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The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith on MP3

October 28, 2013 3 comments

In this day and age, of hurriedness, it seems as if we never have time to read or study the Word of God, theology or our confession of faith. Have you ever wished that you had more time to read and memorize, your confession, particularly the Second London Baptist Confession? If so, then now you can listen to the Second London Baptist Confession while working, driving, or just in your leisure time? The audios have been made available by Mark Nenadov and can be found on the Confessingbaptist Blog. Just click the link below and you can download each chapter separately.

 

MP3s of “The 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith [1677/1689]”

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Ursinus on How to Study Theology

Ursinus on How to Study Theology (Reblogged from Sovereignlogos)

I’ve recently begun teaching a class at my church on the Heidelberg Catechism & Orthodox Catechism. As part of my preparation for each week’s lesson, I’ve been reading through Zacharias Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism. On page 9, Dr. Ursinus begins a brief summary of the three methods of teaching and learning Christian theology, “the doctrine of the church.” These can be labeled as follows:

 1. Catechesis

 2. Systematic Theology

 3. Study of Scripture

Why does Ursinus place these methods in this order? It does seem, at first, to be backward. Yet once the section is read in its entirety, we’re left with some interesting insight into how Ursinus (and Confessional Christianity in general) understands the relationship between Scripture, theology, and Confessions/Catechisms.

 

Read the rest here.

He that believeth and is baptized shall have salvation from the dominion of his old nature

October 28, 2013 1 comment

Spurgeon 6It means, next, that he that believeth and is baptized shall have salvation from the dominion of his old nature. When thou believest in Christ, there shall suddenly spring up in thee a new life, a new principle; a well shall be digged within thy being, and a fountain of living water shall begin to bubble up within thee unto life everlasting. A miracle shall be wrought upon thee; there shall come into thy heart the Holy Ghost, who shall dwell there to recreate thee, to set up within thy soul a new throne whereon shall reign a new King. The old dominion of sin shall be broken as with a rod of iron; and there shall be a new order of things within thy heart; and righteousness shall begin to reign there by Jesus Christ.

Charles H. Spurgeon-Baptism Essential to Obedience-Metropolitan Tabernacle-Lord’s Evening-Oct. 13, 1889

The term election defined

October 25, 2013 2 comments

Chapter I

WHEREIN THE TERMS COMMONLY MADE USE OF IN TREATING OF THIS SUBJECT ARE DEFINED AND EXPLAINED.

HAVING considered the attributes of God as laid down in Scripture, and so far cleared our way to the doctrine of predestination, I shall, before I enter further on the subject, explain the principal terms generally made use of when treating of it, and settle their true meaning. In discoursing on the Divine decrees, mention is frequently made of God’s love and hatred, of election and reprobation, and of the Divine purpose, foreknowledge and predestination, each of which we shall distinctly and briefly consider.

III.-The term election, that so very frequently occurs in Scripture, is there taken in a fourfold sense, and most commonly signifies (1) “That eternal, sovereign, unconditional, particular and immutable act of God where He selected some from among all mankind and of every nation under heaven to be redeemed and everlastingly saved by Christ.”

(2) It sometimes and more rarely signifies “that gracious and almighty act of the Divine Spirit, whereby

God actually and visibly separates His elect from the world by effectual calling.” This is nothing but the manifestation and partial fulfilment of the former election, and by it the objects of predestinating grace are sensibly led into the communion of saints, and visibly added to the number of God’s declared professing people. Of this our Lord makes mention: “Because I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). Where it should seem the choice spoken of does not refer so much to God’s eternal, immanent act of election as His open manifest one, whereby He powerfully and efficaciously called the disciples forth from the world of the unconverted, and quickened them from above in conversion.

(3) By election is sometimes meant, “God’s taking a whole nation, community or body of men into external covenant with Himself by giving them the advantage of revelation, or His written word, as the rule of their belief and practice, when other nations are without it.” In this sense the whole body of the Jewish nation was indiscriminately called elect, because that “unto them were committed the oracles of God” (Deu 7:6). Now all that are thus elected are not therefore necessarily saved, but many of them may be, and are, reprobates, as those of whom our Lord says (Mat 13:20), that they “hear the word, and anon with joy receive it,” etc. And the apostle says, “They went out from us” (i.e., being favoured with the same Gospel revelation we were, they professed themselves true believers, no less than we), “but they were not of us” (i.e., they were not, with us, chosen of God unto everlasting life, nor did they ever in reality possess that faith of His operation which He gave to us, for if they had in this sense “been of us, they would, no doubt, have continued with us” (1 John 2:19), they would have manifested the sincerity of their professions and the truth of their conversion by enduring to the end and being saved. And even this external revelation, though it is not necessarily connected with eternal happiness, is nevertheless productive of very many and great advantages to the people and places where it is vouchsafed, and is made known to some nations and kept back* from others, “according to the good pleasure of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”

* See Psalms 147:19,20.

(4) And, lastly, election sometimes signifies “the temporary designation of some person or persons to the filling up some particular station in the visible church or office in civil life.” So Judas was chosen to the apostleship (John 6:70), and Saul to be the king of Israel (1Sa 10:24). Thus much for the use of the word election.

Jerome Zanchius-The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination Stated and Asserted-Translated by Augustus Montague Toplady

A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine-1-The Bible

October 24, 2013 3 comments

The Bible

 

1.What book have we that teaches about God?

The Bible.

2. By what other name is it known?

The Scriptures.

3. Into what two parts is it divided?

Into the Old and New Testaments.

4. How came it to be written?

God inspired holy men to write it.

5. Did they write it exactly as God wished?

Yes; as much as if he had written every word himself.

6. Ought it, therefore, to be believed and obeyed?

Yes; as much so as though God had spoken directly to us.

7. Does it teach us every thing about God?

It does not; no language could teach us the full glory of God, nor could we ever comprehend it.

8. How much does it teach us?

It teaches us all that is necessary about God, our duty to Him, our condition as sinners, and the way of salvation.

 

James P. Boyce-A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine

Question 42-Puritan Catechism

October 24, 2013 2 comments

Spurgeon 3Q. Which is the first commandment?

A. The first commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

Redeemed by Blood

October 23, 2013 1 comment

The Wednesday Word: Redeemed by Blood

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

The word ‘redeem’ means ‘to purchase for ownership’; ‘to buy back’ or ‘to give a ransom’. It stands to reason then if we are redeemed, neither the Devil nor anyone else can ever buy us back! We are bought with a price! We belong to Christ forever! We cannot be lost! If we can be lost, then there is a flaw in the work of Calvary. Admittedly, there are all manner of flaws in us, but there are no flaws in our substitute and His precious blood. May we allow this powerful truth into our hearts. The blood has bought and paid for us, and we, therefore, can never be lost.

By his own blood, Christ entered once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12). Notice that Christ Jesus has already obtained our redemption.

We sometimes sing the old hymn, “Power in the blood.“ And indeed there is! Because of the blood, we have been redeemed from all iniquity (Titus 2: l4); redeemed from a fleshly religion, (1 Peter 1:17-18), redeemed from death, (Hosea 13:14 and redeemed from the grave” (Psalm 49:15).

Redemption, therefore, is something that has already been legally accomplished. It is not something, that we earn, neither is it something temporary that the Lord lends us. It is the purchase by blood.

In addition, when we consider that Christ has redeemed us by His blood, we are struck by the fact that, since His blood has fully redeemed and paid for us, there is nothing that we can now contribute towards the price of our ransom. In fact, to try to pay something to help the blood accomplish its purpose would be an insult. Take, for example, if you were broke and a generous friend bought you a new car, would you give them whatever pittance you had to help him towards the purchase price? If you did, you would insult him. Likewise, the Lord Jesus has poured out His blood as the payment for us. There is nothing we can contribute to that. By faith alone, we receive what He has done on our behalf. Have you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ?

Many years ago, there was a Scottish pastor who met a young boy in front of the church building. The boy was carrying a beaten up cage that contained three distressed looking birds. The pastor said, “ Jock, my boy, where did you get those birds?” Jock replied, “ I trapped them out in the field.” “That’s nice, but what are you going to do with them?” “I’m going to play with them, and maybe try to teach them tricks and then I’ll feed them to the big Tam Cat we have at home.”

Immediately the pastor offered to buy them, but Jock protested, “Minister, you don’t want them, they’re just stupid, daft birds that can’t sing very well.” The pastor replied, “I’ll give you a pound for the cage and the birds.” “Okay, says Jock, but don’t tell my Father, for you’re making yourself a very bad bargain.”

The exchange was made and the boy went away delighted with his new found fortune. The pastor then walked around to the back of the church, opened the door of the wire cage, and let the struggling creatures soar into the air. The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermon about Christ paying for sinners with His own precious blood. He said, “I was told that the birds were not much good at singing, but when I released them, and they flew towards heaven, it seemed to me that they were singing, ‘Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed!”

And that’s the Gospel Truth

 

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