God’s Holy Spirit Gives Us Understanding

Thy Word is a Lamp

Interpreting The Bible

1.) All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study.             2 Timothy 3:15-17.

  2.) Every word must have it’s proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible.             Matthew 5:17-18.

  3.) Scripture must be it’s own expositor (explainer), since it is a rule of itself.  If I depend on a minister or teacher to explain it to me, and they should guess at it’s meaning, or desire to have it so on account of their creed, or thought to be wise… then their guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule and not the Bible! Psalms 19:7-11; 119:97-105; Matthew 23:8-10;  1 Corinthians 2:12-16;  Ezekiel 34:18-19;  Luke 11:52;  Malachi 2:7-8.

 4.)  To understand doctrine, bring all the Scriptures together on the subject  you wish to know; then let every word have it’s proper influence, and if you can form your theory without…

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Charles Spurgeon’s- A Walk With Christ In Attitude and Serving God

Thy Word is a Lamp

GOD IS A HIGH TOWER

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,” refers to works that are possible. There are many things which our heart findeth to do which we never shall do. It is well it is in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart, and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatsoever our hand findeth to do.” One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities, or for a different kind of work, but do just the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we never shall have any time but time present…

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Choice Portions

Choice portions

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

 

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul.

Lamentations 3:24

Suggested Further Reading: 1 John 4:7-19

The love of God changes us into its own image, so that what the Lord says concerning us, we can also declare concerning him. God is love essentially, and when this essential love shines forth freely upon us, we reflect it back upon him. He is like the sun, the great father of lights, and we are as the moon and the planets, we shine in rays borrowed from his brightness. He is the golden seal, and we, his people, are the wax receiving the impression. Our heaven is to be likeness to Christ, and our preparation for heaven consists in a growing imitation of him in all things. See, brethren, how the Lord gives the word, and our heart, like an echo, repeats every syllable. The Lord loves his people, and we love him because he first loved us; he has chosen his saints, and they have also made him their chosen heritage. The saints are precious to Jesus, and unto us who believe he is precious; Christ lived for us, and for us to live is Christ; we gain all things by his death, and for us to die is gain. The church is the looking-glass in which Christ sees himself reflected; she is like a fair songstress taking up the refrain of Jesus canticles of love; while he sings, My sister, my spouse, she answers, My beloved is mine, and I am his.  It is most delightful to perceive how, through divine grace, believers come to have the same feeling towards their God which their gracious Lord has towards them. Our two texts present us with an interesting instance: the church is God;s portion, he delights in her, he finds in her his solace and his joy; but God is also, as the result of this, the church’s portion, her full delight and bliss. Beloved, the love is mutual.

For meditation: God has loved us (Malachi 1:2); how are you responding to him? With unbelief, self-justification and self-defence (Malachi 1:2,6-7; 2:17; 3:8,13)? Or with love displayed in thankful trust and obedience (Psalm 56:10-13; 116:1-2,12-14)? Are you being changed into his image (2 Corinthians 3:18)?

Sermon no. 451
25 May (1862)

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