Letter: ” I cannot rejoice at the very thoughts of grace, death, the resurrection, and the life, I am afraid I do not truly and sincerely believe. Believers are exhorted to rejoice always; but I cannot rejoice when I ponder upon the most important concerns of my soul; therefore I fear I am not a believer. Alas! I am not able to look steadily upon Christ as my Saviour. At times when I join with the saints in divine worship, I am pretty confident of an interest in Christ; but when I retire, I conclude that that proceeds only from a kind of a heavenly gale upon them, or else upon myself, merely to capacitate me for more use and service among them. I conceive that my heart is not in the least renewed, but in the sense of Scripture is still a stone. ”
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.’ — Proverbs 29:1
It is wholly impossible that a person should be frequently and faithfully admonished for his crime, and yet experience no alteration in is condition. His rancorous pride will be augmented, and his conscience seared as with a hot iron. But the day comes that shall burn as an oven. Then his stiff neck and his stout heart will not exempt him from the terrors that shall overtake the soul of every guilty culprit that shall stand at the judgment seat of God.
O the purity of that holiness which chose rather to punish the sins of the elect in His only begotten Son, than suffer them to go unpunished! O the abyss of His love to the world, for which He spared not His dearest Son, in order to spare sinners! O the depth of the riches of unsearchable wisdom, by which He exercises mercy towards the penitent guilty, without any stain to the honor of the most impartial Judge! O the treasures of love in Christ, whereby He became a curse for us, in order to deliver us therefrom! How becoming the justified soul, who is ready to dissolve in the sense of this love, with full exultation to sing a new song, a song of mutual return of love to a justifying God.
Pink wrote, “But let it be pointed out at the onset that, any reader who has never seen himself under the white light of God’s holiness, and who has never felt His Word cutting him to the very quick, will be unable to fully enter into the force of what we are about to write. Yea, in all probability, he who is unregenerate is likely to take decided exception unto much of what will be said, denying that any such difficulty exists in the matter of a merciful God pardoning one of His offending creatures. ”
Pink wrote, “There was a time, not so long ago, when the blessed truth of Justification was one of the best known doctrines of the Christian faith, when it was regularly expounded by the preachers, and when the rank and file of church-goers were familiar with its leading aspects. But now, alas, a generation has arisen which is well-nigh totally ignorant of this precious theme.” In 32 years of narrating, attention has been given numerous times to the new birth, the doctrine of regeneration and also sanctification. Because of recent studies on the heresies of the Federal Vision Theology and The New Perspective on Paul, I wanted to finally narrate some chapters on justification by faith.
This is the 13th chapter of The Lifting Up on the Downcast. The application of Exodus 34:5-7 applied to doubting Christians is very powerful. It answers so many doubts in just 3 verses.
In this lesson, as a companion to the study of Little Faith, we discussed a character from Bunyan’s second part – Mr. Fearing. “It took him a whole month,” tells Greatheart, “to face the Slough. But he would not go back neither. Till, one sunshiny morning, nobody ever knew how, he ventured, and so got over.But the fact of the matter is,” said the shrewd-headed guide, “Mr. Fearing had, I think, a slough of despond in his own mind; and a slough that he carried everywhere with him.”
Whyte, Alexander Characters in Pilgrim’s Progress
J.I. Packer wrote, “Downame stands with Perkins, Greenham, and Richard Rogers as one of the architects of the Puritan theology of godliness.”
Joel Beeke wrote, “With the possible exception of Gurnall’s ‘Christian Armour,’ this book is the finest Puritan work on the theme of the Christian warfare. It is also Downame’s best work.”
This 30 minute sample is from the 1634 edition to assist new converts who are being unusually and violently attacked in their minds from the devil’s onslaughts. There is already about 4 hours of narrations from the 1603 edition of this work. This sample is to assist someone dear to me who is being terribly afflicted.
In this study, we go into detail on the subject of deep spiritual depression, the definition of spiritual melancholy. We look at a number of test cases and finally discuss the cures. Finally, we look at Christian and Hopeful’s escape from Doubting Castle.
PowerPoint Slide Show GiantDespairDefined
Notes for the Class on Giant Despair 2 The Castle of Giant Despair 2
This is Greenhill’s Commentary on Ezekiel 9 ” 5 : Go ye through the city after him, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; 6 slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the old men that were before the house. 7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and smote in the city. 8 And it came to pass, while they were smiting, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord Jehovah! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy wrath upon Jerusalem? 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of wresting of judgment: for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the land, and Jehovah seeth not. 10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way upon their head.
The commentary of this is very powerful. “It was music to the enemy (The Chaldeans) to slay them in the temple itself, to dash out their brains against the ark and altar. ”