A Few Edifying Stanzas on Justification

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
‘Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head!

This spotless robe the same appears,
When ruined nature sinks in years;
No age can change its glorious hue,
The robe of Christ is ever new.

Nicholas von Zinzendorf

Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save and Thou alone.

Augustus Toplady

And concerning that heavenly city,

Glorious things of thee are spoken
Zion, city of our God;
He whose word cannot be broken
Formed thee for His own abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake thy sure repose?
With salvation’s walls surrounded,
Thou mayest smile on all thy foes.

See! The streams of living waters,
Springing from eternal love,
Well supply Thy sons and daughters,
And all fear of want remove.
Who can faint while such a river
Ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the Giver,
Never fails from age to age.

Savior, if of Zion’s city
I, through grace, a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in Thy Name.
Fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
All his boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasure
None but Zion’s children know.

John Newton

Two Great Sermons on “Fleeing Sexual Immorality”

From 1 Corinthians 6.12-20.  Preached by Ryan Fullerton, one of our pastors at Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, KY:

Flee Sexual Immorality, Part 1

Flee Sexual Immorality, Part 2

And one more edifying sermon on one of the divine purposes of marriage: purity, 1 Corinthians 7.1-5.


The Bible’s Sum and Substance

The sum and substance of the message of the Bible can be summarised in an argument (or syllogism) such as this:

Major Premise: The true Messiah shall be both God and man, from the seed of David.  He shall be born of his heavenly Father’s bosom.  He shall satisfy the law.  He shall offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the faithful.  He shall conquer death by dying and rising again.  He shall ascend into heaven.  In due time he shall return for judgment.

Minor Premise: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Mary, meets all of these requirements.

Conclusion: Therefore Jesus is the true Messiah.

In this syllogism the major premise is the scope or principal burden of the writings of all the prophets.  The minor premise is contained in the writings of the evangelists and apostles.

William Perkins, The Art of Prophesying (originally, 1592), 11.

I love Perkins’ messianic reading of the Bible, understanding the books of the Bible to be strictly and ultimately messianic documents.  I would only add to Perkins’ conclusion that Jesus must, therefore, be wholly believed upon or, as Paul puts it, “(God) commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17.30), on the basis of Christ’s person and work.

On the Importance of Preaching

Through preaching those who hear (effectually) are called into a state of grace, and preserved in it.

William Perkins, The Art of Prophesying, 7.