Being created in the image and likeness of God, it was his very nature to delight himself in the Lord and reproduce (in a creaturely measure) God’s righteousness and holiness

Now the law which God gave to Adam, under which He placed him, was threefold: natural, moral, and positive. By the first we mean that subjection to his creator—acting for His honor and glory—was constituted the very law of his being. Being created in the image and likeness of God, it was his very nature to delight himself in the Lord and reproduce (in a creaturely measure) God’s righteousness and holiness. Just as the animals are endowed with a nature or instinct which prompts them to choose and do that which makes for their well-being, so man in his pristine glory was endued with a nature which prompted him to do that which is pleasing unto God and that which promoted his own highest interests—the remains of which appear in fallen man’s rationality and conscience.

Arthur W. Pink- The Divine Covenants-Part Two-The Adamic Covenant

Oh Christians, would you be happy? Be much in prayer

I have gone up to God’s house to preach, without either fire or energy; I have read the Bible, and there has been no light upon it, I have tried to have communion with God, but all has been a failure. Shall I tell where that commenced? It commenced in my closet. I had ceased, in a measure, to pray. Here I stand, and do confess my faults; I do acknowledge that whene’er I depart from God it is there it doth begin. Oh Christians, would you be happy? Be much in prayer. Would you be victorious? Be much in prayer.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight

                                          Prayer makes the Christian’s armor bright.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Paul’s First Prayer,” A Sermon delivered on Sabbath Morning, March 25th, 1855

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THE defense of infant baptism, unsustained as it is by divine authority, necessarily leads to most injurious perversions of the word of God

The general principle; instances in illustration, from the apostolic commission; from Peter’s sermon; from Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians; from Christ’s blessing the children; forms of the evil.

THE defense of infant baptism, unsustained as it is by divine authority, necessarily leads to most injurious perversions of the word of God. The same may be said also, of every other departure from truth, to support which a resort is had to the sacred record. The evil resulting will of course, be in proportion to the magnitude, and peculiar bearing, of the error sought to be established. Infant baptism is not a mere ceremony, which when performed, ceases to be of any further importance. Considered in itself, it may indeed seem of little consequence. It is not however thus isolated. Its relations, and influences extend themselves into every department of Christianity. It is the process by which the churches which practice it, receive their entire membership, and must therefore enstamp upon them all, its own peculiar character. It leads to insidious and hurtful expositions of scripture; imposes upon the people false doctrines; subverts the true ecclesiastical polity; corrupts the spirit of religion; vitiates Christian intercourse; weakens the power of the gospel; and hinders the conversion, and salvation of men. Like an error in the beginning of a mathematical calculation, it runs through the whole process, continually increasing in magnitude as it advances, until every part of it is involved in hopeless confusion. How then, can infant baptism be taught and defended without most injurious perversions of the word of God?

R. B. C. Howell- The Evils of Infant Baptism- Chapter 2- Infant Baptism is an evil because its defense leads to most injurious perversions of the Word of God

We may truly say that God has ever given us our meat

Some of us are qualified to speak from experience upon this point. We may truly say that God has ever given us our meat; indeed, we have not lacked anything. Hitherto, the road has been to us like that of the Israelites when they came to the camp of the Syrians, and found the way strewn with gold, and silver, and garments. God has provided for our wants even before they have come; he has anticipated our necessities. But there are others of you who have been brought so low by poverty and affliction that you are qualified to speak in a still more emphatic fashion. You have sometimes gone, with a hungry stomach, to an empty cupboard; you have wondered where your supplies would come from; you may even have been houseless and homeless. But ah, children of the living God, has he failed you utterly? Though he has reduced you very low, so that the last morsel was eaten from the wallet, has he not ultimately supplied your wants, and that, too, by means not miraculous, but almost so? Has he not in providence sent you things which you needed, and which you scarcely expected to receive? In answer to prayer, has he not delivered you out of your deepest tribulations? And when you were well-nigh famished, has he not spread your board with plenty when you have bent your knees before him? Yes, ye tried ones, ye have tested this text, and have proved it true. Ye sons of poverty and toil, ye have had to rest the whole weight of your daily maintenance on the promise of God, without anything to look to save that; and have you ever found him fail? No; you will unanimously bear witness that this is a great truth, “He hath given meat unto them that fear him.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Covenant Blessings”- On a Thursday Evening in the summer of 1858, delivered at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark, intended for reading on the Lord’s Day, July 1st, 1900, another sermon on this subject is sermon 3261 called “The Covenant”

The Wednesday Word: Three Wonderful Things about Jesus

Of course, there are more than three wonderful things to be said about the Lord Jesus. What follows are but three of them. When we consider Christ´s relationship with sin, we notice that…

1. Jesus Knew No Sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).

He was absolutely sinless. His nature and essence were devoid of imperfection. He was the ” holy one of God” (Mark 1:24 ). The Spirit affirms this (Luke 1:35), and the demons confessed it (Luke 4:34). In all points, He was tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

2. “He did no sin” (1 Peter 2: 22).

Every thought of His heart, word of His lips, and deed of His life was for and to the Father. He was sinless. There was no deficiency in Him. His was a perfect beauty of character. He was pure in heart, purpose and thought!

The Father acknowledged this saying, “This is my beloved Son; in whom I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22).

Jesus knew His own sinlessness. He said, ” I always do those things that please him (the Father)” (John 8: 29).

Pilate´s wife also knew it. She sent a message to her husband saying “Have nothing to do with that just man”(Matthew 27:19).

Pilate acknowledged it. He declared, “I find no fault in Him” (John 19:4).

The dying thief recognized it. He said, ” This man has done nothing amiss ” (Luke 23:41). He, as it were, said to his fellow felon, ” You and I never did a right thing, this man never did a wrong one.”

Judas, the devil´s servant, knew it and confessed, “I have betrayed the innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4). “Innocent” means there was no hurtful thing in Him, He was not harmful but was clean, and without blame. He was innocent! He did no sin.

But not only did Christ have innocent blood, it was also “THE” innocent blood. He was the only one who was genuinely innocent. All others had sin. No one was innocent, no one, that is, but Christ. His was the “The blood,” the only blood that could atone for sin.

What a contrast there is between man and Christ. And this brings us to the third wonderful thing…..

3. God “made him to be sin” (2 Corinthians 5: 21).

Being the sinless man, He was uniquely qualified to become our sin-bearer. But more than that, He was “made sin” (reckoned to be sin and treated as such) that He might put sin away.

For a person to qualify to die for our sins they would have to be sinless. In God’s courtroom, a sinner couldn´t give his life for other sinners. A sinner would have to die for His own offences. Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, was capable of standing in the place, and stead of sinners, because He had no sin of His own. He was guiltless.

He was made sin. This happened when the Father laid upon Jesus the entire weight of the sins of His people. Instead of belonging to His sheep, our sin was reckoned to Christ. However, at the same time, Christ’s righteousness was placed to the account of the guilty. The guilty are now treated as righteous because He who knew no sin, was treated as such.

I like what Spurgeon says on this matter, “Christ was not guilty, and could not be made guilty, but He was treated as if He were guilty because He willed to stand in the place of the guilty. Yes, He was not only treated as a sinner, but He was treated as if He had been sin itself in the abstract. This is an amazing utterance. The sinless one was made to be sin.”

CHS: The Heart Of The Gospel, Sermon Number 1910.

Three wonderful things about Jesus: He knew no sin. He did no sin.He was made sin.

And that´s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Chapter XXIII- Salvation by Grace

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XXIII

SALVATION BY GRACE

5. FURTHER REMARKS

In the present state of the race all men stand before God, not as citizens of a state, all of whom must be treated alike and given the same “chance” for salvation, but rather as guilty and condemned criminals before a righteous judge. None have any claim to salvation. The marvel is, not that God doesn’t save all, but that when all are guilty He pardons so many; and the answer to the question, Why does He not save all? is to be found, not in the Arminian denial of the omnipotence of His grace, but in the fact that, as Dr. Warfield says, “God in His love saves as many of the guilty race of man as He can get the consent of His whole nature to save.” 3 For reasons known to Himself He sees that it is not best to pardon all, but that some should be permitted to have their own way and be left to eternal punishment in order that it may be shown what an awful thing is sin and rebellion against God.

Time and again the Scriptures repeat the assertion that salvation is of grace, as if anticipating the difficulty which men would have in coming to the conclusion that they could not earn salvation by their own works. Thus also they destroy the widespread notion that God owes salvation to any. “By grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory,” Ephesians 2:8, 9. “But if it is of grace, it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace,” Romans 11:6. “By the works of the law shall no flesh be justified,” Romans 3:20. “Now to him that worketh, the reward is not reckoned as of grace, but as of debt,” Romans 4:4. “Who maketh thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” 1 Corinthians 4:7. “By the grace of God I am what I am,” 1 Corinthians 15:10. “Who hath first given to Him, and it shall he recompensed unto him again?” Romans 11:35. “The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 6:23.

Grace and works are mutually exclusive; and as well might we try to bring the two poles together as to effect a coalition of grace and works in salvation. As well might we talk of a “purchased gift,” as to talk of “conditional grace,” for when grace ceases to be absolute it ceases to be grace. Therefore when the Scriptures say that salvation is of grace we are to understand that it is through its whole process the work of God and that any truly meritorious works done by man are the result of the change which has already been wrought.

Arminianism destroys this purely gracious character of salvation and substitutes a system of grace plus works. No matter how small a part these works may play they are necessary and are the basis of the distinction between the saved and the lost and would then afford occasion for the saved to boast over the lost since each had equal opportunity. But Paul says that all boasting is excluded, and that he who glories should glory in the Lord (Romans 3:27; 1 Corinthians 1:31). But if saved by grace, the redeemed remembers the mire from which he was lifted, and his attitude toward the lost is one of sympathy and pity. He knows that but for the grace of God he too would have been in the same state as those who perish, and his song is, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth’s sake.”

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Though pronounced by God Himself as “very good,” Adam was, nevertheless, a creature, and as such subject unto the authority of the One who had given him being

Though pronounced by God Himself as “very good” (Gen. 1:31) on the day of his creation, Adam was, nevertheless, a creature, and as such subject unto the authority of the One who had given him being. God governs all rational beings by law, as the rule of their obedience to Him. To that principle there is no exception, and in the very nature of things cannot be, for God must enforce His rights as Lord over all. Angels (Ps. 103:20), unfallen man, fallen men, redeemed men—all are subject to the moral government of God. Even the beloved Son, when He became incarnate, was “made under the law” (Gal. 4:4). Moreover, in the case of Adam his character was not yet confirmed, and therefore, like the angels, he must be placed on probation, subjected to trial, to see whether or no he would render allegiance to the Lord his maker.

Arthur W. Pink- The Divine Covenants-Part Two-The Adamic Covenant