We Are Either Inside Or Outside The Ark

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Frances Ridley Havergal, “Daily Thoughts of Coming to Christ“, p.19:

We are either inside or outside the Ark. There is no half-way in this. Outside is death, inside is life. Outside is certain, inevitable, utter destruction. Inside is certain and complete safety. Where are you at this moment? Perhaps you dare not say confidently, ‘I am inside’ and yet you do not like to look at the alarming alternative and say, ‘I am outside!’ And you prefer trying to persuade yourself that you do not exactly know, and can’t be expected to be able to answer such a question. And you say, perhaps with a shade of annoyance, ‘How am I to know?” God’s infallible Word tells you very plainly, ‘If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ A very severe test you say? I cannot help that; I can only tell you exactly what God says. And if you are not in Christ, you are out of Christ, outside the only place of safety.

‘Come thou into the Ark!’ It is one of the tools of the destroyer to delude you into thinking that no actual step is necessary. He is very fond of the word gradually. You are to become more earnest—gradually. You are to find salvation—gradually. You are to turn your mind to God—gradually. Did you ever think that God never once uses this word nor anything like it? Neither the word nor the sense of it occurs in any way in the whole Bible with reference to salvation. You might have been gradually approaching the ark, and gradually making up your mind to enter; but unless you took the one step into the Ark, the one step from outside to inside, what would have been your fate when the door was shut?’

‘Come thou into the Ark!’ I want the call to haunt you, to ring in your ears all day and all night, till you come. For at this moment, if you are not in the Ark, you are in more danger than you can conceive. But ‘Come thou into the Ark!’ Jesus is the Ark. He is the Hiding-place from that fiery tempest. ‘I flee unto Thee to hide me’ from the wrath to come. ‘Thou art my Hiding-place.’

Whose fault is it if you do not enter in and be saved? Noah did not put it off. He and his family entered the very same day into the Ark. Then, once more, ‘Come thou into the Ark’, that when the great and terrible day comes, you may be found of Him in peace.

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A Very Foolish Man, And Very Wretched

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“He seems to me a very foolish man and very wretched, who will not increase his understanding while he is in the World — and [who would not] ever wish and long to reach that endless life where all shall be made clear.”

~King Alfred the Great, Blostman, qtd. in “King Alfred the Great and Our Common Law” by Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee, Department of Church History, Queensland Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Brisbane, Australia, August 2000, pages 4-5

The Glass of God’s Holy Law

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:245:

MirrorThe law makes a representation of believers that they must not receive, but set Christ’s representation against it. Whoever seeth his own face in the glass of God’s holy law, seeth a hateful spotted face: For by the law is the knowledge of sin, Rom. 3:20. Now, if a believer think, that just as he seeth himself in this clear glass, so doth he appear in the presence of God, that were dreadful indeed. But there is another representation that Christ makes of them unto God, that the law knows not of. The more a man knows of the law, the more he knows of his own sin and danger. And this sad condition remains till he look beyond and above the law unto the righteousness of Christ, who hath satisfied and fulfilled the law by himself, and makes this over to a believer, and represents him to God, as clothed with it.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-glass-of-god%E2%80%99s-holy-law.91676/

The Victory Is Near At Hand

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:247:

MimamayanomemimaThe devil hath many things to say against us; some too true, that we cannot deny; and some things false, which we may justly deny, and yet do not through our weakness. But when Satan chargeth us with sin truly, which we cannot deny, I would not have believers reason and parley with him (he is too cunning a sophister for us); but only tell him something of Christ, that we too often forget, and that the devil can neither bear nor answer. “If the devil speak against me as a sinner in myself, I say Amen to all that is true; but if he say any thing against Christ the Saviour, I dare say he is a liar.” If the tempted believer can but say, “I am in Christ, and therefore I shall prevail; Christ hath overcome the devil, and therefore I will resist him;” the victory is near at hand.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-victory-is-near-at-hand.91689/, Comment 1

The Reason for the Recent Blog Slowdown

You may have noticed that posting has slowed down significantly on this blog over the past several weeks.  The reason for this is that I have been dealing with the end of a difficult hyperemesis gravidarum pregnancy and with welcoming my new little daughter into this world.   She is now two weeks old and is a delightful little bundle of joy and welcome addition to our family.  I hope to post more regularly again when I have both hands free at the same time and can prepare posts.  Hopefully, I will be back with you all again soon!

You Have Greater Things To Look To

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:298:

Prince Lazar Renounces All Worldly EmpiresYour path is as the shining light
, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day, Prov. 4:18. Pass through this world, believers in Jesus, liking nothing in it, caring for nothing in it, content and satisfied with nothing it can give, moved with nothing in it; neither much taken up with the much evil or the little good of it; neither cast down with the frowns nor lifted up with the smiles of this vain deceitful world. Pass on, and press forward for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, Phil. 3:14. You have greater things to look to, greater things to fix your hearts and hopes upon, than all this world: even to that blessed state, when we shall be with Christ where he is, and shall behold his glory which his Father hath given him: for the Father loved his Son and our Saviour before the foundation of the world.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/you-have-greater-things-to-look-to.91835/, Comment 1

This is Proper Believing

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:235-236:

Faith is a large comprehensive grace, much spoken of in the word, more talked of than acted by many; and least known, and most mistaken by them that have it not. This faith I speak of, is not a bare believing, or giving an assent unto divine truth, upon the evidence of a divine testimony; nor is it believing and expecting of good from God, upon the ground of his faithful promise; though these are acts of true faith. But faith in Jesus Christ, in its closest, nearest nature, acts thus. The self-condemned sinner, loathsome in his own sight, and persuaded that as he is in himself he is far more loathsome in God’s sight, doth, on the gospel-call and promise, try, and trust Jesus Christ for making him accepted with God. This is proper believing, Gal. 2:16.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/this-is-proper-believing.91644/, Comment 1