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WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE A CHRISTIAN ?

WHY DO YOU NEED TO BE A CHRISTIAN ?

Many do not understand what a Christian is !

There are lots stereotypes of what people think a Christian is that entirely miss the point.

Christians are not perfect goody goodies.

Christians accept that they are sinners, they have failed to Love God as they ought, they have broken God’s rules, they have fallen short of God’s expectations, they have made bad mistakes, they are no better than anyone else.

What is the difference then ? How are they Christians ?

They were Spiritually dead, without God and without hope, like we all were and most are.

BUT

Christians have been found by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, taken into the fold, and been saved by His Grace and Goodness alone.

They have been forgiven because Jesus Christ took their place and suffered on the Cross for them.

They are forgiven and accepted by God because of what Jesus Christ has done for them.

They, as Christians, are now followers of Christ Jesus.

They have not become perfect, but have a real relationship with Jesus Christ.

Why do you need to be a Christian?

BECAUSE YOU are eternally lost if you are not,
with…… NO Saviour, NO Salvation, and NO Hope.

Why not start reading John’s Gospel in the Bible.
You can ask here if you do not understand anything.

© Jeff Maxwell 2018(Rev.2020)

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to seek Him above…
who sought me.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to acknowledge Him…
who found me.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to let God’s Spirit…
guide my life.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to reflect in life…
Jesus Christ.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to pray fervently…
constantly.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to live a pure life…
in God’s sight.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to live the new life…
before all.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to increase talents…
I received.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to preach Gospel truth …
to the lost.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to always practice…
what I preach.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to bring some succour…
to the poor.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to encourage all…
Christ’s brethren.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to bring constant praise..
to our God.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to ever prepare…
to meet God.

All my Life should be…
a God Glorifying…
opportunity…
to humbly give thanks…
EVERMORE.

© Jeff Maxwell 6th April 2018

FRIENDSHIP

FRIENDSHIP

Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion.”
Thomas Brooks

He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.
Abraham Kuyper

By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable
Jeremy Taylor

He that forgets his friend is ungrateful to him; but he that forgets his Saviour is unmerciful to himself.
John Bunyan

I am convinced, by the way, that friendships provide the most fertile soil for evangelism. When the reality of Christ is introduced into a relationship of love and trust that has already been established, the effect is powerful. And it seems that invariably, when someone becomes a true follower of Christ, that person’s first impulse is to want to find a friend and introduce that friend to Christ.
John MacArthur

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
Oswald Chambers

Show me a man’s books and show me a man’s companions–and I will tell you what sort of a man he is.
William Tiptaft

Love is friendship set on fire.
Jeremy Taylor

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
E B Browning

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Christ Jesus is that FRIEND (of Sinners) that stays closer than a brother.

YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME … John 15:16

John 15:16

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

This verse, especially the first part of it, is often quoted in support of God’s Decree of Election proper, while the context  is of being chosen disciples (v 8), appointed Apostles, preachers of the Gospel (v 27).

This work is God’s free gift to them out of undeserved grace and favour; to live out and preach the Gospel.
The main thrust of the verse and indeed most the chapter, is that they “go and bring forth fruit and that their fruit should remain” this is what they have been chosen to and appointed to bring forth.

They should earnestly engage in the work God has given them, they must labour and toil to make Christ known and bring forth fruit that will remain. What fruit ? Fruit in their own lives as they abide in the vine, then the fruit of the Gospel, lives transformed by the message that is preached. Hearts of stone changed to hearts of flesh having the love of God shed abroad in their hearts.

Another fruit of the Gospel is obedience to the Lord’s commands specifically in this context it is to love one another as He has loved us (v 12 & 17). The quality of that love is to be the same as His love for us. The example is this  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (v 13) and you are my friends if you do what I command you (v 14) Christ’s life, that He laid down, is the supreme example of this love.

Now there are three immediate applications for this love,

firstly love among those who preach the Gospel, sometimes not evident today,

secondly love to those who respond to and believe the Gospel, a love for the brethren.

Lastly love to all whom the Gospel is preached, in reality love for mankind, even those who are naturally hard to love. Are we bringing forth this fruit ?

Now we must remember that although they are appointed to bring forth fruit that remains, it is not in their power to produce fruit in their own lives or to produce fruit for the Gospel or fruit in the lives of men or women.

They must abide in the vine, they must be diligent, faithful labourers, working together with God, waiting and expecting God the Father to give the increase and the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in their lives and in the lives of men and women. This is why the last clause is included  “that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”

Producing fruit of the Gospel in themselves and in the lives of men or women is impossible for them or us; But the Lord graciously adds the promise to ask of Him and He will give it them and indeed us.

So they must be diligent in asking God, but be careful why and how they do it,  “you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3)

How many disciples today and preachers of the Gospel  seem to want the fruit of the Spirit in their lives to boost their own standing and egos. ?

How many long for much increase for the Gospel so that they may “Profit” out of  and “Lord” it over what is God’s heritage ?

How many are there who humbly long for fruit in their own lives, fruit from Gospel proclamation, and fruit in the lives of believers ? how many are there who plead with God constantly for this ? and with no other motive than the Glory of God.

© Jeff Maxwell March 16th 2016

Lord continue to work in me and bring forth fruit to thy Glory. Amen.

” I ” LIVE; YET NOT ” I “

” I ”    LIVE; YET NOT   ” I “

I …   often sin

I …   often fail

I …   often fall short

I …   often miss the mark

I …   do these things

But   ” I “

I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I,

but Christ lives in me:

and the life which I now live 

in the flesh 

I live by the faith

of the Son of God,

who loved me,

and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

 

CHRIST  MAKES  ALL  THE  DIFFERENCE !

 

Because as Patrick Hamilton wrote ….

“Christ is the Saviour of the world. 

Christ is our Saviour. 

Christ died for us. 

Christ died for our sins. 

Christ offered himself for us. 

Christ bear our sins upon his back. 

Christ bought us with his blood. 

Christ washed us with his blood. 

Christ came in the world to save sinners. 

Christ came in the world to take away our sins. 

Christ was the price that was given for us and for our sins. 

Christ was made debtor for our sins. 

Christ hath paid our debt, for he died for us. 

Christ hath made satisfaction for us and for our sin. 

Christ is our righteousness. 

Christ is our wisdom. 

Christ is our sanctification. 

Christ is our redemption. 

Christ is our satisfaction. 

Christ is our goodness. 

Christ hath pacified the Father of Heaven. 

Christ is ours, and all his. 

Christ hath delivered us from the law, from the devil, and hell. 

The Father of Heaven hath forgiven us for Christ’s sake.”

(Patrick Hamilton 1503/4 – 29 February 1528
Burnt for his faith in St Andrews
Patrick’s Places —  THE DOCTRINE OF THE GOSPEL.)

IT IS NOT ” I ”    ….    But   CHRIST

Let me ask YOU is Christ for you ? or are YOU at war with HIM ?

Can YOU say ” I am crucified with Christ ” ? ? ?

 

© Jeff Maxwell Feb 2016

 

Making Christ known.

Making Christ known.

Christians are called to be Ambassadors for Christ, to Live, Preach, Share, Make Known the Gospel to all.

More over we are to earnestly contend for the Faith which was once delivered unto the Saints. If you don’t know what the Bible teaches how can you do these things ?

Error abounds today as it has always done,

Have we equipped ourselves ?

Have we a firm grasp upon the doctrines within the Word ?

Have we protected ourselves from being led astray by every peddler of false doctrine ?

Do we know how to answer every man that asks us the reason of the hope that we have ?

We will not have every answer immediately to hand but do we know where to point the serious, the gainsayer, and the heretic ?

We are servants of the Most High GOD who have been given talents and told to occupy until HE comes and who will be called to give account.

How will you or I feel if the verse below is true of us on any day….. but especially on that day when we meet our Saviour face to face ?

“Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king’s household.” 2 Kings 7:9

Rather may this be true of us! ……..

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.  1 Thess. 1:8

Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Cor. 2:14

Be prepared, be ready, be enthusiastic, go and make Christ Jesus known!

The disciples “turned the world upside down”

 Why do the vast amount of true Christians (not false professors) have so little effect today ?

God does not change.

 

© Jeff Maxwell 2016

REJECTION

 REJECTION

At some point in our lives all of us have felt rejected in some degree or other.
Some people feel rejected with a real reason for it. Some people feel rejected all the time, mostly, without justification.

When feeling rejected we need to make a very honest evaluation of why we feel this way.

We need to examine ourselves firstly, being honest if we are responsible for the situation and quickly making  amends, putting the situation right, if we can. Secondly, if we find the responsibility belongs elsewhere, to someone else, we need to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving, and again, make moves towards reconciliation. Thirdly, if we find there is no basis for feeling this way we should speak forcibly to ourselves and reject these feelings.

When thinking about rejection, to be sure, almost certainly, we have to admit, we have rejected others or caused them to feel rejection, because of our attitudes. We may be totally unaware that we have done this, but, if and when it is made known to us, we need to take immediate steps to remedy the situation. The worse thing for us is to have caused rejection and never to be aware of it, for then there is no possibility of reconciliation.

When considering our relationship with God it is absolutely certain that we are responsible for the separation between us and God.

Behold your sins have made a separation between you and your God and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2.

The worse thing for us is, having caused this separation, this barrier, the worse thing for us, is to be unaware of it. Many do not consider  their relationship to God, see no fault in themselves concerning it, and have no desire for a  relationship with God, so never seek reconciliation. This is the worst situation to be in because they will always be separated from God.

Some readily acknowledge there is a problem between themselves and God, so make every effort to put the situation right. They fail miserably because it is not possible for us to make amendment for our sins when dealing with God. Some struggle for years to resolve this problem by themselves, but always fail, so come to a place of despair or give up. This is a bad situation to be in as there never will be a reconciliation on this basis.

The best situation to be in, is to realise that there is a problem in our relationship with God, and seek a reconciliation with God, while admitting our total inability to make any restitution for sin.

God is well aware that there is a problem and from our point of view, an insurmountable problem. He knows the responsibility lies with us, He knows our inability to put things right, and yet He desires a reconciliation with us.

God is Kind, Compassionate and Forgiving, so desires a reconciliation, but He cannot simply overlook our sins and iniquities. That would offend His Holiness and Justice, there must be grounds, a justification for Him to forgive and restore a right relationship between ourselves and Himself.

Because He knows our inability He has acted to remedy this situation. He has reached out in Love and Compassion towards us. He has provided a way of Justification and Reconciliation, but this has been at great cost to Himself.
You see He sent His only Son to seek and to save those that are lost, indeed those who are dead in trespasses and sins, who have no strength to move towards God. His Son took their place and bare in His body their sins on the tree at Calvary. He took their punishment and opened a door for Reconciliation so that God could be just and the justifier of him that believes in Jesus.*

To have a right relationship with God you need Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, to believe in His (Jesus’) righteousness for the remission of sins, and the restoration of that right relationship with the Father.

God the Father has reached out, desiring reconciliation with us, having made the way possible through the death of His Son Jesus Christ, will you respond to His gracious offer of Mercy and Reconciliation ?

* Romans 3:21-26

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 © Jeff Maxwell January 2015

FLEEING TO CHRIST Rev G B Cheever

Let us flee to Christ, and, by His Grace, live the life of righteousness, and so our last end shall be like His !

Of true peace in death there is no possibility but by being in Christ: but even the peace of a true Christian may be greatly obscured and troubled if he has been willing to live at a distance from His Saviour.

But where the soul is in Christ, relying on His precious blood and righteousness, and the affections are habitually fixed upon the things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God, then indeed dying is but going home; and such blessedness is worth all the daily watchfulness in life, that can possible be given for it.

Such blessedness makes the soul live on the borders of Heaven, in the Land Beulah; for to be in the land Beulah is to be spiritually minded, and that is the secret of all the blessed visions to be seen in that land.

“To be spiritually minded is life and peace;”  and they who are eminently so, are eminently happy. Nor is any labour to be accounted painful, in comparison to the sweetness of so resting upon God.

The way of blessedness may be trying, the steps taken may cost much self denial, but the results are unspeakably glorious and delightful.

Nor is there any happiness to be compared with that which is to be enjoyed by a growing Christian, a saint, whose life is truly hid with Christ in God. The happiness of walking with God daily is very great.

It is blessedness to breathe after God, to hunger and thirst after righteousness, and to long for the communication of His Spirit. It is blessed to feel with the Psalmist that the soul thirsts for God, thrice blessed to cry out  “As the hart pants for the water-brook so pants my soul after Thee, O God !”

If the experience of such desires be blessed, much more is the fruition of them, when God reveals himself to the soul that waits on Him. “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

A watchful earnest attention to the increase of one’s personal piety, makes every part of the Christian’s experience animated and delightful . There is a divine relish in all the exercises of the Christian life, a savour of Heaven, a foretaste of the enjoyments of the saints in glory.

The Word of God is precious, the duty of prayer is precious, the vision of faith is clear and strong, and heavenly realities come in with vivid power upon the soul, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keeps the heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. He will hold it up to their view, unfold its rich blessings in their sight, and show them that they have a part and a place in it. He will open and expound its glories, its glories of wisdom and knowledge in the revelation of Christ, its glories of spiritual things, into which the angels desire to look, its glories in the purchased possession of the saints and the riches of their heavenly inheritance, amid the wonders of that infinite love, by which such celestial, everlasting treasures were procured.

All this, and infinitely more than can be described, is the heritage of them that fear the Lord, that rest upon the Saviour, and who earnestly endeavour, renouncing every sin, to maintain daily that close walk with him which he requires, and to follow on after that perfection, which he has exhibited as the only right standard of the soul.

Is not this a life to be chosen, to be greatly desired, to be laboured after with exceeding great diligence, perseverance and earnestness ? Is it not worth a great deal of self-denial and fervent energy in prayer, and a great deal of time given to the, Word of God, and to all the secret exercises of the Christian life ?

Is it not worth a great many sacrifices of external ease and comfort, if that were necessary, and of external business, if that presses too urgently ? Is it not worth every thing, and are not all things else laid in the balance with it empty and worthless ?

Is it not the pearl of great price which he that is wise will readily sell all that he hath to be master of; the one thing needful, for the attainment of which all other things may well be given up, and forgotten as of no moment?

Yea, it is the kingdom of God and his righteousness, without which the universe cannot make you happy, but with which all things else shall be added unto you. Give what God will, without that you are poor, but with that rich, take what He will away. For when He gives himself, He gives all blessings.

Who would not rather be the poorest wanderer that walks the earth, the most down trodden and despised outcast of creation, and have his daily meals at God’s spiritual table, his daily walks with his Redeemer, his daily visits of refreshment at the full fountain of his love, than without that refreshment to possess the riches of all kingdoms, or be the worshipped idol of the world .

Yea, who would not rather be perishing for want of daily bread, or begging from door to door, if that were necessary, and yet daily faithful in prayer, growing in grace, and having his life hid with Christ in God, than surrounded with all affluence and at ease amidst all luxuries, and yet living in that worldly frame and at that distance from the Saviour, and in that gloomy coldness of spirit, which worldly prosperity, without great secret diligence in walking with God, so invariably produces !

 

Rev G B Cheever.  

Lectures on the Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)

Extracted and typed by Jeff Maxwell

 

 

 

 

CHRIST IS ABOVE ALL

CHRIST JESUS

Christ has come to us that we might come to Him.

Christ has many joint heirs, but no successors.

Christ in the heart is better than corn in the barn.

Christ in the heart is Heaven on earth.

Christ is a great Saviour for great sinners.

Christ is a physician who asks no fees.

Christ is all in all to all His people.

                   “My Christ, he is the heaven of heavens:

                          My Christ what shall I call?

                  My Christ is first, my Christ is last,

                         My Christ is all in all ………………………………………… Mason

Christ has gone from our sight, but abides in our hearts.

Christ is in all believers and all believers are in Christ.

Christ is not loved at all, if not loved, above all.

Christ is our adornment, as well as our atonement.

Christ is the hope of our glory, and the glory of our hope.

Christ is our mercy, merit, myrrh, and our mirror.

Christ is our patron and our pattern.

Christ is preparing saints for heaven, and heaven for saints.

Christ is the souls sole solace.

                 “I have heard the voice of Jesus,

                       Tell me not of ought beside;

                 I have seen the face of Jesus.

                        All my soul is satisfied.

Christ sends none away empty but those who are full of themselves.

Christ sweetens our comforts and sanctifies our crosses.

Christ’s crimson blood cleanses crimson sins.

Christ was born a man that we might be born again.

Christ’s merit covers our demerit.

Christ pleads for us above, let us plead for him bellow..

Christ receives the Devil’s castaways.

Christ may wait long, but he will not wait forever.

C H Spurgeon ( The Salt Cellars 1889  vol 1 A-L  page 111 Et seq.)

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THE GOODNESS OF GOD

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

The Lord LOVES His Children with an everlasting LOVE.

He constantly draws us to HIMSELF.

We are kept by the Power of God.

We are safe and hidden in the hollow of His Hands.

Underneath is the Everlasting Arms.

He keeps us as the apple of His eye.

He hides us under the shadow of His wings.

He represents us at the Throne of Grace.

He cares for His lost sheep.

He leads us to the ROCK that is higher than I.

He is our Fortress and strong High Tower.

He gives his beloved sleep.

His Peace He gives unto us.

The Comforter He sends unto us.

He speaks to us through His Son.

He raises us up.

He gives us strength for the day.

He gives us beauty for ashes.

He takes away our filthy rags.

He gives us garments of righteousness.

He sets us free.

He shows us His mercy.

He forgives our sins.

He corrects us as a Loving Father.

He gives us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

He gives us the oil of joy for mourning.

We are the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

He leads us by still waters.

He restores our souls.

His rod and staff they comfort us.

He hears our cries.

The LORD is our shade upon our right hand.

The LORD is our keeper.

The Lord is our dwelling place.

He makes us to prosper.

He feeds us with food convenient for us.

He leads us to Glory.

We shall dwell in the House of the Lord for ever.

© Jeff Maxwell 2013

Prayer for the week 8

Prayer for the week 8

Almighty and Eternal God, we desire to praise Your Holy Name, for graciously raising us up, in soundness of body and mind to see the light of this new week.

We bless You on the behalf of all Your creatures; for the eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. But, above all, we acknowledge the inestimable benefits given to mankind in Christ Jesus. We thank You for His miraculous birth, for His most Holy life, His bitter agony and death, for His glorious resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His triumph over all the powers of darkness, and His sitting at Your right hand for evermore.

O God, how great was Your love to the sinful sons of men!

O the riches of Your Grace in sending the Holy Spirit, to make us abound in hope, that we shall rise one day from the dead, and after our short labours here, rest with You in  eternal glory.

We would begin this week in devout meditation, in joy unspeakable, and in such blessing and praising You, who have given us good hope and everlasting consolation. Lift up our minds above all the little things below, which are apt to distract our thoughts; and keep our thoughts  above those things, till they are fully bent to seek You and the WAY which Jesus has gone before.

We are ashamed, O Lord, to think that we have disobeyed You, who redeemed us by the precious blood of Your own Son. O that we may agree with Your Will in all things! May all the powers of our souls and bodies be wholly dedicated to Your service! We desire unreservedly that all the thoughts and designs of our minds, all the affections and tempers of our hearts, and all the actions of our lives, may be pure, holy, and unreprovable in Your sight.

Search us, O Lord, and prove us. Look well if there be any wicked way in us and lead us in the way everlasting. Let Your favour be better to us than life itself; so that in all things we may approve our hearts before You, and feel the sense of Your acceptance of us, giving us a joy which the world cannot give.

O Lord, hear us, and make Your face to shine upon us, that we may enter into Your gates with thanksgiving and into Your courts with praise; that we may be thankful unto You and bless Your Name, for Jesus Christ’s sake, and so we conclude our imperfect prayer.

John Wesley
From page 50-51 of John Wesley’s Prayers Edited by F C Gill 1959.

Edited, adapted, and modernised by Jeff Maxwell ©2012

GOSPEL WORK AND MESSAGE

The Gospel Work and Message.

May the Lord guide some lost wandering souls into an area of harvest  today.

May the sickle be sharp and effective in gathering that harvest in.

May the “Fishers of Men” put the net out of the side of the boat as directed by the Lord and have a bountiful catch.

May the Good Shepherd and the under shepherd successfully seek the lost sheep today.

May the good seed be planted to bring forth a harvest tomorrow.

May the mire yield up those to be washed and sanctified in the Precious Blood of the Lamb.

May the darkness of sin be overcome with Light of the Gospel.

May the strongholds of this world be assaulted and broken down.

May the “horrible pit”  be commanded to give up some to the Salvation of the Lord.

May the day of wrath and judgement be turned into a day of peace and forgiveness for some poor soul.

May a “day of good tidings be proclaimed” and that we do well, by not holding our peace.

May the “supper” be prepared, the “wedding garments” distributed, and many be invited to “come” from the highways and byeways.

May the “pearl of great price” be discovered and all parted with to gain the eternal prize.

May the “leaven” permeate the whole lump but the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees find no growth.

May the old serpent be restricted and his poison be neutralised.

May the “dens of iniquity” be turned into the houses of the “just made good.”

May the “despised, rejected, man of sorrows” be enthroned as the Lord of Glory in hearts of stone changed to hearts of flesh.

AMEN

© Jeff Maxwell 2012

MEETING WITH GOD

 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for
ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above
the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As
far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from
us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth
them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth
that we are dust. As for man, his days
are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the
place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his
righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his
covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
Psalm 103:8-18

How frail mankind ?

How great is God ?

How soon we die ?

Face the Creator !

Judge of all !

 

Need an advocate ?

Jesus our surety ?

Takes our place !

Speaks for us !

Sets us free !

 

God is satisfied !

Wrath turned away !

Peace restored !

Alive in Christ !

For evermore !

 

Go and tell !

Across the world !

Such great news !

To one and all !

Jesus Saves !

 

Have you heard ?

What to do ?

Repent and live ?

Turn from Sin !

Trust in HIM !

 

© Jeff Maxwell 30/09/2012

AN IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL

A sense of guilt and condemnation.

You are a sinner; you have lived careless and unconcerned about God, never having been in earnest about the business of religion; or your own conscience tells you, that you have many sins of commission and omission to answer for. Try yourself by God’s Commandments. You have broken them all; and, if you have lived carelessly, have been in constant breach of them.

Do you believe yourself to be a sinner, your own heart convincing you ?

You deserve to die; and this whatever your conduct has been; for the wages of all and any sin is death. God is a just and righteous God and King, who will not suffer the breach of his law to go unpunished; and this punishment is eternal death.

Do you think that you deserve this death ?  Or, do you think that this spiritual death is prepared only for greater sinners than you ?

You cannot turn away this punishment. For, should you sin no more, your past sins would be your eternal ruin. Your best efforts will be imperfect; in the best day of your life, you are impure and defiled.

Do you think that you can put things right by doing better than you have done? Or do you see yourself as unable to help yourself, and in need of a pardon as a condemned criminal ?

 

A sense of your inability to do good.

Sin is your greatest enemy. It has consigned you to death, and made you unworthy before God; and especially it has made you unfit for heaven.

Have you an earnest desire to be free from sin ?

You have no power to cast sin off. Your inclinations are naturally evil; you cannot of yourself do good. God tells us this, and your own experience may tell you the same.

What sense have you of your hopeless condition ?

 

To show Christ’s sufficiency to save.

You see you are under two great evils; the wrath of God and the power of sin. Christ is able to relieve you from both, from God’s wrath, by the satisfaction of his Death, and from sin, by the power of his Grace.

Consider how great a task it is to satisfy God’s justice in place of man’s eternal punishment, and to work in the hearts of men to bring them to God. Observe the fitness of the Son and the Spirit as divine persons to undertake this.

Do you believe that Christ is able to save you from wrath and sin ? And on what do you base that expectation ?

 

Of coming to Christ, to obtain faith and repentance.

You must be deeply sensible and aware of your need of a Saviour in both these respects; i.e., to save you from WRATH and SIN, and that none other than Christ Jesus can save you.

Are you humbly sensible of your need of him ?

You must be willing that he should save you from WRATH and SIN too. He will not procure your pardon unless you are willing that he should save you from sin; i.e. you must be heartily tired of sin and desire to leave it.

Are you willing to trust yourself to him ? And are you willing that he should sanctify you as well as pardon you ?

Part of Second scheme of private instruction in the Christian religion.
By Samuel Walker of Truro, Cornwall. England. Printed in the Christian Guardian 1802 and quoted in “A Cornish Revival” by Tim Shenton
Now adapted by Jeff Maxwell September 2012

Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh: The Lord Will Provide

“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8

Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh:  as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. Genesis 22:14

The English word “provide” give a good indication of the meaning here.

“Provide” is from the Latin providere   –     pro- before  / videre – to see:  so means to see before in the sense of preparing for a future event.

The Lord had made a suitable provision for Abraham. Let us look at it. God tested (Not tempted) Abraham, asking him to take his only son Isaac, go into the land of Moriah, and there make him a burnt offering, on the mountain that God would tell him.

Abraham obediently took two young men and Isaac with the wood for the burnt offering and took his journey. On the third day, Abraham saw the place God appointed. See Gen. 22:1-4

I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you. Gen 22:5

Here is a problem: was Abraham telling the truth? Abraham already knew he had to offer Isaac as a burnt offering! See v2 and he fully intended to be obedient. Hebrews 11:17-19 give us the answer.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Heb 11:17-19

Abraham was full of faith, believing God’s ability to keep His promises. If God asked Abraham to sacrifice Issac  Abraham believed that, God could raise Isaac from the dead. Therefore, Abraham could bring his son back after worshipping God. Isaac was the “child of promise” to elderly parents (See Gen18:11) who were past the age of childbirth. Isaac came in a sense “even from the dead” and in figure or type, Abraham received him back now.
The Puritan Thomas Watson wrote, “God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His Promises”.  Job said, “Though he slay me yet will I trust him.” Abraham’s faith was sufficient for the situation. Is ours for the situations that surround us.

Now a question arises. (See Gen.22:7)

Isaac asks! Look fire and wood BUT where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
Abraham’s reply is not evasive but wonderful; he directs Isaac to almighty God’s control of the situation. Abraham is truthful; he wants the will of God done in this situation.

“My Son, God will provide himself a lamb for the burnt offering” Gen 22:8

Abraham’s answer satisfied Isaac so they went on together. Isaac’s relationship with his father, to me, is simply beautiful here. Isaac can question his father but accepts his answer and has nothing more to say.

They arrive at the place God appointed; build an altar together and lay out the wood, the younger man helping the older man, both in harmony with each other, despite the thoughts that must have been going through Abraham’s mind. Isaac is bound and laid on the wood, on the altar, he does not argue, force is not used, as he does not resist his fathers will. Abraham takes up the knife to slay his son according to God’s direction.
Then the “angel of the Lord” stops the proceedings. Do not harm the lad, as the “angel of the Lord” now knew that Abraham feared God, because he had not withheld his only son from Him.

Who is “the angel of the Lord?”  

There is good reason to believe that it is a pre-incarnation “appearance” of Jesus Christ”. Appearance is used loosely as this “voice” called to Abraham out of heaven, twice, and was not an appearance (Theophany) of the pre-incarnate Christ in human form as in other scriptures.
A study of the “Angel of The Lord”; “Angel of the Covenant” in reference to Christ Jesus will repay your efforts.

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Gen. 22:13 

Jehovah Jireh: God provides and Isaac is spared, a ram caught by the horns in a bush is provided, ready for sacrifice in Isaac’s place. Here is a picture of Christ’s Substitutionary Sacrifice in our place, acceptable and well pleasing to God.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Abraham and Isaac are able to return to the two young men and Abraham’s faith was rewarded by a renewal of the promise of God.

Christ has done so much for us in His death on the Cross of Calvary, as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the World” Take some time to think through for yourself exactly what it meant for Christ Jesus to willingly offer Himself and how he precisely fulfilled the Old Testament types of offerings for Sin.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29
The big questions are;
Have we any interest in Christ Sacrifice?
Have our sins been forgiven?
Are we washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
Are we walking with Christ Jesus day by day in newness of Life?

Jehovah Jireh. The Lord Sees.   The Lord will Provide.
Ebenezer; hitherto the Lord has helped us.

Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. Matt 6:8
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Further Study

Note 1.

Mount Moriah is in same range as Golgotha /Calvary.
The Jews say Adam and Noah sacrificed upon Mount Moriah
Solomon built the temple for God’s worship on Mount Moriah.

Note 2

Isaac as a type of Christ.

Isaac, Only Son Heb 11:17   :  
Jesus Christ, Only begotten Son John 1:14 John 3:16 Ps. 2:7

Isaac carried the wood and was laid on it. Gen 22:6 & 9
Christ carried Cross   John 19:17     Acts 5:30 (hanged on a tree)

Isaac was bound.  Gen 22:9   
Christ was bound Matt 27:2

Isaac showed no resistance.    
Christ led like a lamb to the slaughter.

Isaac was to be stabbed.      
Christ was pierced by a spear.

Isaac offered as a Lamb                    
Christ the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world

On the 3rd day Abraham and Isaac came to the mount of sacrifice Isaac offered and returned  
Jesus Christ was Crucified at 3rd hour and Christ rose again on the 3rd day.

Contrast.

Abraham’s son Isaac was spared being sacrificed.
God spared not His only Son Jesus Christ.

Isaac was to be a burnt offering.
Christ was the Paschal Lamb, and the Scapegoat, taken without the camp and slain with the Sins of His people upon His head.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011-11-17

Window Cleaning

Just thinking about cleaning windows, glass and mirrors.

You clean them thoroughly and they look great, even perfect to ones eyes.

Then the sun comes out, and shines on and the through the glass; guess what? That which is so perfect, now looks so imperfect, so full of smears, missed places, and unwelcome grime.

This is much like our life, out of the light of God’s Word and the Son’s sight, viewed by our own eyes, it looks great, almost perfect……

But in the light of God’s Word and beams from God’s Son shining on it, it looks smeared, tainted, very dirty and in need of a complete Washing in the Blood of Christ.

In what light do you look at you life?

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:19-21

Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness

Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness

“This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness”—Jeremiah 23:6.

WE do not have to establish our own righteousness, for that is impossible, we have already sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

Even if we could be completely righteous from now on, we could not undo the sin, which we have already done.

“Jehovah our Righteousness” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree”. 1 Peter 2:24

The only way we can be “righteous” is if, God declares us righteous on the basis of the finished work of Christ.

This is called Imputed Righteousness, the Righteousness of Christ set down to our account.

We can receive this Righteousness only by Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We cannot buy it,          barter for it,              be worthy of it,              ONLY receive it by Faith.

If we are to be Saved from the punishment of our Sins:

We must be Justified by Faith Alone in the Finished Work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

© Jeff Maxwell 2011

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