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Let all see that the covenant of grace

Lastly, have a practical respect for it. Let all see that the covenant of grace, while it is your reliance, is also your delight. Be ready to speak of it to others. Be ready to show that the effect of its grace upon you is one that is worthy of God, since it has a purifying effect upon your life. He that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure. Have respect unto the covenant by walking as such people should who can say that God is to them a God, and they are to him a people. The covenant says, “From all their idols will I cleanse them.” Don’t love idols then. The covenant says, “I will sprinkle pure water upon them, and they shall be clean.” Be ye clean then, ye covenanted ones, and may the Lord preserve you and make his covenant to be your boast on earth and your song for ever in heaven. Oh that the Lord may bring -us into the bonds of his covenant, and give us a simple faith in his dear Son, for that is the mark of the covenanted ones.

Amen and Amen.

PORTION OF SCRIPTURE READ BEFORE SERMON — Psalm 74.

HYMNS FROM “OUR OWN HYMN BOOK.” — 237, 228, 742.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

Hate that preaching which does not discriminate between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace

Then have a jealous respect for it. Never suffer the covenant of works to be mixed with it. Hate that preaching — I say not less than that — hate that preaching which does not discriminate between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace, for it is deadly preaching and damning preaching. You must always have a straight, clear line here between what is of man and what is of God, for cursed is he that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm; and if you have begun with the Spirit under this covenant do not think of being made perfect in the flesh under another covenant. Be ye holy under the precepts of the heavenly Father; but be ye not legal under the taskmaster’s lash. Return not to the bondage of the law, for ye are not under law, but under grace.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

What are the practical inferences from all this?

IV. And so I close with this last question, WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL INFERENCES FROM ALL THIS? “Have respect unto the covenant.” Why, that if we ask God to have respect unto it we ought to have respect unto it ourselves, and in this way.

Have a grateful respect for it. Bless the Lord that he ever condescended to enter into covenant with you. What could he see in you even to give you a promise, much more to make a covenant with you? Blessed be his dear name, this is the sweet theme of our hymns on earth, and shall be the subject of our songs in heaven.

Next, have a believing respect for it. It’ it is God’s covenant, do not dishonor it. It stands sure. Why do you stagger at it through unbelief?

His every work of grace is strong

As that which built the skies;

The voice that rolls the stars along

Speaks all the promises.”

Next, have a joyful respect for it, Wake your harps, and join in praise with David: “Although my house be not so with God, yet hath he made with me an everlasting covenant.” Here is enough to make a heaven in our hearts while yet we are below — the Lord hath entered into a covenant of grace and peace with us, and he will bless us for ever.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

Take the covenant as you find it in Jeremiah at the thirty-second chapter at the fortieth verse

Or suppose you desire to be upheld under strong temptation, lest you should go back and return to your old ways. Take the covenant as you find it in Jeremiah at the thirty-second chapter at the fortieth verse. Note these verses and learn them by heart, for they may be a great help to you some of these days. Read the fortieth verse of the thirty-second chapter of Jeremiah. “And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.” Blow go and say, “O Lord, I am almost gone, and they tell me I shall finally fall, but O, my Lord and Master, there stands thy word. Put thy fear in my heart and fulfill thy promise, that I shall not depart from thee.” This is the sure road to final perseverance.

Thus I might take you through all the various needs of God’s people. And show that in seeking to have them supplied they may fitly cry, “Have respect unto the covenant.” For instance, suppose you were in great distress of mind and needed comfort, you could go to him with that covenant promise, “As a mother comforteth her children, even so will I Comfort thee, — out of Zion will I comfort thee.” Go to him with that and say, “Lord, comfort thy servant.” Or if there should happen to be a trouble upon us, not for yourselves, but for the church; how sweet it is to go to the Lord and say, “Thy covenant runs thus — ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against her.’ O Lord, it seems as though they would prevail. Interpose thy strength and save thy church.” If it ever should happen that you are looking for the conversion of the ungodly, and desiring to see sinners saved, and the world seems so dark, look at our text again — the whole verse — “Have respect unto the covenant, for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty, to which you may add, but thou hast said that thy glory shall cover the earth, and that all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Lord, have respect unto thy covenant. Help our missionaries, speed thy gospel, bid the mighty angel fly through the midst of heaven to preach the everlasting gospel to every creature. Why, it is a grand missionary prayer. “Have respect unto the covenant.” Beloved, it is a two-edged sword, to be used in all conditions of strife, and it is a holy balm of Gilead, that will heal in all conditions of suffering.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

Then read the covenant again as you find it in the thirty-first chapter of Jeremiah at the thirty-third verse

But suppose, beloved brother or sister, you are laboring to overcome inward corruption with intense desire that holiness should be wrought in you. Then read the covenant again as you find it in the thirty-first chapter of Jeremiah at the thirty-third verse. It is the same covenant, only we are reading another version of it. “This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Now, can you not plead that and say, “Lord, thy commandments upon stone are holy, but I forget them, and break them; but, O my God, write them on the fleshy tablets of my heart. Come now and make me holy; transform me; write thy will upon my very soul, that I may live it out, and from the warm impulses of my heart serve thee as thou wouldst be served. Have respect unto thy covenant and sanctify thy servant.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

How and when that Covenant may be pleaded

III. Having thus shown you, dear friends, the meaning of the plea, and whence it derives its force, we will now pause a minute and observe How AND WHEN THAT COVENANT MAY BE PLEADED.

First, it may be pleaded under a sense of sin — when the soul feels its guiltiness. Let me read to you the words of our apostle, in the eighth chapter of the Hebrews, where he is speaking of this covenant at the tenth verse. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Now, dear hearer, suppose that thou art under a sense of sin; something has revived in thee a recollection of past guilt, or it may be that thou hast sadly stumbled this very day, and Satan whispers, “Then wilt surely be destroyed, for thou hast sinned.” Now go to the great Father, and open this page, putting thy finger on that twelfth verse, and say, “Lord, thou hast in infinite, boundless, inconceivable mercy entered into covenant with me, a poor sinner, seeing I believe in the name of Jesus, and now I beseech thee have respect unto thy covenant. Thou hast said, I will be merciful to their unrighteousness: — O God be merciful to mine. Their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more: Lord, remember no more my sins: forget for ever my iniquity.” That is the way to use the covenant: when under a sense of sin, run to that clause which meets your case.

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

God has taught many of us to trust in his name

Only one more reflection here. Our God has taught many of us to trust in his name. We were long in learning the lesson, and nothing but Omnipotence could have made us willing to walk by faith, and not by sight; but with much patience the Lord has brought us at last to have no reliance but on himself, and now we are depending on his faithfulness and his truth. Is that thy case, brother? What then? Thinkest thou that God has given thee this faith to mock thee? Believest thou that he has taught thee to trust in his name, and thus far has brought thee to put thee to shame? Has his Holy Spirit given thee confidence in a lie? And has he wrought in thee faith in a fiction? God forbid! Our God is no demon who would delight in the misery which a groundless confidence would be sure to bring to us. If then hast faith, he gave it to thee, and he that gave it to thee knows his own gift, and will honor it. He was never false yet, even to the feeblest faith, and if thy faith is great, thou shalt find him greater than thy faith, even when thy faith is at its greatest; therefore be of good cheer. The fact that thou believest should encourage thee to say, “Now, O Lord, I have come to rest upon thee, canst thou fail me? I, a poor worm, know no confidence but thy dear name, wilt thou forsake me? I have no refuge but thy wounds, O Jesus, no hope but in thy atoning sacrifice, no light but in thy light: canst thou cast. Me off?” It is not possible that the Lord should cast off one who thus trusts him. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Can any of us forget our children when they fondly trust us in the days of their weakness? No, the Lord is no monster: he is tender and full of compassion, faithful and true; and Jesus is a friend which sticketh closer than a brother. The very fact that he has given us faith in his covenant should help us to plead, — “Have respect unto the covenant.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

The Wednesday Word: The Gospel Truth About Faith (Part 2)

March 31, 2021 3 comments

Faith is dynamic and continues to grow as it is bathed in the gospel.

Romans 10:16 says, “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed our report? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Notice how the “WORD of GOD” and the “GOSPEL” are equated

in this passage. They are one and the same! Faith will grow, therefore, as the gospel is expounded! The preaching of the good news of the person, work and offices of Christ always brings and generates faith. Therefore, we must get away from the notion that the message of Christ is exclusively for evangelistic meetings! The gospel is every bit as much for the believer as it is for the lost!

What a wonderful gift of God faith really is! It enables us to take hold of the ‘so great salvation’ that has already been accomplished in Christ Jesus. When faith comes to our lives, it agrees with God’s verdict that our human righteousness is no cleaner than a filthy rag. In the light of the gospel, faith causes us to abandon all hope of ever being saved by our own goodness.

The more we are bathed and washed in the gospel the more we will realize it is not because we have been filled with the Spirit or have had some new blessing that we are fully accepted and welcome in heaven. Faith’s vision is not foggy! Faith sees clearly that we are not made more welcome in heaven because of our experiences. Faith does not rest on experiences … no matter how intense they have been. Faith sees that our full acceptance and welcome before God rests entirely upon Christ’s experience for us and not on our experience of God.

Faith also sees that we are not saved because we are being good and are

trying to be obedient to God: Faith sees, however, that the obedience of

Jesus Christ is entirely superior to our faulty attempts at obedience and totally sufficient to satisfy all the demands of God’s holy and righteous character.

But surely this is a dangerous teaching! Are there not those who will twist

this kind of thing and live like the Devil? Of course, there are! But does

that mean we should hold back from proclaiming the applications of the gospel because some people may pervert them? God forbid!

When the person of Christ and His doing and dying are preached, faith is created, and the believer is reduced to nothing. It is the preaching and application of the gospel which produces true humility in that it brings us to an end of ourselves. Faith will cause us to continually hold truth like this,

Nothing in my hand I bring

Simply to thy cross I cling,

Naked come to Thee for dress

Helpless look to Thee for Grace,

Foul I to the fountain fly,

Wash me Saviour or I die.

Because gospel faith will cause us to see our bankruptcy and destitution, the gospel and its applications, when properly expounded to the church, will cause us to take up our cross and follow Christ. A truly destitute man has nowhere else to go but to Christ and nowhere else to look but up. He sees his spiritual poverty and it humbles him. He must now turn in reliance and trust to Christ Jesus who alone can do for him that which he cannot do for himself.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com     

I mention these things now… to establish your faith in God

I mention these things now, not merely to refresh your memories, but to establish your faith in God. He has been true so many times and false never, and shall we now experience any difficulty in resting on his covenant? No, by all these many years in which the faithfulness of God ‘has been put to the test, and has never failed, let us be confident that he will still regard us, and let us pray boldly, — “Have respect unto the covenant.” For, mark you, as it has been in the beginning, it is now, and ever shall be, world Without end. It shall be to the last saint as it was with the first. The testimony of the last soldier of the host shall be, “Not one good thing hath failed of all that the Lord God hath promised.”

Charles H. Spurgeon- ‘The Covenant Pleaded,’ at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Newington

The Wednesday Word: The Gospel Truth About Faith (Part 1)

Faith claims a King,

An all-atoning Priest:

It claims no merit of its own,

But looks for all in Christ.

Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God” Romans 5:1

Does God look for faith in a believer and then, upon seeing this faith, declares the believer not guilty? Well if you were to believe what many say about this matter you would think yes, absolutely yes! But this theory is a grim error. The gospel knows nothing of the sort!

Saving faith is not a quality within us. We are saved entirely by a work outside of us. Faith, however, takes a hold of the gospel, and sees that it is perfect, sufficient and finished.

Faith sees that our salvation has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus.

Faith acknowledges that all things necessary to make us accepted before God have already been done in the substitutionary work of Christ. It is finished! Faith takes hold of the good news that in our name and on our behalf, Jesus Christ lived, died and rose again.

Faith sees that Jesus as our substitute and representative has met and fulfilled every righteous requirement needed to restore us to God.

Faith sees that the Christ event is sufficient and complete and that nothing whatsoever can be or indeed needs to be added to it.

But we must never think that faith is a quality in us that saves us.

Faith embraces the fact that Jesus Christ alone saves. Faith sees that He is enough.

Since Christ’s work for us in salvation is finished, nothing can be added to His accomplishments. Since redemption is secured, salvation is not a matter of Christ plus faith. Where so many depart from the gospel is that they believe their faith makes them accepted to God. But faith in no way makes us accepted to the Father. We are only accepted in the acceptable One, Jesus Christ.

I like Spurgeon in his Morning and Evening, June 28th, Reading’ He says,

‘It is not your hold of Christ that saves you … it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you … it is Christ. It is not even faith in Christ, though that is the instrument … it is Christ’s blood and merits which saves. Do not look to your hope, but to Christ, the source of your hope.

Amen brother Spurgeon! It is vital that we do not look to our faith to save, but to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

We must be very clear about this … it’s worth repeating … although we are saved through faith, faith is not our saviour. Our Saviour is Jesus Christ alone and our salvation is in Him alone! He is the object of our faith. He alone is the Redeemer. What faith does is to take a hold of Jesus and His accomplishments and make them our own.

Faith grasps that our righteousness is not in ourselves but rather outside of us in Christ Jesus. But faith does not bring salvation into existence nor does it produce the righteousness by which God justifies us. What faith does, however, is to take something already in existence and enables us to reckon it as our own! (to be continued).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com