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The Wednesday Word: Law and Gospel Grace.

September 16, 2020 Leave a comment

“Moreover, the Law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).

“Many there are who think that the Law is the Gospel and who teach that men by good works of benevolence, honesty, righteousness and sobriety, may be saved. Such men do err. On the other hand, many teach that the Gospel is a Law–that it has certain commands in it by obedience to which men are meritoriously saved. Such men err from the Truth and understand it not.” C.H. Spurgeon: Law and Grace

“Run, John, run, the law commands

But gives us neither feet nor hands,

Far better news the gospel brings:

It bids us fly and gives us wings.”

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

What a contrast there is between living under the Law and living in Gospel Grace. It can be best illustrated by the final words of the two covenants. The Old Testament ends with this somber and sober warning, “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” The New Testament, on the other hand, ends with the heartwarming statement, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.”

What a blessing! What a contrast!

The Law tells us what we should do but Gospel Grace tells what God has done.

The Law says, “This do, and you shall live” but Gospel Grace says, “Live, and you shall do.”

The Law says, “Pay me what you owe” but Gospel Grace says, “I freely forgive you every debt.”

The Law says, “The wages of sin is death.” But Gospel Grace replies, “The gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23).

The Law is God’s word of demand, but Gospel Grace is God’s word of deliverance.

The Law insists that we must love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30). Gospel Grace takes us away from the guilt of our inability saying, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave his Son as the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

What a contrast!

Under the Law, when they made the burnt offering, the fire consumed the offering (see Leviticus 2:1-16; 6:14-23). In the Gospel, however, it is not the fire that consumes the offering, but the offering who consumes the fire. Under the Law, when they made the burnt offering, the fire consumed the sacrifice and the sacrifice was gone never to be seen again. But in the gospel, the sacrifice rose from the dead having endured our judgment.

All claims and charges made against us have been answered in righteousness. They have been settled by Christ on the cross. He destroyed the fire of Judgment!

In addition, when the Law was given, three thousand people mercilessly died because of their rebellion (Exodus 32:28). When the gospel was proclaimed at Pentecost, three thousand people received eternal life (Acts 2:41).

What a difference grace makes!

“The law supposing I have all,

Does ever for perfection call;

The gospel suits my total want,

And all the law can seek does grant.

The law could promise life to me,

If my obedience perfect be;

But grace does promise life upon

My Lord’s obedience alone.

The law says, Do, and life you’ll win;

But grace says, Live, for all is done;

The former cannot ease my grief,

The latter yields me full relief.

Lo! in the law Jehovah dwells,

But Jesus is concealed;

Whereas the gospel’s nothing else

But Jesus Christ revealed.”

Ralph Erskine; 1560-1645

In Summary,

The Law says Do, Gospel Grace says Done.

The Law commands, but Gospel Grace Promises.

The Law kills, but Gospel Grace gives Life.

The Law condemns, but Gospel Grace Justifies.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Living in ´´Doubting Castle´´

A gospel minister once visited a lady who was living in what John Bunyan called, “Doubting Castle.” She suffered from persistent doubts and fears and was filled with all manner of misgivings about the future Judgement. (By the way, none of us are always entirely free from such bombardments of unbelief. Even the most mature believers are not always immune).

To try and answer her concerns, the preacher quoted 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” He then asked her,

” Do you know what that means? “

She paused for a moment, and then replied,

“I suppose it means that when I love God perfectly, I shall get rid of my doubts and fears “

“Yes, certainly you will,” he replied “but that will not be until you arrive in glory. This verse is about Jesus, not about what you are supposed to do. It is about what He has done!”

The dear lady’s face took on a look of entire astonishment. The evangelist then continued,

“Just look at the verse through gospel eyes. Think of God’s love instead of your own. Our verse says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” It is His love, Christ’s love, that is perfect, not yours. Your love will never be perfect until you are face to face with the Master in glory.”

He then continued, “But think of the perfect love expressed when Christ came to die for us and consider that that His love is still flowing from glory. Believe this and enjoy life. Believe and apply the gospel and your fear of the future Judgment will be banished.”

It was quite a new thought for her, and she learned to look at this verse from a finished work, gospel viewpoint.

To enjoy being saved we need to learn the forgetfulness of self. We need to know we are not the center of the gospel. In fact, the gospel is not about us, it’s about the Lord Jesus Christ, His perfections and accomplishments. We of course are the beneficiaries of the gospel, but the gospel is not about our doing and dying. It’s about His. We will never enjoy assurance if we continually look inward. We might as well look for warmth in the Arctic Circle as investigate our hearts to find the perfect love of God.

But think of God’s great love to you in the gospel; believe it; take Him at His word about the finished work and you will have peace with Him (Romans 5:1). and you will enjoy the Holy Ghost shed abroad in your heart (Romans 5:5). For the believer, Judgment is not a future event; it is past (see Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

We have no acceptable righteousness of our own, but we have been given the very righteousness of Christ. He has been judged instead of us. If you believe this, you will enjoy being saved and will spend much less time in Doubting Castle.

The more we grow in our appreciation and love for the gospel the less we know anything of the continual fear of the Judgment Day. The more Christ’s perfect love for us is grasped, the more fear is thrust and hurled away.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

Introducing the Reformedontheweb Library

December 5, 2018 7 comments

As you all know I have not been on this blog for a while with any special articles. All you see posted are quotes from various authors and ‘The Wednesday Word.’ If you have been following this blog for the past few months you will know that it is because I have been working behind the scenes on my website and placing into Adobe Reader format the works of various authors. This leads me to my next point.

I have a website of which I have been running for years. During those years I have paid for the web hosting and the web space which I have. The past few months I have just about filled that web space up. As some of you might know, I have been working on John Bunyan’s Works. I have finished his entire collection, but am at a loss of how to get it online, unless I again, pay for more web space. Therefore, I have decided to place the entire collection on Cd and offer it for sale, in order to support the website. I am doing the same with Arthur W. Pink’s Works. I have built an index page for both of these collections and the entire library of each author is accessible through their particular index.

So I introduce to you:

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 

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 

 

Thank you all for following this blog.

Update on converting Bunyan to Pdf

Good morning. I hope and pray that all is well with the readers of this blog.

I can’t remember if I mentioned that I was converting John Bunyan’s works to Pdf, seeing that I work 3 hours a morning on this endeavor and then work 10 hours a day at my place of employment.

Anyhow, all is going well with the placing of Bunyan in Pdf format. I am almost done with his works. However, my storage space on my site has grown thin, so I may just offer the work up for a low price on Cd. This will allow me to purchase more web space. We shall see how this goes as the Lord leads me in this move.

Have a blessed day.

Your brother in Christ,

Hershel L. Harvell Jr.

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Of Death and Judgment

OF DEATH AND JUDGMENT.

As the devil labors by all means to keep out other things that are good, so to keep out of the heart as much as in him lies, the thoughts of passing from this life into another world; for he knows, if he can but keep them from the serious thoughts of death, he shall the more easily keep them in their sins.

Nothing will make us more earnest in working out the work of our salvation, than a frequent meditation of mortality; nothing hath greater influence for the taking off our hearts from vanities, and for the begetting in us desires after holiness.

O sinner, what a condition wilt thou fall into when thou departest this world, if thou depart unconverted! Thou hadst better have been smothered the first hour thou wast born; thou hadst bette have been plucked one limb from another; thou hadst better have been made a dog, a toad, a serpent, than to die un-converted: and this thou wilt find true if thou repent not.

A man would be counted a fool to slight a judge before whom he is to have a trial of his whole estate. The trial we have before God is of otherwise importance; it concerns our eternal happiness or misery; and yet dare we affront him?

The only way for us to escape that terrible judgment, is to be often passing a sentence of condemnation upon ourselves here.

When the sound of the trumpet shall be heard, which shall summon the dead to appear before the tribunal of God, the righteous shall hasten out of their graves, with joy, to meet their Redeemer in the clouds; others shall call to the hills and mountains to fall upon them, to cover them from the sight of their Judge. Let us therefore in time be posing ourselves which of the two we shall be.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Of Suffering

OF SUFFERING.

IT is not every suffering that makes a martyr, but suffering for the word of God after a right manner: that is, not only for righteousness, but for righteousness’ sake; not only for truth, but out of love to truth; not only for God’s word, but according to it; to wit, in that holy, humble, meek manner, as the word of God requireth.

It is a rare thing to suffer aright, and to have thy spirit in suffering bent only against God’s enemy, sin; sin in doctrine, sin in worship, sin in life, and sin in conversation.

The devil, nor men of the world, can kill thy righteousness, or love to it but by thy own hand; or separate that and thee asunder without thy own act. Nor will he that doth indeed suffer for the sake of it, or out of love he bears thereto, be tempted to exchange it for the good will of all the world.

I have often thought, that the best of Christians are found in the worst of times; and I have thought again, that one reason why we are no better is because God purges us no more. Noah and Lot, who so holy as they in the time of their afflictions? And yet who so idle as they in the time of their prosperity?

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Of the Love of the World

OF THE LOVE OF THE WORLD

NOTHING more hinders a soul from coming to Christ than a vain love of the world; and till a soul is freed from it, it can never have a true love for God.

What are the honors and riches of this world, when compared to the glories of a crown of life?

Love not the world; for it is a moth in a Christian’s life.

To despise the world, is the way to enjoy heaven; and blessed are they who delight to converse with God by prayer.

What folly can be greater than to labor for the meat that perisheth, and neglect the food of eternal life?

God or the world must be neglected at parting-time; for then is the time of trial.

To seek yourself in this world is to be lost; and to be humble is to be exalted.

The epicure that delighteth in the dainties of this world, little thinketh that those very creatures will one day witness against him.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Of the Lord’s Day, Sermons, and Weekdays

OF THE LORD’S DAY, SERMONS, AND WEEKDAYS

HAVE a special care to sanctify the Lord’s day; for as thou keepest it, so will it be with thee all the week long.

Make the Lord’s day the market for thy soul, let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs the other parts of the week: let the sermon thou hast heard be converted into prayer. Shall God allow thee six days, and wilt not thou afford him one?

In the church be careful to serve God: for thou art in his eyes, and not in man’s.

Thou mayest hear sermons often, and do well in practicing what thou hearest; but thou must not expect to be told thee in a pulpit all that thou oughtest to do, but be studious in searching the Scriptures, and reading good books. What thou hearest may be forgotten; but what thou readest may be better retained. Forsake not the public worship of God, lest God forsake thee, not only in public but in private.

In the week-days when thou rises, in the morning, consider,

1. Thou must die.

2. Thou mayest die that minute.

3. What will become of thy soul. Pray often.

At night consider,

1. What sins thou hast committed.

2. How often thou hast prayed.

3. What hath thy mind been bent upon

4. What hath been thy dealing.

5. What thy conversation.

6. If thou callest to mind the errors of the day, sleep not without a confession to God, and a hope of pardon. Thus, every morning and evening, make up thy accounts with Almighty God, and thy reckoning will be the less at last.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

Of Prayer

December 30, 2016 Leave a comment

OF PRAYER.

BEFORE you enter into prayer, ask thy soul these questions: 1. To what end, O my soul, art thou retired into this place? Art thou not come to discourse the Lord in prayer? Is he present, will he hear thee? Is he merciful, will he help thee? Is thy business slight, is it not concerning the welfare of thy soul? What words wilt thou use to move him t compassion?

To make thy preparation complete, consider that thou art but dust and ashes, and he the great God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, “that clothes himself with light as with a garment;” that thou art a vile sinner, he a holy God; that thou art but a poor crawling worm, he the omnipotent Creator.

In all your prayers forget not to thank the Lord for his mercies.

When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words, than thy words without a heart.

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver.

Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Of Repentance and Coming to Christ

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

OF REPENTANCE AND COMING TO CHRIST.

THE end of affliction is the discovery of sin, and of that to bring us to a Savior. Let us therefore, with the prodigal, return unto him, and we shall find ease and rest.

A repenting penitent, though formerly as bad as the worst of men, may by grace become as good as the best.

To be truly sensible of sin, is to sorrow for displeasing of God, to be afflicted that he is displeased by us, more than that he is displeased with us.

Your intentions to repentance, and the neglect of that soul-saving duty, will rise up in judgment against you.

Repentance carries with it a divine rhetoric, and persuades Christ to forgive multitude of sins committed against him.

Say not with thyself, to-morrow I will repent; for it is thy duty to do it daily.

The gospel of grace and salvation is above all doctrines the most dangerous, if it be received in word only by graceless men; if it be not attended with a sensible need of a Savior, and bring them to him. For such men as have only the notion of it are of all men most miserable; for by reason of their knowing more than heathens, this shall only be their final portion, that they shall have greater stripes.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings