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

February 22, 2019 Leave a comment

The uncertainty which had until now, marked the nation of which Messiah should come, and the scene of his achievements, was here dissipated. The family of Abraham is designated, and of that family the tribe of Judah, and of the tribe of Judah the house of David. Each successive development narrows down the circle, and makes the investigation of Christ’s claims to the divine mission, when he shall come, more simple and certain. Yet many centuries are to pass before his advent. Other measures must therefore be adopted, such as that on his appearing, it shall be known beyond the possibility of a doubt, that he is the very Christ promised to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Judah, and to David. Of these measures, what are to be the nature and character?

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 209

February 21, 2019 Leave a comment

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Rev. A. S. Patton].

LONDON, March 26, 1884.

DEAR SIR, —

I do not know who “the sainted gentleman” may be, but he did not speak the truth if he reported me as saying that I hated a close-communion Baptist as I hate the devil. I never even thought of such a thing, and assuredly it is not and never was true of me. The “saint” must have dreamed it, or have mistaken the person.

The most unaccountable statements are made by men of known integrity, and they can only be accounted for by misunder-standing or forgetfulness. I know my own mind and views, and I can say, without reserve, that the expression could not have been used by me. As compared with the bulk of English Baptists, I am a strict-communionist myself, as my churchfellowship is strictly of the baptized.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: Invasion of the ‘List Men’

February 20, 2019 Leave a comment

‘List-Men’ is another term for legalizers… so-called because they come armed with lists of things for us to do (and not to do) so that we may gain acceptance from the Father in Heaven.

Their gospel (which is no Gospel at all) teaches Christ plus something else. They always add to the Finished Work teaching that, for salvation, we need more than Christ alone.

They accuse true Gospel Believers of being Antinomian, … (an odd term by which they charge that our preaching and believing is against the law). Regardless of their charges, Grace Believers strenuously oppose any law being put in the place of the Gospel. Only the doing, dying and rising again of the Lord Jesus gives us eternal life. Our salvation is found entirely and utterly in His obedience on our behalf.

However, we take encouragement from Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones, the great expository preacher of the last century, who said, “The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge (Antinomianism) being brought against it.

(Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans 6).

The List -Men came in all shapes and sizes. When I was growing up, the List-Men had us persuaded that men could only wear dark clothes. They ruled that no one was allowed to go to the cinema. Theirfavourite line was “what would Jesus say if He came back and found you standing in the line to purchase a ticket for the movies.” Many and varied were their demands…which must be adhered to if ever there was to be a hope of being saved.

This was the kind of thing that was happening to the Galatians. The List-Men of their generation taught that the Gospel wasn’t enough. They insisted that circumcision needed to be added. As a result, the Galatians had left the Gospel and were following hard after these wretched List-Men. They were in an anti-Gospel spiral.

Paul, moved by the Holy Spirit, felt so strongly about this that he wrote in Galatians 1:6-7, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:”

Then in verse 8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Paul was talking about two different gospels, not two different interpretations of the same gospel.

There are two gospels. One is false the other true.

In one,man stands before God on the basis of human merit.

In the other, he stands before God on the merits of Jesus Christ alone.

In one, man stands before God in the righteousness of what he has accomplished.

In the other, man stands before God recognizing that there is nothing he can do to satisfy God’s just demands. He knows he cannot do anything to satisfy God but that Christ has met all needed requirements on his behalf.

One teaches ‘Do.’

The other teaches ‘Done’

If you are a List-Man you should consider these words of Jesus, “It is Finished”(John 19:30). By this, Christ meant all of the types, symbols, emblems, and the institutions of the Old Testament—the priesthood, the temple, the altar, the sacrifice, all of it—was finished. No rules and regulations are now needed for salvation, just Christ alone!

Furthermore, Christ’s finished work was confirmed by the torn veil in the Temple (Matthew 27:51). The torn veil cries out, “It is Finished.” That 60 feet long, embroidered curtain was torn from the top to the bottom. What an act of God to demonstrate that the Old economy was gone.

So away with your lists. Who do you think you are to presume to add to The Finished Work of the young Prince of Glory?

“A curse upon you if you do” (Galatians 1:8).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

http://www.milesmckee.com

The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination Chapter XII-Limited Atonement

February 20, 2019 Leave a comment

The Reformed Doctrine Of Predestination

Chapter XII

Limited Atonement

5. A RANSOM

Christ is said to have been a ransom for his people “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28. Notice, this verse does not say that He gave His life a ransom for all, but for many. The nature of a ransom is such that when paid and accepted it automatically frees the persons for whom it was intended. Otherwise it would not be a true ransom. Justice demands that those for whom it is paid shall be freed from any further obligation. If the suffering and death of Christ was a ransom for all men rather than for the elect only, then the merits of His work must be communicated to all alike and the penalty of eternal punishment cannot be justly inflicted on any. God would be unjust if He demanded this extreme penalty twice over, first from the substitute and then from the persons themselves. The conclusion then is that the atonement of Christ does not extend to all men but that it is limited to those for whom He stood surety; that is, to those who compose His true Church.

Loraine Boettner- The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

God was pleased to make known His eternal purpose of mercy unto the fathers, in the form of covenants

February 19, 2019 Leave a comment

Salvation through Jesus Christ is according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23), and He was pleased to make known His eternal purpose of mercy unto the fathers, in the form of covenants, which were of different characters and revealed at various times. These covenants enter into the very nature, and pervade with their peculiar qualities, the whole system of divine truth. They have an intimate connection with each other and a common relation to a single purpose, being, in fact, so many successive stages in the unfolding of the scheme of divine grace. They treat the divine side of things, disclosing the source from which all blessings come to men, and making known the channel (Christ) through which they flow to them. Each one reveals some new and fundamental aspect of truth, and in considering them in their Scriptural order we may clearly perceive the progress of revelation which they respectively indicated. They set forth the great design of God accomplished by the redeemer of His people.

Arthur W. Pink- The Divine Covenants-Introduction

I shall, in speaking of the gospel rejected, endeavor to point out the two classes of persons

February 18, 2019 Leave a comment

I shall, in speaking of the gospel rejected, endeavor to point out the two classes of persons who equally despise the truth. The Jews make it a stumblingblock, and the Greeks account it foolishness. Now these two very respectable gentlemen-the Jew and the Greek-I am not going to make these ancient individuals the object of my condemnation, but I look upon them as members of a great parliament, representatives of a great constituency, and I shall attempt to show that if all the race of Jews were cut off, there would be still a “rest number in the world who would answer to the name of Jews, to whom Christ is a stumblingblock; and that if Greece were swallowed up by some earthquake, and ceased to be a nation, there would still be the Greek Unto whom the gospel would be foolishness. I shall simply introduce the Jew and the Greek; and let them speak a moment to you, in order that you may see the gentlemen who represent you; the representative men; the persons who stand for many of you, who as yet are not called by divine grace.

Charles H. Spurgeon- “Christ Crucified,” A Sermon Delivered on Sabbath Morning, February 11, 1855

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

February 15, 2019 Leave a comment

The other part of the interpretation—that Christ ever will occupy David’s literal throne—will be found upon examination, to fail in a manner equally signal. Recur if you please, to the exposition of this covenant by Peter, in a passage, a part of which is already before you. He said to the Jews, in his sermon at Pentecost, “The patriarch David,” was “a prophet:’ and he knew “that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.” Did he mean however, his literal throne? that at his second coming at least Christ will reign in Jerusalem, or elsewhere, not only over gathered, and restored, Israel and Judah, but over all the nations of the earth? Then he directly contradicts the Saviour himself, since at that time, the kingdom of Christ, will certainly be “of this world.” But repeatedly, as you well know, does the Saviour declare the contrary. He affirms and without conditions, or limitations, “My kingdom is not of this world.” It is not of this world in its origin ; it is not of this world in its nature; it is not of this world in its ends. It indeed, extends to every creature, since “all authority is committed into his hands, both in heaven and on earth,” but it is exclusively spiritual, and evangelical. He was “David’s son, and David’s Lord;” the spiritual David himself; the king who shall reign over spiritual Israel forever. It was therefore over no literal empire; no nations of men; that he was to reign. The covenant promised no such dominion. Twenty four hundred years has David’s literal throne been buried. It will never be resuscitated. The promise is figurative, and pledges a spiritual dominion, and a spiritual people. With these facts before us, how glorious is the inspired language on this subject of the inimitable Ethan! “Thou,” O Lord, “didst speak in vision, to thy Holy One, and say, I have laid help upon one that is mighty.” “I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him; [made him Christ] with whom my hand shall be established; my arm also shall strengthen him.” “And I will beat down his foes before his face; and afflict them that hate him; but my faithfulness, and my mercy shall be with him.” “I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry to me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make him my first born, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him forever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also, will I make to endure forever, and his throne” [his spiritual government]’ as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then [will I not cast them off, as I did the literal sons of David, whom I rejected for their sins, but] I will visit their transgressions with the rod, and their iniquities with stripes. Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that hath gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness, that I will not lie to David [the exalted Messiah.] His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established forever, as the moon; and as a faithful witness in heaven. Daniel uses language in the same sense, when he says, “There was given unto” “the Son of Man; Messiah ;” “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, and nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” We have now seen what is usually called “the Abrahamic covenant,” or more properly, “the covenant confirmed to Abraham, of God in Christ,” and we have considered the repetition, and transmission of that covenant, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and to Judah, and to David. Its promises are, as is apparent, identical in their spiritual import, with those developed in the covenants by which it was preceded. Indeed it refers to those covenants in direct terms. Was it, as Paul declares, a “covenant confirmed to Abraham, of God in Christ ?” That which was simply confirmed, must have had a previous existence. And where shall we look for this covenant, at any previous time, but to Eden, in which two thousand years before, it was made known to our first parents? And in all its developments, whether in Eden, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Judah, or to David, it rested firmly, upon the gracious engagement of Christ for us, in the glorious covenant of redemption, “before the foundation of the world.”

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants