‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” Romans 8:11. Having affirmed of the redeemed body that it was dead because of sin, the Apostle, as if anxious to rescue the saints from the humiliation of so affecting a truth, hastens to unveil the light which plays so brightly and cheeringly around each believer’s tomb. He shows that light to spring from the fact of the resurrection of the Savior. This doctrine is the grand luminary of the Christian system- it touches and gilds with its brilliance each cardinal doctrine of our faith. If Christ has not been risen from the dead, then is that faith vain and lifeless; but if He is risen, then each truth becomes instinct with life; and hope, like the day-spring from on high, rises with light and glory upon the soul. (Octavius Winslow)
Christians! The Redeemer with all His glorious salvation, in all His offices, and under all the characters which He sustains–is yours! You may say, with the fullest assurance, “My Beloved is mine–and I am His!” You are the objects of the blessed Redeemer’s particular care, given into His hands by His and your Father, to be saved by Him from the guilt and dominion of sin, from all the powers of darkness, and from the vengeance of eternal fire! He executes all of His offices on your behalf: As a Priest, He has made an atonement for your sin, and reconciled you to God. As a Prophet, He teaches you all that you need for life and godliness, from His Word. As a King, He reigns in His Church, and rules in the heart of every believer. He is a Physician to heal the diseased soul. He is a Shepherd to feed and guide His flock. He is a Counselor to direct them in all the intricate paths of life. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother, and whose friendship is unchangeable and everlasting. He is an Advocate to plead His people’s cause. He is a Redeemer to emancipate their souls from sin’s bondage. (William Nicholson, “Christ, the Portion of Believers!” 1855)
“Begone unbelief, my Savior is near, And for my relief will surely appear: By prayer let me wrestle, and He wilt perform, With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.
Though dark be my way, since He is my guide, ’Tis mine to obey, ’tis His to provide; Though cisterns be broken, and creatures all fail, The Word He has spoken shall surely prevail.
His love in time past forbids me to think He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink; Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review, Confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through.
Determined to save, He watched o’er my path, When Satan’s blind slave, I sported with death; And can He have taught me to trust in His name, And thus far have brought me, to put me to shame?
Why should I complain of want or distress, Temptation or pain? He told me no less: The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word, Through much tribulation must follow their Lord.
How bitter that cup, no heart can conceive, Which He drank quite up, that sinners might live! His way was much rougher, and darker than mine; Did Jesus thus suffer, and shall I repine?
Since all that I meet shall work for my good, The bitter is sweet, the medicine is food; Though painful at present, wilt cease before long, And then, O! how pleasant, the conqueror’s song!”
–“Begone Unbelief” a hymn by John Newton
If you are a holy person, then of a child of wrath you have become a child of God, a child of love; and of an heir of hell you have become an heir of heaven; and of a slave, you are become a son. (Thomas Brooks)
Adoption is a mercy spun out of the bowels of free grace; all by nature are strangers, therefore have not right to sonship, only God is pleased to adopt one, and not another, to make one a vessel of glory, another a vessel of wrath. The adopted heir may cry out, ‘Lord, how is it, that Thou wilt show Thyself to me, and not unto the world?’ (Thomas Watson)
It (was) much for God to take a clod of dust and make it a star; (but) it is much more for God to take a piece of clay and sin and adopt it for His heir. (Thomas Watson)
The chief dangers which will confront the church in the coming century will be . . .
religion without the Holy Spirit,
Christianity without Christ,
forgiveness without repentance,
salvation without regeneration,
Heaven without Hell.
(William Booth, 1829-1916)
He, that would have the company of God and his own thoughts, needs go aside from other company, and be alone, (so) that he may not be alone! (Thomas Manton 1620-1677)
God’s justice stands forever against the unrepentant sinner in utter severity! The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions! It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all kinds of iniquity–while damnation draws every day nearer, and the command to repent goes unregarded. As responsible moral beings, we dare not so trifle with our eternal future! “On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot!” Psalm 11:6. “Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them!” Isaiah 3:11. “They always heap up their sins to the limit. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost!” 1 Thessalonians 2:16. “They called to the mountains and the rocks: Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Revelation 6:16-17. “He, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of His wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb!” Revelation 14:10. (A.W. Tozer)
Go dogs, and eat the garbage! “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? ‘Therefore come out from them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. I believe that one reason why the church at this present moment has so little influence over the world, is because the world has so much influence over the church! Nowadays, we hear mere professors pleading that they may do this, and do that–that they may live like worldlings. My sad answer to them, when they crave this liberty is, “Do it if you dare. It may not cost you much hurt, for you are so bad already. Your worldly cravings show how rotten your hearts are! If you are hungering after such dog’s food–go dogs, and eat the garbage!” Worldly amusements are fit food for pretenders and hypocrites. If you were God’s children, you would loathe the thought of the world’s evil joys. Your question would not be, “How far may we be like the world?” but your cry would be, “How can we get away from the world? How can we come out of it?” “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things!” Philippians 4:8. (Charles Spurgeon)