Test All Things

Monthly Archives: November 2022

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” (Psalm 32:1-2) Who would you say is the truly blessed man? Most people would probably say; well, it is the person who has good health, “if you have good health you have everything.” To them I would answer, good health is only temporary. One… Read More

“And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1st John 2:1) This scripture recognizes our frail, sinful, human nature. A believer does not love sin, does not excuse nor justify sin, but grieves over sin and desires to be without sin. Yet he owns and confesses his sin. “Sin is my name, sin is my nature; and to deny it is to deny the Word,… Read More

“And all the angels stood round about the throne…saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:11-12) As the angels worshipped the Lord Jesus Christ, notice what the angels said concerning the gospel of Christ…sevenfold description of the gospel: 1) Blessing Our Lord is blessed in Himself and is the source, fountain and spring of all spiritual… Read More

The ultimate end or goal of redemption is not the happiness, well-being, or even conversion of sinners, BUT THE GLORY OF GOD (Ephesians 1:6; Ephesians 1:12-14). Man’s comfort and safety is not the supreme goal of God’s glorious gospel. The supreme goal of our gospel is the glory of God, the establishment of His rule and reign over a kingdom of peace and righteousness, the exaltation and manifestation of His character, and… Read More

In Isaiah 44:22, the LORD commands His covenant sheep and His elect people to return to Him because He has put away their sin. “I have blotted out thy transgressions and thy sins, return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” What greater motive can any sinner have than to seek mercy where it is found, in Christ? What great motive can any sinner have than to seek forgiveness of sin because Christ made… Read More

“For Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” (2nd Corinthians 8:9) “For Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” What is this grace? Favours freely given of God to sinners who are utterly unworthy, undeserving of the least mercy and blessing of Almighty God. Why? Because we have… Read More

Preached by Mr J.H. Gosden at GaleedChapel, Brighton, on Wednesday evening, 28th July, 1920. “I will go in the strength of the LORD God; I will make mention of Thy righteousness, even of Thine only.” (Psalm 71:15) This is a gracious resolution come to by a child of God. It is the obedience of faith and it is the result of experience. David was an old man when he penned this Psalm… Read More

Preached by brother J.K. Popham at Galeed Chapel, Brighton, 1st November, 1936. “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the Name of the LORD our God for ever and ever” (Micah 4:5) The first three chapters in this prophecy are occupied by God in solemn declarations of the iniquities of Jacob and threatenings. Whenever God will show mercy He puts sin… Read More

“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” (2nd Timothy 2:7) No man has in himself an understanding in spiritual things (1st Corinthians 2:14). If we would have any understanding in the mysteries of the gospel it must be revealed (Matthew 11:25). However, let us never forget that God has been pleased to reveal Himself to us through the Word written (Hebrews 1:1-3), and the Word preached (2nd… Read More

Preached by brother J. J. West, London, November 8th, 1855. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.” (Revelation 13:8-9) I feel it to be a great point in preaching the gospel, to be able, by God’s grace and power in… Read More

“And there I will meet with thee…” (Exodus 25:22) When a righteous God and a ruined sinner meet on a blood-splattered platform, all is settled once and for all, settled in such a way as to perfectly honor and glorify God and eternally save the sinner. The only proper meeting place between God and man is the point where grace and righteous­ness meet and perfectly harmonize. Nothing but perfect right­eousness could suit… Read More

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Believer, think about and meditate upon your Redeemer as He is described here. He is Jesus, your Jesus; a Saviour, for He shall save His people from their sins. He is Christ also – God your Father’s Christ, and your Christ, the Anointed, the Sent One, the Sealed of Jehovah. He is the same in His glorious Person, the… Read More

“By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.” (Hebrews 7:22) When one undertakes to be surety for another, then the debt is reckoned unto him, and he accepts it. Thus, our dear Saviour, our blessed Surety, stood up for us engaged in our behalf. Our debts, all our iniquities, were imputed to Him and laid upon Him, charged upon His person. He fully satisfied, perfectly atoned justice for… Read More

“Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.” (Psalm 28:9) David in this last verse of this Psalm closes with a sincere and fervent prayer for the LORD’s people. He prays for vital things that we as sinners desperately and constantly need. Let us make this our prayer! 1) Save thy people… Who are these people? They belong to Christ by electing love (John… Read More

“The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him.” (Ezra 8:22) In attempting to teach from these words, praying for the help of God, praying for a teachable spirit, I venture to bring before you instruction for the church of God collectively and believers individually even today. It may be helpful, and I trust profitable, if we spend just a little while considering the historical background at… Read More

“I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do.” (John 17:4) By “the work” is meant obedience to the will of God; the destruction of all spiritual enemies, as sin, Satan, the world, and death; and the redemption and salvation of His people, which was “given” Him to do. He did not take it upon Himself, but being called to it He readily accepted of it. It was appointed and cut out for… Read More

“And God heard THEIR groaning, and God remembered HIS covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” (Exodus 2:24) This is a precious scripture. My soul, put a note upon it. No sigh, no groan, no tear of God’s people can pass unobserved. He puts the tears of His people in His bottle. Surely then He can never overlook what gives vent to those tears, the sorrows of the soul. Our spiritual… Read More

Most of us don’t know God well enough to trust Him. Are you persuaded that God has complete control in reference to the things, which excite our anxiety? Are you persuaded that He will use this control in the best way as far as we are concerned? If I am to cast my cares on Him, I must know Him to be my Father; I must know Him to be my Friend;… Read More

“This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” (Luke 15:2) There are two kinds of religion in the world. One is where a person has a real knowledge of himself as a sinner. The other includes many branches, and almost all who hold it acknowledge man is sinful by nature, being taught it from children; yet they do not feel sin has seperated them from God, but think they can approach Him… Read More

Power is the main thing. Words are simply nothing but empty sounds. The real power of the gospel is God talking to the soul. The sound of words is the voice of man; or words may be seen by the eye in reading God’s Word; but when they talk to us, that is God’s power and voice. It is the peculiar nature of the gospel that it does not talk about Jesus… Read More

“God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) These words do not mean, as many imagine, that God treats all men alike in providence and grace. He does not, God’s grace is His own; and He dispenses it according to His own sovereign will and pleasure. God sovereignly distinguishes men from one another (1st Corinthians 4:7), in election (2nd Thessalonians 2:13), in redemption (John 10:11; John 10:15; John 10:26), in providence (Romans… Read More

“And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:39) I have often thought, how very gracious it was in God the Holy Ghost, in directing his servant Paul thus to teach the church. The Lord well knew how many of his people of little faith are at times sharply exercised, by reason of the slenderness of this… Read More

How few can look death in the face with satisfaction! The word appears to me the most suitable one. Sometimes it is resignation that is talked of: “He was quite resigned.” Why, they will say that of a malefactor, that he was quite resigned to his fate. I do not like that term; it is not strong enough. I want something more – even satisfaction. To look forward to the departing moment,… Read More

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1st Timothy 6:11-12) Every believer, “O man of God” needs to pursue and practice these three instructions of grace given to us by the infinite wisdom of God, the Holy Spirit (2nd Peter 1:21). 1) “Flee these things.”  This… Read More

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) Last evening, this word, with a measure of authority, rested on my spirit: “With God nothing shall be impossible.” Then immediately it took me back to a time in my life about forty years ago when I was in black despair and could see no way out, no way of deliverance. There was only one text in the Bible, and it was this,… Read More

Preached by brother Henry Haddow at Brockham Green, October 9th, 1910. “Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient before me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God… Read More

“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) These are the recorded words that our Lord Jesus Christ spoke to this dying thief moments before he died. The Lord assured him and every believer who dies in faith; they will be with the Lord forever in paradise. Where is paradise? To be with the Lord! Wherever He is that… Read More

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholdeth all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat downon thd right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) Our Lord’s work of redemption is done. His atonement is complete. The sins, which he bore in his body on the tree have been fully purged away, completely… Read More

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth… Read More

In 2 Peter 2:4-7; several times the word of the LORD says, “God spared not;” the righteous and holy judgment of God fell without any mixture of mercy on many. The angels that fell were judged and cast out. The rebels in Noah’s day were judged and with the flood of God’s wrath. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were reduced to ashes for their sinful wickedness. But we also read of God’s mercy to… Read More

There was a time when all the earth was of one language, and one speech (Genesis 11:1).  Men consulted and said, “Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”  Though this device was in their hearts, the counsel of the LORD stood, their language was confounded,… Read More

When Christ comes, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him; and therefore He brings good tidings to the meek, binds up the broken-hearted, proclaims liberty to the captive, opens the prison doors to them who are bound, and gives “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (Isaiah 61:1-3) “Believe only,” let us see whether faith in Christ… Read More

Sanctification may be taken in a three fold sense. What is the first sense of sanctification? To sanctify is to appoint, consecrate, or set apart any person or thing to a holy and special use; thus the elect were sanctified by God the Father. (Exodus 30:28-29; Leviticus 20:24; Psalm 4:3; John 17:17; 2nd Corinthians 6:17; Jude 1:1) What is the second sense of sanctification? The elect are sanctified by the blood of… Read More

“And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28) The Lord Jesus Christ is the believer’s Sabbath rest. We are not told to observe a day with special regulations to keep us or make us righteous before God. We are told by the Lord Himself to, “Come unto me and I will… Read More

“Rebuke them sharply.”(Titus 1:13) Some preached Christ out of strife and contention in Paul’s time. Many preach Christ now, it is to be feared, from no better motive; but Satan is their master, and he will pay them their wages. “Cursed be he who doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully.” (Jeremiah 38:10) By their fruits we are to know them; watch them closely, and you will see antichrist written in legible… Read More

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2) This is one of the many promises found throughout the scriptures that proclaim and declare unto us the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and salvation accomplished by HIM (2nd Peter 1:4). This promise is given to those that… Read More

“Many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5) That many did arise before Jesus came in the flesh, and give out they were the messiah, history shows; and history also proves that since the Saviour’s incarnation some have arisen of the same class, and have deceived many, who were ordained to be deceived by such liars. “Who is a liar, but he that denieth… Read More

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”(Matthew 25:40) Each of us might say or think, “I would do anything for the Lord Jesus Christ.” And that is true if, indeed, He has saved our souls. But what can we do for Him? Actually, there is nothing we can do that would benefit Him for He is in need… Read More

Today we hear little of this but in former days it was quite common. The matter was not treated lightly, but only after solemn prayer and exercise (and perhaps fasting) was the lot cast. In this matter appeal was made to the casting of lots in Scripture as the authority for it. But God has given no commandment. True it is that in the Bible there were occasions when lots were cast,… Read More

In the fifth chapter of Genesis you will find a list of the generations of Adam down to the time of Noah. You will find also that, although those early men lived to such great ages, it is said at last, “and he died”. This was the effect of Adam’s Fall, that he and all his sons should die. But there is one man in this list who did not die. His… Read More

“His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me.” (Song of Solomon 2:6) Our salvation in Christ is sure, safe and certain as the powerful hands of God (Daniel 4:35; John 10:27-30). Believer, you are in good hands with Christ, being made one with Him (John 17:22). His hands are sovereign hands able to save. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto… Read More

“Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” (James 2:18) James shewed his faith by such works as these: James still pursues this prating fool. Before this man is represented as saying, “I have faith;” and this report, conveyed by sounding his own trumpet, goes abroad, and another circulates it, and… Read More

Repentance Unto Life is a grace of the Holy Spirit, whereby a sinner, under a true sense of his sin, and an experimental acquaintance with God’s pardoning mercy in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of sin, turn from it unto God with full purpose of heart, and to serve the LORD in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye… Read More

To inquire what is meant by the imputation of this righteousness; which is the way in which it becomes ours and indeed is the only way in which it can become ours. The Hebrew word כשח in Genesis 15:6 and the Greek word logizwmai used by the apostle here, signifies to estimate, reckon, impute, or place something to the account of another. So the righteousness of Christ is estimated, reckoned, and imputed… Read More

“Whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD to accomplish his vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein. Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye shall not offer these unto the LORD, nor make an offering by fire of them upon the altar unto the LORD.”(Leviticus 22:21) In Leviticus, chapters 21… Read More

“Be of good cheer: It is I; be not afraid.” (Mark 6:50) It is I who formed you in the womb, and brought you forth into your present existence. It is I, the LORD your God, who has fed you, and clothed you from that hour up to the present moment. It is I, the LORD your God, who has preserved you on every side. When you were upon a sick bed…. Read More

2 Peter 3:10 – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Not only will the earth be destroyed, but the heavens as well! The LORD will create a new heaven and a new earth at that time and not, as many claim, a thousand years in the future after some type of a golden… Read More

“O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee.” (Psalm 36:10) The Son of God has grappled with death. He has gone with all the sins of the church to face death; the sting of death entered into His heart, and He drew it out again; and now death is a friend to the child of God, for the Saviour has conquered “death, and him that had the power of death, that… Read More

“Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one.”(Deuteronomy 33:8) 1. Are the true Urim and Thimmim with Christ? Are all lights and perfections in Him? Let us then go to Him for both. Under all our darkness let us go to Him for light; the treasures of light, as well as the words of eternal life, are with Him; therefore, whither shall we go but unto Him? Let us… Read More

“I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4) But, what is the great and infallible security against being led away by the heresies around, and the discovery of the false spirits which come forth to deceive? There is but one, and a sure one it is, which never hath failed,… Read More

“Can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3) This was an impossible situation which met Ezekiel’s eye. A valley filled with bones, and the bones were “very dry,” destitute of life. And Ezekiel was to realize that this was a picture of the Israel of God. If ever there was a setting forth of impossibility, it was this. “Can these dry bones live?” The prophet did not answer with the obvious “No” but, realizing… Read More

An ignorance of Christ’s righteousness, and a supposed preparation for acceptance with God in a righteousness of our own, is the general creed of the present hour. The great mass of those who profess the Gospel, if engaged at all in a concern for salvation, is prosecuting the hope of acceptance, partly by the deeds of the law, and partly by the grace of Christ. But, this is neither law nor Gospel…. Read More

“And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.”(1st Samuel 4:13) The ark of the covenant was the visible sign of God’s presence with Israel. Made according to the pattern given to Moses in the mount (Exodus 25:10-22), it was the first… Read More

“Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up to glory.” (1st Timothy 3:16) There was absolute necessity for the Immortal Word to assume our nature without sin in the womb of the Virgin, that in that nature He might bear all our transgressions away, die for our iniquities,… Read More

“Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” (Song of Solomon 8:6) Jealousy of one person to another is the offspring of a proud and insecure heart of unbelief. There is no scriptural foundation for a child of God to be jealous of anyone or anything in this world. The believer knows that God has provided all he is and has,… Read More

“Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) Our sins were crucified with Christ. They were put to death when He died, for He was our covenant head, and we were legally represented by Him. The law has no more right to condemn us that it has to condemn Him. Justice is bound to deal with us as it… Read More

“She went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD. Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope.” (Hosea 2:13-15) This is a marvelous love story of Hosea (Saviour) and his rebellious wife, Gomer (failure). God told Hosea to go marry this woman, a… Read More

How can God who sees all things, no longer see sin in believers? The Lord Jesus Christ is the answer. The Messiah (Hebrew word for Christ), of whom Daniel wrote, was, “To finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness” (Daniel 9:24). To make an end of sins! The Lord Jesus Christ has so effectually redeemed His people,… Read More

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2nd Corinthians 7:10) There is a vast difference and stark contrast between true godly sorrow, and a mere worldly sorrow. The source from which they spring, being opposite as light and darkness, so also is their effect and consequences of them. Godly sorrow and true repentance comes from the grace of God and… Read More

Paul writes to the Church at Colosse saying that they had been reconciled to God through the death of Christ and by His death they would stand holy and unreproveable in His sight. And he adds to that in the next verse, “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every… Read More

Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a Publican. Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed this in himself, God I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. Luke 18:12… Read More

If we have Christ, we have His blood for pardon, His righteousness for justification, His fulness to supply all our needs, His promises to cheer us, His strength to support us, His wisdom to guide us in all our ways. We have Him in all the offices He sustains – as Prophet to teach and instruct us, as Priest to atone and plead for us, and as King to rule over us… Read More

I am confident that the religious, superstitious Israelites were horrified when King Hezekiah destroyed their sacred symbol (which they worshipped, the serpent of brass Moses had made) calling it “a piece of brass.” Hezekiah declared it to be of no value in the worship of God, but rather a hindrance to the worship. I can understand a person’s interest in that brazen serpent. It would be extremely interesting to see it. It… Read More