Bought by the Blood

March 9, 2012

Matthew Henry On The Mercy of God

The fountain of mercy is inexhaustibly full; the streams of mercy are inestimably rich. When we speak of God’s mercy to us, it becomes us thus to magnify it…Even the best saints owe it, not to their own merit, but to the mercy of God, that they are saved from the lowest hell; and the consideration of that should greatly enlarge their hearts in praising the mercy of God, which they are obliged to glorify for evermore. So glorious; so gracious, a rescue from everlasting misery, justly requires the return of everlasting praise.

-Matthew Henry

February 24, 2012

Grace and Glory

Such a great truth from Matthew Henry on God’s two greatest promises!

The Lord will give grace and glory. Grace signifies both the good-will of God towards us and the good work of God in us; glory signifies both the honour which he now puts upon us, in giving us the adoption of sons, and that which he has prepared for us in the inheritance of sons. God will give them grace in this world as a preparation for glory, and glory in the other world as the perfection of grace; both are God’s gift, his free gift. And as, on the one hand, wherever God gives grace he will give glory (for grace is glory begun, and is an earnest of it), so, on the other hand, he will give glory hereafter to none to whom he does not give grace now, or who receive his grace in vain. And if God will give grace and glory, which are the two great things that concur to make us happy in both worlds, we may be sure that no good thing will be withheld from those that walk uprightly. It is the character of all good people that they walk uprightly, that they worship God in spirit and in truth, and have their conversation in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity; and such may be sure that God will withhold no good thing from them, that is requisite to their comfortable passage through this world. Make sure grace and glory, and other things shall be added. This is a comprehensive promise, and is such an assurance of the present comfort of the saints that, whatever they desire, and think they need, they may be sure that either Infinite Wisdom sees it is not good for them or Infinite Goodness will give it to them in due time. Let it be our care to walk uprightly, and then let us trust God to give us every thing that is good for us.

January 27, 2011

Spurgeon On The Word Of God

Filed under: Charles Spurgeon,Psalms,Word of God — cubsfan1980 @ 9:58 am
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[1:1] Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
[2] but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(Psalm 1:1-2 ESV)

And now mark his positive character. “His delight is in the law of the Lord.” He is not under the law as a curse and condemnation, but he is in it, and he delights to be in it as his rule of life; he delights, moreover, to meditate in it, to read it by day, and think upon it by night. He takes a text and carries it with him all day long; and in the night watches, when sleep forsakes his eyelids, he museth upon the Word of God. In the day of his prosperity he sings psalms out of the Word of God, and in the night of affliction he comforts himself with promises out of the same book. “The law of the Lord” is the daily bread of the true believer. And yet, in David’s day, how small was the volume of inspiration, for they had scarcely anything save the first five books of Moses! How much more, then, should we prize the whole written Word which it is our privilege to have in all our houses! – Charles Spurgeon

December 5, 2009

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, – 1 Timothy 6:15

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

For God to be blessed means that He is infinitely happy. He is sovereign and all that He purposes is accomplished (Isaiah 46:9-10).  All that God does is for His pleasure and delight (Psalm 115:3).  Even if something He ordains does not seem like it would please Him we have to remember we only have a limited perspective and the  ultimate end that He has in mind will glorify Him.  God does not need you or I for Him to blessed, we are not a blessing to God, He has all He needs in the Godhead to be supremely happy for all eternity (Isaiah 42:1).

We call God blessedness because He is the greatest blessing that we have.  The greatest joy that we can have is to be found in God, no other joy compares to knowing Him.  He is our great reward and His love is better than life (Psalm 63:1).  There is no human being that has lived who was happier than Jesus.  Jesus gave us the description of happiness in the beatitudes when he said who the blessed are and only He has perfectly lived out the beatitudes.

Only through Jesus can we have joy and have it to the full.  James Montgomery Boice once stated, “The blessing of God in an individual life begins with the forgiveness of sin.”  The Gospel is the good news that Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, there is no more striving or work that we must do to earn God’s blessing, but it is freely given to us  (Romans 9:16).  The Gospel opens our blinded eyes so that we can see God as the jewel of great worth (Matthew 13:45-46).  The greatest good and highest enjoyment we can have is knowing God and this is only possible through Christ death bringing us near to God by His blood (Ephesians 2:13).

October 31, 2009

Always Reformed, Always reforming

Filed under: Boice,Psalms,Reformation — cubsfan1980 @ 9:21 am
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“If there is to be a revival, it will not start with the liberal establishment. It will begin with us.” James Montgomery Boice

There is a famous reformation saying that states, “Always reformed, always reforming.”  I think that in today’s conservative circles, it is easy to look at the liberal churches and think that change need to starts there.  The place that change needs to happen is in the conserved reformed circles.  As long as we are pointing the finger at “them” and pointing to their errors, we will be a hindrance to revival and reform.  Instead, our attitude needs to be that of the Psalmist and we need to ask “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!.”  We must never be content with we are in the sanctification process, but continually seeking to grow in our passion for God.  As our desire for revival grows and Christ becomes more evident in us, then others will want to know what is different and want what we have.  Why would the liberal establishment want to change if they see nothing appealing in us or the way our lives are transformed by the gospel.  With another reformation day here, let us ponder what it means to seek for reformation in our own lives, in the lives of those we influence and our churches.

October 28, 2009

The Fatherhood of God

Filed under: ephesians,Fatherhood of God,Pete Wilson,promises of God,Psalms — cubsfan1980 @ 10:26 am
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Blogs that have caught my interest lately are those relating to parents and fatherhood.  It is neat to think about how fatherhood is directly related to the character of God, as God is the father from which father his name (Ephesians 3:14-15). I love this picture of the fatherhood of God and his promises by Pete Wilson.

Let’s just be honest here. Time and time again in your life you’re going to feel as if God isn’t showing up. You’re going to feel as if God isn’t healing, He isn’t restoring, He isn’t releasing His mighty power. You’re going to feel like He doesn’t know or care and you’ve been completely abandoned on the bridge.

Do you know what the most frequently stated promise from God in Scripture is? God promises us over and over, “I am with you.”

You may feel all alone, but please know you’re not. Despite you’re feelings He’s right there with you. He’s ready to snatch you should you fall.

You can read the rest at Right There | by Pete Wilson.

The neat thing about God being the ultimate Father is that He does way more than just snatch us when we fall.  He widens the ground beneath us so that we can’t fall.  He delights in us and has secured our rescue by bringing us to a broad place where we are safe from harm and danger despite what our feelings tell us (Psalm 18:19&36).

They way of the Lord is perfect

This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true; – Psalm 18:30

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.  The phrase, the way of God, is not here taken for his revealed will, but for his method of dealing towards his people.  The meaning, therefore ,  is that God never disappoints or deceives his servants, nor forsakes them in the time of need, (as may be the case with men who do not aid their dependents, except in so far as it contributes to their own particular advantage,) but faithfully defends and maintains those whom he has once taken under his protection.  But we will never have any nearness to God unless he first comes near to us by his word; and, for this reason, David, after having asserted that God aids his people in good earnest, adds, at the same time, that his word is purified. Let us, therefore rest assured that God will actually show himself upright towards us, seeing he has promised to be the guardian and protector of our welfare, and his promise is certain and in fallible truth. – John Calvin

October 25, 2009

he rescued me, because he delighted in me.

Filed under: Character of God,Charles Spurgeon,Psalms — cubsfan1980 @ 9:31 am
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he rescued me, because he delighted in me. – Psalm 18:19

Free grace lies at the foundation.  Rest assured, if we go deep enough, sovereign grace is the truth which lies at the bottom of every well of mercy.  Deep sea fisheries in the ocean of divine bounty always bring the pearls of electing, discriminating love to light.  Why Jehovah should delight in us is an answerless question, and a mystery which angels cannot solve; but that he does delight in his beloved is certain, and is the fruitful root of favors as numerous as they are precious.   Believer, sit down, and inwardly digest the instructive sentence now before us, and learn to view the uncaused love of God as the cause of all the lovingkindess of which we are the partakers.  – Charles Spurgeon

October 23, 2009

Double Dose of Fridays Are For Fathers

If there was a parenting manual this would be in chapter one.  This is only an excerpt, but I’d highly recommend the rest, especially if you’ve ever been discouraged in your inability to fulfill your role as a parent.

I have a confession to make. Parenting is the hardest, most humbling task I have to do. If ever I think I have already obtained the goal of the upward call in Christ Jesus, parenting helps me realize how far I have yet to go. While parenting our daughters, my shortcomings are magnified and my sins exposed. However, I want to suggest that parenting can and should be a means of our sanctification. Allow me to share some thoughts on why the humility of parenting is of great benefit to us.

Parenting exposes the progress of our sanctification. Before we ever teach our children the truth of who God is for us in Christ, we will be declaring our faith as we live it out before them. Our children are watching us, noticing our hypocrisies, lies, abuses, speech and conduct. Parenting is so hard and humbling because our family observes us when we respond to the difficulties of life, when we have conflict with our spouse and when we have conflict with one another. It is at home where living in light of the gospel counts the most, but for too many this is where it matters the least. Let us make it a priority to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ so that we may live holy lives before our family. May we as parents provide a picture of the gospel at home.

Parenting helps us better understand and apply the gospel. Unfortunately, much parenting has behavior modification as its ultimate goal. If this is the case with our parenting, we will necessarily be instilling in our children a works-righteousness mentality – “do this, and/or you’ll get this.” I do not mean to imply that we should not hold our children to a biblical standard or that we should not discipline our children when they transgress God’s standard. My point is simply that keeping commandments is not the ultimate goal of parenting. The ultimate aim of parenting is that our children would “set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7) or as Paul says, that our children would become “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 3:15).

You can read the rest at The Humility of Parenting – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

Friday Are For Fathers

Filed under: Family,Joy,Psalms — cubsfan1980 @ 1:40 pm
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The following is taken from a blog by an ob/gyn who occasionally write for World Magazine.  The article is a reflection Psalm 127 and talks about fallacies present when people talk about having “too many children.”  This Psalm is so counter cultural to what our world believes about kids and what is important, but so true about the blessing that kids are.  The quote below is his response to women who only want one child.

I tell them that when they get to my age, material things—cars, houses, bank accounts—dim in importance. But family, this gift of God, provides abundant, often indescribable, joy. Even with the sorrow of loss, family events like that are as close to heaven as I’ll ever get this side of glory. I tell her my desire for her to have children has nothing to do with my OB business, but everything to do with her joy. Don’t give up the joy! Don’t settle for “stuff”—money, cars, homes, travel, big retirement nest eggs—just stuff—when you can have family!

Read the rest at MDViews

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