Jottings – If You Are Going to Wash Your Neighbor’s Feet You Ought to be Careful About the Temperature of the Water

“John“


Commenting on John 13:14 ~

 

We need much grace ourselves to wash another’s feet. If you are going to wash your neighbor’s feet, you ought to be careful about the temperature of the water. You would not go to anyone and say, ‘Put your feet into this bucket of scalding water, and I will wash them for you.’ Ice-water is just as bad. Some people go at you in such a way that you just shrink back from them. Some are so hot, and some are so cold and icy and formal. You don’t appreciate either; do you? The proper thing is this, when you see your brother going wrong, get into the presence of the Lord about it. Then remember the word that tells us, as recorded in Gal. 6:1: ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.’ When you go to your brother like this seeking to apply the Word of God faithfully. He must be in a very bad state indeed if he will not listen. If he is not ready, you can continue to pray and wait for the time when God may permit you to help him.

 

H. A. Ironside, Addresses on the Gospel of John. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1942), pp. 560-62.

 

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Jottings – Man’s Evil And God’s Grace Thoroughly Came Out In The Cross


In the cross I see God humbling Himself—the only One of all greatness making nothing of Himself for my soul—the only One who commands all becoming a servant of the very vilest. A person cannot receive the truth of the cross without having in measure his walk in accordance with the spirit of it. Yet saints of God have regarded the cross, not so much as that power by which the world is crucified unto them and they unto the world, but rather as the remedy by which they are set free from all anxiety, in order to make themselves a comfortable place in the world. The Christian ought to be the happiest of men; but his happiness consists not in what he has here, but in what he knows that he will have with Christ. Meanwhile, our service and obedience are to be formed according to the spirit of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man’s evil and God’s grace thoroughly came out in the cross; all met there: and it is founded upon this great truth that it is said so often in scripture, ‘The end of all things is at hand;’ because all was brought out in moral ways and in dispensational dealings between God and man.

 

William Kelly, Lectures on the Gospel of Matthew, (London; Glasgow: G. Morrish; R. L. Allan, 1868), p. 342.

 

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Jottings – Christian Preaching Is Not The Proud Ventilation Of Human Opinions

The Expository Preacher Is A Bridge Builder


Christian preaching is not the proud ventilation of human opinions: it is the humble exposition of God’s Word. Biblical expositors bring out of Scripture what is there; they refuse to thrust into the text what is not there. They pry open what appears closed, make plain what seems obscure, unravel what is knotted, and unfold what is tightly packed. In expository preaching the biblical text is neither a conventional introduction to a sermon on a largely different topic, nor a convenient peg on which to hang a ragbag of miscellaneous thoughts, but a master which dictates and controls what is said.

 

 J.R.W. Stott & Timothy Dudley-Smith, Authentic Christianity. 1995.

 

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Jottings – The Expository Preacher Is A Bridge Builder

The Expository Preacher Is A Bridge Builder


The expository preacher is a bridge builder, seeking to span the gulf between the Word of God and the mind of man. He must do his utmost to interpret the Scripture so accurately and plainly, and to apply it so forcefully, that the truth crosses the bridge.

 

 J.R.W. Stott & Timothy Dudley-Smith, Authentic Christianity. 1995.

 

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Jottings – The Power Of The Old Nature Will Manifest Itself Through The Tongue


Commenting on James 3:8 ~~

 

Such is the power of the old nature that unless there is constant watchfulness and unceasing identification by faith with Christ in His death to sin, it will manifest itself through the tongue long after other evil propensities have been brought into subjection through the power of the cross as applied to the flesh.”

 

 H. A. Ironside, Expository Notes on the Epistles of James. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1947), pp. 36–37.

 

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Jottings – A Godly Man Is A Praying Man


Commenting on Psalm 32:6 ~~

 

A godly man is a praying man. ‘Every one that is godly shall pray unto thee .’ As soon as grace is poured in, prayer is poured out.

 

Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture; accessed on 8/11/13 here: http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/godly_mans_picture3.htm

 

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Jottings – It Is Incumbent On God’s People To Proclaim The Good News

It Is Incumbent On God’s People To Proclaim The Good News


Commenting on 1 Timothy 2:4-7 ~~

 

Although it is not directly Paul’s point in this paragraph, these words function as one of the more significant missions/evangelism passages in the NT. The same reason that Paul was appointed a herald of the good news for the Gentiles is why the church must always be involved in missions. It is inherent in the very character of God, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth, and in the redemptive work of Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. It is therefore incumbent on God’s people to proclaim that good news.

 

Fee, Gordon D., 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Understanding the Bible Commentary Series, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), p. 67.

 

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Jottings – The Way To Grow Strong In Christ Is To Become Weak In Yourself


Oh! beloved, yield your hearts to God. Do not become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is Satan’s net, wherein he catcheth men, like poor silly fish, and doth destroy them. Be not self-sufficient. Think yourselves nothing, for ye are nothing, and live by God’s help. The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. God poureth no power into man’s heart till man’s power is all poured out. Live, then, daily, a life of dependence on the grace of God. Do not set thyself up as if thou wast an independent gentleman; do not start in thine own concerns as if thou couldst do all things thyself; but live always trusting in God.

 

C. H. Spurgeon, “Indwelling Sin,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. II. Originally preached on June 1, 1856. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1856), p. 240.

 

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Jottings – Obviously God Is Not Through With The Nation Israel

God is not through with the nation Israel


Commenting on Jeremiah 23:7-8 ~~

 

This is one of the most remarkable prophecies in the Word of God. The oldest religious holiday celebrated today is the Jewish Passover. Regardless of whether the Jew is reformed or orthodox, he remembers the Passover, because it is the celebration of the miraculous deliverance of the Jews out of Egypt. Now God is saying, “The day is coming when I will bring them back into their land that they will forget the deliverance out of Egypt and they will remember this new deliverance which I intend to accomplish.” It will be that tremendous! Obviously God is not through with the nation Israel, my friend.

 

McGee, J. Vernon. Thru the Bible Commentary: The Prophets (Jeremiah/Lamentations). electronic ed. Vol. 24. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991. Print.

 

 

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Jottings – The Church Does Not Teach, It Is Taught

“John


Commenting on John 16:13 and Acts 2:42 ~

 

The church does not teach; it is taught.

 

Hole, F. B. “Acts.” STEM Publishing. N.d. Web. Accesed March 13, 2015. Available here.

 

 

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