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Lord’s Day 3, 2019

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”


Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns?

—Romans 8:33–34

Hymn VIII.
The Propitiation.


Thy anger, for what I have done,
The gospel forbids me to fear:
My sins thou hast charg’d on thy Son:
Thy justice to him I refer:
Be mindful of Jesus and me!
My pardon he suffer’d to buy;
And what he procur’d on the tree,
For me he demands in the sky.

The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady: To the Holy Spirit (Sprinkle Publications, 1987).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: One There Is

One There Is Above All Others GODESBERG One there is, above all others, well deserves the name of Friend; His is love beyond a brother’s, costly, free, and knows no end; they who once His kindness prove, find it everlasting love! Which of all our friends to save us, could or would have shed their blood? But our Jesus died to have us reconciled in Him to God; this was boundless love indeed! Jesus is a Friend in need. Men, when raised to lofty stations, often know their friends no more; slight and scorn their poor relations though they valued them before. But our Savior always owns those whom He redeemed with groans. When He lived on earth abased, Friend of sinners was His name; now, above all glory raised, He rejoices in the same; still He calls them brethren, friends, and to all their wants attends. Could we bear from one another what He daily bears from us? Yet this glorious Friend and Brother loves us though we treat Him thus; though for good we render ill, He accounts us brethren still. O for grace our hearts to soften! Teach us, Lord, at length to love; we, alas! forget too often what a Friend we have above; but when home our souls are brought, we will love Thee as we ought. —Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017). The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

Joe thought robbing the Skate and Surf Shop, while not making a huge haul, would at least be fairly easy and low-risk. However, as he approached the store in the dark of night, he saw a sight that made his blood run cold. It was a young man, twenty-something, long blonde hair swept back, wearing baggy shorts, Hawaiian shirt, and shades, riding on the back of the most enormous German Shepherd Joe had ever seen. Only then did he notice the warning he should have seen earlier in the week when he was casing the joint—a small blue-and-white sign in the store window which read, “guard dude on doggy.”

Go Tell Your Father

Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 18:3 Are ye God’s children? Are ye converted and become like little children? Then deal with God as your little children do with you. As soon as ever they want anything, or if anybody hurt them, I appeal to yourselves if they do not directly run to their parent. Well, are ye God’s children? Doth the devil trouble you? Doth the world trouble you? Go tell your Father of it, go directly and complain to God. Perhaps you may say, I cannot utter fine words. But do any of you expect fine words from your children? If they come crying and can speak but half words, do not your hearts yearn over them? And has not God unspeakably more pity to you? If ye can only make signs to him, ‘As a father pitieth his children, so will the Lord pity them that fear him.’ I pray you therefore be bold with your Father, saying, ‘Abba, Father,’ Satan troubles me, the world troubles me, my own mother’s children are angry with me. Heavenly Father, plead my cause! The Lord will then speak for you some way or other. —George Whitefield, “Marks of a True Conversion” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:397–398.

O Blissful Moment!

Last night, a precious saint and member of our church lost a battle, but, by the grace of God in Christ, won the war. He has fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith. He has now received his crown of righteousness (1 Timothy 4:7–8). He was a godly man, an encouraging example of faith, and I am grateful to have known him. As I have thought of little else today, this hymn has been a source of joy in the midst of grief. Face to Face Face to face with Christ, my Savior, Face to face—what will it be— When with rapture I behold Him, Jesus Christ Who died for me? Refrain Face to face I shall behold Him, Far beyond the starry sky; Face to face in all His glory, I shall see Him by and by. Only faintly now I see Him, With the darkling veil between; But a blessed day is coming When His glory shall be seen. Refrain What rejoicing in His presence When are banished grief and pain; When the crooked ways are straightened And the dark things shall be plain. Refrain Face to face! O blissful moment! Face to face—to see and know; Face to face with my Redeemer, Jesus Christ Who loves me so. Refrain For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. —1 Corinthians 13:12

To Become Like a Child

Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 18:3 I now proceed to show in what sense we are really to understand the words, that we must be converted and become like little children. The Evangelist tell us, ‘that the disciples at this time came unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ These disciples had imbibed the common prevailing notion, that the Lord Jesus Christ was to be a temporal prince. They dreamed of nothing but being ministers of state, of sitting on Christ’s right hand in his kingdom and lording it over God’s people. They thought themselves qualified for state offices, as generally ignorant people are apt to conceive of themselves. Well, say they, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ Which of us shall have the chief management of public affairs? A pretty question for a few poor fishermen, who scarcely knew how to drag their nets to shore, much less how to govern a kingdom. Our Lord, therefore, in the 2nd verse, to mortify them, calls a little child and sets him in the midst of them. This action was as much as if our Lord had said, ‘Poor creatures! Your imaginations are very towering; you dispute who shall be greatest in the kingdom of heaven; I will make this little child preach to you, or I will preach to you by him. Verily I say unto you (I who am truth itself, I know in what manner my subjects are to enter into my kingdom; I say unto you, ye are so far from being in a right temper for my kingdom, that) except ye be converted and become as this little child, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (unless ye are, comparatively speaking, as loose to the world, as loose to crowns, sceptres and kingdoms and earthly things, as this poor little child I have in my hand) ye shall not enter into my kingdom.’ So that what our Lord is speaking of is not the innocency of little children, if you consider the relation they stand in to God and as they are in themselves when brought into the world. But what our Lord means is that as to ambition and lust after the world we must in this sense become as little children. . . . Now in this sense we must be converted and become as little children, that is, we must be as loose to the world, comparatively speaking, as a little child. . . . When our Lord says, we must be converted and become as little children, I suppose he means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child. . . . Are little children sensible of their weakness? Must they be led by the hand? Must we take hold of them or they will fall? So, if we are converted, if the grace of God be really in our hearts, my dear friends, however we may have thought of ourselves once, whatever were our former high exalted imaginations, yet we shall now be sensible of our weakness. . . . And as little children look upon themselves to be ignorant creatures, so those that are converted do look upon themselves as ignorant too. Hence it is, that John speaking to Christians calls them little children: ‘I have written unto you, little children.’ . . . Hence that great man . . . the Apostle Paul, when he speaks of himself, says, ‘Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.’ . . . And as a little child is looked upon as an harmless creature and generally speaks true so, if we are converted and become as little children, we shall be guileless as well as harmless. What said the dear Redeemer when he saw Nathanael? As though it was a rare sight he gazed upon and would have others gaze upon it: ‘Behold an Israelite indeed.’ Why so? ‘In whom is no guile.’ Do not mistake me, I am not saying that Christians ought not to be prudent. They ought exceedingly to pray to God for prudence, otherwise they may follow the delusions of the devil and by their imprudence give wrong touches to the ark of God. . . . We should pray for the wisdom of the serpent, though we shall generally learn this wisdom by our blunders and imprudence. And we must make some advance in Christianity before we know our imprudence. —George Whitefield, “Marks of a True Conversion” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:390–393.

Whitefield on Original Sin

Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 18:3 Though the doctrine of original sin is a doctrine written in such legible characters in the word of God that he who runs may read it; and though, I think, everything without us and everything within us, plainly proclaims that we are fallen creatures; though the very heathens, who had no other light but the dim light of unassisted reason, complained of this, for they felt the wound and discovered the disease but were ignorant of the cause of it; yet there are too many persons of those who have been baptized in the name of Christ, that dare to speak against the doctrine of original sin and are angry with those ill-natured ministers who paint man in such black colours. Say they, ‘It cannot be that children come into the world with the guild of Adam’s sin lying upon them.’ Why? Desire them to prove it from Scripture and they will urge this very text, our Lord tells us, ‘Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’ Now their argument runs thus, ‘It is implied in the words of the text, that little children are innocent and that they come into the world like a mere blank piece of white paper, otherwise our Lord must argue absurdly, for he could never pretend to say, that we must be converted and be made like wicked creatures; that would be no conversion.’ But, my dear friends, this is to make Jesus Christ speak what he never intended and what cannot be deduced from his words. That little children are guilty, I mean, that they are conceived and born in sin, is plain from the whole tenor of the book of God. David was a man after God’s own heart, yet, says he, ‘I was conceived in sin.’ Jeremiah speaking of every one’s heart, says, ‘the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things.’ God’s servants unanimously declare (and Paul cites it from one of them) ‘that we are altogether now become abominable, altogether gone out of the way of original righteousness, there is not one of us that doeth good (by nature), no not one.’ And I appeal to any of you that are mothers and fathers, if ye do not discern original sin or corruption in your children, as soon as they come into the world. And as they grow up, if ye do not discover self-will and an aversion to goodness. What is the reason your children are so averse to instruction but because they bring enmity into the world with them, against a good and gracious God? So then, it is plain from scripture and fact that children are born in sin and consequently that they are children of wrath. . . . If any charge God with injustice for imputing Adam’s sin to a little child, behold we have gotten a second Adam, to bring our children to him. Therefore, when our Lord says, ‘unless ye are converted and become as little children,’ we are not to understand, as though our Lord would insinuate, that little children are perfectly innocent. . . . Little children are innocent, compare them with grown people. But take them as they are and as they come into the world, they have hearts that are sensual and minds which are carnal. —George Whitefield, “Marks of a True Conversion” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:388–389.

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