How to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

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

The Crucial Value of Experimental Religion

Robert Burns (1789–1869)The Works of the Rev. Thomas HalyburtonIntroductory Essay, pp. 9-21. There are two extremes into which professing Christians of the present day are very apt to fall. While one class adopts a system of doctrinal sentiments without any practical regard to their influence on the heart and on the life; others satisfy themselves… Read More The Crucial Value of Experimental Religion

Paedo-Baptism, Yes; Paedo-Communion, No.

A common objection against infant baptism by credo-baptists is that if children are to be baptized, then, for the sake of consistency, they ought to also be admitted to the Lord’s Supper. In other words, the logical conclusion of infant baptism necessarily leads to the absurdity of infant communion; paedocommunion is obviously unbiblical and absurd,… Read More Paedo-Baptism, Yes; Paedo-Communion, No.

Rome Denies the Mediatorial Offices of Christ

By consequence of doctrine Roman dogma abolishes Christ, as I have shown. Papists in word confess Him to be “Our Lord,” but with this condition, that the Servant of Servants [i.e. the Pope] may alter and change His precepts, whose power (they say) is of the greatness, that he may be judged of none, and that he can open or shut heaven to whom he please. They confess Him to be “Jesus Our Savior,” yet a Savior in us, in that He gives us this grace, that by our own merits we may be our own saviors, borrowing also (if need be) a supply from martyrs and the rest of the saints. They confess Him to be “crucified, dead, and buried” for us, yet with this condition, that the fault being pardoned, we ourselves must satisfy for some part of the punishment, either in this world or in purgatory. They confess that, “He sits at the right hand of God the Father,” to be unto Him the Mediator of intercession for us. And yet withal, they hold that His mother is the queen of heaven, having authority to control and command her Son. What a Christ is He that, in sundry actions pertaining to our redemption, has partners or fellows joined with Him? For this cause, we reject this religion, because it turns our only and perfect Redeemer into a feigned Christ of man’s devising.… Read More Rome Denies the Mediatorial Offices of Christ

The Spiritual Meaning of the Noahic Covenant

Francis Roberts (1609-1675) Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2. Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham. II. The Spiritual Meaning of the Noahic Covenant. II. What the spiritualness, or spiritual meaning of these Covenants… Read More The Spiritual Meaning of the Noahic Covenant

God’s Grace in the Noahic Covenant

Francis Roberts (1609-1675) Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 3, Chapter 2. Of the Discovery and Administration of the Covenants of Promise in the Second Period of Time—From Noah till Abraham. APHORISM. III. These two Covenants of God, established with Noah, before and after the Flood—for saving Noah and… Read More God’s Grace in the Noahic Covenant

The Nature of God’s Covenant

Francis Roberts (1609-1675) Mysterium & Medulla Bibliorum The Mystery and Marrow of the Bible Book 1, Chapter 2. Of the Name, General Nature, and Distribution of God’s Covenant. APHORISM I. The names given to God’s Covenant with his Church in Scripture, are principally two, namely, בְּרִית (berith) in the Hebrew Original of the Old Testament, and… Read More The Nature of God’s Covenant