Jottings – Architecture Apparel Music and Liturgies are Neither Spirit nor Life

“Architecture

Our weapons are the words of Jesus—these are spirit and these are life. Architecture, apparel, music, liturgies, these are neither spirit nor life: let those rest on them who will; we can do without them, by God’s help. Our sires, in the Puritanic age, fought and won the battles of Christ without these things. In later days, Whitfield stirred his age with nothing but the Word of God. Rowlands and Christmas Evans roused the men of Wales with no attraction but the cross. My dear brethren in Christ, ministers of the gospel who are now present, let me conjure you, stand to the gospel. Set your backs against the tendency of the times to depart from the simplicity of Jesus Christ.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Blow For Puseyism,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 11. Originally preached on October 8, 1865. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1865), 563–564.

 

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Jottings – Threading Your Way Through the Crowd

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If the whole world shall run headlong down the broad road, be it yours to thread your way through the crowd against the current along the uphill way of life. The dead fish floats down the stream, the live fish goes against it. Show your life by shunning unholy example.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Sermon From A Rush,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 11. Originally preached on September 24, 1865. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1865), 536.

 

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Jottings – More Difficult to Master Than a Foreign Language

“Ezekiel


Commenting on Ezekiel 3:4-11 ~

 

Strange languages are more easily mastered than the spiritual hindrance of unbelieving hearts.

 

Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 27. Print.

 

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Jottings – One Thing All True Prophets Have Never Done

“Future


Commenting on Ezekiel 3:1-3 ~

 

No true prophet ever chose his own message.

 

Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 27. Print.

 

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Jottings – All Movements Among Men are Under Divine Control

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Commenting on Ezekiel 1:15-21 ~

 

And there are wheels within wheels, so arranged that we cannot follow their intricacies. But we see them everywhere, different principles working at one and the same time, in the world, in politics, in the church, in all phases of human society. So true is this that the mind becomes bewildered trying to keep all the different movements in mind, until we are tempted to think that all is utter confusion, and there is neither order nor sanity in the universe. But the spirit of the living creature is in the wheels and all are controlled by a higher power than the merely human, or blind chance, or what men call fate. Moreover, there are eyes in the wheels, and these speak of intelligence and careful discernment and discrimination. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3); and, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him” (2 Chron. 16:9). Those eyes are ever over the righteous, and His ear is open to their cry (Ps. 34:15). And so as the wheels move on, though so high that we are unable to comprehend fully what God is doing, we may rest in this precious truth, that nothing moves but at His command or by His permission. In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God’s long toleration of evils—His apparent indifference to the cruelties practised against His people and the wicked behavior of those who seemed to triumph for a time while the righteous suffered in silence—will all be made clear, and we shall see that though the wheels were high and the mysteries of the divine government beyond our present ability to comprehend, yet all were under His control who was working according to plan in a way that puny man little realized. The wheels have never been separated from the living creatures. Nothing is left to chance. All movements among men are under divine control, and even Satan can act only as God gives permission, as we see in the account of His dealings with the patriarch Job.

 

Ironside, H. A. Expository Notes on Ezekiel, the Prophet. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1949. Print.

 

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Jottings – Comforting Lies or Cleansing Truth?

“Future

Commenting on Ezekiel 3:4-27 ~

 

The human heart would rather hear lies that bring comfort than truths that bring conviction and cleansing.

 

Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Reverent. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor/Cook Communications, 2000. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

 

 

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Jottings – I See Christ in the Glory

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When I see Him in that glory, instead of seeing my sins, I see that they are gone. I have seen my sins laid on the Mediator. I have seen my sins confessed on the head of the scapegoat, and they have been borne away; Leviticus 16. So much has God been glorified about my sins (that is, in respect of what Christ has done on account of my sins), that this is the title of Christ to be there, at the right hand of God. I am not afraid to look at Christ there. Where are my sins now? where are they to be found in heaven or on earth? I see Christ in the glory. Once they were found upon the head of that blessed One; but they are gone, never more to be found. Were it a dead Christ, so to speak, that I saw, I might fear that my sins would be found again; but with Christ alive in the glory the search is in vain. He who bore them all has been received up to the throne of God, and no sin can be there.

 

John Nelson Darby, “The Accepted Man (2 Cor. 3),” in Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby, Vol. 12 (Evangelic), 337; electronic ed. accessed on 1/14/15 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/EVANGEL/12033E.html

 

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Jottings – The Kernel of Every National Problem is How People Relate to God

“Future


Commenting on Isaiah 1:10-20

 

Isaiah turns now to the religious life of the nation. The placing of this topic between his review of national fortunes (2–9) and social conditions (21–23) is significant. The kernel of every national problem is how people relate to God. They cannot be right anywhere if they are wrong here.

 

J. Alec Motyer, Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, Vol. 20. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), 51.

 

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Jottings – Evidences of Genuine Conversion

“Genuine


Commenting on Isaiah 1:26

 

It will be all God’s doing. God’s justifying grace in Christ leads to righteousness and steadfastness in the lives of the justified. These are the evidences of genuine conversion.

 

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Isaiah. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996). Electronic edition (Logos); no pagination.

 

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Jottings – The Future: Friend or Foe?

“Future


Commenting on Isaiah 35:

 

The future is your friend when Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord.

 

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Comforted (Isaiah), “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 89.

 

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