In this lesson, we continue to discuss the pilgrimmage of Christian as he meets Evangelist, goes to Wicket Gate, talks to Goodwill and then goes to the House of the Interpreter. Due to time constraints, we only deal more fully with two of the first 5 pictorial instructions, the dust, the swept floor and the maiden with a pitcher of water. (2) The wall with the fire, the casting of water on the one side of the fire, but it’s burning hotter. The last two pictures in the Interpreter’s House will be addressed, D V, next week.
This is the first of a number of Sunday School lessons taught at The Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI. This first lesson deals with the historical background, some biographical information. Then we transitioned to reading the first paragraphs of the book and commenting.
….When men see the badness of their own hearts, they are ready to be discouraged, but they are then in a more hopeful condition than before: If men be strangers to their own hearts, they will trust in themselves, and neglect Christ. God first discovers to them what they are, and then he discovers the excellency of Christ to them: men will never come to Christ, till they are convinced what corrupt, blind and dead creatures they are. And therefore the more God shews him of the badness of his heart, the more graciously he deals with him: The badness of the heart is matter of sorrow, but the sight of that badness is matter of encouragement; the more they see of that, the more hope there is of their being prepared for Christ.
Does this sermon need an introduction? I have narrated for 32 years, I have narrated this sermon many times. But I can assure you, this narration tonight never affected me so much. I poured my heart into it with the conviction that if I died tonight, I am glad to have ended on this note.
There were two subject discussed today. The counseling of a sinner under awakening in need of salvation, did the Puritans actually teach preparationism? (2) The history of the 2nd Great Awakening, just a basic intro and a mention of Asahel Nettleton. A mention was made of the book co-written by my pastor Paul Smalley, and Joel Beeke, Prepared by Grace for Grace. The Puritans’s on God’s Ordinary Way of Leading Sinners to Christ.
If we consider this first principle of life, there is not the least doubt but regeneration is accomplished in a moment. For there is no delay in the transition from death to life. No person can be regenerated so long as he is in the state of spiritual death: but in the instant he begins to live, he is born again. Wherefore no intermediate state between the regenerate and unregenerate can be imagined so much as in thought. Witsius, Herman. The Economy of the Covenants Between Man and God: Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity
How may a person judge, when a promise or threatening comes from God, or is brought by Satan to the soul?
It must be acknowledged to be a very difficult and critical work to distribute to every one their proper portion, and so to divide the word of truth, as to give suitable eneouragement to those to whom it belongs, and vet to leave the hypocrite or presumptuous sinner no room to hope. It is equally difficult to attempt to destroy the vain
confidenee of the sinner, without disturbing the peace, and discouraging the minds of those who are the real followers of Jesus. Who is sufficient for these things? We readily confess our insufficieney ; but yet hope, that the Lord has enabled us to be in
some measure faithful, so far as our spiritual knowledge extends, and may he enable you who read, to deal faithfully with your own souls, that so neither our labour, nor your perusal, may be in vain.
What method must a Christian, in declining circumstances, take to recover a healthful and vigorous frame of soul, so as to be able to maintain real and close communion with God amidst the hurries and
business of this world ?
Through the reputed importunities of our friends, and from satisfactory evidenees of usefulness, we have been prevailed upon to commit to public view a select number of these answers, though somewhat contracted. And we hope, that those into whose
hands they may come, will read them with Christian candour. And may the Spirit of God, without whose peculiar blessing all attempts will be ineffectual to answer any saving purposes, make these a powerful means or bringing them nearer to Christ, and of making them more lively and active in his service ! If this happy end be but in the least answered, we shall rejoice, and give God all the glory, disregarding all the little contempt that may be cast upon us and our imperfect labours.