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THE MYSTERY OF PROVIDENCE
JOHN FLAVEL

Do we believe that everything in the world and in our own lives down to the minutest details is ordered by the providence of God? Do we ever take time to observe and meditate on the workings of Providence? If not, are we missing much?

It should be a delight and pleasure to us to discern how God works all things in the world for His own glory and His people’s good. But it should be an even greater pleasure to observe the particular designs of Providence in our own lives. ‘O, what a world of rarities’, says John Flavel, ‘are to be found in Providence…With what profound wisdom, infinite tenderness, and incessant vigilance it has managed all that concerns us from first to last’. It was to persuade Christians of the excellency of observing and meditating upon this that Flavel first published his Mystery of Providence in 1678.

Since then the work has gone through many editions. Based on the words ‘God that performeth all things for me’ (Ps. 57 v 2) this work shows us how Providence works for us in every stage and experience of our lives. The book is richly illustrated from the lives of believers and from the author’s wide reading in church history. There are avenues of spiritual knowledge and experience opened to the Christian in this work which he probably never knew existed.

‘It is a wonderful book, the Banner serves us all by keeping it in print. Flavel does a wonderful job of helping you to meditate on how God’s sovereign kindness is seen even in the strangest circumstances…he knew suffering himself, and he was faithful.’ — MARK DEVER

"Of all books written upon providence, apart from the Bible of course, this must be regarded as the classic treatment of the subject. It is not hard to see why. Very warmly recommended." — BRIAN GARRARD

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Publishers’ Introduction 7

Introduction 15

PART ONE

THE EVIDENCE OF PROVIDENCE

1 The Work of Providence for the Saints 27

2 Our Birth and Upbringing 43

3 The Work of Conversion 60

4 Our Employment 75

5 Family Affairs 81

6 Preservation of the Saints from Evil 90

7 The Work of Sanctification 99

PART TWO

MEDITATION ON THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD

8 The Duty of Meditation on Providence 113

9 How to Meditate on the Providence of God 117

10 The Advantages of Meditating on Providence 143

PART THREE

APPLICATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF PROVIDENCE

11 Practical Implications for the Saints 181

12 Practical Problems in Connection with Providence 185

13 The Advantages of Recording our Experiences of Providence 219

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THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN (16 VOLS.)
JOHN OWEN

This greatest of all British theologians was incredibly prolific as a writer, with John Owen’s books numbering in the dozens. He was a man of great stature with national influence during his lifetime, preaching before Parliament multiple times and serving as chaplain and advisor to Oliver Cromwell. He also enjoyed some influence with King Charles II. He is best known, though, for his writings that cover subjects ranging from doctrinal explorations to ecclesiastical themes to practical advice. No matter the topic, it was thoroughly explored and presented with authority—and, although he often wrote books to help decipher troubling current issues, they are presented in a way that is timeless. The Works of John Owen is available in a 16-volume set, and is also available in single volumes. Books that continue to be of interest include The Mortification of Sin, Duties of Christian Fellowship, and Indwelling Sin in Believers, among others.

CONTENTS OF THESE VOLUMES

VOLUME 1 - THE GLORY OF CHRIST

VOLUME 2 - COMMUNION WITH GOD

VOLUME 3 - THE HOLY SPIRIT

VOLUME 4 - THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

VOLUME 5 - FAITH AND ITS EVIDENCES

VOLUME 6 - TEMPTATION AND SIN

VOLUME 7 - SIN AND GRACE

VOLUME 8 - SERMONS TO THE NATION

VOLUME 9 - SERMONS TO THE CHURCH

VOLUME 10 - THE DEATH OF CHRIST

VOLUME 11 - CONTINUING IN THE FAITH

VOLUME 12 - THE GOSPEL DEFENDED

VOLUME 13 - MINISTRY IN FELLOWSHIP

VOLUME 14 - TRUE AND FALSE RELIGION

VOLUME 15 - CHURCH PURITY AND UNITY

VOLUME 16 - THE CHURCH AND THE BIBLE

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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF J.C. RYLE
JOHN CHARLES RYLE

This J.C Ryle 13 volume cloth-bound set from Banner of Truth is an incredible resource not only for pastors but also for those who want to grow in spiritual maturity. Ryle is very practical and easy to read. He writes in a way in which you are confronted with the truth about your sin and yet also reminded of the comforts of the gospel. I have given some small reviews of each book below. As I have mentioned in other posts before, the quality of these cloth-bound books is amazing! They will last a lifetime even if you use them heavily. You can buy these books separately or as a complete set.

In 1837, John Charles Ryle was an outstanding athlete, excelling in cricket and rowing. But, when he became ill with a serious infection, he turned to his long-forgotten Bible and prayed. Then, one Sunday at church, he felt as though God was speaking to him, emphasizing the message that people are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God. Ryle ultimately entered the ministry in the Church of England, while also publishing popular tracts and books from a Biblical standpoint. J.C. Ryle’s Holiness is perhaps his best known book, describing the nature of holiness and the challenges of temptation, while Call to Prayer shares with readers the privileges of private prayer. J.C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men offers up what one reviewer calls “true Puritan theology,” while Agency That Transformed a Nation shares timeless lessons gleaned from the 18-century Great Awakening.

EXPOSITORY THOUGHTS ON THE GOSPELS

For anyone studying or preaching on the Gospels, this has to be one of your go-to sets. Ryle’s commentary is very pastoral and full of practical application. Each section is laid out with the Scripture text, Ryle's pastoral commentary, and then his verse commentary. I normally tend to use exegetical, verse by verse commentaries in my sermon prep, which has led to my preaching being somewhat of a running commentary (which is not good). These pastoral commentaries by Ryle have provided balance in my study and sermon prep.

"J. C.Ryle's 'Expository Thoughts on the Gospels' gleans practical thoughts from every section of the four Gospels. I know of no set of books that is more helpful for private devotions and family worship. We read through Ryle's books when our children were in elementary school. A ten-year-old can understand Ryle, and an eighty-year-old saint is not beyond him; Ryle models simplicity and profundity to all. Ryle's thoughts are also invaluable for ministers and teachers, as they model how to glean applications from the text. Here is practical Christianity at its best." --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

This is Bishop Ryle at his very best!

HOLINESS

I believe it is important to go back and read classic Christian works such as Holiness to be reminded that the struggles that we are facing in our own lives and in the church are not new. For Christians, it has always been a struggle to live holy lives. Ryle’s Holiness helps us to be reminded that even though it's hard and may not be the most popular thing, we must be holy, because the voice of God in Scripture plainly commands it, it is one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world, because this is the only sound evidence that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, because this is the only proof that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, because this is the only sound evidence that we are true children of God, because this is the most likely way to do good to others, because our present comfort depends much upon it, because without holiness on earth we will never be prepared to enjoy heaven.

OLD PATHS

Old Paths is a work by Ryle that explains truths that are ‘necessary to salvation.’ Ryle chose the title to emphasize that he is not presenting anything new but reaffirming the doctrines laid out and believed by the Apostolic Christians and the reformers.

It’s a fairly repetitive book since the chapters at one point were separate papers, but Ryle informs you in the Preface. It touches on forgiveness, justification, the cross, faith, repentance, election, perseverance, etc. There is a huge need for all of us to be reminded of these truths and Ryle presents them in a very reasonable and practical way. “If people may be saved without knowing anything about these truths, it appears to me that we may throw away our Bibles altogether, and proclaim that the Christian religion is of no use.”

PRACTICAL RELIGION

Looking for a book about how to live as a Christian? Look no further. Ryle presents how to practically live out the Christian life in this great work. Instead of living a works-based religion, he lays out how to live in the grace given to us by Christ. Ryle’s focus is to help you understand that it is not the actual acts you do, but that God has your heart. His chapter on The World was very impactful to me giving very helpful wisdom on how the world is a danger, what is not meant by separation from the world, what real or true separation from the world is, and the secret victory over the world. Through this work, Ryle helps you learn to care for our souls, see our great need for Christ, and live in a way that is not fake, legalistic, or dead.

The time is fast coming when nothing but authenticity will stand the fire. Authentic repentance towards God--authentic faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ--authentic holiness of heart and life--these, these are the things which will alone stand the judgment at the last day. It is a solemn saying of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:22-23)

LIGHT FROM OLD TIMES

Light from Old Times is basically short biographies/testimonies of some reformers and puritans written by Ryle. There is such a change happening in the millennial generation that have adopted reformed theology. You can see many young people with Spurgeon and Bunyan t-shirts, Calvin coffee mugs and moleskines. But do they know who is on their t-shirt? This is a great book that introduces spiritual giants such as John Wycliffe, John Rogers, Samuel Ward, and Richard Baxter.

KNOTS UNTIED

This work by Ryle is on how the church should operate. It includes 19 papers on specific subjects relating to the evangelical church practices. Keep in mind when Ryle uses the word evangelical, he means Biblical, unlike the way we tend to think and use the word today. He lays out the beliefs held by Evangelical Churchmen of the day. His arguments are filled with Scriptural proof and explained very carefully and confidently. Some topics include Baptism, Regeneration, The Lord’s Supper, Confession, the Fallibility of Ministers, Idolatry, etc.

Let us always beware of any teaching which either directly or indirectly obscures justification by faith. All religious systems which put anything between the heavy laden sinner and Jesus Christ the Savior, except simple faith, are dangerous and unscriptural. All systems which make out faith to be anything complicated, anything but a simple, childlike dependence — the hand which receives the soul’s medicine from the physician — are unsafe and poisonous systems. All systems which cast discredit on the simple Protestant doctrine which broke the power of Rome, carry about with them a plague-spot, and are dangerous to souls.

Let us remember, not least, the enormous injury we may do to souls if we once allow ourselves to depart in the least degree from the simplicity of the gospel, either in our doctrine or in our worship. Who can estimate the shipwrecks that might occur in a single night, and the lives that might be lost, if a light-house keeper dared to alter but a little the color of his light? Who can estimate the deaths that might take place in a town if the chemist took on himself to depart but a little from the doctor’s prescriptions? Who can estimate the wholesale misery that might be caused in a war, by maps a little wrong, and charts a little incorrect? Who can estimate these things? Then perhaps you may have some idea of the spiritual harm that ministers do by departing in the slightest degree from the Scriptural proportions of the gospel, or by trying to catch the world by dressing the simple old Evangelical faith in new clothes.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Although much has been written on the evangelical revival of the 18th century, J. C. Ryle’s Christian Leaders of the 18th Century remains the best popular introduction to this great spiritual era. With simplicity and vigour, he traces the lives of the eleven Christian leaders who ‘shook England from one end to another’, giving strong reasons for his belief ‘that excepting Luther and his Continental contemporaries, and our own martyred Reformers, the world has seen no such men since the days of the apostles.’

But Ryle does not write to prompt admiration, and his conclusions and applications of his subject are among the most forceful that ever came from his pen. ‘I am obliged to say plainly that, in my judgment, we have among us neither the men nor the doctrines of the days gone by…Once let the evangelical ministry return to the ways of the 18th century, and I firmly believe we should have as much success as before. We are where we are, because we have come short of our fathers.’

At the beginning of last century, Canon A. M. W. Christopher of St. Aldate’s, Oxford, declared that he had turned to Ryle’s book during every summer vacation for thirty years. It is time Christian Leaders of the 18th Century was so read again.

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THE REFORMATION OF THE CHURCH: A Collection of Reformed and Puritan Documents on Church Issues
Selected and Introduced by Iain H. Murray

The nature and life of the church is one of the most crucial issues facing Christians today. Questions of ministry and liturgy, authority and freedom, appear in a wide variety of guises throughout the world-wide church. Relativism and uncertainty seem to be as common in the church as in the world. Many Christians wonder whether there is any way forward.

In this context, The Reformation of the Church is an invaluable aid. An anthology of documents, drawn largely but not exclusively from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it presents in a readily accessible form the finest thinking of the reformed fathers on authority and freedom, the need for reformation, the nature of the government, unity and membership of the church of Jesus Christ.

Warmly welcomed when first published in 1965, and widely used since then, these documents provide invaluable material for ministers, elders, leaders, students and all Christians who are concerned to see Christ’s church fulfill her God-given role at a critical juncture in her history.

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INTRODUCTION 7

SECTION I

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH 15

SECTION II

THE RULE FOR REFORMATION – THE WORD OF GOD

1. Liberation from Human Authority by Martin Luther 30

2. The Reformers and the Regulative Principle by William Cunningham 38

3. The Regulative Principle and Things Indifferent by John Hooper 55

4. The Abolition of Vestments by John a Lasco 63

5. Scripture and the Ordering of Worship 75

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THE NEED OF REFORMATION

1. The Necessity for Reformation: The Admonition to Parliament 1572 by Thomas Wilcox 85

2. Concerning a National Church by William Ames 99

3. The Relation of Church and State by Charles Hodge 107

4. Episcopacy: The Petition for the Prelates Examined 127

5. The Grounds of Nonconformity by Edmund Calamy 151

SECTION IV

NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH GOVERNMENT

1. The Book of Discipline 1587 178

2. A True Description of the Visible Church 1589 by Henry Barrow 196

3. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government 1645 by Westminster Divines 207

4. The Cambridge Platform 1648 234

5. The Savoy Platform 1658 276

6. The Difference between Independency and Presbytery by Jeremiah Burroughs 285

7. A Presbyterian View of the Difference with Independency 294

8. The Heads of Agreement 1691 301

SECTION V

THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH

1. The Way to Peace by Walter Cradock 314

2. What We Are to Bear with in Others by Jeremiah Burroughs 326

3. Union among Protestants by John Owen 345

4. The Scandal of Division among the Godly by James Durham 358

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1. The Church Membership of Children by Thomas Shepard 383

2. Episcopalian Writers on Church Government 410

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THE WORKS OF STEPHEN CHARNOCK (5 Volume Hardcover Set)
STEPHEN CHARNOCK

There were theological and spiritual giants in the earth in the days of the English Puritans, and Stephen Charnock (1628-80) was prominent among them. His Works present a feast of rich teaching and exposition, characterized throughout by sound theology, profound thought, and an imaginative style. The five volumes now reprinted from the classic nineteenth-century Nichol edition contain a total of more than 2,800 pages and 64 distinct discourses or sermons. Of these, only one was published during the author’s lifetime, all the rest being edited from his manuscripts and published by his friends, Richard Adams and Edward Veal, after Charnock’s death in 1680. While expounding timeless truth, Charnock’s discourses are strikingly relevant to contemporary discussions.

Then, as now, there were many willing to declare their atheism publicly, who would ‘not only say it in their hearts, but publish it with their lips, and boast that they have shaken off those shackles which bind other men’s consciences’. However, ‘every atheist is a grand fool. If he were not a fool he would not imagine a thing so contrary to…the rational dictates of his own soul, and contrary to the testimony of every creature and link in the chain of creation.’ In the words of J.I. Packer, ‘Charnock has no desire to speculate, but only to declare the works and ways, the nature and character, of the God of the Bible.’

VOLUME ONE contains a helpful introduction to Charnock’s life and work by James McCosh, and the first eight discourses on The Existence and Attributes of God, opening with ‘A Discourse of Divine Providence,’ based on 2 Chronicles 16:9. In this Charnock sets forth the doctrine of providence with great clarity, and then applies it to instruct, comfort, and exhort the people of God.

VOLUME TWO continues and concludes Charnock’s magnum opus, ‘A Discourse on the Existence and Attributes of God’ with the remaining six discourses. Topics include: the existence of God; practical atheism; God’s being a Spirit; spiritual worship; the eternity of God; his immutability; his omnipresence; his knowledge; his wisdom; his power; his holiness; his goodness; his dominion; and his patience. Each discourse first expounds, then applies, the text of Scripture on which it is based.

VOLUME THREE concerns the work of regeneration, by which spiritually dead sinners are raised to new life in Christ. It is perhaps surprising that present-day Christians seem so often to be confused about what it means to be born again. Whatever the reasons for this confusion, the fault cannot be laid at the door of previous generations of preachers and writers, particularly Puritans like Charnock, who took immense pains to search into and explain the doctrine from Scripture.

VOLUME FOUR contains fifteen further discourses of primary importance to Christians in every age. The first six discourses – all on texts from the Gospel of John – focus on the knowledge of God in Christ as the only way to eternal life and happiness, showing that true and saving knowledge of God is only in and by Christ, that conviction of sin by the Spirit of God is the way to this knowledge, and that to remain in unbelief is to remain in misery under the wrath of God. The Lord’s Supper and related matters form the subject of a second group of discourses.

VOLUME FIVE contains a further nineteen discourses. By way of contrast with the earlier volumes – most of which are based on texts from the New Testament – five of the discourses here draw on texts from the Old Testament Scriptures. Many of the topics addressed are of perennial interest to all Christians: the necessity of Christ’s death, and the necessity of his exaltation; Christ’s intercession; God in Christ as the object of faith; afflictions; mortification; the stability of the church; delight in prayer; the sins of the regenerate; man’s enmity to God; and the pardon of sin.



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Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) was educated at Cambridge University after which he lectured at Oxford University. He was appointed chaplain to the Governor of Ireland, Oliver Cromwell's son Henry in 1655, where he soon gained a reputation for preaching. In 1675, years after the fall of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth, Charnock became a Presbyterian Minister in London. His works, mostly published posthumously, have the characteristic Puritan concern for central gospel themes and consistent application of Biblical texts to practical problems.

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THOMAS BROOKS

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The scant amount of information known about him comes largely from his writing. Born in 1608, he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625. He spent several years at sea, perhaps as chaplain, and was licensed as a preacher by 1640. After England’s Civil War, Brooks served as pastor of London’s Thomas Apostle; in 1648, he preached before the House of Commons. He later became the subject of controversy when he refused baptism and the Lord’s Supper to people that weren’t walking faithfully with the Lord. Thomas Brooks books include a six-volume set titled The Works of Thomas Brooks, with each book also available individually. Other books include Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (written to help people resist Satan’s seductive power), The Secret Key to Heaven ( which emphasizes the importance of private prayer) and Heaven on Earth, which reminds people there is no greater privilege than to be a child of God.

VOLUME 1 Memoir of Brooks by A. B. Grosart

Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices

Apples of Gold

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod

A String of Pearls

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The Privy Key of Heaven

Heaven on Earth

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A Cabinet of Jewels

VOLUME 4 The Crown and Glory of Christianity

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Paradise Opened

A Word in Season

VOLUME 6 London’s Lamentations

The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance

God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright

Hypocrites Detected

A Believer’s Last Day His Best Day

A Heavenly Cordial

The Legacy of a Dying Mother

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MAJESTY IN MISERY: Sermons on the Passion and Death of our Lord.
CHARLES H. SPURGEON

In the first volume, Spurgeon takes the reader to Gethsemane, to remind us of the matchless love of Jesus,..’that for your sakes and mine he would not merely suffer in body, but consented to bear the horror of being accounted a sinner, and coming under the wrath of God because of our sins: though it cost him suffering unto death and sore amazement… Can we not cheerfully endure persecution for his sake? Can we not labour earnestly for him? I charge you by Gethsemane, my brethren, if you have a part and lot in the passion of your Saviour, love him much who loved you so immeasurably, and spend and be spent for him.’

In the second volume, Spurgeon bids us follow Christ into The Judgment Hall and to look on as the Man of Sorrows is despised and rejected by men – first, by Annas and Caiaphas, the religious leaders of the Jewish nation, then Herod Antipas, the puppet prince of Galilee, and finally Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Spurgeon’s great gifts of passionate and persuasive preaching are clearly in evidence in these fine sermons, which include Christ in Bonds, The King in Pilate’s Hall, and Majesty in Misery.

In the third volume, Spurgeon takes us to Calvary’s Mournful Mountain, there to view afresh the last moments of Christ’s earthly life. In these sermons (which have been completely reset in a readable modern format) Spurgeon fixes our eyes upon our glorious Saviour, whose amazing grace and dying love are eloquently described and vividly portrayed by ‘the prince of preachers’. As you read these sermons, including, The Procession of Sorrow, Christ’s Determination to Save His People, and Christ’s Dying Word for His Church, you will begin to understand just why Spurgeon was so loved by Christians the world over.

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LECTURES ON REVIVALS OF RELIGION
William B. Sprague

"I have a large collection of books on revival. Among them is a dated copy of 'Lectures on Revival' by Sprague. I have often told people that this was one of the top books on the subject if they were somehow able to procure a copy from a used book list. Of special importance are the letters at the end of the book where Christian leaders write of their experience in the Second Great Awakening and the insights gained. This is a valuable book. You will find the material amazingly pertinent." - Jim Elliff

Sprague's experience of genuine revivals, his faithfulness to Biblical theology and his balanced view, eminently fitted him to write what Dr Lloyd-Jones describes as "The outstanding classic on this vital and urgently important matter". The chapters cover such themes as The Nature of a Revival, Obstacles to Revivals, Divine Agency in Revivals, General Means of Producing and Promoting Revivals, Treatment due to Awakened Sinners, Evils to be Avoided in connection with Revivals, etc. There is also a large and excellent Appendix comprising letters on revivals by various North American evangelical leaders of the last century.

Charles Simeon wrote on the flyleaf to his personal copy: "A most valuable book. I recommend my Executor to keep it, as there are few, if any, others in this kingdom. I love the good sense of Dr Sprague."



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The Geneva Series of Commentaries include historic commentaries on biblical books written by some of the great theologians in the history of the church. Commentators like Thomas Manton and John Calvin are represented in this series. For a biblical, reformed, and historic collection of commentaries, the Geneva Series is unsurpassed. Notable titles in this series include Psalms by William S. Plumer (CURRENTLY OUT-OF-PRINT) and Proverbs by Charles Bridges.

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JOHN MORGAN JONES

Never before translated into English, these two massive volumes narrate the exciting story of the amazing spiritual transformation that affected Wales between the years 1735 and 1850. Of great value is the use the authors make of eye-witness accounts preserved in contemporary diaries, journals and letters. A truly exhilarating read!

These stimulating and enjoyable volumes narrate the exciting story of how Wales was spiritually transformed and the men whom God used to accomplish that great work. ‘The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it’ (Psa. 68:11). In this first volume, which focuses on the revivals experienced in South Wales, we meet the well-known figures of Daniel Rowland, Howell Harris, William Williams of Pantycelyn; but within these wonderful pages are portraits of many lesser-known preachers such as Griffith Jones of Llanddowror, Howell Davies, Peter Williams, and David Jones of Llan-gan.

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The great value of these volumes is the way they take up the words of those most involved in these remarkable events. In journals, diaries, letters and Association minutes they describe a wide range of Christian experience – conviction, repentance, faith and assurance, joy in the Holy Spirit, witness and testimony, conflict with sin and backsliding, restoration and perseverance – all are encountered and described with transparent honesty and humility. Preachers will also greatly value the many experiences here recounted in the work of preaching the gospel – above all the ‘demonstration of the Spirit and power’.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME 1

Translator’s Preface vii

Timeline xv

Welsh Place Names xxi

Abbreviations xxvii

1 The Moral Condition of Wales at the Beginning of Methodism 1

2 Griffith Jones, Llanddowror 29

3 The Methodist Revival in England 50

4 Daniel Rowland, Llangeitho 61

5 Howell Harris 109

6 Howell Davies 193

7 William Williams of Pantycelyn 207

8 The First Eight Years of the Revival 250

9 The Association 275

10 Some of the Early Exhorters 306

11 Howell Harris (1743-4) 357

12 Howell Harris (1745) 413

13 Howell Harris (1746) 456

14 Howell Harris (1747-8) 499

15 Howell Harris (1749-50) 529

16 The Disruption 568

17 Howell Harris after the Disruption 600

18 Peter Williams 652

19 David Jones, Llan-gan 690

20 William Davies of Neath, Dafydd Morris of Tyr-gwyn, and William Lloyd of Caeo 715



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Abbreviations vii

21 The Beginnings of Methodism in the Various Districts of Gwynedd 1

22 John Evans of Bala 30

23 Robert Roberts of Clynnog 48

24 Robert Jones of Rhos-lan and Robert Dafydd of Brynengan 77

25 John Roberts, Llangwm 106

26 Thomas Foulkes of Machynlleth. Daffyd Cadwaladyr, and Others 128

27 William Thomas, Pyle, and Siencyn Thomas, Penhydd 160

28 Christopher Bassett, Thomas Gray, and Edward Coslet 187

29 John Williams, Pantycelyn; John Evans, Cil-y-cwm; and Morgan Rhys 212

30 Thomas Charles, B.A., Bala 239

31 Thomas Charles, B.A., Bala (continued) 268

32 Thomas Charles, B.A., Bala (continued) 299

33 From the First Association at Watford to the Ordination (1743-1811) 343

34 The First Ordination and Its Consequences 378

35 The Clergymen Who Remained 432

36 The Clergymen Who Remained (continued) 463

37 The Clergymen Who Withdrew 494

38 Ebenezer Morris 515

39 Thomas Jones, Denbigh 575

40 Thomas Jones, Denbigh (continued) 597

41 John Elias 633

42 John Elias (continued) 681

43 Ebenezer Richard, Tregaron 754

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Jonathan Edwards

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Widely recognized as a great theologian, an influential preacher and a prolific writer, Jonathan Edwards played a prominent role in helping to spark the spirit of revivalism known as the Great Awakening in the eighteenth-century America. Edwards' sermons, while intellectually engaging, were also accessible to the common people and often generated highly emotional responses. His foremost desire was to help people transform from mere believers in Christian doctrine to converted Christians who were moved to action by the principles of their belief. This two-volume collection of Edwards' works features important sermons of the Great Awakening as well as Edwards' memoirs and other essays. First published in 1834, here is what makes this new edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards the best available:

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"Jonathan Edwards . . . was among the noblest and ablest Christians of his age, and can now be seen, two centuries after, as one of the greatest theologians ever given by God to his church. As a saint and scholar, evangelist and educationalist, pastor and teacher, missionary and metaphysician, he showed a grasp of the grandeur of God's sovereignty and the glory of divine grace equaled only by men of the caliber of John Owen and John Calvin." - J. I. Packer

VOLUME TWO

TABLE OF CONTENTS ?

I TWO SERMONS 2

1) God Glorified in Man's Dependence (1 Cor. 1:29-31)

2) Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (Deut. 32:35)

II FIVE SERMONS ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS 12

1) A Divine and Supernatural Light, Immediately Imparted to the Soul, by the Spirit of God (Matt. 16:17)

2) The Church's Marriage to her Sons, and to her God (Isa. 62:4,5)

3) True Saints, When Absent from the Body, are Present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8)

4) God's Awful Judgment in the Breaking and Withering of the Strong Rods of a Community (Ezek. 19:12)

5) True Grace Distinguished from the Experience of Devils (James 2:19)

III FIFTEEN SERMONS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS 51

1) The Manner in which the Salvation of the Soul is to be Sought (Gen. 6:22)

2) The Unreasonableness of Indetermination in Religion (1 Kings 18:21)

3) Unbelievers Contemn the Glory and Excellency of Christ (Acts 4:11)

4) The Folly of Looking Back when Fleeing out of Sodom (Luke 17:32)

5) The Folly of Looking Back when Fleeing out of Sodom (Luke 17:32) - Part two

6) The Warnings of Scripture are in the Best Manner Adapted to the Awakening and Conversion of Sinners (Luke 16:31)

7) Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (Job 27:10)

8) Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (Job 27:10) Part two

9) The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable (Ezek. 22:14)

10) The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable (Ezek. 22:14) Part two

11) The Eternity of Hell Torments (Matt. 25:46)

12) The Peace which Christ Gives His True Followers (John 14:27)

13) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2)

14) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2) Part two

15) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2) Part three

IV SEVEN SERMONS ON IMPORTANT SUBJECTS 104

1) God the Best Portion of the Christian (Psalm 73:25)

2) The Sole Consideration, that God is God, Sufficient to Still All Objections to His Sovereignty (Psalm 46:10)

3) Great Guilt No Obstacle to the Pardon of the Returning Sinner (Psalm 25:11)

4) The Most High a Prayer-Hearing God (Psalm 65:2)

5) The Nature and End of Excommunication (1 Cor. 5:11)

6) When the Wicked shall have Filled Up the Measure of their Sin, Wrath will come upon them to the Uttermost (1 Thess. 2:16)

7) Wicked Men Useful in their Destruction Only (Ezek. 15:2-4)

V MISCELLANEOUS DISCOURSES 130

Men Naturally Enemies Of God 130

The Wisdom Of God Displayed In The Way Of Salvation 141

Christian Knowledge 157

Christian Charity 163

Christian Cautions 173

A Warning To Professors 185

The Final Judgment 190

Sinners In Zion Tenderly Warned 201

The End Of The Wicked Contemplated By The Righteous 207

Christ Exalted 213

Self-Flatteries 217

Dishonesty; Or The Sin Of Theft And Injustice 220

Temptation And Deliverance 226

The Preciousness Of Time 233

Procrastination 237

The Christian Pilgrim 243

Man’s Natural Blindness In Religion 247

VI DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD 257

VII AN HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE EXPLICIT AGREEMENT 278

VIII LIFE AND DIARY OF THE REV DAVID BRAINERD 316

Mr Brainerd’s Journal In Two Parts 387

IX MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL SUBJECTS 459

X REMARKS ON IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL CONTROVERSIES 511

XI MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS 604

XII TYPES OF THE MESSIAH 642

XIII NOTES ON THE BIBLE 676

XIV SEVENTEEN OCCASIONAL SERMONS 817

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2) Sermon on Hosea 5:15

3) Sermon on Hosea 2:15

4) Sermon on Romans 9:18

5) Sermon on Philippians 3:17

6) Sermon on Luke 22:44

7) Sermon on Romans 2:8,9

8) Sermon on Romans 2:10

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13) A Sermon on 1 Peter 2:9

14) A Sermon on Hebrews 13:8

15) The True Excellency of a Gospel Minister (John 5:35)

16) Christ the Example of Ministers (John 8:15,16)

17) The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus (Matt. 14:12)

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FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD; DEVOTED TO GOD'S CHURCH & THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
SINCLAIR FERGUSON

SINCLAIR FERGUSON HAS LONG BEEN MY FAVORITE LIVING AUTHOR. HERE ARE THREE MORE GEMS FROM HIS PEN.

(1) FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD: Trusting, Reading and Applying the Bible

THE BIBLE,

Why should we believe, as Jesus did, that it is ‘the mouth of God’?

When did it come into existence?

Is it inerrant?

What do we need to learn in order to understand it better?

How does its teaching change our lives?

In From the Mouth of God, Sinclair B Ferguson answers these and other important questions about trusting, reading, and applying the Bible.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction ix

Part One – Trusting the Bible

1 It Is Written 3

2 Getting It Together 21

3 Is This God’s Word? 49

Part Two – Reading the Bible

4 Do-It-Yourself 59

5 Keys 71

6 Prose, Poetry, Wisdom, and Prophecy 85

7 Gospels, Epistles, and Visions 109

8 For Example 131

Part Three – Applying the Bible

9 What’s the Use? 151

10 Seeds Need Soil 163

11 Speaking Practically 175

Appendices

Appendix A: John Murray ‘On the Guidance of the Holy Spirit’ 183

Appendix B: John Newton ‘On Divine Guidance’ 189

Appendix C: Bibliography for Further Reading 195

Appendix D: Bible Reading Plan 197

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(2) DEVOTED TO GOD'S CHURCH: Core Values for Christian Fellowship

Being a Christian is not an individualistic or isolated activity. Believing also involves belonging. Being a Christian, by definition, involves belonging to the church.

This is not a book full of ideas about how your church ought to change or what it needs to do in order to grow or to be successful. Rather it is about how we fit into our own church. There are hallmarks of church life that should be stamped on all our churches because they are applicable everywhere and anywhere — New Testament values for any size of church, in any part of the world, at any time.

Devoted to God’s Church will serve to help new Christians understand what it is to be part of a church, and will also be a refreshing reminder to every Christian of what it should look like to belong to the family of God.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction ix

1. Family Life OR What Is a Church? 1

2. What Is Your Story? OR Are You a Christian 19

3. Follow My Leader OR Being a Disciple 35

4. A Glorious Addiction OR What Is a Member? 49

5. Have You Ever Arrived at Church? OR Worship 61

6. Are You Hearing Me? OR The Bible 81

7. Does It Help to Know Some Latin? OR Christian Baptism 99

8. ‘The Christian’s Native Air’ OR Prayer 115

9. The View from the Foot OR Christian Service 135

10. Is There Anything Special for Supper? OR Communion 153

11. Home and Away OR Christian Witness and World Mission 169

ENDORESEMENT

‘Many people “go to church.” Sinclair Ferguson, with his typical gentleness and wisdom, teaches us how to ‘be the church’ as Christ defines it. This simple, clear, and moving book will be great help for people interested in learning more about becoming members of a church. It is also a good tool for those who wish to inject fresh zeal and joy into the membership they already possess.’ — JOEL BEEKE



(3) THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: A Doctrinal Introduction

Theology that is ‘practical, applying Bible teaching with insight and wisdom to the condition of plain people. Christian beginners will get the benefit and the Lord’s older sheep, grown tough and stringy maybe, will find themselves edified and perhaps tenderised too’. — J.I. PACKER

Christian doctrine matters for Christian living. This is ‘one of the most important growth points of the Christian life’, writes Sinclair B. Ferguson. From this starting point, The Christian Life expounds such key biblical themes as grace, faith, repentance, new birth and assurance with clarity and contagious enthusiasm. ‘Christian doctrines are life-shaping’, explains the author, because ‘they show us the God we worship’. Widely used and appreciated since its first appearance, The Christian Life not only expounds the teaching of Scripture, but outlines its meaning for practical Christian living.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface by J.I. Packer

Introduction

1 Knowing is for Living 1

2 God’s Broken Image 9

3 The Plan of Grace 17

4 Called by God 25

5 Conviction of Sin 35

6 Born Again 43

7 Faith in Christ 57

8 True Repentance 65

9 Justification 75

10 Sons of God 87

11 Union with Christ 97

12 Election 107

13 Sin’s Dominion Ended 123

14 The Christian’s Conflicts 133

15 Crucifying Sin 145

16 Perseverance 157

17 Asleep in Christ 169

18 Glorification 179

Index of Subjects and Names 189

Scripture Index 195

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JOHN G. PATON: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE PIONEER MISSIONARY TO THE NEW HEBRIDES
John G. Paton, edited by his brother James Paton

"THIS IS FAR AND AWAY THE MOST POWERFUL MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHY I HAVE EVER READ. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERSTATE THE POWER AND PASSION CONTAINED IN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK. ONCE YOU HAVE READ IT YOU CAN NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN! " -Michael Gaydosh



The autobiography of John G. Paton contains everything necessary to make it a missionary classic. Born into a Christian family near Dumfries in 1824, Paton’s early years were marked by a struggle against poverty. He was self-educated, and the training ground for his life’s work was the slums of Glasgow where he laboured with success as a city missionary. With ‘the wail of the perishing heathen in the South Seas’ continually sounding in his ears, he prepared himself to serve overseas and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides in 1858. This group of thirty mountainous islands, so named by Captain Cook, with its unhealthy climate, was then inhabited by savages and cannibals. The first attempt to introduce Christianity to them resulted in John Williams and James Harris being clubbed to death within a few minutes of landing in 1839. The difficulties that confronted Paton were accentuated by the sudden death of his wife and child within months of their arrival. Against the savagery and the superstition, despite the trials and the tragedies, Paton persevered and witnessed the triumph of the gospel in two of these South Sea islands. His life is almost without parallel in missionary annals and his account of it is moving and gripping.

‘Early in my life I was enduringly impacted by Paton’s autobiography edited by his brother, James. The story was a stunning account of dedication, desperation, sacrifice at the most extreme level, and selfless love to Christ. I was marked for life by the amazing missionary adventure and the far reaching and lasting gospel impact of that one man empowered and protected by the Holy Spirit.’ — JOHN MACARTHUR

‘What sustained John Paton in his missionary zeal? No doubt he had a love for the people. He was certainly burdened for them and had compassion on their souls, knowing that without Christ they were certain to go to hell. As important as compassion is for those who do not know God, I suggest this will not sustain a missionary zeal, whether it be for missionaries serving on the field or for Christians in western churches who pray and support various missionaries. Something more is needed…Only a zeal for the true and living God to receive his due, to receive the glory and commitment in a local church.’ — ALLEN M. BAKER

PART FIRST

INTRODUCTORY NOTE 2

CHAPTER I. THE HOME LIFE 3-18

CHAPTER II. SCHOOL AND EARLY COLLEGE DAYS 19-31

CHAPTER III. IN GLASGOW CITY MISSION 32-51

CHAPTER IV. FOREIGN MISSION CLAIMS 52-61

CHAPTER V. THE NEW HEBRIDES 62-69

CHAPTER VI. LIFE AND DEATH ON TANNA 70-85

CHAPTER VII. MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 86-108

CHAPTER VIII. MORE MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 109-148

CHAPTER IX. DEEPENING SHADOWS 149-185

CHAPTER X. FAREWELL SCENES 186-224

CONCLUDING NOTE 225

PART SECOND

PRELIMINARY NOTE 228

CHAPTER I. THE FLOATING OF THE “DAYSPRING” 229-258

CHAPTER II. THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES 259-275

CHAPTER III. TO SCOTLAND AND BACK 276-293

CHAPTER IV. CONCERNING FRIENDS AND FOES 294-308

CHAPTER V. SETTLEMENT ON ANIWA 309-325

CHAPTER VI. FACE TO FACE WITH HEATHENISM 326-359

CHAPTER VII. THE LIGHT THAT SHINETH MORE AND MORE 360-387

CHAPTER VIII. PEN PORTRAITS OF ANIWANS 388-416

CHAPTER IX. SECOND VISIT TO BRITAIN 417-442

CLOSING TESTIMONY 443-444

PART THIRD

PRELIMINARY NOTE 446

CHAPTER I. ROUND THE WORLD FOR JESUS 447-471

CHAPTER II. THE HOME-LANDS AND THE ISLANDS 472-496

FAREWELL TO THE READER 497

APPENDICES

A. A WHITE-SOULED PEASANT 501-503

B. NOTES ON THE NEW HEBRIDES 503-506

C. THE PRAYER OF THE TANNESE 506-508

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JOHN OWEN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
SINCLAIR FERGUSON

John Owen has long been recognized by evangelicals as one of the greatest of all English-speaking theological classics. Like Augustine, whom he so admired, Owen’s thinking touched both the depths of sin and the heights of grace. Many of his readers have come away from reading him on such themes as temptation, or indwelling sin, feeling that Owen knew them through and through.

The truth is that Owen had come-by intensive and constant study of both Scripture and the human heart- to know both himself and God. It was out of this rich experience that he preached and wrote on the loftiest themes of Christian theology.

Because of this background, Owen’s teaching was always pastoral in its concern. His aim, said his assistant David Clarkson, was ‘to promote holiness’. Consequently his work has survived through the centuries and is now more widely recognized and appreciated than it has been for many years. His writings address the fundamental issues Christians face in every age: How can I live the Christian life? How am I to deal with sin and temptation? How can I find assurance, and live for the honour of Jesus Christ?

John Owen on the Christian Life expounds Owen’s teaching on these and related themes. The first book-length study of any aspect of Owen’s thought, it also stands on its own as a study in pastoral theology. Ministers, Christian leaders, readers of Owen, and those who are daunted by the sheer voluminousness of his writings will find this book an ideal companion.

INTRODUCTION x

1. JOHN OWEN AND HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE

i. The beginnings of his ministry 3

ii. The Congregationalist 4

iii. A Wider sphere of influence 6

iv. Dean and Vice-Chancellor 9

v. The Congregational leader 13

vi. Last days 17

2. THE PLAN OF SALVATION 20

1. The Doctrine of the Covenant 20

i. The Covenant of Works 22

ii. The Covenant of Grace 24

iii. The Covenant of Redemption 25

iv. The Covenant at Sinai 27

2. Union with Christ 32

3. GRACE REIGNS THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS 37

i. The Effects of sin 39

ii. Regeneration 41

iii. The Use of the law 48

iv. The Structure of sanctification 54

v. The Progress of sanctification 56

(1) Negatively considered 61

(2) Positively considered 63

vi. Restoration of the image of God 65

vii. The Christian’s duty: 67

(1) To honour Christ 69

(2) To mortify sin 71

4. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD 74

i. Communion with the Father 76

ii. Communion with the Son 77

iii. Communion with the Holy Spirit 92

THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 99

i. The assurance of forgiveness 100

ii. Practical rules for assurance 108

iii. Hindrances to assurance 112

iv. The seal of the Spirit 116

5. CONFLICT WITH SIN 125

i. Sin’s dominion ended 125

ii. Sin’s presence continued 130

iii. Temptations abound 141

iv. Mortification required 145

6. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS 154

1. The Nature and Government of the Church 156

i. The Lord’s congregation 158

ii. Order in the church 164

iii. Ministry in the church 165

iv. Unity of the church 170

2. The Individual in the Church 172

i. Valid church life 172

ii. The charge of schism 175

iii. Church membership 178

iv. Discipline 181

7. SCRIPTURE AND MINISTRY 184

1. Scripture 185

i. Inspiration 186

ii. Authority 188

iii. Preservation 190

iv. Attestation 192

v. Understanding 196

vi. Influence 199

2. Ministry 201

i. Gifts and graces 202

ii. Extraordinary gifts 204

iii. Ordinary gifts 208

8. SACRAMENTS AND PRAYER 211

1. Sacraments 211

i. Baptism: initiation into covenant life 215

ii. Lord’s Supper: covenant seal 220

2. Prayer 224

i. A covenant privilege 225

(1) The matter of prayer 226

(2) The manner of prayer 227

ii. A Scriptural duty 228

9. APOSTASY AND ITS PREVENTION 232

1. The Danger of Apostasy 232

i. Apostasy from gospel doctrine 238

ii. Apostasy from gospel holiness 242

iii. Apostasy from gospel worship 244

2. Spiritual Mindedness the Preservative 248

i. The objects of spiritual thoughts 250

ii. The nature of spiritual mindedness 254

iii. The development of spiritual mindedness 257

10. PERSEVERANCE AND THE GOAL 262

1. Perseverance 262

2. The Goal 269

i. Christian character 269

ii. Eternal glory 275

11. POSTSCRIPT 281

INDEX 1 (Names and Subjects) 283

INDEX 2 (Biblical References) 291

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THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN MURRAY
John Murray

"NO SET OF THEOLOGICAL WORKS HAVE HAD A MORE PROFOUND IMPACT ON MY LIFE AND MINISTRY THAN THESE VOLUMES BY PROF. JOHN MURRAY. EVERYONE CALLED TO PREACH OR TEACH GOD'S WORD CANNOT BE WITHOUT THIS MARVELOUS SET." - Michael Gaydosh, Founder of Solid Ground

THERE ARE FOUR VOLUMES

1. THE CLAIMS OF TRUTH

Preface xi

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

1 The Study of the Bible 3

2 The Infallibility of Scripture 9

3 The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture 16

4 The Unity of the Old and New Testaments 23

JESUS CHRIST

5 The Redeemer of God’s Elect 29

6 The Death of Christ 36

7 The Living Saviour 40

8 The Heavenly, Priestly Activity of Christ 44

9 The Atonement and the Free Offer of the Gospel 59

10 The Advent of Christ 86

WESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND ITS TESTIMONY

11 The Banner of Westminster Seminary 99

12 Greeting to Entering Students, 1944 104

13 Charge to Edmund P. Clowney 107

14 Greeting to Entering Students, 1966 110

15 Edward J. Young: An Appreciation 113

THE GOSPEL AND ITS PROCLAMATION

16 The Grace of God 119

17 The Message of Evangelism 124

18 The Propagation of the Reformed Faith in New England 135

19 The Power of the Holy Spirit 138

20 Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching 143

21 Co-operation in Evangelism 152

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

22 Worship 165

23 Christian Doctrine and Life 169

24 The Christian Ethic 174

25 Adorning the Gospel 182

26 The Guidance of the Holy Spirit 186

THE MORAL LAW AND THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

27 The Sanctity of the Moral Law 193

28 The Sabbath Institution 205

29 The Pattern of the Lord’s Day 219

30 The Relevance of the Sabbath 225

THE CHURCH

31 The Church: Its Definition in Terms of ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ Invalid 231

32 The Church: Its Identity, Functions and Resources 237

33 The Church and Mission 245

34 The Relation of Church and State 253

35 Government in the Church of Christ 260

36 The Biblical Basis for Ecclesiastical Union 269

37 Corporate Responsibility 273

38 The Creedal Basis of Union in the Church 280

HISTORICAL

39 Reformation 291

40 The Crux of the Reformation 298

41 Calvin as Theologian and Expositor 305

42 A Notable Tercentenary 312

43 The Importance and Relevance of the Westminster Confession 316

ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

44 The Significance of the Doctrine of Creation 325

45 The Relevance of the Historical 330

46 William Barclay and the Virgin Birth 340

47 God and the War 344

48 The Christian World Order 356

49 Christian Education 367

2. SELECT LECTURES IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Preface vii

I

1 The Origin of Man 3

2 The Nature of Man 14

3 Trichotomy 23

4 Man in the Image of God 34

5 The Adamic Administration 47

6 Free Agency 60

7 The Fall of Man 67

8 The Nature of Sin 77

9 Inability 83

II

10 Common Grace 93

III

11 The Plan of Salvation 123

12 The Person of Christ 132

13 The Atonement 142

14 The Obedience of Christ 151

IV

15 The Call 161

16 Regeneration 167

17 Justification 202

18 Adoption 223

19 Faith 235

20 The Assurance of Faith 264

V

21 Definitive Sanctification 277

22 The Agency in Definitive Sanctification 285

23 Progressive Sanctification 294

24 The Pattern of Sanctification 305

25 The Goal of Sanctification 313

VI

26 The Nature and Unity of the Church 321

27 The Government of the Church 336

28 The Form of Government 345

29 Arguments against Term Eldership 351

30 Office in the Church 357

31 The Sacraments 366

32 Baptism 370

33 The Lord’s Supper 376

34 Restricted Communion 381

VII

35 The Interadventual Period and the Advent: Matthew 24 and 25 387

36 The Last Things 401

3. LIFE; SERMONS; BOOK REVIEWS

Preface xi

I LIFE OF JOHN MURRAY

1. The Youngest Son of Badea 3

2. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924-1927 17

3. By Ways Not Known 32

4. Alongside Gresham Machen 46

5. The Struggles of the Later Thirties 66

6. Events in the War Years 79

7. The Seminary Professor 91

8. Glimpses of Personal Life 107

9. The Wider Influence 122

10. ‘The New Work’ 138

II SERMONS

1. The Mystery of Providence, Job 23:10-12 161

2. Prayer, Psalm 116:1-2 168

3. The Call to the Ministry, Jeremiah 1:5-7 172

4. The Name ‘Jesus’, Matthew 1:21 178

5. Divine Thanksgiving for Divine Sovereignty, Matthew 11:25-28 185

6. A Lesson in Forgiveness, Matthew 18:15-17 190

7. Christ in All the Assemblies of His People, Matthew 18:20 194

8. The Bridegroom’s Friend, John 3:29 199

9. The Father’s Donation, John 6:37 204

10. The Power of the Holy Spirit and the Christian Ministry, John 16:7-13 210

11. The Father’s Love, Romans 8:32 215

12. Love to Christ Indispensable, 1 Corinthians 16:22 222

13. The Riches and the Poverty of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 8:9 226

14. The Mystery of Godliness, Philippians 2:5-9 236

15. The Death of the Godly, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 242

16. Paul an Example, 1 Timothy 1:12-16 247

17. Holy Scripture, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 256

18. The Pilgrimage to Perfection, 1 John 3:1-3 263

19. God’s Love and Our Life, 1 John 4:9, 10 268

III AT THE LORD’S TABLE

Fencing the Table 275

Table Addresses 280

IV REVIEWS 1939-1953

1. S. W. Carruthers: The Westminster Confession of Faith 291

2. John Baillie: Our Knowledge of God 295

3. J. S. Whale: Christian Doctrine 301

4. Floyd E. Hamilton: The Basis of Millennial Faith 304

5. W. E. Sangster: The Path to Perfection. An Examination and Restatement of John Wesley’s Doctrine of Christian Perfection 307

6. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 311

7. S. W. Carruthers: The Everyday Work of the Westminster Assembly 317

8. Guy Franklin Hershberger: War, Peace, and Nonresistance 320

9. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A Study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 324

10. Geoffrey F. Nuttall: The Holy Spirit in Puritan Faith and Experience 324

11. Samuel G. Craig: Christianity Rightly So Called 329

12. E. L. Mascall: Christ, the Christian and the Church. A Study of the Incarnation and its Consequences 333

13. Athanasius: The Incarnation of the Word 336

14. John Calvin: Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 337

15. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible 339

16. D. M. Baillie: God was in Christ: An Essay on Incarnation and Atonement 340

17. Auguste Lecerf: An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics 345

18. Abraham Booth: The Reign of Grace from its Rise to its Consummation 349

19. Anders Nygren: Commentary on Romans 450

20. Henry Clarence Thiessen: Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology 356

21. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Person and Work of Christ 358

22. William Croft Dickinson (ed.): John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland 361

23. J. M. Bates: A Manual of Doctrine 362

24. Alan Richardson (ed.): A Theological Word Book of the Bible 367

25. Leonard Hodgson: The Doctrine of the Atonement 371

26. Geerhardus Vos: The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church 375

L. Berkhof: The Kingdom of God

27. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: Biblical and Theological Studies 376

28. Edward A. Dowey, Jr: The Knowledge of God in Calvin’s Theology 377

4. STUDIES IN THEOLOGY

Preface vii

I STUDIES IN THEOLOGY

1. Systematic Theology 1

2. Inspiration and Inerrancy 22

3. The Inspiration of the Scripture 30

4. Jesus the Son of God 58

5. Who Raised Up Jesus? 82

6. The Reconciliation 92

7. The Free Offer of the Gospel 113

8. Paul’s Use of ‘Nomos’ 133

9. The Weak and the Strong 142

10. Calvin’s Doctrine of Scripture 158

11. Calvin and the Authority of Scripture 176

12. Calvin on the Sovereignty of God 191

13. Calvin, Dordt and Westminster on Predestination – A Comparative Study 205

14. Covenant Theology 216

15. The Theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith 241

16. Tradition: Romish and Protestant 264

II REVIEWS 1954-1967

1. Claude Welch: In This Name. The Doctrine of the Trinity in Contemporary Theology 277

2. Steven Barabas: So Great Salvation. The History and Message of the Keswick Convention 281

3. Anton Fridrichsen et al.: The Root of the Vine. Essays in Biblical Theology 286

4. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. Faith and Justification. 288

5. John Christian Wenger: Introduction to Theology. An Interpretation of the Doctrinal Content of Scripture, Written to Strengthen a Childlike Faith in Christ 292

6. Emil Brunner: Eternal Hope 296

7. John Frederick Jansen: Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ 302

8. Harry Buis: The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment 304

9. C. K. Barrett: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans 306

10. Paul van Buren: Christ in our Place. The Substitutionary Character of Calvin’s Doctrine of Reconciliation 310

11. B. B. Warfield: Biblical Foundations 314

12. Karl Barth: Christ and Adam. Man and Humanity in Romans 5 316

13. Dwight Hervey Small: The Biblical Basis for Infant Baptism. Children in God’s Covenant Promise 321

14. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. Divine Election 323

15. Bernard Ramm: The Witness of the Spirit. An Essay on the Contemporary Relevance of the Internal Witness of the Holy Spirit 331

16. Bernard Ramm: Special Revelation and the Word of God 334

17. Andre De Bovis, S. J.: What is the Church? 339

18. A. Berkeley Mickelsen: Interpreting the Bible 342

19. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. The Work of Christ 345

20. Gustaf Aulen: The Faith of the Christian Church 349

21. Herman N. Ridderbos: When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology 355

Bibliography 361

Index of Names 379

Index of Subjects 382

Professor John Murray, born shortly before the cusp of the 20th century in Scotland, was considered a leading Reformed theologian. He served in France in World War I and then pursued studies at the University of Glasgow and then Princeton Theological Seminary. He briefly taught at the latter school before teaching at Philadelphia’s Westminster Theological Seminary. He taught there through his retirement, also being ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. John Murray books include the Collected Writings of John Murray, a four-volume set that contains the best of his wisdom, along with a detailed account of his life; Redemption Accomplished and Applied, in which he distills information about the concepts of regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification for Christians, and stresses the importance of union with Christ; and Free Offer of the Gospel, which shares how people who embrace Jesus will enjoy the marvelous gift of salvation.

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THE BRUISED REED
RICHARD SIBBES

ENDORSEMENT

‘I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as “The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes” was an unfailing remedy. 'The Bruised Reed.' quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me.’ — D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

"In his book The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax, the Puritan preacher Richard Sibbes provides a tenderhearted, Christ-exalting exposition and application of Isaiah 42:1-3. Since its initial publication in 1630, The Bruised Reed1 has been a source of encouragement to dejected sinners and struggling saints alike.

Sibbes follows Matthew’s interpretation of this text, seeing it to be fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ (Matt. 12:18-20). His exposition breaks down into three basic parts: (1) Christ will not break the bruised reed; (2) Christ will not quench the smoking flax; (3) Christ will not do either of these things until he has sent forth judgment into victory. Sibbes explains the main text under these three headings and then intersperses searching application throughout the book.

Why should the busy pastor spend time reading a book written by a preacher in London nearly four centuries ago? Well, Sibbes did know a thing or two about preaching. He regularly wrote out his sermons and at the time of his death in 1635 he left over two million words on paper. The Bruised Reed is still considered to be a classic of Puritan devotion. Sibbes became known as the ‘heavenly Doctor Sibbes,’ due in part to his God-honouring preaching and God-fearing manner of life. A couplet was written about Sibbes after his death that captures this well:

Of that good man let this high praise be given:

Heaven was in him before he was in heaven.

According to Richard Baxter, the reading of The Bruised Reed was instrumental in his own conversion to Christ. The ‘heavenly Doctor Sibbes’ was also used of God to be an ‘unfailing remedy’ and balm to the soul of an overworked and overtired Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Lloyd-Jones wrote that during a particularly gruelling season of pastoral ministry, ‘The Bruised Reed quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged and healed me’ (x).

I trust that you too will find The Bruised Reed to be a feast for your own soul. Richard Sibbes is a gift from Christ to his church in the way he models affectionate, Christ-centred preaching and application. What a joy it is to keep his company through his writings and to learn from him to love our Saviour more deeply and proclaim his gospel more faithfully." - NICK ROARK

"I was first introduced to Richard Sibbes’s The Bruised Reed in 2005. I’d been slowly but surely coming out of a sustained battle with spiritual depression—a five-year season of intense inward struggle over sin, faith, and assurance—and the light was beginning to dawn. But I was experiencing particularly acute ministerial trials at the time that were threatening to overthrow the progress I’d made. I can’t recall exactly how I was introduced to it, but The Bruised Reed seemed a promising place to turn.

Known for his warm, Christ-centered preaching, Richard Sibbes (1567–1635) published The Bruised Reed in 1630 to help struggling Christians behold their Savior as the tender shepherd he truly is. An uncompromising minister—he was sentenced to banishment for speaking against the doctrinal indifference that had infected the Church of England—Sibbes is best remembered for his little book that draws from Isaiah’s description of the coming Messiah who will not break a bruised reed nor snuff a faintly burning wick (Isa. 42:1–4).

Many Christians have found abiding comfort in Sibbes’s exposition and application of this passage from Isaiah. Richard Baxter (1615–1691) said he found spiritual relief from reading The Bruised Reed. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981) tells of a time when, due to exhaustion, he was “subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the Devil” (1972: 175). Lloyd-Jones names The Bruised Reed as the means by which God “soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed” him (175).

Similar testimonies could be multiplied. And though there has been some recovery of Sibbes’s work among evangelicals, I would—for the comfort and perseverance of Christians the world over—like to see a renewed engagement with this little volume.

Sibbes was known in his time as the “Heavenly Dr. Sibbes.” After reading this little book, you’ll understand why. He knows how easy it is for the believing heart to turn in on itself and become blinded to the flicker of grace Christ has placed there. He recognizes we’re too easily fooled into thinking Jesus would rather take a sickle to a bruised reed than carefully attend to its restoration.

But Sibbes doesn’t merely diagnose; he prescribes the medicine. The Bruised Reed is a treasure of spiritual remedies, full of applications. I commend it to you for your progress and joy in the faith (Phil. 1:25)." - DEREK J. BROWN

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Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. The Bruised Reed shows why he was known among his contemporaries as ‘the sweet dropper’.

Of all Richard Sibbes’ works, The Bruised Reed has probably had the most enduring impact. It is an exposition of Matthew’s application to Jesus of the description of the Servant of the Lord in Isaiah 42:3 (Matt. 12:20). Sibbes’ wonderfully sensitive treatment has ministered to generations of Christians since its first publication in 1630.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Publishers’ Foreword

1 The Reed and the Bruising

2 Christ Will Not Break the Bruised Reed

3 The Smoking Flax

4 Christ Will Not Quench the Smoking Flax 20

5 The Spirit of Mercy Should Move Us

6 Marks of the Smoking Flax

7 Help for the Weak

8 Duties and Discouragements

9 Believe Christ, Not Satan

10 Quench Not the Spirit

11 Christ’s Judgment and Victory

12 Christ’s Wise Government

13 Grace Shall Reign

14 Means to Make Grace Victorious

15 Christ’s Public Triumph

16 Through Conflict to Victory

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ROBERT TRAILL (1642-1716)

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Friend of William Guthrie of Fenwick, attendant of James Guthrie of Stirling on the scaffold, son of the Greyfriars Church manse where the 1638 National Covenant was signed, Scot ordained in England, exile in Holland, prisoner on the Bass Rock, scholar, preacher, and saint — Robert Traill lived to span the ripest period of the Puritan age. Distinguished in the classes of Edinburgh University, Traill early felt the inner constraint to preach Christ. Too intimate an association with the younger John Welsh drew the swift displeasure of the civil arm upon him. Denounced as a ‘Pentland Rebel’ he fled in 1667 to join the bright galaxy of British divines weathering the storm of Stuart absolutism in the Low Countries. Traill’s literary output began there. Assistant to Nethenus, professor at Utrecht, he prepared Samuel Rutherford’s Examination of Arminianism for the press. Back in London in 1692 he took up his pen, as Isaac Chauncy (Owen’s successor) and the younger Thomas Goodwin were having to do, to defend the doctrine of Justification against the new Legalism. After serving Presbyterian charges in Kent and London, he died at the age of 74.

Robert Traill was endowed with a first-class mind and had enjoyed a very complete theological education. Nevertheless, his sermons were not meant to appeal to the learned. He strove throughout to promote practical godliness. Every reader who shares his outlook will find him warm, instructive, and encouraging.

J.C.Ryle, who frequently quotes from Traill in his writings, introduces one lengthy extract with the words, ‘It has done me good and I think will do good to others.’

This edition contains ten additional sermons not included in the 1975 Banner of Truth edition, which are appended to volume 2.

‘I know no true religion but Christianity; no true Christianity but the doctrine of Christ— of his divine person; of his divine office; of his divine righteousness; and of his divine Spirit. I know no true ministers of Christ, but such as make it their business, in their calling, to commend Jesus Christ, in his saving fulness of grace and glory, to the faith and love of men; no true Christian, but one united to Christ by faith, and abiding in him by faith and love, unto the glorifying of the name of Jesus Christ, in the beauties of gospel-holiness.’ — Robert Traill in his Preface to Sermons Concerning the Throne of Grace (in vol. 1)

Table of Contents:

VOLUME 1

A Letter from the late Mr James Hervey to a Relation of Mr Traill’s

Recommendation to the Sermons on Stedfast Adherence

An Account of the Life and Character of the Author

The Throne of Grace: Thirteen Sermons on Hebrews 4:16

By What Means May Ministers Best Win Souls? A Sermon on 1 Timothy 4:16

A Vindication of the Protestant Doctrine concerning Justification, and of Its Preachers and Professors, from the Unjust Charge of Antinomianism

Sermons concerning the Lord’s Prayer: Sixteen Sermons on John 17:24

VOLUME 2

Steadfast Adherence to the Profession of Our Faith, Recommended in Twenty-one Sermons, on Hebrews 10:21-24

Eleven Sermons on Important Subjects, from 1 Peter 1:1-4

Six Sermons on Galatians 2:21

A Letter from the Author to His Wife, and One to His Children

Ten Additional Sermons

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I. GOD’S ANSWER TO MAN’S QUESTION, 1

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III. THE COMPLETENESS OF THE SUBSTITUTION, 26

IV. THE DECLARATION OF THE COMPLETENESS, 46

V. RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THE UNRIGHTEOUS, 68

VI. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD RECKONED TO US, 82

VII. NOT FAITH, BUT CHRIST, 107

VIII. WHAT THE RESURRECTION OF THE SUBSTITUTE HAS DONE, 126

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X. THE HOLY LIFE OF THE JUSTIFIED, 175

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VOICES FROM THE PAST: Puritan Daily Devotional Readings (Two Volume Set of Readings)
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TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING! This work has long been anticipated. Glean from the wisdom and spiritual depth of the Puritans during 2010 through these 365 daily readings.

Over the past fifty years there has been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful pastors and preachers who continue to speak through their writings even though they have long since entered into their heavenly reward. The Puritans really knew how to teach and apply God's Word in the Spirit's power!

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Description: William Tyndale is justly best remembered as a Bible translator. During the last eleven years of his short life he published three editions of the complete New Testament, the Pentateuch, the book of Jonah, and a few other parts of the Old Testament. He may well have left behind him in manuscript form a translation of the Old Testament's historical books from Joshua to 2 Chronicles, which was published as part of 'Matthew's Bible' in the year following his martyrdom. In the last letter from his pen, we see him zealous to make progress with the translation of the Old Testament, as languishing in his final imprisonment he requests that his 'Hebrew Bible, Hebrew grammar, and Hebrew dictionary' be granted to him.

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And when the gospel is preached unto us we believe the mercy of God, and in believing we receive the spirit of God, which is the earnest of eternal life, and we are in eternal life already, and feel already in our hearts the sweetness thereof, and are overcome with the kindness of God and Christ and therefore love the will of God, and of love are ready to work freely, and not to obtain that which is given us freely and whereof we are heirs already.

William Tyndale, The Parable of the Wicked Mammon

The gospel signifieth glad tidings, and is nothing but the promises of good things. All is not gospel that is written in the gospel-book; for if the law were away, thou couldest not know what the gospel meant; even as thou couldest not see pardon and grace, except the law rebuked thee, and declared unto thee thy sin, misdeed, and trespass. Repent and believe the gospel, as saith Christ in the first of Mark.

William Tyndale, Epistle to the Reader, subjoined to his first published version of the New Testament, 1526.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

VOLUME ONE: ADVERTISEMENT ix

Life of William Tyndale xiii

A Pathway into the Holy Scripture, 1525-32 1

The Parable of the Wicked Mammon, 1527 29

The Obedience of a Christian Man, 1527-8 127

A brief declaration of the Sacraments, 1536 345

Epistle to the Reader; subjoined to his first published version of the New Testament, 1526 389

Preface that he made before the five books of Moses, 1530 392

Prologue to the book of Genesis, 1530 398

A Table expounding certain words in the first book of Moses, called Genesis 405

A Prologue into the second book of Moses, called Exodus 411

A Table expounding certain words of the second book of Moses 419

A Prologue into the third book of Moses, called Leviticus 421

A Prologue into the fourth book of Moses, called Numeri 429

A Prologue into the fifth book of Moses, called Deuteronomy 441

A Table expounding certain words of the fifth book of Moses, called Deuteronomy 445

Prologue to the Prophet Jonas, 1531 447

Prologue upon the Gospel of St Matthew, 1525 468

Gospel of St Mark 480

Gospel of St Luke 481

Gospel of St John 482

Epistle of St Paul to the Romans, 1526 483

first Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians 511

second Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians 512

Epistle of St Paul to the Galatians 513

Epistle of St Paul to the Ephesians 514

Epistle of St Paul to the Philippians ib.

Epistle of St Paul to the Colossians 515

first Epistle of St Paul to the Thessalonians 516

second Epistle of St Paul to the Thessalonians 517

first Epistle of St Paul to Timothy ib.

Prologue upon the second Epistle of St Paul to Timothy 519

Epistle of St Paul to Titus ib.

Epistle of St Paul to Philemon 520

Epistle of St Paul to the Hebrews 521

Epistle of St James 525

first Epistle of St Peter 527

second Epistle of St Peter 528

three Epistles of St John 529

Epistle of St Jude 531

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Exposition of Chaps. v. vi. and vii. of St Matthew’s Gospel 16

Introductory notice to exposition of first Epistle of St John 133

Prologue to the same 136

Exposition of the first Epistle of St John 145

Marginal notes on first twenty-one chapters of St Matthew’s Gospel 227

Introductory notice to Practice of Prelates 237

Preface to the Practice of Prelates 240

The Practice of Prelates 247

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JOHN CALVIN

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Life Of John Calvin, By Theodore Beza

Letter By James Sadolet, A Roman Cardinal, To The Senate And People Of Geneva

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Second Defence Of The Sacraments

Last Admonition To Joachim Westphal

True Partaking Of The Flesh And Blood Of Christ

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Calvin’s Farewell To The Ministers Of Geneva

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Letters Sent In 1538

Letters Sent In 1539

Letters Sent In 1546

Letters Sent In 1548

Letters Sent In 1552

Letters Sent In 1553

Letters Sent In 1555

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Letters Sent In 1558

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Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry: 2 VOLUME SET: A COLLECTION OF ADDRESSES AND ARTICLES BY FACULTY AND FRIENDS OF PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
edited by James M. Garretson

Established in 1812 by the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Princeton Theological Seminary was founded as ‘a nursery of vital piety as well as of sound theological learning … to train up persons for the ministry who shall be lovers as well as defenders of the truth as it is in Jesus, friends of revivals of religion, and a blessing to the church of God.’

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CONTENTS OF VOLUME 1

Foreword by David B. Calhoun ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Remembrance of Things Past 1

William Buell Sprague 1795-1876 3

Inaugural Addresses at the Opening of Princeton Theological Seminary 85

Archibald Alexander 1771-1851 155

Samuel Miller 1769-1850 383



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Ashbel Green 1762-1848 1

Gardiner Spring 1785-1873 39

J. W. Alexander 1804-1859 51

William S. Plumer 1802-1880 99

Charles Hodge 1797-1878 123

Nicholas Murray 1802-1861 299

Alexander T. M‘Gill 1807-1889 319

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B. B. Warfield 1851-1921 399

J. Gresham Machen 1881-1937 529

Geerhardus Vos 1862-1949 565

Maitland Alexander 1867-1940 583

Caspar Wistar Hodge, Jr 1870-1937 589

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PRINCETON AND PREACHING: Archibald Alexander and the Christian Ministry
edited by James M. Garretson

How does one know whether God is calling a man to the pastoral ministry? Are we aware of the moral, intellectual, and physical qualifications needed for the Christian ministry? What are the best methods of sermon preparation and should the preacher pay as much attention to preparing his own heart as to preparing the message he is to preach? On what kinds of subjects should a pastor preach, and how should such preaching be done? What is really involved in being a shepherd of Christ’s flock? Do we know what kinds of discouragements and encouragements face the pastor in his ministry?

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FOREWORD by Sinclair B. Ferguson ix

PREFACE xiii

INTRODUCTION xv

1. THE MARKING OF A SERVANT 1

2. THE CALL TO THE MINISTRY 31

Elements of a Call to the Office of Christian Minister 32

The Necessity of Piety 39

A Strong Inclination to Preach 41

Practical Considerations for Determining a Call to the Ministry 43

The External Call to the Ministry 48

Conclusion 52

3. QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE MINISTRY 55

Moral Qualifications 57

Intellectual Qualifications 64

Natural Talents 64

Learning 65

Eloquence 73

Physical Qualifications 77

Conclusion 79

4. SERMON PREPARATION 81

Principles Underlying Careful Sermon Preparation 85

The Role of Logic and Rhetoric and the Function of ‘Truth’ in Sermon Preparation 94

The Introduction or Exordium 98

Arrangement and Division of the Parts of a Sermon 99

Sermon Goals 104

The Conclusion or Peroration 107

5. THE PREPARATION OF THE PREACHER’S HEART 111

6. THE MINISTER AS SHEPHERD 123

7. THE ‘MATTER’ OF PREACHING 133

Some Preliminary Considerations 134

Confronting Controversy in a Christ like Manner 134

Knowledge of the Scriptures 137

Preaching the Truth 139

Categories and Subjects for Biblical Preaching 141

Biblical Apologetics and the ‘Truths’ of Natural Religion 141

Avoiding Human Philosophy and Metaphysical Speculation 146

The Importance of Fundamental Truths 148

A Christ-centred Model for the Interpretation of Scripture 149

A Biblical Theology for Redemptive Preaching 153

Preaching the Gospel from the Old Testament Scriptures 156

Preaching Doctrinally and Systematically 158

Demonstrating the Proper Interrelationship between Law and Gospel 160

Applying the Promises and Threatenings to Their Proper Recipients 167

The Benefits of ‘Characteristical Preaching’ 169

Conclusion 173

8. MINISTERIAL DEPORTMENT AND THE PROPER MANNER OF PREACHING

Characteristics of a Biblical Manner of Preaching 185

Solemnity 186

Sincerity 186

Affectionate Earnestness and Tenderness 189

Persuasiveness 190

Evangelical Content 193

Authority 194

Impartiality 194

Seasonableness 195

Prayerfulness – Dependence on God 195

9. THE DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

Difficulties in Preaching the Truth to Others 201

A Heart of Unbelief 202

Other External Difficulties 203

The Biggest Difficulty: Self 204

Learning 207

Eloquence 207

Authority and Sanctity 209

10. THE ENCOURAGEMENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

11. ‘A SCRIBE WELL INSTRUCTED’ 219

Factors That Shaped Alexander’s Approach to Preaching 220

Alexander’s Style and Manner of Preaching 223

His Natural, Conversational Style 225

His Simplicity in Person and Presentation 227

His Sympathy for His Fellow Men 228

His Gratitude of Heart 229

His Persuasive Proclamation 231

His Spiritual Integrity in the Activity of Preaching 233

His Spirit-Anointed Preaching 235

His Extemporaneous Preaching 236

His Personal Method of Sermon Preparation 239

His Preaching Methods: Experimental Preaching 243

His Preaching Methods: Descriptive and Graphic Preaching 245

His Preaching Methods: ‘Characteristical’ Preaching 247

Important Principles from Alexander’s Model of Preaching 249

A Classical Foundation 249

The Form of Alexander’s Sermons 253

The Importance of Theology for Experimental Preaching 254

Using the Principles of Rhetoric to Deepen Fellowship with God 256

The Importance of Eminent Piety 257

Affection for Christ 258

Preaching as an Act of Worship 258

The Role of Seminaries in Ministerial Preparation 260

Suggestions for a Contemporary Model of Ministerial Instruction 264

BIBLIOGRAPHY 267

INDEX 275

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JOHN BUNYAN

John Bunyan is best known for his famous allegorical works, Pilgrim’s Progress and The Holy War, his autobiographical Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and his allegorical novel The Life and Death of Mr. Badman. While justly famous for their literary merit, their real importance lies in Bunyan’s portrayal of the sin of man, the grace of God and the nature of the Christian’s life. These themes were Bunyan’s great passion, and for them he was prepared to suffer the hardship of imprisonment. But his exposition of them was not confined to allegory, and in his many other works, like Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ and An Exposition of the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, we find Bunyan writing as the outstanding pastor-evangelist he was.

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BUNYAN’S PRISION MEDITATIONS 63

THE JERUSALEM SINNER SAVED 67

THE GREATNESS OF THE SOUL 104

THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS AN ADVOCATE 151

CHRIST A COMPLETE SAVIOUR 202

COME AND WELCOME TO JESUS CHRIST 240

OF JUSTIFICATION BY AN IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS; or, No way to heaven but by Jesus Christ 300

SAVED BY GRACE 335

THE STRAIT GATE 363

LIGHT FOR THEM THAT SIT IN DARK­NESS 391

A TREATISE ON THE FEAR OF GOD 437

THE DOCTRINE OF THE LAW AND GRACE UNFOLDED 492

BUNYAN’S OWN BELIEFS, AND OBJECTIONS ANSWERED 497

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED 576

A DISCOURSE TOUCHING PRAYER 621

THE SAINT’S PRIVILEGE AND PROFIT; or The Throne of Grace 641

THE ACCEPT ABLE SACRIFICE 685

PAUL’S DEPARTURE AND CROWN 721



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THE SAINTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST’S LOVE; The unsearchable riches of Christ 1

OF ANTICHRIST AND HIS RUIN; and of the Slaying of the Witnesses 41

THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT 83

SOME GOSPEL TRUTHS OPENED ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES 129

A VINDICATION OF GOSPEL TRUTHS OPENED ACCORDING TO THE SCRIP­TURES 177

A DISCOURSE UPON THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN 215

A DEFENCE OF THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTI­FICATION BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST 278

REPROBATION ASSERTED 335

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NATURE AND PERPETUITY OF THE SEVENTH-DAY SABBATH 359

OF THE TRINITY AND A CHRISTIAN 386

OF THE LAW AND A CHRISTIAN 387

SCRIPTURAL POEMS 389

AN EXPOSITION ON THE FIRST TEN CHAPTERS OF GENESIS 413

A HOLY LIFE THE BEAUTY OF CHRIS­TIANITY 502

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOUR 548

A CAUTION TO STIR UP TO WATCH AGAINST SIN 575

A DISCOURSE OF THE BUILDING, NATURE, EXCELLENCY, AND GOVERNMENT OF THE HOUSE OF GOD 577

BUNYAN ON THE TERMS OF COMMUNION, AND FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIANS, AT THE TABLE OF THE LORD 591

I A CONFESSION OF MY FAITH, AND A REASON OF MY PRACTICE 593

II DIFFERENCES IN JUDGMENT ABOUT WATER BAPTISM NO BAR TO COMMUNION; 618

III PEACEABLE PRINCIPLES AND TRUE; 648

ON THE LOVE OF CHRIST: 657

A CASE OF CONSCIENCE RESOLVED 658

JOHN BUNYAN’S CATECHISM, called IN­STRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT 675

SEASONABLE COUNSEL 691

AN EXHORTATION TO PEACE AND UNITY 742

BUNYAN’S LAST SERMON 755



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THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME 1

THE HOLY WAR MADE BY SHADDAI UPON DIABOLUS, FOR THE REGAINING OF THE METROPOLIS OF THE WORLD 245

THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN 375

THE HOLY CITY, OR THE NEW JERUSALEM, 395

SOLOMON’S TEMPLE SPIRITUALIZED 460

A DISCOURSE OF THE HOUSE OF THE FOREST OF LEBANON 510

THE WATER OF LIFE 538

THE BARREN FIG-TREE 560

LIFE AND DEATH OF MR BADMAN 586

A FEW SIGHS FROM HELL 666

ONE THING IS NEEDFUL 725

EBAL AND GERIZIM 737

A BOOK FOR BOYS AND GIRLS 746

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THE PASTOR: His Call, Character and Work by Faculty and Friends of Old Princeton
Archibald Alexander, J.W. Alexander, Ashbel Green, Charles Hodge, Samuel Miller, Nicholas Murray & William Plumer

OLD PRINCETON SPEAKS ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTERS OF THE PASTORAL MINISTRY

A Brilliant and Informative Introduction by Sinclair Ferguson adds to the Value of this Invaluable Work.

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GRACE AND GLORY: with Additional Sermons from the Chapel at Princeton Seminary
GEERHARDUS VOS edited by James T. Dennison

In possessing a copy of Grace and Glory the reader has in his or her hands a book of sermons which are almost as rare as they are remarkable. Not only so, but in addition to the six sermons which originally constituted the volume Grace and Glory the present edition includes a further nine sermons which Vos preached in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary between 1896 and 1913, as well as an undated exposition of Ephesians 2:4, 5 translated from Dutch. This additional material has been provided to the publishers by James T. Dennison, the Librarian of Westminster Theological Seminary in California and the editor of the journal Kerux, in which the bulk of it has already been printed. Mr Dennison originally uncovered Vos’s personal sermon book in 1971 in the Heritage Hall Archive of Calvin Theological Seminary and transcribed the material.

As heirs of his labours the publishers are also indebted to the Heritage Hall Archive of Calvin Seminary for the privilege of reproducing the material in this more permanent form. But the uniqueness of these sermons extends far beyond the difficulty of obtaining the original edition of Grace and Glory or the providences which led to the rediscovery of the manuscript material now in book form for the first time. It is the nature of the sermons themselves which will have a stunning effect on the reader. For they combine such constantly penetrating depths of biblical and theological understanding with such soaring heights of eloquence that it is difficult to imagine their like being heard in any pulpit in the world today. They are at one and the same time intensely demanding on the reader and glorious in their exposition of Scripture. These pages contain a thesaurus of theological riches, a gold mine whose every vein is packed with gleaming insight. Such is the character of these sermons that, to a world which is obsessed with ‘sound-bites’ and in a church which has become unused to concentrated thought, their content and style may seem almost overwhelming…In these pages the reader is invited, almost commanded and certainly demanded, to become a spiritual mountaineer. There are times when many will be left gasping for the higher oxygen levels of the lower slopes. But Vos was aiming for the summit, and those who follow him there will find panoramic views of the wonders of God and his ways which will make the ascent immensely rewarding.

Here, then, is material calculated to enrich the mind, heart, will and emotions; grace and glory indeed.



Table of Contents:

The Wonderful Tree

Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness

Seeking and Saving the Lost

‘Rabboni!’

The More Excellent Ministry

Heavenly-Mindedness

Running the Race

The Christian’s Hope

The Joy of Resurrection Life

Songs from the Soul

The Essence of Christianity

The Eternal Christ

The Spiritual Resurrection of Believers

The Gracious Provision

Christ’s Deliberate Work

Our Holy and Glorious God



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HEROES OF THE FAITH SERIES: Ignatius of Antioch: The Man Who Faced LionsIrenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote BooksPolycarp of Smyrna: The Man Whose Faith Lasted
Sinclair Ferguson

There are lots of 'idols' these days. But do you have any heroes? What's the difference? Idols are people we say we 'adore' because they are famous, or rich, or good looking, or because they have amazing talents, or special abilities perhaps we wish we could have. Heroes are people who are willing to live and die for what they believe.

IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH - THE MAN WHO FACED LIONS is the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He was prepared to live and die for his Lord. And one day - he faced lions. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Alison Brown. A wonderful start to a wonderful series.

IRENAEUS OF LYONS: THE MAN WHO WROTE BOOKS tells the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He served him far away from home. And to help his fellow Christians - he wrote books. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Allison Brown.

POLYCARP OF SMYRNA: THE MAN WHOSE FAITH LASTED tells the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He loved and served his Lord for over eighty years. And from the beginning to the end - his faith lasted. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Allison Brown.

A PERSONAL WORD TO PARENTS ABOUT THIS NEW "HEROES OF THE FAITH," SERIES FROM DR. SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Many of our children enjoy having heroes, but they are living in a world that encourages them instead to have 'idols'. Sometimes, perhaps, the difference is simply a choice of words. But today it is usually more. For the 'idols' our children are encouraged to have - whether by media coverage or peer pressure - are to be 'adored' not because of their character, but because of their image.

By contrast a 'hero' is someone who is much more than a 'personality' about whom we may know little or nothing. A hero is someone who has shown moral fibre, who has overcome difficulties and opposition, who has been tested and has stood firm.

This series is about such people - heroes of the Christian faith - whose lives remind us of the words of Hebrews 13:7: 'Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.'

There are different kinds of heroes. The books in this series reflect the fact that some become heroes by being willing to die for Christ; others because of how they served the church of Christ; yet others because of what they taught about Christ; and others because of where they were prepared to go for Christ.

HEROES OF THE FAITH is also intended to provide a kind of church family album - pictures of those who have been members of the family of God. Many of us who are parents wish we could teach our children more about the story of the church, to help them see the privilege of belonging to a spiritual family that stretches back over the centuries and extends to the ends of the earth. This series aims to cover the centuries-long story of the church and to introduce children to heroes of the faith in every period of history.

None of these heroes was perfect - they all recognised their need of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. None of them claimed perfect understanding or perfect obedience. But each of them aimed to love the Lord with heart and mind and soul and strength. In that sense they were true heroes. Many of these heroes were ministers and preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they were not heroes simply because they were ministers. The word 'minister' means 'servant'. They were people who became leaders in the church; they became heroes because they were servants both of the Lord Jesus and of his people.

I count it a privilege to have the opportunity of introducing your family, and especially your children, to many of the "HEROES OF THE FAITH." May they become heroes too!

-- Sinclair B. Ferguson

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MYSTERIOUS WAYS: The Providence of God in the Life of Joseph
DAVID KINGDON with Preface by Sinclair Ferguson

To know that God wisely governs all His creatures and all their actions is one thing, but to apply this truth in our own lives is quite a different matter, especially when our hopes are disappointed and providence seems to frown.

With great insight and pastoral wisdom, David Kingdon helps us to apply lessons from the life of Joseph to our own lives in this book, Mysterious Ways. He shows that God’s people are not lost in a meaningless maze, but are safe in the hands of a loving Father. However ‘mysterious’ His ways seem at present, He has purposed good for His people, and will ‘make it plain’ in His own time. Even when we feel most at a loss about God’s dealings with us, He is teaching us lessons which could be learned in no other way.

‘Kingdon combines the ability to understand the text of Scripture with the sensitive heart of a pastor well prepared to be our friend and guide in this area of spiritual experience.’ — SINCLAIR B FERGUSON

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson ix

Preface xiii

1. The Big Picture 1

2. From Potiphar’s House to Pharaoh’s Prison 11

3. In the School of Adversity 21

4. From Prison to Palace 31

5. Physician of Souls 41

6. Testing and Comforting 53

7. Preserver and Provider 65

8. Three Great Truths 73

9. Three More Great Truths 87

Born in the 1930s in London, David P. Kingdon lost his father and was ultimately evacuated during World War II. Sent to Northamptonshire, he was taught the gospel by the couple who took him in during the war. In 1944, he attended Spurgeon’s Orphanage, then Reigate Grammar School, and then Peterhouse, Cambridge to study history. Converted to Christ in 1949, he went to Spurgeon’s College after completing his history degree to train for ministry. He pastored a London church, served as college principal in Belfast, Northern Ireland, co-pastored a South African church, then served a church in Wales. He also worked as editor at theological presses. 'Mysterious Ways: The Providence of God in the Life of Joseph' is a David P. Kingdon book that contains some of his sermons, ones that share how safe we are in the hands of our Father who always loves us.

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THE HISTORY OF PROVIDENCE: As Manifested in Scripture
Alexander Carson

'The Providence of God in his government of the world is a subject of the deepest interest to the Christian ... '

Alexander Carson lived in an age that was turning away from the revelation of God in Scripture. The dominant philosophy of the times sought to replace the knowledge of the personal, sovereign and provident God of Scripture with a 'more intelligent belief' in the impersonal laws of nature (which are, of course, nothing but the physical laws by which God usually conducts his government of the world). If God exists - and that was a big 'if' - then he is a God who is far removed from the events of every-day life.

But truth and Scripture teach that all physical laws have their effect from the immediate agency of God's almighty power. In his works of providence God preserves and governs all his creatures and all their actions. 'In him we live, and move, and have our being' (Acts 17:28).

Although Christians recognize this doctrine of Providence, they tend to overlook it in practice. In so doing they lose, in a great measure, that advantage which a constant and deep impression of this truth is calculated to give. In this book, Alexander Carson takes the reader through the Scriptures and points to instances of God's providence that will provide comfort for all true believers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch of the Author xi

Preface xiii

1 Abraham driven by famine into Egypt 1

2 Abraham’s victory over Chedorlaomer 5

3 Providence manifested in the fulfilment of prophecy Every step in the accomplishment of the prediction, with respect to the condition of the Israelites in Egypt, was conducted by the hand of an overruling Providence 6

4 Abraham sitting in the door of his tent 9

5 Providential restraints from evil 11

6 The ram caught by the horns in the thicket 12

7 Expulsion of Hagar from the house of Abraham 14

8 Isaac mocked by Ishmael 16

9 The Providence of God prospering the affairs of Abraham 17

10 Abraham informed about the family of his brother Nahor 18

11 Abraham’s purchase of the cave of Machpelah for a burying-ground 19

12 Success of Abraham’s servant in seeking a wife for his master’s son 21

13 The arrival of Rebekah at the time when Isaac was engaged in communion with God by meditation and prayer 25

14 The fulfilment of the promise of God to Abraham with respect to Ishmael 26

15 Jacob’s purchase of the birthright 27

16 The annoyances of the man of God by the world, under the control of Providence 30

17 Transference of the blessing of Jacob 31

18 Jacob’s immediate meeting with Rachel on his approach to Haran 37

19 Jacob’s prosperity in the service of Laban 39

20 Jacob’s return to Canaan 40

21 Jacob’s meeting his brother Esau on his return from Syria 42

22 Cruelty of the sons of Jacob to the Shechemites 45

23 Jacob’s escape from the vengeance of the Canaanites, on the murder of the Shechemites by his sons 47

24 Reuben’s sin 49

25 The removal of Esau to Mount Seir 50

26 Judah’s secret sin manifested by Providence 51

27 The history of Joseph 52

28 Prosperity of Joseph in bondage 56

29 Joseph’s beauty 59

30 Character of Joseph taken away by false accusation 60

31 Circumstances may be misinterpreted, as well as facts may be forged 61

32 Imprisonment of the chief butler and chief baker 62

33 The chief butler remembered not Joseph 63

34 The same action ascribed to God in one sense, while in another it is the act of man 64

35 The policy of the king of Egypt to retain the children of Israel, the means of his losing them 65

36 Moses raised up by Providence as a deliverer to Israel 67

37 Plagues of Egypt 69

38 Qualification of Bezaleel and Aholiab for making the tabernacle 70

39 Readiness of the people to contribute for the making of the tabernacle 71

40 Request of the Israelites that Moses should receive for them the law from God 73

41 The hiding of the Israelitish spies by Rahab 74

42 The punishment of Adoni-Bezek 77

43 The Kenites inhabit Canaan with Israel 78

44 The Israelites commanded to extirpate the Canaanites, yet some of them providentially preserved to prove Israel 79

45 The Midianites providentially invade and waste Israel on account of their sins 80

46 The dream of the Midianitish soldier 81

47 Jephthah’s vow 82

48 Samson married to a Philistine 83

49 Awful wickedness of the Benjamites 84

50 The history of Ruth 85

51 The people of Israel ask a king 86

52 Loss of the asses of Kish 87

53 Samuel’s delay in coming to Saul at Gilgal 88

54 David, as a type of Christ, brought by Providence into the field against Goliath 90

55 David’s preservation from Saul 91

56 Doeg present when David came to Ahimelech 92

57 David put in possession of the kingdom 93

58 Ill-treatment of the messengers of David by Hanun, king of the Ammonites 94

59 David’s scheme to hide his crime with respect to Bathsheba providentially defeated 95

60 Punishment of David’s crime with respect to Uriah providentially executed 97

61 Ahithophel’s prudent advice providentially rejected by Absalom 98

62 Solomon’s decision with respect to the mother of the child 99

63 Rehoboam’s rejection of the old men’s counsel 100

64 The land of the Shunammite providentially restored 101

65 Jezebel eaten by dogs 103

66 Providential preservation of Jehoash 104

67 Captivity of Israel effected providentially 105

68 The book of the law found in the temple in the time of Josiah 106

69 Captivity of Judah 106

70 Glory and wealth of the kingdom of Israel in the time of Solomon 107

71 Disasters and miserable death of Jehoram 108

72 Wicked people—oppressive rulers 109

73 A way of return providentially opened to the Jews on the overthrow of the Babylonish empire by Cyrus 110

74 Obstacles in the way of the Jews, in building the temple, on their return to Jerusalem, providentially thrown in their way and removed 113

75 Book of Esther 114

76 Book of Job 115

77 Sennacherib sent by God against his people, yet punished for going 117

78 Destruction of Babylon 119

79 Destruction of Tyre 120

80 Famine in Judah 121

81 Field of Hanameel providentially offered for sale 122

82 Life of Jeremiah providentially saved by Ebed-Melech 123

83 Capture and fate of Zedekiah 123

84 Preservation of Jeremiah and of Ebed-Melech in the capture of Jerusalem 124

85 The forgetting of his dream by Nebuchadnezzar providential 125

86 The lot fell upon Jonah 126

87 Jesus in a storm 137

88 The two Gergesene Demoniacs meet Jesus 139

89 The barren fig-tree blasted 140

90 The death of Christ providentially accomplished 141

91 Purchase of the Potter’s Field 142

92 Not this man, but Barabbas 143

93 Dream of Pilate’s wife 144

94 Jesus given up by Pilate 145

95 Adversity no evidence of providential disapprobation 147

96 Appointment of a watch at the tomb of Jesus 150

97 Report of the soldiers that the disciples stole the body of Jesus 152

98 Christ crucified between two malefactors 154

99 Combination of the Pharisees and Herodians to ensnare Jesus 155

100 Jesus brought before Herod 156

101 Cross of Christ borne by Simon 157

102 Christ’s death by crucifixion 159

103 The title on the cross of Christ 161

104 Lots cast for the coat of Jesus 162

105 The legs of Jesus not broken 163

106 The disciples pluck the ears of corn on the Sabbath-day 164

107 Certain disciples minister to the Lord Jesus of their substance 165

108 The calling of Zacchaeus 166

109 The enemies of Jesus restrained from injuring him by fear of the people 167

110 Providential preservation of Peter when he smote the servant of the high priest 168

111 Providential circumstances leading Peter into the situation in which he denied his Master 169

112 Providential meeting of Jesus and the woman of Samaria 170

113 The man born blind 171

114 The sickness of Lazarus 173

115 Thomas not at the meeting of the disciples when Jesus appeared after his resurrection 175

116 The manner of the death of Christians adapted to glorify God 182

117 Population regulated by Providence 184

118 Dispersion of the church at Jerusalem, by the persecution on the death of Stephen 185

119 Tranquillity and prosperity of the churches on the conversion of Saul 189

120 Means of detecting Simon Magus 195

121 Herod eaten by worms 199

122 Contention between Paul and Barnabas 202

123 Paul protected by Gallio’s enlightened views of the duties of the magistrate’s office 204

124 Paul preserved by the Recorder of Ephesus 207

125 Fall of Eutychus from a window in the third loft, during the preaching of Paul at Troas 210

126 Preservation of Paul from the Jews in the temple 212

127 Assault on Paul in the temple providentially afforded him an opportunity of defending himself, and preaching the gospel to persons of the first distinction 214

128 Paul sent to Rome in a providential way 216

129 Providential character of the standard of the Christian religion 226

130 Hesitancy in receiving Paul by the church at Jerusalem 228

131 The incestuous man in the church at Corinth 229

132 Law-suits unbecoming between Christians 231

133 Abuse of the Lord’s Supper at Corinth 233

134 Collection in Greece for the poor saints at Jerusalem 234

135 Paul’s cloak left at Troas 235

136 Timothy advised by Paul to take a little wine for the sake of his health 238

137 Trophimus left sick at Miletum 239

138 Angels created to minister to the heirs of salvation 240

139 Christ the Sun of Righteousness 241

Alexander Carson (c. 1776-1849) exercised a fruitful ministry in his native Ireland for half a century. An affectionate and faithful pastor who devoted his entire ministry to his congregation in the little village of Tobermore, Co. Londonderry, Carson also possessed a keen intellect and great logical power, as is evidenced in his writings. He is perhaps best remembered for his treatise on Baptism: Its Mode and Subjects, and for his close collaboration with Robert Haldane on the latter's Commentary on Romans.

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LET'S STUDY MARK, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS & JAMES
SINCLAIR FERGUSON

‘The whole unfolding Let’s Study series is a must for every Christian home that is serious about getting to know the Word.’ — COVENANTER WITNESS

LET'S STUDY MARK

When John Mark wrote out his ‘good news’ about Jesus two thousand years ago, his Gospel was a completely new kind of book. No one had ever written one before. In fact no one would have known what a Gospel was…What made the Gospel of Mark unique was this: it was not written merely as the memoir of Jesus as a great man, not even as the greatest man who had ever lived. Rather it was meant to persuade its readers that Jesus was the Son of God…Who is Jesus of Nazareth? What is the good news (gospel) about him?…This book presents us with Mark’s answer.’



LET'S STUDY EPHESIANS

If Romans is, humanly speaking, the most impressive of Paul’s letters, then Ephesians is probably the most elegant. In its opening doxology blessings cascade down upon the reader. In its closing verses the smell of the battlefield lies heavily in the air and through the smoke of war we see Christians, fully clad in the armour of spiritual warfare, still standing. From beginning to end Ephesians sets before us the wonder of God’s grace, the privilege of belonging to the church, and the pattern of life-transformation the gospel produces.

In Let’s Study Ephesians Sinclair Ferguson skillfully leads us through this wonderful letter, explaining its teaching with masterful simplicity and showing its importance and relevance to the church today.



LET'S STUDY PHILIPPIANS

The church at Philippi was Paul’s ‘crown and joy’. But now, in the apostle’s absence, problems had arisen among these new Christians, threatening their fellowship and witness.

How did Paul respond? What did he say to anchor these young Christians in the truth and guide them in Christian living? In Let’s Study Philippians, Sinclair B. Ferguson leads us through Paul’s memorable answers.



LET'S STUDY JAMES

Throughout the centuries, the Letter of James has proved to be an excellent refresher course in what it means to live the Christian life. It is only a few pages long. It can be read out loud in twenty minutes. It is very direct and extremely practical. Several themes run through the Letter of James and make clear what his burden is. He writes about suffering and joy, riches and poverty, faith and works, the tongue and speech, and about wisdom and folly. In a word, he writes about the heart and life of the Christian believer.

James’s bête noire is false and hollow piety; pious platitudes are anathema to him. Faith that does not issue in good works, a holy life, concern for the needy, and a disciplined use of the tongue, is for James no faith at all.

As with other volumes in the Let’s Study series, the value of Let’s Study James is enhanced by the Group Study Guide which follows.

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LEAHY FIVE-PACK: THE CROSS HE BORE; IS IT NOTHING TO YOU?, THE VICTORY OF THE LAMB; SATAN CAST OUT & THE HAND OF GOD
Frederick Leahy

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS WILL CARRY YOU TO THE CROSS AND THROUGH THE CROSS TO GLORY!

(1) THE CROSS HE BORE: Meditations Upon the Sufferings of the Redeemer by Frederick Leahy

Frederick Leahy spent a lifetime in the ministry of the Word. In these pages, preacher, pastor and theologian come together in a happy unity. No words are wasted. There is nothing of the frothy and insubstantial. Here is satisfying truth, painstakingly quarried and crafted for the needs of God’s people. A judicious selection of gems from the writings of others provides further enrichment and stimulus to thought.

TIM CHALLIES wrote the following helpful commendation of this small book-

"Sometimes I read a book that has come with such numerous and lofty recommendations that really it can only be disappointing. Having heard so much about how the book will change my life and cause my faith to grow in leaps and bounds, I have often found the reality to be disappointing. Conversely, sometimes a book comes unhyped and unheralded and takes my heart and mind by storm. Such is the case with 'The Cross He Bore' by Frederick Leahy.

Truthfully, I do not remember where I first heard of this book. I was surprised one day to see it turn up in the mail and I soon realized that at one point I had added it to my Amazon wish list. I knew nothing about it other than what the cover told me: “Meditations on the sufferings of the Redeemer.” Edward Donnelly writes in the Foreword that this book has three virtues: it provides solid instruction; gives full play to a disciplined and sanctified imagination; and it recalls the neglected art of meditation. He says further that “in rereading these chapters, I found myself more than once compelled by emotion to stop – and then to worship. I cannot help feeling that this is exactly how they were written and that the author’s chief desire is that each of us who reads should be brought to gaze in fresh understanding and gratitude upon ‘the Son of God,’ who loved me and give himself for me.” As with Donnelly, I was often compelled to stop and worship, to stop and meditate, or to stop and dry my eyes, thanking Christ for His immeasurable sacrifice.

The book is comprised of thirteen chapters, each of which is a short meditation or reflection on a different aspect of Christ’s sacrifice, from the close of the Last Supper to the blotting of the sun from the sky while He hung on the cross. It truly strikes to the very heart of the Gospel.

But I hesitate to say more. Perhaps part of the beauty and significance of this book, was that it came unannounced. There was no lofty position for it to attain to. And perhaps it is best that way. And so I will leave it with merely my wholehearted recommendation and the knowledge that I will return to it often. This short book is an invaluable treasure and I am certain that the reflections it contains will stay with me and come to heart and mind whenever I meditate upon the cross of Christ."

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"A great short book that focuses on the sacrifice of Christ. Leahy gives insights that I have not heard before. The line that touched my heart the most was “Lord, forgive us for the times we have read about Gethsemane with dry eyes.” This book cannot be read with dry eyes. Highly recommended."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

Introduction

1 MAN OF SORROWS

2 PRAYERFUL SUBMISSION

3 STRENGTHENED TO SUFFER

4 SATAN’S HOUR

5 THE DUMB LAMB

6 TAKING THE OATH

7 SENTENCED TO DEATH

8 THE BUTT OF MOCKERY

9 THE CROWN OF THORNS

10 OUTSIDE THE GATES

11 SATAN’S CUP REFUSED

12 THE KING AMONG BANDITS

13 OUTER DARKNESS

Epilogue

(2) IS IT NOTHING TO YOU? The Unchanging Significance of the Cross by Frederick Leahy

The cross of Jesus Christ proclaims a powerful and timeless message to all men and women everywhere. Through careful and patient explanation, Fred Leahy convinces us of its relevance for life in the twenty-first century. Here is a man who has good news to share with others. His book draws our attention to some of the events surrounding the death of Jesus. Every chapter highlights what is central and most significant about the passion of the Christ, calling on us to stop and think about issues we cannot afford to ignore.

‘Is is nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger’ (Lam. 1:12).

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

Introduction

What Is the Shepherd Worth?

A Crucial Vote

Nailed to the Cross

‘Father, Forgive Them’

A Soldier Speaks His Mind

Winners and Losers at Calvary

Looking on the One We Pierced

‘Crucified, Dead, and Buried’

The Sign of the Rent Veil

The Sign of the Opened Graves

Epilogue: Is It Nothing to You?

Appendix A: Dispensationalism and the Gospel

Appendix B: ‘Righteousness Exalts a Nation’

(3) THE VICTORY OF THE LAMB: Christ's Triumph Over Sin, Death and Satan by Frederick Leahy

At Calvary, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was not a victim of circumstances but a victor over circumstances: ‘The conflict at Calvary was the crucial and determining encounter between the Lamb of God and Satan…At the cross, Christ won and Satan lost, and Satan and his fellow-spirits knew it…There is liberation. Christ has won. Actual victory! That is something to preach!’

This is the theme which thrills all the redeemed in heaven. Frederick Leahy believes that it should also be their constant study while on earth. In this book he traces the theme of Christ’s triumph over sin, death and Satan from the first promise of redemption in Genesis 3:15 to the shout of triumph in Revelation 5:12 ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…!’

The Victory of the Lamb is a companion volume to Satan Cast Out, the author’s much-appreciated study of the biblical teaching on Christ’s victory over all the powers of darkness.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

1 The Creation Kingdom

2 The Black Banner of Rebellion

3 Victory Foretold

4 The Protracted Struggle

5 The Antagonists Meet

6 Picking Up the Gauntlet

7 Sifting: Satanic and Divine

8 Victory Achieved

9 The Woman and the Great Dragon

10 The Consequences of Christ’s Victory

11 Victor Emmanuel

Epilogue

(4) SATAN CAST OUT: A Study in Biblical Demonology

Leahy presents a lucid, biblical account of Christian teaching on such issues as the existence of angels – good and evil; the present position and strategy of Satan; the witness of Old and New Testament to demonic activity; the demonic in church history; and the challenge of the demons to the church of Christ, especially on the mission field.

While taking our ‘adversary the devil’ seriously, Leahy constantly emphasizes the victory of Christ over him, and the fact that, in the words of John Calvin, ‘The whole of Satan’s kingdom is subject to the authority of Christ.’

Table of Contents:

1. Angels: Good and Evil

2. Satan’s Present Position

3. The Strategy of the Enemy

4. Our Adversary the Devil

5. The Witness of the Old Testament to Demonic Activity

6. The Witness of the New Testament to Demonic Possession

7. Christ and the Demons

8. Demonic Activity Since New Testament Times

9. Demon-Possession and the Authority of Scripture

10. Christianity and Occultism

11. The Challenge of the Demons to the Church of Christ

Appendices

A. The use of the word ‘Satan’ in Psalm 109

B. Self-induced Symptoms of Demon-possession

(5) THE HAND OF GOD: The Comfort of Having a Sovereign God

Foreword by Geoff Thomas

Introduction

Frederick S Leahy, 1922–2006: A Brief Tribute

1 The Hand that Creates

2 The Hand that Governs

3 The Hand that Provides

4 The Hand that Redeems

5 The Hand that Keeps

6 The Hand that Guides

7 The Hand that Chastens

8 The Hand that Blesses

9 The Hand that Enables

10 The Hand that Judges

Epilogue: Comfort

Appendix A: The Historicity of the Genesis Account

Appendix B: The Baneful Influence of Evolutionary Theory

Appendix C: ‘The Open View of God’

A REVIEW

"The aim of this book is to show the relevance of the Bible’s teaching on the sovereignty of God to our daily lives. In 10 chapters Fred Leahy shows how the sovereign Lord is the hand that creates, governs, provides, redeems, keeps, guides, chastens, blesses, enables and judges.

Mr. Leahy writes in an accessible, yet deep way. He grounds all he says in the scriptures and then brings it to life with anecdotes from the lives of famous Christians, illustrations from daily life and quotations from other men and women. He has also made the book up to date by referring to current events and today’s religious fads.

There have been many good books written on the sovereignty of God, notably that by A W Pink. Where this book excels is in making this wonderful doctrine so practically helpful for the Christian walk. This is not a dry scholarly work of a theologian, but a lively read by a mature Christian and experienced pastor.

When the author went to post the manuscript of this book to the publisher his wife asked him if he would like to buy a new notebook to begin his next work. The 83 year old man paused for a moment and then said “I think I have said all I want to say.” That evening he passed from this world. I am so glad that the Lord spared him to finish this book. It is a treasure that I am sure I will refer to again and again."

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SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: EXPANDED EDITION: INCLUDING INTRODUCTORY VOLUME TO SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
LOUIS BERKHOF

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Louis Berkhof’s loyalty to the well-defined lines of the Reformed faith, his concise and compact style and his up-to date treatment have made this work the most important twentieth century compendium of Reformed theology. ‘The work seemed particularly important to me’, writes the author, ‘in view of the widespread doctrinal indifference of the present day, of the resulting superficiality and confusion in the minds of many professing Christians, of the insidious errors that are zealously propagated even from the pulpits, and of the alarming increase of all kinds of sects. If there ever was a time when the church ought to guard her precious heritage, the deposit of the truth that was entrusted to her care, that time is now’.

This expanded edition contains Berkhof’s Introductory Volume, which was designed to be read together with the Systematic Theology itself.

‘Objections have frequently been raised against a systematic presentation of the doctrinal truths of Scripture; and also in the present day some are decidedly averse to it. There seems to be a lurking fear that the more we systematize the truth, the farther we wander from the presentation of it that is found in the Word of God. But there is no danger of this, if the system is not based on the fundamental principles of some erring philosophy, but on the abiding principles of Scripture itself. God certainly sees the truth as a whole, and it is the duty of the theologian to think the truths of God after Him.’

— LOUIS BERKHOF in the Introductory Volume included with this edition.

Professor Berkhof died in 1957, at the age of 83. He was an outstanding American teacher and the author of some 22 books. After two pastorates, he began his long career as professor at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, in 1906. Here he remained for 38 years, devoting his talents and immense stores of knowledge to the training of men for the ministry. His Systematic Theology was his magnum opus, being revised and enlarged during his lifetime until it reached its present final form.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTORY VOLUME

The Idea and History of Dogmatic Theology

I. Names Applied to the Systematic Presentation of Theology 3

II. The Nature of Dogmas 6

III. The Idea of Dogmatic Theology 25

IV. The Task, Method, and Distribution of Dogmatics 44

V. History of Dogmatics 69

The Principia of Dogmatics

I. Principia in General 87

II. Religion 93

III. The Principium Cognoscendi Externum (Revelation) 112

IV. The Inspiration of Scripture 142

V. The Principium Cognoscendi Internum 170

Select Literature 189

Index of Authors 193

Index of Subjects 197

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Part One – THE DOCTRINE OF GOD

The Being of God

I. The Existence of God: 19

II. The Knowability of God: 29

III. Relation of the Being and Attributes of God: 41

IV. The Names of God: 47

V. The Attributes of God in General: 52

VI. The Incommunicable Attributes: 57

VII. The Communicable Attributes: 64

VIII. The Holy Trinity: 82

The Works of God

I. The Divine Decrees in General: 100

II. Predestination: 109

III. Creation in General: 126

IV. Creation of the Spiritual World: 141

V. Creation of the Material World: 150

VI. Providence: 165

Part Two – THE DOCTRINE OF MAN IN RELATION TO GOD

Man in His Original State

I. The Origin of Man: 181

II. The Constitutional Nature of Man: 191

III. Man as the Image of God: 202

IV. Man in the Covenant of Works: 211

Man in the State of Sin

I. The Origin of Sin: 219

II. The Essential Character of Sin: 227

III. The Transmission of Sin: 237

IV. Sin in the Life of the Human Race: 244

V. The Punishment of Sin: 255

Man in the Covenant of Grace

I. Name and Concept of the Covenant: 262

II. The Covenant of Redemption: 265

III. Nature of the Covenant of Grace: 272

IV. The Dual Aspect of the Covenant: 284

V. The Different Dispensations of the Covenant: 290

Part Three – THE DOCTRINE OF THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

The Person of Christ

I. The Doctrine of Christ in History: 305

II. The Names and Natures of Christ: 312

III. The Unipersonality of Christ: 321

The States of Christ

I. The State of Humiliation: 331

II. The State of Exaltation: 344

The Offices of Christ

I. Introduction: The Prophetic Office:

II. The Idea of the Offices in History 356

III. The Prophetic Office 357

IV. The Priestly Office:

V. The Scriptural Idea of a Priest 361

VI. The Sacrificial Work of Christ 362

VII. The Cause and Necessity of the Atonement:

VIII. The Moving Cause of the Atonement 367

IX. Historical Views Respecting the Necessity of the Atonement 368

X. Proofs for the Necessity of the Atonement 370

XI. Objections to the Doctrine of the Absolute Necessity of the Atonement 371

The Nature of the Atonement:

I. A. Statement of the Penal Substitutionary Doctrine of the Atonement: 373

II. Divergent Theories of the Atonement: 384

The Purpose and Extent of the Atonement: 392

III. A. The Purpose of the Atonement 392

B. The Extent of the Atonement 393

IV. The Intercessory Work of Christ: 400

V. The Kingly Office: 406

Part Four – THE DOCTRINE OF THE APPLICATION OF THE WORK OF REDEMPTION

I. Soteriology in General: 415

II. The Operation of the Holy Spirit in General: 423

III. Common Grace: 432

III. The Mystical Union: 447

IV. Calling in General and External Calling: 454

V. Regeneration and Effectual Calling: 465

VI. Conversion: 480

VII. Faith: 493

VIII. Justification: 510

IX. Sanctification: 527

X. Perseverance of the Saints: 545

Part Five – THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH AND OF THE MEANS OF GRACE

The Church

I. Scriptural Names of the Church and the Doctrine of the Church in History: 555

II. Nature of the Church: 562

III. The Government of the Church: 579

IV. The Power of the Church: 593

The Means of Grace

I. The Means of Grace in General: 604

II. The Word as a Means of Grace: 610

III. The Sacraments in General: 616

IV. Christian Baptism: 622

V. The Lord’s Supper: 644

Part Six – THE DOCTRINE OF THE LAST THINGS

Individual Eschatology

I. Introductory Chapter: 661

II. Physical Death: 668

III. The Immortality of the Soul: 672

IV. The Intermediate State: 679

General Eschatology

I. The Second Coming of Christ: 695

II. Millennial Views: 708

III. The Resurrection of the Dead: 720

IV. The Final Judgment: 728

V. The Final State: 735

Bibliography 739

Index of Authors 747

Index of Subjects 751

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What are the most important lessons the New Testament has to teach us about being a Christian?

Sinclair Ferguson shows that a deep-seated concern of the writers of the New Testament was to see Christians grow to spiritual maturity—and if that was the concern of the first believers, then it should be our concern too.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction ix

GROWING UP

1 The Importance of Maturity 3

2 Symptoms of Decay 19

3 Abiding in Christ 33

STANDING FIRM

4 Full Assurance 57

5 Clear Guidance 81

FACING DIFFICULTIES

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8 Fighting the Enemy 131

9 Coping with Suffering 151

PRESSING ON

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11 Running Patiently 191

MATURITY

12 Living Maturely 211

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THE IDENTITY AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
TERRY L. JOHNSON

The problem identified by the prophet Hosea in his day is still with us today — ‘There is no…knowledge of God in the land’ (Hos. 4:1). We were made to know God. We were saved to know God. Jesus said, ‘This is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3).

Our chief end and purpose is to know God and thereby to honor and enjoy him. These pages explore God’s identity. The God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is also Creator, Governor, and Redeemer. This one true God is infinitely and unchangingly holy, just, good, and loving. This work is offered with the hope that it might promote the true knowledge of the true God. As Matthew Henry said, ‘To know the perfections of the divine nature, the unsearchable riches of divine grace, to be led into the mystery of our redemption and reconciliation by Christ, this is food; such knowledge as this is a feast to the soul.’

‘It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man”. I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father… I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.’ — C. H. Spurgeon

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface ix

Introduction xi

1 The Study of God 1

2 ‘Our Triune God’ 25

3 ‘The Badges of Divinity’: The Incommunicable Attributes of God (1) 47

4 ‘The Badges of Divinity’: The Incommunicable Attributes of God (2) 61

5 ‘Our Creator God’ 87

6 ‘Our Governor and Preserver’: The Providence of God 113

7 ‘The Attribute of Attributes’: The Holiness of God 143

8 God’s Holiness and Ours 165

9 ‘The Engines of Divine Dignity’: The Justice and Righteousness of God 185

10 Just and Justifier: Righteousness Satisfied and Conferred 213

11 ‘The Captain Attribute’: The Goodness of God 237

12 God’s Victorious Goodness 257

13 The Love of God 283

14 God’s Transforming Love 313

15 God’s Love and Ours 333

Bibliography 355

Index of Scripture References 369

General Index 395

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JOHN CALVIN

SERMONS ON FIRST TIMOTHY

Calvin’s expository sermons to the great congregation of St Peter’s, Geneva, taken down in shorthand and then published across Europe, were among the most sought-after volumes of the sixteenth century. In the late 1570s, translated from the French, these bulky volumes flowed through London’s bookshops and none was more popular than the ‘One hundred Sermons on the Epistles of St Paul to Timothy and Titus’ which appeared for the first time in 1579. The public demand was understandable. First, Calvin ‘opened the Scriptures’, not in these volumes for students only, but for the whole church. Second, the sermons were preaching in the full New Testament sense of the term, that is, proclamation and persuasion, with power and conviction.

These sermons are newly translated from the French of 1561 by Robert White.

Robert White formerly taught in the department of French Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and has a specialist interest in the Reformation in French-speaking areas of Europe. He is the translator of Calvin’s Sermons on the Beatitudes, Songs of the Nativity, Faith Unfeigned, A Guide to Christian Living, and The Institutes of the Christian Religion (1541 edition), which are also published by the Trust.

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Introduction xiii

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s First Letter to Timothy xxi

Sermon One: Debtors to Grace (1 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Substance and Shadow (1 Tim. 1:3-4) 15

Sermon Three: The Essence of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5) 31

Sermon Four: The Function of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5-9) 47

Sermon Five: The Application of the Law (1 Tim. 1:8-11) 61

Sermon Six: Counted Faithful (1 Tim. 1:12-13) 79

Sermon Seven: A Savior for Sinners (1 Tim. 1:13-15) 95

Sermon Eight: Glory to the King of Ages (1 Tim. 1:17-18) 111

Sermon Nine: A Call to Arms (1 Tim. 1:18-19) 125

Sermon Ten: Friends No More (1 Tim. 1:19-20) 141

Sermon Eleven: The Priority of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-2) 157

Sermon Twelve: God’s Design for Government (1 Tim. 2:1-3) 171

Sermon Thirteen: The Gospel Call (1 Tim. 2:3-4) 187

Sermon Fourteen: Jesus Christ, Mediator and Man (1 Tim. 2:5-6) 203

Sermon Fifteen: A Ransom for All (1 Tim. 2:5-7) 217

Sermon Sixteen: The Gift of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:8) 233

Sermon Seventeen: Dress and Demeanour (1 Tim. 2:9-12) 249

Sermon Eighteen: Order and Authority (1 Tim. 2:12-14) 265

Sermon Nineteen: Daughters of Eve (1 Tim. 2:12-15) 281

Sermon Twenty: The Christian Minister (1): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:1-2) 295

Sermon Twenty-One: The Christian Minister (2): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 311

Sermon Twenty-Two: The Christian Minister (3): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 327

Sermon Twenty-Three: The Christian Minister (4 ): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:3-5) 345

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Christian Minister (5): Pastors and Deacons (1 Tim. 3:6-8) 359

Sermon Twenty-Five: The Christian Minister (6 ): Deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-13) 373

Sermon Twenty-Six: Church of the Living God (1 Tim. 3:13-15) 387

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Faith’s Open Secret (1 Tim. 3:16) 403

Sermon Twenty-Eight: Apostasy Foretold (1 Tim. 4:1-2) 419

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Our Reasonable Service (1 Tim. 4:1-3) 435

Sermon Thirty: How to Enjoy God’s Bounty (1 Tim. 4:4-5) 451

Sermon Thirty-One: Doctrine Good and Bad (1 Tim. 4:6-7) 467

Sermon Thirty-Two: Fear Which Is Unafraid (1 Tim. 4:8) 481

Sermon Thirty-Three: Hope Does Not Disappoint (1 Tim. 4:9-11) 495

Sermon Thirty-Four: The Minister as Model (1 Tim. 4:12-13) 509

Sermon Thirty-Five: God’s Gifts Are for Giving (1 Tim. 4:14-15) 523

Sermon Thirty-Six: The Rewards of Perseverance (1 Tim. 4:16) 537

Sermon Thirty-Seven: Measured Rebuke (1 Tim. 5:1-3) 551

Sermon Thirty-Eight: Released for Prayer (1 Tim. 5:4-6) 567

Sermon Thirty-Nine: The Duty of Care (1 Tim. 5:7-10) 583

Sermon Forty: Tried and Tested (1 Tim. 5:9-11) 597

Sermon Forty-One: Honoring God in Marriage (1 Tim. 5:11-15) 613

Sermon Forty-Two: The Duties Laid on Us (1 Tim. 5:16-18) 627

Sermon Forty-Three: Elders and Their Critics (1 Tim. 5:17-20) 641

Sermon Forty-Four: A Solemn Charge (1 Tim. 5:21-22) 653

Sermon Forty-Five: Our Deeds Laid Bare (1 Tim. 5:23-25) 667

Sermon Forty-Six: Willing Service (1 Tim. 6:1-2) 683

Sermon Forty-Seven: Beware of False Guides (1 Tim. 6:3-5) 697

Sermon Forty-Eight: The Secret of Contentment (1 Tim. 6:5-8) 711

Sermon Forty-Nine: An Antidote to Greed (1 Tim. 6:9-11) 725

Sermon Fifty: The Fight of Faith (1 Tim. 6:12-14) 741

Sermon Fifty-One: Until Christ Comes (1 Tim. 6:13-15) 755

Sermon Fifty-Two: No Darkness in God (1 Tim. 6:15-16) 769

Sermon Fifty-Three: A Word to the Wealthy (1 Tim. 6:17-19) 785

Sermon Fifty-Four: Keeping Faith with God (1 Tim. 6:20-21) 799

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 815

Index of Scripture References 819

Index of Subjects 829

SERMONS ON SECOND TIMOTHY

Introduction ix

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy xvii

Sermon One: Loved by God (2 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Remembered in Prayer (2 Tim. 1:3-5) 15

Sermon Three: Fanning the Flame (2 Tim. 1:6-8) 33

Sermon Four: Called and Saved (2 Tim. 1:8-9) 47

Sermon Five: Why Election Matters (2 Tim. 1:9-10) 61

Sermon Six: Guarding the Gospel (2 Tim. 1:13-14) 77

Sermon Seven: Steadfast, Come What May (2 Tim. 1:15-18) 91

Sermon Eight: God’s Strong Arm (2 Tim. 2:1-3) 107

Sermon Nine: Present Toil, Future Fruit (2 Tim. 2:4-7) 123

Sermon Ten: Risen in Glory (2 Tim. 2:8-9) 137

Sermon Eleven: God Ever Faithful (2 Tim. 2:10-13) 153

Sermon Twelve: Rightly Handling the Truth (2 Tim. 2:14-15) 169

Sermon Thirteen: How to Combat Error (2 Tim. 2:16-18) 185

Sermon Fourteen: A Sure Foundation (2 Tim. 2:19) 199

Sermon Fifteen: Fit for God’s Use (2 Tim. 2:20-21) 213

Sermon Sixteen: Striving for Maturity (2 Tim. 2:22) 227

Sermon Seventeen: The Lord’s Servant (2 Tim. 2:23-25) 241

Sermon Eighteen: In and Out of Satan’s Snare (2 Tim. 2:25-26) 253

Sermon Nineteen: Hard Times Ahead (2 Tim. 3:1-5) 267

Sermon Twenty: Always Learning, Never Knowing (2 Tim. 3:6-7) 279

Sermon Twenty-One: God Vindicates His Own (2 Tim. 3:8-9) 295

Sermon Twenty-Two: Forewarned and Forearmed (2 Tim. 3:10-13) 311

Sermon Twenty-Three: God’s Word Makes Us Wise (2 Tim. 3:14-15) 327

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Uses of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) 341

Sermon Twenty-Five: Pressing Home God’s Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2) 355

Sermon Twenty-Six: Deceivers and Deceived (2 Tim. 4:2-4) 371

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Taking Leave of Life (2 Tim. 4:5-6) 387

Sermon Twenty-Eight: The Victor’s Crown (2 Tim. 4:7-8) 401

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Hands Across the Sea (2 Tim. 4:8-13) 417

Sermon Thirty: Who Is on the Lord’s Side? (2 Tim. 4:14-22) 433

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 449

Index of Scripture References 453

Index of Subjects 459

SERMONS ON TITUS

Introduction ix

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s Letter to Titus xv

Sermon One: Servant of God’s Word (Titus 1:1-4) 1

Sermon Two: Present Promise, Future Hope (Titus 1:1-4) 19

Sermon Three: The Common Faith (Titus 1:4-5) 35

Sermon Four: Leadership in the Church (1) (Titus 1:5-6) 53

Sermon Five: Leadership in the Church (2) (Titus 1:7-9) 71

Sermon Six: Maintaining the Truth (Titus 1:9-10) 87

Sermon Seven: The Adversary Within (Titus 1:10-12) 105

Sermon Eight: Sound in the Faith (Titus 1:12-15) 121

Sermon Nine: The Tyranny of Tradition (Titus 1:15-16) 137

Sermon Ten: Christian Character (1) (Titus 2:1-3) 153

Sermon Eleven: Christian Character (2) (Titus 2:3-5) 171

Sermon Twelve: Christian Character (3) (Titus 2:6-13) 187

Sermon Thirteen: Grace and Glory (Titus 2:11-14) 203

Sermon Fourteen: The Preacher’s Mandate (Titus 2:15 – 3:2) 219

Sermon Fifteen: God Who Saves (Titus 3:3-5) 235

Sermon Sixteen: New Life in Christ (Titus 3:4-7) 251

Sermon Seventeen: Usefully Occupied (Titus 3:8-15) 265

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 281

Index of Scripture References 285

Index of Subjects 291

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EXEGETICAL LECTURES AND SERMONS ON HEBREWS
CHARLES HODGE edited with Introduction by William VanDoodewaard

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This book has two parts, both of which contain material not previously published.

The first part contains Charles Hodge’s exegetical and expository notes on the letter to the Hebrews. These date from 1821, the year of his ordination, and 1842, when he delivered a series of lectures on Hebrews at Princeton Theological Seminary. Like his other published commentaries, this is an exegetical exposition, following Calvin’s pattern of brevity and simplicity. Hodge skillfully engages the Greek text in a way that enhances the reader’s understanding of the details and flow of the whole. Those familiar with Hodge’s commentaries on other New Testament epistles will immediately recognize his style and method. Broad themes and fine points merge together in a coherent whole, as the commentator allows the text of Scripture to speak for itself.

Also among the archival collection of Charles Hodge’s manuscripts at Princeton are a series of sermon outlines, and some full manuscript sermons, on passages from the letter to the Hebrews, most of which were never published. In 1879 A. A. Hodge included four of these as part of a wider collection of sermon outlines which were published following his father’s death as Princeton Sermons. These four sermons, along with all of Hodge’s other manuscript sermons on Hebrews are brought together for the first time in this volume.

The sermons on Hebrews in Part Two supplement the commentary in Part One, providing the reader with a more expansive exposition and application of numerous key sections of Hebrews. A few are more text-topical in their orientation, revealing Hodge’s masterful ability to communicate the rich themes of biblical and systematic theology with earnest clarity and simplicity. Others are more exegetical and expository, with application aimed at growth in Christian living. Together they display Hodge’s ‘adoring love for Christ,’ and even more, Christ’s love for his church.

ENDORSEMENTS

‘Hodge’s method and matter make him doubly useful in commenting. He is singularly clear, and a great promoter of thought…The more we use Hodge the more we value him.’ — C. H. SPURGEON



‘One always turns to Hodge’s commentaries with great confidence, for in him there is that perfect blending of theology, scholarship and a devotional spirit which are the prime requisites of a commentary.’ — D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

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CALVINISM: Pure & Mixed- A Defense of the Westminster Standards
William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894)

Revision (or evasion) of doctrinal standards has been a destructive influence in church life over the last one hundred years or so. W.G.T. Shedd witnessed such a trend in the Northern Presbyterian Church of his own day with regard to The Westminster Confession of Faith. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed expresses the reason for his opposition to that trend. Calvinism: Pure and Mixed is virtually a defense of the reformed faith against many of the most common criticisms levelled against it.

W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894) began his Preface with these striking words-

"The object of this work is to define and defend the tenets of Calvinism in their original purity and self-consistence, as distinguished from proposed modifications of them for the purpose of an alleged improvement. It has grown out of the proposal introduced into the Northern Presbyterian Church, to revise the Westminster Standards. It contains the substance of a pamphlet which the author published in opposition to this proposal when it was first made, together with discussions of several important subjects that have subsequently come up for examination during the controversy in the Church. Of these, Preterition, Common and Special Grace, Original Sin, Infant Salvation, the 'Larger Hope', and the Inerrancy of Scripture, are the most prominent...



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author's Preface Vii

Introduction by the Publisher Xii

1 Inexpediency of the Revision of the Westminster Confession 1

2 Objections to the Revision of the Westminster Confession 12

3 Are there Doctrinal Errors in the Westminster Confession? 17

4 The Westminster Standards and the Universal Offer of Mercy 23

5 The Meaning and Value of the Doctrine of Decrees 29

6 Preterition Necessary to the Sovereignty of God in Election 69

7 Preterition and the Lopsided View of the Divine Decree 75

8 The Double Predestination to Holiness and Sin 84

9 Common and Special Grace 92

10 The True Proportion in a Creed between the Universal and the Special Love of God 102

11 Infant Salvation as Related to Original Sin 107

12 The Westminster Standards and the ‘Larger Hope’ 116

13 The Westminster Affirmation of the Original Inerrancy of the Scriptures 132

14 Calvinism and the Bible 145

15 Denominational Honesty and Honor 152

Appendix: "The Significance of the Westminster Standards as a Creed" by Benjamin B. Warfield



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THE COLLECTED SERMONS OF ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE
ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE

At the beginning of the twentieth century, James Macdonald of Edinburgh purchased a box of old papers which had belonged to a preacher of around sixty years earlier. The contents might have seemed of little value, but to some they were altogether priceless. They were the notebooks and sermon notes of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, the godly and devoted minister of St Peter’s Church, Dundee.

From these papers, lodged in the library of New College, Edinburgh, Dr Michael D. McMullen has transcribed the sermons found in this set of three volumes.

They are indeed a precious treasure. Whether based on Old Testament or New, every sermon is full of Christ: the sinners need of Him, the fullness of His grace, the happiness of those who come to Him, and the danger of stopping short of genuine faith in Him. They will remind preachers and ordinary Christians alike that to preach Christ aright, one must first know Him, and live in the atmosphere of His love.



THESE THREE HARDCOVER VOLUMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SERMONS ON HEBREWS

Foreword ix

1. So Great Salvation (2:3) 1

2. Let Us Therefore Fear (4:1-2) 10

3. Entering into Rest (4:3) 19

4. The Rest That Remains (4:8-11) 28

5. The Word of God (4:12-13) 35

6. Holding Fast (4:14-16) 44

7. The Aaronic Priesthood (5:1-4) 54

8. Christ’s Calling as High Priest (5:4-7) 63

9. Strong Crying and Tears (5:7) 72

10. Strong Consolation (6:16-18) 80

11. The High Priest’s Character and Occupation (8:1-2) 87

12. The High Priest’s Offering (8:3-6) 94

13. The More Excellent Ministry of Christ (8:3-6) 101

14. The New Covenant (8:6) 108

15. Established on Better Promises (8:7-13) 115

16. The Sanctuary (9:1-5) 121

17. The Holiest of All (9:1-5) 129

18. The Contents of the Most Holy Place (9:1-5) 136

19. The Service of the Tabernacle (9:6-8) 146

20. The Imperfection of the Tabernacle Service (9:9-13) 156

21. The Perfection of the Gospel Covenant (9:11-12) 163

22. The Superiority of Christ’s Sacrifice (9:13-14) 171

23. The Eternal Inheritance: the Believer’s Portion (9:15) 179

24. Christ Always the Same (13:8) 187

OLD TESTAMENT SERMONS

Publisher’s Note viii

1. God’s Care for the Animal Creation (Num. 22:32) 1

2. The Cities of Refuge (Josh. 20) 9

3. The Waters Are Come In Unto My Soul (Psa. 69:1-3) 19

4. I Will Praise Thee (Psa. 86:12-13) 29

5. By the Rivers of Babylon (Psa. 137) 39

6. Things That Must Be Done Now (Eccles. 9:10) 45

7. His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful (Isa. 9:6) 50

8. God’s Twofold Dealings with Natural Men (Isa. 28:14-18) 57

9. For the People Shall Dwell in Zion (Isa. 30:19-21) 67

10. The Day of the Great Slaughter (Isa. 30:25-26) 76

11. The Silence of Christ (Isa. 53:6) 83

12. Delighting in the Sabbath (Isa. 58:13-14) 89

13. The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me (Isa. 61:1-2) 98

14. The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended (Jer. 8:20-22) 102

15. Give Glory to the Lord (Jer. 13:15-17) 113

16. Can Thine Heart Endure? (Ezek. 22:14) 123

17. The Way Hedged Up (Hos. 2:6) 135

18. O Israel, Return (Hos. 14:1-6) 139

19. Trust Not in a Friend (Mic. 7:5-7) 150

20. A Pure Language (Zeph. 3:9-11) 155

21. The Candlestick and the Olive Trees (Zech. 4:2-6) 159

22. Not by Might, Nor by Power (Zech. 4:6) 167

23. The Lord Hearkening to His People (Mal. 3:16) 171

NEW TESTAMENT SERMONS

Foreword xi

1. The Marriage Feast (Matt. 22:1-14) 1

2. Jesus Took Bread (Matt. 26:26) 13

3. The Supper the Sweetest Ordinance (Matt. 26:26) 19

4. The Rent Veil (Matt. 27:51) 28

5. The Sabbath Made for Man (Mark 2:27) 35

6. Be Opened! (Mark 7:31-37) 42

7. Satan’s Palace (Luke 11:21-22) 52

8. Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7) 65

9. Christ Weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) 76

10. The Grace of God Seen at Antioch (Acts 11:22-24) 89

11. Almost Persuaded (Acts 11:22-24) 95

12. The Work of the Spirit in the Heart (Rom. 5:5) 104

13. Baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3-4) 115

14. Dead to the Law by Christ (Rom. 7:4) 124

15. I Am Persuaded (Rom. 8:38-39) 129

16. On Not Loving Christ (1 Cor. 16:22) 143

17. The Gospel Ministry (2 Cor. 4: 1-6) 153

18. A New Creature in Understanding (2 Cor. 5:17) 160

19. A New Creature in Affections (2 Cor. 5:17) 171

20. Desiring to Depart and to Be with Christ (Phil. 1:23) 182

21. Peter the Apostle (1 Pet. 1:1-3) 196

22. Blessed Be God! (1 Pet. 1:3-4) 201

23. Kept by God’s Power (1 Pet. 1:5) 207

24. Rejoicing in Affliction (1 Pet. 1:6-7) 210

25. The Trial of Faith (1 Pet. 1:7) 214

26. Loving Christ Unseen (1 Pet. 1:8-9) 218

27. Salvation Long Promised (1 Pet. 1:10-12) 224

28. Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind (1 Pet. 1:13) 226

29. Obedient Children (1 Pet. 1:14-15) 228

30. Calling on the Father (1 Pet. 1:17) 231

31. Redeemed with Precious Blood (1 Pet. 1:18-19) 235

32. Christ Foreordained and Manifest (1 Pet. 1:20-21) 240

33. Obeying the Truth (1 Pet. 1:22) 243

34. Born Again (1 Pet. 1:23-25) 247

35. Tasting and Growing (1 Pet. 2:1-3) 252

36. Built on the Foundation (1 Pet. 2:4-5) 258

37. God’s Foundation Stone (1 Pet. 2:6-7) 263

38. Chosen (1 Pet. 2:9) 266

39. The People of God (1 Pet. 2:10) 271

40. Beseeching God’s People (1 Pet. 2:11) 276

41. Christian Behaviour (1 Pet. 2:12) 280

42. Submit to Earthly Rulers (1 Pet. 2:13-16) 285

43. Duties to God and Man (1 Pet. 2:17) 289

44. Masters and Servants (1 Pet. 2:18-23) 295

45. Christ Bore Our Sins (1 Pet. 2:24-25) 299

46. Believing Wives (1 Pet. 3:1-6) 305

47. Seeing the Unseen (1 Pet. 5:7-9) 308

48. New Creatures in Christ (John 3:4-10) 313

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EXPOSITION OF ROMANS: Complete 14 Volume Set
Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is the complete 14 volume set of sermons on Romans by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. All over the world in the most diverse situations are to be found Christian men and women who owe an incalculable debt to the ministry of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones who for thirty years was the minister of Westminster Chapel, London. His longest series of expositions was this 14 volume set of Romans, the greatest of New Testament Epistles.

Just as Lloyd-Jones’ public ministry stood out as widely different from contemporary preaching, so his Romans came into bookshops with an appeal that took many by surprise. Not a few thought that the nature of his pulpit ministry would inhibit its continuance on paper – ‘He needed to be heard, not read.’ But those of that opinion were mistaking where his real strength lay. First of all, it lay in the truth he was speaking, not in its delivery. Further, his whole view of preaching meant that he addressed himself to the heart and conscience, as well as to the mind, and sermonic material of that kind has never failed to hold readers as well as hearers. Time was to prove that his message would reach far larger numbers by his books than had ever been possible even in his widespread ministry. The books would also go into any languages and his Romans would be read by thousands, in nations from Brazil to Korea.

VOLUME 1: THE GOSPEL OF GOD (chapter 1)

VOLUME 2: THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF GOD (2:1 - 3:20)

VOLUME 3: ATONEMENT & JUSTIFICATION (3:21 - 4:25)

VOLUME 4: ASSURANCE (chapter 5)

VOLUME 5: THE NEW MAN (chapter 6)

VOLUME 6: THE LAW, ITS FUNCTIONS AND LIMITS (7:1 - 8:4)

VOLUME 7: THE SONS OF GOD (8:5-17)

VOLUME 8: FINAL PERSEVERANCE (8:17-39)

VOLUME 9: GODS SOVEREIGN PURPOSE (chapter 9)

VOLUME 10: SAVING FAITH (chapter 10)

VOLUME 11: TO GODS GLORY (chapter 11)

VOLUME 12: CHRISTIAN CONDUCT (chapter 12)

VOLUME 13: LIFE IN TWO KINGDOMS (chapter 13)

VOLUME 14: LIBERTY AND CONSCIENCE (chapter 14)

THE AUTHOR-PREACHER

Born and raised in Wales, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones served as the chief clinical assistant to London’s royal physician before sensing a call to return to Wales to preach. He served as the associate pastor and then sole pastor of Westminster Chapel before retiring in 1968 because of illness. He then spent the rest of his life editing his sermons for publication, counseling other pastors, and attending church conferences. D. Martyn-Lloyd Jones’ Romans insights, material gleaned from decades of preaching, are captured in a 14-volume set, as well as being available individually. The publication of this material has spread his faith-based wisdom far beyond what his spoken word ever could. Additional Martyn Lloyd-Jones books include Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, where this 20th-century pastor persuasively presents the unchanging natural of the Gospel, and Born of God, based on his sermons about the Gospel of John, Chapter 1.

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PURITAN PAPERBACKS: Rare Jewel of Christian Contenment; Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices & The Incomparableness of God
Jeremiah Burroughs; Thomas Brooks; George Swinnock

(1) THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT by Jeremiah Burroughs

Jeremiah Burroughs is worthily reckoned as belonging to the front rank of English puritan preachers. As such he played a prominent part in the Westminster Assembly of divines, but died prematurely before the Assembly’s work was concluded.

Burroughs' writings, some published before and others after his death, were numerous, but 'The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 'is one of the most valuable of them all. Its author was much concerned to promote (1) peace among believers of various ‘persuasions’ (2) peace and contentment in the hearts of individual believers during what he describes as ‘sad and sinking times’. The Rare Jewel concentrates upon this second aim. It is marked by sanity, clarity, aptness of illustration, and warmth of appeal to the heart. ‘There is an ark that you may come into, and no men in the world may live such comfortable, cheerful and contented lives as the saints of God’. Burroughs presses his lesson home with all the fervour and cogency of a true and faithful minister of God.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Introduction 11

1 Christian Contentment Described 17

I It is inward 20

II It is quiet 21

What this is not opposed to 21

What it is opposed to 22

III It is a frame of spirit 25

IV It is a qracious frame 29

V It freely submits to God’s disposal 31

VI It submits to God’s disposal 33

VII It takes pleasure in God’s disposal 33

VIII It submits and takes pleasure in God’s disposal 35

IX It does this in every condition 36

2 The Mystery of Contentment 41

I A Christian is content, yet unsatisfied 42

II He comes to contentment by subtraction 45

III By adding another burden to himself 47

IV By changing the affliction into something else 49

V By doing the work of his circumstances 51

VI By melting his will into God’s will 53

VII By purging out what is within 55

3 The Mystery of Contentment – continued 56

VIII He lives on the dew of God’s blessing 56

IX He sees God’s love in afflictions 60

X His afflictions are sanctified in Christ 60

Xl He gets strength from Christ 62

XII He makes up his wants in God 65

XIII He gets contentment from the Covenant 69

4 The Mystery of Contentment – concluded 74

He supplies wants by what he finds in himself 74

He gets supply from the Covenant 78

I. The Covenant in general 78

2. Particular promises in the Covenant 80

XIV He realizes the things of Heaven 83

XV He opens his heart to God 84

5 How Christ Teaches Contentment 86

I The lesson of self-denial 86

II The vanity of the creature 91

III To know the one thing needful 92

IV To know one’s relation to the world 93

V Wherein the good of the creature is 97

VI The knowledge of one’s own heart 99

6 How Christ Teaches Contentment- Concluded 103

VII The burden of a prosperous condition 103

VIII The evil of being given up to one’s heart’s desires 109

IX The right knowledge of God’s providence 111

7 The Excellence of Contentment 118

I By it we give God his due worship 119

II In it is much exercise of grace 121

III The soul is fitted to receive mercy 124

IV It is fitted to do service 125

V It delivers from temptations 126

VI It brings abundant comforts 128

VII It gets the comfort of things not possessed 129

VIII It is a great blessing on the soul 133

IX A contented man may expect reward 133

X By it the soul comes nearest the excellence of God 134

8 The Evils of a Murmuring Spirit 136

I It argues much corruption in the soul 137

II It is the mark of an ungodly man 138

III Murmuring is accounted rebellion 139

IV It is contrary to grace, especially in conversion 141

V It is below a Christian 144

9 The Evils of a Murmuring Spirit – concluded 152

VI By murmuring we undo our prayers 152

VII The evil effects of murmuring 153

VIII Discontent is a foolish sin 157

IX It provokes the wrath of God 161

X There is a curse on it 165

XI There is much of the spirit of Satan in it 166

XII It brings an absolute necessity of disquiet 167

XIII God may withdraw his protection 167

10 Aggravations of the Sin of Murmuring 170

I The greater the mercies the greater the sin of murmuring 170

II When we murmur for small things 176

III When men of gifts and abilities murmur 178

IV The freeness of God’s mercy 178

V When we have the things for the want of which we were discontented 178

VI When men are raised from a low position 179

VII When men have been great sinners 180

VIII When men are of little use in the world 180

IX When God is about to humble us 181

X When God’s hand is apparent in an Affliction 182

XI When God has afflicted us for a long time 183

11 The Excuses of a Discontented Heart 185

I ‘It is a sense of my condition’ 185

II ‘I am troubled for my sin’ 186

III ‘God withdraws himself from me’ 188

IV ‘It is men’s bad treatment that troubles me’ 190

V ‘I never expected this affliction’ 191

VI ‘My affliction is so great’ 192

VII ‘My affliction is greater than others’ 193

VIII ‘If the affliction were any other, I could be content’ 194

IX ‘My afflictions make me unserviceable to God’ 195

X ‘My condition is unsettled’ 199

XI ‘I have been in a better condition’ 202

XII ‘I am crossed after taking great pains’ 204

XIII ‘I do not break out in discontent’ 205

12 How to Attain Contentment 207

I Considerations to content the heart in any afflicted condition 207

1 The greatness of the mercies we have 207

2 God is beforehand with us with his mercies 208

3 The abundance of mercies God bestows 209

4 All creatures are in a vicissitude 209

5 The creatures suffer for us 210

6 We have but little time in the world 211

7 This has been the condition of our betters 211

8 We were content with the world without grace, and should be now with grace without the world 213

9 We did not give God the glory when we had our desires 213

10 The experience of God doing us good in afflictions 213

13 How to Attain Contentment-concluded 216

II Directions for attaining contentment 216

1 There must be grace to make the soul steady 216

2 Do not grasp too much of the world 216

3 Have a call to every business 217

4 Walk by rule 217

5 Exercise much faith 219

6 Labour to be spiritually-minded 219

7 Do not promise yourselves great things 220

8 Get hearts mortified to the world 221

II Directions for attaining contentment- continued

9 Do not pore too much on afflictions 222

10 Make a good interpretation of God’s ways to you 223

11 Do not regard the fancies of other men 225

12 Do not be inordinately taken up with the comforts of the world 226



(2) PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES by Thomas Brooks

Brooks treated the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a way greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day.

Brooks lists seven reasons for writing this book. The first reason is enough…Brooks says, “Satan hath a greater influence upon men, and higher advantages over them than they think he hath, and the knowledge of his high advantage is the highway to disappoint him, and to render the soul strong in resisting, and happy in conquering.

TABLE OF CENTENTS

Thomas Brooks – a Brief Biography 11

The Epistle Dedicatory 15

A Word to the Reader 21

Introduction 25

THE PROOF OF THE POINT 27

SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN

[12 devices and their remedies]

1 By presenting the bait and hiding the hook 29

2 By painting sin with virtue’s colours 34

3 By the extenuating and lessening of sin 38

4 By showing to the soul the best men’s sins and by hiding from the soul their virtues, their sorrows, and their repentance 45

5 By presenting God to the soul as One made up all of mercy 50

6 By persuading the soul that repentance is easy and that therefore the soul need not scruple about sinning 55

7 By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin 66

8 By representing to the soul the outward mercies enjoyed by men walking in sin, and their freedom from outward miseries 70

9 By presenting to the soul the crosses, losses, sorrows and sufferings that daily attend those who walk in the ways of holiness 79

10 By causing saints to compare themselves and their ways with those reputed to be worse than themselves 89

11 By polluting the souls and judgments of men with dangerous errors that lead to looseness and wickedness 92

12 By leading men to choose wicked company 99

SATAN’S DEVICES TO KEEP SOULS FROM HOLY DUTIES, TO HINDER SOULS IN HOLY SERVICES, TO KEEP THEM OFF FROM RELIGIOUS PERFORMANCES

[8 devices and their remedies]

1 By presenting the world in such a garb as to ensnare the soul 102

2 By presenting to the soul the dangers, losses and sufferings that accompany the performance of certain religious duties 112

3 By presenting to the soul the difficulty of performing religious duties 117

4 By causing saints to draw false inferences from the blessed and glorious things that Christ has done 122

5 By presenting to view the fewness and poverty of those who hold to religious practices 127

6 By showing saints that the majority of men make light of God’s ways and walk in the ways of their own hearts 133

7 By casting in vain thoughts while the soul is seeking God or waiting on God 135

8 By tempting Christians to rest in their performances 139

SATAN’S DEVICES TO KEEP SAINTS IN A SAD, DOUBTING, QUESTIONING AND UNCOMFORTABLE CONDITION

[8 devices and their remedies] 142

1 By causing saints to remember their sins more than their Saviour, yea, even to forget and neglect their Saviour 142

2 By causing saints to make false definitions of their graces 148

3 By causing saints to make false inferences from the cross actions of Providence 151

4 By suggesting to saints that their graces are not true, but counterfeit 154

5 By suggesting to saints that the conflict that is in them is found also in hypocrites and profane souls 162

6 By suggesting to the saint who has lost joy and comfort that his state is not good 167

7 By reminding the saint of his frequent relapses into sin formerly repented of and prayed against 171

8 By persuading saints that their state is not good nor their graces sound 176

SATAN’S DEVICES TO DESTROY AND ENSNARE ALL SORTS AND RANKS OF MEN IN THE WORLD

[5 devices and their remedies]

I DEVICES AGAINST THE GREAT AND HONOURABLE OF THE EARTH

1 By causing them to seek greatness, position, riches and security 183

2 By causing them to act against the people of the Most High 190

II DEVICE AGAINST THE LEARNED AND THE WISE 194

By moving them to pride themselves on their parts and abilities, and to despise men of greater grace but inferior abilities 194

III DEVICE AGAINST THE SAINTS

By dividing them and causing them to ‘bite and devour one another’ 198

IV DEVICE AGAINST POOR AND IGNORANT SOULS

By causing them to affect ignorance and to neglect and despise the means of knowledge 211

APPENDIX

TOUCHING FIVE MORE OF SATAN’S DEVICES 214

1 By suggesting to men the greatness and vileness of their sins 214

2 By suggesting to sinners their unworthiness 222

3 By suggesting to sinners their want of certain preparations and qualifications 224

4 By suggesting to sinners that Christ is unwilling to save them 228

5 By causing sinners to give more attention to the secret decrees and counsels of God than to their own duty 229

SEVEN CHARACTERS OF FALSE TEACHERS 230

SIX PROPOSITIONS CONCERNING SATAN AND HIS DEVICES 234

[Five reasons of the point added] 240

CONCLUSION – CHIEFLY, TEN SPECIAL HELPS AND RULES AGAINST SATAN’S DEVICES 243



(3) THE INCOMPARABLENESS OF GOD: In His Being, Attributes, Works and Word by George Swinnock

George Swinnock is one of the easiest Puritan authors to read. He is theological yet his doctrine is expressed in vivid fashion and, while he is practical, his counsel is marked by a keen sensitivity to the doctrines taught in Scripture. Thomas Manton commended his work as coming ‘from one both of a good head and heart.’ In this exposition of Psalm 89:6, which looks at the incomparable being, attributes, works, and word of God, Swinnock is not content to let the truth lie on the surface of the mind. He drives it home to the heart, using powerful arguments, colourful illustrations, and personal applications. His great desire is for the reader to come to know, enjoy and love the incomparable God of the Bible. ‘He who knows God aright is fully satisfied in him; when he once drinks of the “fountain of living waters,” he thirsts no more after other objects.’

‘The holiness and happiness of the rational creature consists in these two: his holiness, in conformity to God; his happiness, in communion with him. And these two have a dependence on each other. They only who are like him, can enjoy him.’

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Preface and Meaning of the Text of Psalm 89:6

2. God is Incomparable in His Being

3. The Incomparableness of God in His Being. It is From Itself, For Itself, and Wholly Independent

4. The Incomparableness of God in His Being, as He is Absolutely Perfect, Universal and Unchangeable

5. The Incomparableness of God in His Being, as it is Eternal and without Composition

6. The Incomparableness of God in His Being, as it is Infinite and Incomprehensible

7. The Incomparableness of God in His Attributes, in His Holiness and Wisdom

8. The Incomparableness of God in His Attributes, in His Knowledge and Faithfulness

9. The Incomparableness of God in His Attributes, in His Mercy and Patience

10. The Incomparableness of God in His Attributes, as they are From Him, are His Essence, as they are All One in Him, as they are in Him in an Infinite Manner

11. The Incomparableness of God in His Works, of Creation and Providence

12. The Incomparableness of God in His Work of Redemption; He Can Do All Things

13. The Incomparableness of God in the Manner of His Working: He Works Irresistibly, Arbitrarily

14. The Incomparableness of God in His Working, He does the Greatest Things with Ease and Without Help

15. The Incomparableness of God in His Word, He Speaks with Incomparable Authority, Condescension and Efficacy

16. The Incomparableness of God in His Word, in its Purity, Mysteries, Prophecies

17. The Incomparableness of God in His Word, as it is Converting, Affrighting and Comforting

18. If God be Incomparable, How Great is the Malignity of Sin, which Contemns, Dishonors and Opposes this God!

19. If God be Incomparable, How Great is the Madness and Misery of Impenitent Sinners!

20. If God be Incomparable, How Monstrous is Their Pride who Compare Themselves to the Incomparable God!

21. If God be Incomparable, then Incomparable Service and Worship is Due Him!

22. Labor for Acquaintance with the Incomparable God: Motives to it. The Knowledge of God is Sanctifying, Satisfying, Saving.

23. The Means of Acquaintance with God: A Sense of our Ignorance, Attendance on the Word; Fervent Prayer.

24, Exhortation to Choose This Incomparable God for our Portion; with some Motives to it.

25. Exhortation to Give God the Glory of His Incomparable Excellency; with Some Considerations to Enforce it.

26. Comfort to Them that have the Incomparable God for their Portion



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DAVID DICKSON (1583-1663)

Of all the books of Scripture, the Book of Psalms has ever occupied a foremost position in the experience of believers. For three thousand years it has nurtured infants, guided pilgrims, fired Reformers, inspired preachers, solaced martyrs, and comforted the aged. In those eras when the power of godliness has been most evident, the Psalms have been central in the life of the Church.

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David Dickson (1583-1663) was the son of a wealthy merchant in Glasgow. His early aspirations to enter the family business were diverted through an illness and a subsequently lengthy period of convalescence. The result was that he entered the University of Glasgow (then under Principal Robert Boyd) and prepared for the Christian ministry. Following graduation he remained in the University as a regent until, in 1618, he was called to the parish of Irvine in Ayrshire.

Deprived of his ministry in 1622 by the Bishop of Glasgow for his opposition to the Five Articles, he was banished for a year to Turriff in Aberdeenshire, but on his return was the instrument in the hand of God of numerous conversions. It was out of his pastoral experience that his famous manual of spiritual counsel, Therapeutica Sacra, was written.

In 1638 he was present at the famous Assembly which restored Presbyterian government in Scotland, and the following year was chosen Moderator of the Scottish Church. In 1640 he became Professor of Divinity in Glasgow, transferring to Edinburgh ten years later. During that period he played a considerable part in establishing vital, orthodox Christianity throughout the land. He helped to draw up the Directory for Public Worship, and with James Durham compiled The Sum of Saving Knowledge (a work instrumental in later years in the conversion of Robert Murray M’Cheyne).

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"One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word."

"When we make self the end of prayer, it is not worship but self-seeking."

"Excess in meat and drink clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. Many a man digs his own grave with his teeth."

"If you yield to Satan in the least, he will carry you further and further, till he has left you under a stupefied or terrified conscience: stupefied, till thou hast lost all thy tenderness. A stone at the top of a hill, when it begins to roll down, ceases not till it comes to the bottom. Thou thinkest it is but yielding a little, and so by degrees are carried on, till thou hast sinned away all thy profession, and all principles of conscience, by the secret witchery of his temptations."

"What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation. Constant thoughts are operative, and musing makes the fire burn. Green wood is not kindled by a flash or spark, but by constant blowing."

"First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it."

"Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world."

"Men in general do not live as if they looked to die; and therefore do not die as if they looked to live."

"The more affected we are with our misery, the fitter for Christ's mercy."

"We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not. So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite."

"If a man would lead a happy life, let him but seek a sure object for his trust, and he shall be safe: "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." He hath laid up his confidence in God, therefore his heart is kept in an equal poise."

"We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not. So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite."

"The end of study is information, and the end of meditation is practice, or a work upon the affections. Study is like a winter sun that shines, but warms not: but meditation is like a blowing upon the fire, where we do not mind the blaze, but the heat. The end of study is to hoard up truth; but of meditation to lay it forth in conference or holy conversation."

"Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised."

“You would think it strange of two people who conversed every day for forty or fifty years, but all this while did not know one another; yet this is the case between us and our souls; we live a long time in this world but are strangers to ourselves.”

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CALVIN THE PREACHER WAS CALVIN AT HIS VERY BEST.

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"Calvin was preeminently a preacher, and as a preacher he saw himself primarily as a Bible teacher. Calvin is hardly thought of in this way today. He is best known for his greatly influential 'Institutes of the Christian Religion,' not for his preaching, yet he spent most of his time and effort preaching two sermons on Sunday and usually every day of the week (Monday through Friday) on alternate weeks. It is a delight to have these sermons available again." - James M. Boice

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John Calvin is generally thought of as the greatest theologian of the Protestant Reformation or as a gifted Bible commentator whose insights into the text of Scripture are still highly valued today. Yet it is not widely known that the greatest obligation Calvin felt was not to his fellow scholars, nor even to his students, but to the ordinary people - citizens of Geneva and persecuted refugees, shopkeepers and merchants, the young and the old - who crowded St Peter's church no less than ten times a fortnight to listen to his sermons in French.

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Thomas Watson

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(1) ALL THINGS FOR GOOD: A Practical Exposition of Romans 8:28

Thomas Watson’s book All Things For Good provides the biblical answer to the contemporary question; Why do bad things happen to good people?

Thomas Watson, the 17th century minister of St. Stephen’s Walbrook, believed he faced two great difficulties in his pastoral ministry. The first was making the unbeliever sad, in the recognition of his need of God’s grace. The second was making the believer joyful in response to God’s grace. He believed the answer to the second difficulty could be found in Paul’s teaching in Romans 8.28: God works all things together for good for his people.

First published in 1663 (under the title A Divine Cordial), the year after Watson and some two thousand other ministers were ejected from the Church of England and exposed to hardship and suffering, All Things For Good contains the rich exposition of a man who lived when only faith in God’s Word could lead him to such confidence.

Thomas Watson’s exposition is always simple, illuminating and rich in practical application. He explains that both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God’s people. He carefully analyses what it means to be someone who ‘loves God’ and is ‘called according to his purpose’.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Extract from Preface of 1663 8

Introduction 9

1 THE BEST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 13

1) The attributes of God

2) The promises of God

3) The mercies of God

4) The graces of the Spirit

5) The angels of God

6) The communion of Saints

7) The intercession of Christ

8) The prayers of Saints

2 THE WORST THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 25

1) The evil of affliction.

2) The evil of temptation.

3) The evil of desertion.

4) The evil of sin.

3 WHY ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD TO THE GODLY 52

1) The reason why all things work for good.

2) Inferences from this proposition.

4 OF LOVE TO GOD 66

1) The nature of love.

2) The ground of love.

3) The kinds of love.

4) The properties of love.

5) The degrees of love.

Use: A reproof to those who do not love God

5 THE TESTS OF LOVE TO GOD 74

6 AN EXHORTATION TO LOVE GOD 88

1) An exhortation to become lovers of God – twenty motives for loving God.

2) An exhortation to preserve your love to God.

3) An exhortation to increase your love to God.

7 EFFECTUAL CALLING 104

1) A distinction about calling.

2) Our condition before we are called.

3) The means of our effectual calling.

4) The method God uses in calling sinners.

5) The properties of this effectual calling.

6) The end of effectual calling.

Use: An exhortation to make your calling sure.

8 EXHORTATIONS TO THEM WHO ARE CALLED 119

1) Admire God’s free grace.

2) Pity those who are not yet called.

3) Walk worthy of your high calling.

9 CONCERNING GOD’S PURPOSE 124

1) God’s purpose is the cause of salvation.

2) God’s purpose is the ground of assurance.



(2) THE GODLY MAN'S PICTURE: Drawn with a Scripture Pencil

Few preachers in the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustration and a pleasant style. Watson is remembered chiefly for his posthumously published Body of Practical Divinity (reprinted by Solid Ground in One Volume). But his extant sermons also include this marvelous series on the character of the Christian – The Godly Man’s Picture. It is, as C.H. Spurgeon said of his other work, ‘a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom’.

Watson is always the essence of sanity and reliability. But in addition, this work shows how attractive the grace of God is. Christians of all stages, reading it for the first time, will feel as if they have entered the gallery of a great portrait painter. As his sub-title suggests, Watson works with ‘a Scripture pencil’ in this priceless sketch of the true believer.

SINCLAIR FERGUSON said, "If a poll were to be taken of Puritan writers who have been especially helpful to Christians in the past fifty years, Thomas Watson's name would undoubtedly appear frequently. His exposition is as attractive as it is easy to follow, and as worship-producing as edifying."

TABLE OF CONTENTS

To the Reader 1

1 ‘For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee’ (Psa. 32:6) 3

2 Expounding the Nature of Godliness 7

3 A Reproof to Such as are Only Pretenders to Godliness 11

4 Showing the Characteristics of a Godly Man

(i) A Man of Knowledge 17

(ii) A Man Moved by Faith 26

(iii) A Man Fired with Love 28

(iv) A Man Like God 30

(v) A Man Careful About the Worship of God 34

(vi) A Man Who Serves God not Men 36

(vii) A Man Who Prizes Christ 44

(viii) A Man Who Weeps 56

(ix) A Man Who Loves the Word 61

(x) A Man Who Has the Spirit of God Residing in Him 69

(xi) A Man of Humility 80

(xii) A Man of Prayer 91

(xiii) A Man of Sincerity 101

(xiv) A Heavenly Man 108

(xv) A Zealous Man 118

(xvi) A Patient Man 126

(xvii) A Thankful Man 136

(xviii) A Man Who Loves the Saints 148

(xix) A Man Who Does Not Indulge Himself in Any Sin 156

(xx) A Man Who is Good in His Relationships 165

(xxi) A Man Who Does Spiritual Things in a Spiritual Manner 173

(xxii) A Man Thoroughly Trained in Religion 179

(xxiii) A Man Who Walks With God 188

(xxiv) A Man Who Strives to Be an Instrument for Making Others Godly 198

5 Two Conclusions About the Characteristics of a Godly Man 205

6 An Exhortation to Godliness 207

(i) Let Men Seriously Weigh Their Misery While They Remain in a State of Ungodliness 208

(ii) What Rare Persons the Godly Are 212

(iii) To Strive for Godliness is Most Rational 218

(iv) The Excellence of Godliness 219

(v) There Are Only a Few Godly 222

(vi) Consider How Vain and Contemptible Other Things Are, About Which Persons Void of Godliness Busy Themselves 222

7 Prescribing Some Helps to Godliness 223

8 An Exhortation to Persevere in Godliness 227

9 Motives to Persevere in Godliness 235

10 Counsel for the Godly 241

11 Comfort to the Godly 243

12 Showing the Mystic Union between Christ and the Saints 263



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(3) THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE: A Classic Treatise on a Vital but Oft-Neglected Subject

A good case could be made out for believing that ‘repentance’ is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.

The Epistle to the Reader 7

A Preliminary Discourse 11

Counterfeit Repentance 15

The Nature of True Repentance (1) 18

The Nature of True Repentance (2) 39

The Reasons Enforcing Repentance, with a Warning to the Impenitent 59

A Serious Exhortation to Repentance 63

Powerful Motives to Repentance 76

Exhortations to Speedy Repentance 86

The Trial of Our Repentance, and Comfort for the Penitent 93

The Removing of the Impediments to Repentance 99

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(1): Serious Consideration 106

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(2): Compare Penitent and Impenitent Conditions 119



(4) THE LORD'S SUPPER: A Mirror to Gaze on the Sufferings and Death of Christ

To Thomas Watson, the Lord’s Supper was a visible sermon, a mirror in which to gaze on the sufferings and death of Christ. ‘God, to help our faith, does not only give us an audible Word, but a visible sign.’ But more than this, the Supper was a time in which to partake of the benefits of Christ’s death by faith, to be fed and cherished by the Lord in his own banqueting house, and to obtain a foretaste of the glory which will be fully realized only in heaven. Watson’s aim was to stimulate greater love to Christ in His people, and to enhance their appreciation of the Supper as a spiritual feast for all believers. His fine exposition shows the rich provision made in the Supper for all who love the Lord, while it also lays bare the emptiness of all mere sacramentalism.

Epistle to the Reader vii

Publisher’s Foreword ix

1 The Mystery of the Lord’s Supper 1

2 The Consecration of the Elements 7

3 The Benefits of the Lord’s Supper 16

4 Christ’s Love Displayed in the Sacrament 22

5 The Broken Body of Christ 28

6 The Blood of Christ 33

7 Self-Examination 39

8 True and False Faith 48

9 Objections against Coming to the Sacrament 60

10 Thankfulness to God 74

11 Comforts to Believers, and Warnings to Unbelievers 79



(5) THE GREAT GAIN OF GODLINESS: or Religion Our True Interest

C.H. Spurgeon had a well-stocked library of around 12,000 volumes. However, one rare book was not to be found amongst that valuable collection: Thomas Watson on Malachi 3:16-18. With a note of sadness in his voice he said to his College students: ‘This volume would be a great find if we could come at it, for Watson is one of the clearest and liveliest of Puritan authors. We fear we shall never see this commentary, for we have tried to obtain it, and tried in vain’.

In this reset and lightly edited edition you can now read the book that was on Spurgeon’s ‘wish-list’! The Great Gain of Godliness is Watson’s exposition of Malachi 3:16-18. In it he aims ‘to encourage solid piety and confute the atheists of the world, who imagine there is no gain in godliness.’ This book has all the hallmarks of Thomas Watson’s other writings: a combination of rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, and sane practical wisdom coupled with fascinating illustrations and a very pleasant style.

Author’s Preface vii

Publisher’s Preface ix

PART ONE

THE CHARACTER OF THE GODLY

1 Holding Fast in Evil Days 3

2 The Godly and the Fear of God 12

3 Reasons to Fear God 17

4 Walking in the Fear of God 19

5 The Excellence of the Fear of God 25

6 Is the Fear of God in Our Hearts? 37

7 The Godly Should Speak of God 62

8 The Godly Should Meditate on God’s Name 76

PART TWO

THE GOOD EFFECTS OF GODLINESS

9 God Regards the Piety of His People 95

10 God Records the Piety of His People 101

11 God Rewards the Piety of His People 111

12 God Rewards His People by Owning Them 119

13 God Rewards His People by Honouring Them 126

14 God Rewards His People by Sparing Them 141

15 The Righteous and the Wicked Discerned 150

16 A Consolation in Affliction 155

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