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The Advantages Of A Visible Profession

Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:19-20:

It is greatly for the honour of Jesus Christ, that men should knit themselves visibly under his standard and banner. Our Lord Jesus Christ is no such master, that people should be ashamed to wear his livery, and give themselves to him. Again, it is greatly for the advantage of people too. You know there are two great plagues the church of Christ has been distressed by, and it will never be quite free from them; a multitude of hypocrites in a fair day, and a multitude of apostates in a foul day. When summer-weather is, hypocrites increase to a multitude; when a storm comes, they are blown away as chaff by the wind. What is likely to be the only way that can prevent the abounding of these dreadful scandals? If there were strictness in calling for the truth of people’s faith, for the making of them give a true profession of it, if they had it, truly they would be found to adhere to the Lord far more closely in a day of trial.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-advantages-of-a-visible-profession.91887/, Comment 1

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Turn Promises Into Prayer

Robert Traill (Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of our Faith), Works 3:42:

Would it not put another sort of edge upon our prayers, were we to eye God as a promising God? What do we do in prayer; think you, what is the business of prayer? The main thing in prayer is to put God in mind of the promise. The great work of Christians is to turn promises into prayer, and God will turn both into performance. Every believer, you know, is to ask according to God’s will. The asking according to God’s will is to ask in faith, James 1:5, 6. And not only to ask what God bids us ask, but to ask what God has commanded us to hope; and we know what to hope for, by what God has promised. If we stretch our hope beyond the promise, we are out of the way: but his promises are so large, that a believer needs not to fear but he hath room enough for his faith to work in, nay to run in.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/turn-promises-into-prayer.91962/, Comment 1

Excuses for Ignorance

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Calvin commenting on Matthew 16.1-4 (cf. Mark 8, Luke 12):

There are many persons . . . who plead that on intricate subjects they have a good right to suspend their judgment, because they must wait till the matter is fully ascertained. They go farther, and believe that it is a mark of prudence purposely to avoid all inquiry into the truth; as if it were not an instance of shameful sloth that, while they are so eagerly solicitous about the objects of the flesh and of the earth, they neglect the eternal salvation of their souls, and at the same time contrive vain excuses for gross and stupid ignorance.​

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.

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