Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Workmen Unashamed; Approved Unto God
...words that cut it straight

"Jesus Christ is the sum and quintessence of the gospel; the wonder of angels; the joy and triumph of saints. The name of Christ is sweet, it is as music in the ear, honey in the mouth, and a cordial at the heart… the Mediator of the covenant, the restorer of lapsed sinners." -THOMAS WATSON

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"Jesus is the Truth. We believe in Him, —not merely in His words. He Himself is Doctor and Doctrine, Revealer and Revelation, the Illuminator and the Light of Men. He is exalted in every word of truth, because He is its sum and substance. He sits above the gospel, like a prince on His own throne. Doctrine is most precious when we see it distilling from His lips and embodied in His person. Sermons [and songs] are valuable in proportion as they speak of Him and point to Him. A Christ-less gospel is no gospel and a Christ-less discourse is the cause of merriment to devils." -C.H. SPURGEON

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"Sin is naturally exceeding dear to us; to part with it is compared to plucking out our right eyes. Men may refrain from wonted ways of sin for a little while, and may deny their lusts in a partial degree, with less difficulty; but it is heart-rending work, finally to part with all sin, and to give our dearest lusts a bill of divorce, utterly to send them away. But this we must do, if we would follow those that are truly turning to God: yea, we must not only forsake sin, but must, in a sense, forsake all the world, Luke xiv.33 'Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." -JONATHAN EDWARDS

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"Two thieves hung by Christ on the cross; they were equally guilty, equally needy, equally near to Him. One of them is moved to cry: "Lord, remember me" and is taken to Paradise, while the other is suffered to die in his sins and sink down into a hopeless eternity. Many are called, but few are chosen. Yes, Salvation is God's sovereign work. "God does not save a man because he is a sinner, for if so He must save all men, for all are sinners. Nor because he comes to Christ, for 'no man can come except the Father draw him;' nor because he repents, for 'God gives repentance unto life;' nor because he believes,' for no one can believe 'except it were given him from above;' nor yet because he holds out faithful to the end, for 'we are kept by the power of God.' It is not because of baptism, for many are saved without it, and many are lost with it. It is not because of morality, for the moralist is the hardest to reach, and many of the most immoral are saved - the ground of distinguishing grace IS the Sovereignty of God: 'Even so Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight''" -J. B. MOODY

4 comments:

Michele Rayburn said...

"Jesus is the Truth. We believe in Him, —not merely in His words. He Himself is Doctor and Doctrine, Revealer and Revelation, the Illuminator and the Light of Men. He is exalted in every word of truth, because He is its sum and substance...Doctrine is most precious when we see it distilling from His lips and embodied in His person..."-C.H. SPURGEON

It sounds like Spurgeon was expounding on John 5:39 where Jesus says:

"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me."

That quote by J.B. Moody is really good, also.

donsands said...

Wonderful quotes. Excellent!

Galatians 6:14

Ricky Rickard, Jr. said...

Terrific, convicting quotes!

NativeVermonter said...

First of all: Best blog on the net bar none. While others may go political, this one goes for the Pearl. Tonight we're discussing killing sin (Piper did a study on this not too far back.) And that Edwards quote fits great. Man I wished we still spoke with the eloquence that marked those times.