This is a day to day devotional that was put out by Charles H. Spurgeon. You can download the free ebook by clicking the link below.
8. Though all our workings for life be in vain, irregular, and not accepted of God, (Jesus Christ being our life, Who is freely given to us of God,) yet we believe and know that being made partakers of Jesus Christ, we do, and shall, and must, through Him, and walking in Him, bring forth the fruit of good works, serving God (in true obedience, and love, and thankfulness unto Him) in holiness and righteousness, being His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which He hath before ordained that we should walk in them; Eph. 2:10; Luke 1:74,75.
Benjamin Cox- An Appendix To A Confession Of Faith
by James M. Renihan
Colossians 2:16 (NKJV): So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
This passage is, at first glance, the strongest that speaks against a ‘sabbath’ in the New Testament, and we must give to it the full weight it deserves.We have no right to make it less direct than it is; we must treat it carefully, and follow wherever it leads us. Any other treatment undermines our claims of respect for the inspired and inerrant word of God.
At first glance, it appears to indicate that there is no Sabbath-keeping for New Covenant believers, and this is a problem for all of us who profess to believe that there is a day to be kept holy unto the Lord. We cannot pretend that this text does not exist; we cannot blink our eyes when reading the chapter; we cannot skip over…
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To [Mr. W. Higgs, Sen.].
MENTONE, Thursday, Dec. 4, ‘90.
You are a delight to me at every remembrance of you. Receive my love, and give as much of it as you like to your wife, your mother, and your sisters and all the clan.
I thank you for entertaining our friends at the Baths. May more come next Sunday.
My hand is not yet so light as it should be, and to write is a painful task. Still it is better, or I could not be scribbling this screed. I sleep nicely, and have been out driving most days, and so I am mending soundly if not swiftly. I have had a hard grind, and I hope it will sharpen me. I wish I could see you.
Remember me to every deacon. I cannot yet write much; will they take it as done until this unworthy right hand gets well.
I like to hear how all goes on. Stir up brethren to write. T. O. sent a very cheering telegram. J P___ nice letter.
My dear wife seems out of the world rather. She has felt the cold bitterly.
It rains to-day, and Mrs. Bernard laughs because I propose to pay her only when the sun shines!
God bless you and yours.
C. H. SPURGEON.
There is something magnificent about the number seven in Scripture.
It is the number of completeness, perfection and rest.
Consider these sevens:
There were 7 days of creation.
There are 7 days of the week.
It was the 7th animal that was sacrificed at Noah’s sacrifice.
Joshua marched around Jericho 7 times.
7 priests with 7 trumpets also marched around Jericho.
On the 7th day, they trooped around the walls 7 times.
Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan.
Elijah prayed 7 times.
Every 7th day was a Sabbath.
Every 7th year was a Sabbath year.
Every 7 times 7 years was a year of Jubilee.
Three of the feasts of Israel lasted 7 days.
Between the first and second feasts, there were 7 days.
There were 7 days of the feast of Passover.
Jesus is the seven-fold “I AM.”
There are 7 petitions in the Lord’s Prayer.
7 loaves were multiplied into 7 basketfuls.
Jesus performed 7 miracles on the Sabbath.
The term “First and the Last” is used 7 times.
There are 7 seals in the Book of Revelation.
There were 7 churches,
7 spirits before the throne of God.
Before His crucifixion, Christ passed through 7 trials.
There were 7 accusations against Him.
There were 7 questions from Pilate to Christ, and there were 7 sayings from the cross.
In the book of Hebrews, seven titles refer to Christ.
1) He is the Heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2),
2) The Captain of our salvation (2:10),
3) The Apostle (3:1),
4) The ‘Author of salvation (5:9),
5) The Forerunner (6:20),
6) The High Priest (10:21)
7) The Author and finisher of our faith (12:2).
What a seven-fold declaration of His perfection.
Then in Revelation 5:6 “…, lo, in the midst of the throne …stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
Again, note the number 7. Observe how the Lamb had seven horns. The horn was a symbol of authority and strength and being that there are seven horns, we are being pointed to the perfect power and omnipotence of the Lord Jesus. Christ is omnipotent and is, therefore, God! Only He who is omnipotent can exert supremacy.
The seven eyes present a picture of the Lamb’s perfect Omniscience. This language corresponds directly with Zechariah 3:9 and 4:10, where we encounter God’s omniscience displayed by the seven eyes. God knows everything; He is Omniscient! Let’s face it; if He didn’t know everything, He wouldn’t be much of a God! He would be a very limited sort of a fellow and certainly no one to whom we could bring our deepest concerns and questions. If indeed God does not know all things I, for one, would be in a panic for who then could shepherd me?
Spurgeon tells the story of how a great Grecian artist was fashioning an image for a temple and was diligently carving the back part of the goddess. Someone said to him, “You need not finish that part of the statue because it is to be built into the wall.”
He replied, “The gods can see in the wall.”
The artist had the wrong God but the right idea of omniscience. The Lord Christ sees everything; He’s Omniscient.
The Seven Spirits sent forth are a declaration of Christ’s Omnipresence!
As you know, Omnipresence is one of the mighty attributes of God (Isaiah 66:1). Although God is not referred to directly in scripture as being Omnipresent, we know that His omnipresence is related to His omnipotence and omniscience. All three of these attributes work in concert. The fact that He is everywhere (omnipresent) means He knows everything (omniscience) and that He is everywhere (omnipresent) establishes that there is nowhere from which His power is excluded (omnipotence).
We are saved by He who is perfect.
And that’s the Gospel Truth!
DUTY OF LIVING AND WALKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We live, move, and have our being in God. His presence is ever with us; and by his power, we are, at every moment, upheld in being, and faculties and powers, from which all movements corporeal or mental, proceed, are preserved in existence and action. Such is our constant and immediate dependence on God. We are, in like manner and degree, dependent on the Holy Spirit, for the existence of spiritual life, and for the faculties and powers necessary to all spiritual action. Our dependence on the Holy Spirit extends still further. The very disposition to holy action, proceeds from the Spirit; and the production of this disposition, is his peculiar work in sanctification. In our natural actions, we live and move in God; in our spiritual actions, we live and walk in the Holy Spirit.
The Scripture representations of our dependence on the Holy Spirit, are full and strong. Our spiritual life comes from him, for it is the spirit that quickeneth; and he is called the Spirit of Life. When the prophet saw the dead bones in the valley, he prayed: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live;” and the spirit of life entered into them. So souls, dead in trespasses and sins, are quickened by the Holy Spirit. And we live in the Holy Spirit as dependent on him for spiritual life, as the body is dependent for animal life on the atmosphere which we breathe. Hence proceed the earnest prayers, that the Holy Spirit may be granted, and may not be taken away. And hence the bestowment of the Holy Spirit is regarded as the giving of all good. The importance of the Holy Spirit’s influence in the exercises of the spiritual life, may be inferred from such passages as the following: “Led by the Spirit;” “Mind the things of the Spirit;” “Filled with the Spirit;” “The Spirit lusteth against the flesh;” “If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live:” “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity:” “Changed into the same image by the Spirit;” “The Spirit beareth witness with our spirits.”
No believer, who has any just sense of his dependence on the Holy Spirit, for the divine life which he enjoys, and all its included blessings, can be indifferent towards the Agent by whom all this good is bestowed. He cannot willingly “grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom he is sealed to the day of redemption.” He will seek to know, in all things, what is the mind of the Spirit; and, to him, the communion of the Holy Spirit will be the sweetest foretaste of heaven, that can be enjoyed on earth. And to him, therefore, the study of the Holy Spirit’s character and office, will be a source of delight.
 Gal. v. 25. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
 John vi. 63.
 Rom. viii. 2.
 Ex. xxxvii. 9.
 Ps. li. 11, 12.
 Compare Matt. vii. 11 with Luke xi. 13.
 Gal. v. 18.
 Rom. viii. 5.
 Eph v. 18.
 Gal. v. 17.
 Rom. viii. 13.
 Rom. viii. 26.
 2 Cor. iii. 18.
 Rom. viii. 16.
John L. Dagg- Manual of Theology
by Tom Nettles
Editorial note: This is the fourth post in a series on Andrew Fuller’s theology. Here is the series so far: Fuller the Non-Calvinist? (Part 1), Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability (Part 2), Fuller and Irresistible Grace (Part 3), Fuller and the Atonement – 1/4 (Part 4), Fuller and the Atonement – 2/4 (Part 5), Fuller and the Atonement – 3/4 (Part 6), and Fuller and the Atonement 4/4 (Part 7).
Fuller“The Son of God appeared—took our nature, obeyed the law, and endured the curse, and hereby made full and proper atonement for the sins of his own elect.” So confessed Fuller in 1783 at his installment as pastor at Kettering. In Fuller’s discussion of the atonement in 1785 in the first edition of The Gospel Worthy, subheaded as “Concerning Particular Redemption,” Fuller pointed to an objection based on the supposed absurdity that “God can have made it the duty of any man to believe in Christ for the salvation of his soul, or that he can have promised salvation to him on his so believing, when all the while his salvation was not the end for which he died.”i The Table of Contents described his argument in these words: “If faith were a believing Chirst [sic] died for me in particular, this objection would be unanswerable.” The second statement of the summary asserted, “No necessity for the party knowing his particular interest in Christ’s death in order to believe in him, or for his having any such interest to render it his duty.” Fuller’s basic argument in the first edition is that, at the time….
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