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The New Covenant : Essay 02 : Jesus Christ: The End of Obligatory Covenant - Published on July 13, 2004
...he only bilateral covenant in scripture is the one mentioned in Exodus 19 that God cut with physical Israel. It is the one and only obligatory covenant. Jesus Christ was made under the law and fulfilled every aspect of this covenant (Gal. 3:10-13, 4:4,5). It is now dead and gone forever (2 Cor. 3). All other covenants established by God in the Bible are wholly promissory. The fulfillment of none is dependent on human action or faithfulness....
Bob Higby
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The New Covenant : Essay 01 : Introduction to the Covenants - Published on July 13, 2004
...For nearly all of the Christian era, many who claim to be God's messengers have attempted to dim the 'more glorious' light of the gospel (2 Cor. 3) with an abundance of legal requirements not ordained of God....
Bob Higby
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John Bunyan on the Law - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Wherefore, whenever thou who believest in Jesus, dost hear the law in its thundering and lightning fits, as if it would burn up heaven and earth, then say thou, I am freed from this law, these thunderings have nothing to do with my soul; nay, even, this law, while it thus thunders and roars, it doth both allow and approve of my righteousness. I know that Hagar would sometimes be domineering and high, even in Sarah's house, and against her, but this she is not to be suffer...
John Bunyan
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Give Me Christ, Whatsoever He Cost - Published on July 12, 2004
...     When a man is soundly killed to all his sins, to all his righteousness, to all his comforts whatsoever; and sees that there is no way but the devil must have him, but he must be damned in hell, if he be not clothed with Jesus Christ; 'O !then,(says he) give me Christ on any terms, whatsoever he cost; though he cost me friends, though he cost me comforts, though he cost me all that ever I have! Like the wise merchant in the Gospel, they will sell all to get that pearl (Mat...
John Bunyan
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Seven Evils of the Heart - Published on July 12, 2004
...I find to this day seven evils in my heart: Inclining to unbelief. Suddenly forgetting the love and mercy that Christ has shown to me. A leaning toward the works of the law. Wanderings and coldness in prayer. To forget to watch for my prayers to be answered. Aptness to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have. I can do none of those things which God commands me without sinning. Even though these things cause me great distress, the knowledge of them is ...
John Bunyan
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Sin - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Sin is the great block and bar to our happiness, the procurer of all miseries to man, both here and hereafter; take away sin, and nothing can hurt us; for death temporal, spiritual, and eternal, is the wages of it.      Sin, and man for sin, is the object of the wrath of God. How dreadful therefore must his case be who continues in sin; for who can bear and grapple with the wrath of God?      No sin against God can be little, because it is ...
John Bunyan
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Do You Love Your Own Soul? - Published on July 12, 2004
...     Then pray to Jesus Christ for an awakened heart, for a heart so awakened with all the things of another world, that you may be allured to Jesus Christ.      When you come there, beg again for more awakenings about sin, hell, grace, and about the righteousness of Christ. Cry also for a spirit of discernment, that you may know that which is saving grace indeed. Above all studies, apply yourself to the study of those things that show you the evil of sin, the sh...
John Bunyan
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The Death of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...     We never read that Jesus Christ was more cheerful in all His life on earth, than when He was going to lay down His life for His enemies; now He thanked God, now He sang. Christ died and endured the wages of sin, and that without an intercessor, without one between God and Him. He grappled immediately with the ETERNAL JUSTICE OF GOD, who inflicted on Him death, the wages of sin; there was no man to hold off the hand of God; justice had its full blow at Him, and made Him a curs...
John Bunyan
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The Glorification of Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...     For God to adorn His Son with all this glory in His ascension, thus to make Him ride conqueror up into the clouds, thus to go up with sound of trumpet, with shout of angels and with songs of praises, and let me add, to be accompanied also with those that rose from the dead after His resurrection, who were the very price of His blood-this does greatly demonstrate that Jesus Christ, by what he has done, has paid a full price to God for the souls of sinners, and obtained eternal...
John Bunyan
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My Righteousness in Heaven - Published on July 12, 2004
...    One day, as I was passing into the field, suddenly this sentence fell upon my soul: 'Thy righteousness is in heaven.' And I thought that I could see Jesus Christ at God's right hand. Yes, there indeed was my righteousness, so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say about me that I did not have righteousness, for it was standing there before Him.     I also saw that it was not my good feelings that made my righteousness better, and th...
John Bunyan
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True Happiness - Published on July 12, 2004
...     THE HAPPINESS of a being like man consists in the Divine favor, and image, and fellowship; in knowing God, loving God, in being loved by God, in knowing that we are loved by God; in venerating God, trusting in God; having our mind conformed to His mind, our wishes subjected to His pleasure, thinking along with Him, willing along with Him, choosing what He chooses, seeking and finding enjoyment in what He finds enjoyment. This is life! This is happiness!...
John Brown
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Self-Examination - Published on July 12, 2004
...What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? Is he the object of your indifference or dislike? Does he "grow up before" you in the revelation of the Gospel, "as a root out of a dry ground, without form or comeliness"? and, when you see him, do you perceive "no beauty why ye should desire him"? Or do you regard him as the loveliest of all beings, and the kindest of all benefactors? Do you love him supremely, not, indeed, as he deserves to be loved, not as you wish to love him, but st...
John Brown
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The Gospel : I Corinthians 15:3,4 - Published on July 12, 2004
..."For I declared unto you first of all the gospel that which I also recieved, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the scriptures:" "Let us, in the first place, then, make that Gospel, which the apostle states that he had preached to the Corinthians, the subject of consideration. "I declare unto you the Gospel," says he, "which I have preached unto you." The Saxon word "Gospel", like the Greek ...
John Brown
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Coming to Christ - Published on July 12, 2004
...Every one who is brought under this influence will come. It is absolutely certain he shall; but there is no compulsion. The man is not driven, he is led; he is not dragged, he is drawn by "the bands of love and the cords of a man"(Hos. 11:4) - conclusive arguments and cogent motives. The discovery, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, of the sinner's guilt, and depravity, and danger, and of the certain and only mode of deliverance from this guilt, and depravity, and danger, and misery, makes them...
John Brown
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What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? - Published on July 12, 2004
...What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? Is He the object of your indifference or dislike? Does He "grow up before" you in the revelation of the Gospel, "as a root out of a dry ground, without form or comeliness"? and, when you see Him, do you perceive "no beauty why ye should desire Him"? Or do you regard Him as the loveliest of all beings, and the kindest of all benefactors? Do you love Him supremely, not, indeed, as He deserves to be loved, not as you wish to love Him, but st...
John Brown
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Christ, the Believer's Portion - Published on July 12, 2004
...No object is so suitable and adequate to the heart as He is. He is a portion that punctually, exactly, and directly suits the condition of the soul, that suits the desires of the soul; the necessities of the soul, the wants of the soul, the longings of the soul, and the prayers of the soul. The soul can crave nothing, nor wish for nothing, but what is to be found in this Portion. Here is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply th...
Thomas Brooks
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The Object of Our Faith - Published on July 12, 2004
...The person of Christ is the object of faith. It is Christ in the promises that faith deals with. The promise is but the shell, Christ is the kernel; the promise is but the casket, Christ is the jewel in it; the promise is but the field, Christ is the treasure that is hid in that field; the promise is a ring of gold, Christ is the pearl in that ring; and upon this sparkling, shining pearl, faith delights most to look Faith hath two hands, and with both she lays earnest and fast hold on King Jesus...
Thomas Brooks
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He Hath Found it So - Published on July 12, 2004
...A man that hath that experimental knowledge that accompanies salvation, will from experience tell you, that sin is the greatest evil in the world, for he hath found it so, Rom. 7; that Christ is the one thing necessary, for he hath found Him so, Psalm 27:4; that the favor of God is better than life, for he hath found it so, Psalm 63:3; that only pardoning mercy makes a man happy, for he hath found it so, Psalm 32:1,2; that a wounded spirit is such a burden that none can bear, for he hath found i...
Thomas Brooks
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Thoughts on Prayer - Published on July 12, 2004
...God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are. There is no prayer acknowledged, approved, accepted, recorded, or rewarded by God, but that wherein the heart is sin...
Thomas Brooks
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Complete in Him - Published on July 12, 2004
..."Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth," Romans 10:4 The obedience required by the law He has given, the satisfaction for sin, which it demanded, He has presented on behalf of His Church and people. Each one is brought by the Holy Ghost to confess: "In the Lord have I righteousness and strength," Isaiah 45:24. The Word declares, for the comfort of all who hunger and thirst after righteousness, "In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and sh...
Thomas Bradbury
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