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Monthly Archives: April 2010

My dear Friend, Mrs. Clowes, I have often reproached myself with not writing to you, and I fear you must have thought it not only neglectful but ungrateful on my part, and a poor return for the great kindness and hospitality which I have received at your hands. But you know, my dear friend, how much my time is engaged, and that my silence does not spring from any lack of gratitude… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris, I am thankful to say that I feel somewhat better than when I wrote last. Twice I have been for a little walk, and was able last Lord’s day to go to chapel for the first time since my return home. I was glad once more to meet with the people, and they seemed glad also to welcome me again in… Read More

My dear Mrs. Gadsby — We all desire much to sympathize with you in your present affliction, and sincerely hope that you may soon recover from the shock and suffering which must have been caused by your unhappy overturn. I well remember what a sufferer you were, a year or two ago, from being knocked down in the street; and without sanctioning any such thought or expression as “fatality”, it would almost… Read More

There is nothing in us, or done by us, that we can plead before the LORD for His blessing. We, in the matter of our justification before God renounce everything but the person, blood and righteousness of Christ, so, in our approaches to the Majesty of heaven, we must renounce everything but the name, the blood, and righteousness of Jesus, who for our comfort said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever… Read More

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15) Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. (Job 14:1) Trouble is the legitimate offspring of sin. The psalmist David speaks in this wise: “The wicked are not troubled like other men.” Who are these other men whose troubles are not like the troubles of the wicked?… Read More

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19) This was what he resolved upon from all eternity, that inasmuch as Christ was become the surety and substitute of his people, he would not impute their sins to them, or look for satisfaction for them from them; but would reckon and… Read More

“And the Scripture was fulfilled, which saith, and he was numbered with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:28) He was no transgressor of the law of God himself, but was perfectly conformable to it in his holy nature, harmless conversation, and complete obedience: he knew no sin, nor committed any in thought, word, or deed, nor could any be found in him by men or devils; and yet he was traduced as a sinner,… Read More

…and he was reckoned among the transgressors. (Luke 22:37) …The words are a proper citation from Isaiah 53:12 which, as the whole prophecy belongs to the Messiah, was fulfilled in Jesus; who, though he was no transgressor, yet being in the likeness of sinful flesh, and dwelling among, and conversing with sinners, was traduced as one, and was joined with Barabbas, a murderer, a thief, and a robber, and put up with… 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

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12) THE inseparable union which subsists between Christ and his church is a most glorious part of the dispensation of God’s matchless grace. The blessed Lord Jesus Christ, as the Christ, and his church, are one, and always were one. They never were,… Read More

“They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.” (Psalm 107:4-7) These words, at first sight, appear to refer to the wanderings… Read More

“Because thou sayest, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;’ and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that… Read More

“And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.” (Jeremiah 45:5) ————————– These words were addressed to Baruch, and addressed to him under very peculiar circumstances. Those of you who are diligent readers and students of the word of God, will perhaps… Read More

“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7) —————————— In revealing the Scriptures God has seen fit to give them to us under different forms. A large portion, for instance, of the Scriptures consists of history, as the historical books of the Old Testament, and the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles of the New. Another considerable portion of Holy Writ… Read More

Preached at Providence Chapel, Eden Street, London, 1849, by J. C. Philpot “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:17) God has a peculiar people. We may believe it, or we may not believe it. Our faith or our unbelief does not alter the solemn fact,… Read More

” For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19) Doubts will sometimes cross the mind as to the truth and inspiration of the Scriptures; but doubts will more often cross the mind as to the truth and reality of our own experience. Now there are certain considerations that are calculated to meet these doubts, whether they arise from infidelity,… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, 1846, by J. C. Philpot “A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.” (Ecclesiastes 3:6) The blessed Spirit saw fit under the old dispensation to make much use of proverbs and aphorisms; and there seems to be in that mode of instruction something peculiarly suited both to the character of the people, and also to the… Read More

“They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,” Long time I strove to build my rest, ‘Mid this world’s painted, pleasing scenes: But find, round all that here was best, No certain happiness one gleans. One pleasure, hope, or pleasing scheme, After another drops away! Like leaves our thoughts with hope did teem, Like leaves they drop, they’ve seen their day! Thus autumn yellows all these schemes, Stern winter grasps them to… Read More

“Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:17-20) The dealings of God with the souls of his people are similar,… Read More

Preached at Zoar Chapel, London, 1841, by J. C. Philpot. “A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:3-4) What an instance is King Solomon of the vanity of all creature enjoyments, and the emptiness of all creature attainments! The wisest… 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 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 meditation of Him has been sweet.” I have been glad in the… Read More

“For He hath made Him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We have it recorded, beloved, in the life of this remarkable man, who wrote as the pen in the Lord’s hand (if I may venture such a word) these words to the elect Church at Corinth that, after his conversion to God, “Straightway he preached Christ… Read More

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day morning, 1923 – by J.K. Popham ———————————————————————— “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) In various ways in His providence, God gives abundant evidence of His hatred to sin. He afflicts nations and families and individuals, proclaiming thereby that He hates… 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) In various ways in His providence, God gives abundant evidence of His hatred to sin. He afflicts nations and families and individuals, proclaiming thereby that He hates sin. Nations will not acknowledge His judgments “LORD, when Thy hand is lifted up, they… Read More

“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, that he might be enabled to keep God’s precepts! THREE… Read More

Preached at Lewes, England, 1849 – By John Vinall —————————————————————————— “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) None can properly read this chapter without having an eye to Christ, who is spoken of all the way through it. The Lord, by his inspired penmen in the New Testament, shows this. Thus we see how the Old and New Testament correspond. The Old is confirmed… Read More

“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 by this mark it is distinguished from all pretension,… Read More

It is a very narrow way to heaven, and none can be rightly in the path except by God’s grace. Nor can they keep there, except by grace. What debtors we are to grace! God has been a kind and good God to me, in various ways, for more than sixty-one years. How little gratitude for such great blessings in upholding, keeping and preserving us to the present moment! If we know… Read More

My dear Mr. Copcutt, You speak in your letter of a sermon by the late Mr. M’Kenzie. He was indeed a very gracious godly man, and was for several years co-editor with me in conducting The Gospel Standard. He died in the year 1849, comparatively a young man, was much esteemed by the church of God as a minister of truth, and was taken away, as appeared to us, just in the… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Peake. In all who truly fear God and believe in His dear Son; in all in whose hearts the blessed Spirit is graciously at work, both to bring down and raise up, lay low in their own eyes and make Christ precious, show the evil of sin, give them repentance for it, creating a love for true holiness and spirituality of mind, with meekness, simplicity, sincerity, tenderness, brokenness… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Clowes, I have felt desirous to send you a few lines of affectionate sympathy on the recurrence of the mournful day which took from you the delight of your eyes; and though I would not wish to encourage you in feeding that sorrow which often works death, yet would I wish to feel for you and with you under the weight of your distressing bereavement. How rapidly has… Read More

My dear Friend, I much fear lest, if I do not send you a few lines, you will think there is some reason why I have been so long silent, beyond being prevented by my usual work. But somehow or other, I have been more than usually occupied of late, and have only just now obtained a little release. You have sometimes said that my work is like a woman’s work, ever… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris. Among the trying and painful parts of our experience, we have to learn the dryness and deadness of our souls when not under any felt divine influence, and that at such seasons, if we attempt to speak or write upon the things of God, barrenness and death seem to rest upon all that proceeds from us. Truly our gracious Lord said—”Without… Read More

My dear Friend, Mr. Tips. I dare say you have not forgotten your visit to Stamford, and what you saw and heard there, though we were not able to converse so much as we could have done, if we had understood one another’s language. But I hope we understood a better language, even the language of Canaan. I have no doubt you have had your share of trials and afflictions since we… Read More

My dear Friend in the Lord, Mrs. Peake The tidings contained in your letter of the removal of Mrs. Prentice from this valley of tears were somewhat sudden, but not altogether unexpected, for your last kind communication prepared me to anticipate such a change. It would indeed be a blessed exchange for her, for her sufferings during the last few years have been great and complicated; and perhaps she was not constitutionally… Read More

My dear Friend, Joseph Parry I have reason to believe, from all I have heard, that the obituary of the Wilds has been generally well received. What people want is something real, something genuine, something that they can depend upon — and you will find that, for the most part, it is not great things which comfort and encourage the people of God, but that peculiar line of trials and exercises every… Read More

My dear Friend in the Lord, Mrs. Peake I have been so much occupied with preparing for publication my little work on the Advance of Popery, that I have scarcely found time to attend to my private correspondence. This must plead my excuse for not taking earlier notice of your kind and interesting letters. I have now however nearly finished it, and hope to be able to get it out before the… Read More

My dear Friend, Mrs. Kershaw I am sorry to find from a letter just received from Mr. Gadsby, that dear Mr. Kershaw is gradually sinking into the arms of death. But oh, what a mercy and a blessing it is for him and for you, and may I not add, for all his friends and the church of God, that he is so favored in his soul, and that the blessing of… Read More

My dear Friend in the Lord, Mr. Tips. It is indeed a wonderful mercy to have divine life communicated to the soul, to have any living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, any hope in God’s mercy, or any love to Him who is the altogether lovely, or any affection to His people as bearing His image and belonging to Him. This hope, faith, and love the Lord seems to have given… Read More

Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) The doctrine laid down by the apostle is that God loved His people even when they were dead in sins. Now when we consider what is involved in being dead in sins, when we take… 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

Some will talk wonderfully about the doctrines of grace, but have never known what it is to water the Throne of grace with their tears, that God the Holy Ghost would cause His doctrines to drop as the rain, and His still small voice to distill in their souls as the dew. Poor things! They know nothing about these things by soul experience, for they are hid from these wise and prudent… Read More

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. “ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) I will assume that you are utterly ignorant of the Gospel– of its doctrines, of its promises, of its… Read More

“Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Solomon’s Song 8:5) The Song of Solomon is altogether a spiritual book– as spiritual, because as much inspired by the Holy Spirit, as any other portion of the sacred volume. It is true that there are in it figures and images drawn from human love which the carnal mind may abuse; for what is there, however holy and sacred,… Read More

“They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh,” Long time I strove to build my rest, ‘Mid this world’s painted, pleasing scenes: But find, round all that here was best, No certain happiness one gleans. One pleasure, hope, or pleasing scheme, After another drops away! Like leaves our thoughts with hope did teem, Like leaves they drop, they’ve seen their day! Thus autumn yellows all these schemes, Stern winter grasps them to… Read More

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) None can properly read this chapter without having an eye to Christ, who is spoken of all the way through it. The Lord, by his inspired penmen in the New Testament, shows this. Thus we see how the Old and New Testament correspond. The Old is confirmed by the New. Last Friday I was overwhelmed with grief… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, Mrs. Peake and Miss Morris. I took the whole morning service at Gower Street last Lord’s day, and was comfortably brought through, feeling life and liberty, both in prayer and preaching. From Isaiah 4:2, 3 I meant at first to take also verse 4, but found on meditating on the subject, that it was, so to speak, covering too much ground. The reporter was there, and… Read More

My dear Friends in the Lord, You will be desirous to hear how I am and how I was brought through my labours yesterday. It was very hot and the congregation large, but on the whole I was brought comfortably through. My texts were, Jude 20, 21, Jer. 17:7, 8. Mr. Ford, the recorder, was there both times. I felt dry and shut up in the morning, but was more at liberty… 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

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… Read More

In this series I would like to start a study entitled: “Justification in it’s four-fold state”. We will study the doctrine (teaching) of justification in detail; as for the term: “it’s four-fold state”. I just mean that justification has four main elements, properties, parts to it, but they are all parts of the one justification found in the Word of God. If you do a Word study on “justification”, I trust you… Read More

According to the Bible, justification is the fact that God in declaring His elect justified is stating that the judgement due them for their sins does not exist. To be declared justified by God means one is righteous, not-guilty, saved; not in their own selves, but in the person and work of the only Savior: “Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1) If one finds themselves in a state of salvation, it… Read More

In this study we are going to be looking at justification objectively at the cross: the truth from God’s testimony that Jesus actually saved (justified) His people at the cross of Calvary! Justification remember in God’s Word means saved, redeemed, righteous. Objectively means that Jesus Himself is the object of the elect’s faith. At the cross doesn’t mean a piece of wood, or something you might wear around your neck: the cross… Read More

In this study we will be looking at – Justification at the time of regeneration. Before we do, let’s review what we’ve studied so far; 1) Justification from eternity: God’s testimony that in His mind which is eternal – He has always seen His elect (His people, sheep, the one true church) as justified. 2) Justification objectively at the cross: God’s testimony that God’s elect were justified objectively (actually) in the object… Read More

In our final study on the topic of justification we will look at: Total justification: God’s testimony that at the end of time God will redeem (justify) the elect’s physical bodies, and at that time the elect of God corporately as the church will experience Total justification. Before we proceed, let’s review our other studies. Thus far we have looked at: 1: Justification from eternity: God’s testimony that in His mind which… 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

Dear Sir, …I notice an answer to a question relating to musical instruments used in places of worship, saying there is no warrant for such in the Word of God. I should be very much obliged for your opinion of the exhortation to praise God with all kinds of instruments, contained in the last Psalm. Yours truly, T. B. ___________________________________________________ Answer: The use of musical instruments formed a part of the service… Read More

Dear Mr. Editor, When a church after due consideration has decided upon the use of a harmonium or organ to assist in the singing, and a minister, being invited to supply, finds such an instrument in the chapel, has he any kind of right to interfere with a deacon in the matter, even if it does not accord with his own views and opinions? Again, is it kind, wise, courteous, justifiable, and… Read More

To the Editors of the Gospel Standard. Messrs. Editors, If you think the following inquiry worthy your notice, you would greatly oblige the writer of these lines by a reply to the same in the Standard. Is it consistent for instruments of music to be used in the house of God? Near Chard, Somerset. S. D. _____________________________________ Answer by John M’Kenzie and J.C. Philpot We cannot see any sanction in the New… Read More

Preached at Lewes, England, 1849 – By John Vinall —————————————————————————— “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) None can properly read this chapter without having an eye to Christ, who is spoken of all the way through it. The Lord, by his inspired penmen in the New Testament, shows this. Thus we see how the Old and New Testament correspond. The Old is confirmed… 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

Preached At Galeed Chapel, Brighton, on Lord’s day morning, 1923 – by J.K. Popham ——————————————————————– “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) In various ways in His providence, God gives abundant evidence of His hatred to sin. He afflicts nations and families and individuals, proclaiming thereby that He hates… 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

Preached in King Square, London, 1861 – By J.J. West “For He hath made Him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We have it recorded, beloved, in the life of this remarkable man, who wrote as the pen in the Lord’s hand (if I may venture such a word) these words to the elect Church at Corinth… 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

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

As far as the administration of the ordinance of baptism is concerned, we have no doubt in our own mind that it is perfectly scriptural for any member of the church, say, for instance, the deacon, to administer such, where the place of the pastor is vacant. As “all things are to be done decently and in order,” we give the preference of course to a minister of the gospel wbere his… Read More

As far as the administration of the ordinance of baptism is concerned, we have no doubt in our own mind that it is perfectly scriptural for any member of the church, say, for instance, the deacon, to administer such, where the place of the pastor is vacant. As “all things are to be done decently and in order,” we give the preference of course to a minister of the gospel wbere his… Read More

We are as a group of Baptists: “Old School”, “Predestinarian”, “Primitive” Baptists. Since there are large and different groups by these appellations in America which differ doctrinally and practically, the terms are often misleading. The term “Old School” has reference to the CHURCH FORM. In FORM, a church is either “Old School” or “New School”. Most (but not all) Primitive Baptists and Old Regular Baptists are “Old School”, while most (but not… 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… Read More

No doubt many learned men, together with some who must be classified as suspect, have written in support of the local churches to the exclusion of the general church. Some were very scholarly and their credentials most impressive. But as said by the apostle to the Gentiles “But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who… Read More

“Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22) ————————— A pregnant question! and asked by the prophet under very peculiar and painful feelings. What read we in the preceding verse? “For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment has taken hold on me.” Whence sprang these… 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

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

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) —————————— From the cradle to the coffin, affliction and sorrow are the… Read More

“O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for… 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);… Read More

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21) Wherever we go, wherever we turn our eyes, two objects meet our view – sin and misery. There is not a town nor a village, nor a house, nor a… 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

“As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Corinthians 6:9-10) We may well call our text a chain of paradoxes. Observe how each spiritual paradox is fastened together by a double link. In seeking therefore this morning to unwind this chain, I shall… Read More

In this series I would like to start a study entitled: “Justification in it’s four-fold state”. We will study the doctrine (teaching) of justification in detail; as for the term: “it’s four-fold state”. I just mean that justification has four main elements, properties, parts to it, but they are all parts of the one justification found in the Word of God. If you do a Word study on “justification”, I trust you… Read More

According to the Bible, justification is the fact that God in declaring His elect justified is stating that the judgement due them for their sins does not exist. To be declared justified by God means one is righteous, not-guilty, saved; not in their own selves, but in the person and work of the only Savior: “Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1) If one finds themselves in a state of salvation, it… Read More

In this study we are going to be looking at justification objectively at the cross: the truth from God’s testimony that Jesus actually saved (justified) His people at the cross of Calvary! Justification remember in God’s Word means saved, redeemed, righteous. Objectively means that Jesus Himself is the object of the elect’s faith. At the cross doesn’t mean a piece of wood, or something you might wear around your neck: the cross… Read More

In this study we will be looking at – Justification at the time of regeneration. Before we do, let’s review what we’ve studied so far; 1) Justification from eternity: God’s testimony that in His mind which is eternal – He has always seen His elect (His people, sheep, the one true church) as justified. 2) Justification objectively at the cross: God’s testimony that God’s elect were justified objectively (actually) in the object… Read More

In our final study on the topic of justification we will look at: Total justification: God’s testimony that at the end of time God will redeem (justify) the elect’s physical bodies, and at that time the elect of God corporately as the church will experience Total justification. Before we proceed, let’s review our other studies. Thus far we have looked at: 1: Justification from eternity: God’s testimony that in His mind which… Read More