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Monthly Archives: November 2012

“But speaking the truth (being sincere) in love” (Ephesians 4:15) Sincerity lies at the root of all gracious profession. If a man cannot be sincere he is nothing. God makes a man sincere by planting His truth in his heart; and whenever God does make a man sincere, the truth which he has implanted will grow. Truth does not lie in a man’s soul dead and motionless, like a stone in the… Read More

Delivered in Grove Chapel, Camberwell, 1851 – By Joseph Irons. ——————– “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) ——————– What an exchange! What a voluntary act of substitution! How marvellous! Yonder debtor visited by his chief creditor, who condescends to become a prisoner, and renders Himself liable to all his demands,… Read More

A young man named George Gorton, who lived at Stow-on-the-Wold, had been in great spiritual distress. Happening to come across William Gadsby’s The Perfect Law of Liberty, under God’s blessing he found the relief he sought in reading it. It was no preaching or sermon he heard, but the reading of this book. His soul was set at liberty, and after this glorious deliverance he was baptized along with his friend Robert… Read More

“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Romans 8:8-9) ——————– What Child of promise is there, one truly born from above, that has not the desire to please the God Who… Read More

“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) ——————– Not all kinds of mourners are here intended; for there is the sorrow of the world, which worketh death and produces nothing but sin, misery and rebellion against God. Some mourn because they cannot increase in riches, honours and pleasures; but there is no blessing promised to them. The mourners which God has pronounced blessed are such as mourn… Read More

“God is love.” (I John 4:8) ——————– He defines love. He is the source of all true love. Any ‘love’ that is inconsistent with His love is no love at all. So, where did man get the notion of “unconditional love”? Well, obviously from his perverted view of God. For the God that is, knows nothing of unconditional love. Our God loves righteousness and hates iniquity, Hebrews 1:9. The Lord loves The… Read More

Fashionable as the doctrine of legal, conditional justification is, we may say to every individual who embraces it, “There is one that accuseth (condemns) you, even Moses, in whom you trust,” and that very law on which you rest (John 5:45): for its language is, “He that breaketh me only in one point is guilty of all:” (James 2:10), and, “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are… Read More

“For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Romans 6:7) ——————– The elect of God, as well as all others, are by nature dead; they are dead in sin, living without any spiritual life;, and to be carnally minded is death: they are without any affection for God, motion towards Him, delight in Him or in His service; and they are dead in law, being condemned in Adam, for judgment by… Read More

This is an audio sermon by Don Bell titled: “Do You Need Forgiveness?” The scripture text that brother Don is preaching from is Philemon, and the audio is 47 minutes long.

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 if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:15) that is, to follow him and, press to live with him if he have deserted her. But does he say anything about or sanction her marrying again? Where does he say that desertion dissolves the marriage tie? On the contrary, in the… Read More

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) ——————– The salvation of a sinner required that the most High Himself (Christ) be brought to the point of being the most low. From the height of all glory, the precious Son became a man. What an act of condescension was displayed in the Word… Read More

“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1st Thessalonians 5:2) ——————– A true believer does not desire to know more than God Almighty wants him to know. While others expend countless hours studying world events, trying to somehow connect them to the return of Christ (some to the point of naming the exact date), and then making those events to be… Read More

“That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31) ——————– Who deserves the glory in the redemption of sinners? The world believes that man has the right to choose or reject God’s plan for every single individual, and if a man by his own free will chooses to receive Christ as his personal saviour, and becomes a Christian, Jesus should get the glory… Read More

“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob.” (Numbers 23:21) ——————– To say that Almighty God does not behold iniquity in the sense of His omniscience would be a slight against His character. For of a truth, He does see the falling short even of those for whom Christ has shed His precious blood. What a just God does not see (in His people) is their sin under His justice and law. Christ,… Read More

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) ——————– The apostle asserts that “we which have believed do enter into rest.” It is a rest that was pictured and typified by several things in the Old Testament. ——————– THE ENTRANCE OF… Read More

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) ——————– The word “rest”, which is used over and over and over in Hebrews 3 and 4, means to ‘repose… Read More

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) __________________________________________ All those legal, ceremonial sabbaths of the Old Testament, all those sabbaths required by the law of God in the days of carnal, ceremonial worship, were designed to… Read More

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Exodus 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exodus 20:11 For in six… Read More

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9), but it is not found in a 24 hour day, on each Friday evening to Saturday evening at sundown, nor is it on Constantine’s legal day, beginning Sunday A.M. at 00:01 to Sunday evening 11:59 P.M. I have never met a man that I could say was able to keep a “sabbath” day AS IT WAS COMMANDED. Most will travel… Read More

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) ——————– “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.” (Hebrews… Read More

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) ——————– What is wrong with setting aside the first day of the week and requiring God’s saints to keep it as a sabbath to the Lord? We do not,… Read More

“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) ——————– Here are six statements that need to be thoughtfully and prayerfully considered. Do not embrace them and do not reject them until you have at least thoughtfully considered… Read More

A Sabbatarian is a person who insists that one day of each week is to be reserved for religious observance as prescribed in the fourth commandment of the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, as follows: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you,… Read More

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9), but it is not found in a 24 hour day, on each Friday evening to Saturday evening at sundown, nor is it on Constantine’s legal day, beginning Sunday A.M. at 12:01 to Sunday evening 11:59 P.M. I have never met a man that I could say was able to keep a “sabbath” day AS IT WAS COMMANDED. Most will travel… Read More

The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is concerning the incarnation of God. It is concerning the ANCIENT OF DAYS becoming flesh. It is not concerning a sweet little baby Jesus rag doll lying in a manger. The incarnation of Christ is God the Father sending His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem His elect. The coming of our Lord and Redeemer into this world is about… Read More

“We which have believed do enter into rest.” (Hebrews 4:3) ——————– Sabbath keeping is not a matter of indifference. It is not one of those areas about which the Scriptures give no specific instructions. In fact, the instructions given in the Word of God about sabbath keeping are very specific and clear. ——————– – Like circumcision, the passover, and all other aspects of legal, ceremonial worship during the Old Testament, the legal… Read More

Statement from the Committee of the Gospel Standard Societies. “We affirm that the marriage bond is only broken in God’s sight by death, and that any other dissolution of the tie is unscriptural and is not countenanced by God.” “We further affirm that to admit to the ordinances of God’s house those who are living in an unscriptural relationship is to act contrary to God’s revealed will and should not be allowed… Read More

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) ——————– Men by nature possess endless desires. Our desire for emotional stimulation causes us to lust with our eyes, our flesh, and for the pride of life. However, though men have many desires, their needs can only be met in Christ, for without Christ: 1) We have no sin-bearer. 2) We have no… Read More