The Truth Then and Now

 

ROBERT HAWKER
“My soul, when you have been engaged with contemplating the eternal and unchanging glory of your Jesus—in His person, work, offices, character, and relations, as in covenant engagements for your welfare—you have found Him to be an everlasting and secure foundation to rest upon and dwell in, for time and for eternity. Come now, and look up to your Redeemer in another precious point of view, and behold Him as creating “all things new,” while He Himself, in the eternity of His nature, remains forever and unchangeably the same. Behold Him on His throne; and remember that one and the same throne belongs to God and the Lamb—to intimate the unity of the Father and the Son in nature and dignity, in will, worship, and power. When you have duly pondered this view of Jesus, next listen to the important words He proclaims: “Behold, I make all things new.” Pause—has He made you a new creature? Yes, if, as the Holy Ghost says, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2Co 5:17). The new creature is a thoroughly changed creature. It is a new nature, not a new name. “A new heart…will I give you” is the blessed promise, “and a new spirit will I put within you” (Eze 36:26)—so that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2Co 5:17).Thirty-one Meditations on Christ (Kindle Locations 197-207). Chapel Library. Kindle Edition

J.C. Philpot
“Now, I believe that for the most part, those who have nothing else but a birth “of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man,” have no doubts nor fears, no strong exercises nor sharp temptations, as to their eternal state before God. On the other hand, those whom the Lord is teaching by the blessed Spirit are often tried and exercised in their minds whether the feelings which they inwardly experience spring from a real work of God upon their souls, or whether they are mere counterfeits and imitations of a work of grace. Thus, in God’s mysterious providence, those who have every reason to fear, have for the most part no fear at all, and those who have no reason whatever to fear, but stand complete in Christ, the objects of God’s eternal love, and the sheep for whom Jesus died, are the only persons who are plagued and pestered with the fears that spring from their own unbelieving hearts and the temptations with which Satan is continually distressing their minds. It is the object of Satan to keep those secure who are safe in his hands; nor does God see fit to disturb their quiet. He has no purpose of mercy towards them; they are not subjects of His kingdom; they are not objects of His love. He therefore leaves them carnally secure—in a dream, from which they will not awake till God “despises their image” (Psa 73:20)Heavenly Birth and Its Earthly Counterfeits (Kindle Locations 210-214). Chapel Library. Kindle Edition.

“Shall we not rather bless God for every exercise that brings us to His footstool, for every temptation that has stripped away creature-righteousness, for every blow that has cut us off from the world, for every affliction that has embittered the things of time and sense—for everything, however painful to the flesh, that has brought us nearer to Himself, and made us feel more love towards Him, and more desire after Him? Sure I am that, when we sum up God’s mercies, we must include in the number things painful to the flesh, and which at one time we could only look upon as miseries. Nay, in summing up the rich total, we must catalogue in the list every pang of guilt, every stroke of conviction, every agonizing doubt, every painful fear, every secret temptation, everything that has most disturbed us.” Heavenly Birth and Its Earthly Counterfeits (Kindle Locations 249-254). Chapel Library. Kindle Edition

THOMAS BRADBURY
“The Lord revengeth.” Notice that! Is God a God of vengeance? Yes! “O God unto whom vengeance belongeth, show Thyself.” This is the language of a child of grace, who has been brought into the experience of Jehovah’s love, in whose heart that love has been shed abroad by the Holy Ghost given unto it. Well can such an one afford to leave his cause, his circumstances, his character, and his all in the hands of Him who has declared that He will recompense tribulation to all that trouble His own people. Placed in the midst of defamation, falsehood, and deceit, in the midst of envying and enmity, when the devil and men are scheming to work the overthrow of a child of God; at such times will he be able to say with Job, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” I know that my next of Kin liveth, or I know that He who had the right to redeem me liveth; I know that the Avenger of the cause of His people liveth. Oh, precious resting-place is this, to know that my concerns are in the hand of One who is well able to manage all my affairs, many and interminable as they may appear in the world’s estimation. He is a revenging God. Bradbury, Thomas . GROVE CHAPEL PULPIT Volume 1 (Kindle Locations 99 ).

“Let us for a moment or two notice that declaration at the close of Matt. vii. — “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” But the declaration of His mind and Spirit is, that He knows all things, all circumstances, and all persons. Yet here He asserts that He will meet many who figure before the world as Christian workers, reformers, and philanthropists, with the withering announcement, “I never knew you.” How is this difficulty overcome? Sweetly and blessedly when we understand and experience the knowledge Jesus has of His own people in covenant relationship with Himself. This is a knowledge of approbation and appreciation; and to all others He must declare, “I never knew you” as the gift of My Father; “I never knew you” as the travail of My soul; “I never knew you” as the purchase of My blood; “I never knew you” as the living in the new Jerusalem. Oh, no! These were never seen and known as Apelles was, “approved in Christ.” Such persons He acknowledges, not as the elect of the Father, but pronounces them in their characters, reprobate; in their doings, dead; in their thoughts, evil; in their mind, ENMITY AGAINST GOD. “The people against whom the LORD hath indignation forever” (Mal. 1. 4). What shall we then say to the foreknowledge of God? — a glorious truth to which we give our unfeigned consent and assent, and our hearty Amen. Before this God-glorifying and creaturehumbling revelation we bow, and wonder, and adore! Think for a moment! The thought is overwhelming! God’s foreknowledge of me before the created angels stood before Him, before all worlds were called into being — when He wrote my favoured name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, when in covenant He gave me to His own dear Son, and gave His Son for me, that I might and must be preserved in Him, redeemed by Him, and presented by and in Him without spot, blemish, or blame. Oh! the blessedness of knowing that Jesus is my perfection before the face of the Father! and that in Him I have pardon, peace, acceptance, and glory. “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts xv. 18). Known unto Him are all His people, their peculiarities, and circumstances; and known unto Him are all their sorrows. “I know their sorrows.” What proof have we from God’s most Holy Word of this knowledge? Turn to Isaiah xlix.; there we find Jesus, the great and glorious covenant Head, speaking to His Father concerning Himself: “Jehovah hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of My mother hath He made mention of My Name; and said unto Me, Thou art My Servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent My strength for naught and in vain; yet surely My judgment is with the Lord, and My work with My God. And now saith the Lord that formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob again to Him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and My God shall be My strength.” This is the voice of the Head speaking, and the response of this is found in the experience of every elect vessel of mercy, every member of His mystical body. Look again, in the case of Jeremiah, first chapter, fifth verse, God speaks: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” Knew thee as to what thou wouldest be; knew thee in My unchanging, unalterable decrees: knew thee in My never-failing purposes; and “before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Look, again, to that marvellous declaration of the apostle Paul in first of Galatians — a portion from which it was my lot to speak to you the very first time I stood here in my position as God’s minister to you — “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace.” Mark you, there is a separation: what is it to? It is to a revelation of God’s Son in Him. “Before thou wast formed, I knew thee.” We look into various portions of God’s most Holy Word, and we find that this knowledge is not peculiar to God the Father, but common to the Three Persons in the blessed Trinity. The Father knew, when in covenant He gave the Church to Christ; Jesus knew, when He took to His fond embrace a numberless company of Adam’s lost family; the Holy Spirit knew, as He witnessed to the covenant transactions and engagements, as He beheld the Church given to Jesus. As we trace through the various portions of God’s most Holy Word, we shall see that this foreknowledge is as much the prerogative of the Spirit as it is of the Father, and it is as much that of the Son as it is of the Spirit and of the Father. “I am the good Shepherd; I know My sheep, and am known of Mine.” “For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” All things. Where does He search them? In the heart-experience of God’s own children, according to the declaration in this very precious chapter, “He that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God.” “These things.” God’s foreknowledge of His own, God’s predestination of His own, God’s predestination of all spiritual blessings for their spiritual enjoyment.”GROVE CHAPEL PULPIT Volume 1 (Kindle Locations 172-190). . Kindle Edition.

AW PINK

“Divine Sovereignty is not the Sovereignty of a tyrannical Despot, but the exercised pleasure of One who is infinitely wise and good! Because God is infinitely wise He cannot err, and because He is infinitely righteous He will not do wrong. Here then is the preciousness of this truth. The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good my heart is made to rejoice. Here then is the final answer to the question of this chapter, What ought to be our attitude toward the Sovereignty of God? The becoming attitude for us to take is that of godly fear, implicit obedience, and unreserved resignation and submission. But not only so: the recognition of the Sovereignty of God, and the realization that the Sovereign Himself is my Father, ought to overwhelm the heart and cause me to bow before Him in adoring worship. At all times I must say “Even so, Father, for so it seemeth good in Thy sight.” We conclude with an example which well illustrates our meaning. Some two hundred years ago the saintly Madam Cuyon, after ten years spent in a dungeon lying far below the surface of the ground, lit only by a candle at meal-times, wrote these words: “A little bird I am, Shut from the fields of air; Yet in my cage I sit and sing To Him who placed me there; Well pleased a prisoner to be, Because, my God, it pleases Thee. Nought have I else to do I sing the whole day long;
And He whom most I love to please, Doth listen to my song;
He caught and bound my wandering wing But still He bends to hear me sing. My cage confines me round; Abroad I cannot fly;
But though my wing is closely bound, My heart’s at liberty, My prison walls cannot control The flight, the freedom of the soul. Ah! it is good to soar These bolts and bar above,
To Him whose purpose I adore, Whose Providence I love; And in Thy mighty will to find The joy, the freedom of the mind.”The Sovereignty of God (Arthur Pink Collection Book 50) (Kindle Locations 3663-3673). Prisbrary Publishing. Kindle Edition.

“Death and plagues around me fly, Till He bid, I cannot die;
Not a single shaft can hit, Till the God of love sees fit.” Oh the preciousness of this truth! Here am I, a poor, helpless, senseless “sheep,” yet am I secure in the hand of Christ. And why am I secure there? None can pluck me thence because the hand that holds me is that of the Son of God, and all power in Heaven and earth is His! Again; I have no strength of my own: the world, the flesh, and the Devil, are arrayed against me so I commit myself into the care and keeping of the Lord and say with the Apostle “I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). And what is the ground of my confidence? How do I know that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him? I know it because God is almighty, the King of kings and Lord of lords.”The Sovereignty of God (Arthur Pink Collection Book 50) (Kindle Locations 4247-4259). Prisbrary Publishing. Kindle Edition.

WILLIAM BELL

“In summary, this writing has suggested that a major thrust of the book of Galatians is the conquest over the inheritance as a result of the conflict over who and what determines the true status of sons. The common thread which gave validity to each of the contestants, the “sons according to the flesh” (law-zealous Judaizers) and the “sons according to the Spirit” (Jews and Gentiles united by faith in Christ) was their relationship to Abraham. The relationship to Abraham was important chiefly because the ultimate promise of inheritance made to him was essentially the eschatological goal of righteousness by faith which was achieved through his seed Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:14,16,29; 5:5). The resurrection of Christ was the basis of life in the Spirit which confirmed him as the true seed and supernatural extension of Isaac’s birth. This clearly originated beyond human possibility, being accomplished by the purpose, strength and calling of God. No fleshly Jew could claim to be an heir of Abraham merely by reason of his blood line. As in the historical case of Abraham’s two sons, it was not the law, but the “promise” which determined the true status of sons and heirs. Jews and Gentiles who responded by faith in baptism were thereby united with the Christ who was raised from the dead.Eschatology In Galatians: Abraham Had Two Sons (Kindle Locations 628-642). William H Bell Jr. Kindle Edition

Practically, almost everyone has dark days in their lives, some more so than others. The story is told of sheep who are “cast” on the ground. At times, the weight of their bodies will shift and they roll completely on their backs with their feet straight up in the air. They struggle frantically to right themselves to no avail. In this position, they can die within a few hours. The heavier the sheep, the more dangerous is their condition. As they remain long in this position, they lose circulation in their extremities and legs and are unable to walk. If these sheep remain undiscovered and are not helped by the shepherd, they will die on their backs. To avoid injury and death, the shepherd literally lifts up the sheep and begins to rub their legs and bodies to enable the blood to circulate through their limbs until they are strong and stable enough to stand on their feet again.[ 1] We all have experienced days when we were down on our backs. Some of us have even despaired of life. But Christ, the Good Shepherd, with his ever watchful eye and loving care lifts us up through the comfort of his word. He helps us through those dark times until our legs are strengthened and we are able to walk again. To him we give the glory. The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (p. 10).  AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.

The saints have come to the heavenly Canaan, the eternal promise land where they rest in Christ. The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (p. 21). AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.
Physical death is now a blessing to the saints because sin has been defeated. It can no longer keep the saints from heaven. It cannot hold them in Hades. It does not prevail against the church, (Matt. 16: 18; 1 Cor 15: 55-57; Rev. 1: 18; 20: 14). “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth; yes says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.” (Rev. 14: 13) Those who die in the Lord are blessed! The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (p. 50). AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.
God will never cease being good because He can never cease being God. His blessings of goodness ever remain before us for His mercy endures forever. Life with nothing, lived with God, is everything,(Lk, 12: 15-21). Life with everything, lived without God, is nothing, (Matt. 16: 24-26).The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (p. 94). AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.
“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Eph. 2: 19-22) See also 1 Pet. 2: 4-5. This is the house or tabernacle God has brought down from heaven to be with man. He is truly our Great Shepherd, who has made all things new. We are richly blessed in the house of God with an eternal relationship with Him. Surely, the faithful dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (p. 98). AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.
We continually feast at the Messianic Banquet prepared in celebration of the victory over all enemies including death. We can be confident even as enemies are present knowing they can do the flock no eternal harm. We have the abundance of life in the kingdom of God. There is no lack. God has given to us all spiritual blessings in the temple. We have all things that pertain to life and godliness. God does exceedingly above all that we ask or think. Our cup of the Lord truly runs over. It is always full of his love and blessings. We now enjoy the goodness and mercy of God which follows us everywhere we go. We have overcome having been made a pillar in the temple of God. He has written his name upon us. The name of the New Jerusalem is written upon us. Finally, we are privileged to dwell forever within the royal temple of God, the house not made with hands in which His goodness and mercy reign world without end. The 23rd Psalm: The Good Shepherd In The Temple of God (pp. 100-101). AllThingsFulfilled.Com. Kindle Edition.

DON K PRESTON

“But the vindication of the martyrs was to occur with the fall of Jerusalem Therefore, the last days of Israel occurred in A.D. 70. Remember, Revelation is about the “real” last days, not a preliminary last days. The last days of Revelation are the true last days to wrap up God’s Scheme of Redemption. Thus, to identify the last days in Revelation is to identify the last days of all of eschatological focus. We have shown that the last days of Revelation are the last days of Israel that ended in A.D. 70. Therefore, the last days that are the focus of Biblical eschatology are the last days of Israel, not the last days of the Christian age. As you can see, Deuteronomy 32 clearly establishes the identity of the last days as the last days of Israel, not the church age. This means 2 Peter 3 cannot be about the destruction of material creation or the end of the Christian age. Let me express it like this:
The Day of the Lord to vindicate the martyrs would occur in the last days of Israel in the judgment of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Isaiah 2-4; Matthew 23).
Peter foretold the Day of the Lord, in the last days (2 Peter 3). Therefore, the Day of the Lord, in the last days, foretold by Peter (2 Peter 3), was the Day of the Lord in the last days of Israel in the judgment of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.”The Elements Shall Melt With Fervent Heat (p. 43). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

“First, Jesus and his Jewish contemporaries, only believed in two ages. The two ages were “this age,” and “the age to come.”
Second, “this age” was the age of Moses and the Law, while “the age
to come” was the age of Messiah, the New Covenant, and the kingdom. Third, “this age” was to end, but “the age to come” was to be endless.”
Preston D. Div., Don K. The Elements Shall Melt With Fervent Heat (p. 44). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
4.”What we see in the N. T. is a transitional period in which the New
Covenant was being delivered and confirmed while the Old Covenant was
becoming obsolete and passing away. Two worlds were in transition. One
covenant world was in its last days, a New Covenant world was born, and
coming to maturity. The “new heavens and earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness” was about to fully arrive.”
 The Elements Shall Melt With Fervent Heat (p. 45). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

 

WITNESS LEE

“This Epistle was written to them to tell them to go ahead and not to wander or retreat. They should neither stagger nor hesitate. They must go ahead and cross the river. It seems that the writer of the book was saying, “You are Hebrews, yet you are not willing to cross the separating water. That water is in front of you, and you need to cross it. Christ is not here; He is there. He is the Forerunner. He has [12] already entered into the veil. You shouldn’t stay here. You must go there. He is our Captain and He has entered into glory. Let us follow Him. Let us fight on and on until we enter into glory. Let us go out of the gate and outside the camp and follow Him within the veil.” The two vital slogans of the book of Hebrews are “outside the camp” and “within the veil.” The writer of Hebrews was apparently telling them, “You shouldn’t stagger between the camp and the veil. Go on and enter within the veil immediately. Jesus is neither in the camp nor on the way. He is within the veil. We must go to Him there. That is our goal. Let us all go!” Christ is within the veil. When we get into our spirit, we cross the river out of our wandering minds, pass through the veil, and come into the holiest of all. The Epistle to the Hebrews was written for the purpose of confirming to the staggering Hebrew believers the genuine Christian faith and to warn them not to deviate from it. They had to forsake their Jewish religion.”Life-Study of Hebrews (Life-Study of the Bible) (Kindle Locations 1536-1543). Living Stream Ministry. Kindle Edition.

WATCHMAN NEE

“It seems to us that our sins are so real, and some particular sin may trouble us so many times, that we come to the point where to us our sins loom larger than the blood of Christ. Now the whole trouble with us is that we are trying to sense it; we are trying to feel its value and to estimate subjectively what the blood is for us. We cannot do it; it does not work that way. The blood is first for God to see. We then have to accept God’s valuation of it. In doing so we shall find our salvation. If instead we try to come to a valuation by way of our feelings, we get nothing; we remain in darkness. No, it is a matter of faith in God’s Word. We have to believe that the blood is precious to God because He says it is so (1 Pet. 1:18–19). If God can accept the blood as a payment for our sins and as the price of our redemption, then we can rest assured that the debt has been paid. If God is satisfied with the blood, then the blood must be acceptable. Our valuation of it is only according to His valuation—neither more nor less. It cannot, of course, be more, but it must not be less. Let us remember that He is holy and He is righteous, and that a holy and righteous God has the right to say that the blood is acceptable in His eyes and has fully satisfied Him.”  The Normal Christian Life (pp. 5-6). CLC Publications. Kindle Edition.

“The first eight chapters of Romans form a self-contained unit. The four and a half chapters from 1:1 to 5:11 form the first half of this unit and the three and a half chapters from 5:12 to 8:39 the second half. A careful reading will show us that the subject matter of the two halves is not the same. For example, in the argument of the first section, we find the plural word “sins” given prominence. In the second section, however, this is changed, for while the word “sins” hardly occurs once, the singular word “sin” is used again and again, and is the subject mainly dealt with. Why is this? It is because in the first section it is a question of the sins I have committed before God, which are many and can be enumerated, whereas in the second it is a question of sin as a principle working in me. No matter how many sins I commit, it is always the one sin-principle that leads to them. I need forgiveness for my sins, but I need also deliverance from the power of sin. The former touches my conscience, the latter my life. I may receive forgiveness for all my sins, but because of my sin still have no abiding peace of mind. When God’s light first shines into my heart, my one cry is for forgiveness because I realize I have committed sins before Him. But when once I have received forgiveness of sins, I make a new discovery, namely, the discovery of sin. I realize not only that I have committed sins before God, but that there is something wrong within. I discover that I have the nature of a sinner. There is an inward inclination to sin, a power within that draws to sin. When that power breaks out, I commit sins; I may seek and receive forgiveness, but then I sin once more. So life goes on in a vicious circle of sinning and being forgiven and then sinning again. I appreciate the blessed fact of God’s forgiveness, but I want something more than that: I want deliverance. I need forgiveness for what I have done, but I need also deliverance from what I am. The Normal Christian Life (p. 2). CLC Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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