You must be born again

No rebels were ever stouter against their prince than an unrenewed soul against the Spirit of God: not a moment without arms in his hand; he acts in defense of sin, and resistance of grace, and combats with the Spirit as his deadly enemy: ‘You always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do you,’ Acts 7:51.

Stephen Charnock

The beginning of wisdom

It is an indispensable duty incumbent on Christians, to be fearers of God.  “Fear God!” (Eccles. 5:7).  “That you may fear the glorious and awesome name of the Lord your God!” (Deut. 28:58).  This fear of God is the very foundation of a saint.  One can no more act as a Christian without the fear of God–than he can act as a man without reason.

Thomas Watson

Word for the Day

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us. For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn’t behave ourselves rebelliously among you, neither did we eat bread from anyone’s hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you; not because we don’t have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.  2nd Thessalonians 3:6-9

What does it profit a man?

What the heart is to the body, the soul is to the man; and what health is to the heart, holiness is to the soul.  The state of the whole body depends upon the soundness and vigor of the heart, and the everlasting state of the whole man upon the good or ill condition of the soul.

John Flavel

Word for the Day

When I would heal Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, also the wickedness of Samaria; for they commit falsehood, and the thief enters in, and the gang of robbers ravages outside. They don’t consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness. Now their own deeds have engulfed them. They are before my face. They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. They are all adulterers. They are burning like an oven that the baker stops stirring, from the kneading of the dough, until it is leavened.  Hosea 7:1-4

A Son is Given

It is by the exercise and discharge of the office of Christ, as the king, priest, and prophet of the church, that we are redeemed, sanctified, and saved…the redemption and salvation of the church do not depend merely on this–that God has given one to be king, priest, and prophet of the church, by the acting of which offices it is redeemed and saved; but on the person of him who was so given unto us: as is fully attested, Isiah 9:6-7.

John Owen

Self deception

Men profess they know the truth; but they know it not in its proper order, in its harmony and use.  It leads them not to Christ, it brings not Christ unto them; and so is lifeless and useless.  Hence, ofttimes, none are more estranged from the life of God than such as have much notional knowledge of the doctrines of the Scripture.  For they are all of them useless, and subject to be abused, if they are not improved to form Christ in the soul, and transform the whole person into his likeness and image.

John Owen