With Baptists are lodged the only conservative influences now existing in the universe

With Baptists, I remark in conclusion, are lodged, as you must plainly see, the only conservative influences now existing in the universe. It is ours, with the blessing of God, to save from being quenched that truth which is “the world’s only hope.” It is ours also, to save Pedobaptists themselves, of all classes, from the consequences of their own errors. If we do not save them, they must sink. It is ours to spread the gospel throughout the round earth. How exalted, therefore, how responsible, how farreaching, is our mission! It is fearfully sublime. It has, however, been assigned us by our God. Sustained by his grace, let us discharge it with fidelity. He is even now, clothing us with strength for the work. How unexampled is our multiplication! How rapid our diffusion over the whole earth! Jehovah is evidently about to vindicate his gospel; to sweep away the clouds of ignorance, superstition, and error; to restore to man a pure and glorious Christianity. Of this great conflict who will consent to remain an idle spectator? Who can refrain from participating in the Battle? Who does not involuntarily exclaim with the princely prophet, “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be silent, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth?”

R. B. C. Howell- The Evils of Infant Baptism- Chapter 7- Infant baptism is an evil because it despoils the Church of those peculiar qualities which are essential to the Church of Christ

The covenant has upon it a solemn endorsement

Nor is this all. It is but the beginning. In one sermon I should not have time to show you all the reasons that give force to the plea; but here is one. The covenant has upon it a solemn endorsement. There was the stamp of God’s own word — that is enough. The very word that created the universe is the word that spake the covenant. But, as if that were not sufficient, seeing we are unbelieving, God has added to it his oath, and because he could swear by no greater, he has sworn by himself. It were blasphemy to dream that the Eternal could be perjured, and he has set his oath to his covenant, in order that, by two immutable things wherein it is impossible for God to lie, he might give to the heirs of grace strong consolation.

But more, that venerable covenant thus confirmed by oath was sealed with blood. Jesus died to ratify it. His heart’s blood bedewed that Magna Charta of the grace of God to his people. It is a covenant now which God the just must keep. Jesus has fulfilled our side of it — has executed to the letter all the demands of God upon man. Our Surety and our Substitute has at once kept the law and suffered all that was due by his people On account of their breach of it; and now shall not the Lord be true and the everlasting Father be faithful to his own Son? How can he refuse to his Son the joy which he set before him and the reward which he promised him? “He shall see his seed: he shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied.” My soul, the faithfulness of God to his covenant is not so much a matter between thee and God as between Christ and God, for now it go stands — Christ as their representative puts in his claim before the throne of infinite justice for the salvation of every soul for whom he shed his blood, and he must have what he has purchased. Oh what confidence is here! The rights of the Son, blended with the love and the veracity of the Father, makes the covenant to be ordered in all things and sure.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

The Wednesday Word: ‘Me’

John 6:47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on ME has everlasting life

Many believers lack peace, because, instead of looking at the object of their faith, Christ, (His doing, dying, rising again and exaltation), they are looking within themselves trying to find something to give them rest.

However, nothing within us, or that flows from us, can give peace to the guilty conscience. The object of our faith lies outside of us. Remember, we are, in and of ourselves, hopelessly ruined, guilty, and under God’s just sentence of death. We are utterly helpless to remedy that condition (Isaiah 64:6).

We need some good news! We need the gospel.

So, consider our verse. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on ME has everlasting life” (John 6:47). “Yep” you say, “I know that verse, I first read it years ago.” But listen to me, the Lord doesn’t just want us just to know this verse, He wants us to believe it.

In this verse, there is one powerful word I want to call to your attention. It is the little word, ‘me.’ We should ask ourselves who the ” me ” of that verse is.

So, who is this ‘me?’

He is the true object for our faith. He is the same One who said, “Look unto ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else ” (Isaiah 45:22).

Who is this ‘me’?

He is the eternal Word who was already in the beginning before the beginning happened (John 1:1-2). What an object for our faith! He is the One who was with God, and who was God from all eternity.

Can we trust Him? Is He worthy of our confidence?

The “me” then of John 6:47 is the “Word become flesh.” See Him, the little infant. Then look and see Him as the perfect man, lowly, dependent, obedient, and subject to the Father.

Look and see Him as the Man of sorrows, an outcast in the world He had made and yet at the same time. He was, “God over all (Romans 9:5).” He was “Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:18), “God manifest in flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16), “the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3). The ‘Me’ of John 6 :47 is the perfectly glorious object for faith!

See Him in Gethsemane. His sweat is, as it were, great drops of blood. See Him taking the cup of WRATH.

The ‘ ME ” of John 6:47 is the One we are called upon to trust. Can you look at Him by faith, and say, ” He was wounded for my transgressions, He was bruised for my iniquities?” If you can, salvation is yours. If you see that your sins were transferred to Him, then you see that they are gone, and gone forever.

This ‘ME’ has now gone back to glory. The man of the cross is now the man of the crown. The glory of God shines in His face; there He sits the object of our faith. From those heights of glory, He is saying, “Look unto me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth.”

Listen to our verse again, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me has everlasting life “(John 6: 47). Mark it well, the believer has eternal life and shall not come into judgment (John 5:24).

In conclusion we would ask, is the “me” of John 6:47 enough for you? Is the mighty work of the cross enough to speak peace to your conscience? If you trust on Him, you are saved, and have eternal life. Yes, thank God, He is enough for time, and He is enough for eternity!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

Believing is the consequence of the new birth

Now I come to the doctrine.

Men that believe in Jesus Christ, to the effectual receiving of Jesus Christ, they are born to it. He does not say they shall be born to it, but they are born to it–born of God unto God and the things of God, before he receives God to eternal salvation. ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Now, unless he be born of God, he cannot see it: suppose the kingdom of God be what it will, he cannot see it before he be begotten of God. Suppose it be the gospel, he cannot see it before he be brought into a state of regeneration. Believing is the consequence of the new birth; ‘not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God.’

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon

It was not the mere eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was able of itself to impart any knowledge

It was not the mere eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which was able of itself to impart any knowledge; rather was it that by taking of its fruit contrary to God’s command, Adam and Eve obtained experimental acquaintance with the knowledge of evil in themselves, that is, by experiencing the bitterness of God’s curse, as previously through their obedient abstinence, they had a personal knowledge of good, that is, by experiencing the sweetness of God’s blessing. In like manner, the mere eating of the tree of life could no more bestow physical immortality than feeding upon the heavenly manna immortalized the Israelites in the wilderness. Both of those trees were symbolical institutions, and by the sight of them Adam was reminded of the solemn yet blessed contents of the covenant of which they were the sign and the seal.

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

But, most of all, take care to have religion in your houses

But, most of all, take care to have religion in your houses. A religious house is the best proof of true piety. It is not my chapel, it is my house-it is not my minister, it is my home companion-who can best judge me; it is the servant, the child, the wife, the friend, that can discern most of my real character. A good man will improve his household. Rowland Hill once said he would not believe a man to be a true Christian, if his wife, his children, his servants, and even the dog and cat, were not the better for it. That is being religious. If your household is not the better for your Christianity-if men cannot say, “This is a better house than others,” then be not deceived-ye have nothing of the grace of God. Let not your servant, on leaving your employ, say, “Well, this is a queer sort of a religious family, there was no prayer in the morning; I began the day with my drudgery; there was no prayer at night, I was kept at home all the Sabbath day; once a fortnight, perhaps, I was allowed to go out in the afternoon, when there was nowhere to go to where I could hear a gospel sermon; my master and mistress went to a place where of course they heard the blessed gospel of God,-that was all for them; as for me, I might have the dregs and leavings of some over-worked curate in the afternoon.” Surely Christian men will not act in that way. No! Carry out your godliness in your family. Let every one say that you have practical religion. Let, it be known and read in the house, as well as in the world. Take care of your character there; for what we are there, we really are. Our life abroad is often but a borrowed part, the actors part of a great scene, but at home the wizard is removed, and men are what they seem. Take care of your home duties.

Charles H. Spurgeon- Christ’s People Imitators of Him, A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Morning, at Exerter Hall Strand, April 29, 1855

Infant baptism is not merely a question of an ordinance, it is also a question of membership in the church of Christ

February 26, 2021 Leave a comment

Infant baptism, as must be seen, in the light of all the facts and considerations now before you, is not merely a question of an ordinance, it is also a question of membership in the church of Christ. In the former sense it is unlawful. In the latter it is fearfully destructive. It must always give character to the church in which it is practiced. It inevitably fills it with the unregenerate, and unholy, with skeptics, and unbelievers. And still more Against this deterioration and moral death, there is for Pedobaptist churches, as such, no possible remedy. They possess within themselves no power to throw them off. They must wither and expire under their influence. Not so with us. Do corruptions, no matter of what character, invade Baptist churches? They contain inherently all the elements of restoration. They have only to recur to first principles, to their inspired laws of membership, and discipline. By the former, no persons are admitted to a place among them, but those who are decided, in a judgment of charity, to be true penitent believers in Christ, born of the Holy Ghost; and by the latter laws, all those who depart from piety in life, or truth in principle, are promptly separated from their communion. By this simple, but effective process, how often have they purged themselves from evils of all kinds! Striking instances are perhaps, within your own memory. Antinomianism attempted to fasten itself upon our churches. It was promptly thrown off. Campbellism came, with its Pedobaptist doctrine of sacramental efficacy. They arose and cast out this source of impurity. Thus they have acted in all ages. They have only to enforce the fundamental laws of their constitution, which require that God’s spiritual house shall be composed of spiritual materials. While they do this, they will ever rejoice in a pure doctrine, a pure membership, a pure and able ministry, and a vigorous life. With Pedobaptist churches the case is wholly different. From a resort to first principles they can derive no help. These very first principles, embracing, as they do, infant baptism, and infant church membership, have done all the mischief. While they preserve and cherish the source whence they arise, they can never escape the corruptions that necessarily result. They may manifest occasional amendment. There may be in their history, intervals of revival. There have been such, in this country, among Presbyterians, and Congregationalists, and in the Methodist branch of the Episcopal church. Comparative spirituality and purity, will in such cases, for a while prevail. But these periods must be evanescent. The same prolific fountain is perpetually sending forth its streams, and they must soon again be deluged. They have no remedy. They must renounce their first principles, and adopt the laws of church membership contained in the word of God. The annals of history contain not an instance of a Pedobaptist church, that has continued a Pedobaptist church, which has radically and permanently reformed itself. The Church of England has not done it. The Church of Germany has not done it. The Church of Calvin has not done it. No Pedobaptist church ever has done it. None ever will, except those who cease to receive into their bosom the worldly and the profane. In a word, if they would be what the church was designed to be by Christ, they must cease to be Pedobaptists.

R. B. C. Howell- The Evils of Infant Baptism- Chapter 7- Infant baptism is an evil because it despoils the Church of those peculiar qualities which are essential to the Church of Christ

The next reflection that should greatly strengthen us is the venerable character of the covenant

February 25, 2021 Leave a comment

The next reflection that should greatly strengthen us is the venerable character of the covenant. This covenant was no transaction of yesterday: or ever the earth was this covenant was made. We may not speak of first or last with God, but speaking after the manner of men the covenant of grace is God’s first thought. Though we usually put the covenant of works first in order of time as revealed, yet in very deed the covenant of grace is the older of the two. God’s people were not chosen-yesterday, but before the foundations of the world; and the Lamb slain to ratify that covenant, though slain eighteen hundred years ago, was in the divine purpose slain from before the foundations of the world. It is an ancient covenant: there is nothing so ancient. It is to God a covenant which he holds in high esteem. It is not one of his light thoughts, not one of those thoughts which lead him to create the morning dew that melts ere the day has run its course, or to make the clouds that light up the setting sun with glory but which soon have lost their radiance; but it is one of his great, thoughts, yea, it is his eternal thought, the thought out of his own inmost soul — this covenant of grace. And because it is so ancient, and to God a matter so important, when we come to him with this plea in our mouths we must not think of being staggered by unbelief, but may open our mouths wide, for he will assuredly fill them. Here is thy covenant, O God, which of thy own spontaneous sovereign will thou didst ordain of old, a covenant in which thy very heart is laid bare, and thy love which is thyself is manifested. O God, have respect unto it, and do as thou hast said, and fulfill thy promise to thy people.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

The Wednesday Word: Afraid to Meet God?

February 24, 2021 Leave a comment

Some years ago, a gospel minister was called to the deathbed of a young man dying from Tuberculosis. The minister looked at the poor wasted form in the bed and saw there was not much time left. The young man’s short span of life was about to run out. They exchanged some civilities and then the minister asked,

“Are you afraid to die?”

The young man said nothing. Again, the minister asked him,

“Are you afraid to meet God?”

The young man fixed his anxious eyes upon the preacher then slowly and deliberately said,

” I am afraid to die … I’m missing something.”

The minister said to him,

“Yes, indeed, it is a solemn thing to meet a holy God, who will not pass over even one sin. God must condemn sin wherever it is found … how can you stand before Him, with sin upon you?”

The young man then said, “I know Christ died for sinners, and I know I am one, but I’m missing something.”

The preacher realized that he was speaking to someone who knew their need and knew Christ had done a work for sinners but was looking into themselves for assurance. Only false assurance can be gained by looking inward.

The minister opened his Bible and turned to John 3:14-16, and pointed out that,

God was the giver.

Christ was the gift.

The gift was lifted up upon the cross.

Whosoever believeth on Him has eternal life.

“I know all that,” the young man said, “but still I’m missing something.”

The minister then turned to John 5:24, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.”

“Yes,” he said, “but I do not know that I have got it. I’m missing something.”

The preacher then read Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way, but the Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all.”

Looking at the young man he said,

“All we like sheep have gone astray!’ is that true of you?”

“Yes indeed”

The preacher then said, “We have turned everyone to his own way. Is that also true of you?”

“Yes, indeed, too true,” he replied.

“Now listen to the next words, ‘The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Is that true also?”

The dying man then paused for a full half a minute, He then deliberately said, … “If one is true, the other must be true.”

“Well, then” the minister asked, “will the Father charge you for that which He has already condemned and punished Christ?”

With a look of intense relief depicted on his face, the young man exclaimed, … “No, He will not; He put my iniquities on Jesus, and they are gone.”

“Are you now afraid to meet God? Are you now afraid to die?” asked the preacher.

“No indeed” said the young man. I know now that I am saved; I know now that Christ took my sins.”

As the young man lay exhausted on his pillow, panting and coughing, the minister felt it was time to leave him alone but before he left he prayed asking the Lord to give His word an abiding place in the young man’s heart.

The day before his death a lady who called to see him was pressing the gospel truth on his mother, who in reply said, “I know He is a Saviour, but I cannot say He is my Saviour.” The young man was listening, and exclaimed, “Oh mother, can’t you say He is your Saviour?”

For his remaining few days, after the ministers visit, the young man confessed with his mouth, believed with his heart and learned to rest on Christ alone.

Then he quietly fell asleep in Jesus.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

To Explain the Text

February 24, 2021 Leave a comment

[TO EXPLAIN THE TEXT.]

FIRST, I will show you what he means by blood. They that believe are born to it, as an heir is to an inheritance–they are born of God, not of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God; not of blood, that is, not by generation, not born to the kingdom of heaven by the flesh, not because I am the son of a godly man or woman–that is meant by blood (Acts 17:26); He ‘hath made of one blood all nations.’ But when he says here, ‘not of blood,’ he rejects all carnal privileges they did boast of: they boasted they were Abraham’s seed; no, no says he, it is not of blood; think not to say you have Abraham to your father; you must be born of God, if you go to the kingdom of heaven.

SECOND, ‘Nor of the will of the flesh.‘ What must we understand by that?

It is taken for those vehement inclinations that are in man, to all manner of looseness, fulfilling the desires of the flesh: that must not be understood here; men are not made the children of God by fulfilling their lustful desires. It must be understood here in the best sense: there is not only in carnal men a will to be vile, but there is in them a will to be saved also; a will to go to heaven also. But this it will not do; it will not privilege a man in the things of the kingdom of God: natural desires after the things of another world, they are not an argument to prove a man shall go to heaven whenever he dies. I am not a free-willer, I do abhor it; yet there is not the wickedest man but he desires, some time or other, to be saved; he will read some time or other, or, it may be, pray, but this will not do: ‘It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.’ There is willing and running, and yet to no purpose (Rom 9:16). Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, have not obtained it (v 30). Here, I do not understand, as if the apostle had denied a virtuous course of life to be the way to heaven; but that a man without grace, though he have natural gifts, yet he shall not obtain privilege to go to heaven, and be the son of God. Though a man without grace may have a will to be saved, yet he cannot have that will God’s way. Nature, it cannot know any thing but the things of nature–the things of God knows no man but by the Spirit of God; unless the Spirit of God be in you, it will leave you on this side the gates of heaven. ‘Not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’ It may be, some may have a will, a desire that Ishmael may be saved; know this, it will not save thy child. If it was our will, I would have you all go to heaven. How many are there in the world that pray for their children, and cry for them, and are ready to die [for them]? and this will not do. God’s will is the rule of all; it is only through Jesus Christ: ‘which were born, not of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’

John Bunyan- Bunyan’s Last Sermon