Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Ensign

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!

And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.                                                          —ISAIAH 11:10

[Christ] is a military flag or ensign—a banner of war. This teaches us that Christianity is a warfare, and that Christ and Christians are warriors. But who are the enemies, and what is the quarrel? The enemies are the devil and the world and the flesh. The cause we are in is the glory of God.

It is by the flag that belongs to the company, as much as by anything, that all the soldiers in that company, being gathered together, are knit together into one. That is their center of unity—not only their having but one captain and being engaged in one cause and their taking one and the same oath, but having the same flag. So our great center of unity is our Lord Jesus Christ, not only as our one captain, but as our ensign.

The great work of ministers is to lift up Christ to people, to set Him forth as the most eligible and desirable, both on the account of what He is in Himself, and what He is to poor sinners. They are the friends of the bridegroom, wooing for Him, not for themselves.

Now here is an ensign that lives forever, a flag that cannot be taken. He always has been, is, and will be Jesus the conqueror.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Way

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!



I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

                                                                                                                            —JOHN 14:6


To say Christ is the way to the Father is as much as to say He is the way to heaven. Heaven is a place, a city, a city that has foundations. Now every city has a way to it, and so has this city—and that way is Christ. There our Father dwells and keeps court. When we come thither, we will see Him and enjoy Him, only by Jesus Christ.

Adoption is that that makes us the children of God. We are by nature the Devil's children, branches in the wild olive, and our fruit is accordingly. Adoption cuts us off from that stock and grafts us into a better stock, a good olive, puts us into God's family. Now how is this done? Only by Jesus Christ. He is the way, and on us receiving of Him, it is done immediately.

Christ is both a broad way and a narrow way.
A narrow way—we cannot walk in it and have elbow room for out lusts. The strictness of the divine precepts is the hedge compassing this way about, both on the right hand and on the left, which must not be transgressed and leaped over by those that intend Christ for their way to the Father.
A broad way—in respect of the true spiritual Christian liberty which they have that walk in it.

[Christ is] a beaten way, and yet but few walking in it. But few at one time and in one place, here and there a traveller. But beaten by the multitudes that have been in all ages, and are and will be, as will appear, when they will all come together.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Wisdom

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!

But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom. 
                                                                        —1 CORINTHIANS 1:30

If Christ be made unto us wisdom, we have chosen God for our chief good and highest end and the Lord Jesus Christ as our alone way to Him.


If we prosper and thrive in the world, there is need of wisdom to manage it so that we be not ensnared, not destroyed by it. If in affliction, it is necessary that we may keep the mean between fainting and despising. If reproached, reviled persecuted, to carry it as we ought toward our persecutors, with meekness and yet with courage.


If we pray, we need wisdom that we do not ask amiss. If we hear the word, we need wisdom that we may discern between wheat and chaff, that we may take our own portion. If we wish to reprove, we need wisdom to know when, how. If to reconcile differences, if to manage good discourse, to attend our particular calling, so as not to entrench one our general calling, to keep the world in its due place—we require wisdom in all.


How is it to be supplied? I told you: by having recourse to the blessed Jesus in a humble sense of our need. We must pray, as Paul. We must study the Word...when that speaks, Christ speaks. 


We must then believe, put on Christ, learn Christ, walk in Christ, which is the certain way to be made wise.


Here is a matter of unspeakable comfort to all true believers, that Jesus Christ is made wisdom, that is, as some interpret it, that all that infinite wisdom that is in Him as God, and all that infused wisdom which He had as God-man wherein He grew, is all made over to us to be employed for our good.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Fountain

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!


In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of  Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.                                                 —ZECHARIAH 13:1

"Is your soul athirst? Athirst for peace, pardon, life, salvation, for grace, strength? Here is a fountain for you."

"This fountain also is cleansing. Sin defiles, leaves a blot, a stain on the soul. It is uncleanness...From that we are washed by the blood of Christ, satisfying God's justice and making atonement, also purging the conscience."

"Here is a holy well indeed, and holy water indeed, that makes them holy, holy, that are washed in it. However unclean before, if washed with the grace of Christ, that uncleanness is done away. We are made partakers of the divine nature, not in perfection at first, but by degrees, renewed more and more till presented without spot to God, faultless. Oh, the rare virtue that is in this fountain. It makes a sinner a saint."

"It has pleased the Father to lay Him open. He is not an enclosed fountain, but a common fountain—as a common propitiation, so a common fountain, as commas as the light or air. Open and common to all persons, Jew and Gentile, high and low, rich and poor, bond and free. Whosoever will may come."

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Freedom

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!

If the Son therefore make you free, ye shall be free indeed.                 
                                                                       —JOHN 8:36

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Whether we will own it or not, it is certain there is a spiritual bondage, which we are all under by nature. And from that bondage it is that Jesus Christ makes free.
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By the guilt of sin we are bound our to divine justice in bond, the penalty whereof is eternal burning. Sinner, you do little think of this, but certainly it is so. Your sins are your debts; and they are bond debts; and the bond will be sued shortly; and there will be an arrest; and you will be cast into prison, if some course be not taken to prevent it. Now from this we are made free by the Son dying for us on the cross, whereby He paid the debt and fully satisfied God's justice. 
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By the corrupt nature, called the sin that dwells in us, the flesh, we are so fettered and chained to diverse lusts and pleasures that we are perfect slaves. ... Now from this we are made free by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, as a sanctifier, renewing us in the whole man, breaking the power of indwelling sin, planting a contrary principle.
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From the fear of death we are set free by the same Spirit as a comforter, abating this slavish fear and working holy boldness and confidence, so that now the man can cheerfully look death in the face, can look God Himself in the face, knowing that He is a reconciled father.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Propitiation

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!

And sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.      —1 JOHN 4:10

If we have sinned, God is angry with us. It cannot be otherwise. All sin is a provocation to the pure eyes of His glory. It grieves Him. It vexes Him. His holy nature is against it. So also is His righteous law, which forbids it, which threatens it, let the sinner be who he will. If God be angry, some course must be taken to appease and pacify Him. It will not wear off of itself. 


There must be some propitiation, something to make atonement. Now what should that be? This man bid fair, but it would not do. Nothing of our own, prayers, tears, alms penances, pilgrimages, nothing of anyone's else for us will do. No, no. He is the propitiation—He, and none but He.


Jesus Christ is a propitiation appointed of God. He did not put Himself on it, but was called to it. He that knew best what would please Him did Himself see Him forth.


He is a propitiation accepted of God. How do we know that He was accepted? This was done by two extraordinary ways: the one, by a voice from heaven, expressly affirming it; the other, by raising Him from the dead. No other sacrifice ever was so.


Jesus Christ is a continual propitiation, not continually to be offered, but of continual virtue and efficacy. We read often of the continual burnt offering. The atonement made on the cross reaches us now as fully as if He had died but yesterday. The last sinner that will live to be reconciled and saved by Him will certainly find the truth of this.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Christ All in All: Christ is our Portion

I'm reading a series of sermons by Philip Henry (Matthew Henry the Bible Commentator's father), and thought I would share some quotes as I go along. Using the book "Christ All in All" as a devotional, I'm reading just one sermon a day, but each one is full of rich doctrine!

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 
                                                                            —Lamentations 3:24

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"Our heavenly Father has made comfortable provision, set by a competent portion for every child of His. And that portion is Christ. He has not divided Christ among them, given a part of Him to one and a part of Him to another. Is Christ divided? No. But He has given Him all, all wholly and entirely to each one of them, so that each one may say, 'All Christ is mine, mine to all intents and purposes.'"
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The body with many people is well provided for, has a large portion, whose soul in the meantime has just nothing...Christ alone can be a soul's portion, because He alone can answer the necessities and needs, the desires and expectations of a soul. Four things we want, which the whole creation has not for us, but He has them all and has them abundantly: wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
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Then it follows that Christ is a rich christ, who has wherewithal to portion such abundance of people, as in all ages and generations have been portioned by Him. The apostle calls it 'the unsearchable riches of Christ'. He is a bottomless mine of merit and spirit, a boundless ocean of righteousness and strength, a full fountain of grace and comfort. In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. That may be said of Him that can be said of no other: He has a store which can never be emptied. Oh, how should this endear Him to us! How should it draw out our thoughts and meditations into holy adorings of Him!
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How high do some women carry it that know they have a great portion. They spend accordingly; so should we—this is worthy. Remember, you are a king's son. And we should carry it in holy joy and cheerfulness of spirit.
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