- We lost a paradise by sin,
and have gained a heaven by the cross.
Stephen Charnock (1628-80)
Until sin be bitter,
Christ will not be sweet.
Thomas Watson (1668)
The cross once seen
is death to every vice.
William Cowper (1835)
The tear of repentance is shed by the eye of faith, and faith, as it weeps, stands beneath the cross.
Horatius Bonar? (1880s)
Let them that will, repent, that Christ may do for them.
I believe what Christ hath done for me, that I may repent.
Thomas Boston (1720s)
A discovery of Christ
in the light of the Spirit,
wastes, weakens and withers
the body of sin.
Ebenezer Erskine (1730s)
If you will remember Christ's love, you will be lifted up from your crookedness, and made straight.
C.H. Spurgeon (1890)
Live in Christ, die in Christ, and then flesh need not fear death.
John Knox (1572)
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It’s easy to call God “Father” in happy, blue sky days. When life falls apart and the sky turns dark, then what do you do? Here’s a brilliant concluding sermon moment by Alistair Begg on suffering and belief:
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Many Christians struggle with the question of assurance. They look at their deeds, actions, performance, thought life and ask, “Am I really a Christian?” Ebenezer Erskine gives 9 Marks of true faith, and they are all centred on Christ. The … Continue reading
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Here’s a helpful extract from Ebenezer Erskine on assurance. How may I know if I be yet a vessel of mercy fitted by regenerating and sanctifying grace for the Master’s use? Hath God yet formed me for himself? Hath he … Continue reading
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I posted yesterday on baptism as “an outward sign of an external reality.” This extract from Joel Beeke’s introduction to the Beauties of Ebenezer Erskine really helpfully distinguishes between the assurance of faith and the assurance of sense. On what … Continue reading