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Monthly Archives: March 2010

My dear Friends in the Lord, I received and have acted on your kind orders for the books to the three places, which will no doubt be executed with the usual care and punctuality. I was helped through last Lord’s-day, though the heat was great and the congregations large; my texts were, Rom. 6:21-23, Ezek. 34:15-16. The recorder was there both times. I cannot say much about the sermons, but they were… Read More

Sermon preached by Mr. J. J. Farley at Union Chapel, Bethersden, 1971. “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:26) Very many times since the event which I have read to you took place have the solemnities of the crucifixion of the Son of God been brought before, and meditated upon, by the servants of God to the people of God. This day for… Read More

Sermon preached by Mr. G. J. Denyer at Zoar Chapel, Canterbury, 1959. “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 shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) There is no subject, dear friends, so blessed, if a minister of Christ… Read More

Notes of Sermon preached at Manchester, Gospel Standard – 1954. “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.” (II Corinthians 5:21) This great Scripture contains one of the most profound and glorious doctrines of our most holy faith, the doctrine of substitution, without which there can be no salvation, without which every sinner must be… Read More

Preached at the annual meeting of the “Gospel Standard” societies, 1944, by Mr. J.H. Gosden. “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.” (II Corinthians 5:21) How many of us here have burning in our souls a real question: “How shall a man be just with God?” Comparatively nothing else matters. We may have many… Read More

A sermon by Mr H. Haddow, At Tamworth Road Chapel, Croydon, 1916. “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) I do not know what it may please the Lord to help me to set before you this afternoon from this portion of His most holy Word; this I can say: “My… Read More

The last acts of the suffering obedience of our adorable Redeemer are couched in the words of the apostle, “And became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) The death of Christ was the fulfilment of the purpose for which he came into the world, which was, “to give himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.” (Ephesians 5:2) “Now once in… Read More

“He spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.” (Romans 8:32) These words bear a full proportion to the design for which I have taken them; that is, they shew us the sufferings of Christ in their reality and their imputation. That Messiah the Prince is come, that He was cut off, but not for Himself, that He suffered “the just for the unjust, to bring us to… 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

2 Corinthians 5:21 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. Let’s take a close look at this verse. 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He (the Father) hath made Him (Jesus) sin for us (not a sinner – but a sin sacrifice for believer’s), who knew no sin (Jesus never sinned – a perfect sacrifice); that… Read More

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… 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

“…and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6 – that is, God the Father, against whom we have sinned, from whom we have turned, and whose justice must be satisfied; he has laid on Christ, his own Son, the sins of all his elect ones; which are as it were collected together, and made one bundle and burden of, and therefore expressed in the singular number,… Read More

The Lord Jesus Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. As man dies but once, Christ was offered but once, or He suffered and died but once. And that was not on His own account, or for His own sins, “but to bear the sins of many.” It was not for angels but for men, and these not a few, but “many,” which is said to magnify the grace… 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

“O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from Thee.” (Psalm 69:5) This Psalm is a messianic psalm, one that sets forth the glory of Christ as Messiah in prophecy, type, and revelation. These words not only apply to King David and, in essence, to all believers, sinners saved by grace, but they are also the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as our substitute, sin-bearer, and surety…. Read More

“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) Some today claim this verse teaches that the corruption of our sins was imparted or infused into the body of Christ. They insist that the phrase “IN His own body” means that our sins were somehow “placed” or “put… Read More

The Bible never states that Christ was made a sinner on the cross. It states that He was “made sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The fact that this was by a legal act of imputation (God charging the sins of His elect to Christ’s account) does not make it any less real. Those who call this a legal fiction do not know and understand the Biblical truths of substitution, imputation, and satisfaction. When… Read More

When God declares a sinner righteous in His own view based on the righteousness of Christ imputed (charged, accounted) to that sinner, make no mistake, it is a REAL justification, a REAL righteousness, and a REAL transaction. It is not, as some say, a “legal fiction,” or God declaring or viewing something as if it were true when it really is not true. However God views or declares something to be is… Read More

“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:…” (Romans 8:3) To say the preaching of the law could set a sinner free from sin is the equivalent of preaching “Thou shalt not kill” to a convicted murderer on death row. He is already guilty of the… 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

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) IN Consequence of our Apostacy from God, the Depravation of our Nature, thereupon, and of that personal Guilt, which we have contracted: We cannot, according to the Tenor of the Law, be admitted to Fellowship with our Maker either here, or hereafter, without Satisfaction… Read More

“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) I shall not enter into the opening of this scripture, but only propose some few things that may be a suitable subject for your present meditation. There are three things concerning God the Father; three things concerning the Son; and three things concerning ourselves,… Read More

Every believer rejoices in the glorious truth that our sins were imputed to Christ and His righteousness has been imputed to us. Daniel prophesied of the coming of the Savior and said of Him, “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself” (Daniel 9:25). The meaning is that the promised Redeemer would die for sins which were not His own except in the sense that they were imputed to Him. Christ… Read More

Christ our Surety, in the covenant of grace, became legally accountable for the sin-debt of all those given to Him by the Father, and on the cross the sinless One “gave Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor” (Ephesians 5:2). “For such an High Priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily,… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake — We had, I trust, a good day at Calne Anniversary on Wednesday. The large chapel which was lent to us was thronged with people, and the collection for the Aged Pilgrim Friend Society was £30 12s. 4d., reduced by necessary expenses to £27 17s. 6d. Mr. Taylor preached an able and faithful sermon from Micah 6:8. I had preached from the same text at Gower Street… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, — In reply to the kind inquiry I am thankful to be able to say that through mercy I am recovering from my late attack, which indeed was brought on more by fatigue and over-exertion than from taking cold. As then I have obtained a little rest, it has been blessed to my relief. I need not tell you that it is a great trial to… Read More

My dear Friend in our gracious Lord, Mrs. Peake — I feel much obliged to you and your dear sister for the kind and affectionate wishes and prayers for me; but I must say that I feel also utterly unworthy of your kind opinion of me, for I think if you knew me such as I see and know myself to be, it would alter your judgment. Still, if the Lord is… Read More

Dear Friend in the Truth, Mr. W. Harrodine — I can only send you a few lines in answer to your kind and interesting letter. I remember very distinctly your speaking to me in Gower Street vestry, for I was struck with what you said about hearing Mr. Pym speak of praying over the Bible, and what conviction it wrought in your mind. I have frequently thought that Mr. Pym’s last few… Read More

Now, brethren, it is in such trying circumstances as these [a soul crying, “What must I do to be saved?”], that the Spirit of grace, in His own peculiar light, unfolds the mystery of Christ’s substitution. We may illustrate this point by a very simple comparison. Suppose that one of you were drowned in debt, had nothing to pay, became utterly bankrupt, and were about to have all your goods sold, your… Read More

Dear Friend in the Lord, Mr. James Churcher — I had not heard of the removal of your late partner in life until the receipt of your kind and affectionate letter. You have indeed sustained an irreparable loss, but you have the sweet satisfaction of knowing that she is with that dear Lord whom she believed in and loved while here below. I will, as far as my health and time admit,… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris — You will perceive from the handwriting that I have got back my junior secretary, and very glad we all are to welcome her home after her long absence; nor could I have spared her so long had it not been for the sake of my poor invalid sister, to whom she was a great comfort in reading to her out… Read More

My dear Mr. Copcutt. . . I added to your order one or two books which you had not named, and instead of sending you Berridge’s Christian World Unmasked, sent you the whole of his works, as I thought you would find them interesting. Though there is a great deal of quaintness and almost levity in most of his writings, he was a man well taught in the things of God, and… Read More

My dear Brother in one common hope — I feel sorry to be obliged to return the MS. which you have kindly sent me for insertion in The Gospel Standard. I do so reluctantly, but there are various reasons which have induced me to come to this conclusion; and I trust that I shall not, in briefly naming then, say anything which may wound your mind or hurt your feelings. 1. And… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris. . . I have not yet answered our friend S.’s letter. I am very doubtful whether he can ever reap much advantage from attempting to read the New Testament in the original. It is a most difficult language to acquire to be of any value, and must be learned in youth when the memory is active and strong. If he is… Read More

My dear Friend, Miss Richmond — You enquire very kindly about my health. It is, I am thankful to say, better than it often is, though I am much confined to the house, and rarely get out except on the Lord’s-day, when, if the weather be tolerably fine, I usually manage to get to chapel, which I feel to be a privilege as well as a benefit. It is, indeed, my mercy,… Read More

Dear Friend in the Truth — I have not been able for several reasons to reply to your interesting and affectionate letter, and even now fear that my answer will fall very short of any wishes, as I cannot take up the various points which it has opened up. But first let me notice that I am truly glad you should have found the experience of Isabella Prentice so much commended to… Read More

My dear sister — I am sorry to learn that you are so depressed both in body and mind; but the two are probably much connected with each other, and therefore I trust that as you obtain some relief from your present indisposition, you may find some corresponding change for the better in your mind and spirits. But you have lived long enough in this valley of tears, and have also learned… Read More

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13) “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5) Of all sins pride seems most deeply imbedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God’s… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. “ (Psalm 119:17) What a fund of true and vital experience is contained in Psalm 119! What simplicity and godly sincerity shine through it! What breathings after God’s presence and manifested favor! What desires to live to the glory of God! What fervent pourings out of the Psalmist’s heart,… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, London, 1847, by J. C. Philpot “And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:28) True religion—vital godliness, (the words with me are synonymous), has two sides to it. And… Read More