Test All Things

Monthly Archives: January 2023

As we all know, God Who is absolutely sovereign in all things, Who has declared the end from the beginning, and Whose purposes and decretive will cannot be frustrated, has ordained all the means necessary to accomplish His will. One of the means God has ordained is the fervent prayers of His people. God purposes and promises to bless His people, but He also has ordained that they should make use of… Read More

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12) 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 atoned for, and entirely removed. All that Christ came to do He has completely done. The priests of Israel could never sit… Read More

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13) It is most certainly true that all men shall die (Hebrews 9:27). However, it is not true that all men shall die in faith, for all men have not the faith of God’s elect (Titus 1:1). Those… Read More

“And I will fasten Him as a nail in a sure place; and He shall be for a glorious throne to His father’s house” (Isaiah 22:23) My soul! through grace, you have long been enabled to hang all your grand concerns for eternity upon the Lord Jesus; and will it not be a very refreshing subject for meditation to see how eternally firm and secure all rest, with an unshaken and unchangeable… 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

“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

Prayer is not a law duty to an absolute God, but gracious fellowship with a covenant God — not practiced that He may love us, but because He loves us; not to make us His children, but because we are His children. It should be performed always in this faith. If there be infirmities in it, such as wandering, coldness, or the like, we are to remember that we are not heard… Read More

“My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.” (Psalm 13:5) This is the message of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, salvation is of the Lord, His doing, His faithfulness and His sacrifice; therefore His people do rejoice in Him at all times (Philippians 3:7-9; 2nd Timothy 1:9). 1). He is the Author of it, before there was a sinner there was a Saviour; before Adam fell in sin; Christ stood as the everlasting Surety,… Read More

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:10-12) If… Read More

“…Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” (1st Corinthians 8:1) It is impossible to have fellowship with anyone who has great head knowledge of doctrine, but has not the love of Christ shed abroad in their heart. They will want to argue with you, but never rejoice with you. They will find fault with you, but never comfort you. They will defend their positions, but never just declare Christ crucified with love for… Read More

I am not one of God’s elect because of something good God saw in me. There never was, is not now, and never will be any good in our flesh. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” Paul said he knew it. The problem with most religious folks is that they don’t know it and until they do, they will continue to brag and… 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

“Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.” (Luke 7:22) The many miracles the Lord performed while dwelling among men; are all mighty wonders of His power and grace. The Lord Jesus Christ has all power in heaven… Read More

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.” (Matthew 11:25-26) His mercy is not moved by any good in us, neither is it kept back by our undeserving; for neither our merit, nor our misery, can… Read More

Romans 8:33 “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” ——————— Believers know and understand that by Christ they are justified from ALL things, from which they could not be justified by the law, (Acts 13:39). Justification is that act whereby God declares His elect righteous, by the perfect obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Representative. Because of Him, their sins are… Read More

“Sin shall not have dominion over you.” (Romans 6:14) Sin has dominion over God’s people in a state of unregeneracy: and after conversion it is still in them, and has great power oftentimes to hinder that which is good, and to effect that which is evil; it entices and ensnares, and brings into captivity, and seems as though it would regain its dominion, and reign again, but it shall not. This is… 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

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:17) “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:24-25) Oh what a wretched thing this flesh is! It is the residence of corruption,… Read More

“Who is this?” (Matthew 21:10) ALL religious reformers and messiahs come to live; Christ came to die. ALL others leave monuments and memorials: no one can find His birthplace, grave, nor one possession. ALL others write diaries and memoirs; He wrote on the sand. ALL others choose their followers from the rich, powerful, and influential; He chose the poor and needy. ALL others praise human righteousness; He condemned it. ALL others seek… Read More

Man’s will has never determined one single event in the world’s history and never will. God’s will alone determines events and brings them to pass. It is true that men do act according to their choice, will, intellect and reason, but this is not the whole truth. The whole truth is that every event, circumstance, opportunity, happening and thought, whether good or bad, that influences and motivates man’s choice is foreordained of… Read More

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” (John 3:14) There can be no hope of salvation apart from the Lord Jesus Christ bearing the sins of His people in His body on the tree of Calvary. There was no other way to put away sin. The son of man MUST be lifted up. He bore all the sins of all God’s… Read More

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) One of Satan’s tricks to deceive people is to change the way the gospel is described. Such changes may seem innocent at first, but in time, the deadly poison is revealed for what it is, but only after much damage has been done. One example in our day is the use of such phrases… Read More

The Psalmist David honestly confesses his sinful nature, his weakness and inability and his desperate condition and circumstances. He tells both God and men what he is: “I AM weak… weary… a worm… poured out like water… desolate and afflicted… in trouble… forgotten… cut off…. troubled… bowed down… feeble and sore broken… ready to halt… frail… consumed… a stranger… not able to look up… poor and needy… weary of my crying… full… Read More

I think it at least highly probable, that when our Lord says, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14), He does not only intimate the necessity of our becoming like little children in simplicity, as a qualification without which (as He expressly declares in other places) we cannot enter into His kingdom, but informs us of a fact,… Read More

Many people dabble with the doctrines of grace. They like to discuss them and debate them. They like to read what men say about them. But in their heart, they have little regard for them. This is evidenced by what they don’t do: 1. They don’t see them as essential in salvation. 2. They don’t regularly preach them or desire to hear them preached regularly. 3. They don’t support a ministry that… 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

“He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:33-34) In this great and notable day of judgment, the Great Shepherd of the sheep shall make a just distinction between His elect, chosen and blessed in Christ… Read More

“I am a worm.” (Psalm 22:6) Christ calls Himself “a worm”…on account of the opinion that men of the world had of Him…the Jews esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated Him as such; He was loathsome to them and hated by them; everyone trampled upon Him, and trod Him under foot as men do worms…the Chaldee paraphrase renders it here a weak worm; and though Christ is the mighty God, and is also… 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

“I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews.” (Acts 26:2) When the apostle Paul stood before king Agrippa he had been in prison for two years (Acts 24:27). The Lord now opens the door for Paul to declare the gospel unto both Festus the governor and Agrippa the king and he does so by… Read More

“Jesus answered and said unto them, ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) Our blessed Lord answers the question of the Sadducees about the resurrection by telling them their problem. The problem is not with Christ and the truth of the resurrection, it is with the sinner. Here our Lord declares to us the root cause of all error and unbelief; it is ignorance of… Read More

The person who suggests that, since we are not under the law but under grace, we should therefore give vent to the flesh and sin reveals his total ignorance of the grace of God and the work of Christ. BEFORE a man is regenerated, he does love evil and himself and he hates God and holiness; but, AFTER regeneration, he loves God, holiness, and others. We are not looking for an excuse… Read More

When the Apostle Paul prayed three times for God to remove the thorn in his flesh, the answer which God gave him was satisfactory to him. “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2nd Corinthians 12:7-9) The Lord has a purpose for these earthly trials and will fulfill that purpose for His glory and our good! One thing I know; the Lord Himself is more glorified, and His grace and strength more manifest and more… Read More

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) That the believer may live cheerfully and comfortably, he is exhorted to the free and constant use of Christ. O consider, Christ is given to us… 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

“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 into glory.” (1st Timothy 3:16) The apostle Paul summed up the gospel for the young preacher Timothy in a most comprehensive statement. This truth of the gospel in Christ Jesus is the very pillar and ground of the truth that God’s… Read More

The book of life, or decree of election, is the marriage-register of the saints; in which their everlasting espousal to Christ stands indelibly recorded by the pen of God’s free and eternal love. As the gold of which money is made is the king’s property ever before it is struck into coin, and before it visibly bears the royal image and superscription; so the unregenerate elect are God’s own heritage, though they… Read More

What is the central thing in biblical prophecy? It is the description supplied of the Messiah many centuries before He came to this earth. A full portrait of Him was drawn in advance: one inspired artist after another adding fresh details, until the picture was complete. The prophets, with one consent, gave witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, so that nothing befell Him and nothing was done by Him which they did… Read More

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.” (Titus 3:4) Three times in this epistle to Titus the Lord Jesus Christ is called, “God our Saviour.” Paul believed in and preached a divine Saviour, not just a mere man, but rather the Saviour, who is Almighty God. His name is Jesus, Saviour (Matthew 1:21), who shall save His people from their sin, that declares His office. But let us not forget… Read More

“Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.” (Proverbs 27:18) “Whoso keepeth the fig tree”, not merely the owner, but the man who watches it, prunes it, takes care of it. If there be signs of decay or disease, he looks after it; it is his business, it is his anxious care for on that depends, if entirely, yet much… 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

“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 and had had much experience of the LORD’s dealings with him, and also much… Read More

“Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.” (Psalm 33:22) New Year’s morning! Yet, there is nothing new under the sun! Old things have not passed away, all things have not become new. Still we move about and whirl around, with all men and all things, within the vicious circle of vanity, hemmed in on all sides by impenetrable darknesses, limited everywhere by things earthly and… Read More

True spiritual mortification does not consist in sin not being in you, nor in its being put upon the cross daily, nor yet in its being kept upon it. There must be something more to establish perfect peace in your con­science; and that is the testimony of God concerning the body of sin. He has provided for your perfect deliverance from it in Christ. Everything needful for this purpose was finished by… Read More