Monday, July 27, 2015



Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 24:47-49 

47 And that repentance, and remission of sins should be preached in his Name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 Now ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I do send the promise (John 15:26; Acts 1:4) of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

Brethren:


And that repentance and remission of sins, which are the sum of the Gospel ministry; see ( Acts 20:21 ) the doctrine of "repentance" is not of the law, which neither requires, nor admits of it, but of the Gospel. The Persic version calls it, "the Gospel of repentance"; a doctrine preached by John the Baptist, Christ, and his apostles; and the thing itself is a blessing of the covenant, a gift of God's grace, and in the hands of Christ to bestow; and therefore the doctrine of it is published in his name, as well as remission of sins; which, though it springs from the free grace of God, is procured by the blood of Christ, and through him it is preached. These two are joined together, not because repentance is the cause of pardon; for repentance makes no satisfaction for sin, or atonement for it; nor does the law at all regard it: tears of repentance will not wash away sin; notwithstanding these, iniquity remains marked before God; Christ's tears themselves did not take away, nor atone for sin; his blood must be shed, and it was shed for the remission of it; and that is the only meritorious cause it. Indeed there is a notion that repentance atones for sin; but it is a very bad one, and has no countenance neither from the law of nature, nor the law of Moses: but these two are put together, because there is a connection between them, as there is between repentance, and life, and salvation: repentance issues in these things; and to whomsoever the grace of repentance is given, to them the forgiveness of sins is applied; nor need any truly repenting sinner despair of the pardon of his sin: and indeed, there is no true evangelical repentance without views, or at least hopes of pardoning grace, and mercy; for that is attended with faith in Christ, and is heightened by the discoveries of forgiving love: such who have the fullest view of the remission of their sins, have the clearest sense of sin, and have the most sorrow for it, and loath themselves on account of it, and are ashamed of it, and do most frankly confess it, and most thoroughly forsake it. And now it was necessary, according to Old Testament prophecies, that both these should be preached in his name; in the name of the Messiah; by his authority, and as coming through him; since the remission of sin is by his blood(Acts 10:43); and he is exalted as a prince(Isaiah 9:6; Revelation 19:16), and a Saviour(Psalm 17:7; Isaiah 4311, 45:21, 62:11, 63:7-9; Luke 1:46-48; John 4:42) to give both repentance and forgiveness of sins to all the Israel of God, whether Jews or Gentiles; and therefore it is fitting and proper that these should be preached,  among all nations (Matthew 24:14); of the world, where God's elect are; that so they may be brought hereby to repentance, and receive the forgiveness of their sins.

Beginning at Jerusalem; from whence, according to the Old Testament, the word and doctrine of the Lord were to go forth, ( Psalms 110:2; Isaiah 2:3 ) and is particularly mentioned, because the Gospel was to be first preached to the Jews, and be the power of God unto salvation to them; and because that in Jerusalem lived those who had been concerned in crucifying Christ, to whom repentance and forgiveness must be preached; and which would be a great encouragement to the vilest of sinners, to hope for mercy and forgiveness, since such received both. [Therefore] ye are witnesses of these things. As they were witnesses of the truth of his humanity, having seen, and heard, and handled him, both before, and after, his resurrection from the dead, and of all that he did, of all the miracles that he wrought in Jerusalem, Judea, and Galilee, and of his transfiguration on the mount; so likewise of his sorrows in the garden, and of his sufferings in the palace of the high priest, and in Pilate's hall, and on the cross; and of his death, which was the death of the cross; and also of his resurrection from the dead, in the same body, to whom he showed himself alive by many infallible proofs; by showing them the print of the nails in his hands and feet; by being handled by them; by eating and drinking in their presence; and by conversing with them for the space of forty days ( Luke 24:13-31; John 20:27): and their business was also to testify the doctrine of repentance, and remission of sins, in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth, which they accordingly did. (Acts 1:8, 2:30-32, 10:39, 41, 20:21 ).

And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you. By which is meant the promise of the Spirit, called the promise of the Father, because he was promised by the Father to be sent, and poured on the saints in the times of the Messiah, ( Isaiah 44:3; Joel 2:28 ) and because Christ promised to pray the Father for him, and to send him from him; and that the Father should send him in his name, who would fit and qualify them for, and assist them in bearing a testimony for him; since he would teach them all things, lead them into all truth, take of the things of Christ, and show them to them, and bring to their remembrance all things they had seen and heard: and this promise of the Father was to be sent in a very short time, in ten days time (Acts 2:1), as accordingly it was; and might be very properly said to be sent "upon" them, since, when he was sent down, he sat upon them in the appearance of fire(Acts2:3); and this being a marvellous thing, as well as of great moment and importance, it is introduced with a "behold", as a note both of admiration and attention.

But tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem. For the space of ten days; here they were to continue during that time, and not depart thence; yea, they were to sit there, as the word used signifies: they were to sit still, and be silent; they were not to begin to preach; they were only to attend to prayer and Christian conversation, and to wait for the Spirit, the promise of the Father; and who also is designed in the following clause: “until ye be endued with power from on high”(Acts2:4). The Spirit of God is a spirit of might, and of power, as well as of knowledge, of understanding, of counsel, of love, and of a sound mind; whereby they were to be fortified, and inspired with courage, and greatness of soul, so as to look their greatest adversaries in the face with boldness and intrepidity, and freely, and without fear  (Job 36:4-6; Psalm 23:4), speak unto them; and whereby their ministrations would be succeeded to the conversion of many souls; and accordingly so it was: for after the Spirit was poured out upon them, they who before were timorous and fearful, came forth publicly, with undaunted courage, and resolution, and boldness, to the amazement of their adversaries; and their preaching was with the demonstration of the Spirit, and of power; who may be said to be "from on high", since he descended from heaven upon them; and they may be said to be "endued", or "clothed" with him, since there was such an extra ordinary and plentiful effusion of his gifts and graces on them: and now they were to wait in Jerusalem for this, that in the place where the Spirit had been dishonored and blasphemed, and the unpardonable sin against him had been committed by the Scribes and Pharisees, the might be in a most visible and signal manner honored; and also, because the doctrine of the Lord was to go out of Zion, and the word of the Lord out of Jerusalem. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015




Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 24:45 

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures

Brethren:

He not only opened their hearts, to attend to what he said, and the proofs he gave of his resurrection from the dead in a true body; but he removed the veil from the eyes of their minds and gave them an understanding of the sacred writings, respecting this matter, concerning his sufferings, death, and resurrection, which they were very ignorant of before, and which were as a sealed book unto them, (see John 20:9 ) though they had been from their infancy brought up to the reading of the Scriptures, and had had the advantage of Christ's ministry for some years; which shows the necessity of the special illumination of the Spirit, and the influence of his grace to remove the darkness of the mind, and give the true sense of the sacred writings.

In his discourse with the two disciples he took the veil from off the text, by opening the scriptures; here he took the veil from off the heart, by opening the mind. 

That Jesus Christ by his Spirit operates on the minds of men, on the minds of all that are his. He has access to our spirits, and can immediately influence them. It is observable how he did now after his resurrection give a specimen of those two great operations of his Spirit upon the spirits of men, his enlightening the intellectual faculties with a divine light, when he opened the understandings of his disciples, and his invigorating the active powers with a divine heat, when he made their hearts burn within them. 

Even good men need to have their understandings opened; for though they are not darkness, as they were by nature, yet in many things they are in the dark. David prays, Open mine eyes (See Psalm 119:18). Give me understanding. And Paul, who knows so much of Christ, sees his need to learn more. 

Christ’s way of working faith in the soul, and gaining the throne there, is by opening the understanding to discern the evidence of those things that are to be believed (See Romans 16:25-26). Thus he comes into the soul by the door (see Revelation 3:19), while Satan, as a thief and a robber(see John 10:1), climbs up some other way. 

The design of opening the understanding is that we may understand the scriptures; not that we may be wise above what is written, but that we may be wiser in what is written, and may be made wise to salvation by it. The Spirit in the word and the Spirit in the heart say the same thing. Christ’s scholars never learn above their bibles in this world; but they need to be learning still more and more out of their bibles, and to grow more ready and mighty in the scriptures. That we may have right thoughts of Christ, and have our mistakes concerning him rectified, there needs no more than to be made to understand the scriptures.

Friday, July 24, 2015




Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 23:40 

40 But the other answered, and rebuked him, saying, Fearest thou not God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

Brethren:

The other malefactor made answer to him, and reproved him for his baseness and wickedness saying, dost not thou fear God; or "neither dost thou fear God", any more than these priests, people, and soldiers, that are acting such a barbarous and inhuman part to a man in misery: and wilt thou do the same, and show that thou art an impious wretch, now thou art just going out of the world, and neither fears God, nor regards man, and art without compassion to a fellow sufferer, adding sin to sin, and undergoing the same sort of punishment, though not on the same account, which might be the reason why they suffered on the same day: for the Jewish law was that, they were never to judge (or condemn) two in one day, but one today, and the other tomorrow; but if they are in one transgression, That is to say if both were involved in the same crime during the same period of time.  

For sins committed against the law; their sentence was just, and were righteously punished: which shows that he had a true sense of sin; for where that is, there will be not only an acknowledgment of the offence, but a vindication of the justice of God, should he proceed to deal according to the demerit of sin: for we receive the due reward of our deeds. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015



Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 22:27

27 For who is greater, he that sitteth at table, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at table? And I am among you as he that serveth.

Brethren:

An addendum, of sorts, to yesterday’s study. What we read in the next verse is that he would be the greatest, needs to be the least of all. To wit, a humble and lowly servant and as such Christ appeals to his disciples, and puts a case that is plain and obvious to any one, who is the greater, and more honourable person; he that sitteth at meat; that sits, or lies down at table, and another waits on him: or he that serveth? that stands behind, observes orders, and ministers to those that sit down: is not he that sitteth at meat? you, and every one must own, that he is the greatest, and most honourable person.

And this therefore is our Christian duty, as stated yesterday. That is to serve our fellow man in all ways. Preaching the Gospel of Christ, and helping all in need. These two services are compared to what our Savior said to him that had asked what was need to gain entry into heaven (see Luke 10:25-27). That was to love the Lord your God, and to love others. In this then we see how this can be made possible. We love Him first because he loved us first, yet we also love Him by the demonstrating of our actions, and acting as proxies to and for His will. Likewise we love others as He has loved us by taken on the mantle of servitude towards all that come across our paths. 

Let us rejoice, therefore, in that service. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015



Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 22:24-26

24 And there arose also a strife among them, which of them should seem to be the greatest.   
25 But he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles reign over them, and they that bear rule over them, are called bountiful. 26 But ye shall not be so: but let the greatest among you be as the least: and the chiefest as he that serveth.

Brethren:

Our Savior, our King, came as Master to all that wish to hear His words of the Gospel of redemption. Yet always took on the role of lowly servant. Think if you will how many He healed, how many he spoke to and had compassion upon, and how He served all with His words. Therefore my brethren, let us use this as our example. Serve others and love them that you serve. Be not ashamed to take on this role, for it is one that has been commanded by our Creator. Each of us has diver ways in which to serve. Some as ministers of the Gospel, others by assisting the needy and hurt. Others in praises being lift up to Him in song, and still others by the lifting up of the saints through prayer. Yet likewise remember there is no division in the body of Christ. While one may be a foot and another a hand, it is still one body. 

Whoever would be reckoned a great man in the kingdom of Christ, or under the Gospel dispensation, must be a minister to others if he is desirous of being truly great in the esteem of God, and of men, he must do great service for Christ, and to the souls of men; and seek to bring great glory to God, by faithfully ministering the word and ordinances, and by denying himself worldly honour and glory, and by serving others, through much reproach, difficulty, and opposition. And not a servant of some only, but of all. This was verified in the Apostle Paul, who became a servant to all men, though he was free, that he might gain some to Christ; and by so doing was the chief, though he reckoned himself the least of the apostles, yea, less than the least of all saints



Tuesday, July 21, 2015



Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 21:36 

36 Watch therefore, and pray continually, that ye may be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and that ye may stand before the son of man.

Brethren:

Watch ye therefore, and pray always Watch against every sin, snare, and temptation; particularly, against the above things, surfeiting, drunkenness, and worldly cares; pray continually, for fresh supplies of grace: that ye may be counted worthy; not for watchfulness and prayer, but through the grace and goodness of God: to escape all these things that shall come to pass; the dreadful miseries and distress, that shall come, and to stand before the Son of man, with intrepidity, confidence, and pleasure, and meet him at his coming in this way, with joy and comfort; and likewise at death, and at judgment ( see  1 John 2:28 ).

This then should be our aim: that we may be accounted worthy to escape all these things; that, when the judgments of God are abroad, we may be preserved from the malignity of them; that either we may not be involved in the common calamity or it may not be that to us which it is to others; that in the day of death we may escape the sting of it, which is the wrath of God, and the damnation of hell. Yet we must aim not only to escape that, but to stand before the Son of man; not only to stand acquitted before him as our Judge ( see Psalm 1:5 ), to have boldness in the day of Christ (that is supposed in our escaping all those things), but to stand before him, to attend on him as our Master, to stand continually before his throne, and serve him day and night in his temple ( see Revelation 7:15 ), always to behold his face, as the angels, (see Matthew 18:10).

The saints are here said to be accounted worthy, as before. God, by the good work of his grace in them, makes them meet for this happiness, and, by the good will of his grace towards them, accounts them worthy of it: but, as Grotius here says, a great part of our worthiness lies in an acknowledgment of our own unworthiness. What should be our actings in these aims: Watch therefore, and pray always. Watching and praying must go together, ( see Nehemiah 4:9 ) Those that would escape the wrath to come, and make sure of the joys to come, must watch and pray, and must do so always, must make it the constant business of their lives. To keep a guard upon themselves. "Watch against sin, watch to every duty, and to the improvement of every opportunity of doing good. Be awake, and keep awake, in expectation of your Lord’s coming, that you may be in a right frame to receive him, and bid him welcome.’’  Additionally to keep up their communion with God: "Pray always; be always in an habitual disposition to that duty; keep up stated times for it; abound in it; pray upon all occasions.’’ Those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world that live a life of prayer in this world.

Monday, July 20, 2015



Word of God

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4

The Gospel According to Luke 21:24-26 

24 And they shall fall on the edge of the sword, and shall be led captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden under foot of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.25 25 Then there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth trouble among the nations, with perplexity: the sea and the waters shall roar. 26 And men’s hearts shall fail them for fear and for looking after those things which shall come on the world: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Brethren:

Once the fulness of the Gentiles is brought in; until the Gospel is preached all over the world, and all God's elect are gathered in out of all nations; and then the Jews will be converted, and return to their own land, and rebuild and inhabit Jerusalem; but till that time, it will be as it has been, and still is possessed by Gentiles.

So immediately after the distress the Jews would be in through the siege of Jerusalem, and the calamities attending it; just upon the destruction of that city, and the temple in it, with the whole nation of the Jews, shall the following things come to pass; and therefore cannot be referred to the last judgment, or what should befall the church, or world, a little before that time, or should be accomplished in the whole intermediate time, between the destruction of Jerusalem, and the last judgment: for all that is said to account for such a sense, as that it was usual with the prophets to speak of judgments afar off as near; and that the apostles often speak of the coming of Christ, the last judgment, and the end of the world, as just at hand; and that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, will not answer to the word "immediately", or show that that should be understood of two thousand years after: besides, all the following things were to be fulfilled before that present generation, in which Christ lived, passed away, ( Matthew 24:34 ).