Time Measured by Eternity

A sermon by Heman Humphrey

“Ye men of business and of might, in the high meridian of your course. What is your life? Were we to make up an estimate from your daily conversation, from the eagerness of your worldly pursuits, from your extensive plans, and far-reaching expectations,we must suppose you exempted from the common lot of mortality. But no estimate can be more delusive. Strip your life then of these fictitious and imposing circumstances, and what is it but a vapor? What obstacle does your fine constitution oppose to the ravages of disease?—to the stroke of death? How many firmer have fallen in a few days, or hours?”

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Adoption is the “fresh act of [God’s] royal favour. An immanent act of the divine will of, what was in God from eternity; hence the elect of God were predestinated to the adoption of children and all its blessings.” – John Gill

Ever wonder what “federal headship” means and don’t want to get too bogged down in theological jargon? Brother Ron Wood has a sermon to get you going on the subject. Download it here.

Last Lord’s Day I attended a local Presbyterian church. The sermon was on the subject of adoption I wanted to recommend it here. Download the sermon on Galatians 3:21-4:7 dated May 24th, 2015.

Praise Him!

Rev. 4.1-3 “Where God is rightly seen, He will be seen exceeding stately and Glorious: O so wonderful! whom nothing can resemble, whom no tongue can express, nor eye behold, nor heart conceive! what were it to imagine thousands of mountains of the most previous stones imaginable, and thousands of Suns shining in their brightness? these are inconceivably short of God, and the Glory that is in Him; what an excellent happiness to be capacitate (to speak so) to know Him, as we are known of Him? Wonder and admire at Him, who is glorious in Holiness, fearful in Praises, doing wonders, terrible in Majesty, and in all perfections past finding out: To Him be praise for ever. Amen” – James Durahm, Commentary Upon The Book of the Revelation

Mercy

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Mercy!Thomas Bradbury

This we find in every part of Divine inspiration. We love to see it in the Book we delight to feel it in our hearts, with the firm persuasion that it is experienced there wholly of the Father’s will and good pleasure, the Saviour’s grace and mediation, and by the revelation of these to our hearts by the Glorifier of God’s Christ God the Holy Ghost. “I will sing of mercy and judgment,” said the Psalmist, “unto Thee, O Lord, will I sing.” (Ps. 101:1) And if some of us live until tomorrow we shall read, no doubt, that blessed new covenant psalm, the 89th, beginning with mercy, flowing with mercy, concluding with mercy, with mercy which never ends. See how mercy is extolled in that 136th Psalm. There at the end of every verse twenty-six times we find ourselves refreshed with mercy, delivered with mercy, preserved, with mercy, guided by mercy, remembered in mercy, redeemed with mercy, fed with mercy, overcome with mercy. “His mercy endureth for ever.”

I love to sing

“A debtor to mercy alone,
Of covenant mercy I sing,
Nor fear with Thy righteousness on,
My person and offerings to bring”

Mercy! What is it? I have endeavoured to point out to you many times that according to the character and state of the persons upon whom God bestows His favour, so is the favour described in the Book. In the writings of John we find that “God is love,” and the church is lovely in Him. He is love from eternal ages to eternal ages. Love shown to His Own in covenant is as He saw them in the Person, perfection, and loveliness of Christ, eternally, unchangeably, unceasingly one with Him.

“Betrothed in love, ere time began,
His blood-bought bride with Jesus see;
Made by eternal union ONE,
Who was, and is, and is to be.”

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Mark up your books!

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(notice the coffee stain on the cover)

It should be clear by now I really, really like the theological works of John Gill. I read his works online, at the kitchen table, in the van while waiting for my wifey etc. I read Gill all the time…but I do not idolize him. To study theology is to think of God and His word and as I attempt this task I lean on Gill for help. His comments are almost always useful, experiential and accurate. Back in July of 2011 I was given a beat up copy of Gill’s doctrinal and practical works, I had it rebound and I cherish it. Shortly after I found the first volume of Gill’s work in paperback and thought it was worth the $2 or $3 bucks Gospel Mission was asking for it so I bought it. I use this copy to mark up and make notes in. I take it all over town with me and this practice of writing in the margins and underlying has been very helpful in gaining a good understanding for the Bible with the help of a tried and true Pastor, John Gill.

I guess I’m saying, MARK UP YOUR BOOKS!

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