Having not been able to complete the scheduled Bible study for the mid-week service, I threw together some notes on the ninth chapter of Romans. It is not often I go ‘old school’ by scribbling on the nearest blank piece of paper. After teaching the study, I proceeded to broaden my notes for future reference. As the notes set forth a statement on High-Calvinism, I’ve chosen to include them with the online resources of the AHB. There are two sets of notes—the handwritten scribble is what I used in the pulpit (I haven’t bothered typing them out); the typed notes are what I jotted down after teaching the study.
When the term elder is used within Christian circles, it conjures up ideas of ecclesiastical clergy, either elected to office by the congregation, or appointed to office by the denomination. In fact, it is only within Christian churches that the term elder is made to mean something other than persons honoured in virtue of their age, wisdom and influence. This irregular interpretation is rooted in a flawed hermeneutic of several biblical texts which refer to elders. It is assumed, because a few scripture passages use the term elder when identifying a bishop/pastor, that therefore, most (if not all) references to elders in the early churches must be bishops/pastors. The absurdity of this presupposition is comparable to one who boasts that all…
1. What is the work of providence?
2. Does God work all things together for good in the life of His people?
3. What is the work of grace?
4. In what way does Jehovah love a remnant of the human race?
5. Can the purpose and design of God be hindered or prevented?
1. What are God’s works of grace?
2. What is meant by a covenant of grace?
3. On whom did the conditions of the covenant of grace fall?
4. Are there any conditions the sinner must meet in order to become a partaker of salvation?
5. What is the nature of faith in connection with salvation?
1. Who is God the Father?
2. What role does God the Father assume in the covenant of grace?
3. When did God the Father set apart a remnant of the human race as special objects of His love?
4. Why did God the Father design the human race to be brought under the curse of the law?
5. How did God the Father secure salvation for the special objects of His love?
1. What are the ‘objects of love’ and the ‘objects of hate’?
2. What are the ‘vessels of honour’ and the ‘vessels of dishonour’?
3. What are the ‘vessels of mercy’ and the ‘vessels of wrath’?
4. Are not the ‘vessels of mercy’ brought into the world as ‘vessels of wrath’, since all have sinned?
5. What is the fixed end for the ‘vessels of mercy’ and the ‘vessels of wrath?’
The Everlasting Covenant.
Covenant salvation has ever been the glory of the ministry in the Church of God, and where it is not proclaimed in its fulness, there are weakness and decay, and an approximation of the preaching to the colourless and feeble utterances of thousands of speakers to-day. It is of urgent importance that our younger men should prayerfully seek that the Holy Spirit would open up to their understandings, apply to their hearts, and enable them to tell out with power, the covenant security of God’s covenant people; soul-establishing truth to the tried believer, and most gracious encouragement to the poor, seeking sinner. Salvation, in the wondrous love of God…
The Doctrine of Grace.
We use the singular number because the Bible does so, for salvation is a divine unity, and throughout the Scriptures this oneness is set forth. “That form of doctrine which was delivered you” (Rom 6:17), “My doctrine” (John 7:16), “The apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42), “Sound doctrine” (2 Tim 4:3). In writing and speaking we, of necessity, describe first one phase of the doctrine and then another; doctrines are, as Bunyan says of the two natures of Christ, “plain to be distinguished, but impossible to be divided,” but all are comprehended in the word Grace, which means favour, and there can be no favour which is not sovereign and free. Grace always flows down to creatures who do not deserve it. Therefore all that God does for us in Christ, and all that is disclosed to us…
Preached on Tuesday Evening, May 21st, 1839, in Gower Street Chapel, London.
One difference betwixt the presumptuous professor and a child of God, blessed with a tender conscience, is this: the presumptuous professor seems anxious to know how far he may go without being particularly criminal, what steps it is possible for him to take in pleasure or in vice without bringing himself in as false and vile; but the child of God, with a tender conscience, is constantly praying, “Hold up my goings in thy paths.” He is not wanting to know, “Can I do such a thing that is pleasing to flesh and blood, and yet not be criminal?” But he wants to be preserved tenderly walking in the fear of God, and giving proof…
Preached, on Lord’s Day Morning, Nov. 1st, 1840, in Manchester.
Under the Jewish dispensation, God had appointed a variety of offerings and sacrifices for the Jews, under certain circumstances, to be attended to; and if you turn to Leviticus 7, you will find that the offering of the sacrifice of thanksgiving was to be accompanied with unleavened bread, mingled with oil, with wafers anointed with oil, and with cakes fried in oil. Now in reality, beloved, there is no sacrifice of thanksgiving without this oil; and it is…