To Ponder:

“The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth!” John 1:14. And He is full of truth. True have His promises been, not one has failed. I bear witness that never any servant had such a master as I have; never any brother had such a kinsman as He has been to me; never any spouse had such a husband as Christ has been to my soul; never any sinner had a better Savior; never any mourner had a better comforter than Christ has been to my heart. I desire none beside Him! In life, He is my true life. In death, He shall be the death of death. In poverty, Christ is my true riches. In darkness, He is my sun.
He is my manna in this poor wilderness world. He shall be heavenly manna when I come to the heavenly Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace, and no wrath; all truth, and no falsehood. And of grace and truth He is full, infinitely full!  (Charles Spurgeon)

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“The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth!” John 1:14. Believer, you can bear your testimony that Christ is the only begotten of the Father. You can say, “He is truly divine. He has done that for me, which none but a God could do! He has subdued my stubborn will, melted a heart of adamant, opened gates of brass, and snapped bars of iron! He has turned my mourning into laughter, and my desolation into joy! He has made my heart rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory! Let others think as they will of Him–to me He must be the only begotten of the Father! And He is full of grace. Ah! had He not been, then I would never have been saved! He drew me when I struggled to escape from His grace; and when at last I came all trembling like a condemned culprit to His mercy-seat He said, “Your sins which are many, are all forgiven!” (Charles Spurgeon)

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“Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” Jeremiah 16:20. One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and we who are the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly! We no longer bow down to sticks and stones–but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. SELF in various forms, struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion; and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. It is truly said that “they are not gods,” for the objects of our foolish devotion are very doubtful blessings, the solace which they yield us now is dangerous, and the help which they can give us in the hour of trouble is little indeed. Why, then, are we so bewitched with vanities? We pity the poor heathen who adore a god of stone–and yet worship a god of gold! The principle, the sin, the folly is the same in either case, only that in our case–the crime is more aggravated because we have more light and sin in the face of it. The heathen bows to a false deity–but he has never known the true God. We commit two evils, inasmuch as we forsake the living God–and turn unto idols. May the Lord purge us all from this grievous iniquity! “Dear children, guard yourselves from idols!” 1 John 5:21. (Charles Spurgeon

“The dearest idol I have known,
Whatever that idol be;
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee!”

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 A holy man! Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing with God’s judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. He will not only live a life of faith in Him and draw from Him all his daily peace and strength, but he will also labor to have the mind that was in Him and to be conformed to His image! (J.C. Ryle)

 

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Redemption was effectually accomplished and is effectually applied! The Holy Spirit is the administrator of God’s grace. Without the gracious operation of the Holy Spirit in conversion, no sinner would ever become a beneficiary of saving grace. The blessed Spirit quickens all whom the Father chose in eternity past, leads to Jesus, all the sheep for whom the dear Shepherd laid down His life, conquers the stoutest hearts, and cleanses the foulest spiritual leper, opens sin-blinded eyes, and unstops sin-closed ears! Redemption was effectually accomplished for God’s elect by Christ at Calvary; and it is effectually applied to all the redeemed by the Holy Spirit in effectual calling. The Spirit applies Christ’s work of redemption–in calling, convicting, regenerating, sanctifying, and preserving all for whom Christ died. Everyone whom God chose in Christ, is effectually drawn by the Spirit to Christ. Everyone predestined to be saved, is called by the Spirit in time, justified in time, and will be glorified in eternity–when time will be no more! (C.D. Cole)

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The Almighty has afflicted me!” Ruth 1:21. It is a sweet thing to be able to trace the hand of God in our afflictions, for nothing can come from that hand towards one of His children, but that which is good and right. If you will think of those hands of which the Lord says, “I have engraved you upon the palms of My hands”–you may rest assured that nothing can come from those hands but what infinite wisdom directs, and infinite love has ordained! “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6. “God disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10. (Charles Spurgeon)

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“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth!” Proverbs 27:1. Who can sum up the many possible deaths which are still lurking in his own body; or the innumerable hosts of external dangers which beleaguer him on every side; or the invisible arrows which fly about his ears continually! Who can tell how soon he may have his mortal wound given him by one or another of them? Now, how sad would it be for a man to have a summons to appear before God in that eternal world, before his heart and life are savingly changed! The life of a man is but a shadow, a span, a vapor, a flower, etc. Though there is but one way to come into the world–yet there are thousands of ways to be sent out of the world! We carry about in our bodies the material for a thousand deaths–and may die a thousand different ways in several hours. As many senses, as many members, nay, as many pores as there are in the body–so many windows there are for death to enter in at! Death needs not spend all his arrows upon us. A worm, a gnat, a fly, a hair, a raisin, a skin of a grape, the stumbling of a horse, the trip of a foot, the pick of a pin, the cutting of a fingernail, the cutting out of a corn; all these have been to others, and any of them may be to us–the means of our death within the space of a few days; nay, of a few hours; nay, of a few moments! Yet I am sure that the worst of deaths, shall but translate true believers from earth–to Heaven, from a wilderness–to a paradise, from misery–to glory, and from mixed and mutable enjoyments–to the pure and everlasting enjoyments of God! To a believer, “The day of death better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:1-2. (Thomas Brooks, “A Cabinet of Choice Jewels” 1669)

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