Posted by: reiterations | September 18, 2014

A Meritorious Righteousness

It is a meritorious righteousness.  The redemption of the soul is so precious that it would have ceased forever unless it had been redeemed by this righteousness, for silver and gold, and such corruptible things, could never do it.  Lay heaven, and all the glories thereof, in the balance with this righteousness, and they would be all light as a feather compared with it.  Heaven is called a purchased inheritance and this righteousness is the price that bought it.  There is such merit in it that it expiates sins of the blackest hue and redeems a whole elect world from wrath and ruin.  Yes, such is the intrinsic value of it that, had it been so designed, it was sufficient to have redeemed the whole posterity of Adam – yes, ten thousand worlds of angels and men upon a supposition of their existence and fall.  O, with what confidence, then, may a poor soul venture its eternal salvation upon this bottom!

From: “The Believer Exalted in Imputed Righteousness,” a sermon on Psalm 89.16, in The Whole Works of the Late Rev. Ebenezer Erskine, Minister of the Gospel at Stirling, Consisting of Sermons and Discourses on the Most Important and Interesting Subjects edited by James Fisher; 3 volumes (Edinburgh: Ogle & Murray, William Oliphant & Co., Oliver & Boyd, 1871), 1.100.  Originally published in 1761.

Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754) was a well-known Scottish minister.

Posted by: reiterations | September 17, 2014

The Essence of Parental Love

The essence of parental love is recognizing that we are the dispensers of God’s grace into our children’s lives.  They learn to identify and reverence God’s character through the way we treat them, both in moments of profound pride and in times of intense disappointment.Bryan Chapell

Posted by: reiterations | September 16, 2014

On Courage

Courage is not from nature, but from grace.  It is a gift of God.  It is He who gives strength and power to His people – not bodily strength only, but spiritual strength.  It is He who girds them with strength, with a holy fortitude, and who fills them with spiritual courage and strengthens their hearts and fortifies them against their spiritual enemies.John Gill (1697-1771)

Posted by: reiterations | September 15, 2014

Satanic Distractions

Do not think that God is angry with you for these distracting, though ever so blasphemous thoughts.  No, He knows it is not you, but Satan working in you.  Therefore, notwithstanding He may be displeased with and will certainly punish him, yet He will both pity and reward you.  And, though it be difficult to make persons in your circumstances to believe so, yet I doubt not but you are more acceptable to God when performing your holy duties in the midst of such involuntary distractions than when you are wrapped up by devotion into the third heaven, for you are then suffering as well as doing the will of God at the same time.  Be not driven from the use of any ordinance whatsoever on account of those abominable suggestions, for then you let Satan get his desired advantage over you.George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Posted by: reiterations | September 14, 2014

For the Lord’s Day (346)

In appearance, the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold, their faces were human faces, their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth.  They had breastplates like breastplates of iron and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle.  They have tails and stings, like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.  They have, as king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit.  His name, in Hebrew, is “Abaddon,” and, in Greek, he is called “Apollyon.”  (Revelation 9.7-11)

Posted by: reiterations | September 13, 2014

Cain’s Failure

Cain, in killing Abel, stabbed half the world at one blow.  Yet he could not kill the worm of his own conscience.Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

From: The Great Gain of Godliness: Practical Notes on Malachi 3.16-18 by Thomas Watson; “Puritan Paperbacks” series (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2006), p. 38.  Originally published in 1682 under the title Religion Our True Interest, or, Practical Notes Upon the Third Chapter of Malachy, the Sixteen, Seventeen, and Eighteen Verses.

Posted by: reiterations | September 12, 2014

On Dealing with Rebellious Children

The prodigal father was so lavishly compassionate in his love that he was willing to suffer any humiliation to restore his long-lost son.  So many parents do the exact opposite – even Christian parents.  When their children start going off in the wrong direction, they speak to them with scorn and treat them with shame.  Instead of humbling themselves, they humiliate their children, even to their own destruction.  But here [in the story of the prodigal son], Jesus gives fathers and mothers a better model to follow.Philip Graham Ryken (born in 1966)

Posted by: reiterations | September 11, 2014

Training a Child for Heaven

A true Christian must be no slave to fashion if he would train his child for heaven.  He must not be content to do things merely because they are the custom of the world: to teach them and instruct them in certain ways merely because it is usual, to allow them to read books of a questionable sort merely because everybody else reads them, to let them form habits of a doubtful tendency merely because they are the habits of the day.  He must train with an eye to his children’s souls.  He must not be ashamed to hear his training called singular and strange.  What if it is?  The time is short.  The fashion of this world is passing away.  He who has trained his children for heaven rather than for earth – for God rather than for man – is the parent who will be called wise, in the end.J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

Posted by: reiterations | September 10, 2014

Passing On the Faith

We should give our children the impression that the most wonderful thing in the world is Christianity and that there is nothing in life comparable to being a Christian.David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Posted by: reiterations | September 9, 2014

On Self-Examination

The ancient Greek philosopher and biographer, Plutarch [AD 46-ca. 119], in his essay, “Of Curiosity,” portrays, in strong language, the unwillingness of some to reflect on their own failures, preferring to use their moral sense in relation to others.  What Plutarch says of “some” is, in reality, natural to all of us:

“To some sorts of men, their own lives and actions would appear the most unpleasant spectacle in the world and, therefore, they fly from the light of their consciences and cannot bear the torture of one reflecting thought upon themselves for, when the soul, being once defiled with all manner of wickedness, is scared at its own hideous deformity, it endeavors to run from itself and, ranging here and there, it pampers its own malignity with malicious speculations on the ills of others.”

From: Minding the Heart: The Way of Spiritual Transformation by Robert L. Saucy (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2013), p. 89.

Robert L. Saucy (born in 1930) has taught systematic theology at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) since 1961.  He is the author of several books and numerous articles.

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