The Covenants-Chapter 4j-The Covenant of Redemption

December 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Others of the promises of the covenant are given to Messiah for his people.

“To every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” These gifts are all comprehended in the “Hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie, promised before the world began.” And to whom but to Christ, could this promise before the world began, have been made; and in what relation, if not in connection with the covenant of redemption? “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.” John referring to this subject says, “This is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.” Nor are these and such like, as pardon, and justification, the only blessings which come immediately from him. He also stipulates others to be conferred by the Holy Spirit. “I will,” said he, “put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Thus he secures your enlightment, your regeneration, and your sanctification, for which when an apostle prays, he predicates his assurance of an answer, upon the faithfulness of God to his promise given in the covenant. “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

And how “great and precious” are his promises, made through Christ, directly to his people! Upon these, delightful as would be their full contemplation, we may not now dwell. I will detain you only to remark, that these promises pledge you grace to direct and keep you in life, and to sustain and comfort you in death; they assure you a happy resurrection; justification at the tribunal of Christ; and in heaven everlasting glory.

Thus we have seen the actual existence of the covenant of redemption; the previous period at which it was brought into being; the purposes it contemplated; the parties covenanting, and the gracious promises it extends to his people. This was the covenant upon which was predicated the announcement in Eden of the

Deliverer from sin, under the power and penalty of which man had fallen, by a violation of the provisions contained in the covenant of works. Well then may we, with all our heart, join in that exalted thanksgiving uttered by the beloved disciple, “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God, and his Father, unto him be glory and dominion, forever and ever. Amen.”

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 199

December 13, 2018 Leave a comment

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Rev. John Anderson].

NEW KENT ROAD, Monday, 24th Nov., 1856.

VERY DEAR FRIEND,—

I have received your munificent donation, and return you very hearty thanks, and beg you to express my gratitude to all those who have contributed.

Yesterday, the Lord was with me mightily; not a dog moved his tongue. But, oh, the griefs I have endured! God has borne me up, or I had been overwhelmed.

How hell has howled, but how Heaven will triumph! How is the work in Helensburgh? I hope the shout of a King is with you.

Dear wife and I very often talk of our dear Anderson. You are very near to our hearts.

Our boys are well, so is “beloved Apphia.” Give our kind regards to all friends, and accept our true love yourself.

I am,

Yours ever,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: I know I am Saved Because…..

December 12, 2018 Leave a comment

I know I am saved because I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).

I know I am saved because the Eternal God became a man for me (1 Timothy 3:16).

I know I am saved because it was promised that Jesus, the God/Man, would save me (Matthew 1:21).

I know I am saved because Jesus lived for me and credited His perfect life to me (1 Corinthians 1:30).

I know I am saved because Jesus became a wrath offeringfor me (Romans 3:25).

I know I am saved because Jesus has given me the gift of eternal life (John 10:28).

I know I am saved because Jesus is the Shepherd who has never lost a sheep (John 18:9).

I know I am saved because Jesus is the Lawyer who has never lost a case (John 10:27-30).

I know I’m saved because Jesus is the Champion who has never lost a battle (Hebrews 2:10).

I know I am saved because I have been justified… declared not guilty and credited as being righteous (Romans 5:1).

I know I am saved because I have been reconciled unto God by the death of His Son (Romans 5:10).

I know I am saved because Jesus redeemed me. He bought and paid for me at the cross. I have redemption in Him (Ephesians 1:7).

I know I am saved because Jesus was buried for me (I Corinthians 15:4).

I know I am saved because Jesus rose from the dead for me (1 Corinthians 15:4).

I know I am saved because Jesus ascended into Heaven for me (Luke 24:50-51).

I know I am saved because Jesus was made a surety of a better testament for me (Hebrews 7:22).

I know I am saved because Jesus sat down in cosmic authority for me (Hebrews 10:12).

I know I am saved because Jesus, my High Priest, ever lives to make intercession for me (Hebrews 7:25).

I know I’m saved because Jesus intercedes to ensure all the benefits of His death are applied to me (Hebrews 7:25).

I know I am saved because the work Jesus finished on earth, He continually presents in heaven on my behalf (Hebrews 9:24).

I know I am saved because Jesus ever lives to save me to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25).

I know I’m saved because his intercession for me is always successful (Romans 8:34-39).

I know that I am saved because the Father always hears the Son (John 11:42).

I know I am saved because Jesus is the Author of my faith. He began it (Hebrews 12:12).

I know I am saved because Jesus is also the finisher of my faith. He will finalize it! (Hebrews 12:12).

I know I am saved because nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39).

I know I am saved because the Bible declares; “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifies. Who is he that condemns? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8: 33-34).

I know I am saved because by one offering He (Christ) has perfected forever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).

I know I am saved because Jesus has purged my sins (Hebrews 1:3).

I know I am saved because my sins are forgotten (Hebrews 8:12).

I know I am saved because my sins are put away (Psalm 103:12).

I know I am saved because my sins are behind God’s back (Isaiah 38:17).

I know I am saved because my sins are cast into the depth of the sea (Micah 7:19).

I know I am saved because the Lord Yahweh has said, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

I know I am saved because Jesus has promised to come back for me (John 14:3).

I know I’m saved because Jesus never lies (Numbers 23:19).

I know I am saved because;

“My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly lean on Jesus name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Chapter XI-Unconditional Election-Continued-C

December 12, 2018 Leave a comment

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XI

Unconditional Election [contd]

7. MANY ARE CHOSEN

When the doctrine of Election is mentioned many people immediately assume that this means that the great majority of mankind will be lost. But why should any one draw that conclusion ? God is free in election to choose as many as I He pleases, and we believe that He who is infinitely merciful and benevolent and holy will elect the great majority to life. There is no good reason why He should be limited to only a few. We are told that Christ is to have the preeminence in all things, and we do not believe that the Devil will be permitted to emerge victor even in numbers.

Our position in this respect has been very ably stated by Dr. W. G. T. Shedd in the following words: “Let it be noticed that the question, how many are elected and how many are reprobated, has nothing to do with the question whether God may either elect or reprobate sinners. If it is intrinsically right for Him either to elect or not to elect, either to save or not to save free moral agents who by their own fault have plunged themselves into sin and ruin, numbers are of no account in establishing the rightness. And if it is intrinsically wrong, numbers are of no account in establisbing wrongness. Neither is there any necessity that the number of the elect should be small, and that of the nonelect great; or the converse. The election and the non-election, and also the numbers of the elect and the non-elect, are all alike a matter of sovereignty and optional decision. At the same time it relieves the solemnity and awfulness which overhangs the decree of reprobation, to remember that the Scriptures teach that the number of the elect is much greater than that of the non-elect. The kingdom of the Redeemer in this fallen world is always described as far greater and grander than that of Satan. The operation of grace on earth is uniformly represented as mightier than that of sin. ‘Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.’ And the final number of the redeemed is said to be a ‘number which no man can number,’ but that of the lost is not so magnified and emphasized.”28

There is, however, a very common practice among Arminian writers to represent Calvinists as tending to consign to everlasting misery a large portion of the human race whom they would admit to the enjoyment of heaven. It is a mere caricature of Calvinism to represent it as based on the principle that the saved will be a mere handful, or only a few brands plucked from the burning. When the Calvinist insists upon the doctrine of Election, his emphasis is upon the fact that God deals personally with each individual soul instead of dealing merely with mankind in the mass; and this is a thing altogether apart from the relative proportion which shall exist between the saved and the lost. In answer to those who are inclined to say, “According to this doctrine God alone can save the soul; there will be few saved,” we can reply that they might as well reason, “Since God alone can create stars, there can be but few stars.” The objection is not well taken. The doctrine of Election taken in itself tells us nothing about what the ultimate ratio shall be. The only limit set is that not all will be saved.

So far as the principles of sovereignty and personal election are concerned there is no reason why a Calvinist might not hold that all men will finally be saved; and some Calvinists have actually held this view. “Calvinism,” wrote W. P. Patterson, of the University of Edinburgh, “is the only system which contains principles — in its doctrines of election and irresistible grace — that could make credible a theory of universal salvation.” And Dr. S. G. Craig, Editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY, and one of the outstanding men in the Presbyterian Church at the present time, says: “No doubt many Calvinists, like many not Calvinists, have, in obedience to the supposed teachings of the Scriptures, held that few will be saved, but there is no good reason why Calvinists may not believe that the saved will ultimately embrace the immensely greater portion of the human race. At any rate, our leading theologians — Charles Hodge, Robert L. Dabney, W. G. T. Shedd, and B. B. Warfield — have so held.”

As stated by Patterson, Calvinism, with its emphasis on the intimate personal relation between God and each individual soul, is the only system which would offer a logical basis for universalism if that view were not contradicted by the Scriptures. And in contrast with this, must not the Arminian admit that on his principles only comparatively few actually are saved? He must admit that so far in human history the great proportion of adults, even in nominally Christian lands, exercising their “free will” with a “graciously restored ability” have died without accepting Christ. And unless God is bringing the world to an appointed goal, what grounds are there to suppose that, so long as human nature remains as it is, the situation would be materially different even if the world lasted a billion years?

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

The ‘Law of Full Mention’

December 11, 2018 Leave a comment

30. The law of full mention. We have treated the principle of first mention, and showed that the initial reference to a subject or the earliest occurrence of a term indicated from its context and the manner in which it was used would be its force in all later references. This we followed with the law of progressive mention, wherein it was seen that the Holy Spirit has observed an orderly development in the unfolding of each aspect of the Truth; that as it is naturally, so in connection with Divine revelation: there is first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. That may be further illustrated by a simple and well-known example, namely the three allusions made to Nicodemus in John’s Gospel. In John 3 we behold the midnight condition of his soul; in 7:50, 51, we see, as it were, the dawning of twilight; but in 19:39, 40, the daylight had fully broken. Now those principles are augmented by a third, for, as A. T. Pierson pointed out in his most helpful book The Bible and Spiritual Criticism (now out of print), somewhere in the Bible each of its prominent themes is given a complete and systematic presentation. In other words, a whole chapter is devoted to an exhaustive treatment of what is more briefly mentioned elsewhere. Below, we barely mention examples of this fact— culled from Dr. Pierson, supplemented by our own researches.

Exodus 20 gives us the complete Decalogue, the ten commandments of the moral law being stated clearly and orderly. Psalm 119 sets forth at length the authority, the importance and the manifold excellency of the written Word of God. In Isaiah 53 we have a full-length picture of the vicarious sufferings of the Savior. John 17 contains a complete outline on the subject of intercession, revealing as it does the substance of those things which our great High Priest asks of the Father for His people. In Romans 3:10-20, we have the most detailed diagnosis of the depraved condition of fallen man to be met with in the Bible. In Romans 5:12- 21, the foundation doctrine of federal headship is developed at length. In Romans 7 the conflict between the “two natures” in the believer is described as it is nowhere else. In Romans 9 the awful sovereignty of God, in election or reprobation, is dealt with more largely than elsewhere. In 1 Corinthians 15 the resurrection of the believer’s body is depicted in its full-robed splendor. In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 every aspect of Christian giving and the varied motives which should prompt our benevolences are stated. In Hebrews 2:6-18, we find the clearest and most comprehensive setting forth of the reality of our Lord’s humanity. In Hebrews 11 we have a wonderfully complete outline of the life of faith. Hebrews 12 furnishes us with an extensive treatment of the subject of Divine chastisement. In James 3 we have summed up what the rest of the Bible teaches concerning the might and malice of the tongue. The whole of Jude 1: is devoted to the solemn theme of apostasy.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

God the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter

December 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Moreover, the Holy Ghost is an active Comforter: he does not comfort by words, but by deeds. Some comfort by “Be ye warmed and be ye filled, giving nothing.” But the Holy Ghost gives, he intercedes with Jesus; he gives us promises, he gives us grace, and so he comforts us. Mark again, he is always a successful Comforter; he never attempts what he cannot accomplish.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “The Comforter,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Evening, January 21, 1855

The Covenants-Chapter 4i-The Covenant of Redemption

Let us now, for a moment, consider the promises embodied in the covenant of redemption.

Some of these promises are made exclusively to the Son, as the Messiah:-” The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thy enemies thy footstool. The Lord will send the rod [the people] of thy strength out of Zion. Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing, in the day of thy power.” And again. “Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” And again “His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.” In view of these and similar declarations, an Apostle says, “God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants