Tag Archive | Salvation

It Is Mercy That Premises Threatenings

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 399:

It is strange to think what mercy is mixed with the most wrath-like strokes and threatenings. There is no prophet whose office and commission is only for judgment; nay, to speak the truth, it is mercy that premises threatenings. The entering of the law, both in the commands and curses, is to make sin abound, that grace may superabound, so that both rods and threatenings are the messengers of Jesus Christ, to bring sinners to him for salvation. Every thing should be measured and named by its end; so, call threatenings promises, call rods and judgments mercies; name all good, and good to you, if so be you understand the purpose of God in these.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/call-threatenings-promises.89771/, Comment 1

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With Christ and in Him

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:30:

All the parts and pieces of salvation are in Christ’s hand, and do come to us by him. The acceptance of our persons, is in and through this beloved, Eph. 1:6. The forgiveness of our sins is through his blood, Eph. 1:7. Our quickening, when dead in sins, our rising, and sitting in heavenly places, is with Christ and in him, Eph. 2:4-6. Our title and right to heaven is singly owing to him. What right hath a sinner to heaven? No more, and no other, than he hath to Jesus Christ. If he be united to Christ by faith in him, he is an heir of God, an heir of glory, and joint heir with Christ, Rom. 8:17. Nay, our sanctification, which is begun glory, 2 Cor. 3:18, is but a beam of this Sun of Righteousness darted in upon our souls. Unless Christ had been made sanctification to us, there had never been a sanctified man or woman in the world.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/all-the-parts-of-salvation-are-in-christ%E2%80%99s-hand.91213/, Comment 1

Whence Came This Spark Of Faith?

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:21:

Whence came this spark of faith to be kindled in my heart? Did it naturally grow in my heart? No. Time was when I was without it, Eph. 2:12, and loved to be without it. Did Satan plant it? No. I find him to be the great enemy of it; and I never felt his enmity, till I began to trust Jesus Christ; and it is that in me he mainly assaults. Did ministers, and the means of grace, plant faith in me? No! I enjoyed them when no faith was wrought in me; and when it is wrought, all their power, without Christ’s grace and Spirit concurring, cannot raise this faith to act and exercise. Therefore, surely, this faith came from Jesus Christ himself. Was it not from the work, and will, and love, of Christ? How easy and native is the inference? If faith in Christ be the work of his love, how warrantably may I look, by that faith, for all the good that this love purposeth, promiseth, and prayeth for to me?

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/faith-in-christ-is-the-work-of-his-love.91197/, Comment 1

True Conversion

Spurgeon, IS CONVERSION NECESSARY?

The Spirit calls men to Jesus in diverse ways-
Some are drawn so gently that they scarcely
know when the drawing began, and others are
so suddenly affected, that their conversion
stands out with noonday clearness.

Perhaps no two conversions are precisely alike in detail-
the means, the modes, the manifestations, all vary greatly.
As our minds are not all cast in the same mold,
it may so happen that the truth which affects one
is powerless upon another; the style of address which
influences your friend may be offensive to yourself.
“The wind blows where it will.”

Yet in all true conversions there are points of essential agreement-
there must be in all a penitent confession of sin,
and a looking to Jesus for the forgiveness of it,
and there must also be a real change of heart such as
shall affect the entire life thereafter.

Where these essential points are not found,
there is no genuine conversion.

Where there is true faith, there is the new birth, and that
implies a change beyond measure, complete, and radical.

Any man who is united to Christ has experienced a great change.

This change is a thorough and sweeping one, and operates upon
the nature, heart, and life of the convert.

There must be a divine work, making us new creatures,
and causing all things to become new with us,
or we shall die in our sins.

Our condition before God,
our moral tone,
our nature,
our state of mind,
are made by conversion totally different from what they were before.

In a word, if we are in Christ Jesus we are new creatures;
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

In conversion, infidels become believers,
Roman Catholics forsake their priests,
harlots become chaste,
drunkards leave their cups,
and, what is equally remarkable, Pharisees leave
their self-righteous pride, and come as ‘sinners’ to Jesus.

Conversion may be known by the fact that it changes the whole man.

It changes the ‘principle’ upon which he lives-
he once lived for self, now he lives for God.
He once did right because he was afraid of punishment
if he did wrong, but now he shuns evil because he hates it.
He once did right because he hoped to merit heaven,
but now no such selfish motive sways him- he knows that he
is saved, and he now does right out of gratitude to God.

His ‘objects in life’ are changed-
he once lived for gain, or worldly honor;
now he lives for the glory of God.

His ‘comforts’ are changed-
the pleasures of the world and sin are nothing to him now,
he finds comfort in the love of God shed abroad in his heart.

His ‘desires’ are changed-
that which he once panted and pined for,
he is now content to do without.
And that which he once despised, he now longs after
as the deer pants after the water brooks.

His ‘fears’ are different-
he fears man no more, but fears his God.

His ‘hopes’ are also altered-
his expectations fly beyond the stars.

The man has begun a new life.

A convert once said-
“Either the world is altered or else I am.”

Everything seems new.

Beloved hearers, may we all meet in heaven.
But to meet in heaven we must all be converted,
for inside yonder gates of pearl none can enter
but those who are new creatures in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God bless you, for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Source: http://www.gracegems.org/5/True%20conversion.htm

Holy Violence

What is holy violence? Pergamum on the Puritan Board explains:

“Aggressive and powerful pursuit. If you want something bad enough you strive and grab for it and chase after it and knock down all obstacles to it and will not be deterred.

Do you pursue salvation in the same manner?

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress has a beautiful passage abut this:

“Then the INTERPRETER took him and led him up toward the door of the palace; and behold, at the door stood a great company of men, as desirous to go in, but durst not. There also sat a man at a little distance from the door, at a table side, with a book and his ink horn before him, to take the name of him that should enter therein: he saw also that in the doorway stood many men in armour, to keep it, being resolved to do to the men that would enter what hurt and mischief they could. Now was CHRISTIAN somewhat amazed: at last, when every man started back, for fear of the armed men, CHRISTIAN saw a man of a very stout countenance come up to the man that sat there to write, saying, “Set down my name, sir”; the which when he had done, he saw the man draw his sword, and put a helmet upon his head, and rush toward the door upon the armed men, who laid upon him with deadly force; but the man not at all discouraged, fell to cutting and hacking most fiercely. So, after he had received and given many wounds to those that attempted to keep him out, he cut his way through them all, and pressed forward into the palace…”

The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force!”

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/holy-violence.95273/, Comment 2

The Hell Fire Club

(edited from Spurgeon’s sermon, #950
“Means for Restoring the Banished” )

Mr. Thorpe was a member of an ‘infidel’ club.
In those days infidelity was more blasphemous
than now. This infidel society took the name of
the “Hell Fire Club“. Among their amusements
was that of holding imitations of religious
services, and exhibiting mimicries of popular
ministers.

Thorpe went to hear George Whitfield preach,
that he might caricature him before his profane
associates. He listened to Whitfield so carefully
that he caught his tones and his manner, and
somewhat of his doctrines.

When the “Hell Fire Club” met to see his caricature
of Whitfield, Thorpe opened the Bible that he might
take a text to preach from it after the manner of
Whitfield. His eye fell on the passage, “Except you
repent, you shall all likewise perish.” As he spoke
upon that text he was carried beyond himself, lost
all thought of mockery, spoke as one in earnest,
and was the means of his own conversion!

He was carried by the force of truth beyond his
own intention, like one who would play in a river,
and is swept away by its current.

Even the scoffer may be reached by the arrows of truth!
Scripture has often been the sole means in the hands
of its divine Author of converting the soul.

“For the Word of God is full of living power. It is
sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into
our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes
us for what we really are.” Hebrews 4:12

(After his amazing conversion, Thorpe became a
noted preacher of the gospel. This is the most
amazing conversion I have ever heard of. -editor)

Source: http://www.gracegems.org/5/hell_fire_club.htm

All the Parts of Salvation are in Christ’s Hand

Robert Traill (The Lord’s Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:30:

All the parts and pieces of salvation are in Christ’s hand, and do come to us by him. The acceptance of our persons, is in and through this beloved, Eph. 1:6. The forgiveness of our sins is through his blood, Eph. 1:7. Our quickening, when dead in sins, our rising, and sitting in heavenly places, is with Christ and in him, Eph. 2:4-6. Our title and right to heaven is singly owing to him. What right hath a sinner to heaven? No more, and no other, than he hath to Jesus Christ. If he be united to Christ by faith in him, he is an heir of God, an heir of glory, and joint heir with Christ, Rom. 8:17. Nay, our sanctification, which is begun glory, 2 Cor. 3:18, is but a beam of this Sun of Righteousness darted in upon our souls. Unless Christ had been made sanctification to us, there had never been a sanctified man or woman in the world.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/all-the-parts-of-salvation-are-in-christ%E2%80%99s-hand.91213/, Comment 1