Captain of their salvation

Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) ~  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 

Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) 

Whom does your eternity rest upon? Yourself or some long dead and returned to dust figure from history? Modern culture would have you believe that you are the source of all power and can just do it. The Captain of our Salvation is one who was willing to suffer for us, when we did not deserve his mercy. His suffering was perfect in its payment for our sins paving the way to reconciliation to God. -Mike 

John Gill Comments: him it became–to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings; Christ is “the Captain of salvation”, and is so called, because he is the author of it; and he is the Prince and Commander of these sons, who are committed to his charge, and are under his care; and is their guide and leader; and who is gone before them to prepare their mansions of glory for them: and he is made “perfect through sufferings”; he suffered all that the law and justice of God could require; and hereby he became perfectly acquainted with the sufferings of his people, and a perfect Saviour of them; and in this way went to glory himself: and it “became” God the Father, the first cause, and last end of all things, since he had a design to bring all his adopted sons to glory, that his own Son should perfectly suffer for them; this was agreeable to, and becoming the perfections of his nature, his wisdom, his veracity, his justice, grace, and mercy.

Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – March 15th, 2019

Chapter 11
PREPARATORY DIRECTIONS
Five Others

3. Load Your Conscience with the Guilt of Sin

This is my third direction for the mortification of sin:

Load your conscience with the guilt of it. Not only consider that it has guilt but load your conscience with the guilt of its actual eruptions and disturbances.

For the right improvement of this rule, I shall give some particular directions.

a. Begin with general aspects of your guilt

Take God’s method in it and begin with general aspects, and then descend to particular aspects.

1). Guilt from the holiness of the Law

   Charge your conscience with the guilt that appears in it from the righteousness and holiness of the Law. Bring the holy Law of God into your conscience, lay your corruption to it, pray that you may be affected with it. Consider the holiness, spirituality, fiery severity, inward-ness, absoluteness of the Law, and see how you can stand before it. Be much, I say, in affecting your conscience with the terror of the Lord in the Law, and how righteous it is that every one of your transgressions should receive a just punishment.(82)

   Perhaps your conscience will invent shifts and evasions to keep off the power of this consideration—such as, that the condemning power of the Law does not belong to you, that you are set free from it, and the like—and so, though you have not fulfilled the Law, yet you need not to be so much troubled by it. However,

   a). Tell your conscience that it cannot manage any evidence to the purpose that you are free from the condemning power of sin while your unmortified lust lies in your heart; because, perhaps, the Law may make good its plea against you for a full dominion, and then you are a lost creature. Wherefore it is best to ponder to the utmost what it has to say.

   Some plead in the most secret reserve of their hearts that they are freed from the condemning power of the Law. They do this in order to secretly countenance themselves in giving small allowances to sins and lusts. Those who do so are surely not able, on gospel grounds, to man-age any evidence unto any tolerable spiritual security that indeed they are in a due manner freed from what they so pretend to be delivered.

   b). Whatever be the issue, yet the Law has commission from God to seize upon transgressors wherever it finds them, and so bring them before His throne, where they are to plead for themselves. This is your present case: The Law has found you out, and it will bring you before God. If you can plead a pardon, well and good; if not, the Law will do its work.

   c). However, this is the proper work of the Law: to reveal the guilt of sin, to awaken and humble the soul for it, to be a glass to represent sin in its colors. If you refuse to deal with it on this account, it is not through faith, but through the hardness of your heart and the deceitfulness of sin.

   This is a door at which too many professors have gone out unto open apostasy.(83) Such a deliverance from the Law they have pretended, as that they would consult its guidance and direction no more; they would measure their sin by it no more. By little and little, this principle has insensibly, from the notion of it, proceeded to influence their practical understandings and, having taken possession there, has turned the will and affections loose to all manner of abominations.

   By such ways as these, then, persuade your conscience to hearken diligently to what the Law speaks, in the name of the Lord, unto you about your lust and corruption. Oh, if your ears be open, it will speak with a voice that shall make you tremble, that shall cast you to the ground and fill you with astonishment. If ever you will mortify your corruptions, you must tie up your conscience to the Law and shut it from all shifts and exceptions until it owns its guilt with a clear and thorough apprehension—so that thence, as David speaks, your iniquity may ever be before you (Ps 51:3).

(82)  See Holiness by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), The Law and the Saint by A. W. Pink (1886-1952), and A Just God (gospel tract) by Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892); all available from CHAPEL LIBRARY.
(83)  apostasy – abandoning the faith one had professed.
Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from: The Chapel Library •  chapel@mountzion.org

Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – March 14th, 2019

Chapter 10
PREPARATORY DIRECTIONS
Clear Sense of Sin (Continued)

c. Consider the evils of your sin

Consider the evils of your sin. I mean its present evils. Danger concerns what is to come; evil concerns what is present. Some of the many evils that attend an unmortified lust may be mentioned.

   1). It grieves the holy and blessed Spirit Who is given to believers to dwell in them and abide with them. So, the apostle, exhorting them against many lusts and sins (Eph 4:25-29), gives this as the great motive of it: “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (v. 30). That is, grieve not that Spirit of God whereby you receive so many and great benefits; of which he instances(80) one signal(81) and comprehensive one: “sealed unto the day of redemption.” The Holy Spirit is grieved by it. As a tender and loving friend is grieved at the unkindness of his friend, of whom he has deserved only good, so is it with this tender and loving Spirit, Who has chosen our hearts for a habitation to dwell in, and there to do for us all that our souls desire. He is grieved by our harboring His enemies and those whom He is to destroy, in our hearts together with Him. “He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve” us (Lam 3:33); and shall we daily grieve Him? Thus is He said sometimes to be “vexed,” sometimes “grieved at his heart,” to express the greatest sense of our provocation (Isa 63:10; Gen 6:6).

   Now, if there be anything of gracious honesty left in the soul, if it be not utterly hardened by the deceitfulness of sin, this consideration will certainly affect it. Consider who and what you are, Who the Spirit is that is grieved, what He has done for you, what He comes to your soul about, what He has already done in you—and be ashamed. Among those who walk with God, there is no greater motive and incentive unto universal holiness, and the preserving of their hearts and spirits in all purity and cleanness, than this: that the blessed Spirit, Who has undertaken to dwell in them, is continually considering what they entertain in their hearts, and rejoices when His temple is kept undefiled. That was a high aggravation of the sin of Zimri, that he brought his adulteress into the congregation in the sight of Moses and the rest, who were weeping for the sins of the people (Num 25:6, 14). And is it not a high aggravation when a lust is countenanced in the heart, or suffered to abide there; when it is (as it must be, if we are believers) entertained under the peculiar eye and view of the Holy Ghost, Who is taking care to preserve His tabernacle as pure and holy?

   2). The Lord Jesus Christ is wounded afresh by it. His new creature in the heart is wounded, His love is foiled, His adversary gratified. Just as totally forsaking Christ through the deceitfulness of sin is to “crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Heb 6:6), so every harboring of sin that He came to destroy wounds and grieves Him.

   3). It will take away a man’s usefulness in his generation. His works, his endeavors, his labors, seldom receive blessing from God. If he be a preacher, God commonly blows upon his ministry, so that he shall labor in the fire and not be honored with any success or doing any work for God. The like may be spoken of other conditions. The world is at this day full of poor, withering professors. How few are there that walk in any beauty or glory; how barren, how useless, are they for the most part! Among the many reasons that may be assigned for this sad state, it justly may be feared that this is none of the least effectual: many men harbor spirit-devouring lusts in their bosoms, which lie as worms at the root of their obedience, and corrode and weaken it day by day. All graces, all the ways and means whereby any graces may be exercised and improved, are prejudiced by this means. As to any success, God blasts such men’s undertakings.

   This, then, is my second direction, and it regards the opposition that is to be made to lust in respect of its habitual residence in the soul. Keep alive upon your heart these or the like considerations of its guilt, danger, and evil. Be much in the meditation of these things; cause your heart to dwell and abide upon them. Engage your thoughts in these considerations. Let them not go off nor wander from them until they begin to have a powerful influence upon your soul—until they make it to tremble!

(80) instances – gives an example of.
(81) signal – remarkable in degree; noteworthy.
Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from: The Chapel Library •  chapel@mountzion.org

Adorn the Doctrine

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not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things – Titus 2:10 (ESV) 

Exegesis: The entire second chapter of Titus is all about sound teaching doctrine. Paul in verse nine gets specific and is speaking to bondservants telling them to be obedient to their masters. He continues this in the verse above: 

not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; In Paul’s day servants had a variety of job and were entrusted with many responsibilities. Paul is says do not steal or take a part of what is not rightfully yours instead show complete loyalty and support. 

that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things; literally to adorn the doctrine of God. Now that does not mean to fluff it up with modern junk, it means that their actions (speach, work ethic, etc.) should be such that they glorify God in all they do. 

Application: Today we are not bondservants as such but most of us have jobs and we can and should apply the same principle that Paul speaks of here to our everyday work ethic.

Trust: Are you the go to person at work because the boss(es) know they can trust you with the most sensitive jobs? The one who is always on time, does not take extended breaks or lunches,would never think of “borrowing” something that is not theirs or talking bad about others?

Light: At work do others see Christ in you? When you make a mistake do you immediately own up to it or do you have 1000 excuses ready? Do they know you are a Christian WITHOUT you having to tell them?

 

Today in Church History

ARTHUR PINK WROTE ONE OF MANY LETTERS

Arthur Pink Wrote One of Many Letters

DAN GRAVES, MSL

   Arthur Pink is often described as an eccentric. He didn’t really fit in anywhere. Converted to Christ out of a theosophical background (the New Age movement of his day), he became a student of Puritan thought. But his efforts at pastoring churches and evangelization were not successful. Nor did his books sell. A monthly magazine that he edited called Studies in the Scriptures, never topped a circulation of 1,000. The last sixteen years of his life, he spent on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in virtual isolation by his own choice, rejecting formal association with any church.

   Explaining his hermit-like existence, he quoted Jesus as saying, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” He went on to ask, “What world hated Christ and hounded him to death? The religious world, those who pretended to be most zealous for God’s glory.” He seemed to take pride in his “persecution,” although some of the men he disagreed with were among the greatest Christians of the century.

   Nonetheless, Arthur came to have a significant influence. Upholding Calvinism, he countered a growing trend toward acceptance of Arminian views, even in churches like the Baptists that had traditionally been Calvinist. (In simplified terms, Arminians emphasize man’s free choice in salvation; Calvinists insist on God’s complete sovereignty.)

   From his remote hideaway, Arthur issued his scripture studies. He also hand-wrote letters in response to many questions that came his way, sometimes more than forty letters a week. His scripture studies and the Bible studies sparkled with quotable gems.

   For example, on this day, March 14, 1937 he wrote in a letter, “Neither the nearness nor the remoteness of Christ’s return is a rule to regulate us in the ordering of our temporal affairs. Spiritual preparedness is the great matter.”

   After his death in 1953, Arthur’s Bible studies began to be reprinted. Today there are dozens of these on the market, with sales in the hundreds of thousands. Many of them appear on the web. Their many thoughtful sayings make them memorable:

“The trend of modern theology–if theology it can be called–is ever toward the deification of the creature rather than the glorification of the Creator.”

“We do not ask, Is Christ your ‘Savior,’ but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your ‘Savior.’ “

“Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord.”

Through his writings, Arthur Pink had more success after his death than in his life.

Source: Christianity.com

One of the best resources for A.W. Pink can be found at the The Chapel Library

 

The Problem Isn’t the Great Commission

The Problem Isn’t the Great Commission

 | MARCH 13, 2019

This is another thought provoking article about the modern social justice movement in evangelical circles. I have posted the opening and closing sentences you will have to go to the source (which I highly encourage) for the rest) – Mike

Anthony Bradley has been a loud voice in the social justice movement among reformed and evangelical Christians in America. He actually helped awaken me to the threat of this movement to the gospel….

…The problem isn’t with the great commission. The problem is with those whose cultural agendas have so shaped their perspectives that they fail to appreciate the significance of what it means to make disciples of all nations.

Source: The Problem isn’t TGC

 

Dems Start from Scratch with Kitten Act

March 13, 2019

    What do cats have that newborn babies don’t? Democrats’ support. In one of the sickest ironies no one is talking about, Senate liberals picked this moment — 17 days after they voted to kill America’s perfectly healthy infants — to fight for the humane treatment of kittens. Maybe the DNC’s strategists are out to lunch, or maybe the Left really is this shameless, but I can’t wait to see some of these politicians standing on debate platforms next year telling the American people that when it comes to protecting living things: We chose cats over kids.

    For sponsors like Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the optics are nauseating. Here he is, arguing that America “must stop killing kittens,” when, three weeks ago, he stood in the U.S. Capitol and agreed with 43 Democrats that human beings should be put down. “The USDA’s decision to slaughter kittens after they are used in research is an archaic practice and horrific treatment, and we need to end it,” Merkley said with a passion that he and his colleagues couldn’t muster for a generation of perfectly healthy newborns. His Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now — or KITTEN – Act wouldn’t stop the research, but it would keep the animals from being destroyed.

     “The KITTEN Act will protect these innocent animals from being needlessly euthanized in government testing,” Merkley told reporters, “and make sure that they can be adopted by loving families instead.” Does he even hear himself? They should be treated and adopted? That’s exactly what Americans have requested for living, breathing babies. Democrats said no. Killing a child is a “personal decision,” they said, and Congress shouldn’t get in the way. What a comfort for abortion survivors like Melissa Ohden to know that, given the choice, Democrats would save a stray cat over her.

    “The fact that we need a piece of legislation to tell the federal government to stop killing kittens is ridiculous on its face,” Congressman Brian Mast (R-Fla.) argued. But “ridiculous” doesn’t begin to describe a party that tells America to back away from the tables of crying newborns while it rushes to the rescue of kittens instead. I suppose we should also tell firefighters when they run into burning houses to look for the pets first? After all, on the Democrats’ sliding scale of “wantedness,” shouldn’t we find out how loved someone is before we decide if they’re worth saving?

    Meanwhile, as if legal infanticide isn’t revolting enough, House Democrats have decided Americans should pay for it. In what’s turning out to be a test for the most unpopular majority in history, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) chamber is pushing a bill that would force a country who overwhelmingly opposes late-term abortion to bankroll it – along with abortions in any trimester. Rep. Diane DeGette (D-Colo.), another liberal who can’t seem to take taxpayers’ “No!” for an answer, is trying to overturn the Hyde amendment. “It’s just important as we move forward that we pass legislation that honors women’s reproductive health and their decisions,” she said.

    But what about honoring taxpayers — two-thirds of whom fiercely oppose the idea of financing the Left’s killing machine? And that includes “pro-choicers.” Although the bill doesn’t stand a chance in the Senate, it could still make history. If Pelosi keeps up with the Left’s tone-deafness and brings DeGette’s bill up for the vote, it would be the first time the House has voted to overturn Hyde in history.

    While House and Senate Democrats seem obsessed with taking lives, at least one court is helping states protect them. In what may turn out to be the ruling that turned the Supreme Court tide, the Sixth Circuit Court sided with Ohio in defunding Planned Parenthood. For three years, the Buckeyes have been fighting to redirect the $1.5 million for abortion providers to real health clinics. Buckeye leaders, including former Governor John Kasich, were sick of “using abortion providers as the face of state health care programs.” A lower court said too bad. But 11 judges on the Sixth Circuit disagreed, insisting that Ohio’s law doesn’t violate the Constitution “because the affiliates do not have a due process right to perform abortions.”

    And while President Trump didn’t have anything to do with the ruling, he had plenty to do with the people who made it. Four of the 11 judges who defended Ohio’s law were appointed by this White House. If you’re wondering how much this administration’s commitment to nominations matters, this is proof. There are men and women on benches across America today who are literally saving lives because this president made the courts a priority. Thanks to Donald Trump, pro-lifers know better than anyone: you don’t need Congress to win on life.

(NOTE Bold and underline emphasis added)


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
Source: Family Research Council

One Mediator

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For there is [only] one God, and [only] one Mediator
between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus, 
who gave Himself as a ransom [a substitutionary sacrifice to atone] for all,
the testimony given at the right and proper time.  – 1 Tim 2:5-6 

MEDIA’TOR, n. One that interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them.

1. By way of eminence, Christ is the mediator, the divine intercessor through whom sinners may be reconciled to an offended God. Tim.2.

Christ is a mediator by nature, as partaking of both natures divine and human; and mediator by office, as transacting matters between God and man.

Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) 1 Tim 2:1-7

   “The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God’s appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.” 

 

 

 

Daily Devotional – Mortification of Sin

by John Owen – March 13th, 2019

Chapter 10
PREPARATORY DIRECTIONS
Clear Sense of Sin (Continued)

b. Consider the danger of your sin (continued)

3). Loss of peace and strength

   Consider the loss of peace and strength all a man’s days. To have peace with God, to have strength to walk before God, is the sum of the great promises of the Covenant of Grace. In these things is the life of our souls. Without them in some comfortable measure, to live is to die. What good will our lives do us if we see not the face of God sometimes in peace, and if we have not some strength to walk with Him? Now, an unmortified lust certainly will deprive men’s souls of both these. This case is so evident in David as that nothing can be more clear. How often does he complain that his bones were broken, his soul disquieted, and his wounds grievous on this account! Take other instances: “For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth…I hid me” (Isa 57:17). What peace, I pray, is there to a soul while God hides Himself; or what strength while He smites? “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face” (Hos 5:15). That is, I will leave them, hide My face; and what will become of their peace and strength then?

   If ever, therefore, you have enjoyed peace with God; if ever His terrors have made you afraid; if ever you have had strength to walk with Him, or ever have mourned in your prayer and been troubled because of your weakness—think of this danger that hangs over your head. It is perhaps but a little while and you shall see the face of God in peace no more. Perhaps by tomorrow you shall not be able to pray, read, hear, or perform any duties with the least cheer-fulness, life, or vigor. Possibly you may never see a quiet hour while you live, so that you may carry about you broken bones, full of pain and terror, all the days of your life. Yea, perhaps God will shoot His arrows at you, and fill you with anguish and disquietness, with fears and perplexities; make you a terror and an astonishment to yourself and others; show you hell and wrath every moment; frighten and scare you with sad apprehensions of His hatred—so that your sore shall run in the night season and your soul shall refuse comfort (Psa 77:2); so that you shall wish death rather than life; yea, so that your soul might choose strangling. Consider this a little: though God should not utterly destroy you, yet He might cast you into this condition, wherein you shall have quick and living apprehensions of your destruction. Accustom your heart to thoughts hereof; let it know what is likely to be the outcome of this condition. Leave not this consideration until you have made your soul to tremble within you.

4). Eternal destruction

There is the danger of eternal destruction. For the due management of this consideration, observe the following.

a). Connection between continuance in sin and destruction

   There is such a connection between a continuance in sin and eternal destruction that, though God does resolve to deliver some from a continuance in sin so they may not be destroyed, yet He will deliver none from destruction that continue in sin—so that while anyone lies under an abiding power of sin, the threats of destruction and everlasting separation from God are to be held out to him. This is the rule of God’s proceeding: If any man “depart” from Him, to “draw back” through unbelief, God’s “soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Heb 3:12; 10:38); that is, His indignation shall pursue him to destruction (Gal 6:8).

b). No confidence in deliverance from destruction

   He who is so entangled under the power of any corruption as above described, can have at present no clear prevailing evidence of his interest in the covenant, by the efficacy whereof he may be delivered from fear of destruction. The result is that destruction from the Lord may justly be a terror to him. He may, he ought, to look upon it as that which will be the end of his course and ways.

   “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). True, but who shall have the comfort of this assertion? Who may assume it to himself? They “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” But you will say, “Is not this to persuade men to unbelief?” I answer: No. There is a twofold judgment that a man may make of himself: first of his person, and secondly of his ways. It is the judgment of his ways, not his person, that I speak of. Let a man get the best evidence for his person that he can, yet to judge that the end of an evil way will be destruction is his duty; not to do it is atheism.

   I do not say that in such a condition a man ought to throw away the evidence of his personal interest in Christ; but I say, he cannot keep those evidences. There is a twofold condemnation of a man’s self. First, in respect of what it deserves, when the soul concludes that it deserves to be cast out of the presence of God; and this is so far from a business of unbelief that it is an effect of faith. Secondly, with respect to the result and event, when the soul concludes it shall be damned. I do not say this is the duty of anyone, nor do I call them to it; but this I say: the end of the sinful way wherein a man is ought by him to be concluded to be death that he may be provoked to fly from it. And this is another consideration that ought to dwell upon such a soul, if it desire to be freed from the entanglement of its lusts.

Excerpts from Mortification of Sin by John Owen from:The Chapel Library •  chapel@mountzion.org

In The Dark

 

lighted candle

“To trust God in the light is nothing,

but to trust Him in the dark—That is faith.”

–  – Charles Spurgeon

 

… Blessed are those who have not seen,

and yet have believed.”

John 20:29

via In The Dark