O LORD, give us these three things in their beginnings here
that we may possess them in their fullness in Thine own abode of bliss!
Drawing Near to God
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you"
by C. H. Spurgeon
The nearer we come to God, the more graciously will He reveal Himself to us. When the prodigal comes to his father, his father runs to meet him. When the wandering dove returns to the ark, Noah puts out his hand to pull her in unto him. When the tender wife seeks her husband's society, he comes to her on wings of love. Come then, dear friend, let us draw nigh to God who so graciously awaits us, yea, comes to meet us.
Did you ever notice that passage in Isaiah 58:9? There the LORD seems to put Himself at the disposal of His people, saying to them, "Here I am." As much as to say -- "What have you to say to me? What can I do for you? I am waiting to bless you." How can we hesitate to draw near? God is nigh to forgive, to bless, to comfort, to help, to quicken, to deliver. Let it be the main point with us to get near to God. This done, all is done. If we draw near to others, they may before long grow weary of us and leave us; but if we seek the LORD alone, no change will come over His mind, but He will continue to come nearer and yet nearer to us by fuller and more joyful fellowship.
excerpts from "Faith's Checkbook" ---New Window A Daily Devotional by C. H. Spurgeon-
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Promises On Finding the LORD
"But We See Jesus,
C. H. Spurgeon on the Themes of Love ---New Window (1834-1892)
Charles H. Spurgeon
Excerpts taken from "Faith's Checkbook"
A Daily Devotional
C. H. Spurgeon on the Themes of Salvation ---New Window (1834-1892)
Charles H. Spurgeon
C. H. Spurgeon on the topic of The LORD's Coming ---New Window (1834-1892)
Charles H. Spurgeon
Excerpts taken from "Faith's Checkbook"
A Daily Devotional
Christian Baby Names, Or, The Virtues in Choosing a Good Baby Name ---New Window 9-25-2001
"The purpose of this article is not to give a comprehensive list of names found in the Bible, but to encourage Christian parents to choose baby names that will nourish faith, both in them and in their children, because 'a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches' (Proverbs 22:1). Several 'good' baby names will be suggested here, in examples of a Bible study method which includes Biblical content (on why the LORD has called these Saints 'good'), and with Promises that are related to these Saints (Promises which can be claimed for your own children who are the namesakes of these Precious Saints). And there is great joy found in the heart of God when His children name their children with Godly intent. 'Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample' (Philippians 3:17). 'Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things' (Philippians 4:8)."
Do You Really Want to be a Christian?, Or, Warnings to Inquiring Sinners and New Converts ---New Window 2-4-2002
"For those who truly want to be a Christian, a Willing Heart is a Right Heart and will always manifest itself in obedience to Christ, when given the opportunity. "If ye love Me, keep My Commandments" (John 14:15). It is better to be advised of the difficulty of the path of becoming a Christian, before embarking upon it, rather than arriving at the Judgment Seat of Christ with a False Hope, only to be given the fearful Words, "I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23). A False Hope will only harden you and cause your Final Judgment to be more severe. "For it had been better for them not to have known the way of Righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy Commandment delivered unto them" (2Peter 2:21). But, you need not fear that God in His Infinite Wisdom did not already make ample provision to secure to Himself every honest hearted soul, who has despaired of his own righteousness and flung himself at the Almighty Mercy of the Living God. "27 My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and My Father are One" (John 10:27-30)."
Especially For You ---New Window
Even if you were the ONLY ONE to ever have needed Him.
Faith Is Looking to Jesus ---New Window 12-16-01
"Some have supposed that Jesus was merely a very significant man to come upon the human scene over 2,000 years ago; but, He was and is all that, and much more. 'And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of grace and Truth' (John 1:14). If we have truly understood Jesus, then we have come to the conclusion that Jesus is the Living God-- the same Creator that generated the world ex nihilo (out of nothing). '16 For by Him [Jesus, i.e., the Father's 'Dear Son' (v. 13)] were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: 17 and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist' (Colossians 1:16-17). The world's inability to accept Jesus as anything more than another entry into their pantheon of gods, does not diminish the Truth that Jesus is the One that all men must trust for Time and Eternity. 'Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved' (Acts 4:12). In fact, the Saints have the serene confidence that the entire world will ultimately confess-- willingly or unwillingly-- that Jesus is Almighty God. 'That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth' (Philippians 2:10)."
His Countenance ---New Window
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Verses concerning His beautiful face.
His Resurrection Is The Highest Proof That Jesus Is The Messiah ---New Window 4-28-2004
"What evidence should satisfy the most inquisitive mind that Jesus is the Messiah? All of humanity must be born into this world, and it will be by the hand of the Almighty that He will take us out of this world, i.e., 'And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this The Judgment' (Hebrews 9:27), so birth and death are common to man. However, who but God Alone has the Power to resurrect from the dead? 'God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that Power belongeth unto God' (Psalm 62:11). Even if a questioning mind could not settle whether Jesus resurrected by His own Power or whether it was the Power of the Almighty to resurrect Jesus from the dead, Why would Jehovah resurrect Jesus and thereby vindicate the claims of Jesus of Nazareth that He would Rise again after three days, unless Jesus is the Messiah? '3 Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our LORD, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 and declared to be the Son of God with Power, according to the Spirit of Holiness, by the Resurrection from the dead' (Romans 1:3-4)."
His Sheep Hear and Follow ---New Window 10-19-2001
"My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27).
"A shepherd has responsibilities to his sheep, and whenever responsibility enters a discussion, morality enters, 'as the duty of every day required' (2Chronicles 8:14). And where morality is concerned, the concepts of right and wrong are definitive. 'Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin' (James 4:17). It is for this reason, of showing moral duty, that the Saviour calls Himself 'the Good Shepherd' (John 10:11). And where there is moral duty, obligation is also definitive. 'Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments: for this is the whole duty of man' (Ecclessiastes 12:13)."
How to Become a Christian ---New Window 5-17-04
"Willingness to obey Christ is to be a Christian, where you can honestly say to God, 'LORD, what wilt Thou have me to do?' (Acts 9:6). Just as your willingness to obey Christ indicates your Christianity, your unwillingness to do so separates you 'from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LORD' (Romans 8:39)."
How to Lead Your Child to Jesus, Followed by, "Dear Little One," A Letter to Your Child ---New Window 8-30-2000
Tom and Katie Stewart
For little ones, it is crucial to have a proper understanding of the Atonement that they may come to the lap of Jesus. "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:29). The "letter" that follows the introduction is addressed to your son/daughter and uses the same basic concepts that we have used for very young children. Using this "letter," together with the introduction that explains the Atonement, may help you answer your child's questions. "And all thy children SHALL BE TAUGHT of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children" (Isaiah 54:13).
"Dear Little One" is the letter containing graphics, that you can "teach" your child. It's not to be read just once. Make these teaching times special-- times that your child looks forward to. Someday, you'll both remember in Heaven the time spent on the LORD's lap.
How to Practice the Presence of Jesus ---New Window 6-19-05
If you desire to know the Will of God, understand more about Jesus, gain more light from the Scriptures, receive a promise for overcoming in your situation, help your fellow Christian, see the soon Return of the LORD Jesus, or have your fruit stand for Eternity, then you desire to Practice the Presence of Jesus.
Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour: What is the meaning of the Christian fish symbol?, ---New Window 7-20-2001
"Christianity is more than a discussion of pictures and symbols, though Christ Himself furnished us with one of the most powerful statements of His identity, using imagery. 'Jesus saith unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me' (John 14:6). What is the origin of the Christian fish symbol? We are told that the Early Christians used the sign of the fish for identification, especially in times of Roman persecution, where a cautious Christian might scribe on the ground the top arc of the fish, awaiting the respondent to draw the countersign of the bottom arc, sketching the fish symbol, thus completing the password. 'Safety is of the LORD' (Proverbs 21:31). Why the identification with the fish? Perhaps because the Apostles were told that the LORD Jesus Christ promised to make them 'fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). Since the Early Christians were identified as followers of 'that Way' (Acts 19:9, 23; 24:22), it could be construed that they would also be fishers of men. 'I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some' (1Corinthians 9:22)."
Jesus Is Coming Soon! ---New Window 11-3-2002
"The darkness from sin in this world is so dense! There are evil tidings in every direction of the globe. The Good News is that Jesus is coming soon and will eventually put an end to this sickening downward pull of the Devil. Jesus said 'evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived' (2Timothy 3:13). In the days of C. H. Spurgeon, (1834-1892), of the Philadelphian Church Age period in which he lived, Pastor Spurgeon said, 'Worst of all, the church, so largely apostate as it is...' And that was more than a hundred years ago! That was Philadelphia, the Church period when the LORD said that the Church still had 'a little strength'! Is it really any wonder to us today, that the Professed Church, as a whole, has no strength to it at all? Of course, there are tiny pockets of exceptions. The LORD will have His 'remnant.' As it was in Elijah's day, 'even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of Grace' (Romans 11:5). But, the Professed Church today has been swallowed up by the world. 'When the Son Of Man cometh, shall He find Faith on the Earth?' (Luke 18:8).
'I looked for the Church and I found it in the world;
I looked for the world, and alas, I found it in the Church.'
As for the world, listen. 'O Earth, Earth, Earth, hear the Word of the LORD... Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute Judgment and Justice in the Earth' (Jeremiah 22:29, 23:5). And He is coming soon!"
Jesus Is Eternal Life ---New Window 12-2-2001
"The quest for Eternal Life is as old as man himself. "22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of Us [the Triune God], to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken" (Genesis 3:22-23). Stories, fables, and legends are full of heroes and villains grasping for the much sought after Eternal Life; but, why should we be such strangers to the simplicity of the Truth that Jesus is the "Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6)?... From the beginning and throughout, Eternal Life residing in any human being is a matter of laying hold of Jesus Christ by faith, i.e., "lay hold on Eternal Life" (1Timothy 6:12, 19), and abiding in Him by the "faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5:6). "If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My Love; even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His Love" (John 15:10)... Thus, by faith, our laying hold and abiding in "Christ, Who is our Life" (Colossians 3:4), is to possess Eternal Life now and forever. "And this is Life Eternal, that they might know Thee the Only True God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3)."
John 3:16 - An Animation of The Pure Love Cross ---New Window
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The central theme of the Christian Gospel is the Cross of Christ. BELIEVING that God has made the Perfect Sacrifice for our sins is the PURPOSE for His dying. All the difficultiles that have arisen since the Cross, are due to a confusion about what Saving Faith is.
"Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured The Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God... But God forbid that I should glory, save in The Cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." (Hebrews 12:2; Galatians 6:14).
Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me, Or, Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven ---New Window
Laodicean doctrine often directs young Christian parents to believe that small children are not held accountable to God for their sins until they are quite old- between the ages of eight and twelve. This lie of Satan can leave our most cherished responsibilities, our own children, unguarded and open to the whims of the enemy. The Scriptures reveal God's thoughts on the "nurture and admonition" of very small children.
Also included: advice given by the great servants of God, Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon, and Rev. Charles G. Finney (both from the Philadelphian Age Church).
That Men May Know He Is God ---New Window 6-30-02
"Why has this article been written? 'That men may know that Thou, Whose Name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the Earth' (Psalm 83:18). This is an evidence of His Truth. '10 Ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me... 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God' (Isaiah 43:10,12)... To know the LORD, and to be able to tell others of Him, is our joy and pleasure. 'Behold, God is my Salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation' (Isaiah 12:2). Nothing means more to us-- now or ever after. 'I count ALL things but loss for the excellency of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus my LORD: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ' (Philippians 3:8). This world, with all of its enticements, has no power, at all, over us. 'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me' (Galatians 2:20). We know the LORD, and we know Him as our Victory! 'Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is Everlasting Strength' (Isaiah 26:4)."
The Amazing Humanity of Jesus Christ, Or, The Benefit of Christ's Birth ---New Window 4-27-2000
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and Truth" (John 1:14).
The Old Testament of the Scriptures is replete with clues of God's purpose to redeem and govern mankind through the human advent of the Divine Son of God. "6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:6-7). What astounds us is that the Son of God condescended to become a man-- to suffer all the difficulties of the flesh and the human condition, "yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). Heaven will surely be filled with the Saints' praise and admiration for so bold an act of love that the Son of Man would become human flesh and then "lay down His life for His friends" (John 15:13). "Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you" (15:14).
The Glory and Majesty of Christmas, Or, The Christmas Story: Its Meaning and Significance ---New Window 12-1-2002
"In the two millennia since His birth, the luster of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ has lost none of its fascination for those who have glimpsed its significance. 'For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD' (Luke 2:11). Whatever secular history or ecclesiastical tradition has made of Christmas, Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ, God's Greatest Gift to Humanity. 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life' (John 3:16). The centrality of the theme of God manifesting His Son in human flesh to save us from ourselves and sin will never be forgotten by those who have submitted themselves to the Love of God. 'And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins' (Matthew 1:21). Why but Love would the Divine Father offer His Only Begotten Son to rebellious and sinful man? And, why but Divine Wisdom would God Only Wise see the necessity for His Beloved Son to actually become human flesh to redeem humanity and demonstrate the ability of Believing Man to live 'holy, acceptable unto God' (Romans 12:1). '3 For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His Own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit' (8:3-4)."
The King of Kings ---New Window
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The Life That Wins ---New Window 1911
Charles G. Trumbull
"There is only one life that wins and that is the life of Jesus Christ. Every man may have that life; every man may live that life.
I do not mean that every man may be Christ-like; I mean something very much better than that. I do not mean that a man may always have Christ's help. I mean something better than that. I do not mean that a man have power from Christ. I mean something very much better than power. And I do not mean that a man shall be merely saved from his sins and kept from sinning. I mean something better than even that victory.
To explain what I do mean, I must simply tell you a very personal and recent experience of my own."
The Light of the World ---New Window 9-29-02
"When He was here as a Man, Jesus said to us, "35 Yet a little while is The Light with you. Walk while ye have The Light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have Light, believe in The Light, that ye may be the children of Light" (John 12:35-36). To know where you are going, presently, determines where you will wind up in the future. If Heaven is where you wish to spend Eternity, then Jesus is The Light Who guides you there. Take Jesus' example. Being "risen from the dead" (Matthew 28:7), the LORD Jesus is now returned to the "Father of Lights" (James 1:17), to His esteemed position "where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1). He knew where He wanted to be, and the "Father of Lights" guided His way to that place. Even Jesus Christ, as a Man, had to follow the Rules. He did not, nor did He desire to, climb up "some other way" (John 10:1). For, Jesus Christ, "Who in the days of His flesh... [even] though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered" (Hebrews 5:7-8). And, though no longer physically at our side, His Spirit, "the Spirit of Truth... will guide you into all Truth" (John 16:13) and encourage you to "continue in [His] Word" if you are to be His "disciples indeed" (John 8:31). "I am The Light Of The World: he that followeth Me shall NOT walk in darkness, but shall have The Light of Life" (John 8:12). It is only as we obey and "work the Works of Him that sent [Jesus]" (John 9:4) that we can "walk in the Light, as He is in the Light" (1John 1:7)."
WHY CALL HIM JEHOVAH JESUS? The Deity of Jesus Christ ---New Window 10-29-99
Jesus Christ, The Word of God, prophesied of Himself in Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace". Knowing that the "Child" is infallibly called "The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father", you must either except by faith the Truth of His Own Word, or deny that The Son can be "EQUAL" with The Father, thus calling Him a liar. Christians walk by faith. If He said it-- believe it. Don't question "how?". He's God-- Immutable, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent. "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? he that hath seen Me HATH SEEN the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?... he that seeth Me seeth Him that sent Me" (John 14:9; John 12:45).
What Are They Doing Now in Heaven?, Or, They Are Doing the Will of God in Heaven, Just as We Should on Earth ---New Window 04-28-05
You will have the ability to sin in Heaven, but you won't sin. And, why not? Does the Almighty give us a Moral Lobotomy to take away our capacity of committing the sin that has been so easy here on Earth? No, Scripture tells us that our Moral Agency must remain intact in Heaven, or we, if we became Nonmoral Automatons or Robots, could not enjoy the beautiful holiness of Heaven, much less render to the Creator loving worship. Imagine, if the Devil could so entice the Saints on Earth to dwell in sin, how he would hope to discourage the Saints in Heaven and the Holy Angels, who are watching. He would be hoping against hope to re-ignite the flames of rebellion in Heaven to dethrone the Eternal One. Little does he understand or believe the wisdom and superiority of God's sovereign program in giving us moral likeness to the Living God. And, if God ordained Heaven's Moral Occupation to be only to Learn of Christ, then that alone would be enough for Heaven to have Full Employment! "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls" (Matthew 11:29).
What is Christianity? ---New Window
The Holy Spirit through the Apostle John
The Gospel of John presents Christ clearly and perfectly.
What is Salvation?, Or, A Brief Answer Offered to Those Who Truly Must Know ---New Window 3-5-99
Who Then Can Be Saved? ---New Window
You may ask, "Who then can be saved?" (Luke 18:26).
I would answer, "Whosoever will, let him take the water of Life freely" (Revelation 22:17).
The LORD Jesus Christ said, "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).
Without Jesus, My Wage is Death ---New Window 3-17-2002
"Without Jesus, as my very "Life", no amassed regretting, no mustered repenting, no aggregate of tears-- NOTHING I could ever do-- could EVER change the wage I had earned for the sin I had committed against God's Holy Law. "Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mightest be Justified when Thou speakest, and be Clear when Thou judgest" (Luke 20:21). My wage was rightfully-- Death. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20). A Death which would forever separate me from the Creator of my soul. "Commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a Faithful Creator" (1Peter 4:19)... Without Jesus Christ, we will pay our own sin debt, "for the wages of sin is Death" (Romans 6:23). With the Atoning Work of the Cross that the LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ suffered, our debt of Death has been paid in full. He did that for us! As "The Gift of God" (6:23), the Father has given Jesus Christ, His Son, to us. He is our "Eternal Life" (6:23). And, dear reader, if you receive Him, this "Life" begins in you NOW. You will live victoriously-- without sin-- ONLY if you live "through Jesus Christ" (6:23). "In this was manifested the Love of God toward us, because that God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" (1John 4:9)."
From our "Voices From the Church of Philadelphia"
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From our "Voices From the Church of Philadelphia" ---New Window section.
The Relations of Christ to the Believer ---New Window
by Charles G. Finney
Scripture Additions by Tom Stewart
FROM THE 1851 EDITION OF LECTURES ON SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY.
A SPECIAL ANNOTATED VERSION OF LECTURES 62-67:
"SANCTIFICATION" & "THE RELATIONS OF CHRIST TO THE BELIEVER"
"Understanding Charles G. Finney's Entire Sanctification"
Or, "An Introduction to Finney's 'The Relations of Christ to the Believer'"
by Tom Stewart
"(xlviii.) [WONDERFUL] 'His name shall be
['For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful' (Isaiah 9:6).]
No inward or audible exclamation is more common to me of late years, than the term Wonderful. When contemplating the nature, the character, the offices, the relations, the salvation of Christ, I find myself often mentally, and frequently audibly exclaiming, WONDERFUL! My soul is filled with wonder, love, and praise, as I am led by the Holy Spirit to apprehend Christ, sometimes in one and sometimes in another relation, as circumstances and trials develop the need I have of him. I am more and more 'astonished at the doctrine of the Lord,' [Acts 13:12], and at the Lord himself from year to year.
I have come to the conclusion, that there is no end to this, either in time or in eternity. He will no doubt to all eternity continue to make discoveries of himself to his intelligent creatures, that shall cause them to exclaim 'WONDERFUL!' I find my wonder more and more excited from one stage of Christian experience to another. Christ is indeed wonderful, contemplated in every point of view, as God, as man, as God-man, mediator. Indeed, I hardly know in which of his many relations he appears most wonderful, when in that relation he is revealed by the Holy Spirit.
['This also cometh forth from the LORD of Hosts, which is Wonderful in Counsel, and Excellent in working' (Isaiah 28:29).]
All, all is wonderful, when he stands revealed to the soul in any of his relations. The soul needs to be so acquainted with him as to excite and constantly keep awake its wonder and adoration. Contemplate Christ in any point of view, and the wonder of the soul is excited. Look at any feature of his character, at any department of the plan of salvation, at any part that he takes in the glorious work of man's redemption; look steadfastly at him as he is revealed through the gospel by the Holy Spirit, at any time and place, in any of his works or ways, and the soul will instantly exclaim--WONDERFUL! Yes, he shall be called Wonderful!
['Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in Holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?' (Exodus 15:11).]"
"The Virgin Birth will always remain a mystery,
but its fact is eternally demonstrated
in the Person it produced."
from: Seven Reasons Why I Believe in
THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST ---New Window
by Dr. Ian Paisley
From the book CHRISTIAN FOUNDATIONS
"But how to get faith strengthened?
Not by striving after faith,
but by resting on the Faithful One."
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