Jottings — Careless About Sin? Never!

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The knowledge of forgiveness never has the effect of making a man careless about sin. ‘There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared’ (Psalm 130:4)

 

Coates, C. A. Spiritual Blessings. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, 2008. page 13. Print.

 

 

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Jottings — Perfected in Perpetuity

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The believer’s place with God according to divine grace is not changeable; he is not sometimes on the ground of Christ’s death and sometimes on the ground of his own good behavior. The value of the “one offering” does not fluctuate with his changing moods and feelings, nor with the ebbings and flowings of his joy. It abides as the only and the unchanging ground on which God can have a people for Himself. The believer who apprehends this is on solid ground; he is acquainted with the grace of God, and he knows the secure basis on which all the activities of that grace are based; he is perfected in perpetuity.

 

Coates, C. A. Spiritual Blessings. Chessington, Surrey, England: Bible and Gospel Trust, 2008. 11-12. Print.

 

 

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Jottings – Let Us All Seek to Get Nearer to Christ

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O brethren, let us all seek to get nearer to Christ. Let us all take the eagle’s motto, ‘Superior.’ Higher, higher, higher; soar yet beyond. Let us seek to attain what we have not as yet known; and as for the things which remain, let us hold them fast that no man take our crown. ‘Whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.’ Let us not decline from our first love, but rather, ‘not as though we had already attained, either were already perfect,’ let us forget the things which are behind, and press forward to that which is before, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The Lord bless his church richly…and make us all to grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Backsliding Healed,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 16. Originally preached on March 13, 1870. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1870), 156.

 

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Jottings – Who Is Lord of Your Prime Time?

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It is impossible for any Christian who spends the bulk of his evenings, month after month, week upon week, day in and day out watching TV networks or contemporary videos to have a Christian mind. This is always true of all Christians in every situation! A Biblical mental program cannot coexist with worldly programming… we need to allow Christ to be Lord of our prime time.

 

Hughes, R. Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1991. p75. Print.

 

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Jottings – There Is a Great Difference Between Being Occupied With What You Are Saved From And What You Are Saved To

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There is a great difference between being occupied with what you are saved from, and what you are saved to. If you are occupied with the first, it is only relief that is before you; if with the second, you are occupied with the hope of the gospel. Our blessed Lord was not satisfied with getting us out of misery, but He obtained the Father’s house for us.

 

J.B. Stoney, “Salvation,” in Steps In Light in Collected Writings, Vol. 1 (1887), 1; electronic ed. accessed on 3/25/15 here: http://www.mcclean.me.uk/mse/jbs/jbs1.htm

 

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Jottings – The Devil Does Not Select an Ignorant or Immoral Man to Make His Grand and Special Attacks Upon the Bible

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To say or think that there is so much as a single clause, or a single expression, from cover to cover of the inspired volume, unworthy of our prayerful meditation, is to imply that God the Holy Ghost has thought it worth His while to write what we do not think it worth our while to study. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God’ (2 Timothy 3:16). This commands our reverence. ‘Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning’ (Romans 15:4). This awakens our personal interest. The former of these quotations proves that Scripture comes from God; the latter proves that it comes to us. That and this, taken together, bind us to God by the divine link of holy Scripture—a link which the devil, in this our day, is doing his very utmost to snap; and that, too, by means of agents of acknowledged moral worth and intellectual power. The devil does not select an ignorant or immoral man to make his grand and special attacks upon the Bible, for he knows full well that the former could not speak, and the latter would not get a hearing; but he craftily takes up some amiable, benevolent, and popular person—some one of blameless morals—a laborious student, a profound scholar, a deep and original thinker. Thus he throws dust in the eyes of the simple, the unlearned, and the unwary.

 

C. H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972), 547.

 

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Jottings – The Blood of Christ in The Presence of God

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Real purity of walk will always be founded on the full assurance which the blood of Christ in the presence of God gives to our souls, and which we behold as having perfectly satisfied God about sin.

 

H.L. Rossier, “The Red Heifer,” in The Christian Friend, Vol. 15 (1888); electronic ed. accessed on 3/23/15 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/rossier/RedHeif.html

 

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Jottings – It is an Immense Comfort to be Able to Say Nevertheless God

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Commenting on 2 Corinthians 7:6 ~

 

It is an immense comfort, in the inward storms and conflicts of the heart, to be able to say, “Nevertheless God.” Oh, what a divine solace there is in Him, now made known to us in Christ.

 

Turpin, W. T. “Nevertheless God.” Collected Writings of W.T. Turpin. Morganville, NJ: Present Truth, 1999. 413. Print.

 

 

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Jottings – Theological Arguments

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I beg leave, in my turn, to give you a few advices,

 

1. Be calm. Do not venture into the field again till you are master of your temper.

 

2. Be good-natured. Passion is not commendable; but ill nature still less.

 

3. Be courteous. Show good manners, as well as good nature, to your opponent, of whatever kind.

 

4. Be merciful. When you have gained an advantage over your opponent, do not press it to the uttermost. Remember the honest quaker’s advice to his friend a few years ago: ‘Art thou not content to lay John Wesley upon his back, but thou wilt tread his guts out?’

 

5. In writing, do not consider yourself as a man of fortune, or take any liberty with others on that account. Men of sense simply consider what is written; not whether the writer be a lord or a cobbler.

 

6. Lastly, Remember, ‘for every idle word men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment.’ Remember, ‘by thy words shalt thou be justified; or by thy words shalt thou be condemned.’

 

John Wesley, “Some Remarks on Mr. Hill’s Farrago Double Distilled,” quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 162.

 

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Jottings – Ministers While Employed in Watching Over Others Are So Solemnly Warned Against Neglecting Themselves

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If we study Divine subjects merely as ministers, they will produce no salutary effect. We may converse with the most impressive truths, as soldiers and surgeons do with blood, till they cease to make any impression upon us. We must meditate on these things as Christians, first feeding our own souls upon them, and then imparting that which we have believed and felt to others; or, whatever good we may do to them, we shall receive none ourselves. Unless we mix faith with what we preach, as well as with what we hear, the word will not profit us. It may be on these accounts that ministers, while employed in watching over others, are so solemnly warned against neglecting themselves: ‘Take heed unto yourselves and to all the flock,’ &c.—‘Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.’”

 

Andrew Gunton Fuller, “Sermon LXIX: Preaching Christ,” in “Sermons & Sketches” in The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc., ed. Joseph Belcher, Vol. 1. (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 501.

 

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