Jottings – Freedom from the Penalty, Power, and Presence of Sin

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Referring to Romans 8:21:

 

When Christ finally imprisons Satan, He will deliver the entire creation from this bondage, and all nature will enjoy with us “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (v. 21). What a thrilling salvation we have: free from the penalty of sin because Christ died for us (Romans 5); free from the power of sin because we died with Christ to the flesh (Romans 6) and to the Law (Romans 7); and someday we shall be free from the very presence of sin when nature is delivered from bondage.

 
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Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print. [emphasis added, chapter references reformatted]

 

 

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Jottings – Praise is Never Out of Season

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The apostles, we must remark, very frequently suspended their writing in order to lift up their hearts in praise. Praise is never out of season, and it is no interruption to interrupt any engagement in order to laud and magnify our God.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “A Psalm For The New Year,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. Originally preached on January 5, 1862. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 8.

 

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Jottings – The Power From On High

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It is extraordinary grace, not talent, that wins the day. It is extraordinary spiritual power, not extraordinary mental power, that we need. Mental power may fill a chapel; but spiritual power fills the Church. Mental power may gather a congregation; spiritual power will save souls. We want spiritual power. Oh! we know some before whom we shrink into nothing as to talent, but who have no spiritual power; and when they speak, they have not the Holy Spirit with them; but we know others—simple-hearted, worthy men, who speak their country dialect, and who stand up to preach, and whether it be in a barn, or the village green, the Spirit of God clothes every word with power. Hearts are broken, souls are saved, and sinners are born again. O Spirit of the living God! we want Thee. Thou art the life, the soul, the source of Thy people’s success. Without Thee they can do nothing; with Thee they can do everything. Dear readers, we want above all things, the ‘power from on high.’

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Preface,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), vi.

 

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Jottings – Do Not Put Yourself Outside of the Circle of Those Who Crucified Him

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Referring to Isaiah 53:4-6 ~

 

Do not put yourself outside of the circle of those who crucified Him.

 

Beers, Tim. Sermon. North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. May 31, 2015

 

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Jottings – Salvation is About Jesus Christ and What He Can Do

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Salvation is NOT about you and what you can do. Salvation is about Jesus Christ and what He can do.

 

Beers, Tim. Sermon. North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. May 31, 2015

 

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Jottings – Are You an Overcomer?

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Commenting on Micah 2:

 

It is the will of God that those whom He has taken into covenant relationship with Himself should ever be overcomers. If it is otherwise, the fault is in them— not in Him. He has abundant resources for the believer to draw upon. But where unbelief and disobedience hold sway, spiritual paralysis must necessarily ensue.

 

Ironside, H. A. Notes on the Minor Prophets. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1909. Print.

 

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Jottings – John Wesley’s Best Friend

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In these days, it was customary for the itinerant and local preachers to take breakfast together, on Sunday mornings, at City Road. On one occasion, when Wesley was present, a young man rose and found fault with one of his seniors. The Scotch blood of Thomas Rankin was roused, and he sharply rebuked the juvenile for his impertinence; but, in turn, was as sharply rebuked himself. Wesley instantly replied: ‘I will thank the youngest man among you to tell me of any fault you see in me; in doing so, I shall consider him as my best friend.’ This was quite enough to silence Rankin.

 

Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 567. The incident dates from 1789, less than two years prior to Wesley’s homecall.

 

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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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