William PerkinsCommentary on Revelation 1-3Works IV, pp. 429-435. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Rev. 2:4). The Rhemists in their annotations abuse this place to prove that a man may quite fall away from grace. Therefore, to clear this text and to confirm our hearts in the truth… Read More Perseverance of the Saints
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Book III, ch. 13, pp. 77-81. Objection: Perseverance of the saints promotes impiety and false assurance. Answer: XLI. Hence appears the falsehood… Read More Does Perseverance of the Saints Promote Impiety and False Assurance?
Rev. Dr. Charles Calder Mackintosh of Tain “Abide in me” “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4). These words were first addressed by Christ to the eleven, who were “in… Read More Abiding in Christ
“Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” (Song of Solomon 4:9). Samuel Rutherford The Trial and Triumph of Faith Sermon 24, pp. 260-261. A Twofold Love of God, one of Good-will to the Person, another of Complacency… Read More God’s Love Before Time and God’s Love In Time
Edward Leigh, Body of Divinity, pp. 345-346. Of Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost. It is called the great transgression (Psa. 19:13), and blasphemy against the Spirit (Mat. 12). “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the… Read More What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?
James Durham A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation pp. 6-19 Download as PDF There is much spoken of the Glory of God in this Book [i.e., Revelation]; and no where is the distinction of the Persons of the glorious Godhead more frequently and clearly set forth. Iohn was more full in this than any… Read More The Holy Trinity and Object of Our Worship
Excerpted from his book, An Assertion of the Government of the Church of Scotland CHAPTER I. OF THE WORDS ELDER, LAY ELDER, RULING ELDER. THE word elder answereth to zaken in the Hebrew, and presbuteroV in the Greek. It hath four different significations: (1.) It noteth age; (2.) Antiquity; (3.) Venerability; (4.) An office. In the first… Read More The Biblical Basis for Ruling Elders
“Now, I see here today more people that I am accustomed to having at the sermon. Why is that? It is Christmas day. And who told you this? You poor beasts. That is a fitting euphemism for all of you who have come here today to honor Noel. Did you think you would be honoring… Read More An XMas Day Sermon by John Calvin
John Colquhoun, Repentance, ch. 4. It is a truth clearly revealed and often inculcated in Scripture that without repentance a man cannot attain eternal life in heaven. The most of men, therefore, who read and hear the Gospel admit that repentance is necessary to their future safety and felicity. But while they believe that it… Read More The Difference Between True and Counterfeit Repentance
An Excerpt From Samuel Rutherford, Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself, or, A Survey of Our Saviour in His Soul-Suffering, His Loveliness in His Death, and the Efficacy Thereof Article 4. Places of Scripture seeming to favour universal Atonement vindicated. For the fourth Particular, and the clearing of Places alleged; we are, (1.) To… Read More Universal Atonement Refuted