Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
HIM AND THEM
That precious saving faith which unites the sinner to Christ, also unites the sinner to all of those who belong to Christ. To be one with Him is to be one with them. Loving and serving Him has something to do with loving and serving them; likewise, loving and serving them has something to do with loving and serving Him (Matthew 25:31-46). Saving faith says that there is one Savior. Saving faith also says that there is only one household, one family, one body, one vine tree, etc. “I (Christ) am the vine, ye are the branches” (John 15:5).
Pastor Maurice Montgomery
Feed the Sheep
Peter was grieved when the Lord asked him the third time, “Lovest thou me?” It has been suggested that the Lord asked this question three times because Peter denied Him three times. And I’m sure the memory of that incident added to Peter’s grief that the Lord should keep repeating this same question. At last, Peter appealed to the Lord’s complete knowledge of all things, of all men’s hearts and thoughts, and replied, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.”
This is the vital issue and question of questions for all professed Christians: “Do you love Christ?” It is not, “Do you love the Word, the doctrine, the church, the law, the people of God?” – though you certainly will love them if you love Christ. But do you love HIM? This is where life and hope and grace are born – love for Christ (I Cor. 16:22).
Again, the Lord said, “Feed my sheep.” It may be observed from the repetition of this phrase following Peter’s declaration of love for Christ that the only proper persons to feed the Lord’s sheep are those who truly love Him! There are pretended shepherds who feed themselves and in time of trouble leave the flock, or who feed goats and not sheep, or who feed them not with the true bread. But since the work is so laborious, the opposition from the religious world so great, the reproach of the world so constant, and conflict with powers of darkness so real, only true lovers of Christ faithfully perform the work of feeding the sheep. They are faithful to preach and teach the Word because they love Christ, they love the gospel of His grace, and they love His sheep. They also know that God will bless, honor, and prosper His preached Word (Is. 55:11). They are motivated by Christ’s love for them and their love for Him (II Cor. 5:9-15).
Pastor Henry T. Mahan (bulletin 1989)
CRUCIFIXION OR CRUCIFICTION?
C .H. Spurgeon one day passed by a known chapel in England where the Gospel of Christ’s sovereign grace was denied, mocked, and never preached. This sign out front announced the title of the message for that week- "Crucifiction."
Although "crucifixion" and "crucifiction" sound the same when pronounced, there is a vast difference between the two. This religious world of ours has not shifted much in its opinion of what really happened at Calvary. While some may deny the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at Calvary, nearly all in our day deny what He accomplished. The majority of the preaching that goes on today denies the effectual redemption and accomplished salvation through Jesus Christ's blood sacrifice and righteous obedience (Phil. 2:7-9; Hebrews 2:17). When you preach that His blood was shed for all humanity without exception, but it never really secured and accomplished salvation for anyone, you are preaching "crucifiction."
Thank God that the Scriptures do not teach "crucifiction." The Scriptures plainly teach us the glorious and successful work Jesus Christ accomplished for His people on the cross (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:12). His crucifixion means: sin is atoned for (1 John 4:10), justice is satisfied (Galatians 3:13), the law of God is honored (Isaiah 42:21), righteousness is established (Rom. 5:19-21; Philippians 3:9), salvation is accomplished (John 17:4; 19:30), His people purchased (Acts 20:28). That is why the apostle Paul was determined to know, rejoice in and preach nothing for salvation, except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). This is also why he refused to glory except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).
Do you believe in "crucifixion" or "crucifiction?" The difference is eternal life in Christ Jesus or the just condemnation in Adam (Romans 5:19). If Christ did not effectually put away sin (Heb. 9:26) and accomplish salvation (John 17:4; 19:30), your hope of redemption is mere fiction and utterly false, not reality and truth (Gal. 2:20-21; 1 John 5:21).
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When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. For the rod of the wicked shall...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD:...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.