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The Glorious Majesty of Christ’s Person (Part One)

Posted by Curt Wildy on April 14, 2014

The Glorious Majesty of Christ’s Person

W. Skelton, S.S. (Part One)

The Earthen Vessel: and Christian Record & Review

1846 – Volume II

Dear Mr. Editor,

In perusing the cover of the August Vessel, your faithful correspondent, Conscience, proved to be to me a faithful monitor; he has spoken loudly and powerfully in the matter that the exaltation of the glorious majesty of Christ’s person; the telling out the wonders of his precious blood, and the immeasurable and unsearchable perfections of his righteousness, is what every earthen vessel, whether animate or inanimate, should be engaged in, even in the midst of all the dreadful filth such earthen vessel may contain. And now, Mr. Editor, as your faithful correspondent Mr. Conscience, and mine, have directly met in with each other, and not a jarring sentiment has been advanced by either relative to the great and important point, which has formed the subject of their solemn consideration, and it being unanimously agreed upon between them that in all things Christ shall have the pre-eminence; your Mr. Conscience, has laid a necessity on mine, to be a mouth for both, through the medium of the Earthen Vessel, for the exaltation of the all-glorious person of Christ, the righteousness of Emmanuel, God with us; and so, in humble hope that the Spirit of God (whose office work it is to glorify Christ, to lay open to the view of a living faith the all dazzling glories which centre in the incomprehensible person of our Lord Jesus Christ,) will be pleased to lead me and to take me in the visions of God, (Ezekiel xl.) unto this high mountain, I shall proceed to bear a testimony concerning his Person, of whom he himself declared, “All the prophets wrote of me;” and “before Abraham was, I AM;” and Esaias saw his glory when he exclaimed, ” Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory;” and I feel as that my heart is inditing a good matter in the behalf of those who feel themselves brimful of bad matter and manners, while I bear testimony in and through the Holy Ghost, out of an heart made experimentally to know, yet not being able fully to comprehend, concerning his all-glorious Person.

As the Christ of God he is one in God and with God, and one with us and in us; and as such in the unity of his Person, the whole fulness of the Godhead dwelleth bodily, substantially, inherently in him, he possessing in himself every attribute of essential divinity, having said in the days of his flesh “All that the Father hath are mine, and I am glorified in them.”  The mighty God, the Lord of hosts, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord God omnipotent, the Lord Jehovah; then is he so, that whoso honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth him, honoureth, worshippeth, and adoreth the Father also, and whoso honoureth not, adoreth not, the Son, honoureth not, adoreth not, the Father; and as Jehovah’s Christ, and ours, he has stood eternally united unto us, and we have been in eternal union with him, not by the creation of an human soul before the birth of time, said to be taken then into union with his Person, but in the eternity of his person, as the Christ of Jehovah, who being one eternal now, knows of nothing new, and contemplates nothing old: this Christ of God, as the eternal Logos, or Word, lays eternally in the bosom of the Father in all his divine offices and characters, which he eternally sustained in behalf of the church, who are, and were one in him, and who by virtue of an eternal union are, and ever were, the members of his mystic body, of whom he is the eternal living head, and so they were set up in him as the objects of Jehovah’s eternal delight, irrevocable favour, and never beginning never ending choice, according to his eternal purpose and decree in whom they were eternally blessed by “God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, according as he chose them in him before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before him in love.” He, in his own proper Person, possessing that eternal life which, as the gift of the Father, was given unto the church IN HIM, before the world was, “For this is the record that God hath given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son; he that hath tfce Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life.’‘—” And now, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the a world he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him ;” as they gaze on him he being seen of angels, as God manifested in the flesh, in no new relationship to the church, filling no new office, sustaining no new character in her behalf, but in her nature manifesting himself as her everlasting Head, Husband, and Representative, Daysman, and Mediator, Lawgiver, and Lawfulfiller, Surety, and Ransom, High Priest, and Sacrifice, Altar and Offering, Sin-burdenbearer and Sin-propitiation, Curse-endurer, and Curse-remover, wrath enduring and hell-suffering Saviour and Redeemer, Lord and God; of whom it is written “when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them which were under the law ; that we might receive the adoption of sons;” not that we might be made the sons of God thereby, for we are sons of God, by adoption, as an eternal act in him ; but that we might receive the adoption of sons; and all the blessings and blessedness thereto belonging, in, through, and by him.

Continued in Part Two.

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Weighed in the Balances

Posted by Curt Wildy on April 14, 2014

Weighed in the Balances

The Earthen Vessel: and Christian Record & Review

1846 – Volume II

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
1 Samuel 2:3

Sir,—Every Christian possesses a new state of existence, and consequently capacities to know, believe, obey, love, adore, &c. ; these are called into action by the word, means of grace, and the invisible but personal act of the Spirit. “As ye have learned Christ Jesus, so walk ye in him.” Thus all learning connected with Christ is shown by the correspondence in the walk. Here we have a proof that where the life does not correspond to the professed knowledge, the knowledge is not from Christ: this is a most essential point in our, or in any, time of the church. We are called to witness much profession of knowledge, faith and love, whilst the life remains as before. Faith, like knowledge, has its demonstration, and this demonstration is in what it does : by this we triumph over every foe ; the world, satan, and the body of sin. The word of God by this is obeyed: the grand development of faith is by love: love is the fulfilling of the commandment: obedience, knowledge, faith, and love cannot be separated. The word feeds knowledge, brings and increases faith: draws out, expands, enlivens, and invigorates love ; let the word be either misplaced, misunderstood, or obscurely comprehended, and all is at once deranged: confusion, error, disobedience, &c, have no check. The word is not the property of the world, but of the church: it behoves the church to see that she rightly divides the word of truth. Exhortation is largely scattered over the extensive field of truth: if this part of truth be obscured, misplaced or in any way deprived of its true hearing upon the church, its effects will be proportionally nullified: the church is robbed of one of her guides and blessings: Peter exhorts to give all diligence, “add to your faith, virtue; to virtue, knowledge; to knowledge, temperance; to temperance, patience; to patience, godliness; to godliness, brotherly kindness ; to brotherly kindness, charity.”

The result from the regard, or from the disregard of this exhortation are pointed out: to those who do regard so as to comply, we are assured that they are neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; blessed truth : here is the discovery between a fruitful and fruitless knowledge. Again, to them their calling and election are made sure. What a cluster of rich discoveries here present themselves ! A holy calling, called to holiness; called to virtue and glory; elected or chosen, to be holy ; to be without blame ; to stand before God in love ; these demonstrated to the soul work obedience to these heavenly exhortations. Such have moreover an assurance that they shall never fall. Here again the discovery is pregnant with security against all the difficulties that attend us in this sinful state. Neither do the blessings stop here; a wide and holy entrance into the kingdom presents itself; the obedient enter into the everlasting kingdom: the light, the love, the communion, the spirit of the kingdom now fills the ravished soul. Here is a state, a dwelling, a condition which nothing on earth can equal or bear comparison with. Thus the word becomes a lamp and a light for our feet, that we may not miss the path or paths of wisdom, which are the paths of peace.

Opposed to this are carnal paths, strewed with envy, hatred, malice, &c. These two paths lead in opposite directions. Now it is certain that those who are found in direct opposition to each other in their walk, must be so in their character: faith obeys; disobedience’ proves unbelief. The believer and the unbeliever are thus portrayed before our eyes; “shew me your faith by your works, and I will shew you my faith by my works.” Contrary streams flow not in the same river—contrary fruits are found not upon the same tree : “by their fruits shall ye know them.” The truth when spiritually received and rightly understood, acts inwardly, and guides outwardly. We feel its power, or the Spirit’s power, through it; we are guided by it, or the Spirit there shows us the way we should go. The allurements of time are thus brought in contact with the enlightening of the understanding; perfect harmony exists in the actions; the affections are brought into action with what the understanding approves; the will thus captivated, follows, and obedience is the result. “I delight to do thy will, O God.” The service of God is perfect freedom, and love fulfils the commandment. Teaching is sought for; into truth such are led; as they have learned, they walk; and thus prove that they are in the school of Christ, and led by the Spirit of God. This is one of the things after, and for which every child of God sighs; thus the Spirit by the word, points to, and shews how, we are to possess what the Spirit in the soul causes us ardently to desire and to seek. Thus the believer is brought to possess and become a living witness of what the Spirit sets forth it; the oracles of eternal truth. Here besets to his seal that God is true.

Leicester, Amutor Verita

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Speak To The Rock

Posted by Curt Wildy on March 23, 2014

Speak To The Rock

Pastor Jesse Gistand
Audio sermon
11/05/2006 – 67m
Numbers 20:1-13

Numbers 20:1-13 Then came the children of Israel, [even] the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. 2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. 3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? 5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it [is] no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink. 6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. 13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

Comment: The Lord, through His grace and providence, put together so many needful truths into this one sermon (or so many facets of the one comprehensive truth) that I do not know where to begin. Suffice to say that this message was immensely edifying, covering core aspects of the full counsel of God with needful admonition and exhortation.

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The Potential Idolatry of Self-Abasement

Posted by Curt Wildy on March 23, 2014

The Potential Idolatry of Self-Abasement

We are wretched men in light of this body of death; we are unprofitable servants as a result of it. We know the plague of our own heart (as it relates to the ever-presence of the outer man and not to the new heart the Lord has given us). We know that we are undone by nature. We loathe ourselves in light of our sin — even sin of thought, word, commission and omission. However, we must never make a show of such things. We have nothing to bring to God for salvation, no not even our own professed vileness. We seek salvation experimentally when God reveals the vileness of our natural condition but we must never put any trust in the offering up of such things before God and men.

Likewise, we must never judge another man by how experimentally they proclaim their “woefulness” before others. I have known quite a few who have forsaken truth despite their “humble” admissions to being a worm, a wretch, a nothing, a dog. These things can be mimicked for seasons, even extended ones at that. It isn’t our public self-abasement that saves us, nor is it the lack (or perceived insufficiency) thereof that does so — salvation is all of Christ, all of His finished work, and He knows all those who are His. Therefore, who are we to try to peer into the heart of other men to determine if they are humble enough; if they feel their plague enough; if they see their wretchedness enough, if they declare their vileness enough…? Such things can become idols, a means of boasting… a way of saying ‘look at me, see what a low view I have of myself. Why do you not see yourself as lowly as I see myself?’ This is a dangerous game to play; it can become nothing more than a “voiding competition” to see who can denigrate themselves the most.

Thus, true humility before God (something we can all use more of, myself especially) is not found in the repeated declaration of our vile state as believers. True humility before God is bowing to His will and to His word by His grace. Every Christian knows what he is by nature. Every Christian knows that indwelling sin makes us fall so very short of the mark. We all know this; we all feel this; we all lament over this, loathing our condition because of it. But what do we do in light thereof? Do we continue to declare our loathsomeness? Or do we praise God for the mercies already given us and pray for more mercy, grace, and experienced victory? Do we wallow or do we seek to rise out of the mire, as He ordained and enables, so as to serve Him, and love Him, according to knowledge and truth. Do we proclaim the Gospel and our natural filth repeatedly or do we proclaim our natural filth, the Gospel, and the liberty we now have in Christ (namely, freedom from sin and freedom unto good works to the degree of the varying measure that God has set for each of us). I am not saying to never address these truths; I am suggesting that we should do so in a balanced, contextual manner.

God does not call us to judge the degree of experimentalism expressed by others — He calls us to feed His sheep by proclaiming His word, even the whole counsel of it. Yes, the preaching of the cross is paramount — and yet, all of Scripture is God-breathed and worthy of our utmost attention. Let us not judge ourselves by ourselves. Let us not commend one another so that we can commend ourselves. Instead, may our prayer be that God turns us so that we will be turned; that He leads us all the more in the Way; and brings us into all truth via His scripture.

Finally, cherish the word as you cherish The Word. His truth will set us free because He, as the Truth, has already done so. Enjoy the word, delight in it, see marvelous things out of it and let no man distract you from it. There is no sin in knowledge, only the abuse of it… However, one man’s abuse is another man’s edification — just as one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. Interpretation is in the eye of the beholder. God will discern; rebuke; and chasten all who are His. May we be led to stay on course; grow in knowledge, love, and grace; and fight the good fight in all avenues of our life, in light of all aspects of His word.

P.S.

The next time someone informs you of the vileness of your nature, especially if they do so with fervent focus, agree with them for they are telling you the absolute truth; agree that their negative description of your natural self is spot on. However, proceed to remind them of what our blessed Savior has done for us and what He has done in us through union with Him.

If one says “we are vile;” say “Amen! After the outward man we are indeed, but after the inward man… “We are of God…; we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ…; we are the Lord’s…; we are in Him…; we are the children of God…; we are saved by hope…; we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us…; we are labourers together with God…; we are all partakers of that one bread…; we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ…; we are no longer under a schoolmaster…; we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free; we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them…; we are members one of another…; we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones…; we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh…; we are not of the night, nor of darkness…; we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end…; we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…; we are not of them who draw back unto perdition but of them that believe to the saving of the soul…; and we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God.” — Thank GOD for these precious truths.

To Christ be the glory.

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The Preaching of the Cross

Posted by Curt Wildy on March 22, 2014

The Preaching of the Cross

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Galatians 6:14

The Christian is instructed to deny himself and to bear his cross daily as he follows Christ. This is a truth that no Christian can, or would, deny. Consider the following verses:

Matthew 10:38 “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”

Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Mark 8:34 “…Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Mark 10:21 “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

Luke 9:23 “And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Luke 14:27 “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” 

However, some proclaiming to be Christians, make an idol of these truths. It is nothing but damnable heresy, damnable heresy, to read 1 Corinthians 1:18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” and proclaim that this is not the finished work of Christ on the cross but rather, our bearing of our daily cross as we deny ourselves and endure persecution (or for some, provoke men unto persecution for the sake of pride and boasting in such things). It is damnable heresy to mock, as some do, “the wood,” knowing that it is not the wood that the Christian clings to but what the “wood,” the cross, represents — and that is the all-sufficient, all-efficient, salvific work of Christ as He bore the sins of His elect, in His own body, enduring the wrath of God unto the utmost, and putting away our sins forever  (“our” — being the elect’s, and not the elect in some abstract sense, but those whom God elected to hear and believe the true Gospel, which reveals the True Christ, and in whom the elect saint will believe and rest for all aspects of their salvation — by God’s grace).

There are few things more wretched in “Predestination” circles than to make what Christ does in us, what Christ ordains for us, more important, more paramount than the completed substitutionary and propitiatory atonement that Christ victoriously made. To make our cross-bearing, our self-denial, our persecution for righteousness’ sake of higher worth and value than the cross of Christ is the height of idolatry. To deny that Christ made us perfect, truly perfect in Him — to deny that we have a perfect righteousness and perfect sanctification in our Lord (who is our righteousness and sanctification) -even now- is to take all right doctrine concerning election, predestination, justification, etc. and to mangle the divine intent and focus of it. These truths point to Christ and He must be the center-point, He must be the object of our single-eye (Matthew 6:22). Everything in the word comes back to Him and is in light of Him. Never let anyone tell you that the finished work of Christ does not mean that Christ finished, completed, perfected, all that was necessary (as to the basis and ground) of our salvation. Sure we must be regenerated and converted in this life, but that is the fruit of Christ’s work, the result of it. Sure we are to strive to deny ourselves, mortify the flesh, and witness boldly before men — but such things do not perfect us; they evidence before men the perfection that we already have in and by Christ. Moreover, it is Christ who works these things in us, by the Holy Ghost, all according to the will of the Father; so who can take credit for a single atom of it?

To God be the glory and may we never pride ourselves in anything that we do; may we never elevate even that which Christ works in us above what Christ, alone, worked and suffered during His baptism on the cross. Do not be deceived by words that sound like the words we hold precious and dear — we must try the spirits; we must have everyone define their terms and prove them via scripture. Make sure that they mean (by the key terms, phrases, and passages common to Predestinarian circles that they use) what the Bible declares that these things mean… do not be deceived by the deceivers — no matter how much they may speak about “Grace and Truth…”

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