Free Ebook-The Love of Christ

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The Love of Christ

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)

 
Contents

I. Christ’s Constraining Love ………………………………………… 2
II. His Love Removes Our Hatred …………………………………. 3
III. His Love Stirs Up Our Love ……………………………………. 4
IV. Christ’s Persevering Love ………………………………………… 5

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To Love As Jesus Loved: “Charity Thinketh No Evil”

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

SIH TOTT ICON“And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away…  
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.
(1 Corinthians 13:3-8, 13)

 

As we continue looking at events in the life of Christ that set a wonderful example for…

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Objections to Election-Objection 4

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

Four: It inspires pride in those who think they are elect.

Answer: This is possible only in the case of those who pervert the doctrine. On the contrary, its proper influence is to humble men. Those who exalt themselves above others, upon the ground that they are special favorites of God, have reason to question their salvation. Such people know nothing of sovereign grace.

Christian hymnology witnesses the effect that believing election has on a humbled heart:

Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
and enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come.
Twas the same love that spread the feast,
That sweetly forced me in;
Else I had still refused to taste,
And perished in my sin.
Pity the nations, O our God!
Constrain the earth to come;
Send thy victorious word abroad,
And bring the wanderers home. Issac…

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He Routs Our Enemy

Originally posted on He Hath Said:

He hath cast out thine enemy. -Zephaniah 3:15

What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has destroyed the enemy’s reigning power over us. He may worry us, but he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed.

Still is the archenemy the accuser of the brethren; but even from this position our Lord has driven him. Our Advocate silences our accuser. The Lord rebukes our enemies and pleads the causes of our soul, so that no harm comes of all the devil’s revilings.

As a tempter, the evil spirit still assails us and insinuates himself into our minds; but thence also is he cast out as to his former preeminence. He wriggles about like a…

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REVIVAL IS ALL DIVINE

Originally posted on Samuel at Gilgal:

Robert Murray M'CheyneRobert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843):

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?(Psalm 85:6 ESV)

It is God who must revive us again. It is not human work. It is all divine. If you look to men to do it, you will only get that curse in Jeremiah 17. “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.”

The Lord has all the means in His hands. The Son of Man holds the seven stars in His right hand. The stars are His ministers. He lifts them up, or lets them down, at His sovereign will. He gives them all their light, or He takes it away. He holds them up and lets them shine clearly, or He holds them in the hollow of His hand, as it seemeth good in His sight. Sometimes He lets them shine on one district…

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Nothing to Alarm Us (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

Originally posted on forhisgloryandpraise:

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Nothing to Alarm Us
July 25
But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. (Daniel 12:13)

We cannot understand all the prophecies, but yet we regard them with pleasure and not with dismay. There can be nothing in the Father’s decree which should justly alarm His child. Though the abomination of desolation be set up, yet the true believer shall not be defiled; rather shall he be purified, and made white, and tried. Though the earth be burned up, no smell of fire shall come upon the chosen. Amid the crash of matter and the wreck of worlds, the Lord Jehovah will preserve His own.
Calmly resolute in duty, brave in conflict, patient in suffering, let us go our way, keeping to our road, and neither swerving from it…

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Will It Stand The Test?

Originally posted on Still They Speak:

“The real thing we need to know about any view of life, or any situation in life that we may hold, is whether it will stand the test. Is it going to help us and be of value to us in the hour of our greatest need? There is little value in a house, however luxurious and comfortable it may be, if when the storms come and the floods begin to beat upon it, it suddenly collapses. That is what we call living in ‘a fool’s paradise’. It seemed so wonderful when the sun was shining, and when, in a sense, we had no need of its protection and might have been quite satisfied with a tent. But we need a house that can stand up to the storms and the hurricanes. A house build upon the sand cannot do so and is obviously of no value at all.” –Martyn…

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On Forgiveness

Originally posted on Reiterations:

In regard to the passage in Luke (Luke 7.36-50), no man of sober judgment who reads the parable there employed by our Lord will raise any controversy with us.  The Pharisee thought that the Lord did not know the character of the woman whom He had so easily admitted to His presence.  For he presumed that He would not have admitted her if He had known what kind of a sinner she was and, from this, he inferred that one who could be deceived in this way was not a prophet.  Our Lord, to show that she was not a sinner inasmuch as she had already been forgiven, spoke this parable…By these words, it is plain He does not make love the cause of forgiveness, but the proof of it.  The similitude is borrowed from the case of a debtor to whom a debt of five hundred [denarii] had been…

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