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Happy Thanksgiving Day 2018

November 22, 2018 1 comment

Happy Thanksgiving Day from Reformedontheweb!

I hope everyone has a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving day.

Psalms 116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 196

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

TO YOUNG PEOPLE

To [One of the Orphan Boys].

MENTONE, February 5.

DEAR BRAY,—

I was so pleased with your little note. It was so good of you, with all your pain, to sit up and write to me. I hope when the spring weather comes you will feel better, but if not, you know of the “sweet fields beyond the swelling flood” which” stand dressed in living green.” The Lord Jesus will be very near you. He feels for dear suffering children. He will keep you patient and joyful. Oh, how He loves. If there is anything you want, be sure to let me know.

Your loving friend,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word – No, No, No, No! (PT 3)

November 21, 2018 4 comments

No Confessional but the Throne of Grace

Hebrews 4:16; “Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

With respect, none of us need go into a kind of cubbyhole to tell our sins to a man who claims the power to give us absolution. Our sins are against God, not man (Psalm 51:4). It is, therefore, to God and God alone we must look for ongoing cleansing.

Once more, in this, we see the majesty and wisdom of the Gospel. For it is in the Gospel, we encounter our priest, the God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ. As a human, He is able to sympathize with us in every way (Hebrews 4:15). As God, no one can stand in His way.

In Christ, we have the surpassingly excellent and all-powerful priest. To confess our failings we go, not to an inferior earthly priest (so-called) who claims to represent God, but to the Lord Jesus, the God-man Himself. When we come to the Throne of Grace, we arrive at the true confessional. It is there, at that throne, we meet the true priest, the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is seated on a throne, for, after all, that is the rightful place for a King. “It is called a throne, because of the glory and majesty of God manifested here” (Robert Traill).

But why is it called the Throne of Grace and not the Throne of Law? Why is it not called the Throne of Holiness, the Throne of Justice, or even the Throne of Righteousness? The answer is both simple and profound. It is because salvation is entirely by Grace. And yes, righteous, law-keeping, justice and holiness are all involved with salvation, but these have been fully provided by the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are saved utterly by Grace.

Again, as the Puritan, Robert Traill, observes; “Till men get a sight of God in Christ, they cannot tell what the grace of God is. Search heaven and earth, you can never get a view of God’s grace, till you come to this throne.”

Our High Priest, the Lord Jesus, is the perfect embodiment of grace. As our priest, he exhausted and obliterated the Old Testament sacrifices and priesthood. By His priestly work, He brought in salvation. Away with these poor, pretend priests who insist we must go to them else we are not forgiven.

Forgiveness, redemption justification, propitiation grace and mercy are freely found in Christ Alone!

So, let’s say it again, there is now, therefore, no Confessional but the Throne of Grace.

This confessional is constructed with Grace and scattered over with Mercy.

This confessional is built upon grace.

Every utterance to His people is one of grace.

From this confessional, grace is dispensed.

From this throne, flow the purposes of grace.

Not only is every part of this throne made of grace but also every part is joined by grace.

The cornerstone is grace.

The capstone is grace.

It is ornamented and covered by grace.

From there alone we receive the grace which cleanses sins

From there, the blood of the Finished Work absolves and frees us.

From there, we receive grace to help in time of need.

Trembling, fearful sinners need not be afraid of coming to Him. They will not be struck down. They will not be scolded. This throne is the home of our Great High Priest and no one seeking mercy and forgiveness ever perished at His feet.

He is the Gracious One!

Away, therefore, with these men who feign the qualification and gifting to bring us to God.

Away with their confessionals made of wood.

We reject them in favor of the Confessional made of pure Grace.

“Behold the throne of grace,

The promise calls us near,

There Jesus shows a smiling face

And waits to answer prayer.”

John Newton

There is no confessional but the Throne of Grace!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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

November 21, 2018 Leave a comment

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XI

Unconditional Election [contd]

Arminians Center Attack on This Doctrine

This doctrine of Reprobation is one upon which the Arminians are very fond of dwelling. They often single it out and emphasize it as though it was the sum and substance of Calvinism, while the other doctrines such as the Sovereignty of God, the purely gracious character of Election, the Perseverance of the saints, etc., which give so much glory to God, are passed by with little or no comment. At the Synod of Dort the Arminians insisted on first discussing the subject of Reprobation, and complained of it as a great hardship when the Synod refused to concede this. To the present day they have generally pursued this same policy. Their object is plain, for they know that it is easy to misrepresent this doctrine and to set it forth in a light that will prejudice men’s feelings against it. They often distort the views which are held by Calvinists, then after alleging all that they can against it, they argue that since there can be no such thing as Reprobation, neither can there be any such thing as Election. The unfair over-emphasis on this doctrine indicates anything but an unprejudiced and sincere search for truth. Let them turn rather to the positive side of the system; let them answer and dispose of the large amount of evidence which has been collected in favor of this system.

On the other hand Calvinists usually produce first the evidence in favor of the doctrine of Election and then, having established this, they show that what they hold concerning the doctrine of Reprobation naturally follows. They do not, indeed, regard the latter as wholly dependent on the former for its proof. They believe that it is sustained by independent Scripture proof ; yet they do believe that if what they hold concerning the doctrine of Election is proven true, then what they hold concerning the doctrine of Reprobation will follow of logical necessity. Since the Scriptures give us much fuller information about what God does in producing faith and repentance in those who are saved than they give us in regard to His procedure with those who continue in impenitence and unbelief, reason demands that we shall first investigate the doctrine of Election, and then consider the doctrine of Reprobation. This last consideration shows the utter unfairness of Arminians in giving such prominence to the doctrine of Reprobation. As has been said before, this is admittedly an unpleasant doctrine. Calvinists do not shrink from discussing it; yet naturally, because of its awful character, they find no satisfaction in dwelling upon it. They also realize that here men must be particularly careful not to attempt to be wise above what is written, as many are inclined to do when they indulge in presumptuous speculations about matters which are too high for them.

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Example 2 of this law of progress may be seen by tracing out the Messianic prophecies

November 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Another example of this law of progress may be seen by tracing out the Messianic prophecies and observing how there is “line upon line” until the picture is complete. The subject is too vast to deal with comprehensively here, but let us look at a single aspect of it, namely those which respect His birth. In Genesis 3:15, it was intimated that the destroyer of Satan would be a member of the human race—the woman’s seed. Genesis 9:27, revealed which of the three main divisions of the human race He would descend from: “He [God] shall dwell in the tents of Shem.” In Genesis 22:18, it was made known that He should be an Israelite— Abraham’s seed. 2 Samuel 7:12, 13, announced that He should be of the tribe of Judah—issuing from David. Isaiah 11:10, defined His ancestry yet more definitely: He would spring from the family of Jesse. Isaiah 49:1, predicted that He would be named, and by God Himself, before his birth, as indeed He was. While Micah 5:2, specified the very place where he would be bor —Bethlehem. Such examples as these not only demonstrate clearly the Divine inspiration of the Bible, but evidence that the canon of Scripture, as we now have it, has been superintended by God Himself, for its order is not so much chronological as logical.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

God the Holy Ghost is an unwearied Comforter

November 19, 2018 Leave a comment

Again, he is an unwearied Comforter. I have sometimes tried to comfort persons that have been tried. You now and then meet with the case of a nervous person. You ask, “What is your trouble?” You are told, and you essay, if possible, to remove it, but while you are preparing your artillery to batter the trouble, you find that it has shifted its quarters, and is occupying quite a different position. You change your argument and begin again; but lo, it is again gone, and you are bewildered. You feel like Hercules cutting off the ever-growing heads of the Hydra, and you give up your task in despair. You meet with persons whom it is impossible to comfort, reminding me of the man who locked himself up in fetters and threw the key away, so that nobody could unlock him. I have found some in the fetters of despair. “O, I am the man,” say they, “that has seen affliction; pity me, pity me, O my friends;” and the more you try to comfort such people, the worse they get; and therefore, out of all heart, we leave them to wander alone among the tombs of their former joys. But the Holy Ghost is never out of heart with those whom he wishes to comfort. He attempts to comfort us and we run away from the sweet cordial; he gives some sweet draught to cure us, and we will not drink it; he gives some wondrous potion to charm away all our troubles, and we put it away from us. Still he pursues us; and though we say that we will not be comforted, he says we shall be, and when he has said, he does it, he is not to be wearied by all our sins, not by all our murmurings.

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

The Covenants-Chapter 4f-The Covenant of Redemption

November 16, 2018 1 comment

One of the parties to the covenant was, therefore, God the Father.

That the adorable Jehovah might have left our guilty race to perish in their sin, all intelligent beings must acknowledge. He was not in justice bound to interfere in their behalf. As the righteous governor of the universe, he might have proceeded to uphold the authority of his law, by executing its penalty upon the disobedient, and thus to give an awful example of vengeance to the intelligent inhabitants of the various provinces of his empire. His goodness did not require that he should rescue his rebellious subjects from the misery which they had brought upon themselves, because he had already given of this an ample display in their creation and endowments, and it was still exhibited in the happiness diffused through all the regions of innocence. His glory does not depend upon the manifestation of any particular attribute, but of them all, on proper occasions, and in full harmony. He is glorified when he bestows blessings upon the righteous, and he is no less glorified when he inflicts punishment upon the wicked. The event shows that his glory is greater in the salvation, than it would have been in the destruction of men. It ought, however, to be considered, that his glory means nothing but the manifestation of his character to his creatures, and that as there was no necessity for such a manifestation, and as it could contribute in no degree to his felicity, it was perfectly voluntary, and might have as well been withheld. The only necessity which can be admitted, is that if he did show himself to his creatures, the exhibition should correspond with the greatness and excellence of his character. He might had he pleased, not have created a single being to contemplate his perfections. When he did create them, and they dishonored him, he might have cast them off forever. It was under these circumstances that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The whole arrangement was, therefore, of his own sovereign grace, uninfluenced by human merit. But this conclusion is not only inferable from the facts before you. His entire sovereignty in this whole transaction is expressly affirmed in his word:- ” Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing [purifying] of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs, according to the hope of eternal life.”

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants