“Every command of Christ bears today’s date” by Charles Spurgeon

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“First to you that love the Lord, or profess to do so— Christian people— I have to say to you tonight,—the Holy Ghost saith ‘TODAY.’ That is to say, that it is essential to duty that we attend to it at once.

Every command of Christ bears today’s date. If a thing is right, it should be done at once; if it is wrong, stop it immediately.

Whatever you are bound to do, you are bound to do now. There may be some duties of a later date, but for the present, that which is the duty is the duty now.

There is an immediateness about the calls of Christ. What he bids you do, you must not delay to do. The Holy Ghost saith “Today.”

And I would say this with regard to everything. Do you love the Lord? Have you ever professed His name? Then the Holy Ghost…

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“Lord, help me to say, ‘What Thou will, when Thou will, and how Thou will'” by John Newton

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“It becomes us to say, ‘It is not necessary for me to be rich, or what the world accounts wise; to be healthy, or admired by my fellow-worms; to pass through life in a state of prosperity and outward comfort.’ These things may be, or they may be otherwise, as the Lord in His wisdom shall appoint.

But it is necessary for me to be humble and spiritual, to seek communion with God, to adorn my profession of the Gospel, and to yield submissively to His disposal, in whatever way, whether of service or suffering, He shall be pleased to call me to glorify Him in the world.

It is not necessary for me to live long, but highly expedient that whilst I do live I should live to Him. Here then I would bound my desires; and here, having His word both for my rule and my warrant…

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The Beauty of the Cross: 19 Objections and Answers on Penal Substitutionary Atonement (500th Post)

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christ-on-the-cross-1587The cross of Christ has always been a scandal and an offense. As a symbol of social shame in the Greco-Roman world, the idea of a Crucified God elicited scorn from the cultured elites. For 1st Century Jews, a crucified Messiah was a nonsensical contradiction in terms. Even today, speaking of Jesus’ death as the saving center of history provokes a quizzical response both in the pews and the marketplace. Beyond that, there has been a wide variety of debate around just how Jesus’ death saves us within the church itself. Historically, there has been no binding ecumenical statement on the issue comparable to those on of the Trinity and the person of Christ. The result is that many different approaches to explaining the way the death Christ exercises a saving function in the economy of the Triune God.

Though widely-held by Evangelicals and Protestants of all stripes (and even some…

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Calvin on “He descended into Hell” (Guest Post by Tim Keller)

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KellerToday I have the honor of hosting an original, guest post by Dr. Timothy Keller, chairman and co-founder of Redeemer City to City, VP of The Gospel Coalition, and former pastor and founder of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan. 

Is it right for preachers to speak of Jesus experiencing the loss of the Father’s love on the cross?  After all, orthodox Trinitarian theology teaches that at the ultimate level, ontologically, the Father did not ever hate the Son. The Trinity remains completely unbroken. Indeed, when the Son was dying for us he was offering the Father a ‘pleasing sacrifice’ and a ‘satisfaction’ for sin.

But then what was the “forsakenness” that Jesus experienced on the cross? If in the ultimate sense he did not lose the Father’s love, what did he lose?  Is it wrong to say that when Jesus was on the cross he experienced estrangement from God? Is it…

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“Make much of our Lord Jesus Christ” by J.C. Ryle

Source: “Make much of our Lord Jesus Christ” by J.C. Ryle

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When Your Faith Is So Weak (Watson)

Source: When Your Faith Is So Weak (Watson)

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Five Ways to Spoil the Gospel

Source: Five Ways to Spoil the Gospel

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All Things To Me by Grace E. Easley

I read this and wept; a beautiful prayer to a Beautiful Savior, This Tremendous Lover!

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A Call Which Cannot Be Resisted

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“Every man that is saved, is always saved by an overcoming call which he cannot withstand; he may resist it for a time, but he cannot resist so as to overcome it, he must give way, he must yield when God speaks. If he says, ‘Let there be light,’ the impenetrable darkness gives way to light; if he says, ‘Let there be grace,’ unutterable sin gives way, and the hardest-hearted sinner melts before the fire of effectual calling.” –Charles H. Spurgeon “Spurgeon Prince of Preachers” by Lewis Drummond p. 647

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Grace Acts From Within

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“It is a misconception to suppose that by irresistible grace is meant an ab extra coercing influence. Calvin, like Augustine, delights to present it as the law written on the mind and the heart, indicating that grace acts from within, so that there is no longer any resistance… To be made willing in a day of God’s sovereign power is the highest liberty, enlisting all the faculties of mind, heart, and spirit. As a bird is free in the air and a fish in the sea, each in his own native element, so man is truly free in the will of his God.” –R.A. Finlayson “Puritan Papers Vol. 3” (edited by J.I. Packer) p. 139

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