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Monthly Archives: May 2022

Prelude To The Parable of the Ten Virgins Matthew 24:40 – Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Matthew 24:41 – Two grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Matthew 24:42 – Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Matthew 24:43 – But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the… Read More

“The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.” (Joel 1:12) Verse twelve continues to give us the same story that the entire chapter is focused upon, and that is the Word of God being withdrawn from the human race.  This verse begins by stating that the vine is dried up.  The Vine is ultimately Jesus… Read More

If I reason from what I am in myself, instead of from what I am in Christ, I must of necessity arrive at a wrong conclusion. The moment the sinner comes to Christ and believes on Him, that moment he is taken completely off the ground of nature, he loses his old legal standing and all its belongings, and he is looked at as IN CHRIST. He is no longer “in the… Read More

“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure.” (2nd Peter 1:10) Brethren, give diligence! Be zealous to make your calling and election sure. Let the matter have all your attention, let it be the object of your most serious endeavor, today, tomorrow, continually. Rather, brethren, give diligence. Rather than being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord, rather than lacking all things that… Read More

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” (1st Chronicles 29:15) If you possess the faith of Abraham, Isaac, and, Jacob—you, like them, confess that you are a stranger—and your confession springs out of a believing heart and a sincere experience. You feel yourself a stranger in this ungodly world. It is not your element. It is not your home. You are… Read More

“Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1st John 5:5) A man must either overcome the world—or be overcome by it. To overcome the world is to be saved—to be overcome by it is to be lost. He, then, who does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God does not and cannot overcome the world—for he has not the faith of… Read More

“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Ephesians 2:3) We may observe here a distinction drawn by the Apostle between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the mind. Both are opposed to God and godliness, both are the fruits of our fallen nature…. Read More

“And to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1st Thessalonians 1:10) A living hope and a sanctified walk! Always these two accompany each other. Inseparably they are knit together, intertwined; essentially they are one. Without the one the other cannot be. Reciprocally they motivate each other. Each is the other’s stimulant. Where the one fades the other… Read More

Christ Body of Christ/believers Shining the light of the word False prophets Messengers Angels Revelation 1:20 – The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels (messengers) of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 2:28 – And I will give him the morning star. Jude 1:13 – Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own… Read More

The “third part” are the elect of God. A Captain of Fifty with his Fifty 2nd Kings 1:1 – Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.  2nd Kings 1:2 – And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.  2nd… Read More

Where the treasures/will of the Kingdom are found. kardia, the heart, i.e. (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by anal.) the middle:–(+ broken-) heart (-ed). Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Psalm 143:4 – Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. Matthew 12:34 – O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew… Read More

LAMP – Light of the world, the Word, Christ Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a LAMP (light of the gospel) unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Revelation 4:5 – And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps (Holy Spirit) of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Proverbs 13:9 – The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the LAMP (light of the gospel) of the wicked shall be… Read More

Grace seasoned with salt is to proclaim judgment with the good news. Salt is a picture of God’s judgment. Grace Seasoned with Salt. Colossians 4:5 – Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. A Godly Fear Hebrews 12:27 – And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the… Read More

Eat the word that became flesh and be joined to Him (conformed to the image of Christ), not joined to the harlot and eat the idols of the fleshly mind (conformed to the image of the beast). John 6:51 – I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for… Read More

The eye represents the light of the body, single or evil. Matthew 6:22 – The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. Matthew 6:23 – But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Ephesians 1:16 – Cease not to give thanks… Read More

The “Forehead” represents the Will Revelation 7:3 – Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Revelation 9:3 – And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Revelation 9:4 – And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the… Read More

Proverbs 18:20 – A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Psalm 10:7 – His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. Psalm 5:8 –… Read More

Christ is our Daily, continual light of truth, by His word. tamiyd, taw-meed’; continuance (as indef. extension); but used only (attributively as adj.) constant (or adv. constantly); ellipt. the regular (daily) sacrifice:– alway (-s), continual (employment, -ly), daily, ([n-]) ever (-more), perpetual. Daniel 8:11 – Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily (tamiyd) was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. Daniel 8:12 – And… Read More

Christ sits on the Right Hand Christ is the Right hand of The Father; The Body is the right hand of Christ. Exodus 15:6 – Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. Exodus 15:12 – Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. Psalm 17:6 – I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God:… Read More

“Sackcloth” —– “Walking humbly in repentance or mourning, sometimes rending their clothes.” (Matthew 11:21)  “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.“ (Luke 10:13) “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have… Read More

When we speak of the end of the world, the end of the age, the latter days, latter years, last days, etc. what can we learn from scripture in regard to the duration of this period?  Many Christians speak of this time era as if it is a period of time at the very end of the age.  This is partially correct in a sense, since the age will come to a conclusion in… Read More

“Wherefore, my beloved, seeing ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13) My Beloved Brethren: – This text shows that the saints in Christ Jesus are the possessors of salvation, not as having worked for… Read More

“And thou shalt make a vail of blue and purple and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work with cherubim shall it be made.” (Exodus 26:31) In the course of our consideration of the tabernacle types we come to that of the beautiful vail, which hung between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. Let us, as enabled, consider it from two points of view: First in relation to the… Read More

“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Jonah 2:8) Jonah learnt some great lessons in his experience, and this is one thing that he testifies to, that “they that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” This is a truth we shall do well to reflect upon because such is the waywardness of our hearts that we are very prone to observe lying vanities. Can you say that you have never observed… Read More

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) The believer is heavily burdened with a daily conflict. This conflict between a body of sin and the holy, pure, and divine nature of which God’s people are made partakers—lasts during the whole of our mortal span upon earth. Lasts, did I say? It increases in intensity. This internal warfare is more or less experienced by all God’s family. But what… Read More

Preached by brother John Raven at Shaw’s Corner, Redhill, February 17th, 1952. —————————— “Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.” (Jonah 2:4) —————————— A very remarkable, history we have recorded in this book of Jonah. This history of Jonah is among the things which are written for our learning and for our admonition. It is full of instruction for the… Read More

Solomon was a great man, rich, wise, yea, an elect saint; yet one who had also fallen into manifold faults, whom the LORD allowed to die, without recording expressly any thing of his recovery, though we make no doubt of it. We shall endeavour to make this clear from these considerations: First, from the LORD’s promises to him (2nd Samuel 7:14-15), where these three things are observable which the LORD undertakes concerning… Read More

“Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.” (Psalm 107:6) “Then they cried”—Not before, not after, but in it. When they were in the midst of it—when trouble was wrapped round their head, as the weeds were wrapped round the head of Jonah—when they were surrounded by it, and could see no way out of it—when, like a person in a mist, they saw no way of escape before or behind—when… Read More

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:9) There has been a great deal of curiosity to know what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was. There is not, I suppose, one ill which has touched humanity, which has not been dignified… Read More

The light that has beamed from many a noble lighthouse on a dangerous coast, has been the means of saving many a noble vessel from being dashed upon the rocks. A traveler once visiting the lighthouse at Calais, said to the keeper, ‘But what if one of your lights should go out at night?’ ‘Never — impossible!’ he cried. ‘Sir, yonder are ships sailing to all parts of the world. If tonight… Read More

“Vain man would be wise.” (Job 11:12) Such as view themselves in the flattering looking-glass of self-love, appear bigger in their own eyes than they are! They think their spark—is a sun! They think their drop—is a sea! That you may deny all high, supercilious thoughts of yourselves, consider that self-conceit is a great sin. It is a kind of idolatry, a self-worshiping. This should pull down the plumes of pride and self-conceit! In the Hebrew it is “Empty man!” Man is a… Read More

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” the Scripture says, “and thou shalt be saved.”  Don’t let this word fall on deaf ears. Don’t let this word be received for a little while and then be taken up for the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches. Don’t let this word be a point of contention to the point that when you are persecuted or face trouble over it, you leave it and… Read More

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:5) There is nothing so deceitful as having “a form of godliness,” while the “power” of it is denied—nothing so delusive as having a “name to live,” while the soul is dead before God. If there is one hypocritical character more than another, whom the man of God should point out—it is he who, with a profession,… Read More

“Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.” (Hebrews 10:22) Christ dwells in the Christian’s conscience. He makes the conscience tender in His fear. He, when He has convinced it of the evil of sin, purges and cleanses it from guilt, filth, and dead works to serve the living God. He moves in it, and acts upon it, reveals to it His precious blood, bids it open to receive His word, and bids it… Read More

If lustful looking is so grievous a sin—then those who dress and expose themselves with desires to be looked at and lusted after, are not less, but even more guilty. In this matter it is only too often the case that men sin—but women tempt them so to do. How great, then, must be the guilt of the great majority of the modern misses who deliberately seek to arouse the sexual passions… Read More

A true recognition of God’s sovereignty, will avow God’s perfect right to do with us as He wills. The one who bows to the good pleasure of the Almighty—will acknowledge His absolute right to do with us as seems Him good. If He chooses to send poverty, sickness, domestic bereavements—then even while the heart is bleeding at every pore, it will say, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what… Read More

With few exceptions, all the notes and comments in the Scofield Bible are unreliable and unsound. Arthur Pink

It is no light thing to reject any part of eternal truth—such as sovereign election. Nay, it is a most solemn and serious matter so to do. God’s Word is not given to us to pick and choose from—to single out those portions which appeal to us, and to disdain whatever does not commend itself to our reason and sentiments. God’s Word is given to us as a whole, and by it… Read More

Oftentimes God’s chastenings instead of being retributive, are corrective. They are sent to empty us of self-sufficiency and self-righteousness. They are given to discover to us hidden transgressions, and to teach us the plague of our own hearts. Or again, chastisements are sent to strengthen our faith, to raise us to higher levels of experience, to bring us into a condition of usefulness. Still again, Divine chastisement is sent as a preventative,… Read More

Ecclesiastes 1:5 – The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. Genesis 1:16 – And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. Genesis 1:14 – And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs,… Read More

Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Matthew 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell… Read More

When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do: love one day—and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint—his condition admits of no alteration. God’s call is founded upon His decree—and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people’s sins—but… Read More

The Scriptures faithfully record the falls of believers—the drunkenness of Noah, the incest of Lot, the unbelief of Abraham, the peevishness of Moses, the adultery of David, the idolatry of Solomon, the pride of Hezekiah, the cowardice of Mark and the cursing and swearing of Peter. But why has the Holy Spirit left on record the sins and slips of the saints?  First, that it might teach us that they were saved by grace… Read More

The life and death of John Warburton is a witness to the truth of a wonder-working God.