Sunday, August 21, 2016



LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN MAN. SCRIPTURAL ARGUMENTS EXHORTING TO IT.
by John Calvin (1509-1564)
Edited by Dr. Riktor Von Zhades


WE have said that the object of regeneration is to bring the life of believers into concord and harmony with the righteousness of God, and so confirm the adoption by which they have been received as sons. But although the law comprehends within it that new life by which the image of God is restored in us, yet, as our sluggishness stands greatly in need both of helps and incentives it will be useful to collect out of Scripture a true account of this reformations lest any who have a heartfelt desire of repentance should in their zeal go astray. Moreover, I am not unaware that, in undertaking to describe the life of the Christian, I am entering on a large and extensive subject, one which, when fully considered in all its parts, is sufficient to fill a large volume. We see the length to which the Fathers in treating of individual virtues extend their exhortations. This they do, not from mere loquaciousness; for whatever be the virtue which you undertake to recommend, your pen is spontaneously led by the copiousness of the matter so to amplify, that you seem not to have discussed it properly if you have not done it at length. My intention, however, in the plan of life which I now propose to give, is not to extend it so far as to treat of each virtue specially, and expatiate in exhortation. This must be sought in the writings of others, and particularly in the Homilies of the Fathers. For me it will be sufficient to point out the method by which a pious man may be taught how to frame his life aright, and briefly lay down some universal rule by which he may not improperly regulate his conduct. I shall one day possibly find time for more ample discourse, [or leave others to perform an office for which I am not so fit. I have a natural love of brevity, and, perhaps, any attempt of mine at copiousness would not succeed. Even if I could gain the highest applause by being more prolix, I would scarcely be disposed to attempt it. While the nature of my present work requires me to glance at simple doctrine with as much brevity as possible. As philosophers have certain definitions of rectitude and honesty, from which they derive particular duties and the whole train of virtues; so in this respect Scripture is not without order, but presents a most beautiful arrangement, one too which is every way much more certain than that of philosophers. The only difference is, that they, under the influence of ambition, constantly affect an exquisite perspicuity of arrangement, which may serve to display their genius, whereas the Spirit of God, teaching without affectation, is not so perpetually observant of exact method, and yet by observing it at times sufficiently intimates that it is not to be neglected.

The Scripture system of which we speak aims chiefly at two objects. The former is, that the love of righteousness, to which we are by no means naturally inclined, may be instilled and implanted into our minds. The latter is, to prescribe a rule which will prevent us while in the pursuit of righteousness from going astray. It has numerous admirable methods of recommending righteousness. Many have been already pointed out in different parts of this work; but we shall here also briefly advert to some of them. With what better foundation can it begin than by reminding us that we must be holy, because “God is holy?” (Read Leviticus 29:1; 1 Peter 1:16.) For when we were scattered abroad like lost sheep, wandering through the labyrinth of this world, he brought us back again to his own fold. When mention is made of our union with God, let us remember that holiness must be the bond; not that by the merit of holiness we come into communion with him, (we ought rather first to cleave to him, in order that, pervaded with his holiness, we may follow whither he calls,) but because it greatly concerns his glory not to have any fellowship with wickedness and impurity. Wherefore he tells us that this is the end of our calling, the end to which we ought ever to have respect, if we would answer the call of God. For to what end were we rescued from the iniquity and pollution of the world into which we were plunged, if we allow ourselves, during our whole lives, to wallow in them? Besides, we are at the same time admonished, that if we would be regarded as the Lord’s people, we must inhabit the holy city Jerusalem, which, as he hath consecrated it to himself, it were impious for its inhabitants to profane by impurity. Hence the expressions, “Who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness,” (Read Psalm 15:1- 2, 24:3-4) for the sanctuary in which he dwells certainly ought not to be like an unclean stall.

The better to arouse us, it exhibits God the Father, who, as he hath reconciled us to himself in his Anointed, has impressed his image upon us, to which he would have us to be conformed, (Read Rom. 5:4.) Come, then, and let them show me a more excellent system among philosophers, who think that they only have a moral philosophy duly and orderly arranged. They, when they would give excellent exhortations to virtue, can only tell us to live agreeably to nature. Scripture derives its exhortations from the true source, when it not only enjoins us to regulate our lives with a view to God its author to whom it belongs; but after showing us that we have degenerated from our true origin, viz., the law of our Creator, adds, that Christ, through whom we have returned to favour with God, is set before us as a model, the image of which our lives should express. What do you require more effectual than this? Nay, what do you require beyond this? If the Lord adopts (Read Ephesians 4:5), us for his sons on the condition that our life be a representation of Christ, the bond of our adoption,—then, unless we dedicate and devote ourselves to righteousness, we not only, with the utmost perfidy, revolt from our Creator, but also abjure the Saviour himself. Then, from an enumeration of all the blessings of God, and each part of our salvation, it finds materials for exhortation. Ever since God exhibited himself to us as a Father, we must be convicted of extreme ingratitude if we do not in turn exhibit ourselves as his sons. Ever since Christ purified us by the laver of his blood, and communicated this purification by baptism, it would ill become us to be defiled with new pollution. (Read Hebrews 6:4-6). Ever since he ingrafted us into his body, we, who are his members, should anxiously beware of contracting any stain or taint. Ever since he who is our head ascended to heaven, it is befitting in us to withdraw our affections from the earth, and with our whole soul aspire to heaven. Ever since the Holy Spirit dedicated us as temples to the Lord (Read 2 Corinthians 6:16), we should make it our endeavour to show forth the glory of God, and guard against being profaned by the defilement of sin. Ever since our soul and body were destined to heavenly incorruptibility and an unfading crown, we should earnestly strive to keep them pure and uncorrupted against the day of the Lord. These, I say, are the surest foundations of a well-regulated life, and you will search in vain for any thing resembling them among philosophers, who, in their commendation of virtue, never rise higher than the natural dignity of man.*

This is the place to address those who, having nothing of Christ but the name and sign, would yet be called Christians. How dare they boast of this sacred name? None have intercourse with Christ but those who have acquired the true knowledge of him from the Gospel. The Apostle [Paul]denies that any man truly has learned Christ who has not learned to put off “the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and put on Christ,” (Read Ephesians 4:22.) They are convicted, therefore, of falsely and unjustly pretending a knowledge of Christ, whatever be the volubility and eloquence with which they can talk of the Gospel. Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue, but of the life; is not apprehended by the intellect and memory merely, like other branches of learning; but is received only when it possesses the whole soul, and finds its seat and habitation in the inmost recesses of the heart. Let them, therefore, either cease to insult God, by boasting that they are what they are not, or let them show themselves not unworthy disciples of their divine Master. To doctrine in which our religion is contained we have given the first place, since by it our salvation commences; but it must be transfused into the breast**, and pass into the conduct, and so transform us into itself, as not to prove unfruitful. If philosophers are justly offended, and banish from their company with disgrace those who, while professing an art which ought to be the mistress of their conduct, convert it into mere loquacious sophistry, with how much better reason shall we detest those flimsy sophists who are contented to let the Gospel play upon their lips, when, from its efficacy, it ought to penetrate the inmost affections of the heart, fix its seat in the soul, and pervade the whole man a hundred times more than the frigid discourses of philosophers?

I insist not that the life of the Christian shall breathe nothing but the perfect Gospel, though this is to be desired, and ought to be attempted. I insist not so strictly on evangelical perfection, as to refuse to acknowledge as a Christian any man who has not attained it. In this way all would be excluded from the Church (Read Romans 3:23), since there is no man who is not far removed from this perfection, while many, who have made but little progress, would be undeservedly rejected. What then? Let us set this before our eye as the end at which we ought constantly to aim. Let it be regarded as the goal towards which we are to run. For you cannot divide the matter with God, undertaking part of what his word enjoins, and omitting part at pleasure. For, in the first place, God uniformly recommends integrity as the principal part of his worship, meaning by integrity real singleness of mind, devoid of gloss and fiction, and to this is opposed a double mind; as if it had been said, that the spiritual commencement of a good life is when the internal affections are sincerely devoted to God, in the cultivation of holiness and justice. But seeing that, in this earthly prison of the body, no man is supplied with strength sufficient to hasten in his course with due alacrity, while the greater number are so oppressed with weakness, that hesitating, and halting, and even crawling on the ground, they make little progress, let every one of us go as far as his humble ability enables him, and prosecute the journey once begun. No one will travel so badly as not daily to make some degree of progress***. This, therefore, let us never cease to do, that we may daily advance in the way of the Lord; and let us not despair because of the slender measure of success. How little soever the success may correspond with our wish, our labour is not lost when to-day is better than yesterday, provided with true singleness of mind we keep our aim, and aspire to the goal, not speaking flattering things to ourselves, nor indulging our vices, but making it our constant endeavour to become better, until we attain to goodness itself. If during the whole course of our life we seek and follow, we shall at length attain it, when relieved from the infirmity of flesh we are admitted to full fellowship with God.

* Editor’s notation - Man’s moral wisdom is naught but a collection of nice thoughts and wishes for which the capacity does exist within, but the will to implement it just cannot be achieved due to his flawed and sinful nature.
Herein one is reminded of Paul’s words wherein he writes:
23 But I see another Law in my members, rebelling against the law of my mind, and leading me captive unto the law of sin, which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death! 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Then I myself in my mind serve the Law of God, but in my flesh the law of sin - Romans 7:23-25

** Editor’s notation - It would seem to suggest that the breast refers to the heart, from which all issues of life come forth. Read Matthew 15:17-19; Mark 7:21; Hebrews 3:12; James 4:8

*** Editor’s notation - There is no such recess of the darkest mind that the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot illuminate and drive back that darkness. Each day, that light, with it’s accompanying holiness pushes that darkness further and further away from the light so as to no longer be seen. If we, as sinners make even one step, nay one crawling foot of progress each day, we achieve victory. Therefore be of good cheer, for Christ our Redeemer walks with us, even if it is as one step at a time.

Sunday, August 14, 2016



The Unrepentant Reprobate
by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

4 For it is impossible that they which were once lightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted of the good word of God, and of the powers of the world to come, 6 If they fall away, should be renewed again by repentance: seeing they crucify again to themselves the Son of God, and make a mock of him.
GNV Translation - Ed. 1599

4 For when people have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become sharers in the Ruach HaKodesh, 5 and tasted the goodness of God’s Word and the powers of the ‘olam haba — 6 and then have fallen away — it is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for themselves they keep executing the Son of God on the stake all over again and keep holding him up to public contempt.
CJB Translation - Current Online Translation

4. Except they cannot rest on baptism for one time and receive the gift from heaven and receive the Holy Spirit, 5. And taste the Manifestation of grace from Allaha and the power of eternity* to come, 6. And then again commit sin, so as they may be renewed in grace from the beginning, and again crucify the Son of Allaha from the beginning and reenter the covenant.
Aramaic Translation - Vic Alexander - Current Online Translation

Brethren:
Allow this editor to preface the sermon by stating the following:

If the wages of sin (Passion) be death eternal, then conversely the blessings of righteousness (Patience) be life eternal. Keep this in mind as we read today’s sermon

Last week we spoke upon the blessings of Patience, and the curse of Passion, (the two boys from Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress) and how the latter would lead towards becoming so hardened against the word of God. Such is the man that we will see below, known as the “man in the iron cage” who tasted the fruits of blessings of God, but sought to seek out the lusts of the carnal flesh even more so, and thereby rejected that word in the end.

Herein below read the dialogue from Bunyan’s book


So he took him by the hand again, and led him into a very dark room, where there sat a man in an iron cage. Now the man, to look on, seemed very sad; he sat with his eyes looking down to the ground, his hands folded together, and he sighed as if he would break his heart. Then said Christian, What means this? At which the Interpreter bid him talk with the man
Then said Christian to the man, What art thou? The man answered, I am what I was not once.
CHRISTIAN:
What wast thou once?
THE MAN: The man said, I was once a fair and flourishing professor, (Read Luke 8:13), both in mine own eyes, and also in the eyes of others: I once was, as I thought, fair for the celestial city, and had then even joy at the thoughts that I should get thither.
CHRISTIAN:
Well, but what art thou now?
THE MAN:
I am now a man of despair, and am shut up in it, as in this iron cage. I cannot get
out; Oh now I cannot!
CHRISTIAN: But how camest thou into this condition?
THE MAN: I left off to watch and be sober: I laid the reins upon the neck of my lusts; I sinned
against the light of the word, and the goodness of God; I have grieved the Spirit, and he is gone; I
tempted the devil, and he is come to me; I have provoked God to anger, and he has left me: I have
so hardened my heart, that I cannot repent.
Then said Christian to the Interpreter, But is there no hope for such a man as this? Ask him,
said the Interpreter.
CHRISTIAN: Then said Christian, Is there no hope, but you must be kept in the iron cage of
despair?
THE MAN: No, none at all.
CHRISTIAN: Why, the Son of the Blessed is very pitiful.
THE MAN: I have crucified him to myself afresh, (Read Hebrews 6:6); I have despised his person, (Read Luke 19:14); I have despised his righteousness; I have counted his blood an unholy thing; I have done despite to the spirit of grace, (Read Hebrews 10:29): therefore I have shut myself out of all the promises and there now remains to me nothing but threatenings, dreadful threatenings, faithful threatenings of certain judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour me as an adversary.
CHRISTIAN: For what did you bring yourself into this condition?
THE MAN: For the lusts, pleasures, and profits of this world; in the enjoyment of which I did then promise myself much delight: but now every one of those things also bite me, and gnaw me
like a burning worm.
CHRISTIAN: But canst thou not now repent and turn?
THE MAN: God hath denied me repentance. His word gives me no encouragement to believe; yea, himself hath shut me up in this iron cage: nor can all the men in the world let me out. Oh eternity! eternity! how shall I grapple with the misery that I must meet with in eternity?
INTERPRETER: Then said the Interpreter to Christian, Let this man’s misery be remembered
by thee, and be an everlasting caution to thee”

My friends, do you not see how that lusts of the flesh can lead to destruction? Above dialogue with the man in the cage indicates how, when we receive the good news of the Gospel of Christ that is to say the Gospel of Grace and Redemption and then, like the one whose word is choked out by thorns or fallen upon stoney ground (Read Mark 4:16-19), as such fall away, and return to the desires of the flesh, and the carnal wisdom that is put forth by man?

Friends I beseech you, turn from that path, and continue onward upon the straight and narrow road. Turn neither left, nor right, (Read Deuteronomy 28:14; Joshua 1:7; Proverbs 4:26-27;Hebrews 12:12-13). Keep your eyes and heart secured and focused on the goal, that being the entering of the Kingdom of Heaven. Seek not the riches of this temporal plain, but seek you first the kingdom of Heaven (Read Matthew 6:33)

Also recall from last week, how we read about Esau and the prodigal son. Yet there was a subtle difference; the former, upon losing the blessings of his father, Issac, lamented and cried out how it was unfair, but could no longer repent, for it was too late as he openly renounced his need for inheritance, in fact it hardened his heart even more so as it brought forth hatred of his brother Jacob within it. The latter, the prodigal son, was able to see the error of his ways, and sought to repent with his father, even going so far as to renounce his kinship with him and become an ordinary servant.
* Literal translation of the word “eternity”; the universe - Source Vic Alexander

Sunday, August 7, 2016


Patience and Passion
by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, bid my brother divide the inheritance withme. 14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge, or a divider over you? 15 Wherefore he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for though a man have abundance, yet his life standeth not in his riches.
Luke 12:13-15

Brethren:

In the book written by John Bunyan titled “A Pilgrim’s Progress” (a reading that is suggested), the main character by name of Christian arrives at the abode of a man called the Interpreter.
Within he finds many strange things, of which one are two young fellows, boys sitting on the floor. One is named Patience, and the other Passion. As the written scene unfolds we read:
Moreover, I saw in my dream that Interpreter again took Christian by the hand and led him into a very small room in which there sat two little children, each one on his chair. The name of the elder was Passion and the other Patience. Passion seemed to be very discontented while Patience remained calm and quiet. Then Christian asked, ‘What is the reason for Passion’s unrest?' Interpreter replied, ‘The Governor of these children would have him wait for the best things that are to be bestowed at the beginning of the next year. But he wants to have his inheritance now, while Patience is quite willing to wait.’ Then I saw a person come to Passion and bring him a bag of treasure that was immediately poured out at his feet. At this the elder child rejoiced and at the same time scornfully laughed at Patience. However, I noticed that very soon Passion’s wealth wasted away, with the result that he found himself left with nothing but rags. “

Recall also if you will the story of Esau and Jacob (Read Genesis 25:29-34), wherein the former sold away His future inheritance for the instant gratification of getting a meal. Likewise in the parable of the prodigal son (Read Luke 15:11-15) who also gave way to his desire for riches and fortune, and ended up in a pig pen destitute.

Friends; too often in this word, we find that many who are Christians, are also trying to live within this world and gratify it’s carnal desires. It may be for possessions, wealth, fame, power; perhaps a combination of all or some of them, but that desire quenches the flame of seeking the riches of the kingdom of God.

Take note of Passion, not only does he glory in his immediate receiving of wealth but he taunts Patience for not doing likewise and joys in the doing of it. Yet in the end, the joy is gone, and what is left is nothing but emptiness, and sorrow*. Now contrast that with the situation of Patience, who takes joy in the knowledge that in due time, according to the wishes of the “Governor”, (who is to be likened to our Heavenly father), waits for the race to be run, and the crown of gold to be placed upon his head; (Read James 1:12)** Ad Victorum Ire Spolia, - to the victor goes the spoils.*** Hence, his joy is from seeking first the Kingdom of God, (Read Matthew 6:33; 1 Peter 1:4), and the knowing beyond all doubt that His riches will be bestowed upon you according to His will and His timetable. 

* In a further part of the chapter about the Interpreter we find a man whose sorrow and grief is beyond repentance. This is to say that he so lusted after the things of this world that he crucified afresh our Savior, (Read Hebrews 6:4-6). It is likely to become the end case of Passion, who will most likely seek immediate riches continually.
** Beatus vir qui suffert temptationem quia cum probatus fuerit accipiet coronam vitae quam repromisit Deus diligentibus se
*** A more literal translation, from what can be gathered in various sources is: The plundering goes to he who is the victor. Admittedly this is a bit more wrong in it's intent, that is to say one would plunder from the loser, it none-the less, sums up well the end result. - Dr. RVZ



Friday, July 29, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:35
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation, and thy right hand hath stayed me, and thy loving kindness hath caused me to increase.
Geneva Bible Translation - 1599

Thou hast also given me Thy shield of salvation, and Thy right hand hath holden me up; and Thy condescension* hath made me great
JPS Translation - 1917

Brethren:

We are reminded here of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians**, wherein he writes of taking on the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. In either case, both speak of being armored against attacks by the enemy, that is to say Satan and his minions. However, David goes on to write and speak about the loving kindness, or as the JPS translations says “condescension”, meaning gentleness or in the objective form as noted below in Strong’s clemency, that is to say mercy and grace, and how it upholds him and has lifted his horn from humble shepherd, to become a great king.
Dr. Riktor Von Zhades - Devoted servant of our Redeemer Christ Jesus.

Meaning either temporal salvation, which was a shield to him when he had no outward one, as when he fought with Goliath; and was what preserved him in all his battles at other times: or spiritual salvation, which is of the Lord, of his contriving, effecting:, and applying, and in which his glory is concerned; interest in which is a free gift of his, as are the knowledge, application, and possession of it; and this is as a shield, which saves from sin, from all sin, and the damning power of it; keeps off the curses of the law, secures from wrath to come, and repels Satan's temptations; the words may be applied to Christ, who, though he was not saved from dying, yet was preserved in the day of salvation, and was not suffered to see corruption in the grave, and was quickly delivered from the power and dominion of it

Christ; the right hand of God, being as dear to him as his right hand; and being exalted at it; and because by him he communicates all good things to his people, and with him upholds and sustains them; or else it designs the mighty power of God, which is often signified by it, (Read Psalms 20:6, 44:3, 118:15-16); and may be understood of the sustentation of David, both in a providential way, with respect to his being, the preservation of it, the supplies of life, and support in times of trouble and distress; and in a spiritual sense, maintaining the principle of grace in him, furnishing him with fresh supplies of grace, and bearing him up under and through every temptation and exercise; so upholding him that he stood firm in the true grace of God, in the exercise of it implanted, and in the doctrine of grace, so as to go forward in the ways of God, and follow hard after him, and so as not to fall and utterly perish; and which is true of all the saints. (Read Psalm 63:8, 37:24). The words [are likewise] to be interpreted of Christ, who, as man and Mediator, as God's righteous servant, was upheld by him, so that he failed not, nor was he discouraged; the hand of the Lord was established with him, and his arm also strengthened him ( Read Isaiah 42:1,4; Psalm 89:21 )” - John Gill - 17th Century Theologian

* 6038 `anavah an-aw-vaw - condescension, human and subjective (modesty), or divine and objective (clemency):--gentleness, humility, meekness - Source - Strong’s Concordance
**
11 Clothe you with the armour of God, that ye be able to stand against the ambushings [or the assailings,] of the devil. 12 For striving, or battle, is not to us against flesh and blood, but against [the] princes and potentates, against governors of the world of these darknesses, against spiritual things of wickedness, in heavenly things 13 Therefore take ye the armour of God, that ye be able to against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect. 14 Therefore stand ye, and be girded about your loins in soothfastness, and clothed with the habergeon of rightwiseness, 15 and your feet shod in making ready of the gospel of peace. 16 In all things take ye the shield of faith, in which ye be able to quench all the fiery darts of him that is most wicked. 17 And take ye the helmet of health, and the sword of the Ghost, that is, the word of God. - Ephesians 6:11-17 - Wycliffe Bible translation circa 1382-1395
Also note - 17. He wears righteousness like a breastplate, and the helmet of salvation is upon His head, and He wears the garments of recompense - Isaiah 59:17 - Aramaic Translation

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:32
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

God girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way upright.

Brethren:

Who but our Creator makes the weak strong, the fearful courageous? Likewise He guides us in His ways, walking along the paths of His righteousness. Consider also today in your meditations Psalm 89:21; Psalm 91:2 - Dr. Riktor Von Zhades

“Perfect - Perfectly plain and smooth, and clear from impediments.” - John Wesley

What service God designs men for he will be sure to fit them for.” - Matthew Henry

For battle, [along] with strength of body and fortitude of mind; both which are from the Lord, and were in David; and were acknowledged by him as bestowed on him by the Lord; and which confirms what he had before said of him: or with spiritual strength, with strength in his soul, against sin, Satan, and the world; and to do the will and work of God: saints are girt by the Lord with the whole armour of God, and among the rest with the girdle of truth; and are prepared and ready to every good work; see (Read 1 Samuel 2:4 ) . Hannah's song is again referred to: in (Read 2 Samuel 22:33 ) , the words are, "God is my strength [and] power"; they are true of Christ, the man of God's right hand, whom he promised to strengthen, and whom he has made strong for himself. God removed every impediment and obstacle out of his way, and made it plain and easy, as Jarchi observes; and succeeded him, and gave him victory over his enemies; this has been verified in Christ, who has conquered sin, Satan, the world, death, and the grave: for this is not to be understood of the way and course of David's life and conversation, which was not perfect and unspotted, but had many blemishes and imperfections in it, which he often owns, confesses, and bewails.” - John Gill


Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:30-31
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

30 The way of God is uncorrupt: the word* of the Lord is tried in the fire: he is a shield to all that trust in him. 31 For who is God besides the Lord? and who is mighty save our God

Brethren:

For some time now, we have been stressing the promises of our Creator. One of which is to protect us from the world. In fact this is a constant theme throughout the Psalms, (and to a lesser extent the Proverbs), that God is willing and most able to defend those that honestly and humbly seek Him and His Word. It behooves us however, to remember that His timetable is not our own. So let us also consider that factor in the equation. Man’s wisdom is naught compared to it, as it (man’s) cannot save, nor create righteousness from within.

Yet His arm is not shortened, nor hindered by the ways of this world that it cannot save even the most vilest of persons. (Read Numbers 11;23; Isaiah 50:2; 59:1) For it is His most fervent desire that all mankind should come to repentance and be saved. (Read Ezekiel 33:7-19) Therefore friends, let us be quick to seek forgiveness when we fall, and likewise be quick to forgive others as well. For again God it is only by that grace, and mercy that we are forgiven. It is the most mightiest of attributes of His character.

Or without spot, as the Septuagint render the word; without any just charge of inequality, or unrighteousness; such is God's way of providence, though sometimes his methods of providence are cavilled at by wicked men, and murmured at by his own people: they are at a loss, at times, to reconcile promises and providences together, and to account for the justice and equity of them; these ways of his are unsearchable, and not to be traced out by them; but when his judgments will be made manifest, the wisdom, goodness, and righteousness of them will be clearly discerned, and they will be admired; for they are all of a piece, and perfectly consistent with the attributes of God: and such also is his way of grace, and method of salvation; it is agreeable to all his perfections, and according to his purposes, counsel, and covenant; this being resolved on in his breast, contrived by his wisdom, and concluded on in the covenant, has been effected and finished by his son; and his inward way of working upon the heart, though at present imperfect, will be completed; he is a rock, and his work is perfect, and all his ways are judgment: whatever way or method he contrives and enters upon, whether in providence or grace, he pursues and brings to an issue; for he is an omnipotent, omniscient, and unchangeable Being, and neither frustrates, nor is he frustrated; nor is there any insincerity, unrighteousness, and unfaithfulness in him; nor can he act contrary to himself, and the perfections of his nature: the way also which he prescribes to others is perfect and plain, whether the path of doctrine or of duty; the path of truth is plain to the enlightened understanding, and the way of holiness is such, in which men, though fools, shall not err; (Read Proverbs 8::8-9; Isaiah 35:8 ).

The word of the Lord is tried; as silver in a furnace, and is clear of all dross, of error, and falsehood; is free from human mixtures, and without any impurity and unholiness; nor is God's word of promise chargeable with unfaithfulness; all his promises being yea and amen in Christ, and have been tried and proved by the saints in all ages; and have been found true, faithful, constant, and invariable.

He [is likewise] a buckler to all those that trust in him; not in man, nor in themselves; in their own righteousness, or in any creature or creature enjoyment or performance; but in the providence and power of God, in his grace and mercy, in his word, and especially in his Son; in his person, blood, and righteousness; to such he is a buckler or shield: his power is all around them, his favour encompasses them, and his truth, or faithfulness in his word, is their shield and buckler: and so is his Son, who is both a sun and shield to them; and such are his precious blood, his spotless righteousness, and stoning sacrifice; which, being held up by faith, repel the fiery darts of Satan. (Read Ephesians 6:16)”
John Gill 17th Century Theologian

*Be the dangers never so many or great, yet God’s promise must take effect. - GNV footnotes circa 1599

Monday, July 25, 2016


Word of God
But he answering, said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The Gospel According to Matthew 4:4

Psalm 18:28
Prefaced & Edited by Doktor Riktor Von Zhades

Surely thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will lighten my darkness.

Brethren:

The light of God’s mercy and grace will shine through all darkness. The light of the Gospel will allow all mankind to see the truth of His word. It will open the eyes of the blind so that they may see all things clearly. This writer has oft times said there is no darkness so bleak, so impenetrable, that the light of His word, and that of the Gospel of Christ cannot illuminate. In fact even more so than that, but utterly push the darkness backwards so that it will no long be seen by anyone. So this evening friends, consider this in your hearts, as you meditate upon His words before retiring for the night; His light shines brightly for all men in the belief that It will draw you nearer to Him.
Also for study: 1 Kings 15:4; Job 18:6; Psalm 119:105
Doktor Riktor Von Zhades - Servant of Christ.

“‘Thou [art] my lamp, O Lord"’; which may either design outward prosperity, and the flourishing condition of David's kingdom; or internal spiritual light, and an increase of it, by giving fresh supplies of the oil of grace, to cause the lamp to burn more clearly; or rather the prosperous estate of Christ's kingdom; and may be the same with the lamp ordained for the Messiah, (Read Psalms 132:17 ) [He shall] ‘"cause light to shine in my darkness"'. That is, bring me out of darkness into light; either out of adversity to prosperity, or from walking in darkness to the enjoyment of the light of his countenance; and is true of Christ, not only of the prosperity of his kingdom and interest, but of him personally; who though, when on the cross, was in darkness of soul, being forsaken by his God; yet, when raised from the dead, he was received up to heaven, and set down at the right hand of God, and was made full of joy with his countenance, ( Read Acts 2:28 ).” - John Gill 17th Century Theologian