Monthly Archives: June 2015

IT WAS NOT ONLY WHAT HE DID-BUT WHAT HE WAS

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Consider this: What a man is is always more important to God than what he does. Remember that if a man had the ability to stand up and create pine trees and lakes and hills and was not a good man, through and through a good man, he would still be of no value to God! And let us remember too, that if a man is a good man, through and through a good man, and has no power to perform a miracle or any great work, he would still be one of God’s most valued treasures. God would write his name on His own hands for it is goodness that God is looking for.

So it was the very person and character of Jesus that was glorious. It was not only what He did-but what He was. What He did was secondary. What He was in His person was primary. Brethren, there can be no argument about Jesus Christ’s glory-His glory lay in the fact that He was perfect love in a loveless world; that He was perfect purity in an impure world; that He was perfect meekness in a harsh and quarrelsome world.There was no end to His glory. He was perfect humility in a world where every man was seeking his own benefit. He was boundless and fathomless mercy in a hard and cruel world. He was completely selfless goodness in a world full of selfishness.

There’s a light upon the mountains,
And the day is at the spring,
When our eyes shall see the beauty
And the glory of the King

“Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher.” Alexander Whyte

HIS LOVE IS INFINITE IN ITS DEGREE

John 4:16 God is love.

His love is infinite in its degree. We have just seen that God and love are sacred synonyms, divinely and essentially the same. His love, therefore, must partake of the infinitude of His being. It is a serious defect in the religion of many that their faith deals too faintly with the infinity of God. This leads to a limiting of the Holy One of Israel. Finite beings ourselves, all our ideas and conceptions of God’s greatness are bounded by the finite. This ‘restricting of Jehovah’ dwarfs our personal Christianity, and robs Him of His divine glory. But God is infinite, and therefore His love to us is boundless and fathomless. This view of His infinite greatness is not to paralyze, but to strengthen our faith; not to repel, but attract us. The very IMMENSITY of God is one of our greatest encouragements to approach Him. If David made the greatness of his sin a plea with God for its pardon- “For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great” – surely we may plead the greatness of God’s love when we ask anything at His hand.

And although in thus coming to His infinity, we may appear like a child dipping its tiny shell into the depth of the ocean thinking to exhaust it, nevertheless, small though may be the vessel with which we draw, we must feel that nothing less than infinite love can meet the deep need and satiate the intense yearnings of our soul. In proportion as the Holy Spirit leads us to see the depths of our sinfulness, poverty, and nothingness, we shall learn that nothing less than a God of infinite love, grace, and sufficiency could meet our case.

“There’s nothing bright above; below,
From flowers that bloom, to stars that glow,
But in its light my soul can see
Some feature of Your Deity.
“There’s nothing dark below, above,
But in its gloom I trace Your love;
And meekly wait the moment when
Your touch shall turn all bright again,”

“By the cross we know the gravity of sin and the greatness of God’s love toward us.” John Chrysostom

SUNDAY SERMON, 28 JUNE 2015

Samuel Chadwick, Christian Perfection

There is probably no subject Christian teachers touch so reluctantly as that of Christian perfection. This is due partly to the difficulties of definition, and partly to the fact that it lays one wide open to misunderstanding. A sharp shaft of ridicule may be more damaging than logic. An argument can be met, but there is no answer to a sneer, and the fear of being thought a Pharisee has silenced many on the subject of perfection…continue reading here

TOZER EDITORIAL: TWO CONCEPTIONS OF MARY

TWO CONCEPTIONS OF MARY

Though we desire to see all the good we can in the various religions of the world we are simply unable to find in the Roman Catholic Church anything to commend it finally to the confidence of Bible-honoring Christians. The Bible and the Roman Church appear to be two different worlds. and these are separated from and for the most part, diametrically opposed to each other.

One proof among many of the basic contradictions between the Bible and the Catholic Church is their respective teachings concerning Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Moses H. Gitlin, in a recent issue of Bible Tidbits, throws into focus this fundamental difference. He sets forth in deadly parallel the respectful but simple language used by the Bible to describe Mary,m and the extravagant honorifics given to her by the Church of Rome.

The Bible refers to Mary in the following language: Mary,m Virgin, thou that art highly favored, hand-maid of the Lord, mother of my Lord, Mary they wife, his mother, mother of Jesus, woman, the womb that bare thee.

Over against this modest list may be set the honorifics invented by the Roman Church: Saint Mary, Holy Mary, Virgin of Virgins, Virgin Mother of God, Most Blessed Virgin, Holy Virgin, Sweet Virgin, Immaculate Virgin, Ever Virgin, Most Glorious Virgin, Most Gracious Virgin, Mother of God, Mother of the Word Incarnate, Mother of Mercy, Our Lord, Lady in Heaven, Queen of the World, Advocate of Sinners, Dispenser of Divine Grace, Door of Heaven, Intercessor, Madonna, Mediator, Morning Star, Protectoress.

To check the accuracy of these lists one need only to read the New Testament and almost any doctrinal or devotional work by a Roman Catholic. It is quite obvious that there are two Marys before us, the plain meek woman of the Bible and the Synthetic “Queen of Heaven” created by the Roman Church.

Little comment is indicated. Our Lord said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” And again he said, “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered.” That just about wraps the matter up for us. A. W. Tozer Editorial

From Alliance Weekly, 12 August, 1950

WILBUR CHAPMAN ON “PRAYING” JOHN HYDE

James 5: 16 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

Dr Wilbur Chapman wrote to a friend: “I have learned some great lessons concerning prayer. At one of our missions in England the audiences were exceedingly small. But I received a note saying that an American missionary…was going to pray God’s blessing down upon our work. He was known as Praying Hyde.

Almost instantly the tide turned. The hall became packed and at my first invitation fifty men accepted Christ as their Savior. As we were leaving I said, “Mr Hyde, I want you to pray for me.” He came to my room, turned the key in the door, and dropped on his knees, and waited five minutes without a single syllable coming from his lips. I could hear my own heart thumping, and his beating. I felt the hot tears running down my face. I knew I was with God. Then, with upturned face, down which the tears were streaming, he said “O God!” Then for five minutes at least he was still again; and then when he knew that he was talking with God…there came up from the depths of his heart such petitions for men as I had never heard before. I rose from my knees to know what real prayer was. We believe that prayer is might and we believe it as we never did before.” As told form the publication “The Camel’s Nose”

The same Spirit that dwelt in John “Praying” Hyde
Is the same Spirit of intercession is us abides

“Give me souls, oh God, or I die!” John Hyde

THE PROSPERITY OF YOUR OWN SOUL

Isaiah 55:9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

To believe in the unchanging love of Gos is one of the weapons of the warfare of faith, more especially needful for persevering prayer. “Blessed are all they that wait for Him.” The believer will hold every petition on the basis of subjection: “If it be Thy will; Thy will be done.” It it is granted palpably, we may see that what we have desired is given; but it may be given although the form of prayer is denied. Anyway, there is an answer from the Lord; for if it is not given, He answers still “It is not for my glory; it is not well, my child” (1 John 5:14-15).

The mighty transaction involved in that mysterious vigil of Gethsemane, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me,” was the most perfect form of subject prayer, from the most perfect Servant. For the glory of our redemption, it was not possible. And for us today there are requests that, however expedient to our view, yet contain in themselves that which we know not, and involve consequences hidden from all but that All-seeing Eye that beholds the end from the beginning. To grant it would be to detract form that which is always nearest to the heart of the believer: the glory of the Father, the prosperity of your own soul. Anna Shipton

All as God wills, who wisely heeds
To give or to withhold,
And knoweth more of all my needs,
Than all my prayers have told!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.

NOT I BUT CHRIST

Gal 2:20 Not I, but Christ

“I sometimes wonder that you do not get tired of my preaching, because I do nothing but hammer away on this one nail. With me it is, year after year, ‘None but Jesus!’ Oh, you great saints, if you have outgrown the need of a sinner’s trust in the Lord Jesus, you have outgrown your sins, but you have also outgrown your grace, and your saintship has ruined you!” Spurgeon

Not where the elect to go
But where Jesus leads the way,
There the living waters flow,
There our darkness turns to day.

Not our self-appointed task
Will the Lord’s approval win,
But the work we did not ask
Finished humbly; just for Him.

Not the prayer we long to plead
When we bend before the Throne
But the touching deeper need
Of the Spirit’s wordless groan.

Not the gift we proudly lay,
On His altar will He heed,
If our hearts have said Him Nay,
We He whispered, “I have need.”

Thus we die; and dying live
In the heavenlies with the Lord;
Thus we serve, and pray,m and give,
Christ Himself our great reward.

WHAT CAN THE WORLD PROFIT ME?

1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world

Doth Satan tempt thee, either by pleasures, dignities, or profits? O my soul, stand upon thy guard, gird on thy strength with such thoughts as these: What can the world profit me? If the cares of it choke me? Or what advancement is this, to be triumphing in honor before the face of men here, and to be trembling with confusion before the throne of God hereafter? What are the delights of the world to the peace of my conscience, or the joy that is in the Holy Ghost? What are the applause of men to the crown prepared by God? Or, what is the gain of the world to the loss of my soul? The vanity of the creature is far beneath the excellency of my soul; and the things of time not worthy to be mentioned with the things of eternity. Two masters, of such opposite principles as God and Mommon, I cannot serve; therefore, Satan, upon the most deliberate consideration, I must give thee and thy service up, for thou biddest me to my loss. Bogatzky

Whom have I in heaven but you,
and on earth there is nothing
that I desire besides you.

James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

BELIEVE ON THE ONE WHO SUSTAINS YOU

In the fifth chapter of the Revelation, John bears record of the whole universe joining to give praise to the Lamb that was slain. Under the earth and on the earth and above the earth, John heard creatures praising Jesus Christ, all joining in a great chorus and Saying with a loud voice. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Rev 5:12-13).

Yes, surely the entire universe is a beneficiary of God’s rich grace in Jesus Christ. When we faithfully witness and present Christ to men and women in our day as Lord and Savior, we should remember that they are already receiving benefits of grace, and we are only presenting Jesus Christ to them in a new office; that of Redeemer.

When we say to an unbelieving man “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”, we are actually saying to him “believe on the One who sustains you and upholds you and Who has given you life. Believe on the One who pities you and spares you and keeps you. Believe on the One out of whom you came!” A. W. Tozer, sermon

Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory
There forever to abide
All the heavenly hosts adore Thee
Seated at Thy Father’s side:
There for sinners Thou art pleading
There Thou dost our place prepare
Ever for us interceding
Till in glory we appear

IT WAS THE LOVE OF THE FATHER THAT SENT THE SON

1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested 1ain us, that bGod has sent His 2only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

I suspect that many preachers and evangelists have left the false impression in our churches that Christ won God over to our side by dying for us. We have been encouraged to think of the Father as the angry God standing with the club of vengeance, about to destroy sinning mankind. But suddenly Jesus rushes in and takes the blow, allowing us to escape.That may be good drama, but it is poor theology!

Here is the truth of the matter. The Father in heaven so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. It was the love of the Father that sent the Son into our world to die for mankind. The Father and Son and Spirit were in perfect agreement that the eternal Son should die for the sins of the world. We are not wrong to believe—and proclaim—that while Mary’s Son, Jesus, died alone, terribly alone, on that cross, the loving heart of God the Father was as deeply pained with suffering as was the heart of the holy, dying Son. A. W. Tozer, sermon

God is Love: His mercy brightens
All the path in which we rove;
Bliss He wakes, and woe He lightens:
God is Wisdom, God is Love.

E’en the hour that darkest seemeth
Will His changeless goodness prove;
From the mist His brightness streameth:
God is Wisdom, God is Love.

“Christ did not die to make his Father loving, but because his Father is loving: the atoning blood is the outflow of the very heart of God toward us.” Spurgeon