in prayer, there would be far fewer souls to have a sleepless eternal night in hell.” (Leonard Ravenhill – “Revival God’s Way” – Page 52, [1983])

In a word, God, looking on all ages, from the creation to the consummation, as a moment, and seeing at once whatever is in the hearts of all the children of men, knows every one that does or does not believe, in every age or nation. Yet what he knows, whether faith or unbelief, is in nowise caused by his knowledge. (The Works of John Wesley (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI)… Read More

What is then the perfection of which man is capable while he dwells in a corruptible body? It is the complying with that kind command, “My son, give me thy heart.” It is the “loving the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind.” This is the sum of Christian perfection: It is all comprised in that one word, Love. The first branch… Read More

“Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died,” (Rom. xiv. 15,) – a clear proof that Christ died, not only for those that are saved, but also for them that perish: (The Works of John Wesley (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI) (1996) Volume 7 – Pages 380-381) “What! Can the blood of Christ burn in hell? Or can the purchase by the blood of Christ go thither?” I answer,… Read More

“It has also been suggested, that ‘Mr. Wesley is a very laborious man;’ not more laborious, I presume, than a certain active being, who is said to go to and fro in the earth, and walk up and down in it: nor yet more laborious, I should imagine, than certain ancient Sectarians, concerning whom it was long ago said, ‘Woe unto you Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites; for ye compass sea and land to… Read More

But if this be so, then is all preaching vain. It is needless to them that are elected; for they, whether with preaching or without, will infallibly be saved. … This, then, is a plain proof that the doctrine of predestination is not of God, because it makes void the ordinance of God; and God is not divided against himself. A Second is, that it directly tends to destroy holiness which is… Read More

That are the benefits we receive by baptism, is the next point to be considered. And the first of these is, the washing away the guilt of original sin, by the application of the merits of Christ’s death. … By baptism, we who were “by nature children of wrath” are made the children of God. And this regeneration which our Church in so many places ascribes to baptism is more than barely… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “Giving Account to God” The scripture text is from Luke 16:13-18, and the audio is 44 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Life, Death, Judgment and Eternity” The scripture text is from Luke 16:19-31, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Moses and The Prophets” The scripture text is from Luke 16:27-31, and the audio is 42 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Prayer, Vengeance, and Faith” The scripture text is from Luke 18:1-8, and the audio is 43 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “Justification Before God” The scripture text is from Luke 18:9-14, and the audio is 45 minutes long.

“Therefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17) God gave the persons of the elect into the hands of his dear Son, as Jacob committed Benjamin into the hands of Judah; and as Judah accepted Benjamin, so Christ accepted the… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “We Need A Nail” The scripture text is from Ezra 9:8-9 and the audio is 44 minutes long.

Preached at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day morning, October 15th, 1922 – By J.K. Popham ________________________________________ “And behold there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Ghost was upon him.” (Luke 2:25) ________________________________________ The Old Testament Scriptures abound in prophecies respecting the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and notwithstanding… Read More

“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12) To the ancient Hebrew the distance from east to west and “the depths of the sea” represented infinity. God’s forgiveness of our sins in and by the Lord Jesus Christ is infinite. He… Read More

II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. “But”: this is a big word because if refers to the… Read More

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11 Some object from hence, though without any reason, to the doctrine of particular election of certain persons to everlasting salvation. This passage respects matters of strict justice, and is a forensic expression relating to courts of judicature, where persons presiding are to have no regard to the faces of men, but do that which is strictly just between man and man;… Read More

To impute is to charge a thing upon a person whether guilty or not, as the circumstances hereafter are proved, or not. Thus Shimei intreated David, that he would not “impute iniquity to him” for some former transaction. {2 Samuel 19:19} And the apostle Paul {Romans 4:8} declares them blessed to whom the Lord “will not impute sin.” This is the general sense of imputation. But in the case of the imputed… Read More

John Warburton (1776-1857) was a link between two generations, for in the early years of his ministry he was encouraged by William Huntington and afterwards became the friend of J. C. Philpot, who he baptized at Allington in 1835. Of him Mr. Philpot says: “I have heard Mr. Gadsby preach as great, perhaps greater sermons, but I never met with a minister whose prayer in the pulpit, or whose conversation out of… Read More

We begin a new study entitled: “The calling of Christ’s church”. Our text will be II Thessalonians 2:13-14. Today we will consider Christ’s church. Now many can say: I go to the Baptist church, or the Catholic church, or the Methodist church. I’m not speaking of these so-called “churches”. I’m speaking of the calling of Christ’s church. Christ’s church consists of all of God’s elect who have been or who will be… Read More

II Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: II Thessalonians 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. “But”: this is a big word because if refers to the… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Fear of Death Removed” The scripture text is from Hebrews 2:14-18, and the audio is 27 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon titled: “The Sin of Unbelief” The scripture text is from Hebrews 3:7-14, and the audio is 27 minutes long.

O the everlasting salvation that we have in Jesus Christ! He is the same, and will be the same for ever and ever! and, the righteousness He has wrought out for us is like Himself; it is an everlasting righteousness. It covered our first parents. It is true, they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, but God rejected them, as He will reject our self-righteousness, and clothed them with the skins… Read More

A preacher may have some understanding of certain aspects of God’s character, and he may even preach the truth about these particular attributes of God. However, until he understands and preaches the particulars revealing how God justifies the ungodly based on the blood and righteousness of Christ he cannot and has not properly identified the God of salvation, a just God and a Savior. In salvation by His grace through the Lord… Read More

Now, for a moment, observe, that this precious Christ of ours–as dear old Hawker says, “even our Christ, even our Jesus”–was as perfect and sinless in His manhood as He was in His Godhead. I suppose no one will impute sinfulness, or a capability of sinning, to His Godhead; and it was only imputed to His manhood. “That holy thing,” it was declared to the Virgin, “that holy thing which shall be… Read More

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17) Here in the Sermon on the Mount, the kingdom of heaven does indeed speak of God’s sovereign rule – but it does so in the specific sense in which His sovereign rule bears directly on His redemptive glory that is seen in the salvation of sinners (the ones who inhabit… Read More

Among those branches of divine truth which, without special teaching, we cannot enter into, is, that of the two natures in a believer. And yet, though every child of God must in all ages have been experimentally acquainted with the inward conflict between flesh and spirit, nature and grace; and though authors innumerable have written on such subjects as sanctification, the trial of faith, the strength of grace, the power of sin,… Read More

This is an audio sermon titled “Face to Face” The scripture text is from Genesis 32:24-31 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Christ was made of a woman, took flesh of a sinful woman; though the flesh he took of her was not sinful, being sanctified by the Spirit of God, the former of Christ’s human nature: however, he appeared “in the likeness of sinful flesh”; being attended with infirmities, the effects of sin, though sinless; and he was traduced by… Read More

“For he hath made him to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Christ was made of a woman, took flesh of a sinful woman; though the flesh he took of her was not sinful, being sanctified by the Spirit of God, the former of Christ’s human nature: however, he appeared “in the likeness of sinful flesh”; being attended with infirmities, the effects of sin, though sinless; and he was traduced by… Read More

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Consider how God the Father chose the elect in Christ, having covenanted with Him in eternity past to be their Representative so as to establish as a Substitute for… Read More

Sermon preached by J.K. Popham at Galeed, Brighton – 1910 __________________________________________________________ “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) __________________________________________________________ This most glorious doctrine of the atonement the apostle utters almost in the same breath in which he has set forth Christ as an example to suffering… Read More

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) Who put Jesus of Nazareth to death? The Romans, right? Or perhaps one may suggest the Jews since they demanded it from their Roman rulers. In a sense, this is true. Acts records Peter accusing the Jews of killing the Prince of… Read More

We now come to an eminent and powerful minister of the Gospel of a different type–William Gadsby, of Manchester (1773-1844), whose labours extended to well-nigh every part of the country, and who by his sermons, hymns, and other writings exerted a wide spiritual influence, and his interest in the poor and needy in Lancashire and elsewhere rendered his public advocacy of their cause of great value. In him we have a man… Read More

John Warburton (1776-1857) was a link between two generations, for in the early years of his ministry he was encouraged by William Huntington and afterwards became the friend of J. C. Philpot, who he baptized at Allington in 1835. Of him Mr. Philpot says: “I have heard Mr. Gadsby preach as great, perhaps greater sermons, but I never met with a minister whose prayer in the pulpit, or whose conversation out of… Read More

Joseph Irons (1785-1852) was one of the ablest preachers of his day, and a powerful and prolific writer. His doctrinal teaching was pellucidly clear and consistent; he was a profound student and sound expositor of the Word of God, and many were influenced by his sermons, spoken and printed, and confirmed in the faith of God’s elect. He was a determined foe of Romanism and Ritualism, deeply interested in the welfare of… Read More

Sinners will either be saved based on the righteousness of Christ alone, or they are debtors to do the whole law. It is either one or the other. If righteousness comes by the law (by our efforts to keep the law) then Christ died in vain. It is either all grace or all works, and grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21).

We’re living in the age of divorce. And because divorce has become so commonplace, it has become such a grievous sin all over the world, the church itself tries to accommodate itself to it. It tries to look for the best possible answer that they can find in the Bible, in order to make it more palatable in some way for those who have become involved in this kind of activity. And… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Craig Miklosik titled: “The Final Courtroom” The scripture text that brother Craig is preaching from is Matthew 25:31-46 and the audio is 38 minutes long.

“Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,” (Philippians 3:8) There is no greater knowledge than that which God teaches all His children by the Holy Spirit when He teaches them of the glory of Christ crucified and risen… Read More

Preached in Gower Street Chapel, London, 1841 – By William Gadsby —————————— “For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7) —————————— IN the chapter preceding this, the apostle has been led by the Divine Author of the Word to take a view of the two Adams and their two seeds; that Adam the first, by his awful sin and apostacy, brought death and condemnation upon all his offspring, so… Read More

Preached at Bedworth, 1843 – By William Gadsby —————————— “Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” (Psalm 35:3) —————————— You and I stand on the verge of an eternal world, and unless God himself say to the soul, “I am thy salvation,” we must eternally perish. The great body of professors of religion are quite satisfied in talking about or hearing of a salvation. They tell us what great salvation God… Read More

“For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7) IN the chapter preceding this, the apostle has been led by the Divine Author of the Word to take a view of the two Adams and their two seeds; that Adam the first, by his awful sin and apostacy, brought death and condemnation upon all his offspring, so that in him, in his very first act of transgression, they “all sinned… Read More

“Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities.” (Isaiah 33:20) ______________________________________________________________ Without making any remarks upon the context, I shall immediately begin with the passage read as a text; and in doing so I do not intend to say anything upon Zion literally, but shall speak to you of Zion in a spiritual sense; and I mean, so far as the Lord shall be graciously pleased to direct and enable me, to… Read More