Christ was laid in the grave on Friday night, being the preparation to the great Sabbath, which followed. The women who rested and came not to the grave till Sunday morning (to use our known names) are said to rest according to the commandment—as if coming sooner had not been resting according to it. His lying in the grave must be accounted to be some time before the Friday ended, otherwise he could not have been three days in the grave. And therefore a part of Friday’s night is reckoned to the first day, then the whole Sabbath or Saturday is the second, and lastly a part of the night, to wit, from twelve o’clock at night, belonging to the first day or Sunday, stands for the third. And so he arose that morning, while it was yet dark, at which time, or thereabouts, the women came to the grave, as soon as they could because of the Sabbath, and therefore their seventh day Sabbath ended then, and the first day Sabbath began.… Read More When Does the Sabbath Begin?
This is the main thing wherein the Sabbath is to be sanctified, and wherein it represents Heaven, to be abstracted from the world, and to be living above in our spirits, eminently ravished in Spirit, as abstracted from things, we are to be taken up with on other days. The frame of a Sabbath should be a kind of ravishment, wherein not only we are not taken up with working our ordinary callings, but we do go about prayer and other spiritual duties in a more heavenly way than on other days, and that with a difference in our frame, being more elevated and spiritual, we should be other men in more divine contemplation. This is the main thing called for in sanctifying the Sabbath.… Read More How to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day
What does the Bible mean by the terms “stumbling block,” “offence,” and “scandal” (Matthew 18; Acts 15; Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; 1 John 2:10; Revelation 2:14; etc.)? The following excerpt is from James Durham’s A Treatise Concerning Scandal (pp. 4-17). James Durham’s rich and exhaustive treatise was last published by Naphtali Press in 1990,… Read More What Does “Stumbling Block” Mean?
James Durham,Commentary on Revelation,pp. 742-746. A Brief View of the Series of the Whole Book of the Revelation This whole book is formed by way of an epistle. Chapter 1. Beside some general circumstances, the matter of the book generally is divided in these two: 1. The things that then were, or the present state… Read More A Brief Summary of the Book of Revelation
Song of Solomon is primarily allegorical of the spiritual union between Christ and the Church.… Read More Why Song of Solomon is Allegorical
In thinking about the difficulties many Christians, even in confessional Reformed circles, encounter with understanding the law of God and our relationship to it, I was certain a past theologian or minister of the Gospel had surely addressed this in a concise, precise and clear manner. Sure enough, I found A Practical Exposition of the… Read More The Law of God for the Christian
James Durham A Commentarie Upon the Book of Revelation pp. 511-516. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which… Read More National Churches Under the New Testament
King Solomon had penned 1,005 songs (1 Kings 4:32), but there is one that is greater than all of them; it is the Song of Songs. It is so great that God included this in the canon of Scripture as an entire book. The Song of Solomon was never questioned by Jews or Christians as… Read More The Allegory of the Song of Solomon