Great encouragement This passage about Jesus anticipating Peter's betrayal is such an encouragement. Peter went to the very depths yet the Lord knew and prayed for his faith to not fail even before the event. What a picture of love and security.
Great Sermon! A very excellent look at our fickle, feeble human nature versus the faithful, covenant love of our God particularly in light of the providences in our lives from our wise, all-knowing Lord.
A good reminder of the free offer! It is noticeable that precisely the crucial points of the Sum of Saving Knowledge became the themes for most of Mâ€™Cheyneâ€™s sermons. Thus he described better than any contemporary or friend could the condition of the soul which comes to the realization of his own lost state before God. In a series of sermons on John 16:8 he emphasized that the knowledge of misery alone could not save the sinner. It is necessary that he be convicted of the righteousness of Christ: â€˜Remember, anxiety for the soul does not save the soul. Sailors in a shipwreck are very anxious. They cry much to God in prayer and tears; and yet, though they are anxious men, they are not saved, the vessel goes to pieces and all are drowned.â€™ â€˜â€¦ So you are much afraid of the wrath of God, and it may be God has, in mercy, stirred up these anxieties in your bosom; but you are not yet saved â€“ unless you come to Christ all will be in vain. Many are now in hell who were once as anxious to escape as you.â€™ Rightly Bonar observes that Mâ€™Cheyne never reckoned his soul saved, notwithstanding â€˜all his convictions and views of sin, until he really went into the holiest of all on the warrant of the Redeemerâ€™s work; . . . Van Valen, L. J. 56