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The Canon of Revelation is closed, so that, the Comforter only brings to remembrance what has been declared in scripture

December 24, 2018 Leave a comment

II. The second thing is the COMFORT. Now there are some persons who make a great mistake about the influence of the Holy Spirit. A foolish man, who had fancy to preach in a certain pulpit, though in truth he was quite incapable of the duty, called upon the minister, and assured him solemnly that it had been revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he was to preach in his pulpit. “Very well,” said the minister, “I suppose I must not doubt your assertion, but as it has not been revealed to me that I am to let you preach, you must go your way until it is.” I have heard many fanatical persons say the Holy Spirit revealed this and that to them. Now that is very generally revealed nonsense. The Holy Ghost does not reveal anything fresh now. He brings old things to our remembrance. “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have told you.” The canon of revelation is closed; there is no more to be added. God does not give a fresh revelation, but he rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten, and laid in the dusty chamber of our memory, he fetches it out and cleans the picture, but does not paint a new one. There are no new doctrines, but the old ones are often revived. It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth had long lain, and he points to secret chambers filled with untold riches; but he comes no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon for ever. If thou shouldst outnumber the years of Methusaleh, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no necessity for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did, into the belly of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence. But Christ says, “He shall take of mine and shall show it unto you.” Now let me just tell you briefly what it is the Holy Ghost tells us.

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

Concerning how to purchase the collections

December 22, 2018 3 comments

There have been several inquiries into how one can go about purchasing the collections of which I have placed up for sell. This is my fault. I should have placed up instructions on how one can order these products.

Each collection, shown below, has a link below the description of the collection. This link is beside the word “BUY.” If you click that link it will take you to a web page that has been built specifically for that particular collection. However, there are two Paypal buttons. One will allow you to purchase the collection, of whose page you are on, and the other Paypal button will allow you to purchase both collections at one time.

So I apologize for not listing these instructions. Here is the information again:

The Reformedontheweb Library

The John Bunyan Collection

This collection includes:

A workable index:…..open all files from one file

Memoirs by:…………..George Offor, George Cheever, Edmund Venables, and James Anthony Froude

Additional notes:…….on the Pilgrim’s Progress by George Offor

Bonus Books: ……. Two Bibles, Two Study Helps, Two Confessions, Two Volumes of Theology, The Institutes, and The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Buy: The John Bunyan Collection for $17.95.

The Arthur W. Pink Collection

This collection includes:

A workable index:…..open all files from one file

Bonus Books: ………..Two Bibles, Two Study Helps, Two Confessions, Two Volumes of Theology, The Institutes, and The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Buy: The Arthur W. Pink Collection for $17.95.

or Buy both Collections for $24.95

All orders include free shipping. (Free Shipping within the U.S. Only, shipping internationally may cost you more)

Thank you

December 21, 2018 5 comments

I want to express a thank you to all my followers of this Blog. As you all know this blog exists as an extension of my website. For the past 9 years I have been blogging little portions of Christian books written by great men of the past. Matter of fact, I first started blogging Arthur Pink’s ‘Interpretation of the Scriptures’ June 24, 2014 and not one iota is missing from this book in any of my blog posts. I will reach the end of this book close to March of 2019. That is nearly five years of blogging through one book.

I know, in this fast paced age of technology, one does not have time to read great books of Christian men who traveled through this world before us. This is the purpose of this blog and that is to share a little portion of their writings with the Christian world, in order that all may become familiar with the writings of these gifted individuals.

The purpose of my website is to aide the student of theology, particularly laymen, in their study of theology. Therefore, there are pages built which touch on particular subtopics of theology. Also many books are hard to find and that is why I searched the web, for these students of theology, and developed my Free Ebooks web page. This gives the student of theology more time to read, instead of trying to look for books that are relevant to their particular studies. (This site consist of around 44 webpages and over 1400 links to free Pdf’s. Counting the Ebooks linked to this site, that are in Kindle and Epub, there are close to 2000 links to free books.)

However, my website has grown to the point to where it needs to be expanded. I don’t want to sound like a telemarketer and hate when they hound me with unbelievable amounts of phone calls everyday. But in order to expand the site, one needs to pay for more storage, bandwidth, etc…, in order to do so.

As you all know I put two collections into Pdf, but the site needs expanding and therefore I decided to sell the material on Cd’s, in order to expand the site. Having sent several Cd’s across country to Christian brothers of whom I respect, I have calculated the cost of materials and calculated the shipping cost on the two collections. Therefore, if you decide to buy one or both of these collections, then you will be aiding me to buy more web space and aiding me in getting more free material onto the site.

Again, I want to thank you for following this blog.

All orders include free shipping.

The Reformedontheweb Library

The John Bunyan Collection

This collection includes:

A workable index:…..open all files from one file

Memoirs by:…………..George Offor, George Cheever, Edmund Venables, and James Anthony Froude

Additional notes:…….on the Pilgrim’s Progress by George Offor

Bonus Books: ……. Two Bibles, Two Study Helps, Two Confessions, Two Volumes of Theology, The Institutes, and The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Buy: The John Bunyan Collection for $17.95.

The Arthur W. Pink Collection

This collection includes:

A workable index:…..open all files from one file

Bonus Books: ………..Two Bibles, Two Study Helps, Two Confessions, Two Volumes of Theology, The Institutes, and The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

Buy: The Arthur W. Pink Collection for $17.95.

or Buy both Collections for $24.95

All orders include free shipping.

The Covenants-Chapter 5-The Covenant of promise in Christ to Abraham

December 21, 2018 1 comment

5. THE COVENANT OF PROMISE IN CHRIST TO ABRAHAM

Purpose of the covenant; the original promise; its repetition with an oath of God; renewal and transfer of the covenant to Isaac; to Jacob; to Judah; to David; its identity in every repetition; the same in its purposes, and its promises, with the covenant in Eden, and the covenant of redemption.

The promises of God in the covenant of Eden, sustained triumphantly, the piety of his saints, until the covenant in Christ was announced to Abraham. Up to this time all that had been certainly revealed as to the person of Christ, was that he was to be of the human race, eminently ‘the seed of the woman’; but of what particular family, or nation, had not as yet transpired. Where men were to look for him, whether in Egypt, in Babylon, in Assyria, or in some other land, no one was informed. The object of the covenant now to be considered, was not more to renew the former promises of a Saviour, than it was to make known his family and place. For this great honor Abraham, ‘the friend of God’, was selected; and Canaan, ‘that land of vine clad hills, and blooming vallies’, was designated as the scene of Messiah’s glorious mission.

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 200

December 20, 2018 Leave a comment

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Mr. Sawday, Sen.].

CLAPHAM, April 12, ‘62.

MY DEAR SIR, —

I scarcely wonder at your preference of Regent’s Park College for your son, but I think you labor under some mistake, for it so happens that the ground of your choice is just one of the evils which my Institute seeks to remedy.

The residence of a number of young men in one house encourages and necessarily generates levity; their separation from common social life is a serious injury, and tends to unfit them for the wear and tear of future work among ordinary mortals. When a young man resides in a Christian family, not only is he under the most vigilant oversight, but he never ceases to be one of the people. We are far from putting our men into the way of temptation; on the other hand, we think our arrangement is the most effectual method of preservation. I merely write this because your brief acquaintance with our systems may allow me to suppose that this view of the case has not suggested itself to you.

Our tutors are sound scholars; but, as we do not aim at any very profound scholarship, we allot but two years to the course. The young men who have left us have been very useful, and the class now in hand will bear comparison with any body of men living.

I could not, while possessing any self-respect, prepare your son for Dr. Angus; but I shall be delighted to be of any other service to him.

Yours most truly,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: The Man Who Walked on Water

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea

And rides upon the storm.

William Cowper

Matthew 14: 25-27

Some years ago in India, a noted exponent of yoga claimed he would walk upon water. Six hundred spectators came to observe him perform this feat and paid good money just to watch.

The Yogi warmed up by swallowing what he said were tacks and nitric acid. And then in order to warm his feet, walked over some hot embers. Then he climbed to the top of a steel tank filled with water, tried to stand on top of the water and sank immediately to the bottom.

Walking on water? Impossible!!..well almost.

Do you remember the story of Matthew 14?

Christ’s disciples were out on the lake struggling in the midst of a tempest. The once calm sea had turned to a boiling cauldron. They were in distress, and here comes the Master to their rescue.

Look at Him, Master of Land and Sea … Here He comes, walking on the waves. Look at him. Observe His regal bearing. Look at Him with the wind in His hair. Look at Him planting His footsteps on the water. Look at Him, His garments billowing back, …What majesty!

What a demonstration of Deity.

Some hours before these events transpired, Jesus had sent His disciples across the lake in a boat while He retired to pray. But when the disciples were in the middle of the sea, a storm broke out. The disciples were in deep, deep trouble and Jesus came walking to them.

This is amazing … how did He know the disciple’s location? It was pitch black. There would have been no visibility. It was the Fourth Watch…after 3 AM. Despite this, Jesus walked straight out to them, in the middle of the lake, in complete darkness.

Not surprisingly, the disciples are in shock and horror. They think they are seeing a ghost. But their horror soon turns to Hallelujahs when they hear the Master say, “It is I; be not afraid.”

What Jesus literally said is, “Don’t be afraid, I Am.” He used the name for Yahweh. He claimed to be the ‘I Am’ to identify Himself. What He told them was, ‘I am GOD the Most Holy and Only One.’

Walking on water is spectacular but that’s not the point we want to take away from this. The point is that it is the divine prerogative of Yahweh alone to walk on water. Job 9:8 says; “He alone spreads out the heavens and treads upon the waves of the sea.”

Yahweh alone treads upon the sea.

Jesus walked on water.

Therefore, Jesus is Yahweh!

Think about it, when’s the last time you saw anyone walk on water that wasn’t frozen? Indeed, the possibility of such a thing as a person walking on waster is non-existent. I’ve read that the Egyptian hieroglyphic for ‘impossibility’ is a man walking on waves. Even Neptune, the Roman God of the Sea, was never depicted as walking on water. This would have been too great a feat for Him so instead of walking, he swam.

Many of us who have grown up knowing about the events in Christ’s life can easily miss their significance. We are not surprised when we see Jesus demonstrating His power and majesty because, after all, that’s the kind of thing He does. However, one of the reasons He did these wonderful things was to demonstrate that He was God in flesh appearing!

When it came to crossing the Red Sea, God opened the water for Moses.

When it came to crossing the Jordan River, God opened the waters for Joshua.

But when it came to Himself, God just walked over the water like it was a paved road. If Jesus had split the water, we would have seen that he was a great prophet but since he walked on water, we see that He, in fact, is God.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

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

December 19, 2018 Leave a comment

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XI

Unconditional Election [contd]

8. A REDEEMED WORLD OR RACE

Since it was the world, or the race, which fell in Adam, it was the world, or the race, which was redeemed by Christ. This, however, does not mean that every individual will be saved, but that the race as a race will be saved. Jehovah is no mere tribal deity, but is “the God of the whole earth”; and the salvation which He had in view cannot be limited to that of a little select group or favored few. The Gospel was not merely local news for a few villages in Palestine, but was a world message; and the abundant and continuous testimony of Scripture is that the kingdom of God is to fill the earth, “from sea to sea, and from the River unto the ends of the earth.” Zec_9:10.

Early in the Old Testament we have the promise that “all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Jehovah,” Num_14:21; and Isaiah repeats the promise that all flesh shall see the glory of Jehovah (40:5). Israel was set as “a light to the Gentiles,” and “for salvation unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Isa_49:6; Act_13:47. Joel made the clear declaration that in the coming days of blessing, the Spirit hitherto given only to Israel would be poured out upon the whole earth. “And it shall come to pass afterward,” said the Lord through His prophet, “that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,” 2:28; and Peter applied that prophecy to the outpouring which was begun at Pentecost (Act_2:16).

Ezekiel gives us the picture of the increasing flow of the healing waters which issue from under the threshold of the temple; waters which were first only to the ankles, then to the knees, then to the loins, then a great river, waters which could not be passed through (47:1-5). Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream taught this same truth. The king saw a great image, with various parts of gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay. Then he saw a stone cut out without bands, which stone smote the image so that the gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay were carried away like the chaff of the summer threshing floor. These various elements represented great world empires which were to be broken in pieces and completely carried away, while the stone cut out without bands represented a spiritual kingdom which God Himself would set up and which would become a great mountain and fill the whole earth. “And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall the sovereignty thereof he left to another people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever,” Dan_2:44. In the light of the New Testament we see that this kingdom was the one which Christ set up. In the vision which Daniel saw, the beast made war with the saints and prevailed against them for a time, — but, “the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom,” 7:22.

Jeremiah gives the promise that the time is coming when it will no longer be necessary for a man to say to his brother or to his neighbors “Know Jehovah”; “for they shall all know Him, from the least to the greatest of them,” 31:34. “Ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possessions,” said the psalmist (2:8). The last book of the Old Testament contains a promise that ‘from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles, saith Jehovah of hosts,” Mal_1:11.

In the New Testament we find the same teaching. When the Lord does finally shower spiritual blessings on His people, “the residue of men,” and “all the Gentiles,” are to “seek after the Lord,” Act_15:17. “Christ is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world,” 1Jo_2:2. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him” Joh_3:16, Joh_3:17. “The Father hath sent the Son to be the Savior of the world,” 1Jo_4:14. “Behold the lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world I” Joh_1:29. “We have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world’ Joh_4:42. “I am the light of the world,” Joh_8:12. “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world,” Joh_12:47. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me,’ Joh_12:32. “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself,” 2Co_5:19. The kingdom of heaven is said to be “like unto leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened,” Mat_13:33.

In the eleventh chapter of Romans we are told that the acceptance of the Gospel by the Jews shall be as “life from the dead” in its spiritual blessings to the world. By their fall the Gospel was given to the Gentiles -“now if their fall is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? …. For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” The universal and complete dominion of Christ is taught again when we are told that He is to sit at the right hand of the Father until all enemies have been placed under His feet.

Thus a strong emphasis is thrown on the universality of Christ’s work of redemption, and we are taught that our eyes are yet to behold a Christianized world. And since nothing is told us as to how long the earth shall continue after this goal is reached, possibly we may look forward to a great “golden age” of spiritual prosperity, continuing for centuries, or even millenniums, during which time Christianity shall be triumphant over all the earth, and during which time the great proportion even of adults shall be saved. It seems that the number of the redeemed shall then be swelled until it far surpasses that of the lost.

We cannot, of course, fix even an approximate date for the end of the world. In several places in Scripture we are told that Christ is to return at the end of this present world order; that His coming will be personal, visible, and with great power and glory; that the general resurrection and the general judgment shall then take place; and that heaven and hell shall then be ushered in in their fulness. But it has been expressly revealed that the time of our Lord’s coming is “among the secret things that belong unto the Lord our God.” “For of that day or that hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only,” said Jesus before His crucifixion; and after the resurrection He said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath set within His own authority,” Act_1:7. Hence those who presume to tell us when the end of the world is coming are simply speaking without knowledge. In view of the fact that it has now been nearly 2,000 years since Christ came the first time, it may, for all we know, be another 2,000 years before He comes again — perhaps a much longer, perhaps a much shorter, time.

In this connection Dr. S. G. Craig has well said: “We are told that certain events, such as the preaching of the Gospel among all the nations (Mat_24:14), the conversion of the Jews (Rom_11:25-27), the overthrow of ‘every rulership and every authority and power’ opposed to Christ (1Co_15:24), are to take place before the return of our Lord. It seems clear, therefore, that while the time of our Lord’s return is unknown, yet it still lies some distance in the future. Just how far in the future we have no means of knowing. No doubt, if events move as slowly in the future as in the past, the coming of our Lord lies far in the future. In view of the fact, however, that events move so much more swiftly than formerly, so that what formerly was accomplished in centuries is now accomplished in a few years, it is quite possible that the return of Christ lies in the comparatively near future. Whether it comes in the near or remote future as measured in the scale of human lives, we may be certain that it lies in the near future as measured in the scales of God according to whom a thousand years is as one day. In view of present conditions, however, there seems to be little or nothing in the Scriptures to warrant the notion that Jesus will return within the lifetime of the present generation.”29

The world is perhaps yet young. Certainly God has not yet given any adequate exhibition of what He can do with a world truly converted to righteousness. What we have seen so far appears to be only the preliminary stage, a temporary triumph of the Devil, whose work is to be completely overthrown. God’s work spans the centuries. Even the millenniums are insignificant to Him who inhabits eternity. When we associate our theology with our astronomy we find that God works on an unbelievably vast scale. He has spaced millions, perhaps even billions, of fiery suns throughout the universe, — something like ten million have already been catalogued. Astronomers tell us, for instance, that the earth is 92,000,000 miles from the sun and that the light traveling at the rate of 186,000 miles per second requires only eight minutes to traverse that distance. They go on to tell us that the nearest fixed star is so far away that four years are required for its light to reach us; that the light which we now see coming from the North Star has been on its journey for 450 years; and that the light from some of the most distant stars has been on its way for millions of years. In view of what modern science reveals we find that the period during which man has lived on earth has been comparatively insignificant. God may have developments in store for the race which shall be quite startling, — developments of which we have scarcely dreamed.

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination