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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Righteousness imputed! This makes the person beautiful in God’s sight, because it makes him just. Sinner, this must be your title. This is your title to bliss. This must be your perfection, and if you have any desire after Christ, may I say this to you. Do entreat the Lord to reveal in you the righteousness of Christ, for true salvation, vital godliness, is more than a matter of idea. There must… Read More

I am like your flowers, getting apace into an autumn state. The Lord grant I may find the declension of vigour, which I must soon expect to feel, balanced by a ripeness in judgment and experience as you speak. If it be so with me, it is in a great measure hidden from me. To be sure, I have had more proofs of an evil nature and deceitful heart than I could… Read More

Sermons of a Seceder, by William Tiptaft; Hardback, with lovely coloured front; 222 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. All the extant sermons of William Tiptaft, the friend of J. C. Philpot, together a brief biography. William Tiptaft (1803-1864), close friend of J.C. Philpot, and fellow seceder from the Church of England, needs no introduction to our readers. We were more impressed when we first read the life of Tiptaft than… Read More

Contemplations on the God of Israel – By William Huntington; paperback; 183 pages; Published by Gospel Mission Books. Lovers of Huntington will warmly welcome this book. Really it is Huntington at his best: he is dealing with the best of subjects and this, not among his controversial writings but in gracious letters to a close friend. Contemplations on the God of Israel consists of nineteen letters written to Jenkin Jenkins. Jenkins, who… Read More

Christ in the Book of Zechariah, by B.A. Ramsbottom; Paperback; 78 pages; Published by Gospel Standard Trust Publications. An exposition of the prophecies concerning the Lord Jesus in the book of Zechariah, written in an easily understandable style. Some have believed that there is more of Christ in the Book of Zechariah than in any other part of the Old Testament. It certainly contains prophesies of: Christ coming in lowliness – His… Read More

There are some difficulties in the way. One difficulty is this: An honest conscience, an instructed heart is so sensible of the ease with which one may be deceived by one’s own heart, as to feel it a great hindrance; and yet it helps. We may be searching and trying, weighing and testing, looking for a repentance that we do not feel, a broken heart which we have not got, faith which… Read More

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3) “The unity of the Spirit” signifies that secret bond of divine union which knits together all the living members of Christ’s mystical body, not only to Him as their risen Head, but to each other also by virtue of the same indwelling Spirit. It is, therefore, not a mere unity of opinion, of church membership, of outward… Read More

My friends, do you love to hear Christ lifted up and exalted as your all and in all? If you do you are willing to be made less than nothing and vanity in yourselves. Professors of religion, generally, do not like to be thus humbled; they love to have something to do, in whole or in part, to recommend themselves to God. But the Lord’s salvation is not a mixture of grace… 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) This glorious gospel, is the gospel of the imputation of sin to a suitable sinless person, the Saviour. In this epistle it is said, God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) There was a complete transference,… Read More

This glorious gospel, is the gospel of the imputation of sin to a suitable sinless person, the Saviour. In this epistle it is said, God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) There was a complete transference, a mutual transference; the transferring of guilt to the Saviour, and the transferring of His righteousness to the sinner; “that we might be made the righteousness of… Read More

“Election”! O! That blessed truth has been and still is dearer to me than life; and the way and manner of its revelation and application to my soul in deep bondage and distress, has been marvelous indeed. “Though God’s election is a truth Small comfort there I see, Till I am told by God’s own mouth, That He has chosen me.” I trust I can say that He has chosen me; for… Read More

“An able minister of the New Testament” is one that has received the spirit of promise, one that has felt and enjoyed the truths, blessings, and promises, of the gospel in his own heart, and so tells to others what God has done for his soul. He has the Spirit, and is a minister of the Spirit. He is a partaker of grace, and a good steward of it. He is pardoned… Read More

Redemption work belongeth to our anointed Priest, and He only could effect it. The priests under the law required the redemption price to be brought to them by the people, but our Priest, in the similitude of Melchisedec, brings the price to them, and pays it for them; hence the apostle was commissioned to say to the elect of God, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Michael Pickett titled “The Father Hears the Son” The scripture text that brother Michael is preaching from is John 11:41-42 and the audio is 40 minutes long.

Are You Walking in Darkness? As a child of the light walking in darkness — go and tell Jesus. The path of the believer, though it be the only sunny path in life, is often shaded and dreary. There are spiritual despondencies and mental depressions peculiar to the divine life of a Christian. If the “Sun of Righteousness” had His periods of obscuration, His temporary eclipse when His whole soul was enshrouded… Read More

Is justice God’s essence? Is it so interwoven with His being, that an unjust God, cannot be truly God? Now justice sternly asks, that every debt be fully paid, and no demand be set aside? The cross shows God in all the majesty of unsullied justice – in severity, which yields no right. He there exacts each due. The sad transgressions of the chosen race are countless in number – boundless in… Read More

Today, and it has happened in the past aswell, “there is nothing new under the sun” there are men who are speculating and extravalating and going in all kinds of different directions on this subject which they cannot back up with the Scriptures. And many of them, they want to say “well it was by more than what it says”. Christ was made sin by a legal act of imputation. This word… Read More

“Be anxious for nothing.” (Philippians 4:6) Wrrying is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it (Hebrews 12:4). But how are we to “strive against”… Read More

As it is eminently desirable to have clear views upon every subject which we attempt to consider in the momentous things of God, and this from the very outset, that we may make straight paths for our feet, let us first examine the Scriptural meaning of the word “grace”. I need not tell you how again and again it meets our eye in every page of the New Testament. By “grace,” then,… Read More

The sovereignty of God What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that “He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or… Read More

“But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing of himself alone and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden,” (Galatians 6:4-5) THE work mentioned in my text is not the works of the law. No, no, no; for the Scripture says, “By the works of the law shall no flesh living be justified.” But the work here mentioned is faith. Hence we… Read More

The great eulogium of those whom Paul mentions in Hebrews 11 is that they died in the faith. They had their fears, faintings, failings, conflicts and trials, like us; but they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of His testimony. Now they are with Him, whom they loved unseen. To Him be all the praise! For themselves they have no more to say than that He loved them… Read More

The electing and rejecting God is Supreme. Such is the plain teaching of Scripture. To deny the sovereign character of elective grace is to deny that God is God. It is to maintain that of the two, God and man, man is the stronger, and thus the factor that shapes God’s choice. This is indeed the lie that constitutes the premise, the supporting pillar, of the average sermon to which our church-going… Read More

“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to, his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou!” (Daniel 4:35) These words were spoken by a great and mighty king who certainly had been one of the most proud and ostentatious monarchs that ever governed a kingdom,… Read More

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled: “The Patience of Job” The scripture text that brother David is preaching from is Job 19:25-27, and the audio is 49 minutes long. In this sermon Prof. Engelsma teaches us about the secret of Job’s patience and the reason for his patience. I have to say that this was probably the most comforting and encouraging sermon I have heard on the subject… Read More

This is an a radio interview with brother David J. Engelsma titled “Divorce and Remarriage” Prof. Engelsma teaches faithfully from the Word of God that marriage is a lifelong bond, broken only by death (Romans 7:1-4; 1 Corinthians 7:39). This radio interview is 83 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled “Pitching His Tent Towards Sodom” The scripture text that brother David is preaching from is Genesis 13 and the audio is 45 minutes long.

This is an audio sermon by David J. Engelsma titled “The Lifelong Bond of Marriage” The scripture text that brother David is preaching from is 1st Corinthians 7:1-17 and 1st Corinthians 7:39-40 and the audio is 63 minutes long. Sermon Outline: 1) Marriage is a bond for life. 2) All remarriage is forbidden by the Word of God, while the spouse is alive. 3) Christians must marry in the Lord.

There is no other way for sinners to be justified from the curse of the law in the sight of God than by the imputation of righteousness performed by and residing in the lord Jesus Christ. NOTHING COULD BE CLEARER…it is not personal righteousness by which we are justified, nor is it infused righteousness, but it is imputed righteousness. When christ was made sin it was not by an infusion of depravity…. Read More

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) I find that I have preached from this verse before in this hall, but I have no recollection of the occasion, and as the words have been much on my… Read More

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the… Read More

The Bible that is all the rage today is The Living Bible. It is available in many different forms and editions, e.g., Reach Out, The Greatest is Love, The Way, Living Letters, etc. But they are all the same Bible. The Living Bible is Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase of Scripture, published by Tyndale House, distributed widely by the World Home Bible League, and on sale everywhere. It is at once the worst and… Read More

“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” This is first in the Christian creed. It is very simple: the Christian knows God as Creator and, therefore the truth about the origin of the world and himself by faith—by faith only. Implied is that this knowledge of God as Creator is derived from Scripture, especially from the outstanding revelation of God as Creator in Genesis l and 2…. Read More

I Corinthians 7:15 does not teach that the desertion of a believer by his unbelieving mate dissolves the marriage and frees the believer to marry another. The notion that such is the meaning of the passage rests upon a misunderstanding of the words, “is not under bondage in such cases”. Men read the phrase as though it were, “is not (any longer) bound (namely, to the deserting mate) in such cases.” To… Read More

The ethical scandal in evangelical and Reformed churches today is unbiblical divorce and the remarriage that almost certainly follows. By “scandal,” I do not only mean iniquitous conduct that blatantly violates the clear command of Holy Scripture. But I refer to behavior that gives occasion to the ungodly to mock and reject the gospel and that causes many to stumble into sin and perish everlastingly. It is scandal such as Jesus had… Read More

The evil by Reformed churches of unbiblical divorce and of the remarriage is widespread. Many churches quietly tolerate this great wickedness against God and the neighbor. Many others openly defend it. Various factors contribute. A significant factor is the churches’ conformity to the world. In these last days, the churches become worldly, as Christ forewarned. Therefore, lawlessness increases both among the membership and on the part of the institute itself. “And because… Read More

I heard of a man who during the Great Depression lost his job, his wife, his home, and his fortune. He hung on tightly to the one thing he did have left – his faith. One day he stopped to watch some men doing stonework on a church. One of the workers was chiselling a triangular piece of stone. He asked the worker: “What are you going to do with that?” The… Read More

A minister visiting the island of Sicily was caught in a sudden fierce thunderstorm. He entered the first cottage he could reach to get out of the heavy rain. He was kindly welcomed by the mother of the family of four children. After introducing himself, and asking several questions, the minister asked the woman if she was afraid in this terrible storm. The thunder was very loud and the lightning flashed often…. Read More

It is very significant to notice how important the influence for good or bad a wife had, in the Bible. Eve’s advice to Adam brought the completion of the ruin of the fall of man; Job’s wife suggested that he curse God and die; Haman’s wife, Zeresh, had the discernment to prophecy of the imminent fall of her husband although she had suggested building the gallows for Mordecai; The stronger faith of… Read More

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:2-3) Deep down, there is a little spark of goodness in everyone. If people’s educational and economic environments were more opportunistic, people would be better. Right? Wrong! The… Read More

“…I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.” (Psalm 17:3) David here had a holy resolve. Perhaps he had been stung by the words of others or had himself seen from his own lips what damage an ill-used tongue can cause. Regardless, he was purposed and determined not to sin with his mouth. That is a daily battle for us all. Do you have any holy purposes? While on one hand,… Read More

“Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.” (Psalm 17:5) How needful and appropriate is this prayer of David’s. The need for it is imperative because of the liability of falling that is real with each of us. Our footsteps are capable of slipping, sometimes when we do not even realize it. We are subject to venturing off the path that the Lord has for us to walk…. Read More

<“O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.” (Psalm 36:10) ‘Keep it coming, Lord!’ is the sentiment of David. He desired for God to prolong, endure, and sustain the loving grace and mercy that He so generously gives. Is David being greedy or inappropriate in such a request? No. It doesn’t come from an unthankful and sinfully demanding heart. It comes from a… Read More

It is very evident that God gave to David many talents as well as the greatest of all gifts: grace, which sanctified those talents for use by God in his life. He was not only skilled as a shepherd, as a marksman with his sling, but also he could play the harp. Now to really play a musical instrument is not just to make a noise. It is often said of a… Read More

We are living in a time when many women are not satisfied with their lot in life. Many have found no real happiness in being ordinary mothers, wives, and housekeepers. They want freedom, liberation and equality with men. Some have even united to form a vocal minority called the Women’s Liberation Movement. This group is also known as the New Feminists. What is the woman’s role in life? It would seem few… Read More

There is the sad subject of modern, effeminate men. Not only have women revolted against God’s authority, so have men. And assuredly these things are related, for if men are out of their God-ordained places in society, so must the women be. ‘Effeminate’ is a very descriptive word for ‘men’ today, as it means, “having unsuitable feminine qualities, unmanly, marked by weakness and love of ease.” (Webster’s) This being true, we have… Read More

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; What is God saying here? Christ is the irradiation of God’s glory. The Mediator’s relation to the Godhead is like that of the daylight rays to the… Read More

Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas, who sold the Lord Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. The man who gains the whole world, but loses his own soul.

1) Since most films contain sinful elements, involve drama, and are shown in undesirable environments, watching films is worldly. “And be not conformed to this world.” (Romans 12:2) 2) It has pleased the Lord to use His Word and not entertaining films to convert sinners. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) 3) The Lord Jesus does not desire to be pitied. “But Jesus… Read More

Precious Bible, what a treasure! Blessed be the Lord, I can see that my acceptance and perseverance do not depend upon my frames or feelings, but upon the power, compassion, care and faithfulness of Him, who in the midst of all the changes to which we are exposed in this wilderness state, is unchangeably the same yesterday, today and forever. O what a horrid wretch was I when on board the Harwich,… Read More