Great Sermon! it has always been hard for me to listen to another man whether in a movie or someone who is not associated with hollywood, to boldly say "I am the way the truth and the life". i try to avoid movies where a mere human is saying "i and my Father are one" and "those who do not believe in me will die in their sins". what Jesus said on the cross can never be repeated by sinners pretending/believing they can save other sinners.
Pressing Into the Kingdom and SEEKING This sermon is the common counsel that Edwards gives to those who would be saved. A recent book has been written on this subject by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley - Prepared for Grace by Grace, answering the charge that the Puritans taught preparationism. What Edwards IN FACT taught was that there was a desire to believe on Christ that had for its foundation purely mercenary motives. He said, you say you desire to be saved. But you really have a desire not to be damned. To have Christ as a Savior is a different thing. This was to expose what was called mercenary motives for coming to Christ. This sermon is therefore much like the sermon, Pressing Into the Kingdom.
The Puritan's knowledge of his enemy. Just 8 days ago a listener from the United Kingdom requested more audio from this book. His request was seen one day later, this chapter was narrated 2 days after that, and placed on my podcast. But to have it also here on SermonAudio, once again I am absolutely indebted to my friends at
S W R B. I simply am astonished at all the materials they upload. The book really makes an impression on the narrator, may it benefit the listener as well. There are numerous puritan authors on the Christian Warfare - Ambrose, Gurnall, Downame... but fewer that are this detailed on the temptations themselves. In fact, this 451 page book by Gilpin may have no equal in its field. Note: It is amazing how familiar our Puritan forefathers were with death bed scenes of their own children. All 11 of John Owens children died, 10 in infancy, 1 daughter at 19 of consumption. Gilpin had 13 children, 7 of them died in infancy. T M S puritanaudiobooks.com
Largest Commentary in Church History Caryl's commentary on Job is a 12 volume commentary. It is the fruit of 22 years of preaching through this single book. It has never been published in any other than a facsimile edition. But to attempt to narrate it, even a small portion of it, is worth the effort. Though this 12 vol. book was photo-copied for me from a friend elsewhere, the Puritan Hard Drive edition from S W R B is what I used here because the scan was more readable. Last week, while on vacation, I looked through book by book of all the Puritan works on the Puritan Hard Drive. Many people have left comments on the whole drive, I am attempting to look at every single document and become familiar with all that is offered there. I am gratified to find rare names such as William Spurstowe and John Arrowsmith. I hope my legacy to the world is to leave one narration of every unique puritan name I can find. But I hope someday that Caryl will be reprinted in a more satisfactory format. Not too many people will purchase a 12 volume commentary, but if they buy any ONE, I doubt they would be disappointed. It is because of Jonathan Edwards' sermon on this same text - Hypocrites Deficient, that I read Caryl on these two verses. T M S www.puritanaudiobooks.com
Arminianism Another Gospel - Spurgeon, Edwards ... And yet, Old Norwegeon, we see no Scripture in your comment, just your own "reason, logic, and philosophy" -- thus you have rebuked yourself by your own words (which were not Scriptural in the first place, as the Bible instructs us to listen to teachers who are faithful to the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Song of Solomon 1:8, etc., insofar as their words agree with Scripture).
Nevertheless, hear what the King of kings declares in the Bible:
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. (Eph. 1:11, KJV)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44, KJV)
But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3, KJV)
Arminianism Another Gospel - Spurgeon, Edwards ... And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel 4:35, KJV)
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. (Rom. 9:18, KJV)
(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. (Rom. 9:11-13, KJV)
... whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world ... (Revelation 17:8, KJV)
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. (Eph. 1:4-5, KJV)
Arminianism Another Gospel - Calvin, Spurgeon ... Much more on God's sovereignty can be found at:
+ The Sovereignty of God by Al Martin (17 Free MP3s)
+ A.W. Pink's Sovereignty of God (Free MP3 Audio Book, Free Online Books and Other Formats)
+ God's Absolute Sovereignty (Predestination) and Man's Full Responsibility and Free Agency (In the Bible) - Free Reformation Resources (MP3s, Videos, Books, etc.)
+ THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD OVER DISASTERS, HURRICANES (SANDY, KATRINA, ETC.) & ALL THE TROUBLES OF LIFE (FREE MP3S, VIDEO, ETC.)
+ An Antidote Against Arminianism, the Arminian Heresy Refuted & The Five Points Of Calvinism Upheld by Christopher Ness (First Time Free SWRB Audio Book, 4 Free MP3s)
Just Started and I'm Concerned I just went through the brief intro. I will listen to it completely (Lord willing); however, as much as Pastor Spurgeon said many wonderful things...this quote is not...in fact I have been spending a lot of time counseling young men who have "read" mere sin cursed fallen mens "reason, logic, and philosophy" and become more animated and drawn to their astounding intellect and leave the Bible as almost a secondary source...until we have mastered the Word of God (by the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth), I will ignore his / your counsel. I am learning also that the enemy is the designer and builder of "camps" these camps divvy out 80% truth and 20% poison and leadership (in all "camps") vehemently embrace a "all or nothing" ethos to it's adherents...we sheep who love to "belong" capitulate and ingest the poison in order to avoid alienation. The reformers and Puritans had astounding intellects which unfortunately got them into as much doctrinal troubl as the simpleton (In my opinion)...Luther had so much Catholic Philosophy mixed in with his theology that he propagated and we often mindlessly regurgitate his sin cursed logic and reason mixed with his theology and eventually my dear reformed brothers enjoy hearing themselves talk more than hearing the King of Kings declare.
The Revival We Long For Here is one paragraph from this book... The evening of Wednesday, June 15, was appointed for prayer, and long before the hour for commencing the service, the church was crowded. The awful sadness in every countenance bespoke the deep earnestness within; even the most ungodly were overawed, and wore a solemn sadness on their faces. Had a pestilence swept over the neighbourhood, leaving one dead in every house, greater awe would not have been produced. At the close of the services, several efforts were made to dismiss the congregation, but without avail; and it was not until four o'clock in the morning that the people could be persuaded to go home. Multitudes were again, on that night, steeped in awful sorrow, and stung with the most poignant remorse for sin. Such unutterable horror overwhelmed one young man, that the blood streamed from mouth and nose. Another man, who all his life was a profligate, had such a vivid view of the horrors of hell, and the pains of hell took such hold of him, that he cried like a demoniac, that a hundred devils were dragging him to the bottomless pit. (Adam Magill)Boveva
Thanks for posting this In the last 20 years I suppose I have quoted these couple of paragraphs by Robert Leighton (1611â€“1684) on 1 Peter 4:18 more for people going through very difficult trials than any other uninspired paragraphs. I remember about 18 months ago during a particular heavy trial we were going through I quoted these words as part of a meditation while we were storming the gates of heaven with prayer for a wayward son. Especially the sentence about scarcely strength or life remaining in the believer. Who much thinks of trials bringing us to what appears an inch of death? The Quote: "The Christian is so simple and weak, and by reason of abounding corruption, there is such frequent, almost continual, need of purifying by afflictions and trials, that he has need to be still under physic, and is of necessity at sometimes drained and brought so low, that there is scarcely strength or life remaining in him." - Leighton, and they almost continually bring me to the point of tears and an AMEN.
Pressing Into The Kingdom The pastor of this sermon was one of the professors of the Log College. This is important because there were a lot of associations with Princeton Seminary and the later professors of Princeton no longer taught the emphasis of this sermon. This sermon is amazing because of how similar it is to the teaching of Edwards. See Gerstner's teaching on the same. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1129071323110 Even the Wikipedia article on the Log College tries to distance that pastoral training building with Princeton Seminary. But consider, Archibald Alexander - the first professor of Princeton - 1812, collected and published this book of sermons AS WELL AS the history of the Log College. The history revision, in our day, can be explained because modern historians question whether there was a real "Great Awakening" and more importantly have distanced themselves from the teaching of this sermon. But this is the pure puritan doctrine. See John Owen on "The Means of Regeneration" Volume 4 in His work on the Holy Spirit. Or the second sermon by William Greenhill Volume 1, the Puritan Sermons Morning Exercises at Cripplegate.