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GETTING OLDER

GETTING OLDER

As we get older we have many fond memories that fill our minds with pleasure and delight.

It is also true that our minds blot out memories that we rather forget for various reasons, or that we deem to be insignificant and unimportant in our lives.

Such as our sins, the breaking of God’s laws, offences committed against God…. if we even acknowledge HE exists.

These are easily forgotten and hidden from our memories, as insignificant and of none importance.

We think of ourselves as “good people”, “doing no-one any harm”, “commending ourselves for our charitableness”, and “doing good works”, having a reasonable reputation before all.

These are the types of thoughts that one hears when attending funerals of “good folks”.

The reality is: that what we think of ourselves, or what others think of us, does not matter…….
for one day we have to answer to Almighty God for every idle word, every seemingly insignificant action, and every offence against God’s Laws.

When we are eventually before God’s Judgement Seat,… and WE WILL BE, all these forgotten memories will return and all those actions will be vivid in our minds and we will have to answer for them.

God’s Law is quite clear if we offend in one point we are guilty of all,

WOW… WE are ALL guilty of breaking the 1st commandment “You shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”
Mark 12:30

What is the answer to this great catastrophe, this day of confirmation of our guilt, this realisation of judgement and condemnation ?

The Bible contains a Doctrine called …
“Justification by Faith alone “

This “Faith alone” is a living Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in Him alone for our need.

“Justification” in the Old Testament can be defined as ” to declare judicially that one’s state is in harmony with the demands of the law” and Paul in the New Testament uses it to mean “the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to Him”

In simple terms, this means that God can, account / accept a person as righteous and free from the guilt of the Law before Him.

This can only be done on the basis of God’s Justice being satisfied by the merits of Jesus Christ being set down to our account.

Glance a moment at God’s Judgement Seat and “one” before Him, Judged, Guilty, and Condemned ….

BUT

Jesus Christ appears as that “ones” advocate.
JESUS declares to God the Father that His Righteousness, His fulfilment of the Law, is set down to that “ones” account and therefore they can be made free from all the claims of the Law.

This is Salvation indeed “If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ” John 8:36

But this scenario will never happen, if we continue to live our present lives apart from God and without the radical change of becoming believers , followers of Jesus Christ, being obedient to and loving Jesus Christ and His Word.

The Bible calls this change being “Born again” in John’s Gospel.

We are called to Repent and Believe, to have a new direction and a new focus in life.

“Repentance” and “Faith” are not from within ourselves, they are both the Gifts of God.

What shall we do then ? The answer is to ……

“Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
Hebrews 3:1-3 (NIV)

There is a way of escape, the warning has been given, all are without excuse, every mouth (word of excuse) has been stopped.

What shall YOU do with the Gospel, the Good News, now presented to YOU?

Neglect it ? or seek it with all your heart ?

© Jeff Maxwell 26/04/2018

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

MY SIN AND SALVATION

MY SIN AND SALVATION

The ink has long since dried upon the page
That early wrote my sin:
There is no possibility that age
Should let me now begin.

To purge away my sins of deepest dye
Hide and obscure them all:
No merits have I, that will rectify
The sin that made me fall

The longer I live, the worse it shall get
Darker the page shall be:
With sins so damming, I cannot object
To death applied to me.

No effort of mine, can set me quite free
God’s Holy judgement I see:
It’s out of my hands, I cannot decree
My perfect liberty.

To where shall I turn, to whom shall I go ?
To shift the penalty:
Undo the damage, remove all the woe
Gain immortality.

There is a testament, which speaks the truth
I cannot pass it by:
It tells the contrite sinner, there is proof
That one for him did die

The Just for the unjust, so can it be
That God’s Son died for me
The great Creator hung upon a tree
To die at Calvary

God’s wrath appeased, with one sacrifice
Atonement has been made
The shedding of His precious blood, the price
Our ransom fully paid

The benefits of this redemption sure
Holy Spirit apply
Wash me and cleanse me, cure me, I implore
That I from death may fly

So I return to give this grateful praise
I have escaped from Hell
By Jesus Christ I have been fully raised
Higher than tongue can tell

© Jeff Maxwell 3/2/2016

THE GOSPEL FEAST

 

THE GOSPEL FEAST

“Come; for all things are ready.”

Luke 14:17

Ye devotees of pleasure, ye lovers of the world,

ye egregious triflers with your immortal interest;

ye, who, though hastening to your graves,

are still sporting on destruction’s brink,

and indulge a false and fatal levity,

though the precipice is before you,

and one single step would determine your doom for ever;

ye, who are pursuing phantoms,

and grasping at shadows,

while you suck happiness in a world lying in wickedness,

and,

amidst all your cares and schemes for this world,

forget you are to die,

neglect your souls,

and never take one solemn anxious thought about eternity;

to you also I bring the invitation of my text:

 

“Come; for all things are ready.”

I invite you this day,

in the Name of my great Lord and Master,

to Christ, to happiness, to heaven.

Ye have been long toiling for that which is not bread,

and spending your strength for what can yield little satisfaction in life,

and none at all in the hour of death.

Still time flies with its wonted velocity;

and the king of terrors is drawing from his quiver the arrow,

that shall, ere long, lay you in the dust.

Satan, the world and sin,

strongly unite to keep you in their servitude;

and spread ten thousand baits to allure you to destruction.

but shall their call be obeyed  ?

and God’s invitation disregarded ?

Shall hell be preferred to heaven ?

the care of you bodies to that of your souls ?

Shall time engross all your solicitude,

and eternity, dread eternity, none ?

Shall the adversary of God and man

call with a more attractive voice,

than He who bled for sinners ?

and the biting pleasures of sensuality,

be preferred before the joys that are at God’s right hand ?

God forbid !

O sirs, pause a moment !
Consider what you are, whither you are going.

Your souls are at stake,

and you must soon stand before the living God in judgement.

 

Obey the call of the Gospel:

and all shall yet be well;

disobey it;

and the call itself shall be more than a thousand witnesses against you:

and he who gives it,

shall be clear of your blood.

But, embrace the invitation;

and my soul shall rejoice over you,

even mine;

and you shall rejoice with joy unspeakable,

When the Judge comes in the clouds of heaven’

and time shall be no more.

Amen.

Richard De Courcy 1745- 1804
Sermons by the Late Richard De Courcy Vicar of Alkmond 1810
Sermon III   An invitation to the Gospel Feast.

 

” 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

 

PATRICK HAMILTON ….. THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL

THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL

The law shows us our sin; the Gospel shows us a remedy for it.

The law shows us our condemnation; the Gospel shows us our redemption.

The law is the word of wrath; the Gospel is the word of grace.

The law is the word of despair; the Gospel is the word of comfort.

The law is the word of unrest; the Gospel is the word of peace.

The law says, Pay thy debt; the Gospel says, Christ has paid it.

The law says, you are a sinner, despair, you shall be dammed; the Gospel says, your sins are forgiven you, be of good comfort, you shall be saved.

The law says, Make amends for your sins; the Gospel says, Christ has made it for you.

The law says, Where is your righteousness, goodness, and satisfaction; the Gospel says, Christ is your righteousness, your goodness, and satisfaction.

The law says, you are bound and obliged to me, to the devil, and to hell; the Gospel says, Christ has delivered you from them all.

 

Patrick Hamilton 1503/4 – 29 February 1528. ( Burnt at St Andrews for his Faith)

From Patrick’s Places

The Nature and the Office of the Law, and of the Gospel

A disputation between the Law and the Gospel.

 

Lightly edited by Jeff Maxwell  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

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