December 31, 2010

As We Enter A New Year...

I wish, my brothers and sisters, that during this year you may live nearer to Christ than you have ever done before.  Depend upon it, it is when we think much of Christ that we think little of ourselves, little of our troubles, and little of the doubts and fears that surround us.  Begin from this day, and may God help you.  Never let a single day pass over your head without a visit to the garden of Gethsemane, and the cross on Calvary.  And as for some of you who are not saved, and know not the Redeemer, I would to God that this very day you would come to Christ.  I dare say you think coming to Christ is some terrible thing: that you need to be prepared before you come; that he is hard and harsh with you.  When men have to go to a lawyer they need to tremble; when they have to go to the doctor they may fear; though both those persons, however unwelcome, may be often necessary.  But when you come to Christ, you may come boldly.  There is no fee required; there is no preparation necessary.  You may come just as you are.  It was a brave saying of Martin Luther’s, when he said, “I would run into Christ’s arms even if he had a drawn sword in his hand.”  Now, he has not a drawn sword, but he has his wounds in his hands.  Run into his arms, poor sinner.  “Oh,” you say, “May I come?”  How can you ask the question? you are commanded to come.  The great command of the gospel is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus.”  Those who disobey this command disobey God.  It is as much a command of God that man should believe on Christ, as that we should love our neighbor.  Now, what is a command I have certainly a right to obey.  There can be no question you see; a sinner has liberty to believe in Christ because he is told to do so.  God would not have told him to do a thing which he must not do.  You are allowed to believe.  “Oh,” saith one, “that is all I want to know.  I do believe that Christ is able to save to the uttermost.  May I rest my soul on him, and say, sink or swim, most blessed Jesus, thou art my Lord?”  May do it! man?  Why you are commanded to do it.  Oh that you may be enabled to do it.  Remember, this is not a thing which you will do at a risk.  The risk is in not doing it.  Cast yourself on Christ, sinner.  Throw away every other dependence and rest alone on him.

Charles Spurgeon, A New Year's Benediction

HT: All Things New

December 30, 2010

What She Read in the Newspaper, Saved Her Soul

A dying publican’s wife, in England, recently gave the following encouraging testimony, as narrated by the evangelist who visited her.  He says, “I was asked to go to a public house in Nottingham and see the landlord’s wife, who was dying.  I found her rejoicing in Christ as her Savior.  I asked her how she had found the Lord.  “Reading that,” she replied, handing me a torn piece of paper.  I looked at it and found that it was part of an American newspaper containing an extract from one of Spurgeon’s sermons, which extract had been the means of her conversion.  ‘Where did you get that newspaper from?’ I asked.  She answered: “It was wrapped round a parcel which was sent me from Australia.”  Talk about the hidden life of a good seed!  Think of that, a sermon – preached in London, conveyed to America, an extract reprinted in a newspaper there, that paper sent to Australia, part torn off (as we should say, accidentally) for the parcel dispatched to England, and, after all its wanderings conveying the message of salvation to that woman’s soul.  God’s Word shall not return unto Him void.

Charles Spurgeon, Prince of Preachers by Lewis Drummond

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December 16, 2010

A Social Network Christmas

If Facebook was used to update people on the lives of Elizabeth and Zechariah regarding the birth of their son John and Mary and Joseph and Jesus' birth (Luke 1 & 2), this is how it might have looked.

This is an amazing work that was created and certainly, to the Glory of God.

Thanks to the J.C. Ryle profile on Facebook for sharing this.  Please share the video and check out the site dedicated to quotes from J.C. Ryle.

December 12, 2010

Don't Stand at a Distance, Please Come In

But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Psalm 5:7

Many misunderstand the word fear in this verse thinking it implies an emotion of being afraid, but it does not.

The word fear in this verse is the Hebrew word yirah (yir'âh), which means moral reverance.  So, to fear God, is to revere Him in the awesomeness of whom He is, the Creator of heaven and earth, the one who came to this world in the form of human flesh, who died for your sins and the sins of the world.

Don't fear going to church if you haven't been there in a long while.  His mercy toward you is far greater than you and I could possibly fathom, especially concerning how great is His love that He has shown toward us.  (Romans 5:8)

Jesus said that he would not turn away anyone who comes to him. (John 6:37).  Come to Him today.

I believe that as you come to know the immeasurable multitude of mercy that He has bestowed upon you that your life would reflect His great love for you through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ whom has atoned for your sins.

The follow is Charles Spurgeon's commentary from his work, The Treasury of David concerning this verse. 

May it be an encouragement to you this Lord's Day.

With this verse the first part of the Psalm ends. The Psalmist has bent his knee in prayer: he has described before God, as an argument for his deliverance, the character and the fate of the wicked; and now he contrasts this with the condition of the righteous. “But as for me, I will come into thy house.” I will not stand at a distance, I will come into thy sanctuary, just as a child comes into his father's house. But I will not come there by my own merits; no, I have a multitude of sins, and therefore I will come in the multitude of thy mercy. I will approach thee with confidence because of thy immeasurable grace. God's judgments are all numbered, but his mercies are innumerable; he gives his wrath by weight, but without weight his mercy. “And in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple,” - towards the temple of thy holiness. The temple was not built on earth at that time; it was but a tabernacle; but David was wont to turn his eyes spiritually to that temple of God's holiness where between the wings of the Cherubim Jehovah dwells in light ineffable. Daniel opened his window towards Jerusalem, but we open our hearts towards heaven.

Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Verson 7.8) [Computer software].

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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